Buying a scooter
When buying a scooter there's plenty of things to keep in mind. In this guide we have gathered some of the best tips, so you can have it easier when deciding on which scooter is the right for you.
Scooters can be used by all ages and comes in all sizes. Primarily, scooters are used for transportation or play and tricks.
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Scooters for stunts
If you plan on using your scooter for tricks and freestyle, then you'll need a scooter well suited to handle such. A stunt scooter is more durable than regular scooters and therefore it can take hits better on the ramps.
These are the things to be extra aware of, when looking for a scooter specially for doing stunts:
- Have a proper compression system been mounted? A compression system is what matters for how well the bar spins and how easy performing tricks is.
- What is the quality of the headset? A good headset is usually integrated and is what makes the bar spin properly.
- Is it a lightweight scooter or a standard scooter? A lightweight scooter is lighter than regular scooters and that makes them easier to do tricks with. However, the durability aren't quite as good.
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Scooters for transportation
A scooter for transportation has larger wheels than normally and is far more comfortable for long trips than other types of scooters.
When looking for a scooter for transportation, these are the things to be aware of:
- Is it possible to fold the scooter? A scooter that can be folded is practical for the trip to work, or having it under the arm on the bus.
- Are the wheels made of PU rubber or plastic? Soft rubber is more comfortable and has a higher durability as well as quality.
- Is the height adjustable? It's practical being able to adjust the height of your transportation scooter, so it fits you perfectly.
- What quality are the bearings? The fineness of bearings is divided with ABEC, e.g. you can get ABEC-5, which is considered the "standard" one. We recommend you go for ABEC-5 or above.
- Can the scooter handle your weight? The maximum user weight limit should not be overstepped.
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Maintenance of your scooter
Like with everything else, a scooter need maintenance as well. The more thorough you are with your maintenance of your scooter, the longer it'll last. No scooters are made to ride on sand, water or in mud. We therefore recommend that you take it apart once every now and then, to get a longer lasting and durable scooter. A stunt scooter got extra enhancements than other types of scooters, but is still able to break should you forget to take care of it. We recommend that you regularly tighten all the bolts/screws, and cleans all the bearings too.
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StreetStreet is the term for street riding with your scooter. Street is a concept of street driving with your scooter. It means cruising in the street or in the skatepark, performing stunts of all kinds - only your imagination stops you here. Street is the most used form of driving within stunt scooters and often places great demands on the design and quality of the scooter. A robust construction allows you to withstand any challenge the street may throw at you, as well as feeling more confident about yourself when you are on an adventure, whether it's the first time you're out or you've done it 100 times before.
RampsRamps = riding on ramps. You often ride ramps to learn how to perform new tricks with your stunt scooter. This gives you faster self-confidence on the scooter and in general! You often find ramps on skater rinks. However, should you not be so lucky to have such nearby, we recommend that you acquire one of our NKD ramps, which allows you to practice anywhere inside and outside. There are endless models within ramps that you can ride your stunt scooter on and it's a great way to unfold and become really talented.
SlideSlide, also known as Grind is the term for tricks that are performed by sliding on something. For example, it could be a tube, a handrail, a staircase, yes, basically anything you can think of. With the right scooter everyone can learn how to slide. It just requires you to be aware that the deck of your stunt scooter has a grind base ie. cuts that allow you to slide on things. This driving form is very popular and you can do it with your friends anywhere.
TransportTransport refers to the scooter's ability as a means of transport. How well did it get you from A to B and how easy is it to bring along with you? Transportation via scooters has become popular in many European cities in recent years, whether it's for school or work. It is also super smart on holidays where the bicycle is too big and inconvenient, as good transport scooters often can be folded and carried over the shoulder.
QualityQuality. This is an expression of our professional assessment of the scooter as a whole. This is based on the materials, construction, performance and estimated life of the scooter. With a high rating here, you have acquired a super good scooter that is worth showing off.
Total height:The total height of the entire scooter. There is no right or wrong in relation to height of a scooter. Generally one can say that low scooters are oriented to technical tricks, whereas high scooters are for transport and comfort. Some scooters can be adjusted to suit you and your needs.
Weight:The total weight of the scooter when it is complete. Heavier scooters are often made of a material, such as steel, which increases the durability and longevity. Where scooters made of lighter materials, such as aluminum, is lighter as well as easier to transport along with you. Whether you should choose one or the other depends on how much you are willing to spend and what you will be using the scooter for. A scooter does for example need to be able to stand through most and it would therefor be clever to buy it in a durable material.
Deck design:There are two types of deck design: one-piece and two-piece. One-piece decks are very durable since they are made of welded parts, whereas two-piece decks are put together with bolts. The advantage of two-piece decks is that they are often able to fold, and some models have headtubes which gives the possibility for different angles.
Deck material:The deck of the scooter is usually made of aluminum, as it is a very lightweight and durable material. The aluminum is relatively soft, therefore, it will be mixed with other metals. Aluminum is divided into alloys in which the value is determined by the mixture of metal. Higher alloy provides more durable product material.
Deck length:The total length of the deck's surface. The length of the deck decides how much space you have for your feet on the scooter. The longer a deck, the more space you have to stand on, where the shorter a deck, the less space you got to stand on.
