Rookie 12 Inch Balance Bike
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Rookie 12 Inch Balance Bike

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Looking to get your kid the best balance bike out there? Look no further than the Kidvelo Rookie 12-inch balance bike! The smallest balance bike in the Kidvelo Rookie range. Our lightweight 12-inch balance bike is the perfect training bike for toddlers to learn balance and control while having fun on two wheels.

A Perfect 30cm Kids Balance Bike For Riders

      • Aged: 18 months to 4.5 years.
      • Height: 70cm to 100cm
      • Weight: 2.93 kgs. It’s lightweight!
      • Inseam Range: 30cm – 46cm
      • 4 Neon Colours
Rookie 12 Inch Balance Bike
$229.00 inc. GST








    Best Balance Bike for Toddlers

    Are you looking for a starter bike for your Toddler? The Rookie 12 inch Balance Bike for 2 year olds is the perfect first bike for teaching toddlers how to balance and steer before they get a pedal bike – all in a fun and safe way. This pre-bike teaches them the basics of balance and control even if your kid has just started walking. Get them ready for their FIRST Pedal Bike with this Lightweight 12 inch Balance Bike from Kidvelo!


    Rookie 12 Inch Balance Bike

      • Extremely lightweight aluminium frame (2.93kgs) won’t rust EVER!
      • Perfect For Ages 18 months – 4.5 years
      • Tool-free, fully adjustable seat height range: 30cm – 44cm
      • Alloy handlebars that adjust up-down & forward-back to allow for a custom fit for your child.
      • A real 1 1/8″ threadless headset with a 50mm alloy stem with cover.
      • Real Wanda COMPASS Lite Air-filled tires provide awesome grip.
      • Comfy ergonomic child-sized saddle properly fits little bottoms.
      • Small-diameter grips fit small hands with end protectors.
      • Built-in footrests teaches kids were to place their feet for pedals.
      • A low centre of gravity and long wheelbase provide optimal control.
      • Built kid tough – 5-year warranty on the frame and forks.
      • Comes in 4 bright neon colours – Red, Blue, Green, and Pink.
      • Australian designed for kids World-wide.



    "If you’re in Australia or the UK, the Kidvelo Rookie 12 is a great choice. The Rookie 12 stacks up well against the competition, with good looks, smart design, safety features that Mom and Dad will appreciate, and a price that’s solidly in line with other 12” balance bikes on the market today. If you’re shopping for your child’s first balance bike, give the Kidvelo Rookie 12 serious consideration.


    A Real Bike that looks like Mum and Dads bike but for 2 year old plus. Super Lightweight at 2.9kgs Pneumatic (air-filled) tires make for a safe, comfortable ride Sloping top tube makes it easy to mount/dismount Thoughtful safety features"
    - Christopher Del Sole


    TYPE: Balance Bike

    BRAND: Kidvelo

    MODEL: Rookie 12

    TIRE TYPE: Air Filled All Terrain

    FORKS: Aluminium

    BRAKES: None

    FOOTREST: Yes Integrated

    WARRANTY: World-class 5 years


    WHEEL SIZE: 12″

    WEIGHT: 2.93kgs easy to carry

    SEAT HEIGHT: 30cm – 44cm

    FRAME: Aluminium

    RIMS: Aluminium


    ASSEMBLY: Easy 5 minutes

    COLOUR: Neon Red, Green, Pink,  Blue

    12 inch Balance Bike Features

    Kid Specific Geometry

    The Perfect fit gets your little one riding sooner, better, safer.

    Kids don’t just need smaller bikes. They need different bikes. With all the right proportions. All kidvelo bikes are designed for kids, from the ground up.

    Quick Adjust Seat

    12 inch Balance Bike for Toddlers - Adjustable Seat Range - Red

    All Kidvelo bikes feature quick-adjust seat post clamps.

    Seat height can be adjusted quickly, easily, and without tools. So when kids are ready for a higher seat, you can accommodate them in seconds.

    Lightweight Design

    At Kidvelo we believe that a lighter weight bike is a safer bike.

