Electric Bikes for Kids and Teens – A Buying Guide and Top Picks. Electric balance bike stacyc

Electric Bikes for Kids and Teens – A Buying Guide and Top Picks

Electric bikes for kids are quickly gaining in popularity, and the technology powering them continues to get better and better. From electric balance bikes for motocross kids to electric commuter bikes and e-mountain bikes, kids ebikes are an incredible tool for enabling kids to go faster and farther than their little legs can carry them on their own.

Whether you have a future bmx star, a young child tackling longer distances, a teenager commuting to work, or you’re a parent looking to replace short car trips, there’s an ebike for that! Ebikes for kids vary widely in purpose, so understanding what to look for as well as what is available is essential to finding the right bike for your child and your family.

In order to help you find the best electric bike for your needs, we’ve broken this article into four sections. The first section is a buying guide that covers everything you need to know about buying an ebike for your child, and the remaining three sections provide tips and specific bike suggestions based on the age of the rider.

While we highly recommend reading our full electric bikes for kids buying guide, here’s are some quick tips and specific bike recommendations for those TL;DR folks :-).

Quick Tips for Buying a Kids ebike

(1) Be aware of your local laws and regulations: Many areas prohibit kids from operating Class II (ebikes with throttles) as well as Class III ebikes (ebikes with a 28mph max w/wo a throttle).

(2) Look for a bike with a torque sensor: Torque sensors allow the rider to control the speed of the bike with the pedals. Without one, pedaling slower will NOT slow down the speed of the bike, which can be very confusing and dangerous for kids.

(3) Say no to the throttle: Throttles allow kids to reach high speeds quickly without pedaling and should be avoided. Throttles on essentially all ebikes, however, can be turned off or removed after purchase.

(4) Pay attention to weight: ebikes can weigh up to 60 lb. (or more!) and can be a lot for an adult, let alone a child, to handle.

(5) eBikes vs. electric balance bikes: Small electric balance bikes without pedals (such as STACYC) typically are not covered under ebike laws, but should still be used with caution.

The Best Electric Bikes for Kids

This list was compiled after extensive research as well as leaning heavily on our own experience with electric bikes. Unlike our other “best” lists throughout this site, we fully admit that we have not tested or personally seen all of these bikes.

details about these specific bikes are included in the age-based sections below. Like always, any additional feedback and suggestions are welcome in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

Electric Balance Bikes STACYC 12 eDrive STACYC 16eDrive GoTrax Kids STACYC 18e Drive STACYC 20E Drive Electric Bikes for Kids woom UP Commencal Meta Power 24 eBikes for Carrying Kids RadRunner Plus Aventon Abound Ferla Family Bike
3 to 5 9 mph 799
5 to 7 13 mph 1,049
5 to 8 15.5 mph 449
8 to 10 18 mph 1,999
10 to 12 20 mph 2,599
8 to 12 Best all around eMTB 3,799
8 to 12 Ultimate eMTB for advanced riders 3,800
Adult Comes with light, fenders, and rear seat 1,899
Adult Peppy longtail ebike, holds two kids 2,199
Adult Holds up to 4 kids! 3,999

Electric Bikes for Kids – Table of Contents

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  • Electric Bikes for Kids Buying Guide
  • eBikes for Kids (Bikes with pedals – age 6)
  • Electric Bikes for Toddlers and Preschoolers(Balance bikes – no pedals)
  • Electric Cargo Bikes for Carrying Kids(Cargo-esque bikes that allow for a child seat)

eBikes for Kids Buying Guide

If you are new to ebikes, there is certainly a lot to learn! In this guide, we will be focusing on the features of ebikes that are particularly important for kids. While the specifics of battery life, battery volts, motor torque, and countless other ebike components are very important to the overall performance of the bike, they don’t necessarily affect kids more than adults, so we won’t be discussing them here.

For a more general reference about electric bikes, REI’s How to Choose an Electric Bike is a great place to start. For a deep dive into the electric systems of ebikes, ebikes.ca is a top-notch resource, while Juiced Bikes does a great job going into the specifics of batteries. Lastly, for reviews on adult ebikes (including some small enough for tweens and teens), electricbikereview.com is a great resource.

Why an ebike for kids?

Two words – distance and elevation. Electric bikes allow kids to ride their bikes for longer distances as well as tackle greater elevations gains. Based on our experiences with our own kids, ebikes can magically transform rides that were previously too hard, too long, or too boring… into exciting adventures that kids truly enjoy.

Electric bikes are very different than electric scooters. Many people balk at the idea of a child riding an electric bike as they envision kids zipping down the street without taking a single pedal stroke. While this is certainly possible, it’s not probable nor is it the purpose or design of ebikes for kids.

When given the right bike (kids don’t need a throttle!) and in the right conditions (longer rides or in hilly areas), kids can still get plenty of exercise on an ebike.

