If you’re new to freestyle scooting you may have trouble understanding all the technical terms. Scooter have their own precise vocabulary which can make it harder for the uninitiated. Never fear, we’re here to help.
Get To Know Your Freestyle Scooter
Here you’ll find all the terminology related to the freestyle scooter universe.
The platform for placing your feet. The deck is usually made from a solid metal with the distinctions lying in the design and geometry. This normally makes little difference to the sturdiness of the deck. The most important consideration is it’s weight and weight distribution as these are required for your stunts. With practice you’ll learn to manage any new deck but having it properly balanced will make it easier.
This is the scooter’s handlebar and pivots 360°. Bars are typically steel, aluminium or chromoly steel. Steel bars are solid, but heavier. They’re good for learners anticipating a few stacks as the sturdy design will let it take a few hits. Most freestyle scooters have aluminium or chromoly steel t-bars to make them lightweight, meaning they’re easier to maneuver. Assuming the same weight the chromoly option will be stronger than its aluminium counterpart. Many freestyle scooters also have a one piece t-bar meaning there won’t be any loose pieces and a lighter design again.
A fork holds the front wheel and should pivot 360°. Freestyle scooters will normally have an aluminium fork, again to keep them light, but some have steel forks making them heavier but more sturdy for those first attempts.
This is the part connecting the deck to the t-bar, allowing you to steer. They come in a variety of options including threaded, threadless, semi-integrated or non-integrated. Realistically this isn’t a huge deal unless you’re replacing parts for your scooter. If you are replacing your headset you’ll need to consider the height of all the joining pieces as the new set might not be the same as the old one.
These help the wheels and fork turn for longer and more quickly on their axle. These are classified by ABEC (the Annular Bearing Engineers’ Committee). The higher the ABEC rating, the quicker the bearing rotates, but also the more fragile it is.
The clamp attaches your t-bar to your fork and hence the deck. They normally are held on with the aid of a self-locking screw and come with a variety of options. Again, not usually a big deal unless you want to build your own scooter.
Wheels are what lets your scooter roll. Most are extruded and then re-worked into something that fits, the hub might be solid or have holes for reducing weight. Nylon (plastic) wheels are by definition less resistant than their lighter aluminium counterparts. Lighter wheels are more suited to expert scooter-riders who make fewer errors when landing or performing tricks and therefore gain from their increased lightness. The coating on the hub is usually polyurethane (PU) and it’s durability is measured by its “A” rating. Higher “A” ratings means a tougher wheel that will last longer but also react more harshly to the ground.
Pegs are metallic accessories that can be attached to a wheels’ axles that allow you to perform grinds. You can already grind on the deck if you’d prefer. Pegs give you extra options but will make your scooter heavier and harder to maneuver.
This is the system for tightening the headset. There are several kinds of compression system. The compression system allows the rider to control the headset throughout his or her ride. There are three types of compression system with thread less, semi-integrated and non-integrated headsets: the SCS, the HIC, and the ICS (see picture above). To check the headset of a scooter with an SCS or HIC compression system, it is necessary to remove the T-bar. If the scooter has an ICS compression system, then the wheel must be removed. While it’s important to acknowledge that this is here, it’s only for those who wish to customise as much as they can to get that extra lift or control.
With this knowledge you’ll know better what to consider when choosing your freestyle scooter and which tricks will be easier to perform. Why not have a look at Decathlon’s range of scooters to see if one suits you? We also have a range of scooter accessories that might be to your liking for extra customisation.