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16 Inch Original Bike

So much to love in one bike

SureStop, Easy Reach Brakes 

With SureStop, there’s only one brake lever, so your kid can’t get confused when things happen fast. Our patented brakes won’t ever flip the bike, and the lever is in just the right place for kid-size hands.

Ultra-lightweight Design

The Guardian Original is made of ultra-lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s exceptionally durable and extremely easy to control, making it both super safe and fun to ride.

Eye Candy Decals

Our bike colors and designs were developed by kids, for kids, to make our bikes the coolest bikes on the block. Our Guardian Originals use a matte black frame with glossy heat-transfer decals, for a popping contrast that will blow your kid’s mind.

Kid-specific Geometry

Kids don’t just need smaller bikes. They need different bikes. With all the right proportions. They need smaller grips. They need less distance between the pedals. They need shorter crank arms and a low center of gravity. All Guardian bikes are designed for kids, from the ground up.

Low Step-over Height

The low top tube makes our bikes easy to get on, and a lot safer if your kid comes off their seat in a hurry.

Adjustable Seat

Every Guardian bike seat is both easily adjustable and easy to lock down. You can adjust the height to fit your kid as they grow up with the bike.

No Coaster Brake

Guardian bikes never have coaster brakes. Period. New riders backpedal to keep their balance. If a bike has coaster brakes, this stops the bike, just when they were getting the hang of it. Our brakes stop faster, with much more control.

Smooth Welding

Toughness is built into every Guardian Original, but we smooth the roughness out—of the seams, that is. Our Original frame welds are reinforced for extra strength, then polished to perfection, without a single abrasive edge to mar that stunning paint job.

Ultra-rigid Construction

Our Guardian Originals are built with a threadless headset for a much more secure assembly, especially over the long term. The bottom line? That headset—and the handlebars attached to it—won’t ever start to wiggle on your kid.

So much to love in one bike

SureStop, Easy Reach Brakes 

With SureStop, there’s only one brake lever, so your kid can’t get confused when things happen fast. Our patented brakes won’t ever flip the bike, and the lever is in just the right place for kid-size hands.

Ultra-lightweight Design

The Guardian Original is made of ultra-lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s exceptionally durable and extremely easy to control, making it both super safe and fun to ride.

Eye Candy Decals

Our bike colors and designs were developed by kids, for kids, to make our bikes the coolest bikes on the block. Our Guardian Originals use a matte black frame with glossy heat-transfer decals, for a popping contrast that will blow your kid’s mind.

Kid-specific Geometry

Kids don’t just need smaller bikes. They need different bikes. With all the right proportions. They need smaller grips. They need less distance between the pedals. They need shorter crank arms and a low center of gravity. All Guardian bikes are designed for kids, from the ground up.

Low Step-over Height

The low top tube makes our bikes easy to get on, and a lot safer if your kid comes off their seat in a hurry.

Adjustable Seat

Every Guardian bike seat is both easily adjustable and easy to lock down. You can adjust the height to fit your kid as they grow up with the bike.

No Coaster Brake

Guardian bikes never have coaster brakes. Period. New riders backpedal to keep their balance. If a bike has coaster brakes, this stops the bike, just when they were getting the hang of it. Our brakes stop faster, with much more control.

Smooth Welding

Toughness is built into every Guardian Original, but we smooth the roughness out—of the seams, that is. Our Original frame welds are reinforced for extra strength, then polished to perfection, without a single abrasive edge to mar that stunning paint job.

Ultra-rigid Construction

Our Guardian Originals are built with a threadless headset for a much more secure assembly, especially over the long term. The bottom line? That headset—and the handlebars attached to it—won’t ever start to wiggle on your kid.

Fully Tuned Delivery

At Guardian Bikes, we assemble most of your bike before we ship it, putting it through a rigorous 34-point safety check before it goes out the door. The only things left to add take about 5 minutes, and we’ll send the only tools you need right in the box.

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Fully Tuned Delivery

At Guardian Bikes, we assemble most of your bike before we ship it, putting it through a rigorous 34-point safety check before it goes out the door. The only things left to add take about 5 minutes, and we’ll send the only tools you need right in the box.

Watch Assembly Preview

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LE
05/20/2019
Lauren E.
United States

Wonderful Bike From A Wonderful Company!

We had ordered an Ethos 16" because the website said the original model was on backorder for over 6 months and we were wanting something for this summer. A few days later I was back on the website to check the status of the Ethos and noticed the original was now available to ship right then. I called up Guardian bikes, I ordered the original, they refunded the other order and the bike was shipped that same day!! It arrived 2 days later, my husband assembled it in about 10min (would've been shorter but he's a bit of a perfectionist and works on his own bike a lot lol!), and my 4 yr old daughter was zooming around our driveway after about 20 min of getting used to the new size and pedals. It is the perfect weight and size for her body and she had no trouble going straight from her 12" balance bike to the original 16" Guardian with ZERO training wheels or adult help! We will be back when our younger 2 yr old daughter is ready for her pedal bike or the 4 yr old needs a bigger size whichever comes first!

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ML
05/19/2019
Mark L.
United States

Great experience

I would highly recommend Guardian bikes. The website is solid, ordering process is easy, delivery was quick, assembly was simple, and the product is excellent. The youtube videos are clear and helpful as well. All good here!

LR
05/09/2019
LLOYD R.
United States

Rear brakes drag

For the most part the bike is great the only real issue is that the rear brake continues to drag despite making the recommended adjustments to the balance springs.

AA
05/02/2019
Anne A.
United States

Thanks, Kyle and Guardian Bikes!

Great customer service, most esp in helping us decide sizing. Our 6-soon-to-be-7 year old was truly in between the 20 and 24 inch bikes. Went "up" to 24 inch based on specific measurements and her prior experience on bikes, thanks to Kyle's help. The right decision. And, the bike is truly awesome looking, rides like a dream, and the brakes ARE smoooooth. Worth the extra.

MH
04/23/2019
Marc H.
United States

GREAT BIKE

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

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