Razor A5 Lux Scooter Review

If you're looking for a fast, effortless ride for older kids, teens and adults, definitely check out the Razor A5 Lux.

It's competitively priced for a big wheel scooter. The 8 inch wheels ensure a smooth, quick ride. Plus, it's easily folded and lightweight so perfect for taking on trains and buses.

Ideal for fun rides, commutes and weekend jaunts.

Who's It For?

The Razor age recommendation is 8 years and up. Kids, teens and adults can all use this scooter. It can and has been used by many people for daily commutes but it's not suitable for every adult. If you are on the taller side, it may be worth checking out the Razor A6 instead as the handlebar extends up to 106cm.

There's also a maximum weight capacity of 220Ibs (100kg).

Handlebar

The handlebar extends up to 97cm. This is fine for most adults, but as previously said if you want something taller, check out the Razor A6 as it's handlebar extends quite a few cms higher.

The quick release handlebar adjustment works well enabling riders to adjust the height quickly and easily. You can adjust the handlebar within the height range to any point and make it the perfect height for your size.

Footplate

The footplate is big enough for most adults to fit one foot on the board at a time. Experienced riders will be able to change over feet while riding. And you can rest the non pushing foot on the side of the deck slightly when you are cruising if you wish.

Some people may find the footplate a bit too narrow, especially if their feet are on the larger side. However, it's worth bearing in mind that larger decks can make it easier for the kicking foot to catch on the footplate while scooting, which can be annoying and may hurt!

What's the Ride Like?

First, the big positive is the extra large wheels. The 200mm (8") polyurethane wheels ensure a quick and smooth ride. The wheels are larger than on standard sized scooters which makes the A5 great for commutes and longer rides. Bigger wheels get you where you want to go faster and with less effort. Fewer kicks are needed to travel further.

The bigger wheels are also less likely to get stuck in cracks and bumps in the road. This ensures a smoother and more comfortable ride compared with scooters with a smaller sized wheel.

The deck is just 2.5" off the ground which is very low. This can be very advantageous as it means that the kicking leg doesn't need to bend as deep when you are kicking, making the ride more comfortable. However, sometimes, the bottom of the deck can be scrapped. Be careful when you are going over speed bumps and the like.

Perhaps one of the major criticisms of the A5 Lux is that it can be noisy. There is rattling as you ride, which can be distracting for some. Something to bear in mind.

Another disadvantage is that it's not great in the rain. It can feel slippery as the wheels don't offer much traction on wet roads. So you will need to go slower for safety and allowing more stopping time in wet conditions.

The foam grips offer comfort when you are riding. They should be fine for most adult hands, although some adults with bigger hands may prefer foam grips which are slightly larger.

Like most scooters, the A5 features a rear fender brake which is very good. Just press on the brake on the back wheel to slow down. Another method of slowing down is just to use one of your feet to stop. You have both options, so use the one which feels more intuitive and comfortable on your ride.

What about Portability

The A5 Lux scores highly on portability. It's easy to fold and is fairly compact when folded given the large 8" wheels. Additionally, the handlebars can be folded down for compact storage.

It's also light to carry weighing just 8.38lbs or 3.83kg. Razor have done a good job of creating a big wheel scooter that isn't too heavy.

Many big wheels scooters can be quite heavy due to the larger size and extra weight of the wheels. Heavier scooters are more cumbersome to pick up and take on public transport. The A5 Lux overcomes this problem, being both light and has big wheels which can be considered a rare combination in a scooter. This makes it a good choice if you do need to take it on a bus or a train.

Other Features

There is a handy kickstand. No longer do you have to lay your scooter down where you stop. Keep it upright when stopping and in storage.

Assembly

One of the plus points of this scooter is that practically no assembly is required. Just pop the handlebars up and you're good to go.

Price

The great thing about the Razor A5 Lux is that for a good quality big wheel scooter, it is extremely competitive in price. Generally, you can always pick this up for under £90. Yes, you can get scooters that offer more traction with air filled wheels. You can also get scooters with bigger wheels and handlebars which will extend higher. But you will pay more for the extra features.

