What is the important information to know before choosing your freestyle scooter handlebars?
The handlebar or bar , is probably the essential element of a scooter freestyle because it makes it special. This component will allow you to steer the scooter and achieve the majority of figures.
The different materials of a freestyle scooter bar:
The handlebars are usually made from steel or aluminum alloy. But a trend towards a third material is emerging, titanium.
·The aluminum handlebars are very light, around the Kilo, but are rather suitable for small riders. This material is quite fragile and very rigid which causes it to break dry in case of wear.
·Steel handlebars are heavier, always more than 1kg, but stronger. Representing the majority of handlebars sold, they tend to bend instead of breaking which limits the risks in case of breakage during practice.
·Titanium handlebars have revolutionized the practice for 2 years, they are very light, less than 1 kg, and very resistant. Their only drawbacks are their very high cost and the flexibility of the material can destabilize some riders.
The shape of the freestyle scooter handlebars, a choice for every rider:
There are handlebars of all shapes but we will retain 2 categories: T-bar also called T handlebar and Y-bar also called Y handlebar . The technical differences are very small and depend mainly on the quality of fabrications, the difference is mostly aesthetic and psychological.
When we talk about handlebar shape we also hear about the backsweep . This is the angle of each side of the handlebar that brings its ends closer to the rider. There is also the up sweep, it's the same thing but from the point of view of height. The backsweep may be comfortable for some and disturbing for others, you will have to make your own opinion.
The height of the freestyle scooter handlebars, crucial according to the practice:
To choose the height of your handlebars, we invite you to refer to our selection utility on the left of the handlebar page . Otherwise, your handlebar height must be the one you are most comfortable with.
We still note that for a versatile rider, the theoretical perfect height is a little below the size. Riders typed Street or seeking stability will decide to have a handlebar a little higher than this benchmark. Riders typed Park or seeking responsiveness will take a lower bar.
How to choose The width of the bar of your scooter freestyle for a better comfort:
The width of the freestyle scooter handlebar is very subjective and we advise you to do several tests to make your own opinion.
However, in theory a handlebar the width of your shoulders will be most appreciable. A smaller bar may make it easier to perform tricks like barspin but you will have less strength for figures like whips and kickless . On the contrary, a wide handlebar will give you more stability and strength in your figures.
The existing handlebar diameters:
On the market, there are 3 types of handlebar diameter:
·Handlebars Ø31,8mm outside and Ø27,8mm inside which are mostly made of steel. They are made for clamps and SCS Ø31,8mm, and are installed on standard forks compressed by SCS or ICS. In the case of an IHC fork, this type of diameter is compatible.
·Handlebars Ø34,9mm outside and Ø27,8mm inside which are mostly made of aluminum. They are made for clamps and SCS Ø34,9mm, and are installed on standard forks compressed by SCS or ICS. In the case of an IHC fork, this type of diameter is compatible.
·Handlebars Ø34,9mm outside and Ø31,8mm inside which are mostly steel or titanium. They are made for clamps and SCS Ø34,9mm, and are installed on standard forks compressed by SCS or HIC.
You will notice that some handlebars are equipped with a slot and other names. Slotted handlebars are made for HIC, ICS or IHC compression systems. They can be equipped on an SCS using an SCS adapter. The handlebars without slot are made for SCS but know that a slot can be made in any handlebar.