Buyers Guide to Scooter Decks

This is a Buyers Guide to Scooter Decks written by Syndicate Co-Owner Regan Thompson drawing on over 7 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 guide and we in know way guarantee that you will get better by simply buying a new Deck - That’s not what we’re about.

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 23.5” long.

A longer Scooter Deck will:
Allow you to hop higher.
Often be more comfortable to stand on.
Will sometimes allow you to balance manuals easier

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 trick focused riders to use a shorter deck.

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” at a time.

Overall, the most popular Scooter Deck length in the history of Syndicate is 22” long.


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

A heavier Deck will:
Be stronger and likely last longer.

A lighter Deck will:
Allow you to manipulate the scooter easier theoretically making tricks 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 small 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 even 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 6” 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 theoretically making tail/heel whips easier.

A thinner width Deck will:
Possibly be lighter depending on the rest of the Decks construction.
Allow you to 5050 and 5.0 inside rails easier.

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 even lookup that exact Deck and compare it against the width of the Deck you are considering purchasing.

Footspace
Scooter Decks vary in footspace 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 footspace is the flat area in which you can actually stand on length-wise.

A longer footspace 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 footspace as possible without your Deck being so long that it will restrict your riding according to your preference.

Use the footspace 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 meaning 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