Best Scooters for 11 and 12 Year Olds

 

The Best Scooters for 11 and 12 Year Olds

If buying a scooter for 11 or 12 year old the best scooter will depend on the following:
What the scooter will be used for? Stunts, cruising along pavements, off road use or all three? 
Bang for your buck - the best features for your money.
Height of your child - the scooter should be the right size for your child to use. If you anticipate that they will have a grow spurt in the near future, can the scooter accommodate this.
Cooless factor - is this important to the child?Read on for some suggestions of some excellent 1.) kick scooters 2.) stunt scooters 3.) three wheel scooters 4.)dirt scooters 5.) electric scootersfor this age group
Top Tip -  If an 11 or 12 year old wants a scooter to do tricks on it is important to get a stunt scooter what fixed (non adjustable) handlebar which can withstand the punishment of doing tricks.  Check out some stunt scooters here.

Top Kick Scooter - JD Bug Pro street Scooter Version 3

This is a great scooter for cruising along the streets, great from getting from a to b, fab for the school run. It’s not a good scooter for doing tricks if he wants to take it to the skate park look for a dedicated stunt scooter instead.

JD Bug is one of the most popular brands of scooter in the UK so it’s difficult to go wrong.

Height Adjustable Handlebar
The minimum height  is 630 mm and the max height is 950 mm

A handlebar is comfortable around waist height when using for scooting along so this should accommodate most 11 and 12 year olds and even offer some growing room.

Lightweight and Foldable
It weighs just 3kg. If the rider ever needs to carry or transport it for any reason, it’s light for them to carry.
It’s also foldable which is good for storing, for taking on public transport or for putting in the boot of a car

✔️ Large or small wheels - you will see kick scooters with small and large wheels for 11 and 12 year olds. Small wheeled scooters (100mm and 110mm wheels) tend to be lighter, more compact when folded and easier to carry. Larger wheels (120mm and higher) will be speedier and cover longer distances in shorter time. They also tend to offer a smoother and more comfortable ride as they cover over cracks and bumps in the pavement more easily.

Hudora Big Wheel Scooter


The Hudora Big Wheel scooter is a scooter that can be used by older kids, teens and adults alike. It's big wheels make it great from cruising along the streets to get from a  to b instead of walking.

Handlebar and Weight Limit

The handlebar can be adjusted from 79 t0 104cm which is great for 11 and 12  year olds and will definitely accommodate them into their teen years. Even adults can use this scooter for commuting. The weight limit accommodates riders up to 100kg so no worries there either.

The handlebar is also foldable so it is easy to store and carry when needed. It weighs 4.7kg so it isn't the lightest scooter available to carry but will be fine to carry short distances when required too.  There is also an adjustable shoulder strap which makes it easy to carry when walking and taking on and off public transport.

Wheels

The scooter features extra big high-rebound 87 A PU wheels. 87a means they are solid wheels which will be resistant to wear (the higher the number the more solid the wheel). The wheels are 205mm which offer a safe but quick ride over distances. The wheels help make it a good commuter scooter too, perfect for getting kids to school on time. The bigger the wheels the quicker the ride and the less vibrations over bumps and cracks in the pavement. There is a rear friction brake on the back wheel for slowing down.

More Features

The scooter features a stand to keep it upright when not in use.

Razor A5 Lux Scooter

This is a top-notch scooter for older kids and teens. It's made by Razor which is a well respected US brand of scooters. It's a great size for 11 and 12 year olds. With the bigger wheels, the scooter stands taller than other scooters. It's height adjustable handlebar allows them to have the scooter at the best possible height for them. The big wheels also ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for the older child.

Wheels

The bigger urethane 200mm wheels with RZR pro bearings give a smooth, comfortable ride. Bigger wheels go faster, further which is appreciated by the older kids. They can get to their friend's house in record time and leave later to scoot to school!

Deck

One of the excellent features of the Razor big wheel scooter is that they have low to the ground decks. This is especially advantageous with a kick scooter as you don't have to bend your kicking leg as far to get to the ground when pushing along. This leads to a much more comfortable and more efficient ride. The Razor A5 Lux is only 6cm off the ground so it really is an excellent choice for an enjoyable ride.

The deck length is 32cm by 10cm so a very nice size for 11 and 12 year olds.

Handlebar

The handlebar is height adjustable between 75cm to 97cm, so again a good choice for this age range.

Portability

The Razor A5 can be folded down and carried when needed. It weighs 4.2kg (so is very lightweight for a big wheel scooter). It's folded dimensions are 78ccm x 12cm x 31cm so it can be folded down easily to fit in a boot of a car, use on public transport and even put in a large locker if needed.

Other Features

The Razor has a rear fender brake for slowing down (although it's worth noting that in wet weather like with other kick scooters the brake is not as effective). It also has a kickstand for easy storage.

Verdict - overall this is a mid range kick scooter with a quality build and design. It's sizing makes the perfect big wheel scooter for 11 and 12 year olds to whizz around with on the streets.

✔️ Height Adjustable Handlebars - adjusting the height on the scooter handlebar can be important on a kick scooter as ideally the most comfortable handlebar position is about waist height. If you think about riding a scooter, too low a handlebar will mean it's uncomforable to bend down to reach the handlebars and too high handlebars will lead to a lack of control.

Outcamer  Scooter

The outcamer scooter is an affordable kick scooter, particularly for older kids and teens when budget is a top priority. Adults can also use this scooter as well, so there's nothing stopping Mum and Dad from jumping on.

Adjustable handlebar - the handlebar has 3 height settings. 89cm which the manufacturer advices for use by children 120cm and taller, 94cm for people 160cm and taller and 100cm for people who are 185cm and taller. As you can see, this has a height setting for 11 and 12 year olds and will have growing room for them if they have a big growth spurt in the next couple of years.

It features big 200mm PU wheels, the bigger wheels will offer a smoother ride over bumps and cracks in the pavement.

Other cool features include a kickstand and shoulder strap for easy portability and is foldable too.

The maximum rider weight is 100kg.

Micro Sprite Scooter

 


The Micro Sprite Scooter is the ultimate high quality scooter designed by the well known brand of Swiss Engineers renowned for their precise engineering and long lasting scooters for all age ranges.

Age Recommendation

This scooter has an age recommendation of 5 to 12 years. It's recommended for a maximum height of 152cm so may not be the best choice of a tall child but will be great for the average 11 year old with some growing room. The maximum user weight is 100kg.  It can also be height adjusted so can be passed down to younger siblings. These scooters are designed to last for years. Each part is repairable or replaceable and they also hold their resale value well on sites such as ebay.

Handlebar

The handlebar is height adjustable and can be very easily adjusted at any point between the height ranges of 64cm to 93cm ensuring the perfect handlebar height. The handlebar can be folded quickly and easily.

Wheels

The wheels of the Micro Sprite scooter are made from 87o ShoreA polyurethane which means the wheels are extremely solid. The higher the number the more resistance the wheels have to indentation and wear. The Micro Sprite scooter wheels use ABEC 5 bearings, measure 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear.

Lightweight and Convenient

The sprite is super lightweight at just 5.9lbs (2.9kg). This makes it easy to carry when you need to and it's easy for kids to manage too.

Stunt Scooters

Many 11 and 12 year olds will want a stunt scooter which enables them to do tricks, stunts and jumps at the skate park. Stunt scooters are more expensive especially than street / commuter scooters like the JD Bug above ​ as kids get older and bigger as they need to be built the scooter to withstand the weight of the child and the impact it takes when doing jumps and tricks.

Bargain Begnner Stunt scooter - ​Costway Stunt Scooter


If you're looking for a beginner stunt scooter on a budget, the Costway scooter could be a good choice.
It scores highly on price. For a stunt scooter it's a bargain! However, it's important to be realistic, a stunt scooter at this price point isn't going to be as durable and as well designed as a higher end pro scooter. Having said this, it might be the perfect option for a kid who wants to start out just learning a few tricks and jumps without having to commit to spending huge amounts on a first stunt scooter.  If they like it, they can invest in  a more expensive option later on. Of course, it's great for cruising the streets as well.
Bars - The bars measure 86cm from the floor to the top of the handlebars.
It's lightweight at just 3kg. A lighter scooter is easier to learn to do tricks and stunts on.
The wheels are 100mm PU offer a smoooth ride along the pavements.

What To Look for When buying a Stunt Scooter

How much you spend and the features you look for when buying a stunt scooter will very much depend on the what the kid wants to use it for and how much they are into scootering and doing tricks and jumps.

Beginner / Low stunt level use
If they are a beginner and just want to start doing a few tricks. Or perhaps they mainly use their scooter as to get from a to b but may do a few jumps or bash it about a bit on the street than one of the beginner style stunt scooters from Madd gear, Slamm or Grit will be a good choice.

Intermediate Riders

If they are a regular at the skate park and are using their scooters a lot, it's worth spending a bit more to make sure the scooter lasts. Again the Madd gear, Slamm and Grit brands are some good choices. Other brands may include Lucky, District, Envy and Blunt.

Advanced Riders

An advanced scooter rider will probably have a clear idea of exactly what they want so it's worth consulting them.  Some scooters will start at around £200 plus but they will be designed to be lightweight with extra reinforcement. The detail on the design of the scooters will be find on the wheels and bars.

Slamm Urban Scooter



Key features of this stunt scooter. Summary - an excellent entry level stunt scooter. Offers a smooth ride for kids who like to cruise the streets as well as do some tricks.

Wheels - 110mm wheels with an alloy core.  Most stunt scooters will have 100mm or 110mm wheels. The slightly larger 110mm wheels offer a smooth ride as the larger the wheel the less they are affected by uneven pavement surfaces. They are 88a PU cast wheels so are hardwearing and the metal cores mean they are durable for doing tricks.
Deck - 4.5″ X 18.8″ (approx 11.4cm by 48cm)  boxed channel deck. ​The wider deck provides a stable platform for riders.
Fork - Threadless aluminium one-piece fork
IHC Compression - it's fitted with an internal compression system. IHC compression is a lighter version of HIC compression.
Bars - the Slamm offers reinforced steel dipped Y-Bars with impact resistant bar ends, 20.5” X 22.5" (52cm by 57cm)
Flex brake
Scooter weight -
approx 3.7kg which is on the light side for a stunt scooter. This is good for doing tricks.

Ethan - Age 11 on The Slamm Urban VII

The Slamm Urban VII was the scooter we chose for our son on his 11th birthday. He's not very serious about doing tricks and stunts. He mainly uses his scooter to cruise around. However he does do a few jumps and gives his scooter some punishment moving around on it. Therefore I wanted to get him a scooter that was sturdy, durable and could take some roughness. The Slamm Urban VII seemed to fit the bill and he really does love it. Also if he decides he wants to take his scooter to the skate park he has the option to do it with this scooter.


Gritt Fluxx

The Grit Fluxx is an awesome stunt scooter for 11 to 13 year olds who are serous about stunts at the skate park

The wheels are top notch for withstanding excessive force from landing. They are alloy core 88A PU 110mm wheels, the preferred size for many pros.

