The multitude of different scooter items and their possible combinations can often be very confusing for beginners.
To help you make the right choice, we have clarified the most important questions in our Stuntscooter FAQ.
THE DIFFERENCES TO A NORMAL SCOOTER
Stunt scooters are made for jumping, tricks and grinding in the skate park and on the street. They are therefore particularly robustly constructed.
Compared to a normal scooter, like city scooter, the components used in a stunt scooter are of higher quality and more solid.
In most cases, the wheels have rims made of aluminium instead of nylon or other plastic.
This means that the wheels can withstand even the heaviest landings without damage.
In addition, the handlebars of the stunt scooters are not foldable, as the folding mechanism would not withstand the loads.
The handlebars are usually secured with a particularly robust clamp and several screws.
This means that the handlebars cannot be adjusted in height, so it is important to find the right size when buying.
OUR COMPLETE STUNT SCOOTERS
THE RIGHT SIZE FOR A STUNTSCOOTER
The right size for a stunt scooter essentially means the height of the scooter's handlebars.
The height of the handlebars has a particularly large influence on the riding characteristics of the stunt scooter.
With the right handlebar height, you gain control, the handling becomes more precise and the riding fun increases.
Some manufacturers recommend scooter sizes according to age, but since every rider is individual, the age specification is more of a rough guide.
It is better to determine the correct size based on your own body size.
The correct handlebar height is halfway between the hips and the belly button.
The following table gives you a good indication of the correct handlebar height for your body size.
|95 - 112cm
||smaller as 70cm
|112 - 126 cm
|126 - 138 cm
|138 - 149 cm
|149 - 160 cm
|160 - 172 cm
|grösser als 172 cm
||älter als 15 years
||größer als 79cm
Just as every rider is different, so are their preferences. Some riders prefer a higher handlebar height, some a lower one.
You will certainly find out what is right for you over time. But for starters, the table gives you a good orientation.
A stunt scooter essentially consists of five components (plus various small parts).
The base for every scooter is the deck.
The rider stands on this deck. The head tube is attached to the deck. The handlebar and fork are connected to it.
A compression system is used for the connection, which ensures that nothing wobbles later when riding.
The types of compression system are explained in more detail in the section on stunt scooter components.
Two important parts are also the wheels and the brake.
PU wheels in different sizes are used for stunt scooters.
One wheel sits in the front of the fork and one in the back of the deck. Most scooters have a brake so that the scooter can be brought to a controlled stop.
This is made of metal or plastic and can be pressed onto the wheels with the foot. There are also scooters that can be ridden without a brake, simply called brakeless.
STUNT SCOOTER COMPONENTS
This is the part, where the rider stands on. If a length is given, it always refers to the measured length of the underside.
Griptapes are available in different colours. It is glued to the deck of the scooter and its rough surface ensures that you don't slip off the deck when riding.
If the grip tape is all ready used and worn, the deck of the scooter does not have to be replaced immediately.
The old grip tape can be removed and replaced with a new one. It is important that the used tape is always removed without leaving any residue before applying the new one.
With a concave deck, the deck is slanted inwards and thus forms a flat U-shape.
This U-shape gives the rider a better foot-lock, the scooter is easier to control overall and easier to catch after tricks.
The head tube is connected to the deck by the downtube.
Both the fork and the steering tube are mounted in the head tube.
Since the head tube is connected to the deck, it counts as part of the deck.
HEAD TUBE ANGLE
This angle is specified with the head tube. It describes the angle at which the head tube is positioned in relation to the deck.
As the angle decreases, the handlebar leans more towards the deck and rider. In most cases, stunt scooters use a steering angle of 81-83 degrees.
Suntsscooter headsets are available in three different designs.
This type is most frequently used. There are recesses on the top and bottom of the head tube. Closed bearing rings are inserted into these.
Because they are seated in the head tube, they are well protected against shocks and dirt.
In this version, bearing shells are placed on the top and bottom of the head tube. In comparison to the integrated headset, the bearings are not recessed in the head tube.
The fork used with this type of headset has a steerer tube without thread.
This type of headset is mainly used for lower-priced stunt scooters. With this headset, the fork is secured with two nuts, in other words the compression is generated. The fork must have a thread for this.
Headset spacers are made of aluminium and mounted between the top cap and the SCS clamp. The spacers are needed if the steering tube is too long for SCS mounting.
Stunt scooters are divided into two types of forks.
One-piece forks are made from one piece (CNC milled or cast).
Two-piece forks are, as the name suggests, made from two pieces. The individual parts are then welded into one piece.
Your fork must always fit your compression system. The compression systems are explained below.
