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A Short and Sweet Stunt Scooters Buying Guide

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A stunt scooter is designed to withstand abuse from tricks, jumps, and stunts. Compared to regular scooters that are made with only beginners in mind, stunt scooters are geared toward advanced riders.

If you’re a parent and see your kid already practicing small jumps, it’s time to upgrade his/her ride since regular scooters aren’t made for even the simplest tricks.

kids on stunt scooters

Tons of stunt scooters are available in the market, but common features include:

    • Wider decks – Stunt scooters with wider decks ensure your foot has ample space after carrying out a trick, particularly when catching it in mid-spins or big heights.
    • Special wheels – Regular scooters come with plastic wheels, but you’ll need a stronger and denser pair of wheels for tricks.
      You can go with metal-core wheels, or spend extra for lightweight metal options. Stunt scooters often have smaller wheels, which gives the rider an extra burst of speed.
    • Not foldable or non-adjustable height – Stunt scooters skip a folding mechanism or adjustable handlebar in order to strengthen the set-up.
    • Heavy – If you’re transitioning from a regularly, foldable scooter, the first thing you’ll notice is how heavier it is than your old scooter.
      The average weight of stunt scooters is around 4.5 kilos, since the parts are reinforced for durability, but lighter scooters exist (with a heftier price).
    • Upgradeable – Stunt scooters are built to accommodate future upgrades. If you’re planning to build your own, make sure the parts fit before buying.

Whether you’re upgrading your gear, or staring out with a stunt scooter, you should look into these 10 considerations before buying:

  1. Size/Height
    The size and height of stunt scooters depend largely on the handlebars. Most come up to the waistline, but it is recommended to find one that goes up to mid-torso, which is more maneuverable for tricks. Some stores offer bar-cutting service, if you’d eyeing a scooter that’s taller for your height.
  2. Weight Capacity
    Stunt scooters usually support a rider with 50 to 100 kilo weight, but it is important to double-check if the one you choose really does. Give space for extra weight, since catching tricks from heights can add pressure (and weight) to your scooter.
  3. Decks
    The average measurement of most scooters is 50-centimeter long and 10-centimeter wide, which is enough for 8-year-old kids or older. But for adults that require more foot space, choose a scooter with wide decks to be able to perform tricks with whipping involved. If possible, get one with a grip tape to avoid slipping off from decks.
  4. Wheels
    Note that the size and weight of wheels would dictate how fast the scooter could go. Generally, the larger or harder wheels are, the faster a scooter could go. Soft wheels let riders grip better, which is important for tricks that require traction.
  5. Bearings
    Like skateboards, bearings come with ABEC ratings (1, 3, 5, 7 & 9) or none at all. It affects the speed of your wheels, so find one from a reputable brand.
  6. Brakes
    You have two choices: spring break and flex braking system, which is mostly recommended by advanced riders due to its anti-rattle feature.
  7. Compression system
    Three types of compression system is used in scooters – standard (SCS), hidden (HIS) or internal compression systems (ICS). Compression is the way your deck, forks, bars, and other parts are mechanically attached together on the scooter.
    A compression system is a must-have in stunt scooters, but each of these system types has its pros and cons.
  8. Cost
    When it comes to the cost of stunt scooters, you should only be spending on what is necessary based on the skill level of a rider. However, if you’re buying ready-made scooters, the top-of-the-range scooter often has the best quality.
  9. Ready-made vs. custom
    The cost will also vary, if you’re planning to buy ready-made or choose separate parts for a custom ride. Like bikes, skateboards and other rides in the extreme sports world, custom is always pricier.
  10. Helmet and other Protection
    Because the rider will be using this scooter for jumping, grinding, whipping, spinning, flipping, and performing other tricks in the book, invest in a quality helmet and other protective gear.

Due to the nature of stunt scooters, warranties vary from one store to the next. Most stores carry a 3-month warrant just for faulty parts.
It is rare to find a retailer that would replace or refund an entire unit, since it’s impossible to determine how hard the rider used a scooter while performing stunts.

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