WHAT STUNT SCOOTER TO BUY?
- 5th November 2016
What Stunt Scooter to buy?
UPDATE! DECEMBER SALE: The Grit Elite 2017 is now just £119.95 - but only while stocks last and they are selling fast!!!
We have been stocking stunt scooters in the UK for a long time and were one of the first shops to stock both MGP Scooters and Grit Scooters. Since they were first launched there have been some great steps forward in scooter manufacturing but we have also seen a huge increase in ‘copy’ brands coming onto the market to try and make a fast £ without understanding what it takes to make a great scooter.
In simple terms, the more you spend on a scooter the better the parts. Basic models have plastic core wheels, spring brakes and threaded forks.
If you buy a scooter with plastic core wheels you will almost certainly be back to buy metal core wheels before too long as this is pretty much the only type of wheel the majority of scooter riders want now-days. (Metal Core Wheels range from about £20 to £80 a pair so it's worth considering before you buy a scooter with plastic wheels)
'Spring Brakes’ are great to start with for the first month or so as they are easy to depress and function well, but after a short period of time the spring will loose its tension which leaves the brake to flap around and make an awful noise (not dialed!). A flex brake is a better option, as it is essentially a bent piece of metal with no spring required.
The scooter fork is the part that connects the wheel to the Scooter (important huh!?). A threaded scooter fork uses lock nuts to hold the fork in place. Lock nuts loosen up a lot and you are probably going to need to invest in some spanners as you will need to keep these tight or suffer ‘head rock’ which is pretty annoying.
A scooter that has threadless fork uses ‘compression’ to hold the fork in place. There are lots of different types of compression including SCS, IHC, HIC and ICS. We won’t bore you with the details of these now but it’s important to know that you find Compression systems on the slightly more expensive scooters and they are integral into holding the scooter together!
Let’s try and make your decision on what scooter to buy a little easier....
Grit Scooters make quite a few differing models of scooter. The basic entry-level models don't really float our boat and can be found in toy shops (an immediate turn off for most serious riders) so we avoid these and start with the Grit Atom.
This is a great scooter for new riders. It is Grit’s new beginner level complete scooter, and has plastic core wheels. Also, the Atom fitted with Spring Brakes and threaded head parts. It has low handle bars that are perfect for small riders (which is not very common on serious scooters). With a small deck and soft feel grips, it is perfect for riders that are new to the trick scooting scene. The next model in the the Grit Scooter range is the is the Grit Elite 2017.
The Grit Elite 2017 is one of our best scooters. It has a flex brake and metal core wheels, and also comes with Grits new grips. If you are looking for a great scooter for around £130, this is perfect! It also comes in four super cool colours. Not only is it awesome value for money, Grit is an original Australian brand that is super popular with freestyle scooter riders at the moment.
UPDATE! DECEMBER SALE: The Grit Elite 2017 is now just £109.95 - but only while stocks last and they are selling fast!!!
MGP Scooters (or MADD Scooters) are perhaps the definitive scooter brand at the moment. The new MGP VX6 range (launched last spring) is a major advancement on the previous models with a series of upgraded components including FSA Headsets into all models (except the BP1). For some reason when MGP decided to launch the new range they did not stop production of the earlier models, which can still be bought online and can even be found in some department stores. These earlier models have notoriously bad headsets and you would be much better off buying from the new VX6 range with FSA headsets.
The cheapest scooter in the excellent VX6 range in the awesome MGP VX6 Pro Scooter.
This is a great scooter for an equally great price. Coming with metal core wheels and a flex brake as a standard, it has oversized handle-bars and a 3º concave deck. Not only does the Pro have great technical specs, but it also looks madly cool (and will make all of your fellow riders jealous).
One of our best quality and most popular scooters is the MGP VX6 Team Edition Scooter.
which has metal core wheels, a flex brake and an internally fluted concave wide deck. It also has chrome plated handlebars, which are oversized. The scooter comes with an awesome looking vintage design grip tape. This scooter is definitely extremely good quality for its price.
And then there was the MGP VX6 Extreme Scooter...
The Creme-de-la-Creme of our scooter range, this scooter is the God of the scootering world. An absolute beast, this scooter looks completely insane. It will definitely have all of your mates drooling. With all new MGP technology, this scooter is super lightweight, has a flex brake with 'cold forged' metal core wheels and a Integrated FSA Headset. If you are looking for a serious scooter, and are big on the sport, this is perfect for you!
……so if you are still confused
If you want to spend under £100 then look at the Grit range. If the rider is younger, then go for the Atom, if they are slightly older/heavier than opt for the Elite 2017. If you can to £150 then go for the MGP VX6 Team Edition. And if you are looking for the ultimate scooter, the Extreme is definitely your best buy.
Take a look at our full range of Stunt Scooters Online or perhaps better still come down to our shop in Fleet and let one of the team talk you through the range.
All of our scooters spin 360 degrees. None of our Stunt Scooters are folding or height adjustable.