Rookie 12


Rookie 12 Balance Bike is our smallest bike and the lightest of all comparable top-quality brands. The Kidvelo Rookie 12 will set your young rider up for a journey of adventure, freedom and develop a passion for cycling.

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Benefits of Rookie 12

Age Range

18 months - 4.5 year olds

Bike weight

2.89 Kg



Adjustable Seat height

30 - 48cm inseam

Easy Assembly

Allen keys supplied

Wheel size

12” Alloy


For the Rookie 12
Who is it for?

Age Group: 18 months to 4.5 years. Some 5 years olds will fit depending on the inseam measurement.

Loading limit: 30 kgs – one of the few bikes to carry this weight!


Wheels: 12-inch Alloy Rims – with Joytech alloy hubs and sealed bearings. Keeps things spinning nicely. Valve caps are removed as deemed a choking hazard.

Seat Height: adjusts to fit a 30 – 48cm inseam using alloy quick-release clamps

Adjustable Reach Handlebars: The alloy riser bars allow reach to be adjusted to fit your child. 25mm Spacer allows for height adjustment

Headset: 1 1/8″ threadless with 60mm Alloy Stem. Smooth turning action at every stride

Seat: Comfy padded small child saddle, designed to fit the narrow hip spacing of children. Useful as a carrying handle too!

Wheelbase: 605mm. Longer than the average balance bike to give more room for a growing child.

What is it made from?

Super-light Aluminium: Strong 6061 heat-treated aluminium alloy. Double paint and lacquer finish

Fork: Aluminum alloy blades with Chromoly steerer tube – 30mm rake

Grips: Child-sized Kraton grip rubber with end protectors

Tyres: Wanda Compass Lite BMX 12.5 x 2.1/4 tyres. Perfect for riding over any terrain including grass and dirt.

Integrated Footrest: For feet up coasting with grip tape. At a slight angle and in the perfect position to mimic where pedals will be on their next bike.

Child riding a Rookie 12

Rookie 12 Balance Bike

Exclusively designed by us to give young children the best start on their cycling adventures!


  • Easy Assembly – Ready to go in minutes
  • Highly Adjustable – Seat and handlebars can be dialled in to fit
  • Featherweight at 2.89 Kg – lightest of all comparable quality brands
  • Guaranteed – Lifetime Warranty on Frames and Forks. This is one tough little bike!


Learning balance first is your child’s key to riding success !


The Rookie 12 weighs just 2.9 Kg

Rookie 12 is also lighter on your pocket, as our bikes come straight from us to you, which helps keep costs down. We are that confident; we will give you a Lifetime Warranty.

Fully adjustable –  Grows with your child!

Also, our low step-over frame makes it easier to get on and off, so kids feel confident. Finally, the wheelbase length we stretched out to lower the centre of gravity to help the child maintain balance. Doing so also gives your child more room in the “cockpit” as they grow.

12″Air-Filled Tyres on Alloy Rims offer a more comfortable ride.

Some brands will use plastic/ foam/rubber tyres as they are lighter and cheaper to manufacture, but they wear out quickly, offer little grip and are bumpy to ride. Equally, we don’t use smaller wheels, as although it allows for a lower seat position, it does not offer good performance for the child as the rider grows taller. Are they going racing? The Rookie 12 is super fast for the racers amongst you!

Kids stop the bike using their feet.

When wishing to stop, the kids instinctively just put their feet down. This method is safer for little ones as they find front brake levers hard to pull and challenging to control, and we have seen them take their hands off the grips to reach them, which can be dangerous. The Integrated Footrest is built into the frame to rest feet. – As confidence grows, kids start using the footrest for feet up coasting and tuning in their skills. You will find our footrest at a slight angle, rather than horizontal, and found slightly further forward than most. Putting it under the seat offers a more natural position and mimics where the pedals would be.