    A lighter weight bike is easier to control. We think that’s a good thing. All Kidvelo frames and rigid forks are made of lightweight heat treated 6061 aircraft grade aluminium alloy.

    World-Class Warranties

    5 YEARS

    Frame and rigid fork

    2 YEARS

    All other bike components

    1 YEAR


    Kidvelo Founders Have All Been In The Kid’s Bike Industry For Over 15 years

    We put all our knowledge & experience into designing the Rookie Range. As a result, Kidvelo is already winning international awards!

      • Gold Best Balance Bike Made For Mums 2022
      • Best Bike and Best Buy at the Loved By Parents Awards, 2022.
      • Gold Best Bike Organic Baby Awards 2022
      • The Evening Standard ESBest list for 2022
      • Winner in the Right Start Awards 2022

    The team behind the Kidvelo brand were specialist kids’ bike distributors and have hosted balance bike racing events within Australia and the UK since 2008. We know a thing or two about kid’s bikes.

    Contact us for expert advice on your child’s cycle needs.

    Some Frequently Asked Questions About Balance Bikes

    A 12-inch balance bike is a perfect bike for 2-year-olds (and up!) as they teach kids to balance on two wheels and how to ride independently. Balance bikes are also called strider bikes, glider bikes, running bikes, or toddler push bikes. Looking for the best balance bike for your toddler, or pre-schooler? Check out our Rookie 12 which is the lightest balance bike with air-filled tyres in Australia.

    Children can start riding balance bikes when they’re around 18 months to two years old. In most cases, children will move on to a bike with pedals at around the age of four. There isn’t a top-end restriction on age, though, and you can even get balance bikes for older kids and adults. It’s important to remember that balance bikes need to be the correct size for their rider: bike fit is just as important for kids as it is for adults. Of course, children grow quickly between the ages of two and five, so ideally you’ll want to select a balance bike that is adjustable.

    Children can start riding 12″ balance bikes when they’re around 18 months to two years old. In most cases, children will move on to a bike with pedals at around the age of four. There isn’t a top-end restriction on age, though, and you can even get balance bikes for older kids and adults. It’s important to remember that 12″ balance bikes need to be the correct size for their rider: bike fit is just as important for kids as it is for adults. Of course, children grow quickly between the ages of two and five, so ideally you’ll want to select a 12-inch bike that is fully adjustable and lightweight making learning to ride much more fun and safe.

    Balance bikes are a great starting point for kids when they’re learning to ride. They get the hang of balancing while moving without relying on stabilizers, so the transition to a pedal bike is often much quicker. Let your child stride along aboard the balance bike. Let them enjoy the feeling of movement under their own power. As children get stronger and more confident, the gliding gets longer and faster. Once they reach this point, they’re already past stabilizers.

    Be confident in buying a Kidvelo Balance Bike with a world-class warranty! 5 years warranty on the Frame & Fork, 2 years warranty on components, and 1 year on Accessories. Plus we stock a full array of spare parts locally to keep your little one on two wheels longer.

    Kidvelo Bikes delivers Balance bikes Australia-wide.
    Australian Location ETA
    Brisbane & QLD 1-5 days
    Sydney & NSW 1-6 days
    Canberra & ACT 2-5 days
    Melbourne & VIC 2-7 days
    Adelaide & SA 4-7 days
    Hobart & TAS 7-8 days
    Perth & WA 4-12 days
    Darwin & NT 4-12 days

    The Kidvelo Rookie 12 balance bike has been designed from the ground up with children from the age of 18 months to 4.5 years in mind. Firstly, we reduced the unwanted weight to make the bike ultra lightweight (2.9kgs) and easy to manage by a 2-year-old. Secondly, we added real air tyres to give our little riders a more comfortable ride and with all-terrain tyres. Thirdly, we made the bike fully adjustable so the bike grows with your child. Lastly, we offer a 5-year warranty on the quality of our bikes so they can be passed on to younger siblings or family down the track, giving parents peace of mind in their first bike purchase.


    12″ Balance Bike Specifications

    Who is it for?

    Age Group: 18 months to 4.5 years. Some 5 years olds will fit depending on the inseam measurement.

    Loading limit: 30 kgs – one of the few bikes to carry this weight!


