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Hoy Napier balance bikes arrive for Christmas

Kids' runner bikes now come in three new colours

The Hoy range of Napier runner bikes for children has just expanded with the addition of three new colours to the range. It was originally available in just yellow. Now green, red and blue options have been added.

The new colours are said to have been inspired by the World Championship rainbow bands that Sir Chris Hoy won on 11 occasions across four disciplines (team sprint, 1km time trial, keirin and sprint).

The Napier also benefits from a few improvements to the design. The vertical rear dropouts are intended to make it easier to get the rear wheel in and out, and the new fork is a tip of the hat to the BMX bikes Sir Chris rode in his early racing days.

The low standover height and lightweight butted frame are designed to make this a bike that's easy to get on and control, while the saddle features a grip handle for parental assistance. You get proper ball bearings in the headset and hubs, and the complete bike weighs about 3.9kg.

Oh, nearly forgot the price! It's £110.

A new delivery of Hoy Napiers has just dropped at Evans Cycles. Christmas delivery options are available through all Evans Cycles stores, and online now, including delivered on Saturday 20 December.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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