While often thought of as toys, scooters have become a big business. Moreover, as the children who played with scooters long ago grow up, they continue to ride and seek greater challenges. Naturally, those older riders came together and began competing professionally.
Since those early years, scooters have changed drastically. No longer are scooters simply toys. Now scooters employ a high degree of technology and advanced to the degree of any X-sport.
Unfortunately, that also makes figuring out which pro scooter is the best more difficult. That is why we have put together a list of the 10 best pro scooters. Then, we provide a helpful Buyer’s Guide, so you can feel comfortable choosing the pro scooter that is right for you.
Best Pro Scooters 2017
- Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete
- Madd Gear VX7 Team Scooter
- Lucky 2017 EVO Freestyle Pro Scooter Complete
- Madd Gear VX7 Pro Scooter
- Delta Recon Fully Integrated And Sealed Complete Pro Scooter
- Madd Gear VX7 Extreme
- Madd Gear Kick Extreme Scooter 2017
- Razor Ultra Pro Kick Scooter, Compression: Pytel
- Madd Gear Whip Pro Scooter 2017
- District C052 Pro Scooter
|Best Pro Scooters||Bar||Clamp||Deck||Wheels / Bearings||Break||Product weight / max weight (pounds)|
|Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete||Y-bar/ 20" x 21.5" Compression System||3 Bolt Clamp||19.5" x 4.25" fully integrated||110 mm / ABEC 9||Steel flex brake||7.9 / 220|
|Madd Gear VX7 Team Scooter||Y-bar/ 24"x 23" Compression System||3 Bolt Clamp||20"x 4.5" fully integrated||110 mm / ABEC 9||Steel flex brake||8.5 / 220|
|Lucky 2017 EVO Freestyle Pro Scooter Complete||T-bar/ 25"x 24" Compression System||4 Bolt Lucky SCS||21.75"x 5" fully integrated||120 mm / ABEC 9||Steel flex brake||8.3 / 220|
|Madd Gear VX7 Pro Scooter||Y-bar/ 23"x 21" Compression System||2 Bolt Clamp||19.5"x 4" fully integrated||100 mm / ABEC 9||Steel flex brake||8.1 / 220|
|Delta Recon Fully Integrated Pro Scooter||T-bar/ 21.6"x 19.3" Compression System||3 Bolt Clamp||19.5"x 4.33" fully integrated||110 mm / ABEC 9||Steel flex brake||8.4 / 220|
|Madd Gear VX7 Extreme||Y-bar/ 25"x 24" Compression System||2 Bolt Clamp||20.5"x 4.5" fully integrated||120 mm / ABEC 11||Integrated Cutout Deck||7.9 / 220|
|Madd Gear Kick Extreme Scooter 2017||T-bar/ 22"x 18" Compression System||2 Bolt Clamp||20.5"x 4.5" fully integrated||100 mm / ABEC 9||MGP Composite Blitz||7.9 / 220|
|Razor Ultra Pro Kick Scooter||T-bar/ 21"x 18" Compression System||2 Bolt Clamp||20"x 4.25" fully integrated||110 mm / RZR Pro 20||Steel flex brake||6.75 / 220|
|Madd Gear Whip Pro Scooter 2017||T-bar/ 22"x 18" Compression System||2 Bolt Clamp||20.5"x 4.5" fully integrated||100 mm / ABEC 9||MGP Composite Blitz||7.9 / 220|
|District C052 Pro Scooter||T-bar/ 22.8"x 22" HIC Compression System||2 Bolt Clamp||20.5"x 4.5" fully integrated||110 mm / 608ZZ||Steel flex brake||6.7 / 220|
Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete – Best Quality Grinding Pro Scooter Value under $150
The first pro scooter on our list comes from Fuzion. They may not be the most well-known professional scooter brand, but they can compete with the big boys and do so at a nice price point. Moreover, they are the only pro scooter on our list that sees the value in appealing specifically to grind tricks.
They accomplish this by providing grind bars at the base of the deck. Considering a good grind is worth solid points and is one of the easier tricks to accomplish, this is great for pro scooter riders. Moreover, the flex brake provides solid responsiveness while being able to stand up to the rigors of pro events. Unfortunately, the HCS is not quite as good as an SCS, though it is still pro level.
Madd Gear VX7 Team Scooter – Best All-Around-Value Pro Scooter Value under $200
Madd Gear is one of the most well-known and trusted brands in the pro scooter market. They are regularly endorsing the top pro scooters and have recently come out with a whole new lineup: the VX7. Our first VX7 is a mid-tier pro scooter, but it is every bit as pro worthy as any other on our list.
In fairness, there are actually only minor differences between the different models of the VX7 series, but they can create big differences in the feel. For instance, the Team Scooter is definitely made for larger riders with tall, wide bars and a long, wide deck. However, the materials are steel and aluminum respectively for a good mix of strength and light weight.
