Specialized Boy's Hotwalk - 2012

Specialized Boy's Hotwalk
$170.00
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Your little stud will learn balance quicker than ever with Specialized's Boy's Hotwalk. It uses a lightweight aluminum frame with an extremely low standover height so he has plenty of room to use his feet to propel himself across the asphalt, while the comfy seat lets him sit down and coast when you give him a boost. The kid-friendly Hotwalk geometry makes this a perfect bike to introduce your child to the wonderful world of bicycling.

Part Numbers

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719676863252 8410-0105 B4E0-0605

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5.0

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Pros

  • Durable  (6)
  • Lightweight  (6)
  • Great components  (5)
  • Handles well  (5)
  • Attractive  (4)

Cons

  • Expansive 
  • No breaks 
  • Need an older kids modle 
  • Quickly Outgrown 

Best Uses

  • First Learning  (5)
  • Extreme freeride 
  • Time trials 
  • Street Riding 
  • Light Trails 

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5

Great Balance Bike... I Was a Skeptic

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from Alexandria, VA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Great Components
  • Durable
  • Handles Well
  • Attractive Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments:

    We bought this bike for my almost-2.5 year old son, after much deliberation. Within days he was starting to glide short distances, and now a month later he flies down the street. Everyone who sees it is amazed! As for our son, he wants to do nothing else. What sold me on this model was the quality of the materials and construction, espeically the real bike tires, the footrest for gliding, the grips on the handlebars, and the cushioned seat. It's the same quality and feel as a "real" bike, and these same features (the grip of real bike tires, the cusioned seat, the good hand grips and the footrest) helped my son master the bike more quickly. The easy reach to the ground and cushioned seat make it comfortable and he never wants to get off. I was skeptical of the whole balance bike concept going in, but I am now 100% convinced, and glad I spent that little bit more for the better quality bike. My LBS's service and assitance were wonderful. They let my son try various bikes, answered our questions, and never pressured. We love the bike (and most importantly, my son loves it) and would recommend it (and my LBS) to anyone. Highest possible recommendation!

    5

    Best Time Trial Bike Ever Made

    By 

    from Atlantis, Atlantic Ocean E 33496

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Handles Well
    • Comfortable
    • Friggin Awesome
    • Lightweight
    • Great Components
    • Attractive Design

    Cons

    • Nothing

    Best Uses

    • Time trials
    • Extreme Freeride

    Comments:

    This is the best bike I have ever owned. At the price, you cant go wrong. I have owned bikes such as the Specialized Demo 3 and the Trek Status 2, and those dont even compare to the Hotwalk. This thing is so smooth and versatile too. I almost qualified for the tour using this and have won many Downhill titles using it as well. The suspension is just phenomomal, as is the handling. This bike is so strong and light, most likely due to the Shimano saint components. Everybody should own this BOYS HOTWALK!!!!!

    5

    Great learning bike for a toddler!

    By 

    from Framingham, MA

    About Me

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Expansive
    • No breaks

    Best Uses

    Comments:

    We have purchased this bike for our at that time 1 1/2 year old son in May of 2011. It's been a little more than a year and I love seeing my older kid who is 2 years 9 months now riding it. His ballance has improved so much that he's able to coast down the road for long distances, he climbs up a hill just to ride down with his feet up on a platform, makes good turns and is almost ready to get o a regular bike. despite lots of usage, this bike still looks like brand new, feels great (I actually set on it) and is ready to be passed to our younger kid next year. There are other bikes similar to this one and at cheaper prices, but quality of this product is superb! One way to improve it would be to add some simple breaks, as my kid is using his feet to slow down.

    5

    Who needs training wheels

    By 

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Handles Well
    • Great Components
    • Comfortable
    • Attractive Design
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      Comments:

      I just purchased the Hotwalk for my grandson who is turning two. After checking out other manufacturers I settled on the Specialized. Not suprising to find the same great quality in this bike as in the Specialized bikes I ride! Since my grandson is still a little small, I had the shop cut 1 1/2 inches off the seat post so that it fits him better. Still plenty of post remaining to accomodate growth. Can't wait to give it to him because he is scooting around now on his 3 wheeler.

