8 Best Kick Scooters for Adults February 22, 2018 – Posted in: Product Reviews
The argument of the adult scooter, who made the call and said that scooters are only for kids? Whoever they were they were completely wrong. As human beings we love the sensation of gliding, that longing has been targeted by so many different forms of recreation and transportation. Think roller blades, ice skates, skis, snowboards and of course SCOOTERS.
Just because you’re an adult that desire to glide doesn’t go away not to mention getting around via scooter is a convenient and reliable way to travel from point A to point B. The only problem that comes with mixing scooters and adults is selecting the appropriate scooter. Adults who have purchased kids scooters and ridden them like they were built for them are the ones who ultimately think that scooters are only for the younger audience. Many of the scooters on the market are developed for children and aren’t built to meet the demands and needs of a full grown adult.
- Why Ride An Adult Kick Scooter?
- Fuzion CityGlide & CityGlide B200
- Razor A5 Lux
- Razor A6 Scooter
- Schwinn Shuffle Scooter
- Globber One Second
- Hudora 205 Adult Scooter
- Exooter 6XL Scooter
Why Ride An Adult Kick Scooter?
Kick scooters are amazing all around, not only are they convenient for quick trips and tons of fun on the weekends but they have other benefits that are often overlooked. Looking at the big picture how do scooters accomplish more than what meets the eye? Think about the carbon imprint that riding a scooter leaves… oh wait it doesn’t leave on at all. Yeah you got it riding a scooter doesn’t contribute to the pollution that cars and other motorized forms of transportation leave.
Also think about the personal benefits that come along with scooter riding. You’ll be getting off your rear end that you most likely sit on all day at the office. This light exercise will have a great effect on your overall health. Lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight loss all can be attributed to regular scooter riding.
Last but not least stress, the silent killer can be relieved with scooter riding. You may be asking how is that? We’ll answer that with a rhetorical question: How many minutes of traffic do you experience in your work commute? Getting from behind the wheel and getting your body in motion will pay dividends to your metal outlook.
During the development of this article we rode the various kick scooters for 3 months straight comparing comfort, ride quality, braking, durability and convenience all factors that play a large role in living with a scooter on daily basis and even cruising around on the weekends.
Adult Scooters In Question:
Here is the list of adult scooters used in this test
Fuzion CityGlide B200
Globber One K 180
Globber One Second
Razor A5 Lux
Schwinn Shuffle Adult Scooter
Hudora 205 Adult Scooter
Razor A6 Scooter
Exooter M1850 6XL Scooter
Hudora 230 Adult Scooter
Fuzion CityGlide & CityGlide B200
The Fuzion CityGlide is the first scooter that we are going to discuss, this scooter is a great option for an adult looking to grab a scooter and start riding. CityGlide was in fact designed to be superior to the Razor A5 Lux. The B200 version of the CityGlide took that goal to new heights by adding a handbrake to this scooter segment typically something reserved for bicycles and motorized scooters. As an idea Fuzion was way ahead of the curve because the next scooter to offer a hand brake didn’t come out until almost 2 years after the CityGlide.
Let’s get down to the facts, Fuzion CityGlide weighs in at just under 10 lbs which is light yet sturdy enough. If you are a rider who weighs more than 170 pounds you might want to be cautious and look to a different scooter as the weight limit on the CityGlide is 170 pounds.
Deck size is a serious consideration when buying a scooter as the deck is where you will spend the most of your time standing. You want an adequate deck in width and length for your individual size. For a smaller person the CityGlide is more than enough however if you are a larger/taller person a different scooter on this list might be better for you.