Kid-specific ebikes don’t have a throttle (more about this below) and require kids to pedal for the motor to even kick on. If they stop pedaling, the motor also stops. While many tweens and teens can technically fit on adult ebikes with throttles (Class II or III), many areas have regulations to prevent kids from riding an ebike with a throttle.

Class of eBikes

Prior to shopping for an ebike, it is important to understand the differences between the three classes of ebikes on the market. Many states do not allow kids under the age of 16 to ride a Class III ebike, while many states don’t allow anyone (even adults!) to ride Class II ebikes on bike paths and trails. Check out Bikes for People’s Electric Bike Laws to learn more about your state’s regulations.

The two main differences between the classes of ebikes are:

What is a bike throttle? A throttle is a lever or button that activates the motor of the bike without having to pedal. If a bike does not have a throttle, the motor can only be activated by pedaling the bike.

Max mph assist Throttle
Class I 20 No
Class II 20 Yes
Class III 20/28 Optional

Class I

The motor on Class I ebikes cannot assist the rider above 20 mph max. While the rider can pedal to accelerate the bike faster than 20mph, the motor will stop providing additional assistance once 20mph is reached.

Class I ebikes also cannot have a throttle. The motor can only be activated via pedaling and the rider must continue pedaling in order for the motor to operate. Most ebikes sold in big-box stores are Class I ebikes.

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All kid-specific ebikes are Class I, but for added safety, they typically have a lower speed at which the motor will stop assisting. For example, the kid-specific woom UP line maxes out at 12 mph and the Kent Torpedo at 17 mph.

Class II

Like Class I bikes, the motor on Class II can only assist up to 20 mph. The main difference is that Class II bikes have a throttle that allows the rider to turn on the motor and propel the bike forward without pedaling the bike. The rider can also choose not to use the throttle and to activate the motor via the pedals as well.

Class III

Stepping it up a notch, Class III ebikes can assist the rider up to 28 mph when pedaling, but only up to 20mph when using the optional throttle. Due to their higher speeds, Class III ebikes are the most regulated and in many areas are limited to street use only.

Ebike Sizing vs. Traditional Bike Sizing

Like regular kids bikes, ebikes for kids are sized according to wheel size. So if your child is riding a 24″ bike, they will likely fit on a 24″ kids electric bike.

Like all bikes, it is also important to take minimum and maximum seat heights into account as they can vary widely within a wheel size, depending on brand. If you aren’t sure what wheel size your child needs, be sure to check out our Kids Bikes Sizing Guide.

Currently, there are only a handful of child-specific ebikes on the market (in the US). The smallest bike we are aware of is the Kent Torpedo 20″, which has a minimum seat height of 27″ and can fit kids as young as 7. The Swagtron EB-6 20″ bike is a popular bike marketed as a kid’s bike, but it is too tall for most kids and with only 1 PAS mode, it is too fast for kids to ride safely.

Larger kids electric bikes are available from woom and Commencal, but they are designed for more aggressive trail riders, versus everyday neighborhood riders. With suspension and top-of-the-line components, these bikes are powerhouses on the trail but also come with a steep price tag that puts them out of reach for many families.

As a result, many older kids (tween and teens at least 5′ not riding on a mountain trail), will likely ride an ebike designed for an adult. Our page on Electric Bicycles for Women has many bikes small enough for a 4’11 – 5’0 kid rider.

The wheel sizes on adult electric bikes vary widely from 20″ fat tires to 700c street tires. As a result, the wheel size on adult ebikes cannot be used as an indication of the overall size of the bike.

Weight of eBikes

Ebikes are heavy! While the motor does help to compensate for the additional weight to get the bike moving, ebikes can still be significantly harder to maneuver than traditional bikes. This is especially true for tweens and teens riding adult ebikes, which can weigh up to 70 pounds.

Kid-specific ebikes tend to be a bit lighter than adult bikes, but they are in turn much more expensive. As a point of reference, the 3,750 woom 6 UP with 26″ wheels weighs 37.3 lb. while the 650 26″ Hyper MTN weighs 48 lb.

Like traditional bikes, lightweight ebikes tend to be very expensive. Don’t be surprised if entry-level ebikes don’t have their total weights listed. When researching for this article, reviews of specific bikes on YouTube and electricbikereview.com were helpful in providing information about the weight and overall size of the bike.

For adults carrying kids as passengers on an ebike, the total weight of the bike can be a lot to negotiate. Over the years, we’ve found Class II ebikes with throttles to be a gamechanger when riding with a heavy load.

Using the throttle to propel that heavy load forward from a standstill is significantly easier than attempting to do so by pedaling, even with pedal assist. Once the bike is moving, it is easy to maintain balance and momentum on the bike by pedaling and the throttle is no longer necessary.

