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Buying Guide

Scooters have been around for decades. A cross between inline skates and a skateboard with handles. It has grown in popularity in the last few years. From its simple roots to the hi tech scooters currently available.  Todays scooters are made for specific purposes, from simple transportation to stunts.  you can buy a complete scooters or buy parts to make your own custom scooter.  what you plan to use your scooter for is the most important factor in deciding which scooter you should get.

There are many different elements to consider when choosing the Scooter that is right for you.  the wide range and diversity of features available to choose from can make this difficult.

Main features of Scooters

•Suitable for a leisurely rides in the park, around the neighborhood, go to work and even do tricks.
•Stability, durability, weight and speed are important factors.
•Made from a range of materials, from aluminum to various alloys and composites.
•Typically equipped with 2 polyurethane wheels


 Of course you don’t want to spend more money than is necessary, however the quality of many Scooters is directly related to the cost. The higher the cost, the better quality Scooter, and the lower the cost the lower the quality of the Scooter.  plan your budget and decide how much you want to spend. Decide what it is that you want to use your scooter for that should lead you to what kinds of parts you need and/or want.  there is a range that allows a beginner to get started reasonably while allowing more advanced riders to be more specialized.  Start with a simple scooter and as you improve move up to a more advanced scooter.


Most scooters come with polyurethane wheels to make the ride smoother and faster. * scooter wheels come with an ABEC rating for the bearings. The higher the ABEC rating, the smoother and faster your ride. Standard wheels usually around 100 mm are typically made of solid polyurethane with a small hub in the center. These wheels will go moderately fast and provide a reasonably smooth ride. They are small enough that they won't be cumbersome if you want to do tricks.


The diameter of the wheel means simply how tall the wheel is. The usual diameters range from 90mm to 125mm. the Most common sizes you'll come across for recreational scooters are 100MM and 110 mm. Riders wanting speed tend to use 100 mm wheels, although 110 mm's are used too. the size of the wheels will depending on the scooter, the terrain and distance you intend to travel. most scooters will fit up to 100 mm wheels, high-end scooters up to 110 mm. In general, taller wheels will let you cruise faster but will take longer to spin up. Taller wheels also tend to be less maneuverable than shorter wheels. Since many of the small wheels are used for stunts, they all tend to be sold in higher durometers so they slide better and they won't wear out as quickly.


Wheel hardness is measured in durometers. Durometer is a relative hardness measure frequently used for rubber and plastic products. Lower numbers indicate a softer wheel and higher numbers indicate a harder wheel. Some scooter wheels are designed for more durability and use a mix of different durometers. There are several scales, with the "A" scale used for wheels. The number is the rating from 0-100, with 0 being no resistance and 100 being very hard plastic. The typical Scooter wheel is 82A.  For outdoors, the softer the wheel, the better the shock absorption. Softer wheels also tend to stick better. The trade-off is that softer wheels wear out faster. Harder wheels, have less drag and are preferred on indoor surfaces that are usually very smooth.


The hubs are very important to the overall performance of the wheel. The hub is everything other than the wheel material. The hub holds the bearings and connects to the wheel material. Some wheels are open core (spokes showing) while others are closed core (solid aluminum).


Bearings are the seven or eight balls at the center of each wheel. Each bearing has an ABEC rating that indicates the precision of their manufacturing. The general ABEC range is ABEC-1, ABEC-3, ABEC-5 although bearings are not always measured in ABEC’s.  Bearings are either serviceable or non-serviceable. Serviceable bearings have a metal shield with a removable “C” ring, or a plastic/rubber type removable shield. These may be taken apart to be cleaned, lubricated or replaced. Non-serviceable bearings have a metal shield that protects them. These only need to be wiped off with a clean cloth. Bearings don’t need to be cleaned after every use, but if they become wet, they should be cleaned and dried. Never lubricate the outside of a bearing because that will attract dirt and contaminants.


Another important aspect of your wheels is the axle. There are several axle Replacement/upgrade kits with axles that have been designed to let your wheels roll much faster than your stock axles. These kits have a steel bolt, two spacers and a nylock nut.


The deck is the part of the scooter that you stand on. Decks usually range in length from 16 in to 23 in.  Most decks are made of lightweight aluminum. there are some decks made of wood laminate or wood and fiberglass laminate.  grip tape is put on the deck  for better traction.  decks come in different widths, colors and weight ranges. make sure to choose a deck that will be suitable for your use.


Handlebars can be adjustable or fixed.  typically adjustable handlebars adjust in length from as low as 22 inches up to 36 inches and feature a quick-release clamp ring or push-pin adjustments on handlebars. The fixed handlebars come in stock sizes or can be custom made to your specs.  Most scooters come with T-style handlebars that turn to steer the scooter.  Handlebars come in different colors, sizes and shapes.  Choose one that is the correct height and width for your skill level.


fender brakes

Fender brakes are very simple braking mechanisms. You just step on the rear fender, which is mounted on a hinged spring. The fender presses against the wheel using friction to stop.


 Handbrakes use a caliper mounted on the wheel that you operate with a hand lever mounted on the handlebars. when you squeeze the lever the brake pads pinch the wheel and stop the scooter