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Your Guide to Buying a Pro Scooter

Grit Fluxx Pro Scooter Lucky Scooter Pro Scooter
Yehuda Posnick

There are a lot of scooter designs—there are scooters for kids and adults, as a means of commuting to work or school. But then there are professional scooters—these are intended for stunt use, much like skateboards. It’s only natural that as a person gets used to basic moves on a scooter, they’ll want to upgrade to do more challenging things with a pro scooter. When you are doing all sorts of flips and jumps, you are going to want parts that can stand up to a lot of abuse. Here is a guide to some of the best pro scooters on the market.

 

Grit Fluxx Pro Scooter

Grit Fluxx HIC Pro Scooter (Black/Purple)

Pro Scooter Types

  • Dirt: A dirt scooter has pneumatic (high pressure air-filled) wheels that are made specially for a dirt trail and jumping on a dirt surface. They also have a durable aluminum frame. They are not considered ideal for use in the street, even though you can use them on a sidewalk.

  • Park: These are scooters that are designed for skating parks. These parks have a series of ramps, rails, pipes and walls that allow a person to practice tricks and going over obstacles.

  • Street: These are for typical pavement in a city. Here smaller wheels are recommended, because larger wheels will tend to make you feel every bump and pothole in the city streets.

You can also distinguish professional scooters from beginners scooters from the fact that professional scooters can’t be folded. You also can’t adjust the height of the handlebars. A pro scooter is going to have these things set to the rider’s preferences. This is to add extra stability for the professional, to devote their energies to the various jumps and trick moves.

Lucky Scooter Pro Scooter

Lucky Scooter 2016 Covenant Pro Scooter NeoChrome

What People Are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Weight capacity: Take note of the maximum weight that can be safely supported by the scooter. Many of them are 220 lbs capacity.

  • Grips: Some riders notice that they get blisters from the initial handlebar grips which comes with the scooter initially. But the grips on the handlebars can easily be replaced.

  • Easy assembly: The professional scooters don’t require a lot of assembly, but they typically will require tightening the handlebars onto the clamp with an Allen wrench (a hex nut).

Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • Safety first: It’s important to wear the proper safety gear when riding a scooter, whether you attempt tricks or not. Be sure to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist pads. Royal scooters also recommends wearing gloves, long sleeves, long pants and hip pads. Don’t ride in the rain or on slippery surfaces. Avoid riding at night and when there is poor visibility.

  • Width of the handlebars: These are typically made of welded steel. Professionals recommend wider handlebars, to help you in gripping them, but this also depends on personal taste. They recommend a full width of 25.5 inches, as well as a height when fully extended of 25.5 inches.

  • Wheels: A scooter’s wheels are composed of a hub (the center of the wheel) and a tread (a rubber fitting that you place on the wheel). There are also lubricated bearings for helping the wheels turn faster. Dirt scooters will have inflatable tires. The rule is that the larger the diameter of the wheel, the faster the scooter. You also should prefer harder wheels for greater speed. Soft wheels, on the other hand, will help you land more softly, and will have better traction.

  • Deck: The deck of the scooter is where you place your feet. They ideally should be wider for tricks, around 4-5 inches wide and 19-24 inches long, and they should be made from aluminum (more durable than wood).

  • Clamp: There is a clamp that attaches the handlebars to the fork (which in turn connects to the front wheel). The clamp can have 2-4 bolts. The more bolts in the clamp will mean a more sturdy design. You tighten the bolts with a Allen wrench from the top bolt downward.

  • Brake: The brake of a scooter consists of stepping on the rear wheel’s fender (the piece of metal on top of the rear wheel).

    Top brands

Fuzionis located in Oakland, California. They make a series of scooters for professionals, adults, and kids, as well as electric scooters and scooter accessories. They have a number of collections of professional scooters.

Royal—is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are a division of the Colony Sports Group. They make all-terrain, park, and dirt scooters. They also sell individual parts and safety gear.

Grit Scooterswas established originally in Australia in 2009, as a maker of pro scooters and pro scooter parts and accessories for most major scooter brands. They now have branches in Great Britain and North America. They incorporate computer-aided design in their scooters and parts.

Lucky Scooterwas founded in 2008 in Sammamish, Washington, as one of the original companies making professional scooters. They work with the best manufacturers to make durable and functionally-superior scooters.

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