If you're looking for a light commuter or fun filled, big wheel scooter which is foldable with an adjustable handlebar, it's hard to compete with the Razor A5 Lux on price. You may find cheaper big wheel scooters but it's likely you will be compromising on quality or features such as how heavy it is to carry.

The Razor A5 Lux has been around for many years, so it's really stood the test of time.

Who are Razor?

Razor are based in the USA and manufactured their first scooter in 2000, so have now been around for 20 years! They were part of the movement that made the kick scooter so popular. Since they made their first scooter, they have sold over 34 million products.

Razor are one of the leading brands of scooters both in the USA and the UK. Their products have around for so many years that many people can testify to their high quality and durability.

 

Specifications at a glance

FeatureRazor A5 Lux
Scooter Pic
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Handlebars (height adjustment)75 - 97 cm
Wheels200mm
polyurethane
Deck Size32cm x10.5cm
Scooter Weight3.83kg
Max Rider Weight100kg
FoldableYes
BrakeRear Fender Brake
BearingsABEC-5
Deck Height
(from ground)
6cm
Other FeaturesKickstand

Overall Verdict

If you're looking for a reasonably priced commuter scooter from a reputable brand, it's very hard to go wrong with the Razor A5 Lux. It offers a smooth, quick ride and is extremely portable being lightweight with an easy to fold handlebar. The low deck and adjustable handlebar ensure the ride is comfortable for each rider. It's durable and retails at an excellent price point.

Having said this, the A5 Lux is certainly not for everyone. It won't be the right choice for taller and heavier teens and adults who are over 100kg. You may also prefer a scooter that works better on wet surfaces such as the A5 Air which has air filled wheels. And there are most certainly scooters with quieter rides.  However, any extra features need to be balanced out with the price you pay.  Some of the downsides may bother some riders but will not matter to others.

Overall, it's certainly a well thought out big wheel scooter and most older kids, teens and adults will absolutely love it.

Where to Buy?

You can currently pick up this scooter on amazon. It comes in several different colours including black, blue red and pink. It's well worth checking out the reviews on amazon to see if this scooter will work for you as well.

Alternatives

If you aren't sure that the Razor A5 is the scooter for you, there are other scooters to consider.

Razor make various models of scooter including the Razor Air A5 scooter which has air filled wheels so offers more traction on wet surfaces. They also make the A6 which has even bigger wheels and a higher handlebar. Check out a comparison of all three scooters. 

Over the recommended weight limit? There are many other amazing kick scooters for heavier adults too. 

 

Best BMX Scooters for Kids and Adults

 

What is a BMX Scooter? 


A BMX scooter is a hybrid between a bike and a scooter.  Essentially what you get is a strong, durable kick scooter with hand controlled brakes and large pneumatic tyres. They are brilliant for off-road terrain. Air-filled tyres offer cushioning on uneven roads for a comfortable ride.

Some BMX scooters are durable and light enough to perform jumps and tricks on dirt paths.  They can be a lot of fun on weekend adventures.

BMX scooters work well on grass, canal paths, cobbled paths, dirt paths and generally anywhere where there are bumps and more difficult riding conditions. Constructed out of stronger materials, they can withstand extra punishment from more difficult conditions. However,  they are heavier than a traditional kick scooter.

Who Should Go for a BMX Scooter?

If you want a versatile scooter that can be ridden on streets as well as rough terrain - a BMX scooter will be ideal.  However, they are not designed to be extremely portable. Yes, they can be lifted onto public transport or put in the boot of a large car. But they can't be folded down and are heavier with much larger wheels than a scooter designed for urban kicking.

Remember the BMX bikes of the 1980s and how kids of all ages would use them for wheelies and jumps. Many BMX scooters of the 2020s also offer the capacity of a few tricks, some even have 360 degree handlebars. You can learn some moves and impress your  friends.

There are lots of BMX scooters available for both kids and adults. Find a selection of the best ones to suit different ages and budgets.

