How Tall Should Stunt Scooter Bars Be?

28 CommentsFriday, 30 January 2015  |  Stunt Scooters

One popular question we get asked here at Stunt Scooters HQ is how high should scooter bars be when setting up the stunt scooter.

As a rule of thumb scooter bars should sit around hip to waist height.  If bars come up above waist height then the rider will have more difficulty in controlling the scooter and could ultimately lose control.

Standard bars on full sized stunt scooters measure around 530mm-600mm, (21"-23.5") and more recently there has been a trend amongst teens for bars as high as 680mm (27.7").  However, this is the actual size of the bars so will not take into account the height when they are attached to the rest of the scooter.  This can make it hard to get a realistic picture of how high the bar will sit from the ground or standing on the deck. 

Wheel size and head-tube length should also be taken into consideration when assessing bar height.  Around another 180mm (7") should be added to the bar height to give you a better picture of how high they will stand from the deck.

One of our most popular starter full sized stunt scooters that young riders progress to is the Slamm Rage Urban. The Slamm Rage has a bar height of around  585mm (23"). However, again that is just measuring the bars so not taking into account the wheels and head-tube.   Measuring the bar height of the Rage from the floor you would need to add on another 250mm (10") so total height from floor would be 840mm (33"). Or from the deck where the rider stands to the top of the bars you are looking at 760mm (30").

Bars can be cut down if needed but this should be done professionally and may be costly, so what's available for smaller children around the 5 to 8 years old age group? The Slamm Tantrum is ideal as the bars are 500mm (19.75") and this model has a very similar design and look as a full sized Rage. The Grit Atom is another option with bars at the same height.

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To offer our younger riders a decent stunt scooter with an added level of flexibility here at Stunt Scooters HQ we have put together a Slamm Rage package deal that could solve the height issue on bars for small riders. The package includes a choice of any full sized Slamm Rage scooter, with its oversized bars (meaning the girth of the bar is wider than standard) and clamp.  We then add some additional Low Bars to the package which measure around 480mm (19") or when fitted to the deck of the rage 660mm (26"). So using these bars would lower the height of the scooter by approximately 4 inches.  In with this package a standard sized clamp is also provided to fit the standard sized low bars and also some extra grips. This all makes for a great starter scooter which can then be converted back to the full sized version when the rider is tall enough, ultimately saving money.

Another option for 4,5 and 6 year olds could be the popular JD Bug folding models as they have a range of scooters that offer adjustable handlebars. These are ideal for overcoming bar height issues and look the part of a stunt scooter. The JD Bug is also very adaptable for customisation as the rider grows.

How about taller riders? There are several models on the market currently that feature 600mm bars (24").  Check out the Crisp Ultima 125 for an epic spec model for larger riders, or the Invader 125 if you prefer the Grit brand.  Both these models have the same size handlebars which stand 770mm from the deck and are also pretty wide too at 600mm (24"). 

 

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Chloe
Saturday, 10 November 2012  |  9:27

i didnt really like this website because when i wanted to search something there wasnt a search bar or some oher things but there was some ok scooters for sale.


Stunt Scooters
Thursday, 16 July 2015  |  11:12

Hi Chloe, Thanks for your feedback. We now have a search bar :). But do feel free to drop us an email via the contact us form or give us a call on 0845 8387229 and we can help you with your search. Glad you like some of our scooters. :)


James
Wednesday, 20 February 2013  |  18:18

How tall are over sized bars?


Stunt Scooters
Friday, 8 March 2013  |  14:23

Hi James, The 'oversized' bit in oversized bars refers to the diameter of the bars rather than the height. Therefore oversized bars could be a range of heights. If you are considering changing out your bars you may need to also consider replacing the clamp too because a standard clamp will not fit oversized bars, and visa versa. Hope this helps.


Senga Hannah
Wednesday, 6 March 2013  |  15:58

We are looking for a stunt scooter for our 12 year old son but no one seems to be able to give us sizes on the height overall as we bought him one for xmas and its too short and he needs to crouch when on it


Stunt Scooters
Wednesday, 6 March 2013  |  17:22

Hi Senga, We can certainly provide you with some details on this. Probably best to give us a call to talk it through, or use the 'contact us' form (in the footer, bottom left, under About Us) and provide us with details of which scooter he found too small with its height and a rough idea on price range. We will then help you with your choice.
Thanks


Michelle
Monday, 2 December 2013  |  12:07

Hi I'm looking for a stunt scooter for my nearly 6yr old. He is 113cm tall and confident on a scooter & bike. What sixe should I be looking for? I find the handlebar heights confusing - at the moment we like the Grit Extremist Pro - is this too big though? Thanks for the help.