The handlebar is  510mm wide x 550mm high to suit teenagers and kids alike. It features soft feel grips for extra comfort while riding.

Scooter Essentials Explained

LIghtweight at just 3.45kg, but super strong featuring a high tensile steel fork and alloy double clamp.

There are lots of things to know and look for when buying a stunt scooter. Here are some essentials explained:

  • Always make sure the bar is a one piece
  • Metal solid (alloy) core wheels are better than plastic core wheels. They will last longer. Alloy cores tend to be standard on all mid range stunt scooters.  The higher end metal end cores will weigh less, so it will depend on how much  you want to spend.  Also look for high quality PU wheels.
  • Bar height - the bar height on stunt scooters generally sit at or just below the hips.
  • Decks - decks come in all different lengths and sizes. Wider decks are better for street riding. So if he / she likes to ride his scooter along the streets as well as do tricks a wider deck is worth looking out for.
  • Compression -  scooters for beginner riders will use a threaded compression system, which clamps the bars onto a threaded fork.  More advanced scooters will have different types of compression. Look out for HIC ( Hidden Internal Compression), ICS (Inverted Compression System) and SCS (Standard Compression System). All of these compression systems are different but offer more resiliance, robustness and performance when compared to threaded fork systems.

You can read more about what the different specifications on scooters mean in our guide to stunt scooters.

Madd Gear ​MGP VX8 Pro Stunt Scooter




Madd Gear is another well known brand of scooters and there new stunt scooter range for 2018 includes the mgp vx8 pro stunt scooter.

Summary - an excellent choice of stunt scooter for the beginner and intermediate rider who wants to develop their skills. If there serious about scootering features can easily be upgraded as their riding does.

Wheels -  110mm 88a solid corrupt core wheels with MGP's new polyurethane. Again a great wheel for a smooth ride over any bumps and durable too.

Deck: 4.5" (W) x 19.5" (L)  (approx 11.4cm by 49.5cm) A wide deck which is great for extra stability. A slightly longer deck than the slamm urban VII. 
Lightweight -
the scooter has been a lightweight as possible compared to previous models.  The downtube cutout and the cut outs on the double clamp help this. It weighs approx 3.67kg
Bars - a one piece t-bar made from Japanese chromoly which is21" wide by 23" high (53.3cm by 58.4cm).
Threadless fork
HIC Compression System
Brake - 110mm MGP Composite Blitz brake
Design - comes in tons of different colours and designs.

Blunt Envy Prodigy S6

Summary - A really cool looking scooter for beginner / intermediate riders who want to progress with their skills. The scooter is easy to upgrade with higher end parts if you want to.

Design - great color choice. A color choice on all the wheels too (different colors / gold lettering on some of the wheels etc). All aesthetically look great. Cool color. The  hand grips feature really cool colours too.

Bars - 4130 chromoly steel. It features gussets to make sure the bar stays strong.  No issues with snapping or bendingThey are 24.5 high by 22.5 inches wide. Great height and width for all from beginners to intermediate

Brake - a nylon, offers plenty of stopping power and is nice and quiet.
Wheels - comes with 120mm wheels.  Bigger wheels are better for a smooth ride.  The wheels can be upgraded up to 125mm if you want even bigger wheels in the future.
Compression - IHC compression.
Double clamp - nice clean look
Deck - is 4.75 inches wide vs 19.5 inches long. comes with plastic ends in the back of the dropout to protect ankles and other body parts from any sharp ends.  They help with sliding
Fork - thinned out fork, cool looking fork.
Hand grips - soft comfortable, cool colors, 160mm long.

3 Wheel Scooter

There are many 3 wheel scooters available to suit older kids and adults who prefer them. The one featured below has an extendable handlebar height of 97cm making it a good choice for the older child / teen. But you can check out more 3 wheel scooters for older kids here.

Max Street Board

 

If you're looking for a 3 wheel scooter for an 11 or 12 year old, the Max Street Board scooter is well worth considering.

Age Recommendation
It’s recommended for kids aged 6 plus to adult with a maximum weight limit of 100kg

Height adjustable handlebar
The handlebar can be adjusted from 70cm to 97cm, so you can make sure it’s the right height for your child. The handlebars fold down so it's great for storage and transportation.

Steering
It uses a lean to steer steering mechanism, so that's worth bearing in mind in case  your child would prefer handlebar steering.
Wheels
The front wheel is 125mm and the back ones are 100mm.
Weight
It is quite a heavy scooter at 5.5kg, so if you are likely to carry it a lot, it may be worth  looking at another brand like the maxi micro scooter. Check these and other ones out on the 3 wheel scooter for older kids page.

✔️ Scooters with Pneumatic Tyres - some kick and all dirt scooters will features air filled tyres. Pneumatic (air filled tyres) have both advantages and disadvantages. Pneumatic tyres tend to give a slower ride on a kick scooter and they take more effort to push off and kick along. However, they have much better grip on the road which is invaluable when it's raining or slippy on the road surface as they offer more traction and better stopping power. Pneumatic tyres will also give a much more comfortable ride, giving cushioning over bumps and cracks in the pavement much like a bicycle does.

Dirt Scooters



Dirt scooters add an extra dimension of fun to a scooter. They allow kids to scoot off terrain, on grass, dirt tracks not just on the pavement.

The Osprey dirt scooter is an excellent choice with really good reviews.

Tyres
It features 200 mm off road tyres for grip on any surface

Strong
The chromoly handle bars with large rubber grips help give a comfortable ride. The tough aluminium deck withstands the punishment from stones and gravel on dirt tracks.  The stainless steel rear brake gives durable and reliable stopping power.
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Electric scooter - Razor E300


The E300 electric scooter is  a great electric scooter for 11 and 12 year olds with a high fun facto
Max speed
It can reach speeds of up to 15mph. There is one speed and you control the acceleration by a twist throttle on the handelbar
Ride Time
It offers up to 40 continuous minutes of rider time per charge.
Wheels
It features pnuematic tyres on the front and back wheels so offers a very smooth ride over bumps in the paths.

Handlebars and kickstand

It also features a retractable kickstand and comfortable hand grips. The brake is also operated from the handlebar.

Weight
The maximum weight is 100kg so there's nothing to stop adults under this weight limit having a go too.

Stunt Scooters for 5, 6 and 7 Year Olds




Stunt Scooters for 5, 6 and 7 Year Olds



There are more and more stunt scooters appearing on the market for younger children aged 5, 6 and 7.  However, it is important to note that although many scooters are labelled stunt scooters, they are quite often not designed to be strong enough to take repeated abuse at the skate park. Some "stunt" scooters may be fine for occasional stunt use, but for repeated use at the skate park it is important to choose a strong, durable scooter that can withstand the force from impact and jumps.

Stunt scooters tend to be more expensive than kick scooters as they have reinforced and more durable parts to withstand the abuse from the stunts but materials have to be light as well.  However, kids aged 5, 6 and 7 are lighter and smaller so the impact they make on the scooter with the jumps and tricks isn't as harsh as older, heavier kids and teens. Therefore,  stunt scooters for this age group are generally less expensive than for stunt scooters for aged 8 plus.

Find lots of options of stunt scooters for the younger child further on in the article.

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The a few things to consider when buying a stunt scooter for a younger child:

1)  You want to look for is a scooter with a handlebar which will come up about waist height or lower on a younger child. If he handlebar is too high the scooter may be difficult to control.

2.) The scooter needs to be as lightweight as possible. Stunt scooters need to be strong and durable so they tend to have heavier parts, but a stunt scooter which is too heavy will be too difficult for a youngster to do tricks on.

3.) The deck length should ideally be shorter than a standard deck so that it's easier for young kids to manage.

4.) If you're buying for a young child some (not all) scooter bars can be cut down after purchase so this is another option to consider.

5.) PU wheels with alloy cores and fast spinning bearings are the best. Some scooters for younger kids do have nylon or plastic cores and these should withstand the impact required for this age group but alloy or metal cores are the superior quality.

It's also worth checking out the guide to stunt scooters for kids to find out what all the specification and technical terms mean.

Top Choice For Younger Riders

Find below 5 excellent stunt scooter choices for kids aged from 5 to 7 years. At the end there is a chart comparing the features and prices of all the scooters featured.

Grit Mini flux



This scooter is aimed at the 4 to 8 year old crowd so is an excellent choice from a leading scooter brand.

The bars are 50cm height by 46cm wide (19.6" by 18"). The deck is also smaller than standard  at 10.2cm wide by 43cm long (4" by 17"). The smaller bar and deck sizes make it much easier for younger kids to manage.

The wheels have a metal core which means that it will withstand the impact of tricks and jumps (avoid plastic cores at all costs on a stunt scooter). The 110mm size means they soak up all the bumps while riding offering a smooth ride.

It is lightweight at just 3.3kg.

Grit Extremist




The Grit Extremist is a good entry level scooter which is worth considering for the younger rider. It is lightweight for a stunt scooter at 3.4kg which is lighter than other stunt scooters for younger users to control.

It has a smaller handlebar height than other stunt scooters (from the deck to the top it measures approximately 71cm which is a smaller size than standard.

The wheels are good. It features 88A PU wheels with an alloy core.

Slamm Tantrum VI Scooter



The Slamm Tantrum V​I scooter is designed for the younger rider with a lower handlebar. This makes it easier for younger kids to be able to control.

The features include 100mm wheels with a nylon core, ABEC 7 bearings and the quad clamp for extra strength to withstand the impact from a younger rider's tricks.

The handlebar height is 19.5 inches.

The scooters are hand built by Slamm. A strong scooter which looks cool too.

The maximum rider weight is 75kg.

Madd Gear MGP VX7 Mini Pro Scooter



The Madd Gear MGP VX7 Mini Pro scooter is designed for younger kids and is smaller than a standard scooter but it still has high end specifications such as only normally seen on expensive high end models. So the strength and quality of scooter you get for the price you pay is really good.

The deck is 2.5” shorter and the bars are proportioned for younger riders at 22” height x 18” width.

Some good design features of the scooter include 100mm MGP 88a alloy core with high rebound PU & anodized cores which like the other scooters featured should be perfect to withstand the tricks of a younger child as well as cruising the streets.

It's fairly lightweight for a stunt scooter at 3.55kg. This makes it a lot easier for younger kids to control and use for tricks.

Grit Atom



The Grit Atom is another good choice for the younger, smaller scooter stunt rider from around 5 or 6 years old. It is slightly less expensive than the Grit Extemist from above but forgoes some features such as the alloy core wheels

The bar measure 18" inches wide by 19.6 " high (46cm by 50cm). From the bottom to the floor it measure approx 70cm.

The weight of the scooter is around 3.3kg.

The wheels are 100mm 85A PU Nycore Wheels

Brake is a super coil spring brake.