Osprey BMX Adult Scooter

The Osprey is a solid bmx scooter designed to have both the manoeuvrability of a scooter and the all-terrain coverage of a bike. In other words, this scooter will easily handle off-road terrain, rolling easily over grass and other paths. Use it for a fun off-road jaunt. It also works well for commutes and journeys with challenging terrain along the way.

So, who is this scooter for? Osprey has tried to cover all ages, kids from age 5 plus as well as teens and adults.  Does it work for all of them? Well,  the minimum handlebar height is 88cm which will be too high for a 5 year old but will accommodate older kids without a problem. The top handlebar setting is 96cm so it will work also for some adults. But if you're on the taller side you will have to stoop when riding which won't be very comfortable. So smaller adults, yes - taller adults will want something with a higher handlebar.

The maximum weight capacity is 100kg which should work well for most adults who are in the right height range.

The scooter is well designed, strong and durable. It features a 20 inch large spoke front wheel and a 16 inch spoke rear wheels. The wheels have a strong grip and are ideal for off road. Front and rear caliper brakes offer quicker stopping power than other scooters. The high quality steel frame and deck is built to last. There is also a handy kickstand to keep it upright when stationary

The general consensus is that assembly is a nightmare, especially if you're not used to building bikes and scooters. However, there is a very helpful assembly video that Osprey have on Amazon and Youtube. Another alternative is to pay for a bike shop to do the hard work and factor this into the price.

Overall, if you can get over the assembly issues,  the Osprey BMX scooter is a decent off road scooter which offers good value for the price.

Bike Star Kick Scooter

The Bikestar is an all terrain scooter for kids aged 7 plus who measure between approximately 120 to 15ocm. This is a solid scooter which has received rave reviews from parents and carers. And there really is a lot to like about the Bike Star.  The steel tube framework is strong and sturdy and it's finished with a glittering metallic paint.

It's 12" (30.5cm) wheels on quality rims can handle woodland rides, rough ground and grass as well as smooth surfaces.

Who's the scooter for? 

This scooter is very much designed for kids in every aspect. The height adjustable handlebar will grow with kids and can be adjusted from 76cm to 90cm. The handbrake is suitable for children. Young kids can offer struggle with a handbrake at first as they tend to be quite big and hard for smaller hands to control. However, with a bit of practice, the Bike Star's handbrake is easy for young kids to use.

The Bikestar is also quite light in comparison to other scooters with air filled tyres. It weighs just 7.2kg. - yes that's much heavier than most rubber wheeled kick scooters but a lot lighter than other kick scooters with pneumatic wheels. A lighter scooter will be easier for young kids to handle and control.

Additionally, the skid proof footboard gives kids the confidence to ride safely.

The maximum weight capacity of the scooter is 100kg, so even though the handlebars may be low older kids, teens and adults under the weight limit can have a go.

How Quickly Can You Assemble the Scooter? 

Bikestar say the assembly can be done in 10 minutes with 90% of the assembly completed out of the box. Be aware you will need your own tools. It may be easy for people who are confident in assembling bikes and scooters but it likely to be more difficult if you aren't. There is an assembly video you can watch over on amazon that will help.

To sum up, this really is an amazing well-built, BMX style scooter for young kids. It's a perfectly designed and durable all terrain scooter for children with a super smooth and comfortable ride. 5 stars!

 

Swifty Air Scooter

If you're an adult looking for the creme de la creme of scooters for difficult terrain, the Swifty air scooter is just amazing. It isn't cheap but it's tough and has a superb design. Its light and will handle off road riding including canal paths, roads, streets, sandy coastal paths and dirt trails.

Who's it for? 

The Swifty is for adults. It will accommodate riders up to 6' (182cm) with riser bars available for 6'2" (188cm). The weight capacity goes up to 150kg, which is much more than the load capacity of standard kick scooters.

This is a scooter that has been designed with maximum strength and durability in mind but at 8.9gk it's also light enough to carry when you need to. Athletic riders could carry it uphill over the shoulder for a downhill trek. Swifty has had riders test the air scooter on mountains, rather impressively blasting down the rocky paths of Mount Snowdon. This thing can certainly take a lot of punishment.