Adjustability on the handlebars is probably as important as the deck size because the height range of the handlebars will relate directly to how comfortable you will be while riding. With that said the CityGlide has a max handlebar height of 37 inches from the ground. Wheels and bearings are a vital component of how your scooter performs. A higher quality bearing is going to give you a effortless ride requiring a lot less kicking and leg work. Durable wheels will allow for you ride your scooter for months even years on end without wearing your wheels down to the hubs. Overall the CityGlide has middle of the pack wheels and bearings. Definitely not the fastest bearings nor the most durable wheels but they do get the job done. After 2 months of riding the Fuzion CityGlide our conclusion is that it is the best value out of all the other adult scooters that we tried. The price on this thing is unbelievably great and delivers everything a rider could ask for all for under $65 and you just can’t beat that! Fuzion also offers a great warranty on their products and deliver great customer service.
What could be improved: In a perfect world the Fuzion CityGlide would have higher quality components but in particular the hardware. We went through a few bolts stripping in our time of riding and servicing the scooter.
Razor A5 Lux
Razor is for many in the United States the king of kick scooters, they ultimately brought them to the mainstream audience over 15 years ago. The A5 Lux really rides that wave of exposure down to this very day. While it is heralded as the top adult scooter out there it really isn’t much to write home about. However the one thing we have to admit is that this thing just WORKS. Out of all the scooters we tested the Razor A5 probably had the least issues and was always there when we needed it to be.
The experience that Razor carries into the scooter industry comes into to play with the different iterations of this scooter. Originally it didn’t come with a kickstand but now it does. Also when it was first released the folding mechanism was clunky and overly complicated nowadays it’s a simple pull button that is both functional and convenient. While the latest rendition is graphically challenged and not very elegant it gets the job done being available in two distinct colors blue and pink.
Another way Razor does a good job in producing the A5 is in the hardware and components. Everything that they do is solid down to the minute details. Small Razor logos appear all throughout the scooter. The scooter requires zero assembly as they got rid of the old school clamped handlebar stem still present on the aforementioned Fuzion CItyGlide. All in all the Razor A5 Lux is a great option for an adult looking for a scooter to enjoy in leisurely activities or for commuting back and forth to work. One reason why this scooter ranks high in our minds is that it is very easy to find. You go to Target to pick a few household items the A5 is there by the bikes. You’re rolling through your local Walmart there it is again chillen next to the Madd Gear Extreme kick scooter. Oh wait you’re an online shopper major retailers across the next including Toys R Us, Best Buy, Walmart and the king of them all Amazon carry the Razor A5 Lux.
What we would like to see: on the Razor is a nicer finish, maybe larger wheels, better finishes and more color options. Since this scooter is the consumer choice for “Adult Scooter” it should be a little more adult. Just our humble opinion.
Razor A6 Scooter
They must have spies or people watching us because everything we said we’d like to see Razor do to upgrade the A5 Lux scooter is exactly what they did when they released this beauty…enter the Razor A6 Scooter. Sophisticated, grown up and functional the A6 crosses every T and dots every i. When we first laid eyes on the A6 the thing that really jumps out is the cleanliness of the design it is very minimalist which is very much our style.
The large wheels on this scooter also really appeal to the audience who would be interested in buying it. A bigger wheel does a few things, for one it’s going to allow for a faster ride and secondly yet most importantly less issues rolling over debris and rocks that somehow find their way into every path you’ll ride your scooter down. No expense was spared in designing a true scooter for adults with the A6. Everything about the scooter is BIG, it is one of the heavier scooters we tested coming at 12 lbs. Great for taller riders the handlebars will adjust up to 42” which is a 4 inch improvement over the classic A5 Lux. Deck length has also been extended on this scooter, this deck is 13.4 inches in length while a comparable scooter in this test would only be around 13.2 inches. The difference doesn’t seem very important but on kick scooter even millimeters will make a world of difference in comfort and performance. Probably our favorite aspect of this scooter is the attention to being tight and well put together. Most scooters rattle and this one does probably the least amount of rattling we’ve ever experienced.
What we would suggest: Really nothing could be improved too much on the A6, however you are playing for every luxury and advantage that this Razor is giving you. This is the best scooter on our list but also one of the most expensive. If money isn’t a thing then by all means check out the current prices and grab an A6 today.
