Best Bikes for Kids 3-4 Years Old


Bikes for Kids 3-4 Years Old: Although there are lots of kids bikes available online, many of these bikes are super heavy with cheap full-sized components which make them hard to ride safely. MTBwithkids recommends choosing a bike designed specifically with 3 and 4 year old riders in mind. Our list of top bikes for 3-4 year olds includes balance bikes, pedal bikes and bikes that are designed to transform from balance to pedal bikes. These bikes all have 14-inch wheels and span experience and skill levels form true beginners to little rippers.

The best bikes for 3-4 year olds, 2019

Balance bikes

If your 3-4 year old is just starting to ride, we’d highly recommend choosing a 14-inch wheel balance bike for their first bicycle. Balance bikes are an excellent first step to help your kiddo develop the coordination to balance and steer without having to think about pedaling. When choosing a balance bike, it’s important to be sure that the minimum seat height is low enough for your kiddo to sit on the seat with both feet touching the ground. You’ll want to measure your child’s inseam length to determine minimum seat height and then look for a balance bike with the largest diameter wheels that will accommodate your child.

Pedal bikes

If at 3 or 4 years old, your little rider has already mastered the balance bike, there are a few manufacturers designing 14-inch wheel kids bikes that are well made, lightweight and fun to ride.

Note: kids on the taller side may fit on a 16-inch wheel bike, so you might want to check out our list of Best 16-inch bikes  before making a purchase.

Here is an overview of our top five 14-inch wheel bikes for 3 or 4 year old kids. 

Check out the comparison table at the end of the article to see all the size, cost and other data in one place.

Early Rider Trail Runner kids' bike

Early Rider Trail Runner XL

The Early Rider Trail Runner XL is an excellent choice for the first bike. Importantly, the Early Rider Trail Runner XL includes a light 6061 aluminum frameset to keep weight to a minimum. Additionally, it comes with large 14 x 2.5 “ tires to improve grip and ride comfort for your young rider. Finally, this balance bike is a looker! The Early Rider Trail Runner XL is clear coated hand brushed silver aluminum. It also has a faux leather seat. This is one of the best looking balance bikes around!

Buy this 14-inch wheel balance bike from:

Saddle Height15.3 – 19.3 inches
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame Material6061 Aluminum/Alloy
Claimed Weight8.26 lbs
Strider Balance Bike 14x Sport

Strider 14x Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 14x Sport is an amazing bike that designed to grow with your child. Firstly, the 14x comes with a fully adjustable seat and handlebars to grow with your growing kid.  The 14x starts off as a balance bike, which helps riders gain confidence and balancing ability. Importantly, once your kiddo is ready to pedal, just attach the Easy-Ride Pedal Kit. Converting the 14x from balance bike to pedal bike is quick and easy. The Strider 14x Sport will fit riders 37-49 inches tall (Inseam (16-23 in). This is one of the classic bikes for kids 3-4 years old.

Buy this 14″ wheel kids bike from:

Saddle Height16-23 inches
DrivetrainBalance Bike
Frame MaterialSteel
Claimed Weight12.5 pounds
Prevelo Alpha One kid bike

Prevelo Alpha One

The 14″ Alpha One is the smallest pedal bike in the Prevelo lineup and fits most 3 to 4.5 year olds. The Alpha One is packed with features to get little riders off to the right start. Firstly, Prevelo included confidence inspiring low and narrow geometry. Secondly, this lightweight bike is made of 6061 aluminum frame with custom formed tubing with an aluminum alloy fork with chromoly steerer. Finally, stopping is easy with Tektro front and rear v-brakes with small reach brake levers and a rear coaster brake (removable with optional freewheel kit). You will appreciate this kids bike!

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height15.6-17.5
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro aluminum V-brakes & coaster brake
Claimed Weight14.4 pounds
Woom 2 kid bike

Woom 2

The Woom 2 was developed specifically for kids that are new to or have only recently begun pedaling. Importantly, this bike is designed with short cranks and a low bottom bracket to enable your child to put their feet on the ground without losing balance. The Woom 2 is a great transition from balance bike to pedal bike and enables fast learning. Woom 2 was designed to fit kids 37″-43” inches tall. A separate freewheel kit is available for purchase.

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height16-19 inches
DrivetrainSingle speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesCoaster and v-hand brakes
Claimed Weight12 lbs 3 oz.
Prevelo Zulu One kids' bike

Prevelo Zulu One

This bike has to be seen to be believed. It is truly one of the bikes for kids 3-4 years old. See our Prevelo Zulu One Review for photos of this bike in action.  The Prevelo Zulu One packs high performance mountain bike features into a tiny 14-inch wheel size package. Each component is carefully chosen to provide the best performance and fit for young riders ready to mountain bike with mom and dad.

Specifically, the Prevelo Zulu One comes with front and rear disc brakes! Your kid will be safely able to modulate speed and stop quickly when needed. In addition, this amazing little machine features a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame and BOXT™ rear stays and forged rear dropouts. Additionally, this 14” bike ships with a bonus short seat post for additional height adjustment and the tool required to change the seat post. All things considered, you can’t go wrong with the Pevelo Zulu One.

Buy this 14-inch wheel kids’ bike from:

Saddle Height16-25 inches
DrivetrainSingle Speed
Frame MaterialAluminum/Alloy
BrakesTektro hydraulic disc
Claimed Weight15.9 lbs

Comparison chart: Best 14-inch wheel bikes for 3 and 4 year olds 

Early Rider
Trail Runner
14x Sport
Balance Bike
Alpha One
Woom 2Prevelo
Zulu One
Saddle Height15.3-19.3 inches16-23 inches15.6-17.516-19 inches16-25 inches
Drivetrainbalance bikebalance bikesingle speedsingle speedsingle speed
Frame6061 aluminum alloysteelaluminum alloyaluminum alloyaluminum alloy
BrakesnonenoneV brakes and coasterV brakes and coasterhydraulic disc
Claimed Weight8.26 pounds12.5 pounds14.4 pounds12.2 pounds15.9 pounds

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