Best Budget Stunt Scooters
Stunt scooters can definitely be expensive.
This is because they have to be built with strong but lightweight materials in order that they can withstand the punishment kids put them under when doing tricks, stunts and jumps.
However, it is often difficult to justify spending an awful lot of money on a stunt scooter when your child may decide doing tricks on a scooter isn't really for them a couple of months after spending pounds on an expensive scooter.
Therefore in this article there a range of cheaper stunt scooters with an explanation of what you are getting for your money.
Razor Beast Stunt Scooter (££ - midrange)
This scooter is an excellent budget stunt scooter for kids around 8 years plus and it has excellent reviews.
It's a good one to try out first stunts and tricks. And if they decide stunts aren't for them, it can still be used from getting from a to b.
Some of it's features include:
- Metalised urethane wheels - the metalised cores are not as good as alloy cores but will withstand the extra impact needed from stunts. The urethane wheels offer a smooth ride.
- Fixed riser handlebars - always go for a fixed handlebar on a stunt scooter and not an adjustable one. An fixed handlebar will make sure that the scooter is strong enough to withstand the extra impact from tricks.
- Aircraft-grade aluminum frame - lightweight but a strong frame. fairly lightweight at 3.5kg
Summary - This is a great option for younger kids to have a first go at the skate park. Lightweight but strong enough to withstand those first tricks. A good budget buy.
✔️ Advice - Wheel cores. The core of the wheel is very important as they need to be able to withstand the excessive force from landings. On pro level scooters you will always see metal (alloy) core wheels and these are the best. Entry level stunt scooters will often have nylon core wheels (a strong type of plastic) or other plastic cores. Nylon cores are strong but generally better for cruising. Metal core wheels are generally much better than nylon or plastic core wheels as they are more durable and stronger to withstand the abuse of tricks. Nylon/plastic core wheels are cheaper and can be found on budget scooters. Alloy cores should definitely be sought out for teens and adults. Scooters for younger kids (age 6 or 7) often do have nylon cores and these are generally okay while kids are younger and lighter as there is not as much force on landings, although metal cores are still better.
Dominator Trooper - (££ - Midrange)
The Dominator Trooper is a beginner stunt scooter at the 6 to 12 age group. It has some excellent specifications at an affordable price. Perfectly sized for the smaller, younger rider.
- Wheels - the trooper features 110mm wheels with 7 spoke alloy core wheels. The District wheels are a good buy for a scooter at this price point and the cores are strong to absorb the shocks from stunts.
- Bars - the scooter features a one piece steel bar. The scooter height is 71.2cm but the bar itself measures 55cm (21.5 inches) by 20 inches wide. The bar is a good width for a scooter in the price range. Similar priced scooters tend to have narrower bars. In terms of height, it's important to get a stunt scooter that is lower than the belly button for safety and optimum control. However, too low and it can be uncomfortable to ride. The Trooper is appropriately sized for kids.
- Deck - the deck is on the smaller side, measuring 17.1" by 4.5" which is a nice size for smaller feet. Standard decks tend to be 19 or 20 inches so it's appropriately sized for the younger rider.
- Compression System - The Trooper also has a threadless compression system which you quite often only see on higher end scooters.
- Weight - the scooter weighs a respectable 3.6kg
Verdict - all in all this is an excellent beginner scooter for kids at an excellent price point.
TBF Street Stunt (£ - Low Price Option)
This is the cheapest stunt scooter featured on this page. It has good reviews over on amazon. However it is unclear how many of those reviews are actually of kids doing stunts.
If you have a teenager or a child serious about doing tricks I would go for something a bit better. However if it's for a younger child who just wants to have a go at doing a few stunts and wants to use it as a stunt scooter as well it could be worth considering.
The features on this scooter include:
- Handlebar / Deck / Fork - Bar is 1 piece alloy T4 & T6 heat treated. The scooter has a heat treated strong robust deck and threaded reinforced fork.