Pedal Assist Modes (PAS)

A bike’s pedal-assist mode or PAS, determines how much “help” the motor provides while pedaling. Most ebikes have 3 to 5 pedal assist modes. The higher the pedal-assist mode, the more the motor will assist in propelling the bike forward.

The PAS modes are easily adjusted by pushing a button on the bike’s display on the handlebars, or on some bikes, the downtube. PAS modes can be changed at any time during a ride.

Pedal-assist modes work by altering the total output of the motor (watts). The higher the pedal-assist mode, the greater the percentage of output the motor will produce, and the less effort the rider has to exert on the pedals to propel the bike forward.

As a point of clarification, be aware that these percentages are the MAX percentages the motor or the rider can have on the total output (basically speed) of the bike. The bike does not need to reach “100% output” in order to move.

The % of the output from the rider, as well as the motor, can vary within the set PAS range. For example, on a bike with 3 PAS modes, in PAS 2 the motor can apply up to 80% of the output, while the rider can apply up to 20%. As a result, the higher the PAS mode, the less effect the rider’s pedaling has on the speed of the bike. In all PAS modes, however, the motor will stop providing additional assistance once the bike reaches its max MPH allowed for motor assistance.

Riding with PAS

The rider must continue to pedal at all times in all PAS modes. If the rider stops pedaling (even in PAS 5), the motor will stop providing output. The bike, however, will not stop as it will continue to coast like a traditional bike. (Note: If you are engaging the throttle on a Class II or Class III ebike, the throttle overrides the PAS and you don’t need to pedal.)

To stop the bike, the rider can stop pedaling and coast to a stop or simply apply the brakes, which automatically turns off the motor.

The “feel” of riding with PAS can vary greatly from bike to bike. Compared to higher-end ebikes, lower-end ebikes tend to be jerkier and can also limit the rider’s ability to control the speed of the bike with the pedals. These differences are the result of the bike’s ability (or inability) to regulate the rate at which the motor output is applied.

Some ebikes will automatically apply the max motor output for every PAS (for example, ramping quickly up to 80% output at the first pedal stroke), while others will slowly ramp up the output based on the pedaling of the rider (slowly increase from 0% to 80% based how hard or fast the rider is pedaling).

A bike’s ability to quickly or slowly apply power to the bike is determined by the bike’s PAS sensor. There are two main types of sensors – a cadence sensor, and a torque sensor.

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Cadence Sensors vs. Torque Sensors

While the PAS modes control the max % of output the motor will produce, the sensors on the bike determine the rate at which that max % of output is applied. There are two main types of sensors – cadence sensors, and torque sensors. While seemingly minor, these sensors can make a huge difference in how the bike reacts to the rider.

A cadence sensor detects if you are pedaling (not how fast, but whether the pedals are moving or not) while a torque sensor measures how hard you are pedaling (~how much tension is on the chain). Lower-end bikes typically have cadence sensors, but higher-end bikes have torque sensors.

While riding both bikes is the best way to “feel” the difference between the two, we’ll do our best to explain the difference and why we highly recommend bikes with torque sensors for kids.

Cadence Sensors

Cadence sensors act as on and off switches for the motor. Upon sensing a forward movement on the crank arms and pedals, the cadence sensor turns the motor on. Once the motor is on, it then applies output according to the PAS mode selected. The higher the PAS mode, the more output is available from the motor.

The cadence sensor, however, does not have the ability to determine how fast or how hard you are pedaling, it just looks to see IF you are pedaling in a forward motion. On a bike with a cadence sensor, you can be pedaling in a very low gear with NO tension on the chain at all and the bike will still be propelled forward by the motor.

As a result, the benefit of cadence sensors is that very little effort from the rider is needed for the bike to function, especially at high PAS levels. But on the flip side, since the sensor cannot monitor how fast or slow the rider is pedaling, it can be very challenging, or in some cases not possible at all, for the rider to control the speed of the bike with the pedals.

Regardless of how fast or how slow the rider is pedaling on an ebike with a cadence sensor, the motor will apply the max % of input based on the selected PAS mode. For example, if your bike has 5 PAS modes and you are riding in PAS 3 (60% motor input, 40% human) the bike will automatically ramp up to 60% of its motor output once the pedals start rotating. Slowing down or speeding up your pedal strokes will not affect the amount of output the motor is providing to the bike.

You can increase the speed of the bike by pedaling hard and adding to the 60% output the motor is already providing (the 40% rider output), but you cannot decrease the output of the motor by pedaling slowly. If you are already pedaling at a slower pace (so as to not add to the motor’s output) the only way to slow the speed of the bike is to decrease the PAS mode, brake (which stops the motor), or stop pedaling (which also stops the motor).

It can therefore be very difficult to ride at a slow speed on a bike with a cadence sensor, especially at high PAS levels. Whether you are spinning in granny gear or huffing and puffing in high gear, the output of the motor will remain the same.