It features a threaded fork,​

 

Micro Mx Ramp Beginner Scooter

 

Micro are well known for their high quality, durable scooters. They are a well respected and well known brand, so you know if you buy one of their scooters it will be well made and well designed. The Micro Mx Ramp Beginner scooter seems to be no exception. It's a great scooter for kids to start learning tricks, hops and jumps - perfect for young beginner riders. It makes learning tricks easy.

It's been designed for kick scooting and occasional use at the skate park. If they want a scooter which will be solely used at the skatepark, it's probably best to go for another option.

The age recommendation is 5 to 12 years. It features a wide handlebar for great control. The deck measures 10.5cm by 33cm so is slightly smaller in width than other options. The handlebar height measures 74cm from the deck to the top of the handlebar and 81.5cm from the floor to the top of the handlebar.

The scooter weighs 3.7kg and has a maximum rider weight of 100kg.

MICRO MX TRIX STUNT SCOOTER



The Mx Trixx scooter is the next step up in the stunt scooters from the Mx ramp (featured above) for young children in the micro range. It's designed as an beginners / intermediate level scooter for kids aged 5 to 12 so that they can do  tricks, jumps and stunts.

It has a one piece aluminium deck and a triple clamp so is strong to withstand the impact of tricks.

The PU wheels are 87A in durometer and have a 5 spoke metal core so are also strong to withstand the abuse from jumps. They have ABEC 7 bearings and are a very high quality bearing so they spin fast which is ideal for use on the skatepark.

The total weight is 3.8kg which is on the lighter end for stunt scooters making it perfect for the younger rider. ​

If you are on a budget this is an excellent starter stunt scooter. The handlebars measure approximately 68.5cm from the deck to the top which is a good size for a younger rider. Also, the deck is slightly shorter which makes it easier for 5, 6 and 7 year olds to control.

It should last for quite a few years and be suitable to be passed onto siblings so worth considering as an investment.

Comparison Chart

ScooterBar Height / WidthDeckWheelsWeight
Grit Atom50cm / 46cm48.3 - 10cm100mm
85A durometer
PU nycore wheels
3.3kg
Grit Extremist51cm / 53cm48.3 - 10cm100mm
88A durometer
PU alloy core wheels
3.5kg
Slamm Tantrum49.5cm / 50cm47.8 - 10.7cm100mm
88A durometer
PU nylon core wheels
3.3kg
MGP VX7 Mini Pro46cm / 56cm43.1 - 10.2cm100mm
88A durometer
PU wheels
3.55kg
MX Trixx53cm / 45cm48 - 10cm100mm
87a shore wheels
3.8kg
Gritt Mini Flux50cm / 46cm43 - 10.2cm110mm
88a durometer
PU wheels
3.3kg



A boy on a stunt scooter at age 9 and age 10

Best Scooters for 9 and 10 Year Olds

 

The Best Scooters for 9 and 10 Year Olds


 

So you're looking for a best kid's scooter for a 9 or 10 year old? It can be confusing to pick the perfect one when there are so many different types to choose from. A stunt scooter, kick scooter, electric or an off road scooter? What about 2 or 3 wheel scooter for an older child?

Looking at scooter descriptions can add to the confusion. What are PU wheels? Do I need a fixed handebar or adjustable one? Why can't I get a stunt scooter with a folding mechanism?

If you have questions like these and more, worry no longer. Read on for our ultimate guide to help you decide which is best scooter for a 9 or 10 year old.

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 The Best Scooter In Each Category

CategoryType of ScooterPlus Points
Best Kick Scooter
JD Bug Street Scooter

Smooth ride

Lightweight, height adjustable & foldable

Respected brand.
Best Stunt Scooter
Slamm Urban VII
Excellent price point
for high end features.

Good size for age

Durable alloy cast wheels.
Best 3 Wheel Scooter
Maxi MIcro
Robust and durable

Designed to last

Height adjustable handlebar

Lightweight
Best Off Road
Osprey Scooter
200mm pneumatic tyres
with aluminum cores.

Wheels have great grip
on uneven, rugged terrain.

Well tested.
Best Budget

Razor S Scooter
Razor - well known brand in US

Lightweight & foldable

Strong and durable

Which Type of Scooter?

The first question you will need to answer when choosing the best scooter is the which type of scooter your child needs. Here is a rundown of your options.

Kick Scooters  are used for cruising along paths and pavements and getting kids from a to b. They're great for the school run and park.  Kick scooters are often foldable with adjustable handlebars. They aren't ideal for doing stunts on as they aren't designed to withstand the impact of stunts and tricks but they do tend to be cheaper than stunt scooters.  If your child is interested in doing stunts, go for stunt scooter.

Stunt Scooter - are made of strong but lightweight materials so they are sturdy enough to withstand the impact of tricks but light enough to do them. Stunt scooters can also be used like a kick scooter to get from a to b. If your child is interested in doing any kinds of tricks at all, go for a stunt scooter. You won't find adjustable handlebars or folding mechanisms on stunt scooters as these become weak points and are more likely to come under stress from jumps and stunts.

Three Wheel Scooters -  most 9 and 10 year olds are very confident on 2 wheel scooters but some prefer 3 wheels. There are many cool 3 wheel scooters for older kids including the maxi micro and the iscoot. 3 wheels scooters are also great for kids who have dyspraxia and physical disabilities.

Off Road Scooters - are scooters with pneumatic tyres which are designed to be used on uneven terrains such as in woodland and on bmx trails. Some kids also like to use offroad scooters to do stunts and tricks, much like the ones you see kids doing on a bmx.

 

Ethan age 9 using a razor pro scooter

Scooter Features Explained

Handlebar - on kick scooters height adjustable handlebars are great to grow with your child. Ideally a handlebar should come up to around waist height on a child, this makes it more comfortable to ride. However stunt scooters never have adjustable handlebars, they are always fixed. A fixed handlebar is important on a stunt scooter as they are stronger to withstand the impact of jumps and tricks. Often a stunt scooter's handlbar will sit a little lower than on a kick scooter (between waist and hip height).

Wheels - most kick and stunt scooters have PU wheels which offer a smooth ride. Standard kick scooters have 100mm wheels which is the perfect size for 9 or 10 year olds to scoot along.The best stunt scooters have alloy wheel cores rather than plastic cores making them stronger to withstand the impact of tricks.

Foldable - folding mechanisms are popular on kick scooters and are great for transporting and storing scooters.
Stunt scooters never have folding mechanisms as they create a weak point which is more likely to break when doing stunts.

The Best Kick Scooters for Ages 9 and 10

Check out some great options of kick scooters below.

Top Choice - JD Bug Original Street Scooter

The JD Bug Street Scooters are one of the most popular brands of scooter at the moment in the UK.

They are robust and hardwearing and have lots of features. This one is great for the school run and for scooting along the streets in general. Its not designed for stunts though, so bear this in mind.

Wheels
The 100m wheels are hardwearing with ABEC 5 bearings and a durometer of 86A (the measurement 86A refers to the hardness rating of the wheel. 86A is quite a hardwearing wheel but still soft enough to give a smooth ride - softer wheels tend to absorb the shocks from the pavement better).

Check out the scooter buying guide for kids to find more out what it all this means.

Foldable
The scooter come in different colours and you can fold them. As it's foldable it's not recommended for tricks and stunts but to cruise along the street as the name suggests.

Adjustable Handlebar​
​It has an adjustable handlebar measuring 630mm to 950mm. This will suit pretty much all 9 and 10 year olds regardless of their height and will give them growing room too.

Long lasting
There are reviews of older teenagers using this scooter so it should last a few years.
The scooter is actually recommended for kids from 7 years to adult and has a weight capacity of 100kg. So most adults will be able to have a go as well.

Lightweight
It weighs about 2.8kg so is fairly lightweight for a scooter for older kids. It also features a built In black shoulder strap so is designed to be easy to carry when not in use.

Razor Sports S Scooter



Strong but lightweight
This scooter features a robust steel t tube and aluminium deck which is designed to withstand frequent use, and be durable so that it lasts.  It weighs 2.76kg, so makes it easy to carry when needed.​

Foldable
It's foldable so is great for storing and carrying.

Wheels
The wheels are urethane and have smooth rolling bearings.
There is also a rear fender break to help with safety and control.

Handlebars
The handlebars are fixed and aren't height adjustable so this may factor in your decision whether to buy. From the floor to the top of the handlebars, the handlebar measures 82.5cm.

Age Recommendation
This can be used for kids and adults. The maximum weight limit is 100kg so there's nothing to stop older siblings, teens and adults have a go as well.

They come in cool bright colours including pink and green and it's reasonably priced too.

Micro Sprite

The Micro scooters brand are a  known for their excellent quality, well designed and built to last scooters. The Micro sprite is no exception. It's a two wheel scooter aimed at older children between the ages of 5 to 12. Here are some of it's main features.

Lightweight, strong and smooth ride
This scooter has been designed lightweight as possible while retaining extra features such as a kickstand and all the strength and durability required when being handled by children. It weighs 3.28kg (not as light as the jdbug but the sprite does have the kickstand so it can stand upright on it's own which will be one thing adding some extra weight)

Foldable and height adjustable
The sprite can be folded quickly and easily. The handlbar is also height adjustable from 63cm to 92cm

Wheels
The wheels of the Micro Sprite scooter are made from 87o ShoreA polyurethane which means the wheels are extremely solid. The higher the number the more resistance the wheels have to indentation and wear. But they are still soft enough to give a smooth ride.  The micro sprite scooter wheels use ABEC 5 bearings, measures 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear.

Age Recommendation
The age recommendation is from aged 5 to 12 years. The maximum weight is 100kg so as long as you are under that teens and adults can have a go as well.

 

The Best Stunt Scooters

Age -  9 or 10 is a great age to get the first stunt scooter as most stunt scooter are designed with kids aged 8 plus in mind so, you don't have to worry about the stunt scooter being too big for them.

Strong - They tend to be heavier scooters with reinforced parts to withstand the impact from tricks and jumps.

Cost- Because they are made of heavy duty materials they tend to be more expensive than a traditional scooter.

Longevity and Use - Stunt scooters are likely to last a lot longer, potentially for years if you buy the right scooter. You can use stunt scooter for cruising the streets as well as doing tricks but you can't use traditional scooters for doing tricks as they are not designed to withstand this kind of punishment.

There are tons to great stunt scooters out there that are perfect for 9 and 10 year olds who are beginners to an intermediate level on a scooter. Some of the names to look for include Razor, Grit, Madd Gear and Slamm.

Grit Flux Pro

 

If you're looking for a stunt scooter for a 9 year old child and want to get something really good, the Grit Flux is just that. Don't worry, if you want something a little less grand, there are tons more options below. But this is a good option for 9 and 10 year olds that are serious about a stunt scooter. Its great both for beginners and intermediate riders.

Pro
It comes with features you will often see on much more expensive scooters. including 110mm alloy core wheels.

It is designed to last the abuse that kids will put it through when attempting tricks and learning new stunts at the skate park.

Wheels
It features wheels with a 100mm x 24mm 88A PU alloy core wheels with ABEC9 bearings. Alloy core wheels are a good choice for kids who are serious about doing jumps and tricks at the skatepark as they will withstand the impact needed from these kinds of moves. The wheels are strong and fantastic for doing tricks.

