What you need to know before choosing your stunt scooter bars
Bars probably the most important part of any stunt scooter, as they're what make this type of scooter so special. This key component is what allows you to steer the scooter and execute most of the figures.
Different stunt scooter bar materials:
Bars are generally made from steel or aluminium alloy. But there's a general move towards a third material now: titanium.
· Aluminium bars are incredibly light. They weigh around a kilo, but are best suited to smaller riders. This material is fairly fragile yet extremely stiff, meaning it snaps abruptly in the case of wear and tear.
· The steel bars, meanwhile, are heavier: over 1kg, but more solid. These are the bars most frequently sold, and they tend to twist rather than snap which reduces risks in the event that something breaks when practicing.
· Titanium bars have been revolutionising the sport over the past two years. They're incredibly light, weighing in at under 1 kg, and are ultra resistant to boot. Their only disadvantage is their ultra-high price and the flexibility of the material used, which can throw some riders off.
Choosing the right style stunt scooter bars for you: a personal decision.
Bars come in all different shapes and sizes, but for our purposes, there are only two that matter: T-bars and Y-bars. There is very little technical difference between the two, as it all depends on the manufacturing quality. The difference is mostly aesthetic and psychological.
When you start investigating bar types, you'll also come across backsweeps. This refers to the angle on either side of the bars that tilts the ends in towards the rider. There's also upsweep, which is the same thing but in terms of height. Backsweeps can feel comfortable for some, and can bother others: you'll need to make up your own mind!
stunt scooter bar heights: an essential factor, depending on your style
When it comes to choosing the height of your bars, we invite you to check our tool on the left-hand side of the bars page. The height of your handlebars should be adjusted to whatever feels comfortable.
Don't forget that multi-skilled riders should seek out heights that hit them just below the waist. Street riders or those looking for stability should go for bars that are a little higher than this mark. Skatepark riders and those looking for responsiveness and sensitivity can opt for lower bars.
Choose the width of your stunt scooter bars carefully for more comfort :
When it comes to stunt scooters, handlebar width is a highly subjective thing. We advise trying out lots of different widths until you find what feels right.
In theory however, bars that are as wide as your shoulders would be best. Narrower grips will make it easier to execute tricks such as barspins but you'll have less strength for figures such as whips and kickless moves. Conversely, wideset bars will give you extra stability and power in your tricks.
Available grip diameters:
There are three types of diameter for bars:
· Ø31.8mm outer and Ø 27.8mm inner grips, which are generally made from steel. These are designed for Ø31.8mm SCS and clamps, and are fitted onto standard compressed forks via SCS or ICS. With IHC forks, this type of diameter is compatible.
· Bars that measure Ø34.9mm on the outside and Ø 27.8mm on the inside that are generally made from aluminium. These are designed for Ø34.9mm SCS and clamps, and are fitted onto standard compressed forks via SCS or ICS. With IHC forks, this type of diameter iscompatible.
· Bars that measure Ø34.9mm on the outside and Ø 31.8mm on the inside that are generally made from steel or titanium. These are designed for Ø34.9mm SCS and clamps, and are fitted onto standard compressed forks via SCS or HIC.
You'll notice that some bars feature a slot and other names. Slit bars are designed for HIC, ICS and IHC compression systems. They can be mounted onto a SCS using a SCS adaptor. Bars without a slit are designed for SCS systems, but remember you can have a slit put into all bars.