For young riders, the lack of ability to control the speed of the bike with their feet can be VERY confusing and potentially dangerous. As a result, we highly recommend ebikes for kids with torque sensors (explained below).

Torque Sensors

While cadence sensors act as an “ignition” switch to the motor (turning it on or off), bikes with torque sensors take it one step further and essentially turn the pedals into a “gas pedal”.

By monitoring the amount of pressure applied to the cranks and pedals, a torque sensor allows you to slowly ramp up the output of the motor by pedaling faster and decrease the output by pedaling slower in all PAS modes.

So instead of quickly ramping up to the max % output in the selected PAS mode (like on ebikes with a cadence sensor), an ebike with a torque sensor will slowly increase the output of the motor according to how much tension the rider applies to the pedals (until it hits the max PAS %).

For example, if the selected PAS has a max output of 80%, the bike will feather the motor’s output from 0% to 80% depending on the force applied to the pedals by the rider. At a slow pedal rate, the motor may only output 20%, but as the rider pedals faster, the rate will increase until it maxes out at 80%.

So while bikes with torque sensors require more effort from the rider (the rider can’t just coast – they must apply pressure to the pedals), setting the bike to a higher PAS mode still allows the rider to get plenty of assistance from the motor by pedaling harder (like you would on a traditional bike).

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As a result, like a traditional bike, an ebike with a torque sensor allows the rider to always be in control of the speed of the bike via the pedals. Want to go faster? Pedal faster. Want to slow down? Pedal slower.

The downside of torque sensors is that they are much more expensive to incorporate on a bike. As a result, ebikes with torque sensors are rarely found under 1,500 and are usually closer to 2,000.

Single-speed or Geared

PAS modes on a bike do not replace the gears. Like traditional bikes, gears on a bike allow you to alter how hard the bike is to pedal. The PAS modes on the bike adjust how much additional input the motor adds to your effort.

Gears are especially important when tackling steep elevation changes or technical terrain. If a bike does not have a “granny gear” to allow you to easily start pedaling the bike, the motor can’t kick in, regardless of the PAS mode you are in. As a result, if you stop on a steep incline you may not be able to get the heavy bike started up again. (Unless you have a throttle.)

On technical terrain, this is especially important as the PAS modes can’t help you power through a particularly rough part of a trail if the bike is in too hard of a gear to pedal. On an electric bike with a torque sensor (which most e-mountain bikes do), in order to get full input from the motor in your set PAS mode, you also need to be able to pedal at a decent speed.

If technical terrain or strong elevation gains are not in your plans, then a single-speed ebike with several PAS modes should suit you just fine. Bikes with throttles also typically don’t necessarily need multiple gears as you can always rely on the throttle to power you up a hill.

Keep in mind, however, that regardless of the class of ebike, the throttle can never accelerate the bike past 20 mph. Speeds beyond 20 mph require input from the rider via the drivetrain (you gotta pedal hard!), so gears are also essential for riders aiming for higher speeds.

Motor Placement – Hub vs. Mid-drive motor

The motor on ebikes can be located in three different places, (1) within the hub of the front wheel, (2) the rear wheel, or (3) at the bike’s bottom bracket (called mid-drive motors). Rear hub motors are the most common on low to mid-range ebikes, while mid-drive motors are standard on most high-end bikes. Front hub motors are not common.

Mid-drive Motor vs. Rear Hub Motor

For basic riding on paved surfaces, rear-hub motors do just fine. Bikes with hub motors are typically much cheaper than bikes with mid-drive motors, but they can throw off the weight distribution of the bike. As a result, for more technical riding, mid-drive motors are always recommended. In addition to being centrally located on the bike, they are also placed lower, thereby helping to lower the overall center of gravity of the bike.

Another benefit of mid-drive motors is that it is much easier to repair or replace the rear tire of the bike. With a rear hub motor, removing a rear wheel is certainly possible, it just takes a lot more time and effort.

The Best Electric Bikes for Kids (with Pedals)

From 8-year-olds taking on longer distances with their parents to teens needing a budget ebike to commute to work, we’ve done hours of research to find the best electric bikes for kids. While we have not personally seen all of these bikes, we have tested four different ebikes with seven different kids on a variety of trails.

The best ride for your child really comes down to your budget and how you plan on using it. Per our explanation provided in our buying guide above, we have not included any Class III ebikes. While we do not recommend bikes with throttles for kids, we have included several Class II on this list knowing that the throttles on essentially all ebikes can be removed.

We have also not included high-end kids eMTB bikes (with the exception of the woom UP which can be used as an eMTB and a commuter). From geometry to tires, suspension and brakes, there are a lot more variables to consider when shopping for an eMTB, but the basics outlined here still certainly apply.

If you are unaware of the importance of a torque sensor, please read our section about the differences in ebikes sensors above. Essentially, without a torque sensor, the speed of the bike cannot be controlled by the pedals.

