Review of the Micro Suspension Adult Kick Scooter
This article is adapted from posts by BayAreaKicker, a LetsKickScoot Forum member.
Prior to writing this review, I’ve used the Micro Suspension scooter for several days on my commute and I can safely say it’s my current favorite scooter. Here is what I like about it:
Speed – This thing flies. I’ve never tried a Xootr, but the Micro Suspension goes about as fast as I’m comfortable going on this type of scooter. It’s easy to get it going and you can coast for quite a while without kicking again.
Build quality – The frame of this is so solid. It’s built like a tank and at no time did I feel shaky riding it.
Comfort – The handles are well padded, the deck is a nice size (I’m 5’11” size 10 shoes), and it’s fairly easy to carry now that I’ve added a carry strap (I used the zip tie method recommended on this forum). The deck top to the ground is 3.75″ and its ground clearance is 2.9″. While the deck is higher than the typical 3.5″ or less, suspension compresses the height when you step on it.
The ride – Most importantly, the ride is very smooth. The front and rear shocks absorb a good deal of the vibration and road cracks. Just doing an eyeball comparison, the Micro suspension shocks appear to be longer than the Oxelo Town 9, but I do not have one to directly compare it to, so it’s just a guess. The ride is not as smooth as with air-filled tires (which, unfortunately, is very slow), but this model provides a good combination of speed and shock absorption.
I’m not as crazy about:
Weight – At 13.5 pounds, it’s definitely heavier than my Kickped or Razor. That said, it is rated by Micro to hold a 250 pound rider.
Deck – I do wish it was a touch larger than 14″ by 5.5″, but this one is a very minor complaint. Note the difference in floorboard length between the Micro Suspension and a Kickped, which has more length.
Folding mechanism – This has the latch on the side that needs to be disengaged and then one button on the side to unfold. To refold, you depress two buttons (one of each side). I can do it quickly now, but at first, it’s not all that simple.
Wheels – In my opinion, its 8″ (200 mm) PU wheels are fairly standard among many kick scooter models. PU wheels contribute to great speed, but there are times when I hit loose ground or damp pavement and feel the traction slipping. Riders need to be aware of the pavement they ride on and be extra careful on gravel. Kick scooters of this type are not designed to be ridden in the rain or through puddles.
Kickstand – It’s nice that it has one, but you have to pull it out with your hand. I can’t seem to ever nudge it out with my foot.
Comparison to the Micro Flex Air:
Since I also had the Micro Flex Air, I checked to see if the air-filled tires would fit on the Suspension and they do perfectly. These pneumatic tires slow the scooter down slightly, but not as much as they did on the Micro Flex Air, which uses a slightly flexible floorboard designed for a smoother ride.
After receiving the Micro Suspension, I sold my Micro Flex Air. Its pneumatic tires and its flexing floorboard combine to make this vehicle a very tough kick scooter to propel.
The Micro Flex Air’s deck is also shorter than the Micro Suspension’s. The final nail in the coffin for the Micro Flex Air was its nub-like stomp brake, which is very hard to find with your foot. So, add me to the chorus of folks on LetsKickScoot’s forums who give a hearty BOO to the Micro Flex Air.
[Editor: The Micro Flex Blue with PU tires provides a comfortable, well-balanced ride. These tires are far different than the ones installed on the Micro Flex Air, which are air-filled. Both the Micro Flex Blue and the Micro Flex Air have the same type of nub-like stomp brake.]
One final note: I added the bell on the handle.
- Original discussion on our LetsKickScoot Forums
- Mico Kickboard Scooters: distributors for the USA
- Micro Suspension Scooter
Article and photos by BayAreaKicker, a member of our LetsKickScoot Forums. Posted November 20, 2015 on www.LetsKickScoot.com. Request permission to copy any part or all of this article from “Scooter” – Karen@LetsKickScoot.com.