    Wheels: 12-inch Alloy Rims – with Joytech alloy hubs and sealed bearings. Keeps things spinning nicely. Valve caps are removed as deemed a choking hazard.

    Seat Height: adjusts to fit a 30 – 48cm inseam using alloy quick-release clamps

    Adjustable Reach Handlebars: The alloy riser bars allow reach to be adjusted to fit your child. 25mm Spacer allows for height adjustment

    Headset: 1 1/8″ threadless with 60mm Alloy Stem. Smooth turning action at every stride

    Seat: Comfy padded small child saddle, designed to fit the narrow hip spacing of children. Useful as a carrying handle too!

    Wheelbase: 605mm. Longer than the average balance bike to give more room for a growing child.

    What is it made from?

    Super-light Aluminium: Strong 6061 heat-treated aluminium alloy. Double paint and lacquer finish

    Fork: Aluminum alloy blades with Chromoly steerer tube – 30mm rake

    Grips: Child-sized Kraton grip rubber with end protectors

    Tyres: Wanda Compass Lite BMX 12.5 x 2.1/4 tyres. Perfect for riding over any terrain including grass and dirt.

    Integrated Footrest: For feet up coasting with grip tape. At a slight angle and in the perfect position to mimic where pedals will be on their next bike.

    12″ Balance Bike Geometry

    ATyre Size 12.5″
    BHandlebar height 460mm
    CSteering angle 68 degrees
    DTop tube horizontal 320mm
    EWheelbase 605mm
    FSeat tube angle 68 degrees
    GHandlebar adjustability +/- 10 degrees
    Standover 280mm
    Min / Max seat height 300mm – 440mm
    Balancde Bike weight 2.9kgs

    5 reviews for Rookie 12 Inch Balance Bike

    1. Larissa Gooding

      We have been very fortunate to be given a blue Kidvelo Rookie 12 Balance Bike for my son’s Christmas present. He absolutely loves it’s always the first thing he grabs and he is learning a lot from riding, he’ll be a professional in no time, highly recommend.

    2. Julianna L

      I purchased 2×18 inch and a 12 inch bikes for my grandchildren aged 8,6 and 3. The bikes are the best things I have bought for the kids. The quality is amazing everything about them is amazing. I have wasted so much money on bikes that ended up getting rusty in the garage. My grand kids ride at every available moment and the two older ones have already transitioned to pedals in only a few months. I tell all my friends and family there is nothing equal to the kidvelo bikes and it will be the best investment they make when buying bikes for their children. Thank you for your excellent bikes.

    3. Roger K

      I ordered the Kidvelo Rookie 12 balance bike after a lot of careful research comparing every balance bike I could find on the Australian market. Of all the bikes available across a very wide price spectrum only the Kidvelo met my key criteria of a low weight, air tyres, a well-designed frame to suit my 21-month-old grandson, and a sensible price. The bike was delivered today and I could not be more pleased; it is astonishingly light and the manufacturing quality is excellent. I particularly like the ability to adjust the handlebar position to suit my grandson’s reach. Overall, the Rookie 12 is very well designed, has an exceptionally low weight, and is astonishingly good value. Now, I’m looking forward to my grandson’s reaction when we can give him the bike in a few weeks’ time.

    4. Erin C,

      So far we are loving this Rookie 12 balance bike for our 3 year old. Seems to ride smooth and comfortable, very lightweight-easy for toddler to move and carry, and looks really nice, like a “big kid bike”. Really liked the variety of colour options available too. Also like that it’s designed in Sydney, Australia, definitely a positive deciding factor, along with great reviews. Purchasing process was easy, shipping was fast once actually shipped. Would definitely buy from Kidvelo Bikes again.

    5. Wendy T.

      My headstrong, energetic, confident toddler absolutely loves this 12″ balance bike! Light enough for her to control and lift the bike on her own, sturdy and quality made enough to make me feel comfortable with her riding it, and simple enough to put together my husband got it right on the first try lol. Shipping was quick and easy. It’s been only 3 weeks and my little one is gliding down hills and wants to “go out and ride” every single day.

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