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A very well-made scooter,
This review is from: Razor Cruiser Scooter (Sports)
The other day I misplaced my bicycle because I locked it somewhere and left it after the derailleur broke. The next day I bought a cheap Airwalk scooter from Canadian Tire to help me cover more ground. I was immediately struck by what a practical form of transportation these devices are: lighter and cheaper than a bicycle, they fold up, allowing for easy transport on buses and trains. They are also extremely mechanically simple, meaning there's not much to go wrong.
The day after that I ordered a Razor A5 from the States which hasn't arrived yet. This was before I realized I could buy the very similar Cruiser scooter at my local Walmart. I couldn't resist. I am struck by how much better quality this scooter is than the Airwalk, which is already starting to disintegrate (I've disassembled it for an overhaul...)
I have several minor complaints. The handlebars are quite low and might be uncomfortable for those over 5'6". I am quite short, so it's not bad for me. Of course it also depends on arm length. The deck is also quite high off the ground, making it (even) more tiring to push.
The wooden deck flexes, which is actually a design feature, not a bug. On the face of it, this is a good idea since it helps absorb bumps. The problem is, every time the deck flexes, it changes both the steering geometry and the wheelbase, making for somewhat unstable handling. It feels especially loopy under hard braking, when you tend to push on the handlebars to generate extra force--the bars will flex over an inch. It's also unstable when riding over low-speed bumps since the front wheel will try to flex backward rather than roll over the bump. I'm not even sure how piece of wood that thick can flex so much. I also notice that the wood amplifies the sound of a bump even more than metal.
The rosy side of this is that the deck is bolted into place, so you can replace it with one of any size and material you like. Wood, steel, aluminum, fibreglass--choose your poison. Personally, I think I'm going to cut one out of 1/2" plexiglass and put a large orange sticker on it that says: "**Warning** Plexiglass is brittle and has a low tensile strength. It should not be used for structural applications." Since plexiglass generally comes in large sheets, I can always cut a new one...