Lucky 2017 EVO Freestyle Pro Scooter Complete – Best Performing Pro Scooter for Adults
Outside of Madd Gear, Lucky is probably the most well-known and well-respected pro scooter brand on the market. Similarly to Madd Gear, you can find pros all over the circuit sporting Lucky’s scooters. However, Lucky does have a tendency to set itself apart from the crowd with superior design.
First, this scooter is one of the largest on our list. The deck is a full 5” wide while the bar is 25” x 24”. This allows the largest of riders to feel comfortable during their runs. Of course, the size of the Lucky also means that smaller riders will either need to modify it a bit for the most comfortable feel or look elsewhere.
Madd Gear VX7 Pro Scooter – Best Slim Deck Pro Scooter
The next Madd Gear model in the VX7 series to grace our list is the lower-tiered Pro class. However, this should not be an indictment against the scooter as Madd Gear has managed to produce an excellent, quality professional grade scooter.
Still, this product has some notable differences from the other entries in this series. For one, this is the only Madd Gear on our list to feature 100 mm wheels. While 110 mm is the standard and 120 mm in rising quickly for professional preference, 100mm seem small and outdated by comparison. Combine this with a somewhat inferior IHC system, instead on an SCS, and this model begins to look pale by comparison.
Delta Recon Fully Integrated And Sealed Complete Pro Scooter | HIC Compression – Best HIC Compression Pro Scooter
Unlike Madd GEar and Lucky, Delta Recon finds itself more in the Fuzion range of the market–a solid mid-tier brand. Again, this has little to do with the actual quality of the scooter, though it does not necessarily stand out in any appreciable way. However, this scooter definitely has a niche.
With bars that are somewhat shorter and slimmer than most of the Madd Gears and the Lucky, this scooter is ideally sized for riders with a medium stature. Generally, this means that older teenagers who are nearing that point where they can enter the professional circuit will find this model especially attractive.
Madd Gear VX7 Extreme – Best Oversized Pro Scooter for Beginners
Though not the final Madd Gear pro scooter to make it onto our list, this is the final VX7. However, we made it a point to save the best for last. In fact, the VX7 Extreme is Madd GEar’s flagship pro scooter for 2017 and represents the pinnacle of their achievement. While not strictly superior in performance to the Lucky, it is not that far off either.
First, this is the only other pro scooter on our list that features 120mm wheels. This allows you to glide quicker in your run, and we did say glide. That is because the 1200 mm wheels also provide a smoother ride when compared to the 100 mm and 110 mm wheels more commonly found. However, the VX7 Extreme gets a point above the Lucky by providing the softest wheels on our list at 86a durometers which will grip the track better than 88a durometers.
Madd Gear Kick Extreme Scooter 2017 – Best Hybrid Pro Scooter Value under $100
Our next product is also a Madd Gear, but unlike the previous 3, this one is not a part of the VX7 series. In fact, this scooter is not truly professional grade at all. However, if you are looking for a scooter that offers plenty of versatility and can help you get ready for the professional level, this is a solid entry.
First, this is one of the smaller scooters on our list. While that may not work as well for larger riders, something fairly common in the professional circuit, it does make this a great scooter for younger riders and some who are a bit smaller in stature. Moreover, the wealth of steel components on this scooter provides plenty of durability while learning tricks–though it will be a tad heavier. Additionally, the price of this scooter is sublime and is one of the less expensive.
Razor Ultra Pro Kick Scooter – Best Budget and Cheap Pro Scooter Brands Razor
While this brand is not really used nearly as much as it once was on the professional circuit, razor is a legacy brand that stretches back to the markets first big splash. In fact, the razor scooter could arguably be responsible for the rise of popularity in the scooter market which ultimately allowed pro scooter circuits to develop in the first place. Sadly, the brand has fallen behind the times–and advancements–that other brands have made.
First, this is the only scooter on our list that uses a spring brake. These brakes are less responsive than the flex brake and are far more likely to suffer durability issues. Also, the wheels are only 100 mm which will make for a slightly slower, slightly bumpier ride. Interestingly, this model features the unique Pytel Compression system which does have some advantages, but is still inferior to the SCS.
Madd Gear Whip Pro Scooter 2017 – Best Beginner Pro Scooter for Tall Riders
Our final Madd Gear is also not one of the vaulted VX7 series. In fact, this Madd Gear scooter is eerily similar to the Kick Extreme in terms of what is offers, though it could arguably be said to provide a better value at the lower end of the market. This is because the Whip is nearly two thirds the price of the kick extreme.
Unfortunately, this is definitely a beginner scooter only, and is not truly ideal for the pro circuit. A large part of this has to do with the deck which is made out of a high-quality MGP steel. While this provides plenty of durability–especially beneficial for beginners who are liable to crash–it is also heavier than is preferred by the pros.
