Micro Merlin Electric Scooter Review

Micro Merlin Electric Scooter

If you're searching for a lightweight, nimble scooter it's difficult to go wrong with the Micro Merlin.

Exceptionally well designed and built with suspension for a comfortable ride, this scooter is jam-packed with top-notch features.

A 15 mile range and quick 3 hour charge, makes the Merlin an excellent scooter for adults.

Its compact size makes it an excellent choice if you need to take it on public transport, put in the boot of a car or store in a tight space.

 

 

Speed

The Merlin has an impressive top speed of 15mph which is similar to other scooters in this price range.

What sets it apart is it has 4 different speed modes which you can adjust according to the purpose of your journey. The speed modes are:

1.) Pedestrian mode
Pedestrian mode mimics the walking speed of adults which is about 4mph. It's ideal when there are a lot of people around.

2.) Eco mode
The speed on eco mode is 10mph. Use this mode when you want to maximise the battery life. It allows you to optimise distance above speed. Ideal for longer commutes.

3.) Standard mode
This is the best choice for cruising. It's the mode you are most likely to use for the majority of the time. The top speed is 15mph.

4.) Sports mode
Sports mode will give you a bit of extra power. It's ideal when climbing steep inclines and also has a maximum speed of 15mph. It uses more battery power so it's important to turn it off when you are on flat ground.

Additionally, the Merlin has the option of cruise control so you can set the speed you want and not have to worry about pushing the throttle for the whole ride. Just lean back (not literally of course) and enjoy!

Foldability and Portability

One area where the Merlin excels is portability. Weighing just over 11kg (25 pounds), it's one of the lightest electric scooters out there making it easy to pick up and carry. As it quickly folds, it's an ideal electric scooter if you need to take it on public transport or throw it in the boot of a car.

Additionally, being so lightweight makes the scooter easier to manoeuvre and control.

There are three positions in which you can fold the Merlin. Fully folded, upright and camel mode.

What is camel mode, I hear you ask. Camel mode is a partially folded position which allows the Merlin to stand up without a kickstand as seen in the picture below.

Micro merlin scooter camel mode

The Merlin scooter in camel mode

 

It's easy to fully fold the Merlin. Just engage the blue foot button with your foot whilst giving the handlebars a slight push forward.

Additionally, the handlebars fold down. This is very helpful for storage.  The Merlin is a brilliant choice if you need something that will fit into a tight space, perhaps under a desk. The folded dimensions are 95 x 15 x 35cm.

LCD Display and Controls

The LCD display is easy to read at a glance and sits between the two handles. The display will tell you the details you need to know to optimise your ride. They include your speed, battery life, how far you've travelled and even the outside temperature.

Just beneath the LCD screen are three buttons. The power button (far right), the odometer button (in the middle) and the headlights (far left). These are easy to toggle with your thumb.

The accelerator is to the right of the power button and the electric brake is on the left of the headlight button.

Charge Time and Battery Life

One thing that we really like about this scooter is it has a super quick charge time of just 3 hours. This means you could potentially charge it during the work day so it will be fully charged for the ride home. And if your battery is at 25% it will take just 1 hour to fully recharge.

Impressively, the scooter has a range of up to 15 miles. However, do bear in mind that the range will be affected by conditions such as whether you are travelling up inclines, the weight of the rider and the conditions of the roads you are riding on.

As already mentioned you can see the battery level indicator on the LCD screen. Please note that to get the most accurate battery level reading it's important to stop the scooter moving and stand it still.

When you receive your scooter it won't be fully charged and you will need to fully charge the battery before using the scooter for the first time. 

Wheels and Suspension

The Merlin features solid rubber wheels. The advantage of rubber wheels is that riders don't have to worry about punctures.

The downside is that pneumatic tyres are better at giving traction on wet surfaces (so will be better if it has rained).  Bear in mind, that it isn't recommended to ride most electric scooters when it's raining.

Pneumatic tyres also tend to absorb the bumps and shocks from the road better.

However, what the Merlin does have to add comfort to the ride is integrated dual suspension. The suspension will make a huge difference in comparison to scooters which don't have it. It ensures a smooth ride and will help absorb and reduce the shock from any bumps along the journey translating into a comfortable, smooth ride.

Braking

Another innovative feature to assist your ride is the smart regenerative braking. Basically each time your brake, the energy is poured back into the battery to add to the battery life. The braking is on both the front and rear wheels. So each time your brake, you will get a small charge to your battery.

You can engage the brake using the electric brake by the left handlebar or use the foot brake. The red tail lights become brighter when you engage the brake with either of these methods.

The brake is very responsive and can stop you quite abruptly. Therefore it's a good idea to practise using the brake at slow speeds when you first get the scooter.

More Features

Automatic Lights

Another unique feature is the automatic lights. There is both a front and rear LED light which will come on automatically when the light outdoors becomes dim. So you don't have to think about when to put on your lights or worry about pulling over to do so.

Hand Grips

Micro are well known for their attention to detail and high quality and this can be seen via the handgrips. The handgrips are one of your main points of contact with your scooter and it's important they are comfortable and hardwearing. The contoured rubber grips are designed for long lasting comfort while riding and your hands will thank you for it.

Adjustable Handlebar

The handlebar can be adjusted to your optimum height. It's easy to do. There is a lever at the front. Push to release fully and adjust to the desired position. There are two preset heights which you can use. It's advised to choose one of these if possible. But you can also adjust to any height in between these positions if you prefer. When you have the desired height, close the lever.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureMicro Merlin Electric Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age Recommendation18 plus
Max Speed15mph (25 km/h)
Motor Power250 watts
Weight of scooter11kg
Wheels7.8" rubber tyres
FoldableYes
BrakeRegenerative front wheel brake & rear wheel foot brake
Maximum rangeA riding distance up to 15miles / 25km
Charge Time3 hours
Scooter Folded Dimensions95cm x 15 cm x 35cm.
Scooter Dimensions110cm x 39cm x 110cm

Important Things To Note For Scooter Maintenance

Save the box and interior packaging in case you need to have the scooter serviced

There are many ways you can help preserve battery life. Micro advise that you always store the scooter indoors at a temperature between approx 5 to 26 degrees Celsius. Fully charge the scooter at least once every 3 months during the off season. Fully charge the scooter within 3 days anytime the scooter battery has been completely drained.

Keeping the scooter clean, dry and properly tightened will help keep your scooter performing optimally.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to use the Micro Merlin on the Road? 

Currently, UK legislation means it's illegal to ride an electric scooter on the road or pavement, being only legal on private roads. However, this legislation dates back to 1835 and the government is currently set to run trials of electric scooters rental in cities which could lead to an overhaul of UK laws in the near future.

Does the scooter come with a warranty? 

Yes, the scooter comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty which covers any defective components such as the footboard, complete front assembly, brake pedal, motor, display and controller. All wearing parts, small parts and screws are excluded from this warranty. There is also a warranty period of one year on the battery. All warrenty claims need to be accompanied by proof of purchase.

Xiaomi M365 Pro Electric Scooter Review: Worth the money?

Xiaomi m365 pro electric scooter review - A Review

The Xiaomi M365 pro is a popular entry / mid-range electric commuter scooter.

It's a worthy upgrade to the already popular M365 but with more range and power.

Reaching up to 15mph with a maximum range of 45km, it’s perfect for short and mid length commutes.

And it packs a punch with its many, detailed, well-thought out features.


Everything You Need to Know About the Xiaomi M365 Pro Scooter

Do you have unanswered questions about the Xiaomi M365 Pro?

It can be difficult to know if you're investing in the right scooter when you're unsure what all the specs mean and how they will affect your ride.

That's why we have come up with an easy to read and understand guide explaining the pros, cons and specs of this remarkable e-scooter.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureXiaomi M365 Pro
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age Recommendation16 plus
Rider Height120cm to 200cm
Motor 300W
Max Speed25km/h
Weight of scooter14.2kg
Wheels8.5" pneumatic tyres
FoldableYes
BrakeDual braking system
Battery LifeA riding distance up to 45km
Charge Time8 to 9 hours
Scooter Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 118cm
Scooter Folded Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 49cm

Is the Xiaomi M365 Pro E-scooter for you?

The Xiaomi M65 Pro been designed with adults who are looking for an e-scooter for commutes and all round journeys with a purpose.

If you're looking for a scooter with an excellent range and decent power at a competitive price, this is a good choice

If you want a recreational electric scooter, it will also work. Although you may find something cheaper which will fulfill your requirements.

Speed.

