The all-new Strider 14x Sport balance bike quickly converts to a pedal bike with an ingenious, one-bolt installation of their custom crankset. As a scoot bike (or balance bike or push bike, whatever you call it), the 14x uses Strider’s signature low slung shape to keep your kids feet easily on the ground or the foot pads. This helps them learn proper handling of the bike by making it easy to lean into turns. Then, when they’re ready to start pedaling, you simply sling the chain over the rear cog and bolt the entire bottom-bracket-and-crankset into place.

We saw this in person in late prototype stage, so the pics below show how incredibly quick and easy the transformation is…

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

Here’s what it looks like without pedals…

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

…and with them.

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

As a balance bike, it has a plastic cover over the rear cog to keep things safe.

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

To put the pedals on, simply remove the lower cover that holds the foot pads on…

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

…loop the chain over the cog…

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

…and bolt a new cover over the BB to lock the crankset assembly into place. No need to break the chain or frame open.

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

A full length chain cover can be installed to prevent greasy pants legs or stuck fingers while they’re still learning about the moving parts. The hub has a coaster brake built in, so just pedal backwards to stop. Or drag your shoes.

strider 14x sport balance bike with pedal conversion kit

Cranks are super short for clearance, but this also means they’re sized for your toddler’s legs. The 14x is aimed at kids 1.5 to 5 3 to 7 years old.

Complete weight is about 12lb (5.5kg) in balance mode, and 15lb (6.9kg) with the pedals. The narrow design of the pedals allows the rider to still stride along with them installed, so they can transition at their own speed. That design also makes it easier to corner, even if their inside pedal is down, reducing the likelihood of them clipping a pedal on the ground and wiping out.

Other features include fully pneumatic tires, adjustable saddle and handlebar height so it grows with your kid, 14″ wheels, and kid sized polyvinyl grips. Retail is just $209.99 with free shipping inside the U.S., or get it at your local bike shop and keep that money circulating in your hometown.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. This is a great idea. I definitely like the balance bike for early learning. My 4 year old recently ditched the training wheels and I held the back of her seat, literally, once. No back pain, no falls! It was great. Not having to buy two bikes is nice for sure.

  2. this is quite ingenious. Both my kids skipped the training wheels due to the awesomeness of the Stride balance bike. Money well spent. This is even a better deal as the kids can ride * as soon as* they get their balance going. Congrats, guys. The only downfall I see is some kids grow pretty quickly after their Stride bike, rendering it obsolete (i gave my to a friend w smaller kids). well done.

  3. “or get it at your local bike shop and keep that money circulating in your hometown.”

    Not till Spring 2018, by that time most of their long time dealer/supporters will have gotten tired of directing their customers to Amazon, and just support the many other alternative balance bikes.

      • Yeah, mine too umpteen years ago. This is preschooler singlespeed 14″ circa 2017, you wouldn’t expect it to weigh roughly the same as an adult 29″ steel mtb circa 2010. It’s an observation.

    • Not a weight weenie, just surprised at the weight. Only carbon on mine is the bar and that’s to help with the chatter of a rigid fork, not drop weight.

      • “Not a weight weenie…Only carbon…to help with the chatter.” You wouldn’t need a carbon bar for dampening chatter if you’d put a suspension fork on you bike like pretty much every non weight weenie mountain biker out there.

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