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Micro Maxi Kick Scooter with T-bar
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- Please tighten handlebar clamp using supplied hex wrench before riding
- Every part on the Maxi is replaceable-- this allows it to last, virtually forever
- The Maxi's wheels are made of the highest quality PU which creates an incredibly smooth glide, perfect for Urban/Suburban pavements
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The Micro Maxi kickboard is designed for elementary school-age kids. The steering features a curving and carving action that is a little like being on a skateboard but with greater control and maneuverability. Kids love the Maxi's exceptionally smooth glide and strong 3-wheel construction. Choose between two steering options - the Joystick for better curving and carving, or a traditional TBar for easier balancing. The handlebar styles are interchangeable, and available as an Accessory - choose one to start and switch to the other at a later time. The Maxi's steering stick extends from 24in to 36in. The quality choice in kickboard scooters for school-age kids.
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Even though the price tag made me cringe, with few other options I splurged on the Maxi Micro Kick. I figured very few things on Amazon have an (almost) 5 star rating so it must be good, and he will be able to get several years worth of use out of it. I was right! I was hesitant that he wouldn't be able to figure out the steering mechanism since he's not a particularly coordinated child, but after a day or two of riding it in our house he had it down. The 3 wheeled design easily allows him to stand and cruise while steering by a simple lean without having to worry about falling off. The platform is really low to the ground making him feel more in control and less fearful. It definitely moves faster and more easily than a lot of other 3 wheeled scooters, though I see that as a pro since it means he'll still enjoy riding it as he gets older. The brake is wider than Razor scooters and easy to use by small feet. Even my 23 month old daughter has figured out how to push and balance on it, though needs more practice (and space) to work on steering. I suspect the purchase of a Mini Kick scooter for her birthday is in order to prevent fighting over the Maxi this summer.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase. While the price tag is steep, it is something a child can use for several years and the warranty and customer service tell you that you can believe in this product to last. We haven't been able to take it outside yet but he can't wait for the snow to melt so he can really ride it around. Me too!
Sure enough, Grandma got my daughter a mini kick for her 2nd birthday. If you're wondering which to get, there are a few differences. Most of all, the mini is definitely made for smaller/lighter children. There is a bit of a 'give' to the mini's foot board when I put weight on it that there isn't on the maxi. If your child is close to the weight limit, I'd move right up to the maxi since the weight limit is probably not something you want to push too much. The maxi's foot board is also slightly wider and longer, and the brake is a bit wider. The handle bars are the same height when the maxi is set on its lowest setting. (Mini's handle bar is not adjustable.) Weight wise, the mini is also lighter by about a pound. See added picture for a side by side comparison.
I do see why the mini would be easier for smaller children (under 3) to maneuver, but if your child is either on the larger side or a bit older (4+), you might as well just spend the extra money and get something that will last them longer since the differences aren't very substantial.
LAST UPDATE: 3/2016 - We've now had these scooters for over two years and I can still say both our Mini and Maxi scooters are still one of the best purchases we have ever made. The kids rarely ride their bikes anymore. It only took a few good tries for my 2.5 year old daughter to figure out how to propel and steer and she was off racing the big kids. The scooters are also holding up very well considering how many miles have been put on them. Another bonus: If you call their customer service (which I had to do when I couldn't figure out how to get the T-bar lowered), you'll hear a few rings before an actual person picks up! No automation, no menus to trudge through... it's refreshing! There are now similar knock-off scooters on the market but I doubt any can compare to the Kickboard scooters in both quality and customer support.
I LIED... ANOTHER UPDATE: 9/2016 - So after putting on countless miles the last 3 summers, the brake snapped off when a neighbor kid tried to jump it down a curb. (I do not recommend.) I went on to Kickboard's website and was able to order a new brake and screws for $11 with free shipping. The scooter was simple to disassemble to remove the remnants of the old brake and put the new one in. Most companies would force you to buy an entirely new product but this scooter will now still be going for several more summers. (You can even change the color of the footplate and handle grips if you want a fresh look or pass it on to a different gendered sibling!) We will be purchasing another Maxi for my middle daughter for her 5th birthday, as she is quickly outgrowing her Mini. We will then pass the Mini down to Child #3 who, at 18 months, is already starting to figure out how to ride and propel. She just needs a little help steering but loves her "ooter." Love this scooter!
