We had heard from (the parents of) one of Silas's slightly older friends that a balance bike was one of their son's favorite things, and gave him independence and a good feel for bike riding from a really early age. And everything they said was totally true.
Silas loooves this balance bike, even now that he's 4.5 and already great at riding a pedal bike. Because he had such a good feel for balancing the bike so early on, he was able to ride his pedal bike before he turned 3. Getting a little nervous about his interest in BMX style moves though :/
Unfortunately, they don't seem to sell the 12" black sport version anymore. But this matte grey one looks pretty sweet too.