Let's start with the spec most of you want to know! The Xiaomi Pro has an impressive top speed of 15mph (25km/h). Bear in mind, like with most electric scooters, the closer you are to the 100kg maximum weight capacity, the more likely you will see a drop in the top speed of the scooter. But speed wise it offers so much more than a top number.

There are three speed modes. Firstly the energy saver mode (ECO). The default mode for this scooter is ECO mode and this will reach a top speed of 10 miles per hour. This mode can be very useful when driving on busy roads. Obviously, the eco mode is best for extending the battery life on each charge.

The other two modes are drive mode (with a top speed of 12 mph) and sports mode (15mph). Riders easily switch between modes by double-pressing the power button.

A gentle kickstart is required to start up the scooter. When you are moving to around walking pace (about 2mph), hold the accelerator button and speed away!  The Xiaomi Pro has excellent acceleration on flat ground.

The M365 Pro is Bluetooth enabled so it can be paired with a smartphone app. The app gives extra features including a cruise control feature. When switched on, this feature automatically maintains a constant speed when it detects that you have been riding at this speed for a significant period. This allows riders to take their thumb off the throttle when riding longer distances.

Control Panel / LCD Display

The control panel is outstanding. It's bright, easy to read (even in full sunlight) and has 6 displays. This display includes your speed and the speed mode you are currently in. The remaining power display will remind you when it's time to charge your battery. It also displays repair warnings and bluetooth.

 

The power button 

The power button is between the handlebars and below the display. Tap the power button to turn the scooter on and hold it for three seconds to turn it off. While the scooter is on, tap once to turn the light on/off, or tap twice to switch between speed modes.

Design and Build

If you want an e-scooter that is visibly pleasing, you'll like the Xiaomi Pro's striking grey/black colour highlighted with distinct red accents. The scooter is covered in a super durable powder-coated finish which enhances the look.

The build quality is excellent, solid, well designed and built to last.

Deck

In a word, the deck is spacious. It has 19 by 6 inches of useable space for your feet. This helps increase comfort and is particularly good for riders with larger feet.

What you'll also like about the deck is that it has a rubber lined footboard with added grip and durability. Although it’s not advised to use the scooter in the rain, it can help keep you on the road during the cold or wetter winter months.

Lights

Safety is paramount with the Xiaomi Pro. It features built-in front and rear lights to keep you be visible in the dark.

The red tail lights flash distinctively as a warning to pedestrians and other vehicles on the road.

The ultra bright LED front headlight is mounted high up and can light up the road ahead. Added safety for riding at night or in the dusk.

There is also an auto dimming function when the lights are turned on

Extra design features

The scooter is jam-packed full with extra design details which include a bell and a handy kickstand. The rubber handle grips are high quality and durable which is another nice added touch. These kinds of features mean the Xiaomi Pro doesn't feel cheap.

 

Foldability and Portability

Is it easy to fold and carry? 

Weighing just 14.2kg (31 pounds), the Xiaomi Pro is fairly light compared to many electric scooters. Having said this, it's hefty to carry the pro while you are walking. But taking just 3 seconds to fold with a single lever, it's easy enough to lift up and take on public transport as well as put in the boot of a car.

When folded, the scooter's dimensions are 1130mm x 430mm x 490mm which is small enough to fit in the boot of a standard car. It should also be easy to find enough storage space at work and/or at home.

 

One minor gripe is that the handlebars themselves can't fold down, which makes the folded dimensions bigger than they otherwise could be. Perhaps an improvement Xiaomi could consider for future scooters.

Bluetooth and Smartphone App

As already mentioned earlier, the scooter can be paired with a smartphone app via bluetooth. You don't need to use a smartphone app to use the scooter, but it opens up some exciting features if you do

Cruise control is one feature that can be unlocked with the smartphone app but the app also allows you to turn the lights on and off and lock the scooter.

The app also lets you effectively turn your smartphone into a dashboard. Update the firmware, view mileage, remaining power and current speed,
or enable cruise control to save energy and give your wrist a break.

Motor and Battery Performance

Perhaps one of the most impressive specs on the Xiaomi M365 Pro is the extensive battery life. Featuring a highly safe 18650 power lithium battery, 474Wh capacity, large power supply and efficient acceleration, the scooter can take you up to a whopping 45km on a single charge. Additionally, you can easily check the health of the battery via the mobile app.

The battery takes about 8.5 hours to charge

The deck houses the charging port. The LCD display will show you how much the scooter is charged while it is plugged into the charger. This can be useful for charging the scooter just enough for short journeys.

If you're worried about noise, you don't have to be, the motor on the scooter is quiet. It does get a little noiser when going faster or uphill but is never excessive.

Braking

The scooter has efficient, responsive braking with two braking systems, a mechanical disk brake for added braking power which is also assisted by regenerative braking. If one fails you’ll still be able to stop which gives added peace of mind when whizzing around.

 

Wheels

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The 8.5" by 2" pneumatic tyres are superior to airless tyres on performance
Pneumatic tyres offer better ride quality. They allow you to stop faster, turn harder and maintain better traction in wet conditions. They absorb the shock when going over bumps and potholes.

Perhaps one of the biggest downsides of pneumatic tyres is they are prone to getting flats, but this is pretty much outweighed by the superior ride quality of air filled tyres.

The tyres aren't suitable for off road use, but they should handle bumps in the road without a problem.

Weight Limit

The max rider weight is 100kg. Bear in mind, the closer you are to the weight limit the more likely you'll notice a drop in mileage, slower acceleration, a slower top speed and longer stopping distances.

Hills

How Does the Xiaomi Mi M365 Pro cope with hills?

Due to the scooter's extra power most urban hills won't be a problem, although they may affect performance. Gentle hills are absolutely fine. The scooter may slow on steep hills but can generally keep going. Officially the maximum hill climbing angle is 12 degrees (which is fairly steep) so only the steepest hills will stop it. A kick can help the scooter along in these cases. Expect the scooter to perform slower on hills the nearer you are to the weight limit.

Where Could the Xiaomi Pro be Improved

In a perfect world, we would have liked the Xiaomi Pro to feature suspension to add to the comfort of the ride. However, suspension would have meant a more expensive scooter and it would have added to the weight. So it's a compromise worth making in our opinion.

It is worth adding, that if you plan to drive the scooter on roads with a lot of bumps and potholes, it may be worth looking at an electric scooter with suspension. But for roads which are generally looked after and smooth, the Xiaomi Pro should be fine.

Alternatives

Perhaps the most obvious alternative to the Xiaomi M365 Pro scooter is its predecessor, the Xiaomi M365 scooter.  The previous version is less expensive but also less powerful which is noticeably slower when going uphill. You will also find the battery life is longer on the Pro but the earlier version is lighter to carry. So there may be reasons why a rider would prefer the original version.

Xiaomi M365 Pro VS Xiaomi M365 Comparison

FeatureXiaomi M365 Pro Xiaomi M365
PriceCheck Price on amazonCheck Price on amazon
Age RecommendationAdultAdult
Motor 300W250W
Max Speed25km/h25km/h
Weight of scooter14.2kg12.5kg
Wheels8.5" pneumatic tyres8.5" pneumatic tyres
FoldableYesYes
BrakeDual braking system
(Electrical + Mechanical)
Dual braking system
(Electrical + Disc brake)
Battery LifeA riding distance up to 45km A riding distance up to 30km
Scooter Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 118cm108 x 43 x 114 cm
Scooter Folded Dimensions113cm x 43cm x 49cm108 x 43 x 49 cm

 

 

Best Scooters for College

 

What Are the Best Scooters for College?


Why get a scooter for college?

For several reasons. You'll save money on travel. It’s excellent for the environment. They are brilliant for keeping fit. No sitting in traffic jams on the bus or in a car. Perfect for getting to and from college. And ideal for scooting around campus.

Ten of the best scooters for college students are featured below. You might also want to check out our guide on what to look for when purchasing a scooter for college before you decide which one is right for you.

Razor A5 Kick Scooter

Reasonably priced, big and fast 200mm wheels, lightweight, foldable with an adjustable handlebar - there's a lot to like about the Razor A5.

Having said this, a maximum handlebar height is 97cm, which means it's probably not the best choice for the tallest of college students. Check out the Razor A6 (below) for a taller handlebar.

Need to take it on a bus or train? It easy to fold down and weighs 4.2kg, so it's convenient for hopping on and off public transport.

The extra large urethane wheels mean you can get to where you need to go quickly and speedily with fewer pushes.

Another useful feature is a low to the ground deck. A ground clearance of just 6cm means your kicking leg doesn't have to go down too far when you're pushing along. This leans to a more comfortable ride.

There's a kickstand for easy storage on a college campus.