Stunt Scooters
Tuesday, 3 December 2013  |  10:05

Hi
Many Thanks for your contact. When it comes to bar height as a rule of thumb the scooter bars should sit around bellybutton in height when the rider is standing on the deck. The main reason this is advised is because if the bars are too high the rider doesn’t have good control and if the rider went over the handlebars in an accident the bars could impact with the chest area.
The Grit Pro height of the bar from the deck to the grips is roughly 69cm so you need to roughly see where these would come on her. The Grit Pro Bars are classed as 520mm but this is purely the bar itself. The Extremist has slightly shorter bars at 500mm and probably the shortest of the full sized stunt scooters on the market.
Another option to consider would be our Junior Stunt Scooter Package in which we offer a full sized Stunt Scooter with a low T-Bar. This means when you put on the low T Bar the overall height from deck to the top of the bars would be around 65cm.
You can view more information about the package here. http://www.stuntscooters.co.uk/junior-stunt-scooter-package-deal.html
Please get back to us if you need more information.
Many Thanks.


Martin
Sunday, 12 January 2014  |  10:21

Hi,

I have opposite problem. My 12 year old is nearly 6 foot and his previous Grit scooter hurt his back as he was stooped over.

What do you recommend for a taller young rider?

Thanks,
Martin


Anja
Sunday, 12 January 2014  |  18:32

My 16 year old son really enjoys being on a stunt scooter. Unfortunately, in this case, he's really tall 185cm. Can you suggest any brand, who do scooters in his size? Thanks


Stunt Scooters
Thursday, 16 January 2014  |  13:45

There isn't any bars that come up any higher than the standard size bars you get on stunt scooters. All standard scooter bars come in between 500mm-600mm. As a rule for riders the lower the bars the better as the rider has more control and it is easier to lift the scooter when performing stunts and tricks.


Jack
Tuesday, 5 August 2014  |  13:15

I am looking for a stunt scooter and I need to know before I buy it if it will be the right size for me I am about 158cm what height scooter should I be looking at ?, thanks


Stunt Scooters
Monday, 25 August 2014  |  14:49

Hi Jack, Thanks for your question.

Most complete scooters are listed for 8 years and above. That's because for smaller kids they may find it difficult to control a scooter with higher bars or a larger deck compared to their size. However, at your height any of the standard sized stunt scooters will be fine for you to ride.

So really, its then just a case of taste. Some riders prefer higher bars at 600mm (try the Crisp Ultima 125) or lower bars from 500mm (Grit Extremist).

If you are still unsure, opt for the middle ground with the Crisp Inception or Crisp Ultima, or the Grit Fluxx or Elite.

Our scooter pages highlight the height of the bars to help you decide and some have comparison table.

Good Luck but give us a bell if you need more help.


Jordan
Tuesday, 31 March 2015  |  11:59

If im roughly 160cm high, can i ride a 580mm-600mm bar?


Stunt Scooters
Monday, 20 April 2015  |  10:14

Hi Jordan,
The general rule if that you don't want bars to stand higher than your hips/stomach, simply because it is harder to control the scooter. It's really difficult to advise with regards to a specific height but I would probably say at your height these bars would be fine for you.


Yvonne
Wednesday, 15 April 2015  |  18:40

My son is 5 11 1/2 and has bars that are 560mm, he is suffering from backache from having to stoop down.

What size bars would you recommend?


Stunt Scooters
Monday, 20 April 2015  |  10:10

Hi Yvonne,
Higher bars are available on scooters such as the Crisp Ultima 125 and the Grit Invader 125. The bars on both of these scooters are 600mm high. If you require just to bars we do not currently hold any in stock but please use the contact us form or give us a call and we can order some for you.


Charlie
Tuesday, 9 June 2015  |  18:26

Hi
I'm 12 years old and I am looking for a good stunt scooter for beginners and where to get it from. to my waist I am 90 cm tall can you recamend a good beginner scooter for under
£100 thanks.


Stunt Scooters
Tuesday, 16 June 2015  |  9:39

Hi Charlie,

Take a look at the Grit Fluxx, or the Crisp Blaster for 2 fantastic models for beginners. We also currently have an amazing deal on the Grit Tremor reduced from £149.95 right down to just £99.95. This is a whole lot of scooter for a very low price and now within your budget.

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Tanya
Thursday, 16 July 2015  |  0:10

We just got our 12 year old the Fluxx Grit scooter and the handle seems low. They are slightly lower than his waist. Is this a problem for this growing preteen?


Stunt Scooters
Thursday, 16 July 2015  |  11:19

Hi Tanya, the Grit Fluxx bars are around 530cm in height. This is about average size for a stunt scooter for 8 years and above. It's more of a problem if the bars are to too big as the scooter is difficult to control.

Bars are easy to swap out if your son feels that the Fluxx bars are making him bend too much or giving him back ache, just remember to replace like for like, as bars can be standard or oversized. You can currently buy bars up to 600mm.

Hope this helps