Skateboard Blog

5th November 2016
WHAT STUNT SCOOTER TO BUY?

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.

SCOOTER SHOP

 All of our scooters spin 360 degrees. None of our Stunt Scooters are folding or height adjustable.

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20th March 2015
New Spring Clothing Deliveries

New Spring Clothing Deliveries from Huf, Brixton and the Hundreds

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24th June 2014
Shark Wheels UK Availability

We don't stock these anymore. Take a look at the skate wheels we stock - http://www.thesnowboardshop.co.uk/skateboarding-c10/skateboard-wheels-c22

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12th May 2014
If You Build it they will come....

We have been busy redesigning the shop layout.  Not only does it look 100% fresher it now also has a mini quarter ramp installed.  It's not for general use at the moment but a few of the shop team and shop friends have had access.....

The Skateboard Shop Mick Forster

 

The Skateboard Shop Tom

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3rd May 2014
Farnborough Skate Edit

Check out what the boys at Farnborough have been up to....

 

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1st May 2014
Jake Watt Kills it.

Jake has been on our team pretty much from day one.  He skates super hard and reps even harder.  He's been ink'd and is down for life for sure.

Much Love Jake.  

 

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4th August 2013
Shark Wheels - Reinventing the Wheel...literally!

We managed to get our hands on the new Shark Wheels yesterday.  There has been a lot of hype about these skate wheels over the last few months so it was really cool to see them and take a real good look at them up close.  First off, they actually do look square from certain angles whilst looking more rounded when you look from a different angle.  It feels a little like an optical illusion where your brain is trying to work out what shape this actually is!  Essentially the Shark Wheel is both a circle and a cube! Confused?

Shark Wheels 

Invented by David Patrick, this wheel could be a game changer in future wheel production, perhaps not just in the skate industry either, imagine seeing these wheels on bikes and cars in years to come!  The Shark Wheel utilises a Sine Wave shape to create a wheel that rolls faster with more grip than a conventional round wheel. 

So, what are the benefits of the shark wheel over the conventional round wheel?

Essentially they are faster than regular wheels, they offer more control, they are better on more varied terrain and some may argue they look better too (or at the very least more interesting!)

According to the manufacturer -

1.  Shark Wheels are faster.  The design allows for a thin contact patch touching the ground and therefore less rolling resistance resulting in a quicker ride.  

2. Shark Wheels have more grip and sliding control.  The alternating pattern equates to increased control - the width is increased, but the friction is decreased!  The sine wave design provides three lips per wheel for superior lateral grip.  A traditional wheel only has one.  

3.  Shark Wheels are better than traditional wheels on varying terrain.  The sine wave pattern smoothly funnels any debris aside instead of it being 'steamrolled' over like traditional wheels.   The speed and control on soft surfaces is unreal.  

4.  Shark Wheels are the perfect rain / gravel wheels.  The alternating pattern of grooves significantly reduces hydroplaning by channeling liquid, sand or gravel out and away from the surface of the wheel, allowing for a firm contact patch with the ground.  Also, the rounded edges allow liquid, sand or gravel to pass around the wheel, providing unparalleled grip over wet and loose traction surfaces.

5. Shark Wheels have more design options.  Our wheels allow for graphics and/orpiezoelectric lights in the deep grooves in the FACE of the wheel.  A new canvas that never existed before is now available to customize!

6.  Shark Wheels can be customized to virtually any riders preference. Because our wheels are made of sections that can interlock, we will be able to allow riders to mix different durometers (hardness levels) in ONE wheel and allow for endless customization options for the ultimate ride.

 

 

 

As we understand it, these wheels are not available just yet but they should be in the next few months.  The Shark Wheel has been Patented both in the US and internationally.  At present there are just a few 3D printed samples floating around as well as some early 'in-house' produced rideable wheels. 

We can't wait to get our hands on a set!

Article by Darren Williams

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