The terms "pro" and "stunt" scooter are used interchangeably, and there is no real difference between the two. The industry considers a pro scooter to have one-piece deck system. Unlike the common folding Razor scooter, pro scooters are built for durability and excess wear and tear from a freestyle scooter rider. A one-piece deck improves functionality by providing a rigid platform to stand on when performing tricks. It maintains universal strength without a weak spot. Smaller components of pro scooters differ by model and price, but cater to serious riders of various sizes and styles.
Where can I get a pro scooter?
If you don't find what you're looking for online, we work with a vast network of dedicated dealers that take part in providing a number of services to the community that no online store can offer. Whether you'd like to see product in person before buying, want to know more about freestyle scooters, or even perform customizations to existing products, your local experts have got you covered! Visit our Store Locator page for a full list of our North American dealers by clicking the image below.
Anywhere! Whether it is getting comfortable in the driveway, heading out to a local skate park or even commuting to and from work. For aggressive freestyle riding, the best place to visit would be your local skate park or plaza. Riding at a local skate park helps young riders progress their abilities, stay active, ride in a friendly atmosphere that teaches them etiquette, and maybe even become the world’s next top scooter pro while they're at it!
How do you choose bar size? (See Sizing Guide)
Bar size is vital in rider comfort on a scooter – knowing how to choose bar size is important. We base bar height and width on the rider’s height to ensure the best geometry for comfortable freestyle riding. If you are unsure about size, we recommend buying larger bars rather than smaller because they can always be cut down.
How do you choose deck size? (See Sizing Guide)
Some riders say that riding a wider deck provides more of a stable platform to perform tricks on, but width is more of a preference than anything. We recommend deck lengths based on height to ensure the best geometry for freestyle riding. Altering deck length influences the way a scooter tailwhips, and the “pop” (deck feedback when pushing off the ground) a rider experiences when jumping. We recommend to ride a couple at your local shop to get a feel for your personal preference.
Typically complete scooters are packaged with only the handlebar taken off to minimize box size. A 5mm or 6mm hex key is provided in the box to tighten the clamp around the handlebar. We recommend you double-check that all components are tight before your first use.
Yes! But due to the number of compression systems, it is always important to verify compatibility before making any purchases. Decks, wheels, handlebars, forks, and all other components can be swapped out with products of the same standard. If you have any specific questions – you can always email us!
What is the difference between a complete scooter out of the box and a custom build?
Scooters that are ready to ride out of the box include parts solely from that manufacturer, built to be interchangeable with most other freestyle products. “Out of the box” completes are built to work seamlessly together for the best value possible. They are a great starting point to get newer riders feeling out their riding preferences, and can even accommodate more experienced riders on higher-end models.
Custom builds include a number of products from different brands, to provide a ride that best fits the user’s style and sizing preferences. Varying compression systems and bar sizes sometimes cause incompatibility, so be sure to check before purchasing.
In freestyle scooter riding, metal core wheels are the way to go. Plastic wheels are initially cheaper but their short lifespan will cause you to pay more visits to your local scooter shop than your local skate park. Investing in metal core wheels will help ensure you’re spending more time on your scooter instead of fixing it.
Sponsorship is the mutual relationship between an industry-related business and a positive individual on and off their scooter. The business acts as a mentor to a rider, supporting them in their riding endeavors, in exchange for promotions in various forms. Sponsorship does not mean receiving free parts because you can do a set list of tricks; it means giving tips to the less experienced rider at the skatepark struggling to perfect a trick. It is helping fellow riders by sharing the love of the sport. Brands and shops tend to focus on a riders character when choosing individuals for their teams.
Pro Scooters USA does not currently have a scooter team but we do work closely with the brands we carry. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Threadless Compression System – the method in which the headset components are compressed and secured to the deck, fork, and bars.
Pytel is a new form of compression developed by pro rider Michael Pytel, which is built into the clamp and can be adjusted without having to take anything apart. The clamp has three bolts and is tightened in only a few simple steps. First, you apply downward pressure with the entire clamp loose. Tighten the top two bolts as you apply pressure - this will ensure the bottom portion of the clamp compresses the headset as the angular surfaces create a wedge. Please note, it’s important to grease the angled surfaces of the clamp to ensure it fully tightens without binding.
Pytel it is one of the lightest and simplest systems available. However, since the system is so new, it currently is solely compatible with aluminum bars with a 2" slit, so ensure to check your setup before purchasing (standard inner-diameter with oversized outer-diameter).
“Standard Compression System:” the handlebars sit on top of the fork and utilize a clamp that tightens uniformly over both. The clamp typically has four or more bolts and does not require a slit in the handlebars.
SCS may be the heaviest of all compression systems but in exchange is the sturdiest. SCS clamps are commonly found on higher-end scooters and can be easily accessed for maintenance by taking off your bars.
“Hidden Internal Compression:” the handlebars slide over the fork and a clamp fits over both, tightening the handlebars directly to the fork. Encasing the fork, a bolt and shim compress the headset components for a smooth spinning deck that won’t come loose as you ride.
HIC is the most common compression systems because of weight, durability and cost. HIC systems are generally found on mid to high-range scooters and can be easily accessed for maintenance by taking off your bars.
“Inverted Compression System:” utilizes a bolt inserted through the fork and screws into a star nut inside the downtube of the handlebar.
Although ICS is the simplest and cheapest method of threadless compression, it requires the most upkeep. ICS at times requires frequent tightening and that requires removing the front wheel to gain access.
ICS compression only works for handlebars with a standard inner diameter. Installation requires a slit in the bar as well as a specific “star nut” tool to install the star nut inside the bars.