The Best Scooters With Pneumatic Tyres
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Are you looking for a scooter with air filled tyres? Air filled tyres have many advantages. They provide cushioning when riding a scooter. They absorb shocks from bumps in the road leading to a comfortable ride. They also offer traction when it's wet, so are less likely to slip around.
Pneumatic tyres are better for uneven surfaces such over cobbles. Some scooters with air filled tyres can even go off road and work well on canal paths, in woodland or over grass - this is dependent on getting the right scooter with the right tyres.
On the downside, scooters with pneumatic tyres need more maintenance than solid rubber tyres. The tyres also add weight to the scooter, meaning it's heavier to carry. Some scooters with pneumatic tyres can be harder to gain speed because the traction from the tyres means more rolling resistance.
Overall though, a scooter with pneumatic tyres is a comfortable ride that's better in the rain and on uneven pavements and terrain.
Read on for the top 10 best scooters with pneumatic tyres.
Razor A5 Commuter Scooter
The Razor A5 Commuter scooter features 200mm air filled tyres which are great for a smooth ride along pavements. They absorb shocks from cracks and bumps in the pavement so you benefit from an extremely comfortable ride. The tyres are also much better in wet and rainy conditions than rubber or plastic wheels due to the extra traction provided by the tyres.
The deck on this scooter is low to the ground. This is advantageous because your kicking leg doesn't have far to stretch to push along. This leads to a more comfortable commute. Some reviewers have pointed out that the low deck sometimes scraps on the ground if the gradient of the pavement suddenly changes. However, this is a compromise that you have to make with having the comfort of a low deck. If you're aware of where you're going, a very occasional scrap shouldn't too much of a problem!
How quick is the scooter?
The scooter is fairly speedy. A scooter with air filled tyres is not going to be as fast as wheels with solid tyres. Also air filled tyres mean you have to work harder at the beginning of your ride to get up to speed but overall the scooter is zippy for the commute. Make sure the tyres are correctly inflated to ensure you get the best speeds from your ride.
Height adjustable handlebar
There is a height adjustable handlebar which extends up to 98cm. This is fine for most adults but if you're extra tall you may find the bar a little lower than you would like.
How portable is the scooter?
The scooter is foldable and weighs 5.6kg. It's very light for a scooter with air filled wheels and most adults should certainly be able to lift it onto public transport easily.
The deck is 36cm in length. It's not the longest deck out there but fine for one foot to fit on comfortably while the other foot does the work!
The maximum rider weight for the scooter is 100kg.
Other features include a kickstand and rear fender brake.
It's hard to find a lighter scooter with air filled tyres than the Razor A5 Commuter scooter. If you're looking for something speedy, comfortable to ride and great for the commute, this is an excellent choice.
Osprey Dirt Scooter
Are you looking for a scooter to travel off road? Perhaps you need to travel along a canal path, through woodland or over grass. If so, consider a dirt scooter. Dirt scooters have air filled tyres and are designed to be ridden on off road terrain, in particular on paths where it is impossible to take a kick scooter with solid wheels.
The Osprey dirt scooter is a good choice for teenagers and adults who are looking for a scooter for off road journeys.
It features thick 200mm pneumatic tyres. The tyres have an 3-3.5mm anti-skid tread depth so provide a lot of traction and comfort. If you're riding over sticks, tree roots, stones and cobbles the tyres will absorb much of the shock.
Fixed Height Handlebar
The fixed handlebar height is 97cm. The handlebar isn't adjustable because the scooter is designed to withstand a lot of impact and punishment. If the handlebar could be folded or adjusted this leads to weak points in the bar which are more likely to snap under pressure.
The scooter is heavy. At 7.36kg you won't want to carry it for very long distances. If you need to go uphill on a lot of your journeys, you may need to get off and carry the scooter or push it alongside you, so this is something to take into consideration.
The stainless steel brake offers excellent stopping power whatever the terrain.
If you're looking for a scooter mainly for off road use, this is a fantastic choice.
Osprey BMX Scooter
BMX scooters are a hybrid between a bike and a scooter. They have features like hand brakes instead of a rear footbrake and the steering feels similar to that of a bike.
A Quick Ride
The Osprey BMX scooter featured has a 20 inch front wheel and a 16 inch back wheel. As the wheels are so big, the BMX scooter can go fast. This makes it a good choice for long distances. It's also good for light off road use such as scooting along woodland, canals and off road paths. However, it's too heavy for tricks and jumps!
The scooter has a height adjustable handlebar from 88cm to 96cm, so is fine for older kids, teens and adults.
It's constructed of a durable steel frame. Both wheels have calliper brakes for quick stopping.
Some reviewers have found it hard to assemble the scooter. If you aren't used to assembling bikes you could take the scooter to a bike shop to have it assembled and factor the cost of this into the overall price. There is also a great video on YouTube showing you how to assemble the Osprey BMX scooter.
Overall the Osprey BMX scooter is competitively priced and is a good price for the quality of scooter. However, there is always an option to upgrade parts of the scooter. One reviewer upgraded the levers and brake pads.