Electric Bikes for Kids Comparison

Bikes for Ages 7 to 12. Class I. No throttle. 12 to 17 mph max woom UP 5 woom UP 6 Bikes for Ages 12, Class I. No throttle. 20 mph max Hyper eRide City Townie Go! 7D Priority Current Bikes for Ages 14, Class II w/ Throttle. 20 mph max Aventon Soltera Electra Townie Go! 7D Step-Thru If the throttle is removed, these bikes are suitable for kids 12
3,799 28. 33.5 35.6 Yes 3 11 250W
3,999 30.9. 37.4 37.3 Yes 3 11 250W
648 53 No 3 6 250W
1,899 4’11 – 5’11 44 Yes 3 7 250W
3,299 30.5. 36.5 Yes 5 5 500W
1,199 4’11. 6’1 43 Yes 5 7 350W
1,599 4’11. 5’11 48 No 3 7 250W

The Best Electric Balance Bikes

While electric balance bikes should never be a replacement for a traditional balance bike, they are great fun for tiny riders, especially future motocross or riders or BMX racers. From doing laps at the track to simply riding around the campground or backyard, these electric balance bikes can help instill a passion for riding at a very young age.

STACYC electric balance bikes (owned by Harley Davidson) are by far the best quality and most popular. While other cheaper brands have hit the market, most are significantly heavier than the STACYC line and don’t offer as many speed settings.

Compared to the similarly-sized Yamaha PW50 kids motorcycle, electric balance bikes are quieter, lighter, and significantly cheaper! Like the PW50’s governor, most electric balance bikes have several speed settings to limit the top speed for new riders.

MSRP Seat Height Speeds Wt. Range
Bikes for ages 2 – 5
STACYC 12eDrive 735 14″ – 16″ (3) 5, 7, 9mph 17 lb. 30 – 60 min
Bikes for ages 5 – 7
GoTrax Kids 399 19.3″ – 20.9″ (1) 15.5 mph 27 lb. 15.5 miles
STACYC Brushless 16eDrive 1,049 17″ – 19″ (3) 5, 7.5, 13 mph 19 lb. 30 – 60 min

STACYC bikes are also available under several other brand names, including Harley Davidson (who purchased STACYC in 2019), KTM, GASGAS, and Husqvarna. As far as we are aware, besides aesthetics, the bikes themselves remain the same across all lines.

Electric Cargo Bikes for Hauling Kids

From quick drop-offs at a friend’s house to skipping the pick-up lane after school, electric cargo bikes are a fun and fast way to get around the neighborhood! With the flexibility to hold everything from toddlers in child bike seats to a full-grown adult, your family is sure to get many years of use from an electric family bike.

There are many different types of electric cargo bikes (or trikes!) to consider. In addition to the information covered in our buying guide above, there are a lot of variables to consider. For an in-depth dive into the specifics of cargo bikes for families, we highly recommend checking out Bike Shop Girl’s Cargo Bike buying guide.

When it comes to your budget, higher-end bikes are typically lighter, offer better speed control via a torque sensor, as well as increased durability from the drivetrain and electronics. If your planned trips are within a few miles around your neighborhood, however, don’t be afraid to go for a lower-end cargo bike, such as the RadRunner Plus shown above. Although heavy and not as fine-tuned as other bikes, it works great for quick trips and after 100s of miles, we have no complaints!

MSRPWeightTorque SensorRange
Bikes for 1 Child
RadRunner Plus 1,899 74.3 No 45 Mi.
Aventon Abound 2,199 81 Yes up to 50 Mi.
Bikes for 2 Kids
RadWagon 4 1,899 76.7 No 45 Mi.
Aventon Abound 2,199 81 Yes up to 50 Mi.
Xtracycle Swoop 4,999 62.9 Yes up to 60 Mi.
Tricycles for 2 Kids
Ferla Family Bike 3,999 130 No 25 Mi.
Bunch Coupe 6,999 132 No 75 Mi.

All bikes listed, except the Bunch Coupe, have a throttle

Natalie Martins

Natalie has basically been obsessed with kids’ bikes since 2010 when her oldest of three kids began riding a balance bike. After trying to convince everyone she knew about how amazing balance bikes are, she began Two Wheeling Tots. As a certified secondary science teacher, she loves digging deep into the why and how of kids biking. With her in-depth knowledge of the kids’ bike world, she has consulted with many top brands as well as contributed to articles at NY Strategist, the Today Show, and more.

Stacyc 12eDrive Balance Bike

Owned by Harley Davidson, Stacyc Stability Bikes are an introduction to motorcycles, bmx riding, mountain biking, and eBikes for young kids.

Designed with a 3-speed electric-powered mode, and completely un-powered mode, you can ease your kids from learning to ride a balance bike, all the way to higher pedal-speeds on one bike. While the 12eDrive Balance Bike is designed for kids 3-5 years old, Stacyc also makes a bigger and more powerful, 16″ version of this bike, for 5-7 year old kids.

