Dirt Scooter Buying Guide
Dirt scooters need to cope with the uneven terrain such as mud. Therefore they do tend to be heavier, with bigger wheels and tyres to absorb the off road shocks.
What to consider when buying an dirt scooter.
If you are buying for a child, than the age, height and weight of the child you are buying for will be need to be taken into consideration.
It is important the scooter is strong enough to withstand off road riding, however if it is too heavy it may be difficult for younger and smaller kids to control. In this case you will need to look for a dirt scooter which is specifically made for the younger rider. They will be lighter and easier for them to use.
Some dirt scooters will have a recommended age range.
Weight of the Scooter
More expensive scooters tend to be made with stronger materials but are designed in such a way that they are more lightweight.
The main difference between traditional scooters and all terrain scooters are the wheels.
The wheels are bigger and will feature high pressure, all terrain tyres so they can cope with the rougher ground.
Like car tyres, they will have different treads and patterns. The type of tread may offer increased traction when riding so is something to consider. Look for a nobbly tyres which will offer increased traction.
The wheel size may be a factor you want to consider when choosing your scooter.
Larger wheels offer smoother ride on some of the toughest terrains which is why generally dirt scooters all have a large sized wheels. If you want a little more control perhaps to do a few off road jumps and stunts (perhaps on a bmx trail), you may want to consider slightly smaller wheels. Having said this dirt scooters aren’t really designed for doing tricks, so if stunts are your thing, consider going to the skatepark and go for a stunt scooter instead.
Split Core Hubs
Split core hubs on dirt scooter wheels are something to look out for as it makes it easy to change the tyres. However, they do tend to be on more expensive models and are not a necessity.
Maximum Weight of Rider
Like all scooters there will be a maximum weight that the scooter can accommodate. This is important to note as you want to make sure a dirt scooter will last for a growing child. You also want to make sure that it will accommodate a teen or adult if that is what you want from the scooter.
If possible get the lightest scooter that will accommodate your weight. If you or your child is not very heavy, a scooter with a high maximum weight will normally be more expensive, heavier to ride and you won’t need it, so look for something lighter.
As well as the maximum rider weight you may also see a maximum rider weight for agressive riding which will be lower. This is the maximum weight for a rider who may be riding the scooter down drops or jumping over earth mounds and the like. This is because the impact on the scooter will be greater when used for these kinds of activities.
Type of Terrain
Most dirt scooters can be ridden not only on uneven terrain but on pavement and smooth surfaces as well. However, they may take a little more effort to ride on smoother surfaces.
Some dirt scooters are designed to be super strong so that they are perfect for heavier rides who want to do stunts and tricks on BMX trails and the like. If you have this in mind, make sure that the scooter will take your maximum weight when riding aggressively. Also look for a dirt scooter with a fully welded aluminium construction which is light enough to do tricks but strong enought to take the impact.
It would be possible to get a scooter that could for the school run in the week and off road fun on the weekend. If this is the case look for one that is easy to ride on smoother surfaces like pavements as well as off road.
The handlebars should be at a comfortable height so it’s easy to control the scooter. This tends to be around mid hip to waist height although some people do prefer them to sit lower.
The handlebar will be fixed, not adustable. This is because the scooter needs to be strong, a foldable or adustable handlebar creates weak points.
Wider bars are generally preferred for any stunts and tricks you may want to do. Most handlebars will feature soft grips for comfort when bumping over the ground.
All handlebars should feature Hidden Internal Compression
You will see a y style handlebar or a straight handlebar. Either is fine and is a matter of preference.
The amount you pay will very much depend on how much you will use the scooter, your budget and what specifications are important to you.
Which Brand Should I Get?
Perhaps one of the most well known brands is Razor who makes the RDS (Razor Dirt Scooter). But there a variety of other brands including JD Bug, Osprey and Grit that also make them.
The one to buy will depend on what specifications are important to you. Check out an option below.
Osprey All Terrain Off Road Dirt Scooter
The Osprey all terrain scooter is perfect for tackling dirt tracks and downhill runs.
The large (200mm) off road tyres are perfect for scrambling around off road.
The chrome handlebars feature large rubber grips to keep you holding on and comfortable when riding.
The hardwearing aluminium deck is designed to take the punishment of any flying rocks and gravel on dirt tracks.
The stainless steel rear brake is built to offer you durable and reliable stopping power whatever the terrain.
If you’re looking for something which is solely for off road use, might like to try out a few dirt tracks or bmx trails and maybe do a few jumps and tricks – this is an excellent choice.
The maximum user weight is 100kg.