The Strider ST-4 PREbike is a great learning tool for kids transitioning from three wheels to two. It is lightweight and easily managed by children ages 1 to 5, but some says its quality is not worth the price.
Don't oversteer. Unlike some other kids' bikes, which limit the turning radius so kids won't oversteer and tip over, he Strider PREbike has free-range steering. This is a major point of contention among some parents, who worry about safety. Others say it over complicates the learning process. One customer at Amazon.com wrote, "The lack of limited steering makes this bike's learning curve a lot steeper." However, this customer later updated the review to say, "I'm happy to report that with time and practice the free-range steering is not that much of an issue now as it was on day one."
Most people agree the PREbike is very easy to assemble. No tools are required, and instruction videos are available online, in addition to the included paper instructions. One reviewer on OhSoSavvyMom.com said, "It literally took 5 minutes to put together."
Minor issues. We read a number of complains about minor quality issues. For example, several parents say the handlebar grips tend to "blow out" at the ends, exposing the sharp metal underneath. However, this seems to happen fairly early on, and customer service is normally quick to provide replacements. Also the stickers can peel off, reviewers say, but many find the bike more desirable without them.
Despite these complains, owners say the PREbike lasts through more than one child, according to multiple accounts. One Amazon.com reviewer who was skeptical of the bike's quality at first retracted his statement, saying, "I do think my initial concerns were overblown. After hundreds of miles this Strider has held up just fine and is ready for the next kid."
Excellent job. We found a number of reviews where parents complain that the Strider PREbike arrived with faulty parts, scratched surfaces or all-around poor quality. Despite this, most owners have nothing but positive things to say of Strider's customer service. As one Amazon.com reviewer says, "[C]ustomer service was Johnny-on-the-spot and sent out a replacement quicker than I was expecting."
Amazon.com contains about 400 customer reviews of the previous version of the Strider PREbike, the ST-3. The ST-3 PREbike is listed under several titles, and customer feedback is still relevant as very little changed in the last update. Customers give it an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, and they offer insight via a brief description of their own experience with the bike.
Review: Strider PREbike Balance Running Bike, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
Amazon.com contains only a handful of reviews for the Strider PREbike, the ST-4 (found under different titles). They give the ST-4 an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars and offer insight via a brief description of their own experience with the bike.
Review: Strider ST-4 No-Pedal Balance Bike: Blue, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
3. Media Magnate Mom
"Media Magnate Mom" shares her own experience with the Strider (ST-3) PREbike on her blog. While she reviews the older version, little has changed since then. She breaks down her review into the bike's purpose, quality of construction, pros and cons. While she provides some alternatives to the PREbike, her review is positive overall.
Review: Strider PREbike Balance Bike Review: What You Need to Know, "Media Magnate Mom", 2011
OhSoSavvyMom.com is a blog dedicated to giving tips and advice to mothers. It also features some product reviews, such as that of the Strider (ST-3) PREbike. The author reviews the previous version of the PREbike, but very little has changed in the current model. Complete with photographs, she documents her entire experience with the bike, from opening the box to riding it outside. Her review is positive, and she is happy with the bike.
Review: Strider Bike Balance Bike Review, "Kate", June 2012
VeloMom.com is a blog used by a couple to document the time spent riding bikes with their two sons. They feature a review of the Strider PREbike. It is brief and positive, containing a few paragraphs and a list of pros and cons. Although this review covers the previous version of the PREbike, very little has changed between models.
Review: Review – Strider PREbike, "Jen", November 2010
6. The New York Times
Yishane Lee reviews her choices of the top five balance bikes. One of her picks is the previous version of the Strider PREbike. She gives a brief explanation of why she chose this bike but no details on actual testing or methods. The PREbike has changed since this older version, but most attributes are applicable.
Review: Physical Culture | Gear Test, Balance Bikes, Yishane Lee, Oct. 26, 2009