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For a while now Micro Scooters have been appearing in ever increasing numbers, parked in the playground at the end of the day in our Primary School - they seem to be THE accessory du jour on the dreaded "school run". Micro Scooters produce a number of scooters, in two and three wheeled versions, and a couple of months ago now we joined the craze and bought the smaller version of this scooter, the excellent mini-micro, which costs £35-50 and is for the 3-5 age range, and which I have previously reviewed elsewhere on this site. Having two children however, it was perhaps inevitable that we would acquire a scooter for our elder child - this particular scooter, the maxi micro is for age 6-12 and is a bigger, adjustable, and sturdier version of the mini scooter and is, I believe, a new addition to the range.
The first thing to say about this scooter is that it is undeniably expensive. At £89 when we bought it (and now £94.50) it is quite an investment - we bought ours from John Lewis, and offset some of the cost with vouchers and a raid of our child's christmas relative fund, but, for the reasons I shall give I think it is a worth while buy, even though for that price you could conceivably buy about 9 cheaper two wheeled scooters of lesser quality.
It's some consolation that as soon as you open the box it is obvious that this is a quality, branded item. Assembly is minimal (just a matter of putting the t-bar into the holder), and everything is superbly built. On this scooter, unlike the smaller version, the handle bars are height adjustable, this can be done with ease and means that the scooter is able to accomodate children up to age 12, (the upper weight limit is 50kg) as the manufacturer claims - my child's cousin has tried this out, as have a number of her friends and they have all loved it too.
The scooter has a solid metal brake pedal on the back and very comfortable, well made pads on the handle. Like the smaller version the child steers it by making the handle bar lean left and right, rather than by twisting or turning the handlebars. This, it seems, is intuitive and fun - my daughter built up a fair bit of speed the very first time she got on it, and actually, I often find it hard to keep up with her. As the wheels are of a quality plastic (PU) they grip well and seem to wear really well too, though as they are black they do show up dirt fairly badly - not too much of a concern on an outdoor toy though in my opinion.
In terms of using the scooter, the low wheel base really makes all the difference, a child can glide along with this - it's far, far better than a cheaper scooter she previously owned and on which she was hopelessly outclassed by her younger sibling on her mini-micro (my husband who takes little interest in these things generally said the difference between the micro scooter and a cheap one is like that between a rolls royce and a 2cv, to give you an idea). The only thing that bemuses me slightly about this scooter is the safety instruction not to let your child exceed 5km an hour on it - I have no idea how I would measure this or stop my daughter in all honesty; we do take a few precautions and she wears a helmet as she can build up quite a speed but so far she has had no spills on this, and is a proficient braker. The scooter is best on smooth surfaces and just seems to glide along with total ease, and without rattling or making a noise, thanks to the great design. Whilst there's no skill needed in terms of balancing - the two front wheels mean that you don't have to - the scooter does seem to be enjoyable to ride and certainly more fun than walking!
The foot plate on this item is very solid, and quite wide, with good grips, so does accomodate larger feet than the smaller version - basically they have upgraded everything on the scooter from the smaller version (including the price), but have come up with a scooter that is a thing of beauty and practicality design and use wise.
All the parts on the scooter are fully replaceable and serviceable, on the manufacturer's website (to which I will put the link below, and where you can also buy the scooter itself and other accessories), there are full and comprehensive instructions as to how to proceed. Apart from the price there is nothing at all I can criticise about this scooter, my daughter loves it and it's a great way of getting her moving and huge fun on the walk to school and back. Though you can't fold this scooter I do find at 2.5kg I can carry it (and her sister's), and it can be put in the boot of a car.
Though this is an expensive scooter, I can't help but recommend it as it's really very, very good, and will I think have years of use - though I have taken off a star for the eyewatering price. Should you like this item, it comes in a number of other colours, some of which are starting to appear in our playground at school, and it can also be bought with a stick rather than t-bar handle. This scooter is, without doubt, the porsche of scooters....but we love it!