 

 

Razor A6 Kick Scooter

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The Razor A6 excels in 2 areas:

  • it's big 254mm wheels are awesome for commuting. They will get you to college quicker and faster than scooters with smaller wheels. And fewer kicks are needed!
  • Its extendable handlebar reaches up to 106cm accommodating the tallest of college students.

It's handy kickstand A means it's easy to store on campus. it's also foldable. Weighing 5 kg it's not the lightest scooter but light enough to pick up, fold and take on a bus.

 

✔️Overall Verdict

The only choice for very tall people. the best choice if and speed and long commutes are what you're looking for.

Micro Black Scooter

The Micro Black is a top of the range all-rounder. Where this scooter stands out is it's designed to last. It's high-quality components and parts are all replaceable meaning this scooter can last through college years and beyond.

It's outstanding features include:

  • A superior and comfortable ride. The micro black features a low to the ground deck. This means you're kicking leg doesn't have to reach far to push along making scooting much more comfortable.
  • Outstanding 200mm polyurethane wheels that offer a quick, enjoyable ride and glide smoothly.
  • A fully adjustable handlebar. Find your optimum height between 73 cm and 102 cm.

Portable and foldable, this scooter weighs 4.7 kg which means it's no problem for most college students to pick up to take on public transport or transport in a car.

✔️Overall Verdict

The Micro range are the crème de la crème of scooters. It's difficult to go wrong with this well designed, high quality choice.

 

JD Bug Scooter



The JD Bug 150 is ideal for a nifty ride around campus. Something lightweight to pick up, carry and is easily folded.

In fact, one area where it surpasses big wheel scooters is how compact it is when folded up. Measuring 69 cm by 10 cm by 20 cm. it's a good choice if you need to fit a scooter in a locker or another small space.

The midsize 150mm wheels aren't as quick and fast as the large 200mm wheel scooters. However, they still offer a speedy ride. Additionally, they are smooth rolling and comfortable to scoot on

If you're looking for a scooter that you need to pick up and carry a lot, perhaps to go on the bus or around campus you won't find a much lighter scooter that can accommodate college students

The maximum height of a 99 cm is tall enough to accommodate a wide range of students but not the best choice for tall or very tall people.

✔️Overall Verdict

You won't find a lighter scooter which is such good value for money. The mid-size wheels make it ideal for short commutes and getting around campus.

 

Hudora Big Wheel RX-Pro 205



The Hudora big wheel scooter is competitive on price but ticks lots of boxes for the college student.

205 mm PU wheels ensure a speedy durable and comfortable scoot to and from college.

The height-adjustable handlebar extends from 79cm to 104cm which will be ideal for most students including all those who are tall.

Equipped with the carry strap, you can carry the Hudora on your shoulder around campus. A kick stand means it can be stored upright too.

The Hudora doesn't exude the same quality as a scooter such as the Micro black and it's parts and aren't so easily replaceable. But if you're looking for a scooter that does the job at a reasonable price this could be the best choice for you.
 

✔️Overall Verdict

A competitively priced all rounder that will suit most college students and get you to college quickly

 

Razor A5 Air Commuter Scooter​


What's different with the Razor A5 air commuter scooter? The obvious answer is the air filled tyres.

Pneumatic tyres have a lot of advantages. They give greater traction on wet surfaces so are better when it's been raining. More cushioning ensures a very comfortable ride. They offer a superior ride on a commute with cobbed paving or other uneven surfaces.

On the downside, they tend to add more weight to the scooter. They can also be slower to start off when scooting. You may also have to factor in the additional hassle of maintenance, such as ensuring the tyres are correctly inflated and dealing with any punctures.

What you also get with the Razor A5 air commuter scooter is anti-rattle handlebars and soft rubber hand grips.

Like most scooters it's foldable. At 5.6 kg this isn't the lightest of scooters, but that is to be expected due to the extra weight of the air filled tyres.

At 5.6 kg this isn't the lightest of scooters to carry but this is to be expected with heavier air filled wheels.

✔️Overall Verdict

A good choice of college scooter with air filled tyres which give or an extra cushioned ride. Ideal for extra traction on wet surfaces and absorbing the bumps from uneven surfaces.

 

Razor E300 Electric Scooter



The E300 is a good electric scooter for short journeys to and from college or trips from one end of campus to another. It has a kickstand for storage when you arrive.

The battery has up to 40 minutes of continuous use for one charge and there is a top speed of 15 mph. Both the battery life and the top speed are dependant on many factors including the weight of the rider and the terrain the scooter is on.

One downside of the E300 is that it weighs 19 kg which is heavy. You won't want to be carrying this scooter around campus.

The wide, pneumatic tires offer a cushioned, speedy ride. Slow down when necessary with the hand-operated rear brake.

✔️Overall Verdict

A reasonably priced electric scooter. Best for short journeys. Comfortable and Speedy

 

Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro


If you're serious about getting an electric scooter for the college commute this one is definitely worth considering.

Sure it's not cheapest, but the features are amazing and it has a decent amount of good quality reviews to stand behind the price.

There's a lot to like about this scooter:

Impressively, the scooter can fold down in 3 seconds! Now, it’s not the lightest scooter at 14.2kg but it’s light enough to pick up when needed and take on the bus or train. Conveniently, fold the scooter up on campus when you get there.

The battery life is good! You'll be able to ride up to 45km / 28 miles on one charge. There’s an indicator to alert you when it's running out.

8.5 inch pneumatic tyres roll along for a smooth ride. They add a bit more cushioning, help prevent slips and absorb shocks.

A bright headlight and red rear lights give peace of mind when driving in tusk or in the dark.

3 speed modes offer flexibility to use at different times. There's an energy-saving mode a standard mode and a sports mode. It's super easy to change between modes just tap the switch twice continuously.

For more information read a full review of the Xiaomi Pro scooter. 

✔️Overall Verdict

An impressive, foldable electric scooter with excellent battery life. Ideal if you're serious about getting to college quickly on two electric wheels

JD Bug 200 Scooter


Another competitively priced scooter that's worth a closer look is the JD Bug 200mm commuter scooter.

It has big 200mm smooth rolling wheels with speed hubs and ABEC 9 rated bearings Get where you need to go quickly and comfortably. Perfect for easy rolling for students to and from college

Where this scooter scores highly is it's portability. It's easy to fold and even though this is a big wheel scooter it is lightweight compared to its competitors, weighing in at only 4.5 kg.

Therefore if you are looking for something to take on public transport, carry up hills or flights of stairs this is a good option.

A low to the ground deck means the rider doesn't have to stretch his foot too far to kick along. This helps ensure a comfortable ride and lessens the strain on your back.

✔️Overall Verdict

The JD Bug 200mm community scooter certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Competitively priced foldable, lightweight, big smooth rolling high quality wheels - it's difficult to go wrong with this one.

Scooter Buying Guide For College Students

What should you look for in a scooter for a college student?

The features you should look for on a scooter for college will depend on how you will use it. For example, a scooter for long commutes may have different features than one which you just use on campus. Read on for some considerations.

How high does the handlebar adjust?

Most handlebars are adjustable. However, you want to make sure the handlebar can adjust to the optimum height for you. Ideally, this will be around waist height. This is particularly important if you are tall. Make sure the handlebar adjusts high enough.

Portability

It's likely you will need a lightweight scooter. It's also advisable that your scooter can fold down quickly and easily.
This is especially true if you need to pick it up to carry it for any part of your journey, perhaps you will need to go uphill or take it on a bus.
You may also need to carry your scooter around campus.

Where will you store your scooter

When you arrive on campus you need to consider where you will store your scooter. Is there a bike shed? if so you may be able to store it there and a kickstand will be useful to keep upright. Alternatively, you might have a large locker where you can keep a small scooter. If you have to take it with you to your lectures or lessons you will need to make sure it can fold down small enough to put under the desk and is light enough to carry with you.

Wheels

You will see that kick scooters have various wheel sizes. Scooters with wheels of 200 mm or more are quicker and faster than their smaller wheeled counterparts. However bigger wheels will add weight to the scooter so won't be the lightest for carrying around campus. I would advise going for bigger wheels if you have a long commute. But for the nifty campus scooter go for something smaller - 150mm sized wheels are a good choice.

Some scooters have air-filled / pneumatic tyres. These add more traction when scooting on wet surfaces. They are more comfortable for scooting over uneven terrain such as cobbled paths. However pneumatic tyres add weight to the scooter. You also have to factor in they need maintenance to ensure they are correctly inflated and to deal with punctures.

