Review of the Fuzion Cityglide with Handbrake
The Fuzion Cityglide kick scooter with handbrake is an excellent yet surprisingly inexpensive kick scooter for adults.
Its 2.5-inch high floorboard is ideal for kicking and its 8-inch (200 mm) PU wheels make it fast and stable. Rare among currently available models is its handbrake which, in terms of functionality, provides everything one would want in a small scooter. Best, it is priced at around $85.
At 9 pounds, it is one of the lightest small urban kick scooters available, making it perfect for carrying on public transportation as well as for storing in a closet.
Non-suspension: Like many small urban scooters, the Fuzion Cityglide does not have a suspension, making its ride similar to Xootrs, the Razor A5, and the Micro Black/White. Like the others, it speeds over smooth surfaces, but rides roughen over pebbly asphalt and packed brick surfaces. Thick foam grips reduce the feeling of vibrations, however. If your riding path is very rough, consider wearing shock-reduction gloves (See our article, “Reduce Vibrations When Riding a Kick Scooter”).
Handlebar height: It is unfortunate that this scooter’s handlebar stem is the shortest of all the small urban scooters at 34.5″ from the deck. The picture below contrasts a 6-foot and a 5-foot, 4-inch rider on the same scooter.
While riders 5-feet, 10-inches and shorter would be comfortable on this scooter, taller riders might find the handlebar too short. Tall riders can, of course, ride the Fuzion Cityglide with handbrake and might choose to do so if they need a very light weight scooter to carry on public transportation.
Low deck: I am particularly fond of the Fuzion Cityglide with handbrake’s low, 2.5-inch floorboard to ground height. Its ground clearance (under the deck) is 1.5-inches.
Wide deck: The usable standing area on the deck is 12.75 x 5.125 inches. At just over 5-inches wide, people who wear size 10 shoes or smaller can stand on the deck with their feet side-by-side. People who wear larger shoes will find the deck comfortable for foot-switching techniques. Consider removing its rough deck surface to make foot-switching easier.
Parking: Last, I like the way the Fuzion Cityglide with handbrake can be parked on the ground without having it flop over. To park, simply close the scooter and rest it on its frame.
The Fuzion Cityglide’s handbrake and the rear stomp brake both control a single, back wheel braking mechanism as seen below.
The strength you need for stopping depends on your traveling speed. Press the stomp brake for greater power and use the handbrake for less.
The handbrake is very useful when navigating on urban sidewalks filled with pedestrians. It can also be used in conjunction with the stomp brake for those times, like when going downhill, you might need to step off before the scooter comes to a full stop.
Opening and Closing
The handlebar stem features two clamps. One is used to secure handlebar height and the other, (see below) to secure the folding mechanism.
How it works: The handlebar travels from upright (as seen above) to resting on the floorboard. To close the handlebar from an upright position, open the silver clamp, then pull up on the black lever, lifting the clamp up out of a groove. When the clamp is out of the first groove, push the handlebar toward the floorboard until the clamp clicks into the lower groove, which I’ve circled in red.
The clamp is held in place by a tight spring. When you pull up on the black lever, you pull the clamp up and stretch the spring. If the clamp is in the proper place when you release the lever, the spring retracts with enough force to pull the clamp into a groove.
To operate smoothly, adjust the clamp so it is snug enough to move when the black lever is pulled, but not loose to the point where it flops. Make the adjustment by holding the clamp lever in one hand and rotating the clamp adjusting knob with the other. If the clamp fitting is loose, it loses its right-angle relationship to the sides of the handlebar and it will not drop into the groove.
After the clamp snaps into the proper groove, squeeze the clamp until it is completely closed. If the clamp is too tight to close, adjust until the mechanism is loose enough for you to manage, but still snug.
Always squeeze the clamp closed, whether you park the scooter or are under way. Failure to do that will cause the clamp to come out of adjustment, making opening and closing difficult.
Our scooter came with a loose head-set bearing which caused the handlebar stem to be slightly loose and rattly.
To temporarily fix this situation, turn the head-set bearing nut by hand until it allows a slight bit of lateral play. To lock the head-set bearing in place, you need two wrenches. Use one wrench to hold the head-set bearing and the second to tighten the lock nut firmly against the head-set bearing. If you don’t have the tools to make the final adjustment, ask a bike shop to do it for you.
- See a related article entitled “Handbrakes on Small Urban Scooters“
- Discussion on our LetsKickScoot Forums leading to this article
- Forum member Janet J introduces us to the Fuzion Cityglide with handbrake
- Fuzion Scooters Website