Deck width:The total width of the deck's surface. The width decides like the length of the scooter's deck, how much space you have to stand on for your feet. An example of width would be if you could have both feet next to each other on the scooter's deck surface or not. Besides that you need to have enough space to accelerate without losing your balance.
Concave:Concave is the inward curvature of deck's surface. It helps to lock your feet firmly to the deck and thus providing a better grip, so you avoid losing balance and falling off as easy. The concave curvature is measured on the scooters deck and is measured in degrees.
Compression:The compression system is the system that keeps your fork tightly to the headtube of the deck and reduces the slack that all scooters will suffer from the time they are being used. Thus is it with scooters and thus is it with everything actively used outside.
Fork:Forks can be divided into two main groups: one-piece of two pieces. One-piece forks is molded or cut from one piece of metal, it gives the fork fewer weak points compared to two-pieces forks which is composed of several parts. Furthermore, the forks can be divided into forks with or without thread. Threadless forks requires a compression kit.
Headset type:The headtube of the deck determines which headset-type the scooter is using. An integrated headset is more protected and durable than a non-integrated headset. A non integrated headset sits inside the headtube, therefore it is more fragile than the integrated headset.
Bar material:Steel is a very strong and a durable material. Bars made of steel is very strong, but also much heavier than bars of aluminum. Steel bars caters more for scooters driven hard. Such scooters would be stunt scooters, which have to take a lot of hard impact when performing tricks. It is therefor a clear advantage if you buy your stunt scooter in a durable material.
Bar height:The total height from the bottomof the bar to the middle of the handlebar. it is recommended that the height of the bar fits the rider. Some scooters can be adjusted by you to fit your height, while other scooters comes in fixed heights, where you then will have to pick the one most suitable for your height. The reason for this is that a stunt scooter needs to be able to take punches during tricks, so if the bar is adjustable on your tricks scooter, it will become weaker and possibly give you trouble, when performing tricks.
Bar width:Different widths of bars suits different riding styles. With air tricks you have far more control of the trick with a wide bar, a narrow bar is better suited for technical tricks. Thus, the bar's width have to suit your skills, and it may therefore be worth considering what the scooter primarily will be used for.
Clamp size:The clamp size of the clamp depends on the number of bolts the clamp is tightened with. Therefore what goes is that the more bolts the larger the size of the clamp, and so too it goes that the fewer bolts used on the scooter, the smaller the size of the clamp.
Outer diameter:The bar's outer diameter is what determines the type of clamp which will fit. Thus it is recommended that the bar's outer diameter fits the clamps inner diameter. Note however that some clamps can be used in both standard bars and over sized bars.
Inner diameter:The bars inner diameter determines the fork that fits. Whether it is a one-piece fork or a two-piece fork depends on what you imagine yourself using the scooter to. The smart thing about a two-piece fork is that it often can be folded together, which can be practical for carrying with you on the bus or the train, where with a one-piece fork the great thing is the durability, which makes it perfect for stunt scooters.
Wheeldiameter:The size of the wheels should depend on your riding style. If you have a lot of focus on the driving experience with good flow and speed, go for bigger wheels, whereas choosing smaller wheels if you go for quick response and better control. However, it is important that the diameter of the wheel fits with both the front fork, deck and brakes.
Wheel hardness:The hardness of a wheel is measured on the durometer scale that goes from 0 to 100 A, where 0 is the softest and 100A is the hardest. Harder wheels last longer and run faster, but are less comfortable on uneven grounds than soft wheels. Softer wheels do however wear away faster, but have a good grip and are perfect for parks and indoor use.
Core material:Aluminum and nylon wheels each have their qualities. Aluminum wheels are the strongest but nylon wheels are the lightest. Whether it should be the one or the other depends mostly on your choice for what you will use the scooter for. It is smart to have stronger wheels for outdoors tranportation and if you want to do tricks.
Wheel design:There are different core designs: solid and spoked. Solid core wheel is relatively heavy wheels for scooters, but their weight also provides a lot more durability and strengthens the wheels. Spoked wheels are lighter wheels for scooters, which therefore leads to a less durable and strong wheel.
Wheel profile:What a flat profile does is it provide the absolute best and highest possible grip for scooters to achieve, where as what the narrower profile does is that it allows a lot more speed. The fork shape must match properly with the scooter wheel's profile.
Bearings:Bearings are divided into ABEC. High ABEC values mean that the bearing is made with more precision and therefore better quality. It is recommended that your ABEC-value is high for higher speeds and lower if your wheel have to take a lot of impact, like the impact you would expect if you decide to use it for tricks.
Brake type:There are different brake types- bolt, spring and flex fender brake. Bolt and spring brakes make more noise, so if you want more silent brakes you should go for flex fender brake, however this will cause the wheels to have a slightly and overall lessened longevity.
Assembly:Almost ready to run or ready to run. Always check the scooter before use, and be aware that it is different, how you receive your scooter. if your scooter is coming complete, it is completely ready for use, whereas if it is only partially complete, then there will be few parts that need to be tightened and assembled, which must be done with standard tools.