Freestyle scootering (also known as freestyle scooter, scooting, scooter riding, or simply riding) is an extreme sport which involves using scooters (also known as kick scooters) to perform freestyle tricks, in a manner similar to BMX freestyle.
Riding in skateparks is the most common. Kick scooters, due to their construction, can use most structures, including rails, boxes and even vertical ramps. Some riders enjoy doing 'flyout' tricks and pushing their trick level. Others enjoy more of a relaxed style, based on a combination of BMX and their own style. Many People enjoy doing combos of many tricks over different obstacles such as "Fly Boxes" and in an Air or 180 on a quarter. Some examples of ramps are; Spine, Quarter Pipe, Half Pipe, Pool, Volcano spines etc.
Among inner city riders, using structures such as stairs, ledges, hubbas, handrails, speedbumps, and gaps. Street riders tend to get technical with tricks. Most scooter riders enjoy street to some extent, but only a small group declare themselves as focusing strictly on street riding. Street riding is also a great platform to ride as it gives the riders interesting challenges such as gaps, grind, combinations and lines that they would not normally find in a vert styled skatepark. When street riding, most scooter riders focus on cleanliness of tricks, or how easy it looks for a rider to do them. Street scootering also focuses on a rider's style or original way of doing tricks or looking while riding a scooter.
The flatland genre of freestyle scooter riding takes place on flat surfaces such as parking lots, driveways, or tennis/basketball courts. Flatland riders prefer to link smaller tricks up in "combos", or combinations, such as barspins, tailwhips, manuals, hang fives, fakies, scooter fakies, sliders, and many more. Example of a flat land rider is Phoenix Pro Rider, Jon Reyes. You can watch Jon's videos on YouTube, such as his "flat edits", which he has 3 and soon to be 4 of.
Freestyle scooter parts
Decks of freestyle scooters have come a long way since scooters first rode razor 'A' style decks. Nowadays, Freestyle scooter decks are usually one piece or two piece (decks that have the deck and head tube bolted together from the bottom). Nevertheless, both are equally as strong. Most scooter companies today make decks the first of which was TSI with their flowmaster deck in 2009. Other companies that developed decks afterwards are: Blunt, Envy, Fasen, Grit, Crisp, Phoenix, District, Lucky, Fuzion and Madd Gear. Madd Gear is marketed towards children,However, Madd Gear Pro(commonly referred to as MGP), produced by the same company is marketed towards adults and more experienced riders.
Handlebars are usually made out of 4130 chromoly or 6061 aluminum. The original folding Razor Bars have been out of use for years now and are replaced with welded and often gusseted bars for extra strength. There are several different designs for bars including standard RAD "OG" or "T" Bars and many other variations with different styles and angles. Bars can be custom cut to the preference of the rider and are generally between 18" and 24" Tall and 14" to 24" Wide.
Scooter Forks have come along way since the original razor forks which often bent from impact. Andrew Broussard, the owner of Proto Scooters and Freestyle Depot, following RADs footsteps in the DIY approach to aftermarket scooter parts, created the Proto Senior Fork in the mid-2000s. Nowadays, many companies make forks, each with their own advantages and innovations. Most forks are threadless, meaning that a compression system is used to hold the scooter bars to the fork (discussed below), however, threaded forks are still available. The downside to these are that they cause the rider's scooter to become wobbly and not as strong as if a threadless system was used.
Early Scooter Wheels were composed of a plastic center and a urethane outside. However, these often broke, causing the development of metal-core wheels that are generally used by today's riders. Newer metal-core wheels are composed of a machined aluminum core and a durable urethane outside.
There are tons of brake types available for the freestyle scooter rider with flex fenders being the most popular. Older style pivot brakes are ones that are composed of the brake itself, a bolt the runs horizontally through the bottom of it, and a spring to keep it from rattling. Nevertheless, these often rattle, which caused the invention of the flex-fender type brake system which is essentially just a flat or curved piece of metal that when depressed rubs down on the wheel to slow the rider down.
There are loads of stunt pegs around for a scooter in both alloy and chromoly. Notable examples include Bestial Wolf, Blunt, Envy, Grit, MGP, District,Tilt and Fasen and 81 costoms.
Headsets on freestyle scooters have no difference to those on BMX bikes. Those scooters take a 1 1/8" sized headset. A threaded headset is used for a threaded fork only. Their main use is for those usually running the stock forks. Threadless headsets are used with a compression system on threadless forks such as SCS (Standard compression system), HIC (Hidden internal compression system, which requires oversized bars, IHC (Integrated Headset Compression or ICS (Inverted compression system). The compression used on threaded forks is a locknut, that can be taken off a stock fork. Threadless headsets are used to accommodate threadless forks, which were created because threads compromise the strength of the fork tube.
- Standard Compression System (SCS)
- - scs clamp, compression bolt, starnut, headset cap, shim (use with thin bar)
The SCS resembles an oversized clamp but internally works much like a bicycle stem. There are two slots to fit the bars and fork, the smaller of which is located on the bottom and is for the fork. A starnut is installed into the forks and the SCS is placed over the fork tube. The compression bolt is screwed into the headset cap and then into the starnut. The cap is caught on the lip that is located internally in the SCS. The bars are placed into the top slot and bolts externally located on the SCS are tightened to act as a clamp.
- Main manufacturers: Proto, Tilt, Phoenix, Apex
- Inverted Compression System (ICS)
- - compression bolt, starnut, headset cap
A Starnut is installed into the bars. A compression bolt is screwed into a headset cap and is placed into the fork tube from below. It is then screwed into the starnut located in the bars. The headset cap is larger than the inner diameter of the fork tube and so catches and compresses.
- Main manufacturers: District, French ID
- Hidden Internal Compression system (HIC)
- - compression bolt, headset cap, starnut, compression shim
A starnut is installed into the fork tube. a compression shim is placed over/around the fork tube and the compression bolt is screwed into the top of the fork tube through the headset cap and into the starnut. The shim is the compressor, as the headset cap is pushing down on the shim, the shim intern pushes down on the headset. Using HIC requires oversized bars and a bigger clamp.
- Main manufacturers:grit,French ID,Madd Gear,Razor,81 Customs,lucky,tilt, Fuzion
- Thread Lock Compression (TLC)
A HIC-like compression system/fork made by Phoenix Pro Scooters, which involves the fork and compression shim to screw on together.
- Integrated Headset Compression (IHC)
A HIC-like compression system/fork, developed by Envy/Blunt Scooters, in which the fork column is narrow so that standard sized bars fit on the compression shim.
- Fuzion Pro scooters