Qiani Convertible Balance Bike

By Eric Awwy, 23 Apr 2021

The Qiani balance bike is an extremely versatile bike that can literally do everything, from the conception stage of gliding through in push-bike mode to being fully pedaled.

What is outstanding about this bike is that it is available in 12-inch, 14-inch, and 16-inch wheel sizes for kids all the way up to 8 years old, and the bikes are convertible from balance bike to pedal bike.   

We reviewed the 12-inch version to find out what exactly fosters the smooth performance of this 2 in 1 convertible toddler balance bike. Here’s our honest review.

Qiani 2 in 1 Balance Bike

Specifications

  • Recommended age – 2 to 3 years
  • Frame material – high carbon steel
  • Tire size – 12 inch
  • Tire type – pneumatic rubber tires
  • Weight – 13.2 pounds (plus training wheels)

The Solid Features of this Bike

If you are struggling with whether a balance bike can convert to a pedal bike, the Qiani balance bike answers your question perfectly.

By default, the 2 in 1 balance bike comes with valuable features that will make it worthy.

Like other convertible balance bikes such as the Strider 14X, LittleBig, Go Glider 16”, and SmartTrikeXtend, this piece of art and tool assures you that it will grow with your little one. Let’s find out more about this bike.

Two-in-one kid’s balance bike

The Qiani balance bike accommodates a wide age range as it is uniquely built with an allowance for transitioning between a pedal bike and a balance bike.

Between 20 months and two years, the child can start out learning how to balance the bike in the balance bike mode then switch to pedal bike mode as they get older or once they have mastered how to balance it.

The conversion is made easy through the pedal kit and training wheels (which it comes with), and one thing we greatly appreciate is that it literally takes about 60 seconds to tailor the bike to one’s preferences. Even though the rider knows how to pedal and is just up for a bit of fun gliding; then can make the back-and-forth shift with ease.

Another advantage to this is that if you’re out of storage space, it’s quite easy to remove the pedal kits and make the most out of your storage space without having that cramped look.

Sturdy frame

Made of a one-piece carbon steel body, the Qiani is strong enough to take any hard beating. Besides, the build does not have that wobbly feel that would be detrimental or even render the shelf-life of the bike short.

Even with a hard beating, we are sure that the sturdy frame will outlast most similar bikes in the market.

Easy to assemble

For the convenience of use and those who are not technically knowledgeable on bike assembly, the bike comes with 95% assembly. As such, you need only install the pedals, handlebars, and saddle. It will take around 10-15 minutes to get your sleeves up for the job.

The package comes with all the necessary tools for that and a straightforward manual guide for easy installation. Now with the guide, the assembling process becomes seamless and quick.

Safe braking

While we don’t necessarily think that balance bikes need brakes (most kids usually just put the bike to a stop by placing their feet on the ground), the Qiani features rear hand brakes for accurate stopping power, especially because the bike converts to a pedal bike.

The brakes come in handy when gliding in balance bike mode but are especially helpful in the pedal mode, where riders tend to put their speed to the test.

That said, we love that the brake lever compresses easily, so even the tiny hands don’t need to make a huge effort to bring the bike to a stop. This aspect makes it a kid-friendly bike.

No accidents over here, but more importantly, timid riders have the comfort that they can stop the bike whenever they need to, which, in turn, amplifies their riding confidence.  

360-degree steering

We love that the Qiani handlebars allow 360-degree steering, which means that the child is exposed to the full range of steering from the very onset.

Inflatable tires

This bikes’ tires are inflatable, hence the thoughtful addition of a wheel pump to the packaging. We love that the manufacturer aims at giving the customer their money’s worth by avoiding any extra purchases.

The featured tires are widened to allow for more traction. This, in turn, makes the bike well-fitted for riding off-road. And because they are also wear-resistant, there will be no visits to the local bike shop or extra costs. Nothing beats the peace of having maintenance-free tires on your kids’ bikes. You attain the same level of tranquility when you finally convert the Kids’ bike wheels to tubeless.

Adjustable seat and handlebar height

Again, because the bike allows switching to pedal bike mode, this would happen over time; it means that the bike also has to be equipped to accommodate the growth spurts.

As such, the Qiani allows the height of both the seat and the handlebars to be adjusted; tool-free.  If you ask any parent, this is great for saving some bucks for other projects for your kid.

Footrest

The Qiani further features a non-slip footrest that lies strategically underneath for ease of foot placement when gliding over pavements and other surfaces.

In our opinion, the non-slip make is the footrest’s best aspect.

Kickstand

It’s always a great gesture when the manufacturer goes out of their way to consider each and every need of the audience to whom their product is intended for.

We can confidently say that the kickstand on the Qiani balance bike is a great additional feature from our observation. It eases parking and reduces the damage that bikes are often susceptible to when they get thrown carelessly.

What we Don’t Like

This bike is only available in red and blue colors; ideal for either gender. The problem with that is that most toddlers love having their favorite color on their favorite toys, so the two-color options limit their customization. But there are always different ways you can accessorize your kids’ bikes and make them love them.

This isn’t a deal-breaker for us, so if you can live with the compromise of a limited color choice, you will have no qualms with the Qiani balance bike.

  • Two-in-one push bike
  • Lightweight
  • Kickstand for good parking
  • Non-slip footrest
  • Pneumatic air tires
  • Limited color choice

Final Verdict

The Qiani balance bike is a highly capable balance bike. In no time, children can prop their arms on its handlebars and push the bike forward. It is equipped for safe riding and incredibly steady, thanks to high-quality construction.

Of course, there are better options out there if you are willing to part with the exorbitant cash amounts, but if you are working with a family budget and can make the most out of a 2-in-1 bike, then the Qiani is just the balance bike for you.

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