By David Jones
Scooters have been a fun and convenient way to commute around urban areas for years. The growing popularity of scooters led to the formation of freestyle scootering and other scooter-based sports. As these sports gain in popularity, scooter manufacturers create new models of scooters that enhance the ability and safety of the scooters for these sports, such as freestyle scooters. The latest generations of scooters are providing users the ability to scooter off-road and in the dirt.
Editor’s note: “Dirt” in American English means soil or an unpaved road etc.
Why Dirt Scooters?
Most scooters are built to ride on smooth terrain, such as at skate parks or on the street. The wheels, deck, handle bars and other elements of the scooter are made for the specific use of the scooter. Although freestyle scooters have a more solid and rigid deck, reinforced handlebars, and other special features to allow the tricks to be done and extend the life of the scooter, it still does not provide the durability of an off-road vehicle. As more and more scooter riders are moving to the dirt, manufacturers are creating scooters that will have the durability and ability for freestyle dirt scootering.
What can Dirt Scooters Do?
Dirt scooters, or those that can ride on all terrains, can take the enjoyment of scootering off the road and into dirt, trails and mountains. They are made of stronger materials and wheels to handle the harsher terrain. In addition to freestyle scootering, they can be used for cross-country riding either alone or with dogs (also known as mushing). Although each specific brand of dirt scooter has its own features, the biggest differentiator of dirt scooters form other types is that they have inflatable tires and intertubes, similar to the BMX bikes.
Razor’s Phase Two Dirt Scoot
There are several different types of dirt or all-terrain scooters already on the market, including that by one of the most recognized name of scooters, Razor. John Radke, the professional freestyle scooter rider who first recognized the potential of taking the sport to the dirt, designed the Razor Phase Two Dirt Scoot Pro. This scooter underwent two years of testing to ensure its high-quality and ability to take on this sport. It has high-pressure tires and tubes that have a custom design tread pattern that feature knobs for aggressive traction but a smooth center rib for rolling on pavement. It also has a two-piece, split core hub design that makes it easy to maintain the tires and tubes.
Other Brands of Dirt Scooters
Royal Scout also has manufactured some dirt scooter models that feature genuine MBS 200mm pneumatic wheels that can be used on dirt jumps, BMX tracks, rough alley rail jams, grass drops, or single track trails. They have a variety of models with features perfect for the entry-level rider to a professional.
Another type of dirt scooter is the Diggler Mountain Scooter, proclaimed as the original mountain scooter. It is a combination of mountain bike and scooter, and features larger wheels than some of the dirt scooters. They can handle the same terrain as a mountain bike, but they offer the turning abilities and fun of a skateboard. They can go downhill and around terrain, whether you just want to get around hiking trails a bit faster or want to take your scooter freestyle tricks off the ramp and into the woods.
For scooter enthusiasts who wish to take their sport off-road, they now have many options of dirt and mountain scooters that provide the durability to perform tricks or just go for a ride on any surface. With the new generation of dirt scooters, you can take your scooter anywhere.
David Jones is a Product Designer at Pulse Performance Products and a Major League Baseball fan. He designs products with a specific goal of environmental sustainability in mind, and enjoys creating products that can help reduce our impact on immediate environmental surroundings.