Electric scooters

Electric scooters are another choice for college students. They are obviously good for quick commutes. You can get to your destination without having to wait in any traffic. The downside is that currently you aren't legally allowed to ride electric scooters on the pavement or in cycle lanes. Having said this, many commuters do still use electric scooters and many areas turn a blind eye. This is because the law on electric scooters is likely to change in the UK in the coming months. However this isn't definite

Cost

There are many scooters to suit different budgets. You might find it difficult to tell what the differences are between budget scooters and ones at the higher end of the market.

Generally, the higher cost of scooters means you will get a stronger scooter which is also lighter. The parts will be of top-notch quality so should last longer. Parts on higher end scooters are often replaceable which means that although the initial outlay is more you'll end up saving money in the long run.

I would advise spending as much as you can on your scooter. Remember, the benefits are high. You will save money on transport including the costs to get to college as well as costs when visiting friends. They are great for keeping fit and will reduce your environmental impact.

More FAQs

Which is best? Bike vs scooter

You may be unsure whether to get a bike or a scooter for college. There are obviously pros and cons to each one. The pros of a scooter are that they’re easier to navigate around the campus than on a bike. A scooter is also easier to store. It's very likely you will be able to fold a scooter up and carry it with you to keep under a desk while you're in class. Scooters also tend to be cheaper. They are also easier to take on a bus or train.

On the other hand, a bike is quicker. But generally, they require more maintenance and are more expensive.

Are scooters allowed on campus?

It can very much depend on the rules of the individual campus and is certainly an important thing to check out before you purchase a scooter.  It may be that you can ride a scooter to college but will need to fold it up and carry it when on campus. If this is the case you would definitely need something lightweight and easily foldable.

Some colleges allow kick scooters but have banned electric scooters. So double-check before you buy.

Other useful kit:

A shoulder strap

If you can have to carry a scooter a lot a shoulder strap will be a lifesaver. Some scooters already come with a shoulder strap. If they don't, consider getting one separately. A light scooter is way easier to carry around campus if you attach a shoulder strap.

A scooter lock

Keeping a scooter in a bike shed? Then you seriously need to consider a lock to keep it safe and secure. Scooters are expensive and like bikes are a target for thieves. If you're leaving a scooter unattended a scooter lock is a must.

Clothing

Riding in the rain or cold? Then you'll want to make sure that your clothing will keep you warm and dry. Keep safe with bright reflective clothing during dusk or in the dark.

Shoes

Shoes are easily scuffed and worn out when riding scooters a lot. Consider getting a skater type of shoe with a gum rubber sole. Designed for skateboarders, they will also be hardwearing and durable for scooter riders too.

Top 5 Best 3 Wheel Scooter for Adults

Looking for a 3 wheel scooter for adults?


3 wheel scooters are ideal for a quick way to get around with no worries about balance and falling off. They can be perfect for the commute, doing the school run with the kids, or just  getting around. With more stability than their 2 wheel counterparts, they also offer peace of mind.

There are a few things to check before getting a 3 wheel scooter for an adult

  • Weight capacity – some 3 wheel scooters that are fine for adults to ride are designed for kids. To make sure an adult will be okay to ride it too, it’s essential to check the weight capacity. Many will hold adults up to 100kg so if you are under that you will be fine.
  • The Tallest Handlebar Height  – adults also want to make sure that the 3 wheeler has a handlebar height that is tall enough for them. Ideally, you want the handlebar height to reach up to around waist height as that is the ideal height for comfort and control.
  • Steering – Some three-wheel scooters for adults have lean to steer steering. You lean right to go right and left to go left. There can be a learning curve, when using lean to steer steering but once you’ve got used to it it makes scooter easy to control and manoeuvre. However, it may be that you would prefer a scooter with handlebar controlled steering.
  • Scooter weight You may also want to consider how heavy the scooter is to carry. This may be of importance if you want to to pick it up to take on public transport or to carry when you’re going up a steep hill.
  • Foldable Most 3-wheel scooters are foldable. Something that is quick to fold is easier to carry on a bus or train. Some scooters aren’t foldable but you can remove the handlebar from the base. This is good when you need to store it, although it can be a bit fiddly to do this to take on public transport.
  • Use of Scooter Is the scooter for short commutes to work, to run errands or just to have fun with the kids? We have options of all 3!

With this in mind here is a round-up of 3 wheel scooters for adults.

Micro Original Kickboard Scooter

Want to bring out the surfer in you? Then you can't go wrong with the micro kickboard.

Designed with older children and adults in mind the micro kickboard 3-wheel scooter is ideal for running errands and short journeys.

Emulate the feeling of surfing with the lean to steer steering. Super fun! This method of steering may not suit everybody but once you get used to it, it's a great way to navigate the pavements.

The scooter has two interchangeable handlebars. The t-bar handle is a traditional handlebar giving you more control when scooting. The joystick handle allows you to surf the pavement in style.

With a fully adjustable handlebar (from 71 cm to 100 cm) the kickboard will suit most adults except possibly the very tallest.

The flexible fiberglass footplate is exceptional and will help smooth out the bumps in the road. 120mm polyurethane wheels roll along smoothly

In addition, the scooter is foldable. The perfect pick for those who want to satisfy the surfer in them whilst enjoying the stability of three wheels.

Micro Monster Kickboard Scooter

 

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If you like the look and feel of wider, fatty wheels, you'll love the micro monster kickboard scooter.

It's similar to the Micro kickboard featured above but has a slightly higher handlebar height, fully adjustable between 69.5 and 102 cm which makes it a better choice for taller adults.

Like the kickboard above there are two interchangeable handlebars, a tbar for more control and a joystick for surfing fun.

Extra wide wheels and a painted wood and fiberglass footplate ensure a smooth and comfortable ride. Conveniently, it's foldable. 

If you like a unique design, feel and look this 3-wheel scooter is for you.

AODI Swing Scooter

Looking for fun with the kids? Or a unique way to exercise? Then, check out the AODI scooter.

It's different from traditional scooters. But easy to use. Simply put your feet on the pedals and twist your hips from side to side to steer. This unique action is a great workout.

The great thing about this scooter is you can share it with the kids. The handlebar is height adjustable between 95 cm and 110 cm.

It looks big! But don't worry it can be folded down for storage and transportation.

A quick response break gives riders increased control. So you can safely enjoy drifting, carving and pulling off crazy moves.

The weight capacity is 100 kg and for peace of mind at the time of writing, this scooter comes with a one year free warranty.

La Sports V2 3 Three Wheel Tri Scooter

If you're a small adult who wants to share a scooter with the kids this could work.

With a maximum handlebar height of 90 cm and a maximum weight capacity of 80kg, the scooter can be used by older kids, teenagers and some adults.

What is there to like about this scooter?

Firstly it's lightweight. At only 3 kg, it's easy to carry and pick up to put in a boot or to store. It's not foldable but you can remove the t-bar for easy storage and transportation.

If you're particular about colours there are four to choose from.

The two 120mm front polyurethane wheels and 100mm rear wheel ensure a smooth ride. Satisfy your inner child with the LED lights in the wheels which flash they roll, keeping you more visible during the darker evenings.

As the scooter is designed with primarily children in mind, it is at a much lower cost than three-wheel scooters made solely for adults.

Unfortunately due to the lower weight capacity and lower handlebar height, this won't work for most adults. However, if you’re on the smaller side, need it for short journeys and maybe want to share it with a child, this could be a good choice.

Yvolution Y Fliker Carver C5

Serious about carving, having fun and pulling off insane stunts and rolling wheelies?

The Yvolution Y Fliker C5 carver scooter works just like you would if you were downhill skiing. Simply twist your hips and push down through your legs. This is not for the fainthearted, you can reach top speeds of up to 25km/h.

This scooter isn't cheap but what you get is industrial casters and reinforced steel tubing for strength, performance rated PU wheels for speed and a quick response front hand brake for optimum control.

Additionally, it folds up so you can take it wherever you want.

The scooter height is 104cm so all in all a good choice for teenagers and adults.

Micro Speed Scooter Review

The Micro Speed Scooter - A Review

The Micro speed is a good choice for teenagers and adults looking for a nifty scooter for quick, shorter rides.

Like all Micro scooters it's well built and well designed.

But is it the right choice for you?

Read on to find out more.


Everything You Need to Know About the Micro Speed Scooter

Do you have unanswered questions about the Micro Speed?

It can be difficult to know if you're investing in the right scooter when you're unsure what all the specs mean and how they will affect your ride.

That's why we have come up with an easy to read and understand guide explaining the pros, cons and specs of the Micro speed.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureMicro Speed Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age RecommendationAge 10 to Adult
HandlebarsFully height adjustable from 68cm to 96cm
Wheels145mm PU wheels
83° Shore A
Weight of scooterJust under 4kg
Max rider weight100kg
FoldableYes
BrakeRear foot brake
Scooter Deck Length x Width 34cm x 12 cm
Scooter Folded Length x Width x Height67cm x 12cm x25 cm
Scooter MaterialAluminium
Other featuresKickstand
Strap Holder
(strap sold separately)

Is the Micro Speed Scooter for you?