Strong and easy to control
​The scooter has been designed to be as lightweight (3.5kg) as possible but extrememly strong. Lighter stunt scooters are obviously easier for kids to control when doing stunts and tricks.

Deck and Fork
​The deck is made of  6061 heat treated alloy. It measures 102mm (4") wide x 483mm (19") long.  The scooter also has a hi tensile steel HIC fork and alloy double clamp.

Bar height
The bars measure 21.6" inches / 55cm. The scooter is designed at kids age 8 and above. Ideally bars should sit around the bottom to the middle of a child's hips.

If you're not sure what the specifications mean check out the stunt scooters buying guide.

Two Bare Feet - Budget Stunt Scooter

 

Stunt scooters can be expensive as they need to have high quailty materials to last and stand the abuse riders put on them.

However, perhaps the child you are buying for just wants to try out a few tricks and it may be a something they only do for a little while before moving onto a new hobby. If so, the two bare feet budget scooter is a choice worth considering.

Wheels - the scooter features 1100mm 88A  high rebound PU wheels. They downside with the wheels is that they do have plastic cores which aren't the best for withstanding the impact of lots of tricks at the skatepark. If your child is serious about doing tricks, it's best to look for scooters with alloy core wheels. There are some scooters like the Fuzion X-3 and the Razor Beast (featured below) which do have composite or metalized wheels which are obviously better than plastic but not quite as good as the alloy core wheels on higher end stunt scooters.

Other features:
It has some fantastic features including a heavy duty quad clamp and a strong deck.

Handlebar height
The handlebar height from the ground to the top is 31 inches (approx 79cm).

Verdict
- This is a great budget scooter to buy when you don't want to fork out lots of money on a hobby that may only last a short while. ​ It's probably best for the child who wants to scoot from a to b and just have a go at doing the odd trick or two.

Fuzion X-3 Stunt Scooter

 

The Fuzion X-3 is currently a best selling stunt scooter over on amazon. It has some good feature and probably a good choice for kids who will do a few stunts on it and use it for scooting around as well. It's a good entry level scooter for kids who just want to try a few tricks out.

Wheels - the metalised abs core PU wheels are 100mm, which are better than plastic core wheels. However, if they are going to use the scooter a lot at the skatepark, the grit flux (above) or slamm urban VII below are probably better choices as they have alloy core wheels, so will withstand more hardcore use on the skatepark.  ​

Other features - it has a threadless headset which is normally see on higher end pro stunt scooters and a IHC compression system. There is a nylon / steel custom flex brake and soft pro handbrakes. If you want to the 100mm wheels can be swapped for 110mm wheels which are often preferred by some stunt scooter rider.

 

Razor Beast



 The Razor beast is another entry level stunt scooter . Razor is a well known brand name that is particularly popular in the US but also in the UK as well.

Handlebars
It features fixed pro style riser handlebars with a height of 21.5” (54cm) and a width of 17.75” (45cm). The handlebar on stunt scooters tends to come to just between hip and waist height, although many riders like the handlebars to come up to just below their waist as this can be easier to control when doing stunts.

Wheels
It has metalised core 14-spoke 98mm urethane wheels. The metalised cores are not as good as alloy core wheels that you find on more  expensive scooters but better than plastic cores. For a beginner stunt scooter the metalised cores should be fine.

Deck
It also has a rather cool pro-style deck, with full deck grip tape and featuring stylised a beast logo.

Weight
The scooter weighs 3.1kg so it's quite lightweight for a beginner scooter rider

It also features a triple stacked clamp for optimum clamping performance.

Top Choice - Slam Urban VII

An excellent choice for the entry level / intermediate stunt scooter rider. It's a scooter which features some really high end specs and is great for developing trick and stunt skills.

Handlebars
The handlebar height is 22.4" tall & 20.5" wide.  The handlebar height from the floor to the top of the handlebars is 30.5" (75.5cm). It's deck is 4.5 inches wide and 18.8" long.

​Wheels
It features 110cm 88a PU cast alloy core wheels, which are durable and will withstand all the punishment a 9 or 10 year old rider will through at it.

The great thing about this scooter is that as it's slightly larger than the other scooters feautres it should last for years to come, until they are a teenager. You can always replace wheels and other parts if needed. ​

Dirt Scooters

Dirt scooters are designed for rougher ground, off road. They are great for scooting over grass, gravel or on dirt tracks. Many kids like to try them out on bmx trails. They can also be used for off road tricks, stunt runs and manoeuvres. They are also strong and made of heavy duty parts to withstand the impact of different terrain. The wheels are also bigger for the same reason. ​​ Perfect for introducing 9 and 10 year olds to an action sport and getting them out experiencing different environments.

The Osprey offroad dirt scooter is a solid and well constructed scooter designed to take the punishment on rougher terrain.

Handlebars
It has chrome handle bars with large rubber grips for superior traction and a hardy aluminium deck.

​Wheels
It has 200 x 50mm front and rear, pneumatic rubber tyres, supported on hardy aluminium core wheels (3 piece hubs) which offer great grip on all surfaces and will allow you to perform high impact manoevres.

The stainless steel rear brake gives extra stopping power - even on dirt!
The scooter has been well tested and is at an excellent price point too.
If you're interested in a dirt scooter, consider checking out our dirt scooter buying guide. 

Three Wheel Scooters

3 wheel scooter are becoming increasingly popular with older children. The Maxi Micro and iScoot Pro are both excellent 3 wheel scooters for both 9 and 10 year olds.

Maxi Micro

There are some great 3 wheel scooter available for 9 and 10 year olds at the moment. The top of the range choice is the maxi micro deluxe scooter.

Age and Height Recommendation
It is recommended for kids between ages 5 and 12 or who are between 110 and 152cm tall. The maximum weight limit is 11stones 1lb or 70kg.

Handlebar
It has an adjustable handlebar with a height range of 67cm to 92cm. The handlebar stem is anodised aluminium to prevent corrostion. It is also foldable

Super smooth ride
The scooter has high quality PU wheels and bearings which offer a super smooth ride. No worries about a rattling scooter here.

Easy to carry and store
It's super lightweight at just 2.5kg. This makes the scooter easy to carry when needed and as it can be folded down it's easy to store too.Read a full review of the maxi micro scooter (with classic and deluxe versions included).

iScoot Pro

 

iScoot Pro is another great 3 wheeler perfect the older child.

Handlebar: the handlebars have 3 adjustable heights between 69cm and 94cm.

Wheels - is has 120mm PU wheels for an easy and smooth cruise.

The scooter can be folded for easy storage and transport.

It weighs just 2.4kg so is easy to carry too.

 

Also check out some more 3 wheel scooters for older children.

Electric Scooters

Electric scooters are fun and offer some super speed for kids.
Razor electric scooters are a popular brand in the UK.
The E100 is a good choice for 9 and 10 year olds.

Top speed
It can reach speeds of up to 10mph. A kick start is requried to get the motor started.

Brake
The brake is hand operated at the front and there's twist-grip acceleration control.

Run time
The scooter provides up to 40 minutes continuous use on one battery charge.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Scooter

Coolness factor - at this age kids may be concerned that they need to have a scooter that looks cool. So its worth checking in with them about the kinds of styles they like and prefer. Plus reading reviews from other purchasers to see if their kids liked the scooters. Stunt scooters are probably considered to be cooler at this age and they can be used for cruising too so this may effect your decision.

Sturdy - my almost 10 year old primarily uses his scooter for getting for a to b. However he naturally tries little jumps on his scooter so he definitely needs something robust to withstand the abuse he gives it. ​

​An older child might be covering longer distances on their scooter when crusing so they may benefit from a scooter with larger wheels. Scooters with larger wheels are great for going quickly and covering longer distances. So, are worth considering if the commute to school is a longer distance or they may be travelling further distances as they get older (perhaps to high school).

More Types of Scooter

Space Scooters
The space scooters deck is curved and the back is much higher than the deck at the front. To use it hop on the deci, then shift your weight between your feet to get going. Essentially you have to pump the platform up and down. However, the space scooter can also be used like a traditional kick scooter, giving two scooter experiences in one.

Scissor Scooters
A scooter that has become more popular in recent years is the scissor scooter. This type of scooter has two footplates, one for each foot so you don't propel the scooter with a foot like you do with a traditional push scooter. Instead, you either move your legs in and out, move from side to side or wiggle your hips to move the scooter.

These scooters are fun and they are great for building leg muscle and improving co-ordination. I'm not sure they will replace the traditional kick scooter but are perfect for taking down the park for some fun. ​

Best Budget Stunt Scooter

 

Best Budget Stunt Scooters

 

Stunt scooters can definitely be expensive.

​This is because they have to be built with strong but lightweight materials in order that they can withstand the punishment kids put them under when doing tricks, stunts and jumps.

However, it is often difficult to justify spending an awful lot of money on a stunt scooter when your child may decide doing tricks on a scooter isn't really for them a couple of months after spending pounds on an expensive scooter.

Therefore in this article there a range of cheaper stunt scooters with an explanation of what you are getting for your money.

Razor Beast Stunt Scooter (££ - midrange)

This scooter is an excellent budget stunt scooter for kids around 8 years plus and it has excellent reviews.

It's a good one to try out first stunts and tricks. And if they decide stunts aren't for them, it can still be used from getting from a to b.

Some of it's features include:

  • Metalised urethane wheels - the metalised cores are not as good as alloy cores but will withstand the extra impact needed from stunts. The urethane wheels offer a smooth ride.
  • Fixed riser handlebars - always go for a fixed handlebar on a stunt scooter and not an adjustable one. An fixed handlebar will make sure that the scooter is strong enough to withstand the extra impact from tricks.
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum frame - lightweight but a strong frame. fairly lightweight at 3.5kg

Summary - This is a great option for younger kids to have a first go at the skate park. Lightweight but strong enough to withstand those first tricks. A good budget buy.

✔️ Advice - Wheel cores. The core of the wheel is very important as they need to be able to withstand the excessive force from landings. On pro level scooters you will always see metal (alloy) core wheels and these are the best. Entry level stunt scooters will often have nylon core wheels (a strong type of plastic) or other plastic cores. Nylon cores are strong but generally better for cruising. Metal core wheels are generally much better than nylon or plastic core wheels as they are more durable and stronger to withstand the abuse of tricks. Nylon/plastic core wheels are cheaper and can be found on budget scooters. Alloy cores should definitely be sought out for teens and adults. Scooters for younger kids (age 6 or 7) often do have nylon cores and these are generally okay while kids are younger and lighter as there is not as much force on landings, although metal cores are still better.

Slamm Classic (££ - Midrange)

Sometimes it's good to choose a well known high quality scooter brand to make sure the scooter is high quality and will last. Slamm scooters are reasonably priced but the UK company have been making freestyle scooters for years.

