pick the best scooter for 11 and 12 Year olds
What the scooter will be used for? Stunts, cruising along pavements, off road use or all three?
Bang for your buck - the best features for your money.
Height of your child - the scooter should be the right size for your child to use. If you anticipate that they will have a grow spurt in the near future, can the scooter accommodate this.
Cooless factor - is this important to the child?
Read on for some suggestions of some excellent stunt, cruise and dirt scooters for this age group
Top Kick Scooter - JD Bug Pro street Scooter Version 3
This is a great scooter for cruising along the streets, great from getting from a to b, fab for the school run. It’s not a good scooter for doing tricks if he wants to take it to the skate park look for a dedicated stunt scooter instead.
JD Bug is one of the most popular brands of scooter in the UK so it’s difficult to go wrong.
The scooter has a height adjustable handlebar. The minimum height is 630 mm and the max height is 950 mm
It's lightweight at just 3kg. If the rider ever needs to carry or transport it for any reason, it’s light for them to carry.
It’s also foldable which is good for storing, for taking on public transport or for putting in the boot of a car.
What To Look for When buying a stunt scooter
Beginner / Low stunt level use
If they are a beginner and just want to start doing a few tricks. Or perhaps they mainly use their scooter as to get from a to b but may do a few jumps or bash it about a bit on the street than one of the beginner style stunt scooters from Madd gear, Slamm or Grit will be a good choice.
If they are a regular at the skate park and are using their scooters a lot, it's worth spending a bit more to make sure the scooter lasts. Again the Madd gear, Slamm and Grit brands are some good choices but look for the mid range price scooter starting at around £119. Other brands may include Lucky, District, Envy and Blunt.
An advanced scooter rider will probably have a clear idea of exactly what they want so it's worth consulting them. Some scooters will start at around £200 plus but they will be designed to be lightweight with extra reinforcement. The detail on the design of the scooters will be find on the wheels and bars.
What Features are important?
- Always make sure the bar is a one piece
- Metal solid (alloy) core wheels are better than plastic core wheels. They will last longer. Alloy cores tend to be standard on all mid range stunt scooters. The higher end metal end cores will weigh less, so it will depend on how much you want to spend. Also look for high quality PU wheels.
- Bar height - the bar height on stunt scooters generally sit at or just below the hips.
- Decks - decks come in all different lengths and sizes. Wider decks are better for street riding. So if he / she likes to ride his scooter along the streets as well as do tricks a wider deck is worth looking out for.
- Compression - scooters for beginner riders will use a threaded compression system, which clamps the bars onto a threaded fork. More advanced scooters will have different types of compression. Look out for HIC ( Hidden Internal Compression), ICS (Inverted Compression System) and SCS (Standard Compression System). All of these compression systems are different but offer more resiliance, robustness and performance when compared to threaded fork systems.
Slamm Urban VII
Key features of this stunt scooter.
Summary - an excellent entry level stunt scooter. Offers a smooth ride for kids who like to cruise the streets as well as do some tricks.
Price - around £99
Wheels - 110mm wheels with an alloy core. Most stunt scooters will have 100mm or 110mm wheels. The slightly larger 110mm wheels offer a smooth ride as the larger the wheel the less they are affected by uneven pavement surfaces. They are 88a PU cast wheels so are hardwearing and the metal cores mean they are durable for doing tricks.
Fork - Threadless aluminium one-piece fork
IHC Compression - it's fitted with an internal compression system. IHC compression is a lighter version of HIC compression.
Bars - the Slamm offers reinforced steel dipped Y-Bars with impact resistant bar ends, 20.5” X 22.5" (52cm by 57cm)
Scooter weight - approx 3.7kg which is on the light side for a stunt scooter. This is good for doing tricks.
Madd gear MGP VX8 Pro Stunt Scooter
Madd Gear is another well known brand of scooters and there new stunt scooter range for 2018 includes the mgp vx8 pro stunt scooter.
Summary - an excellent choice of stunt scooter for the beginner and intermediate rider who wants to develop their skills. If there serious about scootering features can easily be upgraded as their riding does.
Price - around £149.95
Wheels - 110mm 88a solid corrupt core wheels with MGP's new polyurethane. Again a great wheel for a smooth ride over any bumps and durable too.
Lightweight - the scooter has been a lightweight as possible compared to previous models. The downtube cutout and the cut outs on the double clamp help this. It weighs approx 3.67kg
Bars - a one piece t-bar made from Japanese chromoly which is 21" wide by 23" high (53.3cm by 58.4cm).
HIC Compression System
Brake - 110mm MGP Composite Blitz brake
Design - comes in tons of different colours and designs.
Blunt Envy Prodigy S6
Summary - A really cool looking scooter for beginner / intermediate riders who want to progress with their skills. The scooter is easy to upgrade with higher end parts if you want to.
Price - £199
Design - great color choice. A color choice on all the wheels too (different colors / gold lettering on some of the wheels etc). All aesthetically look great. Cool color. The hand grips feature really cool colours too.
Bars - 4130 chromoly steel. It features gussets to make sure the bar stays strong. No issues with snapping or bendingThey are 24.5 high by 22.5 inches wide. Great height and width for all from beginners to intermediate
Wheels - comes with 120mm wheels. Bigger wheels are better for a smooth ride. £199 is a good price point for bigger wheels. The wheels can be upgraded up to 125mm if you want even bigger wheels in the future.
Compression - IHC compression.
Double clamp - nice clean look
Deck - is 4.75 inches wide vs 19.5 inches long. comes with plastic ends in the back of the dropout to protect ankles and other body parts from any sharp ends. They help with sliding
Fork - thinned out fork, cool looking fork.
Hand grips - soft comfortable, cool colors, 160mm long.