Some scooter riders need that extra custom touch. With many scooter brands offering replacement parts like scooter decks and scooter bars and some newer companies arriving on the market that sell just scooter components; it is becoming much easier to build an entirely custom scooter using parts from different brands and manufacturers.
Custom scooters allow you to design a micro scooter that is absolutely specific for your needs. Maybe you are a stunt scooter rider that likes MGP decks but prefers Blunt Scooter Bars. You can now mix and match to your hearts content.
Things to keep in mind.
Not all parts and components work together in perfect harmony. You will need to cross check dimensions and compatibility prior to buying all of your components.
We found the easiest way is to plan your custom scooter on paper. Write down all of your dream components to build your custom scooter. Then place the key dimensions next to each component. Make sure that key components like scooter bars and scooter decks will work together.
Make sure you have all the parts needed.
When writing out your ideal custom scooter specification, make sure you include all the parts you will need. Many small things often get forgotten and when you come to assemble your custom micro scooter, there will be swearing and shouting when you realise you have forgotten one key bolt.
Components to keep in mind.
The following list will vary dependant on the design of your custom scooter and the type of use your scooter will get. Use this as a keep in mind list rather than a must buy list:
- Scooter Deck
- Front Head Section
- Front Forks
- Wheels – don’t forget there are two 🙂
- Rear Brake
- T Bars
- Handle Bar Grips
- Compression Kit
- Grip Tape
- Bolt Kit
- Wheel Bearings
- Wheel Spacers
- Axle Bolts – for front and rear wheels.
- Rear Axle Spacers
Some components like scooter bars may need cutting to size, or have the ends finishing. Make sure you get an experienced person to do this with the correct tools. Many of the specialist scooter or skate retailers now offer a cutting service. We suggest you write down your requirements and leave the cutting to the experts. But make sure that you get your measurements correct. When scooter bars for example are cut, they are cut and they are yours. The retailer will not refund or exchange just because you got your measurements wrong.
Another way of building a custom scooter is to start with a ‘pre-built’ scooter as a starting base and swap and change components as you like. Be sure though to cross check sizes and compatibility before you buy.
Many scooter riders start with a base scooter and as the scooter gets warn they replace components as they go and before you know it they have a completely new custom scooter.
Custom scooters are not just reserved for the stunt or freestyle scooter rider. Custom scooters are great for junior micro scooter riders that maybe want to jazz up their scooter a little. Maybe change colour schemes or add contrasting grip tape. Remember that customising your scooter does not necessarily mean buying the big components – little small changes make your micro scooter a ‘custom scooter’.
Some brands that sell micro scooter components to make your customising a little easier.
We have seen more recently manufacturers themselves offering ‘custom’ scooters. Really these are just variations on their popular models. Maybe with a different colour scheme or bars. These have their place but are outside of what we call custom scooters.