Schwinn Shuffle Scooter
To break up the monotony a little bit we are going to throw a little curve ball into the conversation. Maybe you want a scooter for the weekends just to get out and feel the windy blow through your hair. If this is the case then you don’t need a folding mechanism, you don’t necessarily care about weight because you’re not going to have to carry your scooter around.
If you were shaking your head yes and nodding in agreement then the Schwinn Shuffle is the ideal scooter for recreational riding.
What’s the difference between the Shuffle and the typical kick scooter? While both scooter segments are propelled by kicking the differences are large and automatically distinguished by first sight. This scooter is more modeled after the original bmx style scooters from the late 80’s but with a twist. A traditional bike style wheel fits on the front fork of this scooter. In the rear similar yet downsized bicycle wheel with real inflatable tires in the front and rear.
Think of the Shuffle as a beach cruiser mixed with a scooter, while it might look a little strange this scooter is a ton of fun take them to your local trail and have a blast. However remember that these things are big and will require a truck, van or bike rank to transport them. Because of their large size and inflatable tires the Schwinn Shuffle comes with quite a bit of draft. So kicking this scooter is going to give you a real workout it’s not as quick as the traditional kick scooters on our list. Great for adult fun, made from solid parts including a full on steel bike quality frame and wooden deck.
What we think: We actually like the Schwinn Shuffle for what it is, a leisurely scooter for beach cruises. However to have to ride this bad boy with a purpose and get from one destination to another…frankly that would be a nightmare. We couldn’t even imagine lugging this thing onto a bus. Although a little different from the competition the Schwinn is the most expensive scooter in our guide.
Globber One Second
Globber took to naming their latest adult scooter offering after it’s most notable feature. An all new folding mechanism advertised to be completable in 1 second. But does the scooter really fold up in 1 second? We will answer that at the end of the section but for now let’s talk about the details. To start we were blown away by the deliverables on the Globber. It’s quite possible that they thought of almost every possible thing to include on a kick scooter. Upon first receiving the scooter we couldn’t help but notice that they decided to go with a molded deck platform. Similar to what made them famous the Globber 3 wheel scooters, this adult scooter features a plastic molded deck design. Opting for the material changes was a risky idea because of durability concerns but so far so good, we saw absolutely zero negatives to the plastic deck in our entire testing period.
We spoke briefly about attention to detail and now we will dive into this topic in depth. Globber included just about every bell and whistle to this scooter model. That saying is actually literal in reference to the Globber One second. This scooter includes a real life bell on the handlebars to let people you share the road with that you are coming. Bells are often found on bikes but with the emergence of more and more scooters this was a good simple innovation. Safety is a growing concern with the rush that many people are in these days the more tools a scooter rider can utilize to become as visible as possible are welcomed. To pair with the bell Globber also added a reflective pattern design up the front of the steer tube and a reflector above the rear brake. Both of these additions help a rider to become as visible as possible to oncoming and trailing traffic. Globber adding these features really catapult the scooter into the conversation for night travel something that had never been addressed in the past. Before a rider would have to rely on strapping on flashing lights or wearing reflective clothing.
Getting back to general scooter features the Globber One Second has large 230mm wheels adding stability and the ability to roll over debris. A real adults scooter the Globber is rated up to 220 lbs, the handlebars are also made for full sized people with an fully extended height of 46 inches suitable for 6’6” individual.
Our overall impression: You were patient enough so the Globber actually folded down in 2 seconds but the gimmick of one second was a good marketing ploy. We can’t say anything negative about the Globbers overall design however the lever braking system should have been left off. It is too grippy and is honestly more trouble than convenience. Good scooter at a good price check the current pricing here.
Other Factors to Weigh Into Your Scooter selection
Buying a scooter is more than just looking at picture and clicking add to cart you should know what you’re getting into in advance. Our review points should assist in this area but also consider the following arguments will also get you mind going in the direction of thinking your purchase through for your individual circumstances.
