The Best Scooters for 11 and 12 Year Olds
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 scootersfor this age group
Top Kick Scooter - JD Bug Pro street Scooter Version 3
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.
Lightweight and Foldable
It weighs just 3kg. 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
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. It's 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 which will be resistant to wear (the higher the number the more solid the wheel). The wheels are 205mm which 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 less 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.
The iscoot scooter is an affordable kick scooter and with it's suspension, large wheels and low to ground deck it's super comfortable to ride. It's an awesome choice when you are on a budget and is height adjustable handlebar means that kids, teens and adults can all ride it (max weight is 100kg).
Adjustable handlebar - the handlebar has 3 height settings. 89cm for use by children 120cm and taller, 97cm for people 162cm and taller and 105cm for people who are 190cm and taller. As you can see, this has a height setting for 11 and 12 year olds and will have growing room for them if they have a big growth spurt in the next couple of years.
Wheels - It features big 200mm by 24mm PU wheels, the bigger wheels will offer a smoother ride over bumps and cracks in the pavement.
Easy to Fold - the iscoot features a one button easy folding system. The folded dimensions are 83cm x 13.5cm x 32cm.
Deck - the low to the ground deck is 46.5cm x 13.5cm. A deck which is low the ground tends
Front and rear suspension - the suspension absorbs all rattles, shocks and shakes leading a smooth and comfortable ride.
Scooter weight - it weighs 4.7kg. The downside of the suspension is that it does add some weight to the scooter. However, it's a still a similar weight to other similar sized kick scooter.
Other awesome features - the iscoot includes a mud / rain guard to ensure your trousers are clean when you get to your destination. A removable carry strap makes it easier to carry when you need to do so.
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.
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 58cm to 62cm 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
The Two Bare Feet Cipher model is dirt cheap. It's a good size for this age group, but you will be compromising on some features such as smaller wheels with plastic cores and some weaker parts. However, again for trying out a few beginner jumps and tricks, it's a good version to try before graduating onto something stronger and lighter. Also super for smooth scooting along the pavements and if your kid is a little rough with their kick scooter.
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.
Slamm Urban Scooter
Summary - an excellent entry level stunt scooter. Offers a smooth ride for kids who like to cruise the streets as well as do some tricks. The bar height is 57cm which is the smallest bar featured in this article and the total height of the scooter is 75.5cm making it a good choice for the smaller rider.
Wheels - 110mm wheels with an alloy core. Most stunt scooters will have 100mm or 110mm wheels. The slightly larger 110mm wheels offer a smooth ride as the larger the wheel the less they are affected by uneven pavement surfaces. They are 88a PU cast wheels so are hardwearing and the metal cores mean they are durable for doing tricks.
Deck - 18.8″ X 4.5″ (approx 11.4cm by 48cm) boxed channel deck. The wider deck provides a stable platform for riders.
Fork - Threadless aluminium one-piece fork
IHC Compression - it's fitted with an internal compression system. IHC compression is a lighter version of HIC compression.
Bars - the Slamm offers reinforced steel dipped Y-Bars with impact resistant bar ends, 20.5” X 22.5" (52cm by 57cm)
Scooter weight - approx 3.7kg which is on the light side for a stunt scooter. This is good for doing tricks.
Ethan - Age 11 on The Slamm Urban VII
The Slamm Urban VII was the scooter we chose for our son 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. The Slamm Urban VII seemed to fit the bill and he really does love it. Also if he decides he wants to take his scooter to the skate park he has the option to do it with this scooter.
Madd Gear MGP VX9 Team Stunt Scooter
Madd Gear Pro (MGP) is another well-known brand of scooters and their new stunt scooter range for 2019 includes the mgp vx9 pro stunt scooter. They have excelled themselves with this scooter as they have worked hard to make it super strong and durable but also extremely lightweight. Compared to last year's model, it's almost 10% lighter
Summary - an excellent choice of stunt scooter for the beginner and intermediate rider who wants to develop their skills especially if they're serious about scootering.
Wheels - 120mm corrupt core wheels with ABEC 9 bearings. The wheels are speedy, durable and smooth.
Lightweight - the scooter has been amazingly light. To make the 2019 version even lighter than previous models, Madd Gear has made cutouts on the deck. Its total weight is just 3.41kg. Despite its low weight, this scooter will cope with all of the punishment that is thrown at it.
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 - Like the Team scooter, (featured above) it is extremely 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 VX9 Team at 26 inches high and 23 inches across 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 S7
Summary - A really cool looking scooter for beginner / intermediate riders who want to progress with their skills. The scooter is easy to upgrade with higher end parts if you want to.
Design - great color choice. A color choice on all the wheels too (different colors / gold lettering on some of the wheels etc). All aesthetically look great. Cool color. The hand grips feature really cool colours too.
Bars - 4130 chromoly steel. It features gussets to make sure the bar stays strong. No issues with snapping or bending. The bars are 62cm in height by 57cm in width (24.5" by 22.5"). Great height and width for all from beginners to intermediate
Brake - a nylon, offers plenty of stopping power and is nice and quiet.
Wheels - comes with 120mm wheels. 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 - is 49.5 cm long by 11.9cm in width (4.75 inches wide vs 19.5 inches). It comes with plastic ends in the back of the dropout to protect ankles and other body parts from any sharp ends.
Fork - thinned out fork, cool looking fork.
Hand grips - soft comfortable, cool colors, 160mm long.
The Grit Fluxx is another awesome stunt scooter for smaller riders who are serious about stunts at the skate park or for kids who like their bars to sit a bit lower.
Wheels - The wheels are top-notch for withstanding excessive force from landing. They are alloy core 88A PU 110mm wheels, the preferred size for many pros.
Bars - The handlebar is 51cm wide x 55cm high, so the lowest featured on this page. It features soft feel grips for extra comfort while riding.
Weight - Lightweight at just 3.45kg, but super strong featuring a high tensile steel fork and alloy double clamp.
The Grit Invader is the next step up in size to the Grit Flux. The designs of both scooters are similar but the Invader features bigger wheels and bars for the taller and intermediate rider. It's a high-end, pro scooter, the choice for kids who are serious about their scooter tricks.
Wheels - The alloy core 88A PU 120mm wheels are super wide, smooth and go pretty fast.
Bars - The cool multi-coloured bars measure 68cm in height by 61cm across (26.5" by 24"). These are the tallest bars featured on this page.
Grips - The grips are Grit's own and are soft feel grips for extra comfort while riding. They are silicone and lock on to the bars, so no movement when using the scooter.
Brake - a Grit flex brake
Deck - is a strong, super-wide deck, 4.8" wide by 20" long (12.1cm by 50.8cm)
Clamp - the double clamp and IHC compression keep everything tight.
Fork - slick designed HIC for with compression strong fork.
Headset - the Neco headset spins very smoothly.
Weight - Lightweight at just 3.6kg,
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.
If you're looking for a 3 wheel scooter for an 11 or 12 year old, the Maxi micro scooter is worth considering.
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.