The Best Scooters for 11 and 12 Year Olds
If buying a scooter for 11 or 12 year old the best scooter will depend on the following:
What the scooter will be used for? Stunts, cruising along pavements, off road use or all three?
Bang for your buck - the best features for your money.
Height of your child - the scooter should be the right size for your child to use. If you anticipate that they will have a grow spurt in the near future, can the scooter accommodate this.
Cooless factor - is this important to the child? Read on for some suggestions of some excellent 1.) kick scooters 2.) stunt scooters 3.) three wheel scooters 4.)dirt scooters 5.) electric scooters for this age group
Top Tip - If an 11 or 12 year old wants a scooter to do tricks on it is important to get a stunt scooter what fixed (non adjustable) handlebar which can withstand the punishment of doing tricks. Check out some stunt scooters here.
Top Kick Scooter - JD Bug Street Scooter
This is a great scooter for cruising along the streets, great from getting from a to b, fab for the school run. It’s not a good scooter for doing tricks if he wants to take it to the skate park look for a dedicated stunt scooter instead.
JD Bug is one of the most popular brands of scooter in the UK so it’s difficult to go wrong.
Height Adjustable Handlebar
The minimum height is 630 mm and the max height is 950 mm
A handlebar is comfortable around waist height when using for scooting along so this should accommodate most 11 and 12 year olds and even offer some growing room.
Light, Foldable and Portable
It weighs just 2.78kg. If the rider ever needs to carry or transport it for any reason, it’s light for them to carry.
It’s also foldable which is good for storing, for taking on public transport or for putting in the boot of a car. And as an added bonus it has a built in shoulder strap making it a breeze to carry.
Large or small wheels - you will see kick scooters with small and large wheels for 11 and 12 year olds. Small wheeled scooters (100mm and 110mm wheels) tend to be lighter, more compact when folded and easier to carry. Larger wheels (120mm and higher) will be speedier and cover longer distances in shorter time. They also tend to offer a smoother and more comfortable ride as they cover over cracks and bumps in the pavement more easily.
Hudora Big Wheel Scooter
The Hudora Big Wheel scooter is a scooter that can be used by older kids, teens and adults alike. Its big wheels make it great from cruising along the streets to get from a to b instead of walking.
Handlebar and Weight Limit
The handlebar can be adjusted from 79 t0 104cm which is great for 11 and 12 year olds and will definitely accommodate them into their teen years. Even adults can use this scooter for commuting. The weight limit accommodates riders up to 100kg so no worries there either.
The handlebar is also foldable so it is easy to store and carry when needed. It weighs 4.7kg so it isn't the lightest scooter available to carry but will be fine to carry short distances when required too. There is also an adjustable shoulder strap which makes it easy to carry when walking and taking on and off public transport.
The scooter features extra big high-rebound 87 A PU wheels. 87a means they are solid wheels that are resistant to wear (the higher the number the more solid the wheel). The wheels are 205mm and offer a safe but quick ride over distances. The wheels help make it a good commuter scooter too, perfect for getting kids to school on time. The bigger the wheels the quicker the ride and the fewer vibrations over bumps and cracks in the pavement. There is a rear friction brake on the back wheel for slowing down.
The scooter features a stand to keep it upright when not in use.
Portability - how portable will you need the scooter to be. Will it need to be carried on a bus, train or transported in the boot of the car? Will they have to carry the scooter up a hill or into school? If so, it might be worth considering how heavy the scooter is. Is it light enough to carry? Can it be folded down compactly so it can be stored at home or school or transported in the car? Kick scooters range from extremely lightweight (under 3kg) up to around 5kg.
Razor A5 Lux Scooter
This is a top-notch scooter for older kids and teens. It's made by Razor which is a well respected US brand of scooters. It's a great size for 11 and 12 year olds. With the bigger wheels, the scooter stands taller than other scooters. It's height adjustable handlebar allows them to have the scooter at the best possible height for them. The big wheels also ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for the older child.
