littlebig bike vs strider 14x convertible balance bikeWe’ve been asked a few times recently about the difference between the Strider 14x and the LittleBig bike. At first glance they seem similar since they can both convert from a balance bike to a pedal bike, but in reality they have a number of differences.

LITTLEBIG BIKESTRIDER 14X
Description
Designed and hand assembled in Ireland the LittleBig has a unique sleek frame design with a high quality finish. LittleBig has 3 modes: little balance bike, big balance bike and big pedal bike. It's available in 4 bright colours, all with a brushed alloy downtube: Flame Red, Electric Blue, Apple Green and Sparkle Pink.Made by balance bike giant Strider, the 14x is the larger version of their popular balance bike, but pedals can be fitted too. It comes in two colours: Awesome Blue and Fantastic Green.
Frame and fork
High grade 6061-T6 alloy with brushed downtube. As the LittleBig is converted from little to big mode the handlebar reach increases by 5cm and saddle height raises by 10cm. Low step through in both little and big modes. Steel fork.Steel frame with low step through and removable foot rest. Steel fork.
Brakes
Front and rear hand operated alloy V brakes with kids specific short reach alloy levers. Using hand brakes allows kids to stop more easily and safely than using their feet. This is particularly important for bigger more confident riders or while going downhill. It's useful for kids to get comfortable using hand brakes before progressing to a bigger bike, which will certainly have both brakes.USA versions of the Strider come with a rear coaster (back pedal brake) only. This means it's not possible to brake while in balance bike mode (since there are no pedals fitted to operate the brake) In pedal mode only the rear wheel is slowed which can lead to skidding. The UK version has a front and rear sidepull brakes with plastic brake levers, these brakes are not as powerful as V brakes and require more hand power to slow the bike.
Steering
500mm wide, 80mm rise alloy handlebar. Alloy aheadset (threadless) stem with sealed ball bearing headset for smooth, rattle free steering and longevity. Velo soft rubber grips with flanged ends.68mm rise with alloy/ steel stem and plastic bushing headset. Strider grips with flanged ends.

littlebig bike vs strider 14x convertible balance bike with pedals
Cranks
89mm alloy cranks to provide sufficient leverage while not requiring too much bend at the knee at the top of the pedal stroke. 28 tooth chainring with 14 tooth rear sprocket.75mm which will not provide much leverage to start from a standstill. Okay for smaller, powerful riders but not for those with longer legs. 28 tooth front chainring with 16 tooth rear sprocket.
Pedals
Full width resin body for plenty of support for the riders foot for comfort and grip.Strider "Easy Stride" pedals. Designed to help riders to push off the ground while starting off but will not provide as much grip while pedalling.
Wheels
Cartridge bearing alloy hubs laced to 14" alloy rims with 20 spokes. 1.95" wide pneumatic (air) tyres to provide cushioning and grip on varied terrain.14" alloy rims laced to alloy hubs with chrome spokes. 1.75" wide pneumatic tyres.
Weight
Balance bike (no pedals): 5.1kg (11.2lbs). Pedal bike: 6.6kg (14.5lbs)Balance bike: 5.5kg (12lbs). Pedal bike: 7.0kg (15.5lbs)
Saddle height
37cm-55cm (14"-22")38cm-55cm (15"-22")
Servicing
The LittleBig is built like a real bike, not a toy and many of the parts can be serviced or repaired at your local bike shop. Alternatively, we stock all parts of the bike so can send replacements if ever needed (like if you reverse over the bike after your little one left it in the driveway!).The 14x uses many of Strider's own parts cranks, saddle, headset etc) which would need to be sourced from Strider directly.
Customer Support
All customer support is done directly through us (usually me, Simon!) and we take pride in being able to help our customers directly, be it pre-sales, bike setup tips, advice on getting started or following the aforementioned reversing over the bike! We'll always sort you out. Have a question? Contact us.Strider has a network of bike retailers and resellers so it may be difficult and take time to find the correct place to direct your questions.
Warranty
5 year warranty on frame and fork, 2 years on all other parts. No registration required.Two year warranty, limited to riders less than 36 kg (80 lbs).
Price
€250/£225 with free UK/ Ireland shipping. 240USD (ex Tax) to USA with 24USD shipping.€207/£180 (UK/ Ireland). 209USD (ex Tax) in USA

Okay, hands up, I’m biased but we wanted to be as objective as possible in this comparison and read a number of other reviews including twowheelingtots.com, thewirecutter.com & striderbikes.com among others. You can read independent press reviews of the LittleBig bike, or see our 5* customer reviews and if you like what you see, head over to our shop, you won’t be disappointed!