A Buyers Guide to Freestyle Scooter Decks

By: Regan Thompson  

Syndicate Store is Australia’s Rider Owned and Operated Freestyle Scooter Shop.
For years we have poured our lives into growing, nurturing and supporting the Scooter Community with a large emphasis on Street Riding. We can confidently say that there is not another scooter store in Australia owned and operated by people who live and love scootering as much as we do. When you shop at Syndicate you support a family of Scooter Riders that went all-in on their true passion. Thankyou.

This is a Buyers Guide to Freestyle Scooter Decks written by Syndicate Co-Owner Regan Thompson drawing on over 10 years of Scooter Riding & Scooter Manufacturing experience.

We will endeavour to update and add to this guide wherever it is needed.
It is to be used only as a guide and we in no way guarantee that you will get better by buying a new Deck - That’s simply not how it works.

Below is a compilation of meanings and examples of terms and measurements referenced regularly on Scooter Decks on our website.

Length
Scooter Decks vary in length from about 19” to 24” long.

A longer Scooter Deck will:
Allow you to hop higher due to the added leverage.
Often be more comfortable to stand on due to the added space/length.
Will allow you to balance manuals easier due to the added length providing stability.

A shorter Scooter Deck will:
Allow you to spin tricks like tail whips and heel whips around quicker.
Allow you to rotate and spin your whole body and scooter around quicker for tricks like 180’s and 360’s

The length you choose is totally relative to your height and style of riding. Some 6 foot tall Scooter Riders ride 20” long Decks while some ride 23”.

It is common for park riders focused on aerial tricks to use a shorter deck allowing them to manipulate the deck and dictate its direction easier and faster.

It is common for street riders to use a longer deck in general for many different reasons.
Street riders are usually a bit older which can often mean they are taller.
Street riders tend to ride with a “less is more” approach to tricks meaning they can have the benefit of a more comfortable longer deck as they do not rely on the benefits offered from a short deck.
Street riders often require the leverage given from a longer deck to hop onto the high ledges and rails you see in street/city environments.


Use the length information on specific product listings at Syndicate to compare to your current Deck and as a suggestion we would advise not to change lengths by more than 1” to 1.5” at a time.

Overall, the most popular Scooter Deck length in the history of Syndicate is 22” long with 23” long coming close behind.


Weight
Scooter Decks vary in weight from about 1.1kg to 2kg

A heavier Deck will:
Likely be stronger and likely last longer.

A lighter Deck will:
Allow you to manipulate the scooter easier

The way that the weight affects you is relative to your strength and style.
A heavier Deck will not feel as heavy to a average grown adult as it does to a smaller 15 year old.

Use the weight information on specific product listings at Syndicate to compare to your current Deck and as a suggestion try feeling a friends Scooter Deck and noting whether it feels heavy to you or not. You can then lookup that exact Deck and compare it against the weight of the Deck you are considering purchasing.


Width
Scooter Decks vary in width from about 4.25” to nearly 7” wide.

A wider Deck will:
Allow you to 5050 and 5.0 grind on rails and ledges easier.
Balance better on boardslides.
Provide more support and comfort to your feet
Allow you to spot your landing better ensuring your feet land back on the deck.

A thinner width Deck will:
Possibly be lighter depending on the rest of the Decks construction.

The way a Scooter Decks width affects you is relative to your body size and preference.
A wider Deck will not feel as wide to a size 11 foot as it does to a size 7 foot.

Use the width information on specific product listings at Syndicate to compare to your current Deck and as a suggestion try feeling a friends Scooter Deck and noting whether it feels too wide for you or not. You can then lookup that exact Deck and compare it against the width of the Deck you are considering purchasing.

Foot space
Scooter Decks vary in foot space and its not always reflective of simply the Decks length.
The way a downtube connects to a Deck varies across companies and manufacturing techniques. The foot space is the flat area in which you can actually stand on length-wise.

A longer foot space will:
Be more comfortable to stand on.
Allow you more room to prepare for tricks.
Give you more space to land on.

The goal is often to have as much foot space as possible without your Deck being so long that it will restrict your riding according to your preference.

Use the foot space information on specific product listings at Syndicate to compare to your current Deck.


Wheelbase
Scooter Decks can vary in wheel base from around  22” to 27”
Wheelbase is the measurement from the centre of the rear axle hole to where the centre of the forks axle hole would be. At Syndicate we often install forks into Decks to retrieve this specific measurement for you.
The wheelbase is actually the most crucial measurement in regards to the length of a Scooter Deck. The Length, Headtube Angle and Blunt Space affect the Wheelbase of a deck sometimes by up to a whole inch.
This means you could go from a 21” long Deck to a 22” without your overall scooter being any longer (How crazy is that!)
Everything we say about a Scooter Decks length can also be applied to a Scooter Decks wheelbase.

Headtube Angle
Scooter Decks can vary in Headtube Angle (HTA) from 82 degrees to 84.

The higher the number:
Will give you more distance between your bars and your body. (this helps for bar spins)
Allow you more leverage to hop higher.
Will make nose manuals easier.

 

The lower the number:
Will make spinning tail/heel whips easier.

Blunt Space
The blunt space is the area between the front of the Scooter Deck and a fork turned sideways. It is a specific grind and stall. The blunt space also plays a roll in the Scooter Decks wheelbase.

A larger blunt space will:
Make blunt stalls easier.

A smaller blunt space will:
Make blunt slides easier.
Give you a higher chance of being able to blunt slide certain obstacles like square handrails.


We hope to add more information soon so we can help you choose your next Scooter Deck.

If you have any suggestions for this guide or want to know anything more about an individual product on our website please email contact@syndicatestore.com.au