The bigger urethane 200mm wheels with RZR pro bearings give a smooth, comfortable ride. Bigger wheels go faster, further which is appreciated by the older kids. They can get to their friend's house in record time and leave later to scoot to school!
One of the excellent features of the Razor big wheel scooter is that they have low to the ground decks. This is especially advantageous with a kick scooter as you don't have to bend your kicking leg as far to get to the ground when pushing along. This leads to a much more comfortable and more efficient ride. The Razor A5 Lux is only 6cm off the ground so it really is an excellent choice for an enjoyable ride.
The deck length is 32cm by 10cm so a very nice size for 11 and 12 year olds.
The handlebar is height adjustable between 75cm to 97cm, so again a good choice for this age range.
The Razor A5 can be folded down and carried when needed. It weighs 4.2kg (so is very lightweight for a big wheel scooter). It's folded dimensions are 78ccm x 12cm x 31cm so it can be folded down easily to fit in a boot of a car, use on public transport and even put in a large locker if needed.
The Razor has a rear fender brake for slowing down (although it's worth noting that in wet weather like with other kick scooters the brake is not as effective). It also has a kickstand for easy storage.
Verdict - overall this is a mid range kick scooter with a quality build and design. It's sizing makes the perfect big wheel scooter for 11 and 12 year olds to whizz around with on the streets.
Height Adjustable Handlebars - adjusting the height on the scooter handlebar can be important on a kick scooter as ideally the most comfortable handlebar position is about waist height. If you think about riding a scooter, too low a handlebar will mean it's uncomforable to bend down to reach the handlebars and too high handlebars will lead to a lack of control.
JD Bug Street 150 Series Scooter
Another ideal kick scooter for 11 and 12 year olds, the JD Bug 150 differs from the first JD Bug scooter in this article as it has bigger 150mm PU wheels. The bigger wheels offer a quick, smooth roll along the footpaths but aren't so big as to add huge amounts of weight to the scooter. This means the scooter is still light, weight just 3.3kg. So if it needs to be carried, on trains, buses or just because you've had enough scooting - it's not a problem!
Adjustable handlebar - the handlebar is tall, extending up to 99cm which means there is growing room for 11 and 12 year olds if they have a big growth spurt in the next couple of years.
Wheels - the bigger 150mm 85a PU wheels offer fast, easy transport and a smoother ride over bumps and cracks in the pavement.
Easy to Fold - The scooter features a super simple folding mechanism. The folded dimensions are 83cm x 13.5cm x 32cm.
Deck - The large grip tape area footplate measures 20" cm (l) by 4" (w).
Scooter weight - light, light, light! This scooter weighs just 3.3kg - easy to control and carry.
Brake - It features a rear spring loaded brake for hasty stops.
Finally, for a bigger wheel scooter which is so light, this is competitvely priced.
Micro Sprite Scooter
The Micro Sprite Scooter is the ultimate high quality scooter designed by the well known brand of Swiss Engineers renowned for their precise engineering and long lasting scooters for all age ranges.
This scooter has an age recommendation of 5 to 12 years. It's recommended for a maximum height of 152cm so may not be the best choice of a tall child but will be great for the average 11 year old with some growing room. The maximum user weight is 100kg. It can also be height adjusted so can be passed down to younger siblings. These scooters are designed to last for years. Each part is repairable or replaceable and they also hold their resale value well on sites such as ebay.
The handlebar is height adjustable and can be very easily adjusted at any point between the height ranges of 64cm to 93cm ensuring the perfect handlebar height. The handlebar can be folded quickly and easily.
The wheels of the Micro Sprite scooter are made from 87o ShoreA polyurethane which means the wheels are extremely solid. The higher the number the more resistance the wheels have to indentation and wear. The Micro Sprite scooter wheels use ABEC 5 bearings, measure 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear.
Lightweight and Convenient
The sprite is super lightweight at just 5.9lbs (2.9kg). This makes it easy to carry when you need to and it's easy for kids to manage too.
