Stunt Scooter Parts
Friday, 16 November 2012 | Stunt Scooters
.When it comes to buying a stunt scooter, if you are not up to speed on the jargon, it can become a complete minefield. Here at stuntscooters.co.uk we aim to make it as simple as possible for you and have listed below a useful breakdown of all the separate components used in making up a complete scooter.
Bars– Essentially made up of the handle bars and upright tube in a T or Y shape, these are the part of the scooter that arise from the deck and extend out to your hands. They can be straight or angled and are often either 1 piece of metal or 2 pieces. Some are extendable and whilst this is handy if you are looking for a scooter to grow with you/your child to make it last, it's not so great if you are looking for a stunt scooter on which to do tricks because this can weaken the strength of the scooter and make it less stable.
Bar grips – These are the grips that slide on to the ends of the handle bars and are positioned where you hold the scooter with your hands. These are relatively easy to change if they get worn and can be made of foam, rubber, or even metal.
Head tube – This is the tube that the forks sit inside and the bars extend down to. It is linked to the deck and joins these 2 major parts of the scooter together.
Collar clamps – These are used to fix the bars in place through the head tube. Clamps are available in many styles ranging from single to quadruple clamps. The number relates to the amount of bolts holding the clamp in place, the higher the number the more robust the joint.
Deck – This is the area you stand on when you ride the scooter. Deck width varies from scooter to scooter and some stunt scooters even have a concave deck. Shaped decks are a matter of preference and some riders favour them when pulling tricks because the concave shape can help to give your more control.
Headset – The headset is the part of the scooter that sits above and below the headtube and holds the forks in place. Inside the headset there are bearings which allow the forks to turn within the unit.
Compression Systems – Used in threadless forks and headsets, the system used for holding it all together.
Forks- The forks of a scooter extend down either side of the front wheels and the axle/or bolts that hold the wheels in place will sit between them.
Bearings – Whilst you get bearings within the headset, they also come inside the wheels. The wheels have 2 sets of bearings each, so on a scooter you will get 4 in total.
Wheels – Scooters have 2 wheels and these are generally made with plastic or metal inside (or core) with a rubber /polyurethane (PU) outer wheel.
Wheel Axles – These extend through the wheels with a bearing on each side and are held in place by the forks.
Brakes Mechenism – All scooters have a back brake operated by easing down on the brake with your foot. Often scooter brakes are made with a spring mechanism but some stunt scooters such as the Grit Mayham have a flex braking system.