You can use the scooter for commuting, going to the shops and weekend off road adventures. Having said this, if you're just looking for a light, portable commuter scooter for city streets there are lighter options that can fold and will do the job better.

The Swifty has 16-inch pneumatic wheels that are built for fast all terrain riding. The wheelsets are strong which makes them suitable for tough terrain.

If you're an adult looking for a scooter to push your riding to limit with off road trails, jumps and dirt riding, look no further - the Swifty air is the scooter for you.

Xootz BMX Scooter for Kids

The Xootz BMX scooter is designed specifically for kids with an age recommendation of 6 plus. The scooter has a weight capacity of 50kg and a top handlebar height of 84cm so it should accommodate the majority of kids up to around 10.

So why would you choose the Xootz BMX? 

It's perfect if you want a scooter for uneven terrain. Perhaps the paths aren't smooth near you or you need to go over gravel, a dirt path or other tricky terrain on the school run. The large pneumatic wheels will offer a cushioned ride, and roll over the bumpy terrain where smaller wheeled scooters would get stuck. It's also a fab scooter for exploring the outdoors, ideal for young adventurers.

What about size and weight? 

The scooter is large and heavier than most kick scooters for kids, weighing 8.5kg. It's fine to lift when you need to but you don't want to be carrying it around for long periods. It's not the scooter you want if portability is a required feature. You can't fold it. It measures 123 x 64 x 84cm, so you may get it in the boot of a car or you may not, depending on your car size. The front wheel is 16" and the back wheel is 12".

And the brakes? 

The Xootz features front and back caliper brakes, so it's easy to stop when needed. Many kids will prefer the hand controlled brakes of the Xootz.

One of the criticisms of the scooter is that the paintwork scratches easily so don't expect it to stay pristine. However, it is a scooter for the rugged outdoors so maybe the look will fit in with the purpose of the scooter.

Overall, if you're looking for a decent BMX scooter for kids this will tick the boxes.

 

Mongoose Expo Scooter

Mongoose is a US brand which is popular over in America and in the UK too. The Expo is Mongoose's all terrain offering to kids and teens. If kids are fed up with a scooter which gets stuck in the cracks on the pavement and want something that can handle dirt tracks and other tricky terrains this does the job!

It features 12 inches air tires which perform well when riding on paved and unpaved surfaces. Bmx bike style alloy caliper hand brakes offer confident speed control.

What is the Age Recommendation?

There are internet reviews of adults riding the Expo and whilst it can accommodate riders who weigh up to 100kg (220lbs), it's handlebars will sit too low for most adults to ride comfortably for long periods.

The scooter sits at 85cm (33.5") high which in my opinion will be fine for most kids around the 6 to 11 year age group (although there are reviews of some older teens ride this thing as well). The bars can be adjusted by 3" but you will need a 14 mm open-end wrench to do this. There is a stem nut that loosens a head stem quill. Pull bars up and retighten, there is a max height position stamped in the stem. The instruction booklet gives detailed steps on how to adjust the height if you need to do it.

Bear in mind that the scooter is heavier than standard kick scooters at 9kg (20lbs), this means that younger, smaller kids may find the heavier weight a little harder to manoeuvre.

Assembly is fairly straightforward with brake cables probably being the most difficult part to assemble. The owners manual is brilliant and provides written information and diagrams for building, maintaining and adjusting the scooter. If you do struggle, you can always pay a bike shop to do it for you.

How does it ride?

The fat, smooth air filled tyres are great for a comfortable ride. They absorb all the imperfections in the road easily and work well on all kinds of terrains such as grass and hiking trails too.

With sturdy and solid construction, the scooter feels durable to ride. It goes quick enough. Additionally, the front wheel turns 360 degrees which means it's fab to try a few tricks on as well.  Older kids will enjoy having a go at a wheelie or small jump. It is heavier than a stunt scooter, so you can't really go flying with this thing. If kids want to go on the skate park, I'd go for a dedicated stunt scooter. But for trying a few fun things on some trails it's great.