Micro Rocket Scooter
For older kids, teens and adults the Rocket scooter is a kick scooter with a difference, the "fattie" wheels. Why fattie wheels? The larger footprint on the wheels offer greater grip and control. Better for uneven surfaces such as cobbled stones. Ideal for going on the school run or around the streets.
The Rocket also looks cool giving older kids some street cred when riding. Also perfect for giving that extra bit of stability to their ride.
Like most kick scooters, the Rocket has a height adjustable handlebar. It adjusts from 66cm to 96cm and folds like a dream. There's a rear brake for comfortable stops and a clever kickstand allowing the scooter to stand upright when you need to hop off.
The Rocket isn't cheap but like all micro scooters it's an investment. The scooter is durable and built to last. All parts can all be replaced meaning it's kept out of the landfill and on the streets for as long as you want.
All in all an excellent scooter for hop on / hop off journeys. A good choice for older kids on the school run.
We Skate Scooter
The Weskate scooter is designed for older kids, teens and adults with 3 height settings to suit people from 120cm to 185cm tall so would be an ideal sized kick scooter for the 11 to 12 age group. It's one of the most affordable kick scooters for older kids and adult in the same price range as the iscoot and the hudora scooters (featured above).
The handlebar adjust to three different height settings at 90cm for kids with a height of 120cm, 95cm for kids/teens/adults above 160cm up to 100cm for teens/adults up to 185cm.
It has 200mm wheels so the bigger wheels are quicker for the school commute and getting to the park and friend's houses than smaller sizes.
The scooter also has a dual suspension system to accommodate a smooth ride.
There's a 3 second easy-folding-carrying mechanism for quick storage and transportation.
Weight of scooter
Perhaps one of the downsides of the weskate scooter is it weighs more than similar scooters at 6.12kg. It should be fine if you're not going to carry it or take in on public transport a lot. However, if the rider is going to have to pick it up and carry it, there are probably lighter options to consider.
There's a kickstand and a large aluminium reinforced brake pedal which is easy to use for quick and firm stopping fast.
Many 11 and 12 year olds will want a stunt scooter which enables them to do tricks, stunts and jumps at the skate park. Stunt scooters are more expensive especially than street / commuter scooters like the JD Bug above as kids get older and bigger as they need to be built the scooter to withstand the weight of the child and the impact it takes when doing jumps and tricks.
Size of Stunt Scooter - an important consideration is that the scooter is the right size. There are certain measurements that will help find the right scooter. Firstly the height of the bars. Many scooters for this age group have bars around 23 inches to 26 inches (58cm to 66cm) and this is generally a good size for the average 11 and 12 year old. If they are on the small side look for lower bars and if they are taller higher bars.
Also, bear in mind the size of the wheel. 100mm wheels are the smallest wheel size you can get, but may scooters have 110mm or 120mm wheels which will add a bit more to the height of the scooter.
Some scooter specs give the measurement of the entire height of the scooter, which is useful. For beginners, ideally, you want the bars to sit between hit and waist height for better control. As kids, get older and more experienced they may prefer bars which sit lower as many pro stunt riders prefer. Bars which are too high can cause more of a problem as the arm is at an uncomfortable position when riding and it's easier to knock the bars into your face on the ramps.
Bargain Beginner Stunt scooter - Costway Stunt Scooter
If you're looking for a beginner stunt scooter on a budget, the Costway scooter could be a good choice. It scores highly on price. For a stunt scooter it's a bargain! However, it's important to be realistic, a stunt scooter at this price point isn't going to be as durable and as well designed as a higher end pro scooter.
Having said this, it might be the perfect option for a kid who wants to start out just learning a few tricks and jumps without having to commit to spending huge amounts on a first stunt scooter. If they like it, they can invest in a more expensive option later on. Of course, it's great for cruising the streets as well.
It's lightweight at just 3kg. A lighter scooter is easier to learn to do tricks and stunts on.
The wheels are 100mm PU offer a smoooth ride along the pavements.