The Slamm classic has some excellent features. It makes a very good beginner stunt scooter for the 8 to 12 year age group. It has some top notch features including:

  • Fork / Compression - Threadless fork and IHC system
  • Wheels - 100mm alloy core 88A wheels (88a refers the durometer (hardness) of the wheel. 88a is a good number as it means the wheels are headwearing and durable. You generally won't see a durometer rating on lower end scooter, so the durometer rating demonstrates it's high quality. The 100mm wheels can be upgraded to 110mm wheels
  • Age Recommendation - 8 plus years
  • Rider Height -  76cm. The rider height is the height between the deck and the handlebars. Ideally you want the handlebar height to come between hip and waist height on a stunt scooter.
  • Other features - The scooter can be customised and upgraded if required. The scooter has impact resistant bar ends giving style and added protection to the ride.

Verdict - If you can stretch your budget, this is an excellent beginner stunt scooter.

✔️ Threaded Forks vs Threadless Forks - most budget scooters will have a threaded fork whereas high end scooters will have a threadless fork. A threadless fork is stronger than a threaded fork so if you see it on a a cheaper scooter this can make it a better choice.

TBF Street Stunt (£ - Low Price Option)

This is the cheapest stunt scooter featured on this page. It has good reviews over on amazon. However it is unclear how many of those reviews are actually of kids doing stunts.

If you have a teenager or a child serious about doing tricks I would go for something a bit better. However if it's for a younger child who just wants to have a go at doing a few stunts and wants to use it as a stunt scooter as well it could be worth considering.

The features on this scooter include:

  • Handlebar / Deck /  Fork - Bar is 1 piece alloy T4 & T6 heat treated. The scooter has a heat treated strong robust deck and threaded reinforced fork.
  • Wheels - 100mm 88A PU super high rebound with plastic spoke cores. The wheels are perfect for street scooting. Ideally a stunt scooter should have metal cores as they are more durable. However if it's for a younger, lighter child who just wants to scoot around and do the odd trick or too at the skatepark, this scooter could be a good choice.
  • Scooter height - the overall height of the scooter is 83cm
  • Bar width - the bar is 44cm (17 inches). This is a good size for younger children, as children get taller and older they may prefer wider bars on their stunt scooter.
  • Weight - the weight is 3.5kg which is a good weight for a stunt scooter.

Summary - if you're buying for a younger child who just wants to try the odd trick or too this could be a good choice. Otherwise a scooter with alloy core wheels might be a better.

✔️ Wheel size - most budget scooters will have a wheel size of 100mm. This size is fine for doing tricks and stunts for kids. On some more expensive scooters you will see a wheel size of 110mm and on pro scooters 125mm wheels. Bigger wheels do offer a bit more speed and more durability as they have more urethane but for a beginner scooter 100mm will be fine.

Dominator Trooper - (££ - Midrange)

The Dominator Trooper is a beginner stunt scooter at the 6 to 12 age group. It's has some excellent specifications at an affordable price.

  • Wheels - the trooper features 110mm wheels with 7 spoke alloy core wheels. The slightly larger wheels are a good buy for a scooter at this price point and the cores are strong to absorb the shocks from stunts.
  • Bars - the scooter features a one piece steel bar. The scooter height is 71cm but the bar itself measures 55cm (21.5 inches) by 20 inches wide. The bar is a good width for a scooter in the price range. Similar priced scooters tend to have narrower bars
  • Compression System - The Trooper also has a threadless compression system which you quite often only see on higher end scooters.
  • Weight - the scooter weighs a respectable 3.6kg

Verdict - all in all this is an excellent beginner scooter for kids at an excellent price point.

 

✔️ Weight - Stunt scooters need to be strong but lightweight. The more lightweight the scooter the better it is to do tricks. You may see stunt scooters between 3kg and 4.5kg. The more expensive stunt scooters are deisgned to be as lightweight as possible but with strong materials hence the extra cost. Sometimes lighter, cheaper scooters may have features such as plastic wheels that don't weigh as much but obviously aren't as strong.

3Style Scooters - Shadow Stunt Scooter (££ - Midrange)

Spend a little bit more money for the 3 Style stunt scooter and get some really excellent features for the price.

  • Deck - It has a strong 6063 heat treated 4.25" (10.7cm) wide x 19" (48.2cm) long aluminium lightweight deck.
  • Wheels - 110mm 5-spoke CNC alloy core wheels (alloy core wheels are much more durable and able to withstand tricks than plastic wheels) . They also feature hi-rebound printed tyres (88a - the higher the number the more harder, durable and resistant the wheel). 110mm wheels are generally prefered by stunt scooter riders because they are faster and last longer.
  • Compression / Fork - Features and ultra strong CNC machined threadless steel fork and hidden internal compression.
  • Weight  - 3.4kg which is quite lightweight for a stunt scooter.
✔️ Reviews - reading reviews can be a good way to determine whether the scooter is a good fit. However, even though sometimes a scooter has lots of five star reviews it may still mean the scooter isn't the best one for the rider in question, whereas the scooter with 3 star reviews is perfect! Sometimes people leave five star reviews for stunt scooters, but the rider is just using the scooter as a kick scooter and hasn't tried it out at the skate park at all. So it might be an excellent kick scooter but a let down at the skate park. It's also worth looking at the number of reviews. Quite often a stunt scooter with hundreds of reviews but with 4 stars overall will be a better fit than a scooter with a handful of reviews which are all 5 star. So drum down and read the reviews to get a true picture.

Albott Sports Pro Push Stunt Scooter (£ - Low Price)



Another option of a first budget stunt scooter for a kid starting to try out tricks is the Albott stunt scooter. Again, it's plastic core wheels mean it isn't the best choice for a kid who's going to be using at the skate park a lot. But for a younger child who just wants to have a go, it could be a good choice.

The features include:

  • Deck /Fork- A strong aluminum deck and threaded fork
  • Wheels - PU wheels with a plastic core
  • Weight - Lightweight at 3.3kg - a lightweight scooter makes it easier to use to do jumps and stunts
  • Scooter height  - 82cm - ideally with a stunt scooter you want the bars to come up to around just below hip to waist height, depending on the preference of the rider.
✔️ Who are you Buying for? - the rider you are buying for can determine how much you want to spend and what type of scooter to buy. A younger, smaller rider will have less impact on the scooter when doing jumps and tricks, so the scooter may not need t to be as strong as for an older kids or teen. If they are using the scooter for occasional stunt use, there are scooters that are designed for a lower level of stunt use as well. If they rider is going to be using it at the stunt park everyday and giving it some abuse, buy the strongest, most durable scooter you can afford. /span>

Grit Atom

The Grit Atom is an entry level stunt scooter designed and sized for the younger crowd (5 - 7 years). It's ideal for a young beginner / intermediate scooter rider.

  • Look - it comes in six different colours with a y shaped handlebar and it really looks the a part with a y shaped handlebar.
  • Deck - the deck is smaller than standard which makes it easier for a younger, smaller rider to control. It measures 10cm (approx 4 inches) by 48.3cm (approx. 19.75 inches)
  • Bars - measure 21.25 high by 18 wide. The smaller bars again make it easier for younger kids to control.
  • Wheels - are nylon core (plastic). This wheels should be strong enough for a  younger, lighter rider
  • Grit - grit is a well known and respected Australian brand of scooters

✔️ Replaceable Parts - If a child's scooter is likely to take a significant beating at the skatepark or during general use, it's a good economical decision to look for a scooter where the parts are replaceable. These scooters do tend to cost a little bit more at the beginning but in the long run, it is cheaper to replace a wheel or another part than have to fork out for a new scooter. Additionally if kids become very passionate about scooting, they may wish to updgrade the wheels or other parts on their scooter.

Slamm Urban VII (££ - Midrange)

Another excellent entry level stunt scooter from Slamm which can be found at an amazing price point for the features. It's very similar to the Slamm classic above except the wheels are 110mm and features a dipped handlebar.

  • Fork / Compression - Pro scooter features include features a threadless headset, IHC system and threadless aluminium one-piece fork
  • Wheels - 110mm 88A PU cast alloy core wheels with ABEC-9 bearings
  • Weight - 3.77kg
  • Interchangeable parts - all parts are interchangeable for custom upgrades
  • Age recommendation - 8 plus
  • Handlebar grips - Pro grips with impact resistant bar ends.
  • Ride height - (from deck to top of handlebar) is 76cm.
✔️ Wheel Bearings - Wheel bearings are an important part of the scooter as they determine how fast the wheel spins. You will often see a ABEC rating generally between ABEC-5 and ABEC-9. In theory, the higher the number, the better the bearing as the wheels should spin more quickly, however the quality of the bearing itself isn't demonstrated by the ABEC number. For example, it's known that some ABEC-7 bearings will be much higher quality than some ABEC-9 bearings. Some well known scooter makes such as micro don't give the bearings rating but their wheel bearings are very high quality. So in short, take note of the ABEC number but don't let it be a deciding factor in choosing the best scooter.

Land Surfer Scooter (£ - Low Price)

 

The Land surfer stunt scooter is a good looking budget stunt scooter with a stylish y shaped bar which comes in a variety of colors. Possibly worth considering if your budget is tight for younger riders to try out a few jumps and tricks and use it as a kick scooter. Older kids and teens will probably need something a bit stronger. Might be worth stretching the budget if kids are serious about doing tricks.

  • Wheels - 100mm PU wheels (plastic core).
  • Weight - very lightweight at 3.2kg.
  • Bars - bars measure 78cm for floor to top. The are 50cm in width (19.6 inches).

 

 

Land Surfer Pro Stunt Scooter (££ - Midrange)

The Land Surfer pro stunt scooter is a step up from the standard Land surfer scooter (above). It's a good option for cruising and use at the stunt park. It's features include:

  • Deck - Strong anodised deck with a quad clamp
  • Wheels - Strong high rebound 100mm PU wheels with alloy core and ABEC-9 bearings
  • Weight - 3.7kg - an average weight for a stunt scooter
  • Bar Width - An oversized 21.5" (54.6cm)  bar

Slamm Tantrum (££ - Mid Range)

 

The Slamm tantrum is another awesome pick for the younger, smaller rider from around aged 6 plus.

  • Perfectly sized - the reinforced steel t-bar is strong and the a lower height making it the ideal size for the younger rider.
  • Wheels - 100mm nylon core 88 A PU wheels
  • Deck - a smaller sized 4.2 inch by 18.8 inch deck makes it easier for younger children to control
  • Fork / Compression - threadless fork and IHC compression system.
  • Updgradeable - like with all Slamm scooters many parts can be customised and are interchangeable. Easily upgrade the wheels to 110mm if required or the bar to a bigger size.

Verdict - a perfect scooter for the young beginners.

Scooter for 5 and 6 Year Olds




What are the Best Scooters for 5 and 6 Year Olds?

At age 5 and 6 years old, my son was very capable of riding a 2 wheel scooter but there are some cool 3 wheel scooters for this age group too. This article details the best features to look for in scooters for 5 and 6 year olds based on my experience with my son. There are suggestions of ones we have tried out  as well as suggestions of stunt scooters, electric scooters, dirt scooters and scissor scooters.
In a hurry or just curious...