Compression on a stunt scooter ensures that the fork and head tube are pressed together and nothing wobbles.
When buying a compression system, make sure that all components are compatible with each other.
Here, a bolt is passed through the fork from below (after the front wheel has been removed) and screwed into the handlebar tube with a starnut.
An IHC shim is pushed onto the IHC steering tube. The shim is then fixed from above with a screw. Only compatible with IHC forks and aluminium handlebars (both require a slot in the steering tube).
A HIC shim is pushed onto the HIC steerer tube. The shim is then fixed from above with a screw and a washer. Only compatible with HIC forks and oversize core (both also need a slot in the steerer tube).
A suitable SCS clamp is placed on an SCS fork and secured from above with a screw plus washer. Depending on the SCS clamp, oversize, aluminium and standard handlebars (all without a slot in the steering tube or with SCS adapter) can be used.
One of the most important parts of a scooter, the wheels.
The diameter is always indicated in millimetres and the hardness in A. There is a number in front of the A (e.g. 90A). The higher the value, the harder the wheel.
Harder wheels are super fast, but also pass on a lot of vibrations to the rider. Soft wheels have a lot of grip, especially on very slippery surfaces such as wood and aluminium ramps.
For stunt scooters, there are wheels between 90mm and 120mm. Most scooters have 100mm or 110mm wheels.
Today, the cores of the wheels are almost always made of aluminium; plastic rims can only withstand the heavy loads to a very limited extent.
OUR WHEELS FOR STUNT SCOOTERS
BALL BEARINGS FOR STUNT SCOOTER
As with an inline skates or a skateboards, scooters also use ball bearings of type 608.
The production tolerances of a bearing are specified in ABEC (Annular Bearing Engineering Committee).
The higher the number according to ABEC, the more precise or rather with lower tolerances the bearing is manufactured.
The ABEC number cannot necessarily be equated with the speed of a ball bearing.
An ABEC-7 bearing does not necessarily have to be faster than an ABEC-5 bearing.
Our fastest steel bearing is the SKF-Race ABEC 5 bearing. When it comes to speed, it depends more on the materials used in the bearing.
BRAKES FOR STUNT SCOOTERS
If you're going fast, you also have to come to a stop. Stunt scooters have a foot brake at the back of the deck.
However, it is important to make sure that you do not brake fully, otherwise the rear wheel will lock and drag across the ground.
This leaves a flat spot on the wheel. This not only looks unsightly, but is also very annoying when riding.
For this reason, some riders use their scooter without brakes (Brakeless) and brake themselves with their foot.
HANDLEBARS FOR STUNT SCOOTERS
The handlebar, allows you to steer the scooter. Handlebars are made of three different materials: aluminium, steel or titanium.
Titanium is the lightest and most expensive variant. Aluminium is also light, but is relatively soft compared to steel. Therefore, such handlebars are only suitable for light riders and riders who have a clean riding technique.
However, the majority of handlebars are made of steel, which makes the handlebars very robust. The disadvantage is the higher weight compared to handlebars made of titanium and aluminium.
HANDLEBAR HEIGHT & WIDTH
The height of the handlebar is measured from the top of the top tube to the bottom of the handlebar tube. The width refers to the handlebar tube. It is measured from the outer edge to the outer edge.
A distinction is made between normal and oversized handlebars. Normal handlebars have a maximum outer diameter of 31.8 mm and oversized handlebars 34.9 mm. When buying handlebars and clamps, make sure that both fit together.
A distinction must be made between normal and oversize handlebars. Steel handlebars are available as normal and oversize handlebars.
With aluminium, the special feature is that although there are oversize outer diameters, these always have a standard inner diameter (31.8 mm).
When buying a stunt scooter in individual parts, make sure that the handlebar, clamp and compression system fit together.
The clamp provides the secure connection between the handlebar and the fork. There are two types of clamps. Normal and oversize clamps.
Normal clamps only fit steel handlebars with an outer diameter of 31.8 mm. Oversize clamps fit steel and aluminium handlebars with an outer diameter of 34.9 mm.
If a shim is supplied with the oversize clamp, it can also be used on normal handlebars.
HANDLES & BAR-ENDS
The handles are located at the ends of the handlebars and provide a secure grip on the scooter. They come in a wide variety of colours and designs.
BAR-ENDS are small plastic caps that are pressed into the handlebar ends and have prevented many a serious injury. T
hanks to them, the tube cannot turn into a dangerous punch if you do fall onto the handlebar end.
Pegs are extensions made of metal or plastic on the front and rear axle of the stunt scooter. These extensions can be used to make grinds on curbs and rails.
Pegs are optional and are only supplied with a few scooters.
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