Budget Stunt Scooters Vs Pro Stunt Scooters - there is a huge disparity in price when it comes to buying a stunt scooter. Budget stunt scooters have their place. They are good for lighter kids who are just trying out a few tricks and stunts. However, if your child is serious about the skate park, it's worth spending a bit more money. Pro scooters are generally designed to be strong but lightweight. The lighter the scooter, the easier it is to control and do stunts but it needs to be strong to withstand the impacts of continuous landings.
Budget scooters may compromise on some of the features. Their wheels may have plastic rather than the alloy cores found on pro scooters. Wheels tend to be smaller so won't be as smooth or fast or durable. They may be strong but heavier so more difficult to control. Pro scooters are more likely to be made of strong but light material such as chromoly steel. It should also be easier to upgrade parts on pro scooters meaning your scooter should last longer.
The key is to weigh each scooter on its merits and price and the requirements for your child.
Bargain Beginner Stunt Scooter (number 2) - Two Bare Feet - Cipher Model
However, for trying out a few beginner jumps and tricks, it's a good version to try before graduating onto something stronger and lighter. It does have good reviews, but it seems that most of the reviews are for people who use the scooter as a kick scooter rather than at the skate park.
It's super for smooth scooting along the pavements and / or if your kid is a little rough with their kick scooter. If an 11 or 12 year old wants to use the scooter at the skate park it's probably best to get a stunt scooter with alloy core wheels which is a little more robust.
Weight - It's lightweight at just 3.5kg. A lighter scooter is easier to learn to do tricks and stunts on.
Wheels - The wheels are 88A, 100mm PU and offer a smooth ride along the pavements.
Crisp Ultima 4.8 Pro Stunt Scooter
The phenomenal Crisp Ultima 4.8 stunt scooter is ideal for the adventurous 11 or 12 year old rider. Great for riders who like to dabble both at the skate park and on the street.
The super high rebound PU wheels measure 120mm by 28mm. Most stunt scooters offer wheels sized either at 100m, 110mm or 120mm. Bigger wheels that are sized at 120mm are faster at the skate park and offer a smoother rider when crusing the streets (cruising more easily over bumps and cracks). They also last longer as they have more urethane.
The scooter is nicely sized for 11 and 12 year olds with an alloy hive handlebar extends which measure 23" (height) by 22" (width). Additionally the generously sized footplate measures 20" (50.8cm) (l) by 4.8" (12.2cm) (w).
The scooter weighs 3.45kg which is light, perfect for trying out some new tricks. It also come with a hybrid alloy fork with HIC compression.
Ethan - Age 11
We picked a stunt scooter our son Ethan on his 11th birthday. He's not very serious about doing tricks and stunts. He mainly uses his scooter to cruise around. However he does do a few jumps and gives his scooter some punishment moving around on it. Therefore I wanted to get him a scooter that was sturdy, durable and could take some roughness. A sturdy stunt scooter at a reasonable price point like the Crisp Ultima 4.8 fits the bill for many 11 year olds. They will love it. Also if they do decide take their scooter to the skate park they have the option to do it with a stunt scooter scooter.
Madd Gear MGP VX8 Team Stunt Scooter
Madd Gear Pro (MGP) is another well-known brand of stunt scooters who excel in scooter design. The Team VX8 scooter is super strong, looks amazing in different colors, is durable with plenty of footspace . Perfect for beginners to learn tailwhips and intermediates to hone their skills and learn a few new tricks.
Go for this stunt scooter if you are beginner or intermediate rider who wants to develop their skills an is serious about scootering. Or if budget isn't a consideration, it makes a lovely, sold scooter for kids who subject theirs to a lot of punishement when crusing along the streets.
Wheels - 120mm 88a fuse core wheels. The bigger wheels are speedy, durable and smooth.
Lightweight - the scooter weights 3.93kg.
Grips - the grips are soft and comfortable and feature nylon bar ends.
MGP VX9 Extreme Stunt Scooter
Summary - The MGP VX9 Extreme scooter is a slightly bigger size in the Madd Gear scooter range aimed at kids aged 12 plus or for kids from 4 feet 6 inches tall and above. If you have a 12 year old who is super focused on his skate park stunts and tricks, this is an excellent scooter. The specs for this scooter are excellent.
