The Frog 78 is the largest of Frog’s three 26″ wheel bikes, and is an all round bike suitable for children (or smaller adults!) with a minimum inside leg of 78cm.
The handlebars can be adjusted within a 54mm range and there’s a quick release seat post that makes adjusting the saddle height easy to do. Your kid should hopefully therefore get a decent amount of time on this bike, but some kids do grow very rapidly at this age.
It’s comforting therefore to know the Frog Bikes really hold their value, so if you keep it well maintained you should be able to sell it on to fund the next bike.
NOTE: There is a limited stock of Frog 69’s at the moment and Frog Bikes website says the next stock is due in Spring 2022
Frog have three 26″ wheel bikes, and the Frog 69 is the smallest, and is for children with a minimum inside leg of 69cm.
It’s a versatile bike which rides well on most terrains so is a good choice for anyone who isn’t really specialising in one particular type of cycling.
One word of warning – Frog is very much known as a kids bike brand, so if you have a shorter but older child (particularly an image conscious one in their teens) you may encounter the desire to move onto a more “adult” brand.
When we reviewed the Frog Road 67 our 9 year old tester really liked having the auxiliary brake levers on the handlebars, as the transition to cycling entirely on the drops takes time.
The handlebars are suitably narrow for kids shoulders and the gear shifters are nice and close to the bars to make changing gear easier for small hands.
There’s cantilever brakes and enough clearance for wider tyres should you wish to use it for cyclocross / triathlon.
The Frog Road 70 is a good bike if your child is racing cyclocross or triathlon, as well riding on road, as the frame has enough clearance to fit wider cyclocross tyres as well as slick road ones.
As well as integrated short reach brake levers the Frog Road 70 is also fitted with additional levers on the tops of the handlebars. This is useful for children who are just progressing to drop handlebars and skinny tyres, as it can be a big step to spend all (or even any) of your time on the drop handlebars.
Frog Bikes website says that the next stock of this bike will be landing in Spring 2022
All the Frog mountain bikes come with junior specific air suspension forks, complete with lockout and damping control, to enable optimal performance for lower weight riders, with 100mm of travel
The Tektro junior specific hydraulic disc brakes make it easy for smaller hands to brake whilst remaining control of the bike.
The Frog Tadpole Plus is a 14″ wheel balance bike designed for taller and/or older children with a minimum inside leg of 38cm for whom a 14″ wheel pedal bike isn’t suitable.
It has a rear brake, but not a front brake, which will help ease a child into learning to brake gently if that’s appropriate. If not, then stopping with their feet is much more fun!
The Tadpole Plus is fitted with a steering lock, which acts as a safety mechanism to prevent any serious falls and damage – to the child or the bike.
The Frog Tadpole is a 12″ wheel balance bike, which is suitable for children with an inside leg of 31cm. It’s available in a wide choice of fun colour schemes to appeal to young children.
The Tadpole is fitted with a rear brake to get your child used to the concept of braking (although they will probably still use their feet a lot to stop, especially in the early days).
The tyres are pneumatic, so good for use on a variety of terrains, and a steering lock prevents over-steer accidents. The quick-release seat post is useful for when your Cycle Sprog has a growth spurt.
The 10″ wheel Frog Tadpole Mini is one of the very smallest balance bikes available and it’s suitable for children with an inside leg of just 24cm
The Frog Tadpole Mini balance bike does have a rear brake which will allow your child to get used to braking when they are ready. However, don’t expect a very young child to use them – feet are more than adequate for stopping!
The tyres are pneumatic, which means you can take this bike outside and ride on a variety of surfaces, and there’s a quick-release seat post so the bike easily grows with your child.
The Frog Road 58 makes a good first drop handlebar bike for those wanting to start riding on roads, circuits or at cyclocross events.
The frame has clearance to fit both slick road tyres and more grippy cyclocross tyres, which makes this a good choice kids bike for youngsters racing in triathlons and cyclocross as well as riding on the roads.
When we reviewed the Frog Road 58, one thing our 7 year old tester really liked is that it comes with auxiliary brake levers on the handlebar tops. These are very useful if your child is not confident enough to lean forward onto the drop handlebars. [sc name="bike-club-frog-bikes" bike_name="Frog Road 58" ][/sc]
The Frog MTB 62 has a specifically designed junior specific air suspension fork with lockout and damping control, a lightweight oversize handlebar and stem plus easy-reach junior specific hydraulic brakes.
The Shimano rapid-fire 9-speed shift lever is an easy to use way to move the chain.
When we reviewed the slightly larger Frog MTB 69 our only complaint was with the supplied tyres, but the later versions have been upgraded to have a bespoke mountain bike tyre which is much better for off road riding.