✔️ This scooter is the most popular one on this page with our readers.

Best Two Wheel Scooter

JD bug are the leading brand of scooters in the UK and they are of excellent quality and top rated too. For 5 and 6 year olds there are 2 choices of JD bug scooters to consider. The first is the JD Jr Street Scooter MS100 which is designed for 4 to 8 year olds and the JD original street scooter. The features of each are discussed below.





JD bug junior street scooter is a great first scooter for kids and is designed for young kids (around age 4) to around 8. It's a fab scooter for the school run and travelling from a to b.

It has 120 mm wheel at the front and 100mm at the back and ABEC 5 bearings which give a fast, smooth ride. The bigger the wheel the faster you can go without lots of kicks so the 120mm wheel (which is larger than standard) means it's a great for scooter for cruising for younger school age children.

It is foldable so you can carry it for youngsters when they have had enough and want to walk. It's fairly light to carry at 2.3kg, not the lightest scooter out there but not too bad!

​The handlebar is adjustable so will grow with your child. The maximum handle bar height is 84.5cm and the minimum is 63 cm. The wheels are made of PU with a hardness of 88A so are very durable.

The smaller footplate ( 44 cm x 90 cm) makes is a good choice for 4 to 8 age range too. ​
​This would probably be a great choice for a 5 year old - perhaps for a 5th birthday gift. It comes in many colours for boys and girls.
It also scores highly on value for money, giving excellent features at such a low price point.

JD Bug Original Street Scooter



For six year olds it's worth considering the JD Bug original street scooters too. They have a maximum weight of 100kg so adults on the lighter side can use these too and it means the scooter will last for years.

It's another scooter that's great for the school run. It's great for cruising with100mm/86A Clear Wheels wheels with ABEC 5 Bearings. It's foldable and lightweight too so you can easily carry it when you need to and it's easy to store. There's also a carry handle which obviously makes it easy for carrying too.

It's heavier than the JD Bug MS100  (featured above) at 2.7 kg, so heavier to carry. Having said this it's quite lightweight compared to other two wheel scooters for similar age ranges.

The handlebar is height adjustable so this scooter will grow with your child. The minimum handlebar height is 630mm and the maximum is 950mm. It is more expensive than the MS100 featured above but as the handlebar can adjust to 950mm so it's likely to last your child a lot longer. The footplate is 510mm x 100mm so slightly larger than the Junior scooter above making it a better ride for slightly older school age children.

Not sure whether go for the JD Bug Original Street scooter of the JD Bug Junior Street scooter. Then check out a comparaison of the junior vs the original JD Bug.

Best 3 Wheel Scooter

3 wheel scooters are great for kids who have never had a scooter before, as well as kids who are less confident about using a scooter. Or perhaps they just like three wheels. They extra wheel tends to mean they are a slightly safer than their two wheel counterparts.





The Maxi Micro is officially designed for ages 6 to 10 but it would be fine for a 5 year old too. If you're unsure you could also consider the mini micro scooter which is by the same company but made for 3 to 5 year olds. Check out a comparison between the mini and the maxi micro here. 

The maxi micro is a well designed scooter made with high quality materials so offers a smooth, quite and quick ride and is durable too.

Read an indepth analysis of the maxi micro on our 3 wheel scooters for older children page.

Also, check out a comparison of the maxi micro and micro sprite 

Iscoot



Another 3 wheel scooter designed for older children is the iscoot. It has some good features (PU wheels, adjustable handlebar and the scooter folds).

It is a lot cheaper than the maxi micro but there may be a few compromises on the features.

Read more about the iscoot featured on the 3 wheel scooters for older children page.

Stunt Scooters

Some 5 year olds are very keen to try and start doing some small tricks and jumps on their scooter. If this is the case, it's important to get them a stunt scooter. Stunt scooters are designed to be sturdy and withstand any abuse from tricks and jumps. They do tend to be more expensive as the materials used are stronger but still need to be lightweight for easier control. If you are considering buying a stunt scooter it's worth reading our stunt scooter buying guide and we also have a page with some suggestions of stunt scooters for younger children. Also find a good suggestion for a beginner stunt scooter below.

Many stunt scooters are designed for kids aged 8 years and up, although this is changing and there are some stunt scooters designed for the younger child from age 5. If you do want a scooter that a younger child can do some tricks and jumps on, look for a high durability scooter with a one piece handlebar. It shouldn't be able to fold or be height adjustable to withstand the hard wear needed for jumps and tricks. Read my guide on stunt scooters to see what you should be looking for.
Also check out my article on stunt scooters for 5, 6 and 7 year olds.

Slamm Tantrum VI Scooter



This stunt scooter has been designed for a younger rider with a lower bar. It is aimed at kids from aged 6 plus.

The lower bar at 19.5" (49.5cm) means it's designed to be a good height for young kids to be able to control when doing stunts.

The scooter has been designed to be strong with a reinforced deck with strengthened neck, oversized triple clamp, and tapered headset, so will take all the abuse that younger kids. However, it's also lightweight enough for smaller kids to manoeuvre although stunt scooters are generally always heavier than kick scooters.

​Perfect for younger kids.

Scissor scooters  are a fun type of scooter that you see a lot of kids on. They have two footplates and you place a foot on each one. You can either move the scooter by moving your legs in and out. Or you can move your hips to get the scooter to move. They are best on flat, smooth surfaces but not for use for tricks or in skate parks.  Lots of fun and a great way to keep youngsters fit and active.

Scissor Scooters



Scissor scooters are the new rage at the moment and lots of kids are using them. I haven't been on one myself although my niece and nephew have both got one which they seem to enjoy. Apparently they are very good for building the muscles in your legs. I'm not sure they will replace the traditional scooters in getting from a to b, but are good to have as an extra fun scooter to take to the park or to play with friends outside.

There are quite a few models to choose from but if you're looking for a younger child from 5 to 6,  make sure you get one that isn't too big. There are generally scissor scooters aimed at kids from around 3 to 6 or at age 5 plus and then other scissor scooters aged for older kids from 7 plus or 9 plus.

Electric Scooter


Razor Power Core E90 Electric Scooter



Another thing to consider is an electric scooter which are super fun.
To get an electric scooter its probably advisable that the child is already very confident on a push scooter. A 5 year old may be a bit too young, but a confident 6 year old will most likely love it.
The scooter featured can reach up to 10mph.
It will give up to 70 minutes continuous use on one charge.
It requires a kick start to begin the motor.
It also features a high-torque hub motor, push-button throttle, hand-operated front fender brake, urethane front wheel, and retractable kickstand.
The motor is maintenance free.

Dirt Scooter


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Dirt scooters are designed to go off road on rougher terrain.
Most dirt scooters are designed for older kids.
However, the bikestar scooter  featured opposite is a great option for younger children.

It's designed for kids from aged 5 years. The scooter features air filled 25.4cm (10 Inch) tyres on quality rims. The footplate is smaller than a standard scooter so perfect for smaller legs.

It's a good option for scooting on surfaces such as gravel and grass, so can be used in the garden as well as on the pavement.

More 2 Wheel Scooters

There are some great 2 wheel scooter for 5 and 6 year olds who've never ridden a scooter as well as kids who are on their second or third scooter. Many 2 wheel scooters for this age have additional fun features such as scooter with lights and ones which also feature characters from their favourite TV shows or movies.

Top Of The Range Choice





The Micro Sprite scooters are 2 wheel scooters from the same company that makes the maxi and micro mini scooters.

These have high quality PU wheels with ABEC 5 bearings and a durometer of 82A. This all contributes to a scooter with a smooth, quiet and quick ride.

The handlebar is adjustable from 660mm to 960mm. . The scooter folds for easier carrying and storage too.

It weights 2.7kg. The steering on this scooter is excellent. It steers like a bike with 360 degree turning.

Another plus point is the kick stand which most scooters don't have, so it can stand up when you store it. ​
The Micro Sprite is aimed at kids from aged 5 to 12 years and will grow with your child too. It is is more expensive then other scooters but it's an investment. It can last for years and be passed on to younger siblings too.

There are some great specifications on this scooter such as the 100mm 88A nylon core high rebound PU wheels are both great for doing tricks and cruising along the streets.

The scooter featured is aimed at the 5 to 10 age group. It is height adjustable and is aimed at kids between 1.1 meters and 1.6m. The maximum weight is 50 to 80kg.

Just remember it's best used on a smooth, flat surface.

Is the micro sprite worth the money? See a comparison between the JD Bug Original Scooter and the Micro Sprite to help you make up your mind.

Bopster Scooter



The Bopster is currently one of the bestselling scooters on amazon.
Here is a review of some of it's features:
Lightweight - weighs just 2.8kg. Easy to transport and for young kids to control.
120mm PU wheels - the larger than standard wheels offer a smooth ride and less kicking is required for little feet to go faster and further.

Adjustable - There are 4 settings on the height adjustble handlebar as follows 62-74-79-84cm.
Other features - it has a rear brake and max weight load of 100kg which means that some adults will be able to have a go on this scooter.

Read more about the Bopster scooter. ​

Character Scooters



If you're after a fun, cheap scooter then there are lots of character scooters available.

Generally these are a lot cheaper than other scooter.
They are fun to ride but normally the quality isn't quite as good and they may not last too long. However, they can be really appreciated by kids.

The scooter featured is a Frozen inline scooter and is typical of a character scooter.

It features a light weight frame, easy grip handles, height adjustable handle bars and folds down for storage

Razor S Scooter



Razor is another well know and popular brand of scooter.
The Razor S scooter comes in a fabulous green colour but there are lots of other colours to choose from as well.

It is foldable and weighs 2.4kg so is not too heavy to carry. It features 98mm urethane wheels which feature ABEC 5 bearings.  The wheels offer a smooth ride.
There is a rear brake for safety.

It's designed for kids from aged 6 plus. Read more about the Razor S Scooter.

What To Consider When Buying a Scooter for 5 and 6 Year Olds

Foldable / Lightweight Scooter - at ages 5 and 6, there were times when my son had enough of using his scooter and he'd ask me to carry it. This is why a scooter that folds was still very useful. A folded or lightweight scooter is easier to carry. However, if they want a scooter to do tricks on they will need one without a folding mechanism. A scooter with a folding  mechanism is not strong enough to withstand the impact from jumps, stunts and tricks.

A scooter that offers a smooth and fast ride - at ages 5 and 6, children want to be able to cruise fairly quickly. Some 3 wheel scooters can be built so safely that they are slow and difficult to maneouvre. Lightweight 3 wheel scooters are normally faster than the sturdier and heavier counterparts.
If you see an ABEC rating for the bearings, a higher rating generally means a faster and smoother ride. The best scooters usually have an ABEC rating of about 5.
Wheels made of high quality polyurethane (also seen as PU) generally offer a smoother and quicker ride too.

