Wow! Where have all the scooters gone!?! Luckily (no pun intended), Lucky and Envy are both in the process of getting more inventory to the dealers, hopefully mid to late July.
Welcome (or welcome back)! A few updates on what's new or new again. And wow, 2020! I hope you and your family are staying active and safe. Let's jump right in to this...
"What is the right entry level pro scooter for my kid?"
We get a lot of questions in our Redmond, WA, scooter shop about the best entry level scooters. A good question so thought it would be good to provide some input. Let's start with defining what 'entry level' or beginner scooter means.
We define a 'pro scooter' as having these characteristics
- Solid state - meaning the scooter does not fold up and the bars DO NOT ADJUST
- Metal core wheels - can be solid core, honeycomb or spoked. Just as long as they're metal
Sealed or mostly sealed bearings in the wheels and the headset
Another difference is usually the scooter wheel size, which is generally 100mm on the entry levels. The larger scooter wheels, 110mm and 120mm, offer a little more speed and higher clearance from the ground to the scooter deck. The wheels can be customized, allowing the entry level rider to make simple changes that set their scooter apart from their friend's scooters.
Wheels are measured via their diameter, and 110mm are still the most common, and are showing up on entry level and even on the minis. Lucky Recruit is a perfect example. It is a true 'mini' scooter with the small deck for smaller feet, but it comes out of the box with 110mms.
NOTE: While newer decks and forks generally support larger wheels, if you're not sure, just ask. Some older decks and forks, and some smaller completes, may not support 120mm wheels.
For bar height, defined as where the top of the scooter bars hit the scooter rider, in general they like the bars to be between waist and belly button when standing on the scooter. Younger riders can ride with slightly taller bars, allowing for them to grow with the scooter. Here's another chart that gets more specific.
Read the chart like this:
- Average distance between the bottom of the front wheel to the bottom of the bars is 9-10".
- Add to that the height of the bars on the scooter (example: 20")
- This number is the total distance, in inches, from the wheel to the top of the bars. (example: 9" + 20" = 29")
- Now measure your kid from bottom of shoes up 29"
- This is where the top of the bars would reach on your kid
Finally, I'm giving you averages and generalizations. Some kids are ok with shorter bars, some like taller. The best thing to do is have your kid try out the different sizes.
Let's talk about prices. No surprise, but the entry level scooters are less expensive than higher end scooters. But that doesn't mean less quality. The decks are rugged and have great looking designs. Some brands even come with a 'sticker pack' so your rider can customize his or her scooter. Bars and grips are also well made and look good, but again, these can be customized (replaced) on most scooters.
Quick highlights, and then I'll fill in details over the next few weeks as the new products arrive. But don't feel like you (or more likely, your young shredder) needs to have the latest and greatest. What I see most often year over year are subtle changes to previous year's models. Maybe a new bar style, or hollow core wheels, or an improvement in a design. I'll call out changes so you're in the know.
Let's talk mini pro scooters. MINI. For the small kids, typically ages 3-6.
Let's get to the scooters. The Lucky Recruit has a some minor changes that I like, with the 110mm hollow core wheels being the most significant. Wow, 110mm hollow cores on a mini! Impressive. The colors are still what I'd refer to as 'masculine'...nothing flashy here. But quality...they nailed it.
I love Lucky. But to be 100% honest, when it comes to the minis, Havoc is my fave. And the 2020s come in three super fresh new colorways. Specs are the same... 5.9lbs, 17" tall by 16.5" wide bars, 16" long by 4.5" wide deck. Mini is right.
And my new edition to the mini scooter world...the Type R mini from Root Industries. Similar in size to the Lucky Recruit. I like RI scooters, so I'm happy that they're trying out the 'mini market'.
New to the shop this month is the Nitro Circus RWilly (short for Ryan Williams) replica. Nice, easy set up for the younger shredder. It's one step up from a mini, is the CX1 model. Good beginner scooter.
Lucky Scooters - entry level Crew is revamped for 2020! Still light like the previous version, but in some super dope new colors. And in stock (as of August 10, 2020). Of all the beginner scooters, the Crew is the best fit in my opinion. Solid scooter, excellent brand, sized right for the beginner riders, both boys and girls.
Normally, I'd jump to the Envy Colt. I still like the Colt (not as much as the Lucky Crew) but still the Colt is decent. I mentioned Root Industries a bit ago. I'm adding the Type R to the list, along side the Lucky Crew. The Type R has an appeal to it, and gets lots of hands and eyes on it in our shop.
One last thought. As a scooter shop owner, I'd love to 'upsell' you to the next level scooter. As a parent of three kids, I wouldn't spend more on an upgraded scooter until I knew my kids really enjoyed scootering and grew with the sport.
Hope this helps!
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Envy Scooters and specifically the crazy popular Prodigy. (NOTE: The Prodigy isn't necessary what I'd call an 'entry level' scooter. If you have an above average in height kid, then it is a good option). Envy has just released their Series 8 or S8 models.