Madd Gear scooters make some of the most sought after scooters for serious stunt riders in the UK. They have a wide range to fit all levels of riders and the quality of their scooters makes them a popular choice.
Established in Oz back in 2002 the founder Mike Horne set out to create an Australian brand for Australian kids but things have moved on rapidly from there and Madd Gear Pro scooters can now be found all over the world. Exploding into the UK in 2010 these scooters are now the envy of many a kid in the skate parks across the country. With Professional Teams of riders all over the world MADD ‘try and test’ their scooters well before bringing them to market. The cost of these scooters may be above the average price but in return you are rewarded with a stunt scooter that can stand up to the battering you or your kids want to throw at it.
New for 2012 MADD updated its scooter range and brings you the VX2 or version 2. To start with the look of these new scooters is something else and must be the envy of most riders. The entry model for MADD is the Madd Gear Pro VX2 then in comes the Madd Gear Pro Team Edition VX2. Moving up a level is the Madd Gear Nitro followed by the top end Madd Gear Nitro Extreme and the Madd Gear Ninja. (See comparison table below for spec info on all models). MADD has also thought about the younger stunt riders with the Madd Gear Beginners Pro.
The bearing sets used by MADD are K1 or K2 which are made by Krunk and are high speed titanium sealed bearings. It's thought these bearings are abec 7 equivalents for KI and abec 9 equivalents for K2 although this is not confirmed.
The wheels on the Pro Team edition, Nitro, Nitro Extreme and Ninja are all alloy core wheels which makes for a stronger wheel and used in top end stunt scooters. The wheel size ranges from 100mm on the pro range to 110 on the Nitro/Extreme and Ninja.
Apart from the Beginners Pro or Mini all Madd Gear Scooters come with FSA headsets. FSA stands for Full Speed Ahead and are one of the top manufactures of headsets in the world. What makes them unique is the split crown race that easily levers off and pushes on by hand. For those into changing headsets you will realise what a bonus this is! The Pro/Pro Team are threaded headsets whilst the Nitro/Extreme and Ninja are threadless/intergrated.
Madd make forks strong enough not to snap under force with the higher end models the Nitro/Extreme and Ninja coming with 3d forged threadless forks which integrates multiple parts into a single forged piece, reducing overall weight and increasing strength.
As the Nitro, Nitro Extreme and Ninja all have threadless forks and headsets what about the compression systems? Well you get the Madd HIC Compression with these models that are easy peasy to install and remove with the provided hex key. No starnuts are involved in the Madd Hidden Internal Compression (HIC) and with simple pliers the threaded top cap can easily be removed.
Deck weight is also something Madd Scooters stand out for with all models coming in between 1.21KGS / 2.67LBS and 1.47KGS / 3.24LBS. Now with the new all fluted deck you will notice the concave grooves on the underside. Grind rails spring to mind!
As strong leaders in the manufacturing of Stunt Scooters Madd really make serious rides for serious riders. In some respects MADD prove you get what you pay for. Check out the MADD pages for more information on each model.
Watch out for the Madd Team of riders visiting a skate park or event near you and see them in action for yourselves. Are you MADD enough to try one of these scooters?
If you are brand new to stunt scooting and want some ideas on how to perform tricks and stunts then why not check out our Scooter Stunts page.
Alternatively click here to see one of the best stunt riders around pull a trick so sick you will want to watch it again and again!