A safe scooter - safety is should be a top factor for anybody buying a scooter for a child. However, if safety is a major concern there are extra features to look out for. Look for a footplate which is close to the ground making it easier to get on and off and there's less room to fall. Make sure that the scooter is the right size. The handlebars should come up to about waist height, this means that it is easier to control. A smaller footplate is another features which means that it's easy for a child to control the ride. Look for a foot brake that is easy to use and make sure they know how to use it. Also don't forget helmets, knee and elbow pads and little ones can wear bright clothes and reflective jackets so they can be easily seen by cars and other pedestrians.

Price and Longevity - you can buy scooters that will last your child for quite a few years. These are normally more expensive but will last a few years and you should be able to sell them if you decide to buy a different scooter. You may decide that getting a cheaper scooter that will last one or two years is a better decision. If your child is likely to grow lots, move from a 3 wheel scooter to a 2 wheel scooter or perhaps grow a lot in the next few years, it may be worth getting a less expensive scooter and buying a new one in a couple of years time.

Choosing The Best Stunt Scooter For Kids

What to look for when buying a stunt scooter.


If your child has requested a scooter on which they would like to do tricks you are looking for a different type of scooter than just one to use for cruising. There are some important considerations to be aware of:

Avoid Folding Mechanisms

Firstly, don't buy a scooter with a folding mechanism. In order to do tricks the scooter needs to be able to withstand the impact of jumps and landings. A folding mechanism will weaken the scooter so it will be unable to withstand these kinds of impacts on a regular basis. What you need to look for is a scooter with a one piece bar and deck.

Decks


Decks are generally around 50cm in length and 10cm in width and most stunt scooters are aimed at kids from aged 8 plus. Younger children may benefit from a slightly smaller deck as it is easier to control with a smaller height and feet. When choosing a scooter and looking at the decks it will be worth considering the child in question. One scooter that has a smaller deck is the mgp vx mini pro.

There are many cases of younger children using the stunt scooters for over 8. How tall is the child? How big are there feet. My 8 year old has size 3 ½ feet so a standard size deck is fine for him which we bought at age 7. How long do you want the scooter to last for as obviously shorter decks will decrease the lifespan of the scooter for your child.

What are decks made of?

The deck tends to be made of  aluminium which is strong but lightweight. Some aluminum decks have been heat treated to add extra strength and durability. In general, the more the scooter costs the better the quality of the deck. A more expensive scooter should generally have a strong deck with a lightweight design.

What size handlebars should I get on a stunt scooter?


Sometimes it's difficult to answer this question as people tend to have different preferences as to how high and wide they like the bars on their scooters,, but find some general guidance below.

Handlebar Height

Generally the handlebars should be around hip to waist height as this height offers better control. Sometimes its hard to know quite how high the handlebars will reach up on your child unless you see the scooter as it will depend on the handlebar height and how far the deck is from the ground. There are three types of measurement to look out for:

1.) Length of the handlebar

Generally handlebars range from range from 53cm to 60 cm (21"-23.5").  Some handlebars on smaller scooters for younger childen will be smaller and can range from 49cm (19.5")

2.) Ride Height

Some scooters will specify the ride height. This is the measurement between the deck and the handlebars.

3.) Full height of the scooter

Other scooters will specify the full height of the scooter. This is the measurement from the floor to the top of the handlebars.

Handlebar Width

Smaller children will want a handlebar which is narrower. Bar width tends to run between 46cm to 56cm (18" - 22").  So younger smaller children will be better with bars on the narrower side of this range.  As kids/teens get older a good suggestion is to go by the shoulder width. So if they have 21" shoulder width, a bar of about 20"-21" shoulders will be a good size.

Rider Height and Size of Handlebars

The size of the person riding the scooter will have a huge bearing on the size of the bars to get.  Smaller kids will want smaller bars than teenagers and adults.

For smaller and younger kids - There are some great scooters designed for smaller kids. These scooters have bars sized from around 18"  to 20" high. Check out some option in this article on stunt scooters for 5, 6 and 7 years olds

From aged 8 - Age 8 plus is the recommended age for many first full sized pro stunt scooter. The bars on these scooters range from around 20" to 23". Smaller kids will want smaller height bars at around 20". As kids get older towards the teen years, they may pick bars anywhere between 20 to 24 inches. It will depend on how high they want the bars (if they prefer hip or waist height). Check out some first stunt scooters for kids.

Adult - A full grown adult will again be looking at 2o to 24 inch bars. The taller you are the bigger you want the bars. Adults over 6 foot will want 23 or 24" bars.

Wheels

Wheel Cores

Most stunt scooters will have metal cores in their wheels and not plastic ones that you may find on a normal kick scooter. Again, this is because metal cores are stronger to withstand the extra punishment riders give their scooter at the skate park. You may also see metalized cores on stunt scooter wheels which are stronger than the plastic core wheels but not as good as alloy cores.

Wheel Durometer

You will need a scooter with harder wheels (around ) again to withstand the impact of the tricks. You will see the hardness of wheels given as a durometer (followed by an A).  With scooter wheels you tend to get durometers ranging from 74A to 88A. Stunt scooters tend to have wheels around the 84A to 88A mark. They are a little bit more hardwearing than wheels of other scooters.

Wheel Size

Wheels will also tend to be on the standard side (around 98-100mm to 110mm). On higher end stunt scooters you will often see 120mm wheels. The bigger the wheel the smoother the ride as they absorb the impact from uneven bumps better.

Grip tape

Grip tape is tape used on the deck of the scooter to ensure the rider doesn't slip.

Clamps

The clamp is needs to be strong as this is what connects the deck, the forks and the handlebars together and it needs to be strong to withstand the impact of jumps and tricks.  Most stunt scooters have a double, triple or quad clamp.

Weight

As the construction of a stunt scooter has to be stronger, it will be heavier too. This means they are not great for carrying around if your child has had enough scooting. Most stunt scooters tend to weight between 3.4 and 4.5kg. Obviously lighter stunt scooters will be easier for younger kids to control and use. However, lighter but strong stunt scooters tend to be more expensive.

Higher End Scooters

As scooters get better specs (bigger wheels, stronger decks and bars), scooters can get heavier. A lot of what goes into designing higher end scooters is to provide stronger scooters but also keeping them lightweight to get the best performance when doing tricks. This is often what you are paying the higher prices for on the pro scooters. Very strong, bigger wheels but lightweight.

Brakes

You will see two different types of brakes when buying a stunt scooter. A spring brake and a flex brake. A flex brake is superior as spring brakes may get rattly with lots of use (due to springs loosing their tension over time). Having said this, a spring brake may be find for a younger chlid who going to put let pressure on it when they use it.

Forks

Threaded vs Threadless Forks

Forks connect the wheels to the frame of the scooter. You will often see forks described as threaded forks or threadless forks. A threaded fork uses a thread cut into the top of the scooter fork to add compression to the headset and keep it all in place, which means they have a weaker point which can snap under lots of pressure. ​A threadless fork is stronger and tends to be found on more expensive scooters. Threadless forks are better and are what the professionals will use as they will last for longer but what you get will depend on the budget you have and how much you want to use the scooter.

Headset

The headset is the part that enables the fork tube to rotate within the head tube is the headset. The top pro scooters often come  with a sealed headset which needs a threadless fork and a compression system. This helps the scooter run smoothly.

Compression Systems

If the scooter has a threadless fork it will  also have a compression system to hold the fork in place. There are three types of compression systems HIC (hidden compression system), SCS (standard compression system) and ICS (internal compression system). They all have their advantages and disadvantages but if you are buying a scooter with a threadless headset you will need an compression system.

Cost

As stunt scooters tend to be built out of stronger material they tend to cost more too. However they also tend to last longer, so over time they may actually work out as a better investment. You should also be able to replace parts on many stunt scooters so that even when wheels and other parts have worn out you can still use the scooter for years to come if you replace just certain part.

Top 10 Best Scooters for 7 and 8 Year Olds

 

What To Look for When Buying the Best Scooter for a 7 or 8 Year Old?


We bought a scooter for my son for his 7th birthday. The top priorities for my 7 year old boy are a quiet, smooth and fast ride and one that could withstand a few tricks.
In a hurry or just curious....

✔️ This scooter is the most popular one on this page with our readers.

Whether you're looking for a kick, electric scooter or stunt scooter for your son, daughter or any child of 7 or 8 years old, there are many factors to consider. Check out our buying guide for more information.

JD Bug Original - Great for the School Run



One of the best picks for 7 year old boys or girls is the JD bug street scooter featured. It's a good choice for cruising along the streets.

Features include:

✔️  Easy to carry and store - it's folds with a single action folding/ unfolding mechanism and has a carrying strap which isn't a feature on many other scooters. It weighs 2.8kg so is one of the lightest scooters out there which will make a difference if you have to carry it a lot.

✔️ Wheels - it has 100mm 86a clear wheels. The 86a refers to the durometer (hardness) of the wheel. The durometer scale goes from 0-100a. The higher the number the harder the wheel. Most scooter wheels are 85a. Softer wheels tend to absorb more of vibrations but have a good grip, great for skate parks but wear out quickly. Harder wheels are more durable and faster. So 86a is a good number for a kick scooter.

✔️ Suitable for kids of all ages - the handlebar is adjustable from 63 cm and the maximum height is 95 cm so can be adjusted to accommodate children of different sizes and it will grow with your child. It's very easy to adjust too. It has a maximum user weight of 100kg, so some adults may even be able to have a go.

✔️Construction - the scooter is well made and constructed from aircraft grade aluminium.

It's an excellent scooter and not much else really compares in this price range.

✔️ Top Tip
A quick, smooth, quiet and fast ride -  Wheels which are made of high quality urethane and have ABEC bearings with a rating of 5 or more will generally offer a smoother and faster ride.
The standard size of wheels on a scooter are generally around 100mm and this is what you will find on many kick scooters. However, if the wheels are slightly larger (110mm or more) than the scooter will tend to offer a smoother ride. This is because larger wheels tend to go over cracks / bumps in the pavement more easily. Larger wheels are better for travelling as they are more comfortable and offer a quicker ride along pavements.

A Great 2 Wheel Kick Scooter - Micro Sprite



I am a fan of the Micro Sprite scooters as like all scooters in the micro family, they are of outstanding quality. The Sprite features 100mm PU, 87A wheels and ABEC 5 bearings. It has a strong aluminium frame but is super lightweight for a scooter so makes it easier for kids to control and easier for parents to carry / transport  if needed.

Foldable - Simple to fold - makes  it a breeze for transporting in the car, storing or carrying if the need arises.

Cruising - It's perfect for cruising. The bigger 1200mm PU wheels absorb more of the shocks from the road and give a fast, effortless smooth scoot from a to b.

Brake - features a brake at the back.

Handlebar  - ​It also features an easily adjustable handlebar so that can be set at any height between 63 and 94cm . It will be the perfect height for each child and it will grow with each child too.

Other Features - It has a kickstand so the scooter can be stored standing up which is very useful. No more scooters laying around the drive or garage. It comes in lots of different colours too.