Stacyc 12eDrive Starting Out

We have been using the Stacyc 12eDrive for about 6 months with our 4-year old, who is already proficient on his pedal bike, as an introduction to motorcycling and mountain biking. He uses it primarily at the park, trails, and in the yard, since those are all places he struggles to go on his pedal bike.

I was worried the 12eDrive would be too small for him, since he already rides a 14″ Woom 2, but with the extra weight of the battery, the 12e is just the right size and power for him to handle on his own.

He loves his “motorcycle” and, despite a few hiccups in learning, it is helping him gain confidence with riding off-road and at speeds and has him excited to graduate to a real motorcycle or mountain bike some day.

Who is the Stacyc 12eDrive Best For?

As a balance bike, this bike can be used to teach young kids how to balance and ride a bike. It is heavier with the eDrive motor, however, so fits an older recommended age rage (3-5 years) than a standard balance bike (2).

While an eBike might seem unnecessary for kids who can already ride a pedal bike, it is actually a perfect first step for kids with families who ride motorcycles or ATVs. The Stacyc teaches the youngest riders how to safely control a throttle and use hand brakes.

As a dirt-biking family, we are anxious to get our little guy on his first motorcycle. His experience with the throttle and the weight of the Stacyc will help him to graduate quickly and with confidence to a motorcycle or an eBike.

As a mountain biking family, this bike is also a perfect introduction to riding on dirt. The tires are wider and have excellent traction, and it has the power to go on trails and deeper gravel, where our 4-year old on a 1-speed pedal bike would normally not be able to ride for more than 20 yards. He is learning to let the wheels move under him, adjust his balance, and read the terrain for obstacles.

Stacyc 12eDrive Balance Bike Specs

  • For riders 3-5 years with 14-20″ inseam
  • Aluminum TIG welded frame
  • Steel BMX-style fork
  • 12″ composite wheels with pneumatic tires
  • Rear hand brake with enclosed drum brake
  • Footrest
  • 3 drive speeds: Low (5mph), Med (7mph), High (9mph)
  • Thermal protection for motor and controller
  • Fully enclosed BMX chain and freewheel
  • Quick connect, 20v 2Ah lithium ion battery
  • 30-60 minute run time, 30-60 minute charge time
  • 17lbs with battery

Battery Life

The Stacyc 12eDrive uses a rechargable battery, which had me worried out of the gate. Would it run out of charge on a longer ride?

Happily, this battery seems to have plenty of life for neighborhood rides and short days on the trail. We’ve taken it 3-4 miles at a time and never had a problem. Honestly, my 4-year old would get tired or start whining if we were riding for more than an hour anyways, so the 30-60 minute battery life is just about right.

We’ve only run out of battery once, after over an hour of laps around cones in the yard. The battery recharges quickly, and is back up to full strength in about an hour. You can also buy a second 5Ah battery, to have as a backup, or change out for longer rides.

If you do run out of battery on an outing, you can easily switch the bike into manual mode (it’s just a switch) and your child can ride it as a regular balance bike.

Power Levels

One of the best features of this bike is the adjustable power levels. Your child can start in the unpowered mode and learn to ride it as a standard balance bike. When they are ready for pedals, just turn on the power and let them learn throttle control in the low-speed mode.

The lowest speed is very manageable for most kids (~5mph) and if they crank hard on the throttle, the bike won’t get away from them. In the medium speed, the bike will get up and go quite a bit faster (~7mph), so make sure your kids are ready for it and can roll the throttle on slowly before dialing it up. The top speed (~9mph) has some zip when your kid only weighs 40lbs, so they might pop a wheelie if they don’t know how to roll on the throttle yet.

Be patient and wait until your child is really showing throttle control before dialing up the bike speed. Grandpa got too excited and dialed up the power too fast for our little boy. After a few spinouts and wrecks from cranking the throttle too hard, our little guy wouldn’t ride the bike again for a while and we had to adjust it back down.

One note is that the power levels are a bit of a pain to change, and require following specific steps, as listed in the manual. This is good in that your kid can’t accidentally make the bike go too fast, but would be annoying if you needed to make a change between kids, on the fly.

What We Are Not So Crazy About the Stacyc 12eDrive


While this bike is super lightweight for an eBike, at 17lbs, it’s pretty heavy as a balance bike for young kids. That makes this balance bike suitable only for older kids. Stacyc recommends it for ages 3-5, but honestly I think a younger 3-year old would have trouble picking it up by themselves.

That said, it’s extremely light when compared to a minibike/kids motorcycles, and provides a lot of stability for the weight.


Be ready for some sticker shock… 650 is prohibitively expensive for many people for a bike you will only get a couple years of use out of. That said, if you have multiple kids who will use the bike, it is tough and will hold up well to years of use. The resale value of Stacyc bikes are also really good, so factor that into your calculations!