- Wheels - 100mm 88A PU super high rebound with plastic spoke cores. The wheels are perfect for street scooting. Ideally a stunt scooter should have metal cores as they are more durable. However if it's for a younger, lighter child who just wants to scoot around and do the odd trick or too at the skatepark, this scooter could be a good choice.
- Scooter height - the overall height of the scooter is 83cm
- Bar width - the bar is 44cm (17 inches). This is a good size for younger children, as children get taller and older they may prefer wider bars on their stunt scooter.
- Weight - the weight is 3.5kg which is a good weight for a stunt scooter.
Summary - if you're buying for a younger child who just wants to try the odd trick or too this could be a good choice. Otherwise a scooter with alloy core wheels might be a better.
Crisp Switch 2020 (££ - Midrange)
Spend a little bit more money for the Crisp Switch 2020 and get some really excellent features for the price. The Switch is a good looking scooter where you get a lot of bang for your buck. Great for around age 7 to the early teen years.
- Deck - The footplate is 19.5" in length with a width of 4.5". A great size for growing feet.
- Bars - The bars measure 22" in height by 20" in width. The scooter has a total height of 81cm.
- Wheels - 100mm alloy core wheels are strong for skate park use (alloy core wheels are much more durable and able to withstand tricks than plastic wheels).
- Weight - 3.7kg which is quite lightweight for a bargain stunt scooter of this size
At the price point, it's a real bargain and you can still expect good looks, IHC compression and an excellent solid build.
✔️ Weight - Stunt scooters need to be strong but lightweight. The more lightweight the scooter the better it is to do tricks. You may see stunt scooters between 3kg and 4.5kg. The more expensive stunt scooters are deisgned to be as lightweight as possible but with strong materials hence the extra cost. Sometimes lighter, cheaper scooters may have features such as plastic wheels that don't weigh as much but obviously aren't as strong.
MX Ramp (££ - Midrange)
Micro aren't very often associated with the word budget. But MX Ramp, their stunt scooter offering that they recommend for 5 to 12 year olds who are beginners is extremely competitive on price. Simply put, it offers excellent quality at a brilliant price point. Micro suggest the minimum height for this scooter is 128cm (4' 2") so despite the recommended age range, it might be big for some 5 and 6 year olds.
It's marketed as a kid's first stunt scooter for doing occasional tricks. It's designed to make learning basic tricks easy, making it a good choice for younger riders who are starting out.
So what's to like about the scooter :
- Wheels - 100mm metal core wheels. Metal core wheels are much better for stunt scooters to take the impact from the jumps and tricks.
- Light - the scooter weighs 3.7kg. A light frame makes it easier to learn tricks.
- Handlebar Height - 68cm fixed height handlebar. The ride height (which is the height between the deck and the handlebar) is 74cm. Ideally, you want the handlebar height to come between hip and waist height on a stunt scooter, and no higher than their belly button.
- Footplate - the footplate is smaller than standard (33cm (l) by 10.5cm (w) which will make it easier for little feet to control.
- Built to last - The scooter has replaceable parts. If the scooter is looked after, it can be kept out of landfill and passed down to siblings or sold on ebay once finished with.
Verdict - This scooter is ideal for occasional tricks and getting from a to b.
MX Trixx (££ - Medium Price)
Micro's step up from the MX ramp is the MX Trixx. Also designed for 5 to 12 year olds from 125cm in height but it's purposely designed for kids who want the stunt scooter mainly to practice jumps, hops and tricks at the skate park.
The features include:
- Deck /Fork- Cut outs on the deck make it lighter which will make it easier for kids to do various tricks and jumps. The footplate is slightly longer on the Trixx than on the Ramp measuring 48cm by 10cm. This will give riders with longer feet a bit more room.
- Wheels - 100 PU wheels with 5 spoke metal core
- Weight - Lightweight at 3.7kg - a lightweight scooter makes it easier to use to do jumps and stunts
- Handlebar height - 68cm - as already mentioned ideally with a stunt scooter you want the bars to come up to around just below hip to waist height, depending on the preference of the rider.
Verdict - the MX Trixx is for beginners and intermediates who are more serious about doing tricks and stunts.