Not sure whether to go for the JD Bug original street scooter or the Micro sprite. Compare the JD Bug vs Micro Sprite to help you make up your mind.

Razor S Sports Scooter


The Razor S Sports scooter is another good option of scooter which is study, durable and offers a smooth ride and will not break the bank.
It's easy to fold and lightweight at just 2.4kg. This makes it easy to carry and portable
It has a maximum rider weight of 100kg so older siblings and even adults can have a go.
If also features 98mm urethane wheels which offer a smooth ride and a
It has a fixed handlebar height of 83cm.

3Style Scooters - 3 Wheel Kick Scooter

If you're looking for a 3 wheel scooter for a 7 or 8 year old, the 3style offers a scooter for kids up to the age of 10 years with an adjustable handlebar to grow with your child.

There are 4 adjustable height settings to suit a range of ages, starting at 58cm and moving to 86cm.

It's lightweight (at 3kg)and foldable handlebars make the RGS-2 easy to carry and convenient to store when not in use.

The steering is learn to steer. The wheels flash when they spin which is an extra attraction for kids at this age.

If you're looking for a 3 wheels scooter, also check out more 3 wheel scooters for older children.

Stunt Scooters

Most stunt scooters are designed for kids age 8 plus, so if you're buying for an 8 year old you have a lot of choice. If you are buying for a 7 year old or a smaller child, also check out this article on scooters for 5, 6 and 7 year olds which has a couple of options of stunt scooters for younger children.



Stunt Scooter XV Pro Street Model



Great Budget Option - Bear in mind that you often get what you pay for but this scooter should be fine for beginner and younger users doing their first stunts and has some good features.​Kids starting out doing tricks will be lighter and give the scooter less punishment when doing jump and stunts. Therefore, the scooter doesn't have to be as hard wearing with heavy duty parts as maybe a scooter for an older child or teenager - so you can afford to spend a bit less too. Although you may have to replace the scooter as they get older if they want to keep doing tricks.

Wheels - The scooter has 100mm PU wheels with a hardness of 88A so they should be hard wearing to withstand the impact of any tricks. It features ABEC 9 bearings on the wheels which offer a smooth ride.  It does have plastic cores (metal cores are better for withstanding the impact for tricks. However if kids are just planning on doing a few odd jumps and also scooting around it could be a great choice.

Clamp - It features a heavy duty quad clamp. A strong clamp is essential on stunt scooters  to ensure a strong link between the deck, fork and handlebar.
It features a one piece alloy T4 & T6 Heat treated bar to lessen the pressure from the scooter when doing tricks.

Weight limit - is 90kg so older children and even adults could have a go.

Handelbars - The height of the handlebars from the floor to the top of the handlebars is around 79cm / 31inches, so this should give you an idea of how high the handlebars will come up on your child. Ideally they should be around waist height. Although it's not an exact science. Some kids prefer them slightly lower and others slightly higher. However, too low and kids will be hunched over and too high makes the scooter difficult to control.

The manufacturer's recommended age is 6 plus so it should be fine for most 7 or 8 year olds. This scooter is also a good choice for cruising along the pavements to school or the park too. But of course it doesn't fold so won't be so easy to carry.

Check out more stunt scooters on a a budget. 

✔️ Question
Why Are Stunt Scooters More Expensive that Kick Scooters?
Stunt scooters have to be stronger to withstand the extra abuse they get from jumps and tricks but they also need to be lighter so the riders can manoeuvre the scooter in the right way. Therefore the materials stunt scooters are made of tend to be more expensive. On the plus side, they do tend to last longer, so an extra investment sometimes pays off in the long run.

Grit Extremist

The Grit Extremist stunt scooter is sure to be a great choice for any budding young scooter rider who wants to do tricks.

It's designed for kids and young riders from beginner to intermediate skill level, looking to develop their technique further

It features a 48.3cm long and 10cm wide deck which is a great size for smaller feet and a one piece 53cm wide and 51cm high bar. The total height of the scooter is 78cm.

It's lightweight  at just 3.5kg but is designed to be super strong to withstand high impact jumps and tricks.  Features include a 6061 heat treated alloy deck with diamond shaped down tube.

A lighter stunt scooter will make it easy for younger children to manoeuvfre and control. ​There is also a hi tensile steel threadless fork and alloy double clamp.
The 100mm 88A PU wheels are built to withstand the excessive force of landings with solid alloy cores.

MGP VX7 mini Pro Scooter



The MGP VX7 Mini Pro scooter is specially designed for the younger rider.

It features everything you expect to see on a Pro Scooter, just in a easier to handle mini size.

The deck is 6cm shorter than the full sized pro (43cm by 10cm) and the bars are proportioned for younger riders at 46cm width x 56cm height. 

It's an excellent entry level stunt scooter with some fantastic features.

It is strong yet the design and materials eliminate weight, using the highest quality 6061 T4 and T6 heat treated alloy weighing 3.55 kg (7.8 lbs).

The wheels are 100mm, 88a alloy core wheels with high rebound urethane, K2 (ABEC 9 rated) bearings.

It is more expensive than the mini pro kick above but the specs are better on this scooter. It features a  threadless High Tensile Steel IHC Fork​ and a MFX Sealed and Integrated headset.

Razor Beast Scooter



The Razor Beast is another great first option of stunt scooter for young kids. It's a good choice for a kid who want to transition between scootering along the street to doing some tricks.

It features handlebars which are slightly lower than other scooters measuring 55cm in height and 44cm in width.

It features metalised 14-spoke 98mm urethane wheels which are perfect for withstanding tricks and stunts.

The brake is a stamped steel rear fender brake

​​The good thing about this scooter is that it's strong and solid but it's fairly lightweight at 3.5kg. It's a sturdy, budget choice scooter for 7 and 8 year olds who want to attempt their first tricks at the skate park.

Grit Mini Flu Pro Scooter

 

The Grit mini Flux Pro is recommended for kids aged 4 to 8, so is perfect for smaller kids who really are serious about doing stunts and for adults where budger isn't a problem.

The Mini Flux Pro features 110mm 88A PU Wheels with ABEC 9 Bearings wheels. 110mm are unusual to see on a small kid's scooter. 110mm wheels are  slightly bigger than the standard 100mm wheels but most pros and kids who are serious about the skate park many pro scooter riders prefer these sized wheels or bigger. The wheels also feature alloy cores are perfect to withstand the impact from a younger rider's tricks and stunts.

The handlebar is 46cm wide and 50cm high, so slightly smaller than on the other scooters featured.

The weight of the scooter is 3.3kg which is super lightweight for a stunt scooter and easier for younger children to control.

 

Stunt Scooter Or A Scooter For Cruising?

Many kids this age ask for a scooter that they are able to do tricks on and my son was one of them. So do you get a stunt scooter or not. Here are some questions that will help you decide.

Has your child expressed a desire to do tricks? 

Ulitmately the decision as to whether to get a stunt scooter or not will depend on whether your child wants to do tricks on the scooter. If they do, you will need to get a scooter designed to do tricks as a general push scooter may not be able to withstand the impacts needed for jumps and tricks. If they just want to use it to get from a to b, go with a normal scooter

What is your budget? 

Stunt scooters tend to be more expensive as they require more heavy duty materials to construct. This means they are generally more expensive. However, it also generally means they stand up to more abuse and last longer too.

Will you need to carry the scooter a lot?

Stunt scooters are a lot heavier than other scooters. So if you suspect you may be carrying this scooter a lot for your child on the school run, you may prefer a scooter just used for crusing.

Age range

Most stunt scooters are aimed at kids aged 8 plus. However, we bought a stunt scooter (the Razor Pro XXX - featured below) for my son aged 7. He is on the tall side but he has managed with his stunt scooter very well. The main thing when looking at the scooter is the handlbar height. The handlebar should come up around waist height for the best control and safety. If it does on your 7 year old, they should manage well with the scooter.

How long do you intend to have the scooter for?

If you intend for them to have the scooter for the next few years, it might be worth getting them a stunt scooter which they can use to cruise on at the moment but have the ability to do tricks on in the next few years if they wish too. However, if you think you may buy another scooter within the next few years you may prefer to get them a cheaper or traditional scooter that you will replace if they want one for doing stunts.

Micro Mx Ramp Beginner Stunt Scooter

The Micro Mx ramp beginner stunt scooter is the newest addition in 2019 to the micro family of scooters. Micro is a giant in the word of scooter manufacturers for children. All their scooters are of exceptional quality.

The mx ramp is designed for children from aged 5 to 12, who are interested in having a go at doing tricks on their kick scooter. To be put it more succinctly, it is an entry level stunt scooter. It's designed to make learning basic tricks easy.

It's features include a one piece bar fixed height handlebar for strenght and rigidity. It has awider handlebar for better control. The scooter is lightweight (3.7kg) so younger kids can easily handle it while practising their new hops and jumps.

The miniumum height of the user is 128cm (4ft 2 inches). The height from the handlebar to the deck is 74cm

A fantastic everyday scooter which can be used to get from at to be as well as occasional stunts and trips to the skate park.

Electric Scooter


7 and 8 year old are the perfect age to get an electric scooter.

Electric scooters are super fun.

The E100 Razor electric scooter featured has speeds up to 10mph.

It's able to run up to 40 minutes on one charge.

The extra wide pneumatic tyre give a wonderfully smooth ride, and they have wide ergonomic riding decks, variable speed and powerful super quiet chain-driven motors.

Flikr Scooter

Another type of scooter which has gained populartiy with kids from this age group over the last few years are flikr scooters. Riders move these scooters by placing their feet on the footplates and moving their hips from side to side (much like a skiing movement). Flikrs are designed to have fun, they can be used for getting from a to b but they are also used for doing tricks such as spins and wheelies (if you have the right type of Flikr). Read more and find lots more options in this article on Flikr scooters.

The Yvolution A3 Flikr Scooters

Yvolution are the original designers and makers of flikr scooters. The Yvolution A3 is the perfect entry level flikr scooter, designed and sized for kids aged 7 plus. The A3 flikr is solid and durable. It's performance rated PU wheels ensure riders enjoy a smooth glide.

The A3 folds easily for storage or for transporting in the boot of a car. It has a quick response hand brake on the front handlebar so you can be assured kids can easily slow down and stop quickly.

The footplates are anti slip for extra peace of mind. These scooters are awesome fun, give kids a great workout and ideal for use on smooth flat ground such as pavements and paths.

Bikestar Kick Scooter with Air Tyres

The Bikestar is one of the few scooters which has air filled tyres and is aimed at the 7 and 8 year old age range (plus).

The advantage of the air filled tyres is kids can take their scooter on different types of terrain, it can be ridden over all grass and gravely paths and even taken into woodland.  The tyres also offer superior traction over wet surfaces so no worries about slipping around in the rain. Another plus is air filled tyres make the scooter ride much more comfortable, as they provide more cushioning against bumps and cracks in the road.

The handlebars can be adjusted from 76  t0 90cm.  There is a front handbrake and a rear footbrake so kids can easily stop quickly. Other awesome features include a side stand and a skid proof footplate.