Perhaps one of the biggest complaints is that the braking could be stronger. Many kids will slow down with their feet, but this could be a deal breaker if you're trying to decide between this scooter and another one.

One other small gripe, there isn't a kickstand but this isn't a problem if you don't mind laying it flat for storage.

The overall verdict? It's a decent off road scooter for kids with a lovely, comfortable smooth ride. It's fun to ride especially if you're willing to have a go at a few tricks. But you will need to forgive the subpar braking capability and rely on slowing down before you stop.

Homcom Pink or Black Air Filled Tyres Scooter

If you're looking for a pink BMX style scooter, the Homcom comes is the right colour and it also comes in black if your prefer. But what else does it offer in terms of off road capability?

The scooter has an age recommendation of age 5 plus to adult. Personally, I think for there are better choices for 5, 6 and 7 year olds as the lowest handlebar height is 92cm which is quite high for a child. However, it should accommodate most adults as the handlebar extends up to 100cm. The maximum weight capacity is 100kg.

The 16 inch front tyre and 12" rear tyre give a smooth, comfortable ride. You won't need to worry about potholes and bumps in the road. The large wheels roll smoothly and will get you to your destination quickly and easily.  It can handle twigs, stones and cracks effortlessly. It manages uneven terrain but you may find that the hand grips aren't the most comfortable for the impacts off-road riding. The V type front and rear brakes aren't the highest quality but decent for the money you pay

You're going to need to spend some time assembling the scooter as it arrives flat packed and the instructions aren't the best, so if you're a novice at assembling scooters and bikes you may need some help putting this together.

If you're looking for a scooter to handle the uncomfortable terrain on a school run or short journeys, it does the job well. If you're looking for a scooter to soak up the punishment of lots of off road riding, you probably want to look into another option. Comparing this scooter to the Swifty air is unfair as the price difference is great but you can see how the Swifty has really been put through its paces when designed and tested.

Overall, it's a decent scooter for the price but it lacks the quality finish that you will find on a more expensive option.

 

Razor E Prime Electric Scooter Review

Razor E-Prime Electric Scooter

The Razor E Prime ticks a lot of boxes. It's affordable, lightweight, portable, fun to ride and is perfect for short distances.

It's quick and nippy. Whizz around with top speeds of up to 15mph.

It's aimed at teenagers and adults aged 14 years and up.

The maximum weight limit of 80kg (12 and a half stone) means that it won't accommodate everybody.

But if you're under the weight limit and looking for an electric scooter for a short urban commute or a fun ride, this could be the right choice for you.

 


Speed

The Razor E Prime has a nippy top speed of 15mph which is similar to many other electric scooters.

A kick start is required to engage the motor. You'll need to get going to around 3mph which isn't very difficult to do. Once you get going the scooter has decent and smooth acceleration and riding it on smooth paths is a breeze.

The speed is controlled with a thumb-activated paddle control. Once the motor is engaged just use your thumb to press down on the black paddle control for variable speed acceleration. Push it right down to reach the top speeds of 15 mph.

 

Foldability and Portability

Weighing just 9.8kg, this electric scooter is very light compared to it's counterparts. It's still not light enough to carry for long periods of time. But if you need to carry it up some stairs, onto a bus or train or lift into the boot of the car, it's not a problem!

The E Prime is easy to fold too. When folded, it measures just 86x 36 x 46cm. This means it's one of the best electric scooters to store under a desk at work or keep in the boot of a car.

Razor also boasts that it features their anti-rattle folding technology, and the scooter does certainly feel solid.

Design and Build

A strong but lightweight aluminum frame gives the E-prime a solid, durable feel.

There are also some nice design features on the Razor E-Prime which contribute to a comfortable ride for the rider.

Firstly the deck is extra long and extra wide measuring 42.5cm by 14cm. This enables most riders to ride with both feet on the deck when needed.