If you're looking for a stunt scooter the younger crowd (5 to 7 years), the Brazer Pro is an excellent scooter at a brilliant price point. It's ideal for a young beginner / intermediate scooter rider.
- Deck - at 17.7" the deck is shorter than standard, perfect for smaller feet. However, it's designed to still be quite wide at 4.5", this gives beginners a stable platform to learn their tricks.
- Bars - the bars are 19.68" by 18.1"(50cm by 46cm) These are smaller bars than scooters aimed at the 8 plus age group. Shorter bars make it easier for younger kids to control their ride at the park.
- Wheels - amazingly, at this price point, Blazer Pro has equipped their mini offering with 100mm alloy core wheels. Usually, you would see scooters within this price range with nylon or plastic cores.
- Blazer Pro - Blazer Pro scooter are a well known and respected brand within the scooter community.
✔️ Replaceable Parts - If a child's scooter is likely to take a significant beating at the skatepark or during general use, it's a good economical decision to look for a scooter where the parts are replaceable. These scooters do tend to cost a little bit more at the beginning but in the long run, it is cheaper to replace a wheel or another part than have to fork out for a new scooter. Additionally if kids become very passionate about scooting, they may wish to updgrade the wheels or other parts on their scooter.
Nitro Circus Ryan Williams RW Replica Complete Pro Stunt Scooter (£££)
If you can stretch your budget, this makes a great first stunt scooter for the 8 to 11 year age group. It's a fab entry level scooter with great spec.
- Bars - The bars are 22" in height and 18" in width with a total scooter height 0f 80cm
- Wheels - 110mm with spoked alloy core wheels with ABEC-9 bearings. Again, with this scooter you get the alloy core wheels which will withstand the impact at the skate park. 110mm size wheels are fine for beginners. Bigger wheels are generally preferred by the pros. They spin faster. And more urethane means they will wear out less quickly.
- Weight - 3.4kg. Very light - this is perfect for beginners to start speedily learning tail whips and other tricks. Lighter is easier to control.
- Deck - the deck is 19" by 4" which is appropriate for this size of scooter.
- Look - Visually appealing gold and black dual colour scheme, it will look awesome at the park. You can get it in just black too.
- Other features - steel threadless fork and a 3 bolt flex brake.
Land Surfer Scooter (£ - Low Price)
The Land surfer stunt scooter is a good looking budget stunt scooter with a stylish y shaped bar which comes in a variety of colors. Possibly worth considering if your budget is tight for younger riders to try out a few jumps and tricks and use it as a kick scooter. Older kids and teens will probably need something a bit stronger. Might be worth stretching the budget if kids are serious about doing tricks.
- Wheels - 100mm PU wheels (plastic core).
- Weight - very lightweight at 3.2kg.
- Bars - bars measure 78cm for floor to top. The are 50cm in width (19.6 inches).
Land Surfer Pro Stunt Scooter (££ - Midrange)
The Land Surfer pro stunt scooter is a step up from the standard Land surfer scooter (above). It's a good option for cruising and use at the stunt park. It's features include:
- Deck - Strong anodised deck with a quad clamp
- Wheels - Strong high rebound 100mm PU wheels with alloy core and ABEC-9 bearings
- Weight - 3.7kg - an average weight for a stunt scooter
- Bar Width - An oversized 21.5" (54.6cm) bar
Slamm Tantrum (££ - Mid Range)
The Slamm tantrum is another awesome pick for the younger, smaller rider from around aged 6 plus.
- Perfectly sized - the reinforced steel t-bar is strong and the a lower height making it the ideal size for the younger rider.
- Wheels - 100mm nylon core 88 A PU wheels
- Deck - a smaller sized 4.2 inch by 18.8 inch deck makes it easier for younger children to control
- Fork / Compression - threadless fork and IHC compression system.
- Updgradeable - like with all Slamm scooters many parts can be customised and are interchangeable. Easily upgrade the wheels to 110mm if required or the bar to a bigger size.
Verdict - a perfect scooter for the young beginners.