Something that as a parent is likely to happen to you or has happened to you before.

Child: Mum (dad), I want a new scooter !!!

Parent: But you already have a scooter!

Child: But mum (dad) is a Razor. It's for the little ones!

Parent: Are there other types of scooters?

The child: A pro scooter (Pro scooter) mom! A pro Scoot. You don't know anything! :-)

Are you familiar with this situation? We are here to help you! At Scootersk8, we have children and we've been there!

Buying guide

The sport of the freestyle scooter has taken off over the past decade. Children all over the world have sought to join this very popular new sport. This buying guide will break down the individual components of a scooter and explain their functionality. You will be better informed in order to buy your scooter or that of your child.

The components of a scooter.

There are 8 main components for a professional scooter. Chainring (deck), Handlebars (bar), Forks (Fork), Wheels, Clamps (clamp), Headsets (headset), Compression and Brake.

Deck (deck)

The deck of a professional scooter is the most important component of your scooter. The tops are available in different lengths, widths, concaves and styles. The decks are built in one piece. The board is the main room in which the rest of the scooter will be built. It is therefore important to choose your deck well. The ideal chainring for you should be designed to give you a well-balanced, performance feel under your feet. It should also be resistant to daily impact and abuse. The vast majority of high end scooter decks on the market today are made with aircraft grade aluminum to ensure a lightweight and durable design.

Handlebar (bar)

The choice of handlebars for your scooter is very personal. The handlebars, however, will determine the type of feel your scooter will give you. The dimensions of the handlebars depend on your personal preferences, as it does on your riding style. The majority of professional scooter handlebars are made of tubular steel. Aluminum tube handlebars are also quite common. The standard diameter of a scooter handlebar is 31.9mm. The majority of scooters use an oversized bar, with a diameter of 34.9mm.

Fork

The fork connects your handlebars, chainring and front wheel. The compression system is necessary for the fork to attach firmly to the handlebars. Most high-end scooters use a threadless fork to ensure maximum strength and performance.

Wheels

Most wheels will be 100mm or 110mm in size. The size chosen by the rider is a personal preference. The advantages of choosing a larger wheel size are that the wheel spins faster and smoother. Important: you must choose the correct wheel size for your fork.

Clamp (clamp)

The clamp on a scooter is the collar that securely holds the handlebars and the fork together. Most professional scooter clamps on the market today are available as double, triple and quadruple clamps. Each name refers to the number of bolts each clamp is equipped with.

Headset

Headset is another essential component to the overall performance of your scooter. Each headset consists of bearings, bearing cups, fork race and top cap. High-end scooters will have a sealed headset that requires a threadless fork and a compression system. The difference between integrated and non-integrated headsets is that integrated headsets provide bearing cups already installed in the head tube, which provides a much better fit for the headset and will ensure perfect alignment for smoother fork rotation. .

Compression system

The compression system is the system that holds your handlebars and fork together on your chainring. Advanced scooter riders will use the compression systems: HIC (Hidden Internal Compression), ICS (Inverted Compression System) and SCS (Standard Compression System). These compression systems offer more stability, durability and performance compared to threaded fork systems.

Brake

It is present but young people do not use it :-)

The brake is attached to the back of the scooter with a bolt or screw, depending on the model. The majority of scooter riders use a flexible or spring brake. More advanced riders will use a flexible brake because of its high level of performance.

We hope this guide will help you see things more clearly. Investing from the start in a high-end professional scooter is more profitable than buying parts that are cheaper and tend to break more quickly, which will end up being more expensive. If this is your first time buying scooter parts or you or your child is new to the sport, you may want to consider purchasing a complete (complete) scooter, these type of scooters are pre- assembled.