Specialized Hotwalk Boys Kids


  • Frame: Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum
  • Fork: A1 Premium Aluminum blade
  • Headset: 1"" threaded
  • Spokes: 14g w/ brass nipple
  • Seatpost: Steel, 22.2mm, integrated w/ saddle


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[Nov 14, 2011]
Cross Country Rider


* Light yet sturdy aluminum frame.
* Foot platforms.
* Wheels and tires are built for any terrain (unlike the plastic tires on other balance bikes).
* Don't have to worry if you accidentally leave it out in the rain (unlike the wooden frames of other balance bikes).
* Real wheels and tires allow for a comfortable and secure ride.
* The bike's seat and handlebar position allow for leisurely riding down the sidewalk or a relatively more aggressive posture to make quick turns, go over bumps at the local pump track, or stand up on the foot platforms.
* Seat post and handlebar height can be adjusted as needed.
* Looks very cool.


(I don't consider these real weaknesses, but just something to keep in mind.)
* You have to know how to change a flat tire.
* Depending on how much abuse the bike takes, you'll need to true the wheels if they get out of whack.
* Make sure there's adequate air in the tires (so you have to have a floor pump around).

All of these are normal maintenance issues for any bike rider, young or adult, so I don't think they're really weaknesses.

I've seen the Hotwalk listed new anywhere from $140.00 to $160.00. I know the biggest complaint against the Hotwalk is its price, but you do get what you pay for. The bike is durable thanks to its aluminum frame and its other quality parts. It's also light compared to some of the other balance bikes on the market. My son is almost 2 1/2-years-old and he has no trouble picking up the bike from the ground and immediately riding. Because the Hotwalk is just a smaller version of a bigger bike, it rides great and makes the transition to a bigger (pedal) bike much smoother. I think the less expensive brands don't have the build quality or durability of the Hotwalk, so you could end up paying more in the end by repairing the existing bike or having to buy a new one. If you purchase the Hotwalk, you won't be disappointed and neither will your kid.

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Only tried the Hotwalk . . . I knew what I wanted (see "Product Strengths").

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