Stunt Scooters FAQs
46 CommentsFriday, 16 November 2012 | Stunt Scooters
Confused about some of the lingo you come across when reading about stunt scooters? Looking for some clarity on scooter terms? Here at Stunt scooters we have collated some commonly used terms or abbreviations that you may have come across whilst looking for a scooter.
What are PU or Urethane wheels?
PU stands for Poly Urethane. Poly Urethane is a high grade thermoplastic elastomer, bridging the gap between rubber and traditional thermoplastic wheels. They are often used on a stunt scooter because they are stronger and smoother.
A good set of wheels will be made out of polyurethane, or urethane as this material will give a smooth ride and wheels that are going to last. Urethane has fantastic abrasion resistance, and an even bigger factor will be a fantastic grip with the ground. Urethane has brilliant traction but slides when you push hard, so you are able to get some fast speed behind you but still maintain full control of your scooter. A metal core wheel should also be considered if you are going to be performing tricks and stunts where a lot of weight and force is going to be absorbed in the wheel. Metal core wheels will give you the added strength to take these kinds of impacts and lessen the chance of hubs breaking.
What what does 87o ShoreA actually mean?
This the measure of hardness or the resistance to permanent indentation. A soft scooter wheel may have a 75o Shore A and a hard skate wheel would go up to around 98o Shore A.
What are Scooter T-Bars?
A new set of scooter bars almost makes the scooter feel like a new one, and with so many different brands and colours around today this is a popular thing to be replaced by kids. A 1 piece scooter bar is going to give you strength and support where needed when performing tricks. The usual shape is called the T-bar, although you can also get Bat Wing or Y-bars, BMX One Piece and joysticks. Look for bars made out of chromoly as it will be lighter and stronger than steel handle bars. Bars usually come in two heights, so make sure you get the correct fit for your height. You need to check out what collar clamp size you will need when replacing bars, especially if mixing different brands.
What are Scooter Collar Clamps?
This is the clamp that holds the upright bar to the base of the scooter and will strengthen the scooter bars important for stunt riders who put a lot of impact on their scooter. Collar clamps come stacked in several different levels including single, double, triple and even quadruple clamps. The higher the stack the most robust the hold. You need to check the size of your scooter bar though before purchasing any new clamp, as oversized bars will not fit the standard clamps.
What is Chromoly / Chromalloy?
This is a high carbon steel . It’s incredibly strong and light weight so it's great when designing stunt scooters.
What is a footplate or Deck?
Scooter decks are usually made out of lightweight but strong aluminium and are the part of the scooter you stand on and often covered in a slip proof cover such as rubber. They are usually not much wider than your foot. Some ranges of stunt scooter such as Slamm Scooters will have reinforced decks to withstand stunts and stop them splitting in the middle. You can buy different decks for your scooter but be sure your bars fit the deck.
What are Scooter Pegs?
Scooter pegs are a must if you are performing stunts. They sit on the scooter wheel and can be placed at the back or front of the scooter. Some pegs come with axel bolts that you thread through the wheel which will give added strength to the peg. Other pegs just screw onto the outside of the wheel. Pegs come in all sorts of colours and are usually around 50mm long.
What does MGP stand for?
Madd Gear Pro or MGP. This is a very popular Aussie scooter brand which has exploded into the UK over the last several years.
What is a Spark Bar?
This is the bar at the back of some scooters that leave sparks on your trail!