Scooter Size Chart | Sizing Guide
What is the right size scooter for you?
Choosing the right pro scooter size can be challenging, but we are here to help with our scooter size chart! When looking for the right size new scooter, it can be difficult balancing the features of the scooter with personal preferences and riding style. However, understanding how you want to ride your new scooter is essential to ensuring that it meets your needs.
People have different preferences, and finding the perfect scooter measurements may take trial and error. Our scooters come with fixed measurements, so you won't be able to adjust the bars or any settings - other than having them cut to the perfect height. Continue reading our scooter size guide for more information to help you find the best scooter size for you.
For starters, we suggest a few rules of thumb. The handlebars should generally line up near waist height between the waistband and belly button when standing over the complete scooter, not while on it. A street-style rider might be more into grinding and often feel more comfortable with taller bars closer to the belly button, as it allows them to stay in a more vertical position and reduce strain on their back.
Meanwhile, park-style riders, who tend to do more flips and whips, often prefer shorter, lighter scooters and handlebars near the waistband to have more maneuverability in the air, meaning more fun. Both ride styles can benefit from the leverage a wider bar provides instead of a narrow bar. Remember, larger scooter bar width can make it harder to barspin.
Complete Scooter Size Chart
Ultimately, we'll tie it all together and make it simpler. Before that, though, we must take into consideration various factors when it comes to scooter size. One such factor is the deck length. It's more critical than the scooter's height or the deck width. However, it still plays an important role. Fortunately, this one should be easy if you've already established those two dimensions.
The proportions of a pro scooter are critical for a high-quality scooter riding experience. A complete that is too wide and short can feel uncomfortable, while one that is too long and skinny can be awkward to maneuver and tricky to land on. (No pun intended) We suggest a 19.5 - 21 inch deck 4.5 -5 inches wide for the best results. Similarly, a 5" -5.5" deck should measure 20.5" -22" in length.
The deck proportion is less critical, but these ranges should provide an enjoyable ride. No perfect scooter size chart exists for everyone, whether you prefer a different length or smaller decks. The right scooter fit is a personal preference.
Complete Scooter Size Chart
How do you measure scooter height?
Two height sizes exist, bar length and scooter height. The scooter height is the vertical standing size of assembled completes. Handlebar length, however, is just the length of the handlebars. To calculate the scooter height from the handlebar length, continue reading.
Trampoline scooter riders typically opt for a bar height the same as their pro scooter setup to get a realistic feel for the motion of tricks. Shorter scooter bars also provide more leverage in controlling the scooter as you progress through your tricks. While choosing a trampoline scooter bar height may seem unimportant, it's important to remember that it can make all the difference between a successful stunt and an epic wipeout!
Most riders know that street scooter setups run a wider deck size and T-bars, but have you noticed their height? T-bar sizes are taller on the street completes. Whether your favorite street pro rider runs steel aluminum or titanium T-bars, the increased height helps maintain balance. Since street style consists of technical tricks and grinds, taller handlebars give the rider added stability. Also, street pro scooters usually focus on something other than having a lightweight setup.
Park Pro Scooter
A park scoot usually has a shorter handlebar height for better maneuverability, safety, and weight. Some of your favorite pros run short bars in the most significant pro scooter competitions.
This scooter size guide recommends a bar width of about the same width as the shoulders. A shorter handlebar height allows its rider to lift the bars easily and can help prevent them from hitting their face on the bars when landing.
Shorter bars are also usually lighter since they contain less material. Choosing a shorter handlebar height for intermediate riders can give you more control, improved safety, and a much lighter overall setup!
Scooter Handlebar Heights
To calculate your true scooter height, add 10 inches (for a 2-bolt IHC clamp) or 11 inches (for a 4-bolt SCS clamp) to the handlebar length. This equation will provide the total scooter height from the ground up based only on the handlebar size. This can be helpful when building a custom scooter or cutting the bar to change the handlebar length.
For a 2-bolt Clamp (IHC)
Total Scooter Height = Bar length + 10 inches
For a 4-bolt Clamp (SCS)
Total Scooter Height = Bar length + 11 inches
Scooter deck sizes
When choosing a complete scooter, the size of the deck is one of the biggest factors to consider. Decks range from 4.5" to 7" wide, with various sizes available.
Scooter decks of 4.5 to 5.5 inches are recommended for younger and smaller riders. Wider decks may be challenging to manage on a first scooter.
A larger scooter deck size provides more surface area and balance and can help a young street rider starting to learn grinds. Smaller decks are usually lighter, making tricks easier, which makes a big difference in the skate park.
How to decide between smaller size and larger size scooter decks
Choosing between smaller and larger decks can take time and effort. While it's personal preference, a shredder who likes to ride park generally prefers smaller, lighter complete scooters. The same principle applies to deck sizing.
For those looking to learn park-style riding tricks, we recommend a scooter deck that is 4.5" to 5" wide, depending on the rider's size.
Scooter wheel sizes
We wrote a blog about wheel sizes to provide a general overview of the available sizes and their functions. This gets more complicated when you buy wheels that are different from those that came with your scoot. We'll focus here on wheels that are included with complete scooters and their respective purposes.
Entry-level scooters, wheels typically measure 100mm to 110mm in diameter and 24mm in width. These smaller wheels give riders a better chance to learn balance as they are closer to the ground. Mid-size scooters, on the other hand, have wheels that range from 110mm to 120mm in diameter and 24mm in width and vary depending on the scooter model.
The advantage of these slightly larger wheels is the increased speed they can attain. The scooter wheel bearings are the same size used for skateboard bearings. The exception is the new Ethic 12 STD bearings which are larger than standard pre-installed scooter bearings.
With a larger wheel with the same bearing size, riders can travel a greater distance per rotation, making 120mm wheels ideal for intermediate shredders who are starting to focus on performance. Advanced scooters may come with the same size wheel as mid-level scooters for park-style. However, for a street rider, something slightly larger is usually preferred.
In the U.S., the 120mm diameter and 30mm width wheels are widely used. However, in Europe, the twelve standard is larger, with a 125mm diameter and 30mm width and a larger bearing. Although the large 12 STD bearings will cause a slight decrease in wheel speed, the distance gained is increased. These large and wide wheels provide more stability when going over bumps and cracks in the road and sidewalks, making them ideal for street riders.
How to decide between the same size scooters
When browsing the scooter section coming across two sick pro models that are seemingly identical can make it challenging to decide which one is right for you. To make the best choice, consider your riding style, budget, and the terrain you plan on riding.
Not all builds are created equal in performance; some will offer better durability than others. Look for features such as warranty terms to help tip the scale.
You can also check out the reviews or, best of all, give us a call. We will help you quickly determine which of the two pro models best suits your needs!
While choosing the right size may seem complicated, we hope our pro scooter size chart has helped you find just the right size. People have different personal preferences, and finding the perfect measurements may take trial and error. Remember, while choosing a perfect scooter bar height may seem unimportant, it can make all the difference between a successful stunt and an epic wipeout! If you need help, contact our team of experts - we would be happy to help you find the perfect fit!