Buy Your Scooter From Reputable Brands
While browsing online for your next scooter you’ll see all kinds of great low price deals which might be appealing at first glance but sometimes these purchases can come back to bite you in the long run. To avoid any issues down the road opt to get a scooter from a reputable brand like Razor, Fuzion or Schwinn. Buying from the major players in the market will guarantee you can reach someone in case you experience any problems with your scooter.
All of the brands above have real customer service departments that you can call or email at your convenience. The established brands are also going to produce replacements parts so when your scooter needs new wheels or a clamp you’ll easily be able to get a new one. On the other hand when you have a scooter from Joe Schmoe losing a part might sideline your scooter indefinitely.While you may have only paid $30 for the scooter it lasted only a few weeks while a scooter you pay $70 for will last years and is backed by a manufacturer warranty.
Scooter Size and Weight
Unless you are pure weekend leisure scooter rider looking for something like the Schwinn Shuffle you are no doubt looking for a scooter that is reasonable in size and is easy to travel with. After testing so many scooters and taking them on public transportation as a part of the testing size and weight play a large role in satisfaction.
From our experiences a scooter that is 10 lbs or less is perfect for commuting and travel. Anything over the 10 lb limit starts to be work and most of the scooters on this list lack a shoulder strap except one and that perfectly transitions us into the next scooter on our list.
Hudora 205 Adult Scooter
German Scooter Juggernaut Hudora is next up on our list wit the 205 Scooter. The name goes had and hand with the size of the wheels 205 millimeters which is the standard size for this segment. The lower priced scooters ala the A5 Lux and CityGlide both feature 205 mm wheels however what separates the Hudora from those scooter is its very unique folding mechanism. This easy folding mechanism is both efficient and quick however it is clunky and takes up quite a bit of usable deck space. For riders with large feet this could pose a problem but works fine standard shoe sizes up to mens size 11.
Diving further into the Hudora’s features this scooter has just about everything that a rider can ask for. From the shock absorbent hand grips to the spring loaded kickstand this scooter is well equipped. At the end of the day though the Hudora isn’t anything groundbreaking unless you absolutely love their folding mechanism and of course the carrying strap. Other than those features this scooter is basically a Razor A5 with a little bit of German engineering.
What we would upgrade:The Hudora would be a monster in this category if it had larger wheels, a handbrake and reflectors wouldn’t hurt either. With the resurgence of the scooter into the mainstream market rider safety is going to be a focal point in product development. Look for brands to start understanding this and innovating in this area.
Last but not least on our test list is the…
Exooter 6XL Scooter
We really liked the Exooter scooter, the concepts and ideas put into this scooter show a lot of forethought and attempted innovation. The people behind the Exooter Brand literally tried to think of everything when they designed the 6XL scooter. This scooter has just about every feature used throughout the entire test group with a few outliers. Basically this scooter does everything good but nothing is great or mind blowing. It features a wheel offsetting with a larger wheel in the front and smaller wheel in the rear we aren’t quite sure what benefit it offered as we couldn’t tell a difference. Thinking in regards to the laws of physics the only benefit it should provide is added work in kicking and less overall speed. Handlebars adjust to a maximum of 38 inches which is right in the middle of the pack of the scooters we tested.
The unique folding system is also a little bit clunky and hard to operate at times. While this isn’t a deal breaker there are much better options available. One of the standout features on this Exooter is the vibrant colors and designs. This is probably one of the more attractive and polarizing scooters on the list. Another key area that everyone seemed to enjoy was the bottle holder. What will everyone need after a 3 or 5 mile scooter ride? Water! Equipping this scooter with a convenient easy to access bottle holder was a real solid idea.
What we’d suggest: After riding this scooter all it really needs is a tweak or two to the folding mechanism and some reflective features to boost it up our list. However if you are drawn to the scooter from its looks or bottle holder selecting it won’t leave you disappointed.
