Two Wheels At The Front Or At The Back

 




Is It Better To Have Two Wheels At The Front Or The Back of a 3 Wheel Scooter?



 
When looking for scooters for younger children you will see that some 3 wheel scooter have 2 wheels at the front whereas others have 2 wheels at the back. Which is best for your child?

Sturdy And Stable

Both designs are sturdy and stable designs for young children. However, the designs with 2 wheels at the back generally offer more stability. Please note that this is not always a good thing. Some scooters with 2 wheels at the back can be so stable that it is difficult to get up much speed which can be frustrating for young children especially as their confidence grows on the scooter. The scooters with two wheels at the back may require more kicks or pushes with their foot to get the scooter moving which can be tiring for little ones.  They also may be more difficult to manoeuvre​.If a child lacks confidence or doesn't want to go too fast this type of scooter may suit them. But, I know for my own boys they would feel frustration at not being able to go very quickly. However, a scooter that doesn't go very fast may suit a lot of parents. At least you will be able to keep up with your little one and not have to chase them when they have gone too far ahead.

Kick Path

Another problem with 3 wheel scooters that have two wheels at the rear can obtsruct the kick path. So as they use their foot to push along,  they may hit their feet and ankles on the two back wheels of the scooter. This may be worse on some scooters more than others so its worth reading the reviews to see if it’s a problem with the scooter you are considering.

Steering

The scooters with two wheels at the front tend to have a lean and steer mechanism where the child has to lean to steer the scooter. So they have to lean to go right and left instead of turning the handlebars. The scooters with two wheels at the back generally use the handlebars to steer the scooter.I think both ways of steering have their merits. The lean and steer mechanisms are great for promoting balance which is good. However, scooters for older children tend to use the handlebars to steer the scooter so if the child is already used to having a scooter which is controlled by using the handlebars they may make the transition to a bigger two wheeled scooter more easily. But the steering method isn’t the most important consideration on which scooter to choose, unless they are already used to using a particular method of steering on another scooter or a balance bike. In this case I would stick with what they already know.

My Personal Opinion

I personally prefer the scooters with two wheels at the front for young children. This is mainly because of the risk that the two wheels at the back can often get in the way of the kick path, but check scooter reviews first to see if this is a problem - it may not be on the scooter you are considering. I also prefer two wheels at the front because 3 wheel scooters with 2 wheels at the front tend to glide more easily and gather a bit more speed.I may perhaps consider getting a scooter with 2 wheels at the back for children who are not likely to want to go too quickly on their scooter.

My advice is read reviews and consider your child to decide which type of 3 wheel scooter they would prefer.

Batman scooter - 2 wheels at the back



 

This batman scooter looks super hero cool. It has 2 wheels at the back and does offer that extra stability for beginners.

The wheels are bigger than tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front. The front wheels measure 150mm (compared to 120mm on most tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front). The back wheel is 100mm, which is comparable to most other tri scooters. Although the ride may be slower the larger wheels will help absorb the bumps from the pavement.

The wheels are puncture proof.
The scooter also features an anti slip deck.
If you're looking for a stable, slower scooter this may be the one for you.

Peppa pig Tri scooter



 

Another option with 2 wheels at the back is the Peppa Pig Tri scooter.

Again the scooter offers extra stability and low speed for beginners.

There are puncture proof tyres with fairly big wheels. The wheel at the front measures 150mm and the wheels at the back are 120mm.

The deck is anti-slip for added safety.

Obviously a great option for Peppa Pig fans.

Mini micro - 2 wheels at the front



 

There are many tri scooters with 2 wheels at the front and one at the back. Perhaps the most well known is the mini micro scooter which is featured. Another one to check out is the 3style scooter which is currently the best selling three wheel scooter on amazon.

The mini micro really does excel in it's this class though. It's lightweight so easy for little ones to control and pick up to change direction or go up and down kerbs when they first start scooting.

As they grow and get more confident, the design with 2 wheels at the front helps little kids pick up a more speed when they get more confident.