People looking to buy a motorized scooter for the elderly members of their family is definitely something we should get used to seeing in the future considering how popular both scooters and motorized scooters have become.
However, today we want to take a look at something that requires a little more discipline, patience and work. With a ton of choices out there, we were curious to find out how exactly do pros know what scooter will work best for them? What are the best scooters out there? If we’ve got you interested, keep reading with us to find out more insights from the world of pro scooters.
What are “pro” scooters?
Scooters as a whole are by no means a new thing. In fact, history shows that the original ones go back over 100 years but the truth is they had little in common with what we call “scooters” today.
In the early part of the 2000s, suburban kids all over the United States were caught in the whirlwind and started doing tricks on their Razor scooters. Immediately, they realized that those lightweight scooters made for casual strolls were not up to the task of taking the major punishment and abuse their new aggressive riding styles were demanding.
A major weak point that they found in the Razor A scooter was the folding mechanism that it provided. When riders would land hard on the scooter following a difficult trick, the folding system would simply activate and fold up, throwing the said rider to the ground.
This problem was later solved by bolting the mechanism open thus adding some much-needed strength to the scooter’s neck. This type of small tweaks started a real structural innovation that grew into a business like the one we see today. The best pro scooters nowadays are not made from cheap, thin aluminum but rather from aircraft grades of it.
Welding and other manufacturing processes like forging and extruding have become key components in the desire to create the best pro scooters out there. Product testing is another integral part of the chain, many riders obtaining deals with the famous brands that allow them to test out new scooters and offer feedback on what they think should be improved upon.
Professional riders will typically use scooters that are created specifically for them and designed with certain objectives in mind. Since they are always doing tricks, these scooters will probably have shorter decks and lower handlebars than what we would choose for a stroll in the park. In the following, we want to give you some examples of the most popular pro scooters out there.
Fuzion Z300 Complete Pro scooter
The Z300 is widely acclaimed as the Swiss army knife of entry-level pro scooters. Good for all sorts of things, this is a solid choice for both new and intermediate riders considering what it offers.
It’s perfect for teens – and most pro riders tend to belong to this category – due to its deck size which is 4.5 inches wide and 19.5 inches long. The neck of the deck is reinforced for strength but is also flush to the front of it to make it easier to perform coping tricks at the skatepark.
The Z300 comes with Chromoly steel handlebars which measure 22 inches in width and are 23 inches tall. Therefore, it’s quite a tall scooter to use but pros seem to love it. The modernized double clamp keeps everything together along with custom metal core wheels, comfortable hand grips and more things of this nature.
Considering the audience they cater to, pro scooters don’t just need to work and feel good, they also need to look good. You can tell this scooter has a lot of that kind of work put into it and, overall, acts as a great option for someone starting out into the sport or a good choice for an experienced person who is in need of some good parts.
Fuzion Z250 Complete Pro scooter
The reason the second scooter on this list is also a Fuzion is that they have done a great job establishing themselves on the entry/intermediate level market. Since the sport is growing in popularity every day, more and more people are coming into it and find themselves in need of a good, safe scooter to use.
The Z250, along with its better cousin from above, is in the category of safe scooters which target the suburban parents who want to please their children. The colors and themes for both of them are not polarizing enough to make a specific customer group want to buy them and yet look good enough for beginner pro riders.
Regardless of the similarities, there are also a few differences between the two models. Z250 comes with a smaller deck which measures about 4.25 inches in width and 19.5 inches in length. The handlebars are also quite different, as the ones from Z250 do not come with support underneath the crossbar.
However, components like the metal core wheels and grips are still there and rank high among the entry-level elite scooter industry products.
Lucky TFox Sig Pro
This Lucky product is a great scooter, regardless that most of the hype surrounding it is due to the fact that it represents the choice of Lucky’s number one pro rider, Tanner Fox. Therefore, the hollow core wheels and TFox graphics make it a very personalized product with great design, since this is something most teenagers are interested in.
The branding aside, this is a really nice pro scooter, built on a deck measuring 4.25 by 19.5 inches, fitted with Chromoly steel handlebars and a double clamp. If you have children that are already into scooters and following Tanner Fox, this is a great gift for them that will really make their day. If not, you have to take into account the fact that branding really adds up to the price.
Envy Series 5 & 6 Prodigy
Envy is on top right now when it comes to getting pros to ride for them. The reason for this is that even though most companies focus on delivering quality products at affordable prices, this company has really focused on amazing artwork for their complete scooters and scooter parts.
This alone has allowed them to gain a leg up on the competition and win their share of the market. The Envy Prodigy complete scooter comes in a wide array of cool color options and treatments, with the decks painted or dipped in Candy, Splatter or Oil Slick colorways.
Some new details are the swirled grips and the newly minted front and rear deck inserts. Fine improvements like this are at the forefront of Envy’s advantage over the competition, not to mention the nylon flex brake that is included to minimize any noise and rattles.
Overall, buying this scooter for a gift is sure to make its lucky new owner burst with joy and gratitude since it really is the complete scooter option.
Lucky Covenant Pro Scooter
Covenant is Lucky’s trademark, flagship park scooter these days and the reason for this is that it is built to withstand amazing punishment and the harshest riding conditions out there. Riders throwing tricks like flair combos over mega ramps will do nothing to rattle this bad boy as it is basically a complete scooter built from the best scooter parts Lucky has to offer.
The deck is a bit longer than what pro riders are used to but the width is right there with a good 4.45 inches measurement. The handlebars are oversized being 24 inches tall and 23 inches wide so this could be an advantage for some riders as well as a disadvantage for others.
Adapting to the needs of the market, Lucky made the Covenant’s graphics a focal point of its development. They hired a famous Japanese artist named Shogo Ota to create the theme and premise which are displayed on the scooter. Trying to appeal to the widest audience possible, this scooter comes in no less than 7 different colorways.