How To Choose: Adult Scooter

There are tonnes of scooter options out there and making sure you choose the right one can be a daunting task.  Right off the bat you’ll want to consider a couple of things like:

  • Size; do you need a compact scooter so you can carry it on the train?
  • Use; how far do and how often do you intend to ride your scooter?

This quick guide should give you the gist of what you need to look out for and is broken down into three sections:

  1. Understanding scooters (all the technical terms) <<LINK ME>>
  2. How To Choose A Scooter For Short Journeys
  3. How To Choose A Scooter For Short Journeys

Understanding Scooters

If you’re new to scooters there are technicals terms you might not be familiar with.  Here’s a quick rundown.


ABEC is a rating system applied to bearings that appears in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9).  The lower the ABEC rating, the slower the bearings will rotate.  For a scooter this means how easily the wheels will spin, so you’ll want to go for at least ABEC 5.  These make it easier to push and glide.  ABEC 7 or higher will let you glide for longer meaning less kicking/pushing and more comfort.

Wheel Toughness and Diameter

The toughness of wheels is measures in an “A” rating. For example a 75A wheel is soft, it will grip the ground better but as a result will wear out faster than an 85A wheel. The 85A wheel will react more harshly to the ground but last a bit longer.

A wheel’s diameter is how tall it is, a bigger wheel will result in a more comfortable ride.  A scooter with 200mm wheels will be quicker and smoother than 100mm wheels.


Active suspension in the front and rear of the scooter will let it absorb shocks more effectively and make bumpy city pathways feel smoother.  The tradeoff is that your kicks will be less effective.  A good compromise for urban use is suspension at the front only to protect the lower arm on uneven tarmac and vibration dampeners on your deck (the part you stand on) and rear wheel to reduce jolting to your legs.


Your deck and frame material determines how light and sturdy your scooter will be.  Decathlon’s scooters are made of aluminium because of its lightweight and non-corrosive properties.  It therefore increases your comfort and the longevity of the scooter.

How To Choose A Scooter For Short Journeys

If you travel between 1 and 2 kilometres per day, the  decision is an easy one: go for wheels that are at least 175mm and ABEC 5 bearings.  These components are vital to help you get around an urban environment.  The wheels are perfectly suited to comfortable riding over shorter distances, with PU wheels making propulsion easier while minimising the required effort.  For shorter distances go for a lightweight option, you won’t be riding far enough to need suspension and a lighter option will be easier to carry.  

With this in mind, why not consider Decathlon’s range of urban mobility scooters?

How To Choose A Scooter For Long Journeys

If you’re looking to ride your scooter from between 2 and 5 kilometres you’ll want something comfortable, sturdy and fast.  For this reason you’ll want wheels that are at least 200mm in diameter and ABEC 5 bearings.  The higher diameter is ideal for long distances maximising your comfort while riding.  PU wheels will aid propulsion and minimise effort.  To make your travels over uneven terrain easier we recommend you get front or rear suspension, and if part of your commute involves public transport opt for a lightweight scooter with a fast folding system like our Town 9.

With this in mind, why not consider Decathlon’s range of urban mobility scooters?


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