The Micro Speed has been designed with teenagers in mind but can also be used by older kids and adults.

If you're looking for a fast, agile ride for hop on and off journeys this could tick the boxes you require.

If you want a scooter for longer commutes, there are probably better choices.

What are the best features of the Micro Speed?

The speed does a good job of combining bigger wheels with a scooter which is comfortable to ride and lightweight. The wheels measure 145mm so are big enough to provide a speedy ride (hence the name) but not so big as to add lots of weight to the scooter.

The JD Bug 150 street scooter also has mid sized wheels without compromising on weight but these types of scooters are far and few between.

Additionally, the speed has an integrated shock absorption in the wheel, acting like the suspension on a bike to absorb bumps in the road, offering a comfortable riding experience.

An extendable handlebar which extends from 68cm to 98cm will help you find the ideal size for your height.

Many riders will also appreciate that the rear fender brake also acts as a mud guard, keeping the splash off the bottom of your trousers when scooting along.

Foldability and Portability

Like most scooters in the micro family, the sprite is seamless to fold. The scooter weighs just under 4kg, which is light considering it's features and the larger wheels.

You may find that 3.8kg still feels quite heavy to carry for long distances but to pick up and store or take on and off public transport it will be a easy for most people.

Another thing to note is that when the speed is folded down it is quite compact compared to other scooters for teens and adults. It folds down to 67cm x 12cm x 2 5 cm. You'll find this is a lot smaller in dimensions to other scooters aimed at teens and adults. This is because the wheels are slightly smaller than other scooters aimed at this age group.

The small folded size can be advantageous if you want to fit it under a desk or in a small corner for storage. You may even get it in some lockers. But you can measure the space you have to check before you buy.

Conveniently you can attach a shoulder strap to the scooter (they are sold separately) if you have to carry it a lot.

Durability

One of the best features of micro scooters is the scooter parts are all repairable and replaceable. This means that you can keep the speed on the road for much longer than other scooters. It also saves putting the scooter in landfill and buying another one down the road - which is great for the environment.

Aesthetics

Does the Micro Speed look good? 

In a word, yes. It's slim, sleek with a shine to it.

You can get this scooter in different colours - black and orange,  silver and unusually mint green. The mint green is quite an unique colour for a teen / adult scooter. Great if you want to look a little different and stand out from the crowd. The black and orange looks kind of different and funky too.

Sometimes, you may pay a little more for the black and orange and mint green than the silver. So if you want to save a few pounds look out for those price differences.

Weight Capacity

The max rider weight is 100kg, which is suitable for most adults to ride it.

Other Features

The speed has a handy kickstand which can be used for parking and storage. Stand it up rather than lay it on the floor or against a wall. It means it takes up less horizontal space while storing and prevents scratches to it's shiny surface.

Where Could the Micro Speed Be Improved?

One of the criticisms of this scooter is that the deck is too low to the ground. A low to the ground deck is generally a desirable feature on a scooter because it means that your kicking leg has less distance to go to push along. This means a more comfortable ride for most people. The downside is that sometimes the scooter make get scratched and scraped along the bottom of the deck and this has been a complaint of the Micro Speed for some riders.

Ideally this scooter is better when riding along smooth pavements rather than roads which may have a lot of bumps in it.

What's the Difference Between the Micro Speed and Micro Speed Deluxe

The Micro speed deluxe features a flexible wood and fibreglass deck. This helps smooth out bumps along the pavement and softens the ride. The deluxe tends to cost about £10 to £20 more.

Overall Verdict

The Micro speed is a fairly unique scooter. Scooters which have mid sized 145mm wheels for teens and adults are few and far between. There is only one alternative with similar sized wheels that comes to mind (the JD Bug 150 - see below). So, it's pretty stand alone in the market.

Micro advertise the fact that it's light and agile, and this is what it is. If you're looking for a nifty scooter which is light to carry but comfortable and easy to ride this could be for you.

It's a good scooter for quick, hop on and hop off journeys. Excellent for use on the school run, college or to the shops or a friend's house. For a serious commuter scooter, a scooter with a bigger wheel is probably a better choice. But if you are likely to go on public transport and use it for short journeys either side this could be a perfect option.

I am always a fan of micro scooters as their quality is second to none. And you can also replace and repair parts. Yes, there's a more expensive outlay in the beginning but it's easy to keep this scooter on the road for a long time. Replaceable parts are easily available to purchase online on the micro website.

A Video Review of the Micro Speed

This video gives a good overview of a rider who's used the speed for 3 weeks.

Alternatives

If you aren't sure that the speed is the scooter for you, there are other scooters to consider. The JD Bug 150 scooter has similar sized wheels and features and is cheaper. The Micro black scooter has bigger wheels and a good choice for longer commutes

JD Bug 150Micro Black
Kids to AdultsTeen and Up
150mm wheels200mm wheels
Scooter weight = 3.3kg4.7kg
Max rider weight =100kg100kg
FoldableFoldable
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Micro Downtown Scooter Review

The Micro Downtown Scooter Review

The 2 wheel Micro Downtown scooter is designed to get around town and commute with ease. It's made by Micro which is a brand well known for it's iconic, award winning and precision engineered scooters. The perfect urban ride. An easy get around for busy people.

Who's It For?

The Micro Downtown Scooter is for teens or adults who want to commute to college / work or go further on their scooter. The 200mm wheels get you further, faster.

It's also good for adults who are new to scooters. The ultra-wide chopper style handlebars offer increased stability and control.

How Does It Feel To Ride?

The 200mm PU wheels on the scooter offer a quick, smooth and incredibly comfortable ride with minimum effort.

The extra wide handlebars (at 52cm) on the scooter offer stability and makes steering a breeze. If feeling sturdy and safe on a scooter is a priority for you, the Micro Downtown scooter is an excellent choice

For easy stopping, there is a handbrake - which may be a priority for many adults.  A handbrake is often more intuitive to use than a footbrake, especially for people who have been used to breaking on a bicycle. A gentle touch is all that's needed to bring the Downtown to a smooth stop.

A rear footbrake also comes as standard. The foot brake is really useful for quick stops.

The ground clearance of the scooter is just over 4cm. A low ground clearance is a real plus point as it means your kicking leg doesn't need to go down as far to push along. The low ground clearance makes it best for smooth pavements around the town and the city. If there are a lot of bumps, twigs, stones etc on your route there is a risk the scooter may scuff along the bottom, so a scooter with a higher deck clearance may be better for you.

The handlebars are height adjustable to any point between 82cm and 102cm. Easily adjust the handlebar to the optimum height for you. The right sized handlebar is especially important for a comfortable ride Too low and you will stoop. Too high and you will lose some control and manoeuvrability.

If you are a tall adult, there are scooters where the handlebar adjusts up to 106cm which may be more suitable.

 

See the Micro Downtown In Action

Weight Capacity

How Heavy is It and Can It Support My Weight? 

The weight limit on the scooter is 100kg or 15.7 stone. There are scooters for heavier riders if the weight capacity isn't enough.

Is It Foldable and Portable?

Can I carry it easily? 

The Micro Downtown scooter has an innovative kick-to-fold system, so it's easy to fold when you need to. When you have finished riding, the scooter stands on its own. Or just gently kick on the folding block and it folds down easily.

The folded dimensions are 83cm x 21cm x 52cm. The folded dimensions can be important if you're looking to fit the scooter under a desk at work or in another small space.

Watch to, stand kick and fold the Micro Downtown

The Downtown scooter weighs 6kg which will be fairly easy for the majority of adults to pick up and  carry on public transport, put in the boot of the car and store.  There are lighter scooters such as the JD Bug Street 200 series scooter (check out other scooters for adults) if 6kg sounds too much or you are likely to be carrying the scooter for a long distance or length of time.

Construction, Design and Durability

The Micro Downtown is constructed from aluminium which is lighweight but strong. It's a solid scooter. The deck measures 33cm(l) by 14cm(w). The footplate should be able to accomodate on foot flat.

Being made by Micro you can be reassured that the scooter has been well designed and constructed. The Swiss company places great emphasis on how their scooters are precision engineered and great attention to details is paramount.

Every Micro scooter has been built to last. Their parts are repairable and / or replaceable so the scooters should last a lifetime.

If you look after a Micro scooter you should be able to keep it out of the landfill, making the downtown a solid investment.

