How Tall Should Stunt Scooter Bars Be?
32 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.
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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