Light - This is the lastest version of the Extreme scooter and one of it's standard features is that it's so light. It's 9% ligher than last year's VX8 extreme version making it easier for tricks and stunts in the air.
Handlebars - It features slightly bigger handlebars than the MGP Team (featured above) at 26 inches high and 23 inches across (66cm by 58cm) so is perfect for the older kid or teenager.
Wheels - The 120mm alloy core wheels with ABEC bearings are super quick for fun at the skate park.
Blunt Envy Prodigy S8
The Blunt Envy S8 Prodigy is a super light scooter and looks amazing with an awesome range of colours to choose from. The Blunt S8 series are well known and respected stunt scooters within the communtiy. This scooter just screams awesome design, style and high quality througout.
Summary - A really cool looking scooter for intermediate /advanced riders who want to progress with their skills. The scooter is easy to upgrade with higher end parts if you want to.
Design - cool colour choices which all aesthetically look great.
There is a cut out in the bottom of the deck with lips which have been moulded onto the underside of the scooter. This is your grinding surface and will mean less scratches and wear and tear to the bottom of the deck.
Bars - the aluminium reaper style bars effectively mean lightewight but high density - they are strong. No issues with snapping or bending. The bars are 62cm in height by 54cm in width (24.5" by 21.25"). Great height and width for all from intermediate and advanced park riders.
Brake - a really nice nylon brake, offers plenty of stopping power and is nice and quiet.
Wheels - comes with 120mm by 24mm, gap core wheels with ABEC 9 bearings. Bigger wheels are better for a smooth ride. The wheels can be upgraded up to 125mm if you want even bigger wheels in the future.
Compression - IHC compression.
Double clamp - nice clean look
Deck - a lovely enlongated deck which measures 49.5 cm long by 12cm in width (4.72 inches wide vs 19.5 inches). The deck has nylon inserts on the back and front to protect ankles and other body parts from any sharp ends.
Fork - the exposed fork with a major cut out in the headtube is not only weight saving but looks super cool as well.
Hand grips - soft comfortable, cool colors, 160mm long.
The ideal choice for any kid who is serious about working on their skills and spends their time at the skate park doing just that.
Micro Crossneck Pro Stunt Scooter
The Micro Cross neck is a stunt scooter designed for 7 to 15 year olds by the team at Micro scooters. Micro scooters are well known for their high quality range of scooters from toddlers to adults. Micro scooters always boast swiss quality and award winning design so it's a brand where their reputation is always riding on the quality of their scooters. The Cross Neck is so named because of its strong one-piece head tube and down-tube construction.
Wheels - The 110mm wheels have a 5 spoke metal core to withstand all the jumps and tricks performed by kids.
Bars - The bars measure 84cm from the height of the handlebar to the deck.
Footplate - footplate measuring 53cm long and 12cm wide
Weight - The scooter weighs 4kg.
All the parts of micro scooters can be replaced. This can lenghten the lifespan of the scooter.
Ten Eight Jury Stunt Scooter
The Ten Eighty Jury Scooters rate highly on looks with their awesome colors and graphics! If looks are important to the rider, this might be a good choice. The scooters are a UK brand and they are made by a company called SDJ sports who sell a wide variety of products. The 1080 brand seems exclusive to amazon and it's not one that you will find in specialist scooter shops so make of that what you will.
The specs of the scooter are as follows:
Wheels - The wheels are alloy core 88A PU 110mm wheels, the preferred size for many pros.
Bars - The handlebars measure 34" / 87cm approx (this must be from floor to top of the bar - although this isn't specified). The width is 20" (51cm)
Weight - The scooter weight is 5kg, which is on the heavier side for a stunt scooter.
What To Look for When buying a Stunt Scooter
How much you spend and the features you look for when buying a stunt scooter will very much depend on the what the kid wants to use it for and how much they are into scootering and doing tricks and jumps.