Overall Verdict

The Downtown is a robust, durable, well designed scooter that's ideal for commuting longer distances. Get further and faster with less effort.

The unique selling points of the Micro Downtown are the handbrake which are rare on kick scooters, the ultra-wide handlebars and the kick to fold system. If you are looking for any of these features on a scooter, it's well worth considering this scooter.

The scooter is an investment. You an easily replace the wheels or other parts that get worn out when needed, which will allow you to use the scooter for years to come.

If you are looking for a reliable, safe and comfortable scooter for a commute - this is an excellent choice.

Technical Specifications

FeatureMicro Downtown Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age RecommendationTeens and adults
HandlebarsFully height adjustable from 82cm to 102cm
Wheels200mm PU wheels
80 +/- 3, A Shore
Weight of scooter6kg
Max rider weight100kg
FoldableYes
BrakeHandbrake
A rear foot brake
Handlebar Width 52cm
Scooter Deck Length x Width 33cm x 14 cm
Scooter Folded Length x Width x Height 83 cm x 21 cm x 52 cm
Ground Clearance4cm
Scooter MaterialAluminium
Other featuresStands alone

The Best 3 Wheel Kick Scooters for Adults

The Best 3 Wheel Kick Scooters For Adults

 

Are you looking for the best 3 wheel kick scooters for adults? There are many reasons why adults want a 3 wheel scooter.  They are an eco-friendly way to get from a to b quickly. They offer stability when scooting - perfect for mornings when it's wet on the pavements. Less chance of losing your balance or skidding on slippery surfaces.

3 wheel scooters are also a good option for adults who want to start scooting for the first time or have mobility challenges.

Whatever the reason there are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a 3 wheel scooter for an adult.

1.) Weight capacity

It's essential to make sure the scooter can accommodate the weight of it's rider. There are 3 wheel scooters specifically designed for adults which have a weight capacity of 100kg and are featured in this article.

For smaller adults, particularly women who tend to be lighter - there is an option with a weight capacity of both 80kg.

2.) An adjustable handlebar with big enough height adjustment

Look for a handlebar which can be adjusted so that's it's an optimum height for riding. A handlebar which is too low means the rider will have bend over or stoop. This is very likely to result in a bad back.

The three wheel scooters designed for adults featured in this article have a maximum height of up to 103cm and this should be fine for adults of most heights. The tallest people might prefer a 2 wheel scooter with a higher handlebar but most adults will be okay with 103cm or less.

3.) Wheels

Most 3 wheel scooters have either 100mm or 120mm wheels. The bigger wheels are probably the better choice as bigger wheels will go faster and more quickly. They are also less likely to wear down as quickly. Most wheels are made of urethane which so no flat tyres or punctures. Urethane offers a smooth, fast and durable wheel.

The options for 3 wheel scooters that accommodate adult are currently limited. However, we have found 3 options to choose currently choose from.

The big scooter brand micro make two of them (the Micro Kickboard and the Micro Monster).

The third option (the LA sports scooter) is a well reviewed scooter over on amazon. It's competitive on price and is a good option for smaller adults.

Micro Original Kickboard Scooter

This is a foldable 3 wheel scooter aimed at kids and adults from aged 12 plus.

It has a weight capacity of 98kg (15 stone and 7 pounds).

It features a robust frame.

The deck is constructed from shock-absorbing, flexible, wood and fibreglass deck which ensures a smooth ride.

The scooter weighs 5kg and at it's easy to fold, it's perfect for taking on and off public transport or putting in the boot of a car.

The handlebar is adjustable from 71cm to 100cm so you can make sure it's the optimal height when navigating the streets.

The wheels are 120mm and the 3 wheels are perfect for teens and adults who want a stable ride.

The handlebar on this scooter is interchangeable. So you can use a traditional T-bar handle to give optimum control or surf pavements in style with the joystick handle.

To steer the scooter, lean in the intended direction of travel.

Micro Kickboard Monster

The Micro Monster is aimed at teens and adults from aged 12 plus.

It features three 120mm wheels which are extra wide so this scooter really does add extra stability.

Like the Micro kickboard (featured above) the Monster features an interchangeable joystick and T-bar handle allowing you to mix and match your scooting style. There is a T-bar handle for new riders who prefer the stability and a joystick handle for a fast, exhilarating “surf” like scoot.

The maximum rider weight is 100kg and the handlebar is adjustable from 69.5 to 102 cm.

The scooter folds with the folded dimensions measuring 75 x 32 x 18 cm. The weight of the scooter is 5.3kg.

 

La Sports V2 3 Three Wheel Tri Scooter

The LA sport scooter is an option to consider for smaller adults. It is predominately a kids scooter but it can also be used by adults who are under the weight capacity.

The weight capacity on the scooter is 80kg and the highest handlebar adjustment is 90cm.

Like the 3 wheel micro scooters (featured above) there is a lean to steer steering system. Riders must lean in the direction they want to travel.

The quick release T bar allows it to be folded easily especially for carrying or to put into the car. It's a folded dimension is 62 x 27.5 x 20.5cm.

The scooter weight just 3kg so is light to carry.

 

Other Options to 3 Wheel Scooters

There are other options to 3 wheel scooters.

Scooters for wet weather

If you are looking for a scooter to be more stable in wet weather, another option would be to go for a scooter with pnuematic tyres which will have more of a grip on the pavement. Although they are harder to manoeuvre uphills and tend to be heavier.

Scooter which feel stable

An option is to look for a scooter with a deck which is low to the ground. Also scooters with big wheels can offer the feeling of more stability.

Electric Seated Scooters

If you're looking for something which is easier to ride if you have mobility problems, consider an electric seated scooter.

Razor A5 Vs A6 – Compare Razor Big Wheel Scooters

Razor A5 vs A6 - Which Is the Best Scooter for You?

The Razor range of big wheel scooters are great for older kids, teens and adults. But it can be confusing as to what the exact differences between each scooter is and which is best. This article answers these questions and compares 3 scooters the Razor A5 Lux, the Razor A5 air and the Razor A6.

Comparison Table

FeatureRazor A5 LuxRazor A5 AirRazor A6
Scooter Pic
PriceCheck Price on amazonCheck Price on amazonCheck Price on amazon
Handlebars (height adjustment)75 - 97 cmAdjustableUp to 106.7cm
Wheels200mm
polyurethane
200m
pneumatic
254mm
polyurethane
Deck Size32cm x10.5cm34cm(l)34cm (l)
Scooter Weight4.2kg5.6kg5kg
Max Rider Weight90kg
14.1stone
100kg
17.5 stone
100kg
17.5 stone
FoldableYesYesYes
BrakeRear Fender BrakeRear Fender BrakeRear Fender Brake
BearingsABEC-5ABEC-5ABEC-5
Deck Height
(from ground)
6cm6cm
Other FeaturesKickstandKickstandKickstand

 

The Razor A6 is the latest model of the scooter. But the A5 is still a good big wheel scooter if you prefer something lighter and smaller. And the A5 Air is a good option if you want air filled tyres.

Wheels

Pehaps the biggest differences between the three scooters are the wheels.

The A6 has the largest wheels at 254mm compared to the 200mm wheels on the A5 scooters. The bigger wheels are great for commuters and for scooting longer distances as they will get you up to speed more quickly. They will also get you further and faster while expending less effort. Of course, the downside of bigger wheels is that they add weight to the scooter and it makes it more bulkly when folded but we'll come onto this later.

The A5 air wheels offer another difference. They are air filled. The advantage of air filled/pneumatic wheels is that offer a more comfortable ride absorbing the bumps and shocks as you go along the pavement, making them a good choice if you're planning to scoot on more uneven terrain. They also offer more traction when it's raining or wet. The downsides are that they may need some maintenance such as making sure they are inflated correctly and dealing with punctures. They also add weight to the scooter.

Handlebar Height

The A5 scooters are smaller than the A6 scooter. The maximum height on the A5 handlebars is 97cm compared to 106.7cm on the Razor A6. This means that the Razor A6 is a much better choice for taller teens and adults as it has one of the tallest handlebars on a kick scooter.

Weight of Scooter

The A5 Lux scooter is the lightest of the scooters coming in at 4.2kg. This makes it easier to carry if you need to. Consider you may need or want to carry it more if you use public transport with the scooter or you will be using your scooter uphill.

The Razor A6 weighs 5kg , but the air tyres on the Razor A5 Lux make it the heaviest of all at 5.6kg

Anti - Rattle Technology

One of the criticisms of the A5 Lux is that it can sound noisy and rattly. Therefore Razor updated the a5 Air and A6 have with anti-rattle technology. The A5 Air and A6 feature patent-pending, anti-rattle handlebars and an anti-rattle folding mechanism which means there is a reduction of rattling when riding the scooter as compared to the A5 Luux. This can be a major consideration when choosing the scooter.