      5

      Great balance bike

      By 

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Great Components
      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Durable
      • Attractive Design
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        Comments:

        Bought this bike a year ago for my now 3 1/2 year old. He's now coasting with his feet up on the platforms. He loves it and now we can take walks with him and he actually moves faster than we do. He also lifts his feet up and pedals imaginary pedals. I've seen a few other brands around. If planning on spending $100+ on a balance bike, this is the one to get. (1) It is a real quality bike manufactured by a bike company. There are some other brands that are nearly as expensive but are made from less than quality materials. They seem toy-like in comparison. (2) It is very small and light, despite the fact that it has real 12" tires. Many of the other brands have 10" plastic tires as opposed to the 12" pneumatic ones with alloy wheels that come on the Hotwalk. (3) The only downside is - and I'm not even sure if this is a big deal - that the steering is not restricted. My sone hasn't had a problem with it.

        5

        Awesome 1st Bike

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        from Richland Hills, TX

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Great Components
        • Durable
        • Handles Well
        • Attractive Design
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          Comments:

          We bought this for our 2.5 yr old son for Christmas. He LOVES it! He coasts around our yard, house, and dirt trails every chance he can. We thought the balance bike was a great idea and so far it's a real hit in our home. We can't wait to buy the Hotrock and see how he does without training wheels!

          5

          worth the money

          By 

          from San Luis, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Smooth Ride
          • Good Value
          • Easy to Grow Into
          • Built to Last
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Street Riding
            • First Learning
            • Light Trails

            Comments:

            We bought this bike a couple years ago even though we thought it was expensive...now we think it was a bargain because our two boys have learned to ride without training wheels before the age of 3! Both can now ride a regular bike no problem and have amazed friends and neighbors with their balance and confidence. Highly recommend.

            5

            Love it!

            By 

            from Lacey, WA

            About Me

            Pros

            • Easy to Grow Into
            • Highly Adjustable
            • Built to Last
            • Stable
            • Smooth Ride

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • First Learning

              Comments:

              Bought this for my son when he was a few months shy of turning 2. He fit the bike pretty good on the lowest setting. He started out just walking along on the bike and within a couple of weeks he was flying down the sidewalk. Its a year later and although it still fits him great his Dad wants to upgrade him to a bike with pedals. Our friends have the strider which is significantly less but I don't regret paying the extra money for the air tires and quality.

              5

              Teaching your son to ride a bike . . .

              By 

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Quickly Outgrown

              Best Uses

              • First Learning

              Comments:

              I bought this for my 2 1/2 year old and BAM! he was coasting along within minutes.I got this one because it is so lightweight. You won't believe it until you pick it up.Only con . . . he wanted pedals after riding it for a few days.This bicycle is like one of those mastercard commercials . . . 20 dollars on your credit card for a helmet, [$] dollars on your credit card for the nicest balance bicycle available, teaching your kid to ride a bicycle . . . pricless.

              5

              The Best Way to Teach The Balance

              By 

              from Alameda, CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Smooth Ride
              • Built to Last
              • Easy to Grow Into
              • Stable
              • Highly Adjustable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • First Learning

                Comments:

                Bought this for the grandson. We wanted to get him something that would teach him balance without wobbling on training wheels. This did the trick. He was 2 when we got it, and it took only about 5 minutes to show him how to use it. Now he won't get off of it. It is very stable and he flys around on it like a pro. We will be trading this up for the one with the pedals and will leave the training wheels off. There are other brands that are cheaper, but this is very light weight and as soon as the guys at Alameda Bicycle told us that they would take it as a trade in for full purchase price regardless of the condition, we were sold. Now it will only be a fraction of the cost for the next step up.

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