The Best Scooters for 11 and 12 Year Olds
Bang for your buck - the best features for your money.
Height of your child - the scooter should be the right size for your child to use. If you anticipate that they will have a grow spurt in the near future, can the scooter accommodate this.
Cooless factor - is this important to the child?Read on for some suggestions of some excellent 1.) kick scooters 2.) stunt scooters 3.) three wheel scooters 4.)dirt scooters 5.) electric scootersfor this age group
Top Kick Scooter - JD Bug Pro street Scooter Version 3
This is a great scooter for cruising along the streets, great from getting from a to b, fab for the school run. It’s not a good scooter for doing tricks if he wants to take it to the skate park look for a dedicated stunt scooter instead.
JD Bug is one of the most popular brands of scooter in the UK so it’s difficult to go wrong.
Height Adjustable Handlebar
The minimum height is 630 mm and the max height is 950 mm
A handlebar is comfortable around waist height when using for scooting along so this should accommodate most 11 and 12 year olds and even offer some growing room.
Lightweight and Foldable
It weighs just 3kg. If the rider ever needs to carry or transport it for any reason, it’s light for them to carry.
It’s also foldable which is good for storing, for taking on public transport or for putting in the boot of a car
Large or small wheels - you will see kick scooters with small and large wheels for 11 and 12 year olds. Small wheeled scooters (100mm and 110mm wheels) tend to be lighter, more compact when folded and easier to carry. Larger wheels (120mm and higher) will be speedier and cover longer distances in shorter time. They also tend to offer a smoother and more comfortable ride as they cover over cracks and bumps in the pavement more easily.
Hudora Big Wheel Scooter
The Hudora Big Wheel scooter is a scooter that can be used by older kids, teens and adults alike. It's big wheels make it great from cruising along the streets to get from a to b instead of walking.
Handlebar and Weight Limit
The handlebar can be adjusted from 79 t0 104cm which is great for 11 and 12 year olds and will definitely accommodate them into their teen years. Even adults can use this scooter for commuting. The weight limit accommodates riders up to 100kg so no worries there either.
The handlebar is also foldable so it is easy to store and carry when needed. It weighs 4.7kg so it isn't the lightest scooter available to carry but will be fine to carry short distances when required too. There is also an adjustable shoulder strap which makes it easy to carry when walking and taking on and off public transport.
The scooter features extra big high-rebound 87 A PU wheels. 87a means they are solid wheels which will be resistant to wear (the higher the number the more solid the wheel). The wheels are 205mm which offer a safe but quick ride over distances. The wheels help make it a good commuter scooter too, perfect for getting kids to school on time. The bigger the wheels the quicker the ride and the less vibrations over bumps and cracks in the pavement. There is a rear friction brake on the back wheel for slowing down.
The scooter features a stand to keep it upright when not in use.
Razor A5 Lux Scooter
This is a top-notch scooter for older kids and teens. It's made by Razor which is a well respected US brand of scooters. It's a great size for 11 and 12 year olds. With the bigger wheels, the scooter stands taller than other scooters. It's height adjustable handlebar allows them to have the scooter at the best possible height for them. The big wheels also ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for the older child.
The bigger urethane 200mm wheels with RZR pro bearings give a smooth, comfortable ride. Bigger wheels go faster, further which is appreciated by the older kids. They can get to their friend's house in record time and leave later to scoot to school!
One of the excellent features of the Razor big wheel scooter is that they have low to the ground decks. This is especially advantageous with a kick scooter as you don't have to bend your kicking leg as far to get to the ground when pushing along. This leads to a much more comfortable and more efficient ride. The Razor A5 Lux is only 6cm off the ground so it really is an excellent choice for an enjoyable ride.
The deck length is 32cm by 10cm so a very nice size for 11 and 12 year olds.
The handlebar is height adjustable between 75cm to 97cm, so again a good choice for this age range.
The Razor A5 can be folded down and carried when needed. It weighs 4.2kg (so is very lightweight for a big wheel scooter). It's folded dimensions are 78ccm x 12cm x 31cm so it can be folded down easily to fit in a boot of a car, use on public transport and even put in a large locker if needed.
The Razor has a rear fender brake for slowing down (although it's worth noting that in wet weather like with other kick scooters the brake is not as effective). It also has a kickstand for easy storage.
Verdict - overall this is a mid range kick scooter with a quality build and design. It's sizing makes the perfect big wheel scooter for 11 and 12 year olds to whizz around with on the streets.
Height Adjustable Handlebars - adjusting the height on the scooter handlebar can be important on a kick scooter as ideally the most comfortable handlebar position is about waist height. If you think about riding a scooter, too low a handlebar will mean it's uncomforable to bend down to reach the handlebars and too high handlebars will lead to a lack of control.
