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A3 vs A1 - What you should know (Pictures included)
on January 13, 2016
What a tremendous upgrade from the Razor A1 scooter that my daughter has been riding for the past 2 years. I wish I would have researched ahead of time originally because I probably never would have purchased the A1 and would have instead gone straight to the A3. The A1 if you are not familiar is what I would call the entry-level model from Razor. It is not a bad scooter, and may be fine for younger children to start with (under age 7). It is more compact and lighter in weight overall, which can help new riders get the hang of things, but the smaller dimensions and lighter weight come with disadvantages. The wheels are almost half the size as those on the A3 (see pictures) and this creates quite a problem if there is any kind of bump or crack in a sidewalk as the wheel is likely to get caught and can leave your child facedown on the pavement very quickly. Over time the handle bars became misaligned as well from repeated falls and drops onto the ground, and they got to the point where I could not keep the front wheel straight because of this.
So I decided to get my daughter who is now approaching age 10 the Razor A3 scooter, and I am glad that I did. First of all there is a price difference, and while there are sales and deals at times, the difference between the two scooters averages about $20-$25, so if you aren't ready to spend close to $50 this isn't for you. I say that it is worth the price. The scooter weighs a little bit more, and just feels stronger overall. The handlebars extend higher, which allows taller riders to use it with ease. The deck is wider and longer (see pictures) which creates a more stable platform to ride on. As I've stated the wheel size is significantly different, and the bigger wheels on the A3 allow for a MUCH smoother ride. It can take on bumps and cracks in the pavement or sidewalk without issues. It also allows the rider to go faster and farther without having to push as much. The kickbar over the back wheel is a nice added touch if your child is able to actually do "tricks". My daughter is not able to do anything in terms of tricks, but has found that the kickbar is a great place to put her back/pushing foot when she is riding that also gives her easy access to the brake (which is the metal covering over the back wheel).
I firmly believe that the A3 could be purchased for even younger children as the handlebar height is adjustable, and it would be easy to adjust to their height as they get older. I have attached pictures for comparison between the original A1 and the new A3 (A1 is pink, A3 is blue). I hope that my thoughts and pictures will help you when making a choice for your child.