Our experience has taught us children do better without steering limiters as they learn to steer independently. Steering limiters are typically used, to prevent the bike handlebars from spinning 360 Degrees and damaging brake cables. As this bike doesn’t have brake cables, they aren’t required. However, by understanding the turning circle for themselves, little ones learn to steer much quicker


Additional information


Green, Blue, Red, Pink

SKU: N/A Category: Brand: Kidvelo

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  • Kazzi
    6 months ago

    Can't get over the quality of this bike, for the price its phenomenal. All the essential features have been carefully considered and included. I especially like the footrests and reach adjustment the bars and stem enable. Height adjustment is easy and the seat post has measurements too which is really helpful. It's so light a 2-year-old can lift it easily. It was so quick and easy to assemble my 7yo built it with minimal guidance. It's a really good looking bike with good quality robust components. I absolutely love it!

  • Liz Chambers
    5 months ago

    What a fabulous little bike. Bought for my niece as a Christmas present. She is 16 months and absolutely loves it. The bike arrived well packaged, instructions were clear and an absolute bargain for the quality. Thank you so much!

  • Hayley
    4 months ago

    My 3 year old loves his Kidvelo Rookie 12. This is his 1st bike and he's taken to it like a duck to water. He is so confident with it and obviously feels safe. The bike is very fairly priced, it was delivered quickly, its lightweight, easy to put together, and the quality is fantastic. My little one loves the chunky wheels and the bell too. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for their child's first bike.

  • Susan Abbott
    3 months ago

    I have recently purchased the Kidvelo Rookie 12 bike for my 3 year old granddaughter. The first thing to note is the website was very easy to use, delivery was quick and within an advised 1 hour time slot.

    The bike was packaged well and was simple to assemble, completed in under 10 minutes with all the tools required provided in the box. The first thing my granddaughter noticed was how bright the colour was, she loved it. After adjusting the seat height to suit she felt comfortable on the bike and couldn’t wait to get started. We took her to the local park and she where she just understood naturally how to use the bike and required limited guidance. Seeing her on the bike after just a few trips out I believe she will get much enjoyment out of using it and set her up perfectly for moving onto the next step.

  • James Kennedy
    1 month ago

    I don’t normally leave reviews, but I’m so impressed with our recent purchase of a Kidvelo bike that I thought this product was worthy of one. The first thing we noticed was the build quality of the product. It’s well made and really sturdy when put together. The black wheels and tyres look great and my little one loves the bright pink colour! I only wish I’d have known about this bike sooner as I would have bought one for my son, who seems to enjoy going on his little sisters bike more than his own! Thanks to all at Kidvelo for making a little girl really happy!

  • Ellie Gentleman
    1 month ago

    Highly recommended Kidvelo Bikes Uk.
    We have the Rookie12 for our little boy. The bike feels super sturdy but lightweight for me to carry around where ever we are going! Super easy to put together my little man even got involved helping me put it together.
    My little one likes the extra features of the foot rest for going down little hills this also really helps with his balance for when he’s ready for the next size bike up.
    As a parent all the extra features with the handle bars and seat as they grow with him so I’m not having a buy a new one weekly is brilliant! “he don’t stop growing “😀
    Also the communication with Kidvelo Bikes Uk was Fantastic and all my questions answered.

  • Nick Jeggo
    3 weeks ago

    A Revelation!
    I work as a cycle instructor delivering Bikeability, Learn to Ride and led rides in the Town Park. I'm also the British Cycling Go-Ride lead at my cycling club. The club has been using a Rookie 12 to help keep younger siblings happy while brothers and sisters attend our sessions.
    The bike has been amazing, a revelation in fact. First of all, it's incredibly light, something that everyone comments upon. In fact, when the bike arrived we wondered if the box was empty!
    The steering has proper bearings, as do the hubs, so everything runs really freely. The MTB type handlebar stem is adjustable and the handlebars are shaped so that the reach can be tailored to the rider. The tyres are proper 12" pneumatic with Schrader (car type) valves and the relatively smooth tread pattern means there's the perfect combination of low rolling resistance and grip. There's a choice of 4 colours, but we have the bright green. You certainly can't miss it!
    I've come across lots of balance bikes, but this one stands way above anything else I've seen. You may find some of the features on other bikes, but the rookie 12 has them all in a brilliantly designed combination.
    Buy quality, your kids will thank you for it!

  • SheLovesBarney
    2 week ago

    I bought a Kidvelo Rookie 12 for my cousin. It’s incredibly light and the quality is fantastic. Delivery was free and the bike arrived the next day. Well packaged and easy to assemble. I totally recommend this bike for kids just starting out.

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