Found: Another Carbon Balance Bike – This One’s Affordable, Sort Of
After we posted the Petitpierre Carbon running bike, Zelvy Carbon got in touch with us to show off their own carbon balance bike. Hand made in Australia, there is even a hydraulic disc brake Mk2 option that will be easier for a small child to squeeze – that, and it is a carbon bike after all. Zelvy has been making the bikes for a few years now, including a number of other carbon products including frame guards, number plate holders, and even carbon frame repair.
More on the Zelvy Carbon Balance bike next.
Originally created for his son’s second birthday, the beautiful Zelvy balance bike will certainly be the envy of the other kids in the neighborhood. Even better is that at $600 AUD, or $555 USD it is surprisingly affordable. If you consider 5 times the price of a Strider affordable. Compared with the $2000 price tag of the PetitPierre though, it’s a bargain. Using an Eclat pivitol seat and seat post allows for a very low saddle height, and the smaller size of the BMX saddle should work well with small kids.
Built with carbon post mount rear discs, the custom rotor barely fits on the 12 inch wheel.
The first Zelvy balance bikes had rim brakes and a different frame design to accommodate them.
In addition to their frame repairs and carbon frame guards for Giant, Yeti, Trek, Zerode, Transition and more, Zelvy also has a few projects like this Shell guide listed on their website. By wrapping a carbon/Kevlar shell around the chainring, the result is hopefully the lightest, simplest, effective chain guide available. Due to the nature of the guard it only fits one chain ring size and will possibly be sold in 3 packs to fit 34, 36, and 38t chainrings.