The maxi scooter measures 24 in. high at it's lowest setting and that suits my 41 in. daughter very well. I almost purchased the mini kick, but so glad now that I didn't since the maxi is adjustable and has a slightly larger platform.
I will concede this scooter is made in China just as the Razors are, but the components on the kick line of scooters are much better quality... the wheels, bearings, etc.
The steering column does not fold down, but rather locks into place, or is removed with a "push" button mechanism. It can be a bit awkward to push the button to remove the column. I find that a small flat-head screwdriver works well for this. The height adjustment is a simple, but reliable quick release. The hand grips are really rubbery and provide excellent grip. The deck has no grip tape, but does seem to provide adequate slip protection as my daughter was riding through puddles yesterday. The deck has just the amount of flex one might expect a child's scooter to have, which really helps the carving effect one gets from the unique steering mechanism. The front wheels have a camber to them when turning.... think Can-Am roadster. The wheels are super smooth and ultra quiet on our hardwood, tile carpet, and outside on pavement.
I was a little worried about my girl not getting the hang of the rear brake, but boy was I wrong. Once I showed it to her, she immediately began practicing with it. We had a couple rainy days at Christmas, so she got to practice inside before heading out. She seemed really confident right from the start. I'm so glad we paid a little more and went with the front three wheeled design. Our neighbor's child got a rear three wheeled scooter and she is constantly kicking the rear wheels when she pushes, regardless of which foot she uses. My girl is able to take big long confident strides when she pushes without kicking any wheels.
If you are reading this debating between the maxi or mini, your child is probably going to fit the maxi at it's lowest setting. If you are here debating between a front or rear three wheeled design, I promise your child will be happier with this design if given the choice. Micro Mobility started out designing scooters for adults, and have since delivered a well designed quality line of children's scooters. It really is a great little scooter, and in my opinion far superior to the half a dozen different scooters belonging to the children in this cul-de-sac.
Scooter is holding up great. Very well built. All the other kids in the neighborhood love to ride it because of the two wheels in front design, along with the built in 'camber'. I would buy this over again in a heartbeat. I've only raised the handle up about an inch from last year, so I firmly believe it will last our daughter for seven more years. Updating from 4 to 5 stars!
Daughter is now 46 inches tall and still have tons of room to adjust the handlebars up as she grows. Scooter is in great shape, but she hasn't hit the half-pipe with it either. Seriously, this scooter is a really good buy despite the higher price than other scooters. She has been riding it about everyday for over two years now and I still believe she will get another 4-5 years out of it.
Still going strong! We keep it in the garage so it isn't subjected to the elements. A little sun fading on the grips and a few nicks here and there but otherwise still in excellent shape. Our daughter prefers this to her bike so it gets ridden just about everyday at some point. A great value if you buy early.. around age 3 or so. I said she would likely get 8 years out of this scooter when I wrote the review in 2013. Well it's been almost 4 years now and I still feel she will get 3-4 more years of enjoyment from this scooter.
Thanks for the time and if you have any questions feel free to ask and I will answer as best I can.
Sometimes in my short life, I stumble across a couple of really great products. And these scooters are just that and then some. They transcend the mundane. They rise to the top. But don't ask me how great these scooters are, just ask my kids, or better yet, watch them as they tool around the park or scooter up and down the block. Who needs a bike!?!
My wife and I like to walk to our favorite park, and between the bikes or the scooters, my two kids will pick these scooters almost every time for the trip. It's a long walk, over four miles and two hours there and back, with an hour or so of playing in between. For the kids, it's not even a problem. They just scooter like it's nothing to them. And the reason why it's so easy is because of how these scooters are designed.
The key to why these scooters are so fun and easy for kids to ride is the three-wheel design, and how the tilt steering of the two front wheels works. The three wheel design allows for a very stable platform where the kid won't easily fall over. And the left/right tilt steering is so natural feeling, that my kids picked it up almost instantly. They just lean into the turn and the tilt steering takes over naturally. On top of that, the steering is spring-loaded, so the scooter springs back to center automatically after the turn is complete. Brilliant!! In a short afternoon of riding, both of my kids had nearly mastered the art of scootering. Heck, my son was doing little tricks on his scooter in a matter of days!
They are a bit pricey. But no matter. Highly Recommended!!!