Subrosa Altus Balance Bike Review

Ideal for mini-BMXers, the Subrosa Altus balance bike is well-built and designed to tackle skate parks, dirt track, and the local neighborhood. Read the review below for all the details.

young girl riding the Subrosa altus balance bike

Subrosa Altus Balance Bike Overview

RATING: Highly Recommended

MSRP: Discontinued

BEST FOR: Adventurous little riders who will be tackling terrain beyond the neighborhood sidewalks.


SEAT HEIGHT: 14.5″ – 16.5″
WEIGHT: 10.4 lb.


  • BMX styling
  • Cushioning air tires
  • Matte paint
  • High quality components


  • No brake
  • Limited seat height range

Subrosa Altus Balance Bike Review: A Mini BMXer’s Dream!

With a matte paint job and a clever footrest, the Subrosa Altus is one sweet ride!  Built by the BMX seasoned pro’s Subrosa, with riser handlebars, cushioning air tires and a smooth spinning headset the Altus is the perfect ride for future skatepark riders.  It’s upright geometry also makes it a great fit for more timid neighborhood riders.


Around the neighborhood, the Subrosa rode smooth and steady.  Our 2 and 4-year-old testers loved cruising up and down the driveway on the Atlus, but in the skate park, it truly shines. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to test the bike out at a skate park, but this little two-year-old tester does a great job of demonstrating the Altus’ abilities.

Size and Weight

The Altus has a seat height range of 14.5″ to 16.5″ making it suitable for kids in 3T and 4T pants.   Its shorter maximum seat height is intentional as BMX riders prefer a lower seat to provide more clearance to do tricks.  The youngest of riders on the Subrosa won’t be mastering tricks at first, but with time it’s amazing to see the creative “tricks” kids can master on a balance bike.

Weighing 9.7 lb., the Sabrosa Altus is best suited for kids weighing close to or above 30 lb.

Designed for older riders, the Altus also has a taller minimum seat height of 14.5″.  With an inseam of at least 15″, riders are tall enough to reach the Altus riser handlebars and place the rider in a comfortable upright position that is ideal for BMX and neighborhood riders.


Handlebars and Headset:  The Altus has 5″ riser bar that allows the rider to sit in a comfortable upright position.  Held in place by a high-end Rant headset, the handlebars turn smoothly and effortlessly.

Footrest: A unique feature on the Altus is its small footrest pegs that provide a convenient place for kids to rest their heels while gliding.  Not too big and not too small, they are there when you need them, but tucked by out of the way when you don’t.

Tires: Cushioning air tires with minimal tread provide a smooth ride.

Seat: Covered in a thick, durable fabric with bold graphics, the seat is lightly padded.  Throughout our tests, the side of the seat often came in contact with the pavement but did not rip or tear, but a hard crash would likely damage the outer fabric.

Seat Post Clamp: An Allen wrench is needed to adjust the seat height of the Altus.  The seat can raise 2″ and stays firmly in place once the clamp is tightened.


Designed for BMX riding, the Subrosa is different from the standard balance bike, so it is challenging to compare it to traditional balance bikes.  For families who regularly visit the skate park, the Altus is the best fit as its upright geometry, air tires and riser handlebars make it a great fit for skate parks.  For everyday neighborhood riders, however, the Altus would be a great choice, especially for those looking for a more “skater style” bike.

Sabrosa Altus Balance Bike Bottom Line

An awesome rider for mini-BMX riders, the Sabrosa is well-built and well-design to tackle skate parks and as well as the local neighborhood.  With a tall minimum seat height, the Altus fits kids in size 3T and 4T pants.

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