Dawes Lil Duke 12w 2021 - Kids Bike

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Note: Balance bikes are delivered unbuilt

Product Description

Balance bikes have quickly become one of the most common ways to get your child onto 2 wheels. They're ideal for teaching balance and control, to then move straight onto a pedal bike without the need for stabilisers. Our Lil Duke balance bike is built using a robust steel frame, proper little wheels and tyres (no plastic here) and of course, a cool looking paint job with colour matched rims and shiny blue finish.

Occasionally, without notice, manufacturers change product design and/or specifications.


Headset:1" Threaded
Bars:Riser Bar
Front Hub:Nutted
Rear Hub:Nutted
Front Tyre:12 x 2.125"
Rear Tyre:12 x 2.125"
Seat Post:25.4mm
Saddle:Comfort Balance Bike Saddle

Kids And Junior Bike Sizing

Junior Bike Size Chart

Approx. Age

Height (cm)

Type / Wheel Size

1 - 4

77 – 105cm


2 - 4

85 – 105cm


4 - 6

105 – 117cm


5 - 7

112 – 125cm


6 - 8

117 – 132cm


7 - 10

125 – 136cm





 Read our kids bike size guide for more information on kids bike sizing.

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Balance Bike Guide


Balance Bike Guide

Balance bikes are the simplest type of bike and are the best way to for children to learn how to ride. With no pedals or stabilizers, balance bikes give children the chance to develop balancing skills in their own time.

Children sit on the saddle of a balance bike and steer while they walk or run the bike along. Stopping is a simple matter of putting their feet down. Once they get the hang of it, kids can just pull their legs up and cruise along. Finding balance is the foundation to cycling and is best learned early.

What to look for in a balance bike


Most balance bike frames and forks are made from aluminium alloy which is lightweight and strong. Steel frames and forks are a lot heavier. The weight of a balance bike matters just as much as an adult bike as a heavier bike will be more difficult to ride.

Some early balance bikes had wooden or plastic frames, but these are less common now. While heavier than alloy these frames are more adjustable, making it easier for the bike can grow with the rider.

orbea balance bike

Wheels & Tyres

Most balance bikes come with 12” wheels, which are ideal for kids about 2-4 years old. Some come with even smaller 10” wheels, allowing for children as young as 1 year old to begin their cycling journey. Larger 14” wheels give kids as old as 6 years a chance to find their balance before moving up to a bike with pedals and a drivetrain.

Tyres provide bump absorption on a balance bike and come either as normal inflated tyres with tubes or with foam inserts. Inflated tyres offer greater cushioning, while foam inserts allow greater peace of mind from ride-stopping punctures.

balance bike wheel


Some balance bikes come with footrests to place little feet on when not running the bike along. This gives children the opportunity to rest their feet once they get the hang of balancing. A step up towards pedals footrests allow the child to coast along on two wheels in a similar way to a pedal bike.

balance bike footrests


Balance bikes are generally focused entirely on getting those essential balance skills developed. Many don’t come with brakes, as it’s easy enough to control the speed by putting feet down, however some balance bikes add in the extra safety factor and learning curve of a brake. These are useful when a child is more confident coasting along with their feet on the footrests.



Balance bikes need to grow with the child so that their feet touch the floor when they’re sitting on the saddle. Most balance bikes have an easily adjusted seatpost that allows for this growth. Some balance bikes are supplied with an additional, longer seatpost that allows for more growth.

Some balance bikes have adjustable frames that can be adjusted to offer the best fit as your child grows.

adjustable balance bike


Because children must stay seated saddles on balance bikes can make the difference between a happy cycling experience and an uncomfortable one. The shape of the saddle can also play a large part, as it’s often the place where kids rest their whole weight, so a concave shape will help hold them in place. Some saddles come with little handles on the back. These help both kids and parents to carry the bike around, and also assist in keeping balance when teaching kids.

balance bike saddle

Delivery & Guarantee

UK Delivery Information

International Deliveries – Temporarily Suspended 11/11/20

Note: We are still offering deliveries to the Isle of Man, Scottish Highlands, Scottish Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Jersey and Guernsey. 

Courier Delivery update: Due to the COVID19 situation, we are currently experiencing some delays with deliveries. Our couriers are working around the clock to get your order to you as soon as possible but there is a potential delay of up to 48 hours . Please check your tracking on track your order here.

Please download the TNT Track and Trace App for iOS here and Android here so you can keep an eye on your delivery and any further updates.

Please note on the TNT tracking app it may show your delivery status as ‘Collecting’ (as per image below). This means your delivery has left our warehouse and is currently held at TNT main depot and there could be up to a 48 hour delay.

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Please keep checking the TNT tracking for further updates. On behalf of TNT we apologise for any delay and inconvenience this may cause. 

We are committed to offering fast and free delivery, whether you're ordering bikes, accessories or clothing. Our standard delivery service is FREE in the UK, regardless of the size and on all orders over £20.

Please note that bulky products and bikes shipped to outlying UK regions are excluded from free shipping.

Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

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Returns & Warranty

It's easy to return a product with our 365 day, hassle free returns. 

We will give you a full refund on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.

What's In The Box

What's In The Box

As cyclists ourselves, we know you will be keen to get out on your new bike as soon as possible. That's why we provide you with all the essential kit you need to get your shiny new bike rolling for the first time.

Most bikes don't come with pedals as standard so we include a set of basic pedals, free of charge with every bike we send out. We will also provide you with a pedal spanner to fit them and a 9-key trail tool, along with full instructions for setting your bike up out of the box. Each bike is sent out with a 16 point, quality control check sheet so you can be confident that your bike has been fully checked by our qualified mechanics.

What's in the box
  • Basic setup instructions
  • 16 point quality control checklist
  • Free tredz multitool
  • Free tred pedal spanner
  • Free basic pedals
  • Free drawstring kit bag
  • Free bike insurance voucher

All these items are provided at no extra charge and are packed into a Tredz drawstring bag that doubles up as a handy backpack for carrying your ride essentials.

  • Basic bike setup instructions
  • Free ‘basic’ pedals
  • Free Tredz pedal spanner
  • Free Tredz 9-key trail tool
  • Free Tredz drawstring bag
  • Free 8 weeks insurance voucher
  • 16 point, quality control check sheet

Tredz Service:

Tredz bikes are fully built & set up to ride
Read our bike setup guide.

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  • Tredz bikes are fully checked & tested by Cytech qualified mechanics
  • 0% APR finance available on any basket over £99
  • 365 day 'no hassle' returns
  • Free UK delivery, on a date that suits you