Beginner / Low stunt level use
If they are a beginner and just want to start doing a few tricks. Or perhaps they mainly use their scooter as to get from a to b but may do a few jumps or bash it about a bit on the street than one of the beginner style stunt scooters from Madd gear, Slamm or Grit will be a good choice.
If they are a regular at the skate park and are using their scooters a lot, it's worth spending a bit more to make sure the scooter lasts. Again the Madd gear, Slamm and Grit brands are some good choices. Other brands may include Lucky, District, Envy and Blunt.
An advanced scooter rider will probably have a clear idea of exactly what they want so it's worth consulting them. Some scooters will start at around £200 plus but they will be designed to be lightweight with extra reinforcement. The detail on the design of the scooters will be find on the wheels and bars.
Scooter Essentials Explained
There are lots of things to know and look for when buying a stunt scooter. Here are some essentials explained:
Bar - Always make sure the bar is a one piece.
Wheels - Metal solid (alloy) core wheels are better than plastic core wheels. They will last longer. Alloy cores tend to be standard on all mid range stunt scooters. The higher end metal end cores will weigh less, so it will depend on how much you want to spend. Also look for high quality PU wheels.
Bar height - the bar height on stunt scooters generally sit between waist and hip height. Beginners should aim to start with scooter bars about waist height. As kids start to perform tricks they may develop a preference for lower bars or prefer a higher set up. It can depend on their style and what feels comfortable for them.
Decks - decks come in all different lengths and sizes. Wider decks are better for street riding. So if he / she likes to ride his scooter along the streets as well as do tricks a wider deck is worth looking out for.
Compression - scooters for beginner riders will use a threaded compression system, which clamps the bars onto a threaded fork. More advanced scooters will have different types of compression. Look out for HIC ( Hidden Internal Compression), ICS (Inverted Compression System) and SCS (Standard Compression System). All of these compression systems are different but offer more resiliance, robustness and performance when compared to threaded fork systems.
You can read more about what the different specifications on scooters mean in our guide to stunt scooters.
3 Wheel Scooter
There are many 3 wheel scooters available to suit older kids and adults who prefer them. The one featured below has an extendable handlebar height of 97cm making it a good choice for the older child / teen. But you can check out more 3 wheel scooters for older kids here.
Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter
Age and Height Recommendation
It’s recommended for kids aged 5 to 12 years old. It aims to accomodate children up to 152cm, so if you're child is nearing this height, it may be worth considering a 3 wheel scooter for adult such as the micro kickboard scooter.
Height adjustable handlebar
The handlebar can be adjusted from 67cm to 93cm, so you can make sure it’s the right height for your child. The handlebars can be removed from the base for storage and transportation.
Scooters with Pneumatic Tyres - some kick and all dirt scooters will features air filled tyres. Pneumatic (air filled tyres) have both advantages and disadvantages. Pneumatic tyres tend to give a slower ride on a kick scooter and they take more effort to push off and kick along. However, they have much better grip on the road which is invaluable when it's raining or slippy on the road surface as they offer more traction and better stopping power. Pneumatic tyres will also give a much more comfortable ride, giving cushioning over bumps and cracks in the pavement much like a bicycle does.
The Osprey dirt scooter is an excellent choice with really good reviews.
It features 200 mm off road tyres for grip on any surface
The chromoly handle bars with large rubber grips help give a comfortable ride. The tough aluminium deck withstands the punishment from stones and gravel on dirt tracks. The stainless steel rear brake gives durable and reliable stopping power.
Electric scooter - Razor E200
The E300 electric scooter is a great electric scooter for 11 and 12 year olds with a high fun facto
It can reach speeds of up to 12mph. There are variable speeds and you control the acceleration by a twist throttle on the handelbar
It offers up to 40 continuous minutes of rider time per charge.
It features pnuematic tyres on the front and back wheels so offers a very smooth ride over bumps in the paths.
Handlebars and kickstand
It also features a retractable kickstand and comfortable hand grips. The brake is also operated from the handlebar.
The maximum weight is 100kg so there's nothing to stop adults under this weight limit having a go too.