How Far Can You Commute on a Kick Scooter?
How far you can fo on a kick scooter depends on a few variables. The first would be your personal fitness. If you are a relatively fit person you should able to go quite a distant riding a scooter. Let’s say if you can run two to three minutes without stopping you’ll be able to go 4 to 5 times as far on scooter under the same amount of stress. The second variable comes into play at this point though. What are the road conditions where you will be riding? Sure you might be able to go 3 miles on nice smooth paved streets but if you are in a rural area you might not be able to go even 10 feet comfortably. So we recommend scoping out your route before planning on taking a scooter through it, in our months of testing various scooters there we plenty of times where walking the scooter for a few yards was called for but taking the scooter for the other 80% of the trek was amazing.
All in all we’d say anymore than 4 or 5 miles might be a little too much for regular kick scooter trips. Then again remember its based on each individual’s fitness and the last variable. Weather conditions like pavement play a large role in scooter travel. If you live in a place with pleasant weather like California riding a scooter as far as 5 miles might be a piece of cake however if you live in more moist areas like Seattle with tons of rain or even Florida with lots of humidity you scooter travel distances can we dropped dramatically.
How Fast Can a Kick Scooter Go?
Unless you are bombing down hills scooters aren’t know for their death defying speeds. With a nice set of upgraded bearings and a few firm kicks riders can expect to reach speeds of up to 8 or 9 miles per hour.
How to do Tricks on a Kick Scooter?
While tricks are typically reserved for Stunt Scooters some crazy scooter riders have been known for taking these big wheeled scooters to the skateparks and doing insane tricks on them. While we don’t recommend you try any of this at home enjoy the following video showcasing some of the tricks possible on adult scooters.
How to Make a Kick Scooter Faster?
There are no superchargers, camshafts, turbo chargers or nitrous available in the scooter segment. With no forced induction options how does one get more speed out of their scooter? Really the only way to do this is keeping your scooter serviced with lube and tightened appropriately. Another option you have is to upgrade the bearings, none of the scooters we tested had premium bearings installed. Opting for a swiss made bearing or at least a higher end chinese made bearing and running these on your scooter will increase the spend and the need for excess kick propulsion.
What Are the Best Kick Scooter Brands?
Now that you are interested in getting a scooter you do want to make sure that you select a good one. Sometimes we believe that we are getting the best deal because the price is lowest but thinking about the value is more important than an initial low price. Value is the wear and use we get out of something compared with the price. To illustrate if you buy a scooter for $49.99 ride it for 2 months and it breaks down and you get another one to ride another 4 months then that one breaks down. Up to this point you would have spent a little over $100 for 6 months of scooter riding. Compare this scenario with if you would have bought an $89 scooter and ridden it for 10 months until it needs service that the brand delivers free of charge.
Everyone would agree that the second case is the optimal one, this is the difference between buying from a reputable brand and a run of mill online start up. Reputable brands like Razor or Fuzion are going to have great customer service programs to make sure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. Other brands like Schwinn a legendary bike brand is also going to be a safe bet. However be careful buying lesser known brands as they might offer a lower initial price but leave you high and dry in a case of need.
How to Lock a Kick Scooter
You got a new kick scooter and you commute to work or a store and you don’t way to bring your scooter inside or maybe it’s inappropriate to bring your scooter inside. So what do you do? Similar to to way you’d lock up a motorcycle or a bicycle you can lock a scooter up with a cord style lock. The problem is that many of the bike locks are going to be too large to where you don’t wanna lug them around, Or they are simply too heavy.
However, There is a great option that meets all of the above requirements. The Scooter Lock by KNOG is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket and the perfect size to lock down whichever scooter you select to get. Stop sign poles are perfect anchors for securing scooter or if your kids are riding their scooters to school this lock also works perfectly on bicycle racks.