Other Considerations

The maximum rider weight on the A5 Lux is 90kg whereas it goes up to 100kg on both the A5 Air and A6.

All 3 scooter are foldable.

All 3 scooters have a kickstand so no worries there.

The Razor A6 tends to be the most expensive of all three scooters, with the A5 air coming in second and the A5 being the cheapest.

Razor A5 Lux Scooter

Pros
Great for older kids and teens
200mm big wheels give a quick, smooth ride. Much faster than scooter with smaller wheels.
On the lighter side for a big wheel scooter making it a good choice if you have to carry on short commutes

Cons

Can be a bit noisy / rattling when scooting

Razor A5 Air Scooter

Pros

Air filled tyres are good for bumpy terrain and absorbing shocks on surfaces such as cobbled streets
The tyres offer better traction on slippy or wet surfaces.
The extra long 34cm deck offers more foot room for riders with larger feet.
Features anti-rattle handlebars and folding system.

Cons
The air filled tyres can make it a lot slower than the urethane tyres on the A5 and A6
It's the heaviest of all 3 scooters making it harder to carry when you need to.

Razor A6 Scooter

Pros

The handlebars extend to a whopping 106cm making this an awesome option for taller riders. Fantastic if you're offer 6 foot.
The 230mm wheels are fantastic for commuting, offering the quickest ride of all 3 scooters with the least effort. It is extra zippy so perfect for getting to places quickly.
The anti rattle handlebar and folding mechansim means it offers a quieter ride than the A5 Lux scooter.
The extra long 34cm deck make it a good choice for longer feet.

Cons

It's heavier than other scooters as the bigger wheels add weight.
The rear brake isn't the best for stopping on a wet surface.

Excellent Video Comparison of Razor A5 Lux Vs A6

MGP VX9 Scooter Series Review – Pro, Team, Nitro, Pendulum & Extreme Stunt Scooters

Madd Gear Pro VX9 Scooter Series Reviews


Madd Gear Pro is a well-known stunt scooter maker and their brand is well known and respected in the stunt scooter world.

In 2019, Madd Gear brought out the VX9 series of scooters. The scooters are designed with different bar heights and deck sizes, so you can pick the right one for your height and style. It's almost like having a custom scooter ready-made for your scooter needs.

One thing that MGP has done is to make these scooters ridiculously lightweight. This means a scooter which is easy to control, super light beneath the feet, perfect for use at the skatepark.

There are five different scooters in the series are

Pro - for around kids 6 plus

Team - for around kids 8 plus, it comes in 2 editions. The Team has a 4.5" wide deck and the Team Fuel has a 4.8" wide deck.

Pendulum - made for the streets. Aimed at kids from aged 10 plus. This comes in 2 deck sizes with a choice of 19.5" in length and 21.5 inches in length.

Extreme - Aimed at the 12 plus age group, another light stunt scooter perfect for the skate park. This comes in two deck sizes (the 4.5" wide and the nitrous which is 4.8" wide)

Nitro - Also aimed at the 12 plus age group with a slightly larger deck than the extreme.

The article below looks at each scooter in the VX9 range to help you pick the right one for you.

Madd Gear VX9 Pro Scooter

 

The MGP VX9 Pro scooter is perfectly sized for kids, ideal for both beginner and intermediate riders. The awesome thing about this scooter is it's super light under your feet, perfect for learning and performing tricks. It's probablyone of the best entry level scooters you can get. I

Age recommendation - MGP recommends the pro for ages 6 and up with a height range of between 4'3" to 5" (the 6 to 11 age group).

Bars - This is the smallest of the VX9 range aimed at younger riders with chromoly low rise bars at 58cm high and 53cm across. (23" by 25")

Grips - soft mixed grips. They look cool with a two-tone colour scheme which matches the design on the rest of the scooter.

Deck - heat-treated and fluted - 4 inches across - 19.5inches long. There are inserts on the deck which helps makes the deck a lot lighter than previous models (about 20% lighter than before). Grip tape is high quality

Weight - the scooter's weight is 3.16kg so really is light.

Wheels - the two-tone wheels look exceptionally cool. They are 110mm hollow corrupt core wheels with ABEC 9 bearings

Brake and clamp - a nylon brake and a standard double clamp.

Madd Gear VX9 Team

A step up from the Pro scooter is the VX9 Team scooter. It's recommended for riders from aged 8 and up or with a height of 4 feet and above. Like the Pro scooter, the Team is amazingly light (nearly 10% lighter than it's predecessor). There's' 8 different colours to choose from so a look to suit everyone.

Weight - 3.41kg - a light scooter for a much speedier ride which offers more control.

Bars - steel Chromoly bars which measure 25" tall and 23" across. (63cm by 58cm) They are strong and light.

Deck - 4.5" across and 19.5" in length. Slightly wider than standard which offers more stability.

Wheels - durable 120mm corrupt core wheels with ABEC 9 bearings, giving a fast, smooth ride.

Summary - this is an awesome scooter which is suitable for kids aged 8 and up who are serious about improving their skills at the skatepark.

 

MGP VX9 Team Edition Neo X Stunt Scooter

If you want to stand out from the crowd, than the two tone design of the Team Neo scooter could be the choice for you.

MGP VX9 Pendulum


The Pendulum is a new edition to the MGP VX9 range in 2019 which has been designed for the street rider. It's recommended for kids aged 10 and up or for riders over 4 feet and 6 inches tall.

It's an MFX inspired scooter for the streets and the specifications reflect this.

✔️ Wheels - 120mm neo cartel alloy core wheels with alloy cores.

✔️ Light - the weight comes in at 4.29kg which is slighly heavier than the other scooters in the VX9 range but street scooters tend to be slightly heavier and stronger.

✔️ Handlebar- A standard sized MGP Chromoly t-bars measuring 26 inches high and 23 inches across.

✔️ Deck - the deck is strong. It's 21.5 inches long and 5 inches wide. The scooters's deck is sized for the streets. Scooters for the street have slightly wider decks than scooters aimed for the skate park. This is because, it's more comfortable to ride a wider deck on the streets, whereas lighter and smaller decks are better for doing whips and other tricks at the park.

The strong deck is heat treated and fluted with a box size which again is perfect for the streets.

✔️ Verdict - If you're looking for a strong scooter which can meet the demands on the street this is the one for you.

 

MGP VX9 Extreme Scooter


Aimed at the skate park rider from ages 12 and up, the extreme is super lightweight making it perfect for all serious skate park riders.

✔️ Bars - Standard MGP Chromoly handlebars measuring 26 inches high and 23 inches across. They have soft TPR swirl grind grips which match the look, design and colours of the scooter.

✔️ Wheels - 120mm alloy core, ABEC 11 high speed bearings.

✔️ Weighs - 9.3% lighter than last year making your arial trips, whips and tricks even easier.

✔️ Deck - Fluted and heat treated. 19.5 inches by 4.5 inches. The MGP team have also produced a version of the extreme with a slightly larger deck at 4.8" wide and 20 inches long to accomodate for the preference of different riders.

MGP VX9 Nitro



The Nitro is a stunt scooter perfect for the skate park aimed at kids aged 12 and up.

✔️ Wheels - 120mm neo cartel alloy core wheels with alloy cores.

✔️ Light - the weight comes in at 3.55kg making it one of lightest nitro scooter every produced by MGP.

✔️ Handlebar- A standard sized MGP Chromoly t-bars measuring 26 inches high and 23 inches across. The bar style is straight across rather than the y shaped bars of the extreme scooter.

✔️ Deck - the deck is 20" long by 4.8"across.

✔️ Verdict - If you're looking for a strong scooter which can meet the demands on the street this is the one for you.

 

Top 7 Best JD Bug Scooter – Street, Stunt and Pro Scooter Reviews

Top 7 JD Bug Scooters - Kick, Stunt and Commuter Model Reviews

JD Bug have been a popular scooter brand with kids and adults in the UK for many years.

JD Bug produce some of the most well designed, durable and well though out scooters available on the market today. Their kick scooters in particular are a grade above the rest. They tend to be very lightweight, speedy, easily foldable and strong but available at very competitive, affordable prices. There is little to compare them with in the same price range.

There are quite a few JD Bug scooters available with models availabe for kids, teens and adults. They include kick scooters, stunt scooters and commuter models.

Check out the top JD Bug scooters below.

