You can now buy a balance bike with a Lefty fork

The Cannondale Trail 12" is the high-performance balance bike you've been looking for

We just took delivery of this Lefty-equipped balance bike from Cannondale, and despite its diminutive size, it bears many of the same signature designs that define its grown-up bikes.

Naturally the bike is cast in Cannondale’s signature chunky aluminum tubing, with the stout and nicely machined head tube resisting front end flex, an ovalized down tube improving lateral stiffness and beefy chainstays that are braced by a large gusset making the most of every ‘scoot-scoot’ forward.

This bike is ready to scoot at full-speed
This bike is ready to scoot at full-speed

Of course, the real story here is the Lefty fork — while it will limit your little-one’s hub upgrade options in the future, it is great to see one of Cannondale’s flagship technologies trickle down to the highly competitive world of toddler-friendly-tech.

The burly BMX-style stem will survive even the rowdiest of hucks
The burly BMX-style stem will survive even the rowdiest of hucks

A chunky four-bolt BMX-style stem should withstand even the biggest hucks. Large flanges on the outside of the soft ribbed grips should also stop tiny hands from inadvertently flying off the handlebars when your tenacious-toddler sends a massive gap.

The skinny 25mm seatpost should provide a degree of bump-taming flex and has a wide range of adjustment that will easily accommodate quickly growing legs.

You might want to swap the OEM rubber out for something a bit more confidence inspiring for racing
You might want to swap the OEM rubber out for something a bit more confidence inspiring for racing

The radially-laced 12-inch 16 spoke wheels are shod in tyres that have a tacky soft feel and with no cranks to worry about your little ripper should be able to get properly knee down without fear of pedal strike.

Balance bike racing is becoming ever more competitive with each passing season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of these high-performance machines at the scoot-o-drome in the future.

The bike comes in at £200 / $200 / €200 and is available in the electric-green and blue paint job pictured here or a handsome lilac and turquoise combination.

We’ve no doubt that the shredding-protégé in your life would appreciate one of these under the tree this Christmas!

Are you a Cannondale owner who wants one of these for your own brood of children? Or are there any other kids bikes you would have killed for as a yoof? Show us your snaps in the comments!

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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