District C052 Pro Scooter – Best Mini HIC Pro Scooter in the World
District is right there with Fuzion and Delta Recon as a brand that sees some use on the pro circuit, but still has not quite managed to crack Madd Gear and Lucky’s grip. However, this scooter definitely has a distinct niche on our list. This is the only scooter that uses the Mini HIC system. This is important, because the mini HIC system allows you to utilize and HIC system with a standard size bar instead of requiring an oversized bar like the original HIC system.
Best Pro Scooters – Buyer’s Guide
As the part of your scooter that holds you up, the deck is one of the most important parts of the scooter to define whether or not it is professional or consumer grade. However, different people will require different decks, though much of this will focus on the actual size of both the rider and the dimensions of the deck to match.
The deck will generally be between 4” to 5” wide with the length running anywhere between 19” to 24” long. Generally, the larger you are, the larger your deck should be, however, different rider styles may prefer slightly oversized decks especially if the rider attempts a number of high impact tricks.
Most professional decks are constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum. This allows them to maintain a tough integrity while still being light enough for high flying tricks.Also, decks can come with an integrated headset or be custom fitted. However, you are advised to go with an integrated headset unless you are already exceptionally familiar with the turning qualities and different components of headsets.
Wheels are often less relevant for professional scooters. While getting the wrong kind of wheel will definitely impact your performance for the worse, most professional grade scooter wheels are uniform enough from one manufacturer to the next that it comes down more to personal preference than getting an advantageous edge over the competition.
Professional grade scooter wheels will be composed of a urethane outer with a metal core. The urethane composition may differ somewhat between manufacturers, but the impact felt will run more in the feel category. However, metal cores are preferred as casual scooter wheel cores are often plastic.
Scooter wheels will also come in either 100 mm or 110 mm. The slightly larger wheels will provide a smoother ride and run a bit faster, but the decision is more defined by the rider and will not have so great an impact as to sway you from your preferred size. Just make sure the wheels and fork sizes align.
The bars and the decks are similar in how you will define their importance, though the deck is ultimately a bit higher on the priority scale since it will absorb far more impact during the course of use. Still, the size of the bars, much like the deck, will determine whether your ride feels good and natural or awkward and forced.
One difference between the bars that can impact the feel more than general sizing is the diameter. Most scooter bars are 1 ¼” in diameter, however there is an “oversized” category which runs 1 ⅜” in diameter. While the difference will have a minimal impact on the scooter’s performance, it will require a uniformity of sizing among the clamp and compression system.
Scooter bars can be made out of either steel or aluminum. Steel is stronger, but heavier. As such, professionals generally opt for bars made from aircraft-grade aluminum. Regardless, the most important factor for bars is that they are properly sized to your height and shoulder width.
While the quantifiable factors that make up a headset are somewhat difficult to pin down in regards to the real world effect, this factor will still have immense relevance when choosing a scooter–especially at the professional level. In a field where feel begins to matter more, the headset can either contribute to “getting in the zone” or leave you reeling on the sidelines.
This part of the scooter is composed of the top cap, the bearings, the bearing cup, and the fork race. While each part can be customized, most professional scooters will have a sealed headset with a threadless fork and a compression system. Pro scooters will also generally have fitted bearings and be integrated in design.
With a well designed headset, the turning action will feel smooth and numerous tricks will either be easier to pull of or be able to provide additional degrees of difficulty–which translates to higher scores on a professional course. However, unless you are intimately familiar with pro scooter construction, you should not mess with the non-integrated headsets.
This is one of the few qualities of a professional level scooter that offers a wide variety of options. While entry level scooters use a simple threaded compressions system, professional scooters use one of four different types of compression: SCS, ICS, HIC, or IHC.
SCS, or standard compression system, is generally the most preferred. It is the strongest while also being fairly easy to install-especially compared to the other types of compression. The ICS, or internal/inverted compression system, does compete with SCS a bit, mostly because it is lighter and less expensive. However, the ICS is not as strong as the SCS.
The HIC, or hidden internal compression, and IHC, integrated headset compression are fairly similar to one another. The HIC is the most common, largely because it was developed first. Moreover, installation is fairly quick and easy. IHC differs from HIC mostly in that the former uses standard bars while the latter uses oversized bars.
When it comes to brakes, there are only 2 options: the spring brake and the flex brake. However, within the professional scooter market, only one of those truly makes the grade: the flex brake. Spring brakes will wear out much quicker than a flex brake, are more prone to fail, and are generally less responsive.
Flex brakes, on the other hand, are made out of a single piece of metal that is attached to the rear of the deck. Aside from the increased durability due to a lack of moving parts; flex brakes are far more responsive than spring brakes and allow precise, immediate braking without worry of failure.
If you have a solid set of skills, but do not necessarily have the cash to drop on a premium product and still want a worth ride, the Fuzion, District, and Delta Recon are all great options. Moreover, they each feature different compression systems or decks to provide a unique experience.
However, if you are at that point where you are ready to join the professional circuit, you will be hard pressed to find a better scooter than the Lucky. It is pushing the envelope with its materials and sizes. It’s also the only scooter on our list to use the best compression system–the SCS.