If you’ve been looking around AltRiders or the web in general you may have come across the term, “pro scooter” or “trick scooter” or even “stunt scooter”. Maybe you don’t know the difference that any of these have from your everyday regular scooters that we’ve reviewed many times on this site.
In this guide we’ll take you through everything you need to know about pro scooters so you’ll be a pro scooter master by the end.
Pro Scooter vs Trick Scooter vs Stunt Scooter
Let’s start with the terminology.
When you’re faced with any of these terms you need to remember that they are all basically the same. A pro scooter is the same as a trick scooter which is the same as a stunt scooter. If we get into the real fine details a few differences may emerge, but for someone looking to know the overall differences or someone just getting into the hobby, think of them as the same. From now on we’ll use mostly “pro scooter”.
What is a Pro Scooter?
A pro scooter is simply a scooter that has been designed and built with skate park and street riding in mind. They are aimed at people who want to do tricks, stunts, freestyle and jumps and can be fully customised to give the rider the exact scooter they want.
Here’s a quick example of what you can do with a pro scooter:
They are usually of a much higher quality than standard scooters to be able to withstand any bumps and scrapes that might be caused from doing tricks or jumps.
They are NOT foldable, and do NOT have adjustable handlebars. This is to improve the strength and structural integrity of the frame and components whilst also ensuring a higher level of safety. The last thing you want is to land a jump and have the handlebars shoot down because they weren’t tightened or strong enough to withstand the impact.
What Types of Pro Scooters are Available?
Pro scooters can be broken down into two categories: Complete Scooters and Customisable Scooters.
Complete Pro Scooters
These are aimed at beginner and intermediate riders. As the name suggests, they are a complete package. They come (almost) ready to ride and allows newer riders to be able to start doing jumps and tricks straight away.
They come in a lot of style, sizes and many price points so there is something for everyone.
They have been designed and built by experts so you can be sure that all the parts will fit and work together. They also have the added bonus of being in proportion, for example the deck size will fit the bar size which leads to a much greater balance.
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Custom Pro Scooters
These are aimed at more experienced riders who want to be able to build their own scooter to their exact specifications. It allows the riders to mix and match parts, try different combinations and tailor make the scooter to their own riding style.
Custom pro scooters also allow the rider to choose the style and color of the components and parts. This let the rider really personalise the parts and show off their personality through their scooter.
This is obviously a bit more tricky as some parts won’t work with others and knowing this will come from research and experience. But with a little work it’s easy enough to get a good scooter built that fits your style perfectly.
With handlebars, the best way to choose one is down to the size. It needs to be about as high as your hip. This can be adjusted based on personal preference but that’s a general good rule of thumb to get you going.
The deck is another important choice. A shorter, smaller, lighter deck will spin faster and is perfect for the skatepark. Longer decks are better for street riding and will help you get a bit of speed. They decks work in similar ways to longboards, if you’re familiar with them.
I hope this has given you a quick introduction to what a pro scooter is, how they can be used and a quick glimpse as to what is on offer.
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