I read something recently about a brand a bit like Islabikes but a 20% cheaper. UK brand and looked good.
I think it was Frog Bikes that you were referring to.
They were at the Cycle Show in Birmingham last week.
They're constantly improving the componentry and build on their bikes to make them even lighter and easy to ride, which is reassuring.
This year they are putting shorter derailleur cages on to their bikes so that they are less likely to hit something and have a better (lighter) shifting mechanism, and they're shortening the crank length to help out shorter legs too.
They've also got 2 green spokes:) Looks funky that's all - but kids love 'em.
Anyway, I am biased to a point, as we sell them and we lease them. We do a number of other brands as well, but Frog is the brand that I put my own child on.
I'd be more than happy to help you get your hands on one if you'd like to:)
As I said, we have 3 different ways to get them:
2 years 0% finance - I think that we're the only ones offering this
Swanky Kids Plan - this is a 2 year lease but you can end it early (after 15 months) and move on up to the next bike as soon as your child outgrows the one they're on.
We've introduced the Swanky Kids Plan to help get more kids onto good quality bikes that they don't have to "grow into".
We figure that if a kid doesn't have to struggle to ride, then they're more likely to keep at it.
Frog as a brand is a perfect fit for this as the componentry, geometry and weight is ideal for a kid to enjoy their cycling on.
I've definitely noticed though that some kids have "unaturally" powerful legs and they seem to be undaunted by any type of bike they ride:) I imagine they'll be able to keep going longer though if it's lighter.
I'm sure there will be some on this forum that'll come out trolling about "How very dare you try to offer finance on kids bikes".
However, the 2 finance packages are to help parents overcome the barrier of "I don't want to spend £200 on a bike that my kid will grow out of in no time." There's always the cash option as well.
Of course, there are always other options open to you, like a second hand bike (we have an ex-lease Frog 55 available in Orange if you're interested), or a Halfords "special".
We have a few Halfords specials ourselves. We use them at shows and events next to the Frog bikes so that people can see and feel the difference for themselves.
It's a no brainer for most people once they pick them up and compare.
I've looked at the Early Rider range as well. The balance bikes look awesome. However, the pedal bike looks like the child would be kissing their chin with their knee as they pedalled. Did your kid get a chance to ride on one? If so, what was it like?