JD Bug Junior Street Scooter

The Junior street scooter is a smaller kick scooter which has been thoughtfully designed for kids aged between 4 and 8. It's the most affordable stunt scooter that JD Bug do so is an excellent choice for the youngest child. Here are some of plus points:

✔️ Super lightweight - at just 2.3kg, this is one of the lightest 2 wheels scooters on the market. As it's so light, it makes it a breeze for younger children to learn to scoot on a 2 wheeler and is easy for them to control and manoeuvre. As it's so small and light, it's no problem to put in the boot of a car and take it with you wherever you want to go. Even take it on holiday. It's very light for parents to carry when needed too.

✔️ Small Footplate for smaller feet - the footplate is smaller than a standard scooter footplate at just 44cm in length by 9cm in width. A smaller footplate is again a lot easier for little kids to control.

✔️ Wheels - there is a 120mm wheel on the front which gives the scooter some extra power up front, making it easier for little kids to get places. The 86 A durometer PU wheels offer a smooth ride and are speedy too.

✔️ Height adjustable - the handlebar can be adjusted between 63cm to 84.5cm which is quite a range. The scooter really does grow with your child and will last them a few years if you buy it when they are young.

✔️ Foldable - easily folds when you need to store it somewhere compact or for carrying.

JD Bug Original Street Scooter

A step up from the Junior scooter is the original street scooter. This scooter is aimed at 6 plus years but the height adjustable handlebar goes right up to 94cm which means there is no reason that younger teens shouldn't be able to use this scooter.

✔️ Built in Shoulder Strap - the shoulder strap is quite unique to JD bug scooters but super useful. As the scooter is very light, it makes it easy to carry when needed. You could even take it onto public transport very quickly and easily without obstructing anybody.

✔️ Light - like all JD bug street scooters, this original is very light. It weighs just 2.8kg making it one of the lightest scooters for school age kids and teens out there. This makes the scooter ideal for travel.

✔️ Height adjustable - this scooter has an impressive height range with a miniumum height of 63cm and a maximum height of 95cm. The height range will suit kids of all ages so it really can last years.

✔️ Foldable - like most kick scooters, the scooter is quick and easy to fold.  The folded dimensions are 65cm by 19cm by 11cm so this scooter could fit in a bag or luggage of the appropriate size if needed. It could also fit under a school desk.

✔️ Wheels - the high quality 100mm 86a PU wheels give a super smooth ride.

JD Bug MS 120 Street Scooter

The MS120 Street scooter is similar to the orginal street scooter with two main differences:

✔️ Wheels - The wheels are slightly bigger at 120mm. Bigger wheels can be advantageous as they will go faster and get you where you need to be more quickly. The downside is that bigger wheels can add more weight to a scooter. However, they MS120 compensates for this by having a handlebar which doesn't adjust quite so high, so the weight of this scooter is actually slightly lighter than the original but the handlebar doesn't adjust as high.

✔️ Handlebar - The handlebar adjust from a miniumum of 64cm to a maximum of 87cm, so there is not quite as much growing room on this one as on the original street scooter.

 

JD Bug Street Pro Scooter


This is an excellent recreational kick scooter which has excellent build quality and is super value at an excellent price point. If you are buying a kick scooter for a child or teen, this should definitely be in your list of ones to consider. Like all JD Bugs it has some brilliant features:

✔️ Wheels - the scooter features 100mm / 90A  wheels with black strengthened hubs. The 90A measurement refers to the durometer (or hardness) of the wheels. The durometer measurement on scooter wheels is always a number followed by an A. On scooter wheels you will normally see a number between 84A and 90A. The higher the number the more hardwearing the wheels are. The lower the number the softer the wheels. Harder wheels are more durable and generally faster, whereas the softer wheels absorb some more of the shocks from the road. So, the 90A durometer wheels on this scooter are extremely durable and will last. They will also give a speedy ride.  Reviewers report the wheels give a quiet and smooth ride

✔️ Light - approximately 3kg, easy to carry and transport.

✔️ Height Adjustable - the handlebar adjusts from 63cm all the way up to 97cm. This is quite tall - even adults can adjust the scooter for their own use. So there is tons of growing room and this is a great choice of kick scooter for teens (unless they would prefer a model with bigger wheels)

✔️ Strong - everything about this scooter has been designed to be strong, durable and to last. The scooter has been upgraded from previous models to include  black double collar clamps and a reinforced fork (JD Bug pro series fixed fork). It's been constructed from aircraft grade aluminium so it's frame is strong but light.

✔️ Other Features - it's foldable, fully foldable handlebars and a removable carry strap - so it's super portable. It also features a spring loaded brake. The scooter has also been awarded several safety awards, it's simply one of the safest folding scooters in Europe.

✔️ Verdict - this is an excellent kick scooter with no much else that compares with it in it's price range. The only reason to get something different is if you would prefer a scooter with bigger wheels or need a stunt scooter as the scooter is not designed for use at the skate park.

 

JD Bug Novato Pro Stunt Scooter

JD Bug have a lot of stunt scooters perfect for beginners and entry level riders. The Novato Pro Stunt scooter is one of their excellent entry level range. It's the ideal option for kids who want to try out a few tricks on the street or at the skate park.

✔️ Bars - one piece t bar measuring 79cm in height by 46cm in width.

✔️ Wheels - the wheels are 100mm with a resin core. This resin core is okay for an entry level scooter but intermediate riders would want a stunt scooter with an alloy core.

✔️ Weighs - just 3.2kg which is very light for a stunt scooter, perfect for younger kids to manoeuvre.

✔️ Deck - a lightweight alloy deck measuring 48.5cm by 10cm which is a nice size for beginners. A fully printed anti-slip grip tape covers the deck.

✔️ Fork - a threaded steel fork for maximum strength.

Verdict - a nice strong but light scooter perfect for younger kids doing entry level stunts.

JD Bug Pro Stunt Scooter

 

The JD Bug Pro xtreme t is a good entry level / beginner scooter aimed at the 8 plus age group.

✔️ Design - it has an aircraft grade aluminium frame, meaning that it's strong but lightweight and it has a threaded steel fork for maximum strength. This is a strong scooter for beginner level stunts at the skate  park.

✔️ Wheels - it features 120mm wheels with a resin core, which is a good entry level scooter wheel. The 120mm wheels are bigger than the standard 100mm wheels. Many stunt scooter riders prefer bigger wheels as they are faster but it comes down to a rider preference. Bigger wheels also get you from a to b more speedily, so fab for a kick scooter as well.

✔️ Scooter Dimensions - the scooter is 80cm high by with a bar width of 46cm. Ideally stunt scooters sit a bit lower than a kick scooter would with the handlbars ideally coming to around hip height.
 

JD Bug Series 200 Commuter Scooter

This is an impressive commuer scooter, great for the school run or commutes to and from work. Quick, speedy, comfortable to ride and easy to fold up to take on public transport. All this at an affordable price. There are not many comparable commuter scooters in this price bracket.

✔️ Wheels - the big 200mm 85a PU wheels with ABEC 9 rated bearings will give you a super quick, smooth and effortless roll from a to b. Bigger wheels are advantageous on commuter scooters as they will always give you the fastest ride from a to b with fewer kicks. Therefore the rider doesn't have to expend as much energy on their commute.

✔️ Comfortable To Ride - the scooter has a low footplate which is one of the most important features on a commuter scooter because it makes it more comfortable to ride.

✔️ Height Adjustable Handlebar - the handelbar adjusts from 74cm to 106cm so it can be adjusted to the ideal height for adults of all sizes as long as they are under the maximum weight limit of 100kg.

✔️Folds quickly and easily - there is a single lever that folds the scooter, making folding a breeze. Very convenient for taking on and off public transport.

✔️ Weight - it weighs just over 4.5kg which is very comparable to similar commuter scooters. Light enough to carry when needed such on and off the bus or train.

Verdict - this an solid, durable and well designed commuter scooter for teens and adults.

 

JD Bug Pro Commute 185 Complete Scooter

The JD Bug 185 is another awesome option of commuter scooter. JD Bug believe it's the best commuter scooter they have ever designed. Why?

1.) It has a new dual Bearing System for a Faster, Longer, Smoother Ride
2.) It features a new sleek Design taken from our popular e-Scooter range.
3.) An integrated stand.

Other great features include:

✔️ It folds! A single lever mechanism makes it easy to fold.

✔️Big and fast wheels. 200mm 82a wheels with speed hubs and chrome Abec 5 bearings

✔️ Ergonomically designed. Reduces stress on the lower back when scooting.

✔️ Height adjustable handle bars. Ranging from 74cm to a maximum height of 106cm.

✔️ Other Cool Features. 100mm soft foam grips with bar ends, full grip tape, rear flex fender brake to bring you to slow and controlled stop.