Every little girl wants that pink bike with tassels and a basket to carry stuffed animals….or not. Some girls love dirt, mud, and blazing past all the boys at a high rate of speed. But there’s also the parents and stereotypes…so we need to cover the little girl bikes that everyone thinks is a little girl’s bike. If you followed our advice and started with a balance bike, the 12-inch girl bike is likely not the next best step in the progression of bike sizes. In most cases, your little girl can rip around the trails and neighborhood on the balance bike another year or two. Also, like we’ve mentioned wheel size is not the only measurement and not really a good measurement to make a final decision – remember to go off the stand-over height or inseam measurement and then make sure the cockpit area is a good fit. But, wheel size is a good starting point to narrow in on where to look. And if your little girl is ready for pedals and those 14-inch bikes are just too big then give these a look.

For the most part, 12-inch bikes are going to be tough to balance seat height, weight, and price. So, here are a few good 12-inch bikes for girls that are worth looking into.

Specialized RipRock

The RipRock frame is made from premium A1 aluminum. It is lightweight and built to last. The design includes a low standover height for the little girls with shorter inseams but is ready to grow with your daughter.

  • Stand Over Height: 365mm
  • Seat Height:
  • Bike Weight: 15 lbs.
  • Frame Material: A1 Aluminum

Raleigh Jazzi 12

The Jazzi 12 is a nice, affordable, steel frame bike for girls 2-4 years old, or between 32″ and 40″ tall, that want to graduate to pedals.

  • Stand Over Height: 320mm
  • Seat Height:
  • Bike Weight: 17.75 lbs.
  • Frame Material: Hi-Ten Steel

Cleary Gecko 12″ 1 Speed

The Cleary Gecko 12 is made for girls between 36 and 46 inch or more specifically an inseam ranging from 14 to 18 inches. The Gecko is a sturdy bike built for dirt and paved paths. The geometry puts the rider in a comfortable but aggressive position to help build confidence.

  • Stand Over Height: 305mm
  • Seat Height: 15-19 inches
  • Bike Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Frame Material: Lightweight 1020 alloy steel