If you are an avid mountain biker, dirt biker, or you ride an ATV or an eBike, the price tag might be worth it to get your little shredder out there with you.


I really wish the seat post had a quick-release for easier adjustments. Kids grow fast and it’s annoying to take the tools out to make height adjustments.

It Can’t Get Wet

Like many eBikes, this is a fair-weather bike.

Per the manufacturer, the eDrive motor is designed for dry environments only. That means you won’t be able to ride it through big puddles, on rainy days, or on muddy trails without potentially damaging the battery or motor.

Stacyc 12eDrive Balance Bike: The Bottom Line

If you are looking to introduce your kids to motorized sports or mountain biking, this bike will be just the ticket to get them started at a young age and is totally worth the price tag.

Motorcycle and ATV families, in particular, will not find a better (or lighter) tool for teaching kids throttle control and dirt skills at that age. Of course, your kids will be inspired to learn and be just like mom and dad!

Even if you aren’t a motorsports family, this bike is incredibly well designed and FUN for young kids. If you just want them to keep up on family rides, or if you want to start getting them out on trails, the Stacyc 12eDrive Balance Bike is a great option for little rippers.

Where to buy the Stacyc 12eDrive Balance Bike

You can find both the 12eDrive and the 16eDrive on the Stacyc website. Because they are owned by Harley Davidson, many powersports dealers also sell them. You can find a list of dealers on the Stacyc website.


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STACYC Electric Balance Dirt Bike for Kids (Long Term Review)

In this article, we talk and review the Stacyc electric dirt bike for kids. It might look like a bike, but it is suited for young ones to learn how to ride a bike off-road, prepare to ride proper dirt bike and even do some track racing.

Getting your boy or a girl into dirt bikes can be a bit scary. As parents, we want to make sure that our kids have fun but are still safe when riding dirt bikes. Learning the proper dirt biking skills as a kid will set them up for life.

When your child is first learning how to ride a dirt bike its important that they a way to learn dirt bike skills while gaining confidence.

Years ago the strider bike was introduced to the world and this really helps speed up the learning curve for kids learning how to ride dirt bikes and peddle bikes. The ability to use your feet to power you forwards allowing the kids to learn forward momentum and balance.

Why an Electric Balance Dirt bike is perfect for kids

Having an electric powered balance dirt bike is the perfect choice when it comes to teaching your kids how to dirt bike. Eventually, the goal would be to get your kid’s abilities and confidence up in order to switch to a gas-powered dirt bike or continue riding larger dirt bikes.

With an electric dirt bike, they can ride it every day in the backyard. They Stacyc balance dirt bike has different power modes for all skill levels. Being an electric balance dirt bike they are quiet and easy to operate. We have found that our kids enjoy learning first on an electric dirt bike before switching over to an ICE powered dirt bike.

As Roger DeCoster says….there is no substitute for seat time!

Being able to allow your kids to rip around the yard all day without annoying the neighbors is important for them to gain the skill they need for dirt biking.

The Stacyc eDrive balance dirt bike allows your kids to push or coast the E balance dirt bike In none power mode. This is perfect for learning how to ride a dirt bike. Your kid can learn how to push, coast, and balance the dirt bike before using any power.

Once they show that they are confident in balancing the dirt bike and using the correct momentum you can switch the bike’s power on and then have your kids learn how to use throttle and brakes.

Stacyc Size Comparison

The Stacyc balance dirt bikes come in 2 different models. The differences is the size of the balance dirt bike.

Stacyc 12eDrive Electric Balance Dirt Bike

Starter Dirt bike for 3-5-Year-olds

The Stacyc 12eDrive it the smallest electric balance dirt bike from Stacyc. Perfect for the 3-5-year-olds that want to get into dirt biking but need to learn how to balance a dirt bike. Stacyc recommends that your child have a 14″ or more inseam so they can touch the ground.

With a run time of around 30-60 minutes depending on what power setting, you have it in. This allows your kids to spend lots of time building up their skills.

The different power modes allow your kids to “level up” as their dirt bike skills increase. Low speed in the training power mode is 5 mph and the top speed in 9 mph in the advanced power mode.

The Stacyc 12eDrive balance dirt bike comes with a Lithium-ion 2Ah 20V battery with a charger.

Stacyc 12eDrive Specs:

  • 17lbs with the battery
  • 13″ seat height
  • 12″ wheels
  • BMX Fork
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Low/Med/High power modes
  • 20v
  • 2ah battery
  • 30-60 minute runtime
  • 30-60 minute charge time

Stacyc 16eDrive Electric Balance Dirt Bike

Starter Dirt bike for 4-7 year olds

If your little guy is older (4-7 years old) or is taller (18-24″ inseam) than the Stacyc 16eDrive balance electric dirt bike is the perfect dirt bike for kids that are just getting into dirt biking.

