Choosing the right fork for your stunt scooter, and what forks are for
The fork is one of your stunt scooter's most important components: it's what holds the front wheel in place. This component is what allows you to steer the scooter, along with the bars.
The different materials that make up a stunt scooter fork:
Most forks are made from an aluminium alloy. But steel forks are also available, and some manufacturers are experimenting with titanium forks.
- Titanium forks are extremely light, weighing in at around 300 grams and suitable for all riders. Because this material is supple and not too dense, brands are forced to develop thick forks, ultimately resulting in highly solid finished products. In the event of wear, make sure to check there are no
cracks on the latter, as if so, it could abruptly break off mid-trick.
- Steel forks were the first to crop up on our stunt scooters. They are harder than aluminium forks without being any more
solid. Being less expensive to make, the retail price is cheaper. Nowadays, this type of fork is seen on recreational scooters,
low-end freestyle ranges and old scooters.
- Titanium forks are still at the prototype stage for the time being, but it seems likely they will be the future in urban action sports. Titanium offers
more solidity than aluminium, and weighs less too. What's not to love? However, this is also a pricier material, resulting in a product that's a little less
accessible in terms of budget.
The shape and angle of a stunt scooter fork is a personal choice:
Forks come in all shapes and sizes, but ultimately, there are just two major categories to choose from: OFFSET and 0° OFFSET. The difference between these two resides in the fork angle.
- 0° OFFSET means the wheel axle is a continuation of the fork at its centre. This means the wheel is positioned at 0° both front and back compared to the
centre of the fork tube. This means a more sensitive fork without worrying about which way around it is: you can ride whichever way it's
- OFFSET, on the other hand, means that the axis of the wheel is slightly off-centre compared to the fork's tube. This is the most frequently scene set up, generally with 10° of OFFSET. In these cases, the fork offers better stability, but you'll need to push it a little for some techniques, such as 'nose manuals'. Some riders flip their fork around for a 0° OFFSET fork effect - but watch out for faceplants!
Available fork diameter:
There are two types of fork diameter on the market:
- External Ø 27.8mm that accounts for the vast majority of available items. The average diameter corresponds to what's called the
standard diameter: a spec that hasn't changed since stunt scooters first emerged onto the market. These forks are compatible with a SCS, ICS and HIS compression system.
- IHC forks have smaller diameters. This is a fork with an integrated compression system known as IHC, which only works with this type of fork. When you put this combo together, you ultimately get a fork with an outer diameter of 27.8mm, but already compressed. All you'll need to do next is fit your bars on top.
stunt scooter forks: threaded or threadless?
This question is a bit of a moot point, as nowadays most forks are threadless for a smoother seamless connection between the bars and the fork. Threaded forks are leftover reminders of the old compression systems that used nuts and were inspired by bicycles. Nowadays you'll only find these on the steel forks you get on city scooters or some low-end freestyle ranges.
In terms of threadless forks, don't forget they need a compression system to be properly usable as intended.
IHC, ICS or HIC forks:
With respect to threadless forks, there are many different kinds depending on the compression systems they were designed for.
- We've already seen what IHC forks are. This fork has a smaller diameter and works in conjunction with an integrated compression system
called IHC, which once fitted and compressed, is equivalent to the diameter of a standard fork.
- ICS forks, meanwhile, have standard diameters and are hollow, with no inner threading to ensure the ICS compression screw can be integrated. These
forks cannot be used with an HIC or SCS.
- SCS/HIC forks are easily identifiable: they always come with a compression screw at the top of the fork tube This same screw can be reused to assemble the various different SCQ and HIC compression systems. This type of fork is not compatible with an ICS compression system.