LITTLE NATION BALANCE BIKE REVIEW
“Highly Recommended! Great Value, even better quality. 5/5 STARS.”
The Little Nation kids balance bike is produced by an Australian company, which is famous for their innovative and imaginative toys for kids aged between 1-8. The bike itself weighs under 3kgs and has a durable frame designed so that it will easily be handled by an 18-month-old, and yet still challenging and fun for a 5-year-old. Thus we hear the term “bike is able to grow along with the child”. This is definitely true and we were able to set the bike up on the spot for different sized riders. When we compared the Little Nation Balance Bike vs Strider Balance Bike, we found the Little Nation to win on virtually every characteristic despite the Strider being twice the price of the Little Nation.
The Redesigned Seats
The Little Nation model’s seat is smaller and lighter than other balance bike models, so it offers a more suitable ride for our kids. It’s also padded which makes it comfortable for kids who ride the bike without nappies.
Ergonomically Designed Hand Grips
The handgrips were reshaped to be more anatomically suited for children’s hands. The ridges are smaller and enable a better grip.
The handlebars have also undergone a transformation, to achieve a motor-cross appearance. An added safety feature for the rider was introduced by adding some handlebar padding.
This model normally comes with twelve-inch foam tires, which are made with Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) polymer, thus being completely puncture-proof. Little Nation calls them Ultralight tyres. Little Nation prefers foam tires to pneumatic as they are so low in maintenance-no need to ever pump them up. Some complaints, though, address their inability to be shock-absorbent as pneumatic tires are. When we are talking about young kids however, the advantages of the foam tyres far out weigh the negatives. Our child was able to easily pick this bike up and throw it over his shoulder such is the lightweigh nature of the bike. Other bikes we road tested were far too heavy which in part is as a result of the bulky components of the air tyres.
In order to get a smooth wheel rotation, Little Nation balance bikes opt for sealed cartridge bearings, to prevent grit and moisture from getting into it. That way it requires less maintaining, with faster and smoother wheel rotation guaranteed.
Unlike most of its rivals on the market, especially the wooden balance bicycles, Little Nation offers the chance to improve skills even beyond steering and balancing. Its steel frame makes it suitable for some fun bike tricks. It wont warp in the rain and splinter in the sun like wooden bikes have the potential to do.
We use our Little Nation Balance Bike everyday going to and from school. It has seen a lot of use and abuse and has still held up remarkably well. I would recommend this bike to any family looking to invest in a great quality bike without the huge price tag.