Larger 16″ wheels allow for your kids to learn how to balance and also the bigger tires will roll over obstacles better.

The Stacyc 16EDrive comes with a 17″ seat height so that means Stacyc recommends your child to have a 18-24″ inseam. If they don’t then this electric dirt bike is too big and you will want to move to the Stacyc 12eDrive.

The Stacyc 16edrive allows your kid to push the balance dirt bike in a nonpowered mode. This is perfect for learning and once they get the balance and forward momentum down you can turn the power on so they can learn throttle control.

You get a 4Ah battery and charger with the Stacyc 16eDrive.

Stacyc 16eDrive Specs:

  • 19lbs with the battery
  • 17″ seat height
  • 162″ wheels
  • BMX Fork
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Low/Med/High power modes
  • 20v
  • 4ah battery
  • 30-60 minute runtime
  • 45-60 minute charge time

Electric Balance Dirt Bike for Kids

If you are reading this article you are probably of the generation where your dad bought you a clapped out gas-powered dirt bike and kickstarted it and then turned you loose….

With no helmet….

No training….

AND no idea how STOP….

Fast forward to 2020 we actually have some really good options to help our kids get into dirt biking safely. They will have more fun and gain more confidence, which will speed up the learning curve.

Also, with the Stacyc 12eDrive balance dirt bike you can get them started at 3 years old!

Kids Feel Safer on an Electric Dirt Bike

Interestingly we have found that even if we have an electric dirt bike that has a higher seat height than a gas-powered dirt bike our kids have felt more comfortable learning on an electric dirt bike.

Once they got the hang of the electric dirt bike switching to a gas-powered dirt bike was a breeze.

We have even had some of our kids that really didn’t show any interest in dirt biking at all….all of the sudden start riding the electric dirt bike and then decided that they really enjoyed it.

Our job as dirt bike parents is to make sure our kids have FUN.

The Stacyc is the PERFECT beginner dirt bike that even after your kids have acquired the dirt bike skills needed to ride a ICE powered dirt bike they will continue to rip around on. We hope that u like this small review as we will continue to share our stories and tips but also from our kids first hand experience by riding the Stacyc electric bike on the dirt.

Stacyc Long Term Review (Updated 2021)

What we love about Stacyc:

  • Easy to ride: We bought the Stacyc bike for Maddox when he was 4 years old. He was up and riding the bike confidently in about 30 minutes. He had already figured out how to ride a balance bike but wasn’t great at it. He was very excited to get his very own dirt bike and it was light, easy and not scary. It made it so easy for him to jump on and start ripping around the yard in no time. He LOVED it.
  • Light: It is only 17 lbs for the small one and 20 lbs for the bigger one with the battery. That is incredibly light for any type of dirt bike. They have done an amazing job at keeping the weight down. Some of our other electric dirt bikes are just as heavy or heavier than the equivalent gas bikes. This is great for young kids because they are less prone to fall over and if they do fall over, it doesn’t really hurt.
  • All electric: For young kids just learning how to ride electric bikes are the best route to go. This is because there is no heat to accidently get burned, no noise, just flip a switch and you are ready to ride, and multiple power modes for different skill levels. It is also nice for the neighbors if you want to get your kids started ripping around on your back yard.
  • Balance Bike Platform: many kids have figured out how to ride a balance bike at an early age. It was genius to build a electric bike built on this concept. It makes it that much easier for kids to learn how to ride and feel comfortable.

What we dislike about Stacyc:

  • Fuse: I got an older Stacyc bike that has a fuse. It is very annoying; it blows all the time and it is annoying to replace. Luckily all the newer ones have a brushless motor and don’t have a fuse anymore and don’t have this issue. So if you are buying a newer one then this is a non-issue. If you are buying a used one then make sure it does not have a fuse. I would not buy one with a fuse at all.
  • Price: I am mixed on this because if you compare it to a balance bike or pedal bike, they seem very expensive. If you compare it to a 50 cc it is much cheaper. If you compare it to some of the cheaper electric bike options out there it isn’t the cheapest.
  • For Beginners: Some may disagree with me but I feel like these are for beginners. Once you get past the beginner stage then your child will be frustrated with this bike. It doesn’t go very fast, it doesn’t work well in sandy or mountainous/rocky areas.

Overall thoughts:

Overall, I am very happy that I bought a Stacyc bike and would strongly recommend it for a younger kid (3-5 years old) that is just getting into dirt biking. Having some balance bike experience will help them be able to figure out everything a lot faster but it isn’t a big deal to learn balance on the Stacyc bike. Our cousin Will had a 50 cc bike with training wheels for his 4 year old and he didn’t love riding it. After he rode our Stacyc bike he went out and got one for him and he has liked his Stacyc much better than his 50 cc.

Overall, I think Stacyc got it right for the bike they built. It really is the best beginner bike you can get your young kids.

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