Our Scooter FAQ page is a guide for anyone interested in upgrading, repairing or just plain tinkering with their scooter. We’ll start with some of the most popular questions and how-to guides and continue to add to this page to make it a useful resource.
What do I need to know about scooter wheels?
Most scooter wheels have either plastic or metal cores with polyurethane treads. Metal cores are stronger and more durable than plastic therefore better suited for advanced riders. Scooter wheels have two important technical specs. Size and hardness. Size of the wheel refers to the diameter or how tall the wheel is. Most scooters wheels are 100mm or 110mm in diameter. The taller the wheel the longer it takes to get going. Smaller wheels are more maneuverable, therefore preferred for doing tricks and stunts while taller wheels are used for cruising and speed.
Wheel hardness (durometer) rating is a relative measure frequently used for rubber and polyurethane products. There are several scales, with the “A” scale(hence the 88A, etc.) used for wheels. The number is the rating from 0-100, with 0 being no resistance and 100 being very hard. For outdoors, the softer the wheel, the better the shock absorption. The trade-off is that softer wheels wear out faster. Harder wheels, since they have less drag, are preferred on indoor surfaces that are usually very smooth. Some riders vary their wheel durometer depending on the temperature outside. Cold weather will mean the ground is harder so soft wheels are more suitable. In really warm weather high durometer wheels would be more preferable. 88A is the rating we chose for our wheels here at DropInScooters.com because they offer a nice combination of durability and performance for typical riding conditions.
Why install spacers between wheel bearings?
Bearing spacers are short metal tubes, usually made from aluminum, that sit between the inside and outside bearings of scooters wheels. Their function allows the rider to tighten the axles of scooters without sacrificing spin. This is because the spacers keep the bearings separated and true by exerting internal pressure against the external pressure of scooter forks and decks.
Why upgrade to metal core scooter wheels?
Metal cores are made to hold up better than plastic cores. Freestyle scootering is pretty rough on the equipment. If you’re just riding around then regular plastic cores will do just fine. If you’re jumping and whipping your scooter around on a street course or at the skate park then you’ll want wheels that stick better, roll better and are made to handle the abuse. The metal cores we sell at DropInScooters are made with a tough, super rebound polyurethane tread and strong metal alloy cores. Our bearings fit perfectly inside the wheels and the wheels fit perfectly on each axle to create the “Dialed” experience that our customers expect.
ABEC-7, 9, 11 Bearings?
Bearings are inserted inside the wheel core and consist of a metal housing that is pressed over a row of ball bearings that circle the metal housing. When a wheel is rolling, the action of the ball bearings rolling against the surface of the hub that allows the wheel to spin smoothly. ABEC is a rating scale for the tolerances of precision bearings. The higher the number, the tighter the tolerance, the better the bearings, the better the wheels spin, the better your scooter performs. We install the highest precision ABEC-9 and ABEC-11 bearings with spacers to make sure your scooter rolls like a pro.
Is your scooter “Dialed”?
Does your scooter pass the drop test? Lift up your scooter just a few inches off the ground and drop it on both wheels. Do you hear anything rattling? If all you hear is a solid little thump then congrats, your scooter is dialed and all the parts fit nicely and secure. If you hear a bunch of stuff rattling then you have some work to do. If you have a pretty cheaply made scooter that rattles quite a bit you probably won’t be able to get it fully dialed but you can make improvements. First thing to check are for loose bolts, axles, clamps and screws. If you find anything loose, tighten it. Think about replacing the headset and clamp. New wheels, bearings and spacers can also help. Pro Scooters like our DIS models are dialed. Ours are made with chromoly steel bars, threadless headsets and forks, integrated decks and components that fit snugly to perform the way you would expect of a top quality, precision built Pro Scooter.