Stunt Scooters for 5 year olds
Monday, 12 November 2012 | Stunt Scooters
As our kids grow so does their desire to have a proper stunt scooter. But just what is a suitable stunt scooter for a 5 year old?
It’s a bit of a tricky one because what might be suitable for one 5 year old may not necessarily be right for another. The other factor is lack of choice in scooters for this age range.
So firstly the three main things you need to consider are:
Not many 5 year olds will be able to manage a full sized stunt scooter so what exactly is available for this age range?
Slamm have introduced the Frenzy this year which is specifically aimed at 5 plus age range. The Frenzy is a solid scooter built to last. The bars are 19.5 inches in height and 13 inches across making it easier for smaller hands to reach across the bars to the grips. The height of the scooter from the deck to the top of the bars is 27 inches. The deck has been shortened to 40cm and the whole scooter is lighter in weight than a full sized stunt scooter. It’s also worth pointing out the break has been specifically designed to reduce any likelihood of fingers getting trapped. The front wheel size is 120mm making it an easier ride for young ones. The weight of this scooter is 3.3kg. This model comes in two colours - blue for boys and pink for girls. So whilst I would wholly recommend this scooter build, spec and reliability what may put some off is the overall look of the scooter. It is aimed at young riders and has the look to go with that which in turn may mean upgrading the scooter within a couple of years as the rider wants something more grown up looking.
The Slamm Tantrum was another great option as in similarity to the Frenzy it had smaller bars and deck but retained all the look of the full sized Slamm Rage. Unfortunately this model has been discontinued by Slamm. This is a shame as there does appear to be a need for this model for our young riders of today, a point we have highlighted with Slamm. However, many parents felt that because the cost of the Tantrum was similar to that of the full size Rage, they would purchase the Rage with the view it would last their child a lot longer.
So what else? The JD Bug classic range has always been very popular for the 5 year age range mainly due to the fact that the handlebars are adjustable. They can be set at the correct height and adjusted as the rider grows. The classic range will also have folding handlebars making this scooter great for parents that have to carry them home from the school run. The deck sizes are more or less the same as a full sized stunt scooter but this is not so important for young riders. With a great reputation for a quality scooter JD Bug could be the one. The only thing lacking I would say is the choice of colour options and funky graphics that scooters have these days. The JD Bug junior range doesn’t look as good as other stunt scooters.
Madd Gear Pro has the MGP Mini which could be an option. Again specifically manufactured for the 5+ year old, and in similarity to the cheaper Slamm Frenzy it has a larger front wheel and smaller back wheel. It's based on the original MGP scooter but with a smaller frame and lighter in weight. As we don’t currently stock MGP scooters though I can’t comment on the performance of this scooter. That said Madd Gear is well respected and popular in the scooter world so this model should follow suit. Again, based on price many people opt for the full size models, seeking longevity.
So as you can see we have a pretty limited choice for this age range. Hopefully with scooters being even more popular than they ever were, more manufactures will bring out compact versions of their full sized stunt scooters to cater for the growing demand of mini scooter riders.
Please leave a comment if you have found any other brands or models suitable for 5 year olds.
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