Hudora Air 205
The Hudora Air is has 205 mm air filled tyres. There are pros and cons with the scooter.
Firstly, it is light for a scooter with pneumatic tyres, weighing under 4kg. It's foldable so is a good option if you want to take it on public transport or have to carry it up hills.
The tyres are great for absorbing small bumps along the road in your journey.
The handlebar adjusts from 91cm to 101cm which suggests it's a good choice for teenagers and adults.
Rider Weight Capacity
The rider weight limit is just 80kg. Therefore it is probably a better choice for kids, teens and light adults. Ideally you want the handlebar to come to around waist height for the best control and comfort.
It features a kick stand but reviews suggest you need to pull this out with your hand rather than use your foot.
This is a light scooter which is great for short commutes. It's also a good option for kids. However, if you want a scooter for long commutes and/or for use by a heavier rider, look at other options.
HOMCOM Teen Kids Scooter
If you're looking for a scooter with inflatable wheels for kids, the HOMCOM is designed with kids in mind. It's recommended from age 5 years old. It's competitively price for a kid's scooter with air filled tyres.
The scooter is made of steel and heavy, weighing 7.2kg. It doesn't fold, so it's not great for taking on public transport.
The handlebar can be adjusted from 75cm to 80cm. The large 12" air filled tyres ensure a comfortable ride. It can be used over a variety of different surfaces.
There are soft foam handlebars which are textured for a comfortable and secure grip.
It has dual braking, controlled by a hand brake making it easy to stop on the move. Additionally it features a wide foot deck and a kick stand.
Some reviewers have had problems assembling the scooter especially the brakes, so it may be worth getting some help from somebody who's used to putting together a bike.
An inexpensive choice of scooter with air filled wheels for kids. Bear in mind, it's not very portable and assembly can be tricky!
SwiftyOne MK3 Scooter
The Swifty One MK3 is a top of the range scooter which is designed for adults to commute over urban terrain.
The 16 inch pneumatic tyres glide effortlessly over pavements and cobbled streets. You can easily pick up speed. The ride is smooth, comfortable and quick.
The scooter folds up (as shown in the picture above), which makes it easier to carry up hills, flights of stairs and on public transport. However it weighs 8.3kg which is heavy to carry for a long time.
The standard sized option suits riders between 152cm and 186cm tall. There's a tall option for riders up to 195cm. (which you can get from their on their website). The maximum rider weight is 150kg.
It features a front hand brake and a rear aluminium pedal brake for quick stopping.
The Swifty One MK3 3 is strong and durable. It comes fully assembled but it is expensive. It's a scooter that is going to last.
Bike Star Scooter For Kids
The BikeStar kick scooter is a solid scooter with 12" air filled tyes for kids which are great for bumpy paths and off road.
Age Recommendation and Height Adjustment
The age recommendation is 7 plus. The handlebar adjusts from 76cm to 90cm so it grows with kids for a long time. The official height recommendation is between 120cm to 150cm but it may last kids beyond this too. It's a solid scooter so if it's well maintained it could be passed through the generations. The maximum weight capacity is 100kg.
Weight of Scooter
The scooter weighs 7.2kg which is quite heavy to carry for a long time. It's not a good choice for use on public transport as it doesn't fold. However, if you're going uphill you can easily push it alongside you like a bike.
The scooter is 90% assembled and Bikestar state it takes 10 minutes to put together from the box. There's an assembly video on YouTube. If you struggle with assembly and adjustment, there is the option to take it to a bike shop to have it assembled. Some people have done this.
Overall, a great scooter for kids. It offers a comfortable ride, absorbing shocks and bumps from the pavement. The wheels are better for kids to use on wet surfaces rather than rubber or plastic wheels as they offer more traction.
Razor Flashback BMX Style Kick Scooter
This is a very cool looking retro inspired scooter with air filled tyres which is recommended for kids age 8 and up. It's made by Razor which are a well known brand of scooter manufacturer in the USA.
The Wheels and Handlebar
The 12" pneumatic wheels are ideal for smooth scooting over bumps in the pavement. It's not as fast as a scooter with rubber or plastic tyres but it's still quick. Plus the ride is much more comfortable and there is added traction on surfaces after it rains.
The handlebar is non-adjustable with a fixed height of 88.5cm. It should suit kids from aged 8 to 12 years old (dependant on how tall they are!) Ideally you want the scooter to come up to around waist height the best comfort. The maximum weight capacity is 100kg.
Weight of the Scooter
The scooter weighs 8.11kg so it is a heavy scooter. It doesn't fold so isn't very portable. However you can push it uphills. It's not great if kids need to carry it up steps.
The Brakes, Deck and Other Features
The scooter features hand operated caliper brakes like you would find on a bike for easy and quick stopping. It features a wide deck (measuring 12cm by 17.5cm). This gives plenty of footspace for kid's feet. Perhaps a useful addition to the scooter would be a kickstand, so you could stand this beauty up rather than lying it on the floor.
The scooter requires some assembly. Like other scooters, if you struggle you can take it to a bike shop for help!
If you're looking for a scooter for a kid with air filled tyres that looks cool and stands out from the crowd - this is it.