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Scooters Features (continued)

Scooters Weight Limits.

Once you've decided whether to go electric or old-school foot power, you'll need to consider the child's weight. Some cheap kids scooters can handle the heft of an adult, but others are clearly built to carry children.
The maximum weight on the Razor A and Razor A2, for example, is 143 pounds. For entry-level kids scooters, the weight limit drops significantly: 50 pounds for the Radio Flyer My First Scooter and 45 pounds for the Razor Kiddie Kick. Electric scooters are made with older kids in mind and typically accommodate heavier riders. The X-Treme X-140 can tolerate up to 200 pounds although the Razor E100 is good only up to 120 pounds.

Scooters Wheels.

The wheels on a scooter vary in size and composition. Entry-level kick scooters usually feature wheels made of hard plastic, and parents' reviews indicate they don't damage floors when children ride them indoors. The three wheels on the Kiddie Kick are 98 millimeters high, or just shy of 4 inches; the two front wheels on the Radio Flyer My First Scooter are 6 inches high and the single rear wheel stands 5 inches tall.

The two kick scooters for older kids that we researched, the Razor A and Razor A2, also feature hard urethane wheels that are a tad short of 4 inches high. The motorized Razor E100 boasts a relatively large 8-inch pneumatic tire in the front and a urethane rear tire that's about 5 inches in diameter. The X-Treme X-140 comes with two 6-inch wheels -- hard rubber on the front and hard rosin on the rear -- that some reviews indicate might be able to handle small bumps but may give a harsher ride.

Scooters Design and Construction.

The best cheap kids scooters are colorful, lightweight, and foldable. Some also have handlebars that can be adjusted to suit the rider's height. Tot-size kick scooters don't take quite the beating meted out to kids scooters used by older children and often are made with lots of plastic. (By way of contrast, the Dora Three-Wheel Scooter is made entirely of metal and starts at $25) The Razor Kiddie Kick features a plastic body that weighs 6.5 pounds; it comes in pink or blue. Specs for the Radio Flyer My First scooter indicate it's 80% plastic and 20% metal, a combination that may account for its 12-pound weight. Both models fold for easy storage and portability.

Cheap two-wheeled kick scooters and electric scooters are built with metal. In the case of the Razor A and Razor A2, that means aircraft-grade aluminum. The Razor A weighs six pounds and comes in an assortment of colors, including red and green. The Razor A2, with its springless suspension and wheelie bar, weighs in at seven pounds and is available in purple, among other colors. Both models fold and feature adjustable handlebars. The motorized E100 weighs a hefty 29 pounds while the X-Treme X-140 is a comparatively svelte 19 pounds, a weight that appealed to a family of girls who need to carry the scooter up three flights of stairs. Again, both models fold and have adjustable handlebars and offer a couple of color choices.

A few kids scooters, like the Radio Flyer My First Scooter, come fully assembled; others require minimal assembly, a task that reviews say can be accomplished in minutes. Where a tool is needed, it comes in the package.

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