The 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.
This scooter has an age recommendation of 5 to 12 years. It's recommended for a maximum height of 152cm so may not be the best choice of a tall child but will be great for the average 11 year old with some growing room. The maximum user weight is 100kg. It can also be height adjusted so can be passed down to younger siblings. These scooters are designed to last for years. Each part is repairable or replaceable and they also hold their resale value well on sites such as ebay.
The handlebar is height adjustable and can be very easily adjusted at any point between the height ranges of 64cm to 93cm ensuring the perfect handlebar height. The handlebar can be folded quickly and easily.
The wheels of the Micro Sprite scooter are made from 87o ShoreA polyurethane which means the wheels are extremely solid. The higher the number the more resistance the wheels have to indentation and wear. The Micro Sprite scooter wheels use ABEC 5 bearings, measure 120mm at the front and 100mm at the rear.
Lightweight and Convenient
The sprite is super lightweight at just 5.9lbs (2.9kg). This makes it easy to carry when you need to and it's easy for kids to manage too.
Many 11 and 12 year olds will want a stunt scooter which enables them to do tricks, stunts and jumps at the skate park. Stunt scooters are more expensive especially than street / commuter scooters like the JD Bug above as kids get older and bigger as they need to be built the scooter to withstand the weight of the child and the impact it takes when doing jumps and tricks.
Bargain Begnner Stunt scooter - Costway Stunt Scooter
What To Look for When buying a Stunt Scooter
How much you spend and the features you look for when buying a stunt scooter will very much depend on the what the kid wants to use it for and how much they are into scootering and doing tricks and jumps.
Beginner / Low stunt level use
If they are a beginner and just want to start doing a few tricks. Or perhaps they mainly use their scooter as to get from a to b but may do a few jumps or bash it about a bit on the street than one of the beginner style stunt scooters from Madd gear, Slamm or Grit will be a good choice.
If they are a regular at the skate park and are using their scooters a lot, it's worth spending a bit more to make sure the scooter lasts. Again the Madd gear, Slamm and Grit brands are some good choices. Other brands may include Lucky, District, Envy and Blunt.
An advanced scooter rider will probably have a clear idea of exactly what they want so it's worth consulting them. Some scooters will start at around £200 plus but they will be designed to be lightweight with extra reinforcement. The detail on the design of the scooters will be find on the wheels and bars.
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.
Fork - Threadless aluminium one-piece fork
IHC Compression - it's fitted with an internal compression system. IHC compression is a lighter version of HIC compression.
Bars - the Slamm offers reinforced steel dipped Y-Bars with impact resistant bar ends, 20.5” X 22.5" (52cm by 57cm)
Scooter weight - approx 3.7kg which is on the light side for a stunt scooter. This is good for doing tricks.
Ethan - Age 11 on The Slamm Urban VII
The Slamm Urban VII was the scooter we chose for our son on his 11th birthday. He's not very serious about doing tricks and stunts. He mainly uses his scooter to cruise around. However he does do a few jumps and gives his scooter some punishment moving around on it. Therefore I wanted to get him a scooter that was sturdy, durable and could take some roughness. The Slamm Urban VII seemed to fit the bill and he really does love it. Also if he decides he wants to take his scooter to the skate park he has the option to do it with this scooter.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
Scooters with Pneumatic Tyres - some kick and all dirt scooters will features air filled tyres. Pneumatic (air filled tyres) have both advantages and disadvantages. Pneumatic tyres tend to give a slower ride on a kick scooter and they take more effort to push off and kick along. However, they have much better grip on the road which is invaluable when it's raining or slippy on the road surface as they offer more traction and better stopping power. Pneumatic tyres will also give a much more comfortable ride, giving cushioning over bumps and cracks in the pavement much like a bicycle does.
The Osprey dirt scooter is an excellent choice with really good reviews.
It features 200 mm off road tyres for grip on any surface
The chromoly handle bars with large rubber grips help give a comfortable ride. The tough aluminium deck withstands the punishment from stones and gravel on dirt tracks. The stainless steel rear brake gives durable and reliable stopping power.
Electric scooter - Razor E300
The E300 electric scooter is a great electric scooter for 11 and 12 year olds with a high fun facto
It can reach speeds of up to 15mph. There is one speed and you control the acceleration by a twist throttle on the handelbar
It offers up to 40 continuous minutes of rider time per charge.
It features pnuematic tyres on the front and back wheels so offers a very smooth ride over bumps in the paths.
Handlebars and kickstand
It also features a retractable kickstand and comfortable hand grips. The brake is also operated from the handlebar.
The maximum weight is 100kg so there's nothing to stop adults under this weight limit having a go too.