Balance bikes still have some catching up to do when it comes to variety compared to their pedaled competitors, but their popularity is soaring and this means that the choices are increasing. We have already started to see some very exotic designs, but I quite like the more traditional shape of the Kazam balance bike.
This nifty offering from Kazam has been well received by the public and it doesn’t take long to see why it is so popular. Let’s take a closer look at the Kazam balance bike to see why it might just be number one thing to add to your child’s birthday or Christmas list.
Even before opening the box with the Kazam balance bike in it I could feel that weight was definitely not going to be an issue. I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in years but had no problem picking up the box with hand. A quick peek at the product details revealed that the Kazam weighs about 11.2 pounds, which, to be honest, is not the lightest that I have seen, especially compared to other bikes like the STRIDER ST-3 No-Pedal Balance Bike, but it is still more than manageable. Anyone that has had to carry around an exhausted toddler on one arm and a balance bike on the other will really appreciate the light weight.
As someone who usually eyes the words “Limited assembly required” with dread and suspicion I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to put the Kazam together. This is another plus point if you have a child impatiently waiting to hop on their new bike while you are left wondering if you are reading the instructions upside down. Putting the bike together was as easy as attaching the seat, handlebars and tire to the frame and securing everything.
You will need to remove some safety caps from the frame before assembling, but this is something that the safety conscious folks will appreciate. All in all everything I needed to assemble the bike was included in the box which saved me the trouble of having to rummage around in the tool box. There are of course assembly instructions included in the box, but I barely had to give these a second glance in order to put the bike together.
The Kazam is a slightly bigger bike compared to something like the Strider, which also explains why it is a bit heavier. This translates into a very sturdy bike, though, and even if your child likes to play rough the Kazam can handle it. The construction of this bike is very solid, which is great as thanks to the adjustable seat and handlebars this bike can grow along with your child. The seat looked comfy enough and while I couldn’t test this myself, my daughter certainly didn’t show any signs of discomfort while racing around.
She did slide off the seat a few times, which was due to a combination of speed and the way that the seat was sloped downwards. The bike uses air inflated tires which provides a smooth ride, but obviously you will want to ensure that there are no sharp objects around when your child is riding. Spotting hazardous objects is second nature to parents with small children so this is really not an issue.
I was really impressed by the metal frame of the Kazam balance bike as it has a nice sleek design with no angles or edges where your child’s clothes can get caught up on while riding. The bike also boasts a patented foot rest design so kids can use the bike almost like a scooter while they are still learning the ropes.
The hand grips are made from soft plastic so they won’t chafe delicate little hands and the chrome handlebars complete the snazzy look of the bike. Not that it matters, but this is the type of design that no child can resist and parents can lug around in public without feeling embarrassed. I should also mention that there is no steer limiter on the bike.
Kazam Balance Bike Pros & Cons
Because this bike is meant for your children and not yourself, doing proper research is obviously essential as you don’t want any harm to befall your little ones. An unpleasant experience with a bike can shatter their confidence so getting it right the first time is essential. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Kazam Balance Bike to give you an overview of whether this bike will be appropriate for your child.
Kazam Balance Bike Pros
- Sturdy yet lightweight frame that make the bike an asset that will last
- The easy step-in patented foot rest that is incorporated into the frame further helps with balance and makes the bike more comfortable to ride
- The Kazam has rubber tires instead of the less durable foam type
- Assembly is very simple and all the required tools are included in the box
- The seat and handlebars can be adjusted so the bike does not become obsolete as your child grows
- Available in an assortment of colors so your child can pick their favorite
- Kazam offers great customer service for their products
Kazam Balance Bike Cons
- Some kids tend to use the foot rest to ride the bike like they would a scooter
- The weight of the bike is somewhat heavier than others that are available
- The speed of the bike is a bit slow although this might be a pro for some parents
When it comes to balance bikes you definitely want something that is not only durable enough to withstand the abuse your child is no doubt going to put it through, but also comfortable enough that it won’t be gathering dust in the garage after a week’s time. The Kazam Balance Bike offers a great starting point for kids and due to its design makes the transition to a traditional bike an easy one.