The low deck makes the ride feel more comfortable and stable, especially when turning corners and on the kick start.  It also means you can even stop the scooter with your feet if you're not going too quickly (don't do this at high speed though!).

The slim design of the scooter makes it a good choice for navigating tight spaces as well.

 

 

Charge Time and Battery Life

Expect to spend approximately 4 hours charging the battery. Although this isn't a bad charge time, with a run time of up to 40 minutes, it could be that you have to charge the scooter quite frequently if you use it on a daily basis.

Bear in mind that battery life will be affected by many factors. If you use the scooter full out at the top speed you will obviously run the battery down more quickly. But rider weight and the terrain on which you are riding can impact the length of battery life too.

The scooter features a 5 stage LCD battery indicator, so you can anticipate when the battery is getting low and you need to charge it.

And one really useful thing about the scooter is that you can ride it as a normal kick scooter if the battery does run down.

Quality of the Ride

The Razor E-Prime features airless rubber 8 inch tyres. These are ideal for riding on smooth pavements and other smooth surfaces.

One of the downsides of the scooter is the ride quality isn't optimal on imperfect surfaces. The lack of suspension means that vibrations from bumps, cracks and potholes in the road will very much be transferred to the rider. And if you ride on cobbles or the like, expect to feel it. It can handle these kinds of roads, but it isn't pleasant. If you're likely to be travelling on bumpy surfaces a lot, you really want to choose an electric scooter with suspension.

Electric scooters with suspension do offer a much more comfortable ride and will absorb the shocks and impact from the road much more. However, generally these scooters are more expensive and they tend to add more weight to the scooter too. So, having suspension is a feature you may be happy to forgo,  especially if you're not prepared to compromise on price and you want an exceptionally light scooter.

 

Braking

The scooter features both a hand controlled electronic brake (which is activated by the paddle control to the left of the handlebar) and a manual rear fender brake.

Perhaps one of the biggest criticisms of the Razor E-Prime is that the braking lacks some power. Riders find that they need to engage both the fond and the back breaks for very quick stops. This means that in crowded areas it is important to ride cautiously at a lower speed.

More Features

Hand Grips

The hand grips are an important part of rider contact with the scooter and the soft rubber prism shaped grips are comfortable for rider's hands

Adjustable Handlebar

There are two height adjustments on the handlebar so you can adjust it to the optimium height for the rider.

Kickstand

A handy, retractable kickstand allows you to store the e scooter upright.

Overall Verdict

The Razor E Prime electric scooter certainly isn't for everyone. However, it is ideal for many teens and adults who are under the 80kg weight capacity.

It has many plus points. It won't break the bank but delivers a quick ride which is ideal for short journeys.

It's perfect for many situations. A quick trip to the corner shop. A couple of miles to commute to work. Or perhaps a zippy finish for that last mile once you've got off the train. Saving many commuters time and money.

And if you're looking for something that's just fun, it's great for that too.

Specifications at a glance

FeatureRazor E Prime Electric Scooter
PriceCheck Price on amazon
Age Recommendation14 plus
Max Speed15mph (25 km/h)
Max Rider Weight`80kg
Weight of scooter9.8kg
Wheels8" rubber tyres
FoldableYes
BrakeElectronic with thumb-activated paddle and manual rear fender.
Battery LifeUp to 40 minute run time
Charge TimeApprox 4 hours
Scooter Folded Dimensions86cm x 36cm x 46cm
Scooter Dimensions102cm x 46.2cm x 103cm
KickstandYes, retractable

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to use the electric 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.

Other countries have their own regulations regarding e-scooters so it's worth checking out where you live what the regulations are before purchase.

Is it okay to ride this scooter on wet roads? 

In short, the answer is no. It's not advised to ride the scooter in or near any water.

Can you use this scooter as a manual / kick scooter? 

Yes, the Razor E Prime can be used as a kick scooter. This is especially advantageous if the battery runs out.

Can you attach a carry strap? 

Unfortunately, it's not possible to attach a carry strap to the scooter.

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
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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
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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
Check Price on amazonCheck Price on amazon

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.