Early Rider Bonsai 12''
Early Rider Bonsai 12''
The Early Rider Bonsai is the latest (launched 2015) balance bike from Early Rider.
Intriguingly, from a company who made it's name building wooden-frame balance bikes, Early Rider balance the benefits of wood and aluminium to create the Bonsai.
- Like the Japanese tree that inspired its name, the Early Rider Bonsai is small but perfectly formed.
- The Bonsai is built with a one-piece birch monocoque frame reinforced with an aluminium head tube and steerer.
- As is the Early Rider way, the wheels spin on cartridge sealed bearings - a feature rarely seen on any sub-£1,000 bike.
- Designed as a first balance bike for beginners from around 18 months to 3 years old.
'The Bonsai delivers an outstandingly beautiful wooden bike with all the performance benefits of an aluminium frame. You truly can have your cake and eat it. Featuring a sealed bearing wheelset and aluminium steerer and headtube, this stunning new addition smashes the boundaries between performance, design and cost. We couldn't be more proud.'
It’s generally recognised that practicing on a balance bike is the easiest way for a child to learn that fundamental life skill - riding a bike.
A balance bike has no pedals, cranks or chain. This means that the youngster learns how to steer and balance without fear of dunking their wee ankles on the pedals.
The absence of pointy chainrings makes the balance bike an intrinsically safer introduction to cycling. The absence of an oily chain makes the balance bike a cleaner initiation too.
Present a 2 or 3 years old with a balance bike and they almost always instinctively know what to do - simply, jump on the saddle and scoot along the pavement, hobby horse style.
Once the youngster gains confidence, he or she can rest their feet on the wider chainstays and experience one of life’s most enduring pleasures, freewheeling (or, as Americans put it, just coasting along). If they need to slow down or stop, it’s equally instinctual for kids to realise when it’s time to get their feet back on the ground.
When it’s time for the youngster to graduate to the next level - their first bike with pedals - they’re already almost there. They can balance. They can steer. Pedalling is then a natural progression that the young rider quickly adapts to.
We obviously believe that balance bikes are an all-round good thing. Check them out and we’re sure you’ll agree. Enjoying life to the full is simply a matter of getting the right balance.
|Frame||Single sided monocoque. weather proof marine ply, made from FSC Grade A birch veneers. Lightweight 6061 aluminium head tube.|
|Fork||twin bladed, vertical drop outs, weather proof marine ply, made from FSC Grade A birch veneers. Lightweight 6061 aluminium steerer.|
|Hubs||Cartridge sealed bearing|
|Tyres||Kenda 12.75 x 1.75” pneumatic tyres|
|Handlebars||Aluminium flat bar, 340mm wide. 25.4mm clamp zone. 55mm Early Rider aluminium stem, 10 degree rise.|
|Saddle||Embroidered faux leather seat pad. Aluminium seatpost|
|Approx age range||18 month old to 3 year old (inside leg measurement 32-40cm).|
|Early Rider's Published Weight||3.75kg.|
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