A good entry-level bike, but limited in features. Unique frame geometry makes the Boot Scoot Cruiser harder to balance for older riders.
Seat Height: 17" - 20"
Weight: 10 lb.
Brakes: No Brakes
Tire Size: 12"
Grips Bumper: Yes
Frame Material: Steel
Boot Scoots bikes are one of the cheapest metal bikes on the market as they are often found on daily deal sites for around $50 to $60. Both models have a lightweight steel frame without the option for a brake. The cheap cost is due to cheaper components, but the manufacture’s warranty covers any broken parts. The Zoomer has foam tires on plastic rims, while the Cruiser has air tires on steel rims.
Boot Scoots Pros:
1. Superb handlebar grips: The grips on both the Zoomer and the Cruiser are solid rubber with a large chunky end to protect hands during falls.
2. Quick-release, adjustable seat post: I don’t know what is more bothersome, finding the correct tool to adjust a seat, or listening to your kids whine while you try to find it.
3. Metal headset: The metal headset on the Boot Scoot’s allow the handlebars and front tire to spin smoothly around the frame. Compared to the Strider, which has a plastic headset, the Boot Scoot’s steering is much smoother and less restricted. For younger riders however, some resistance when turning is desirable to help in steering. In such cases, the metal headset on the Boot Scoot’s are adjustable.
4. A fun ride: Despite it’s drawbacks (see cons below), the Boot Scoot’s are fun to ride.
Boot Scoot Zoomer and Cruiser Cons:
1. Wheel out of alignment: After falls, the wheel and handlebars often came out of alignment. This was a common problem with other brands as well, but by placing the front wheels between your feet, the handlebars can be quickly realigned. Allowing movement between the tires and the handlebars however, can actually prevent some injuries as it allows the handlebars to give way during a fall. To decrease the amount of give, the bolt on top of the handlebars (shown in the picture below) can be tightened.
2. Frame geometry: A lower center of balance on a bike allows for better handling. The geometry of the Boot Scoot’s bikes are not designed for optimum handling, which can cause older riders to be more “squirrely” during their rides. In the picture below, you can see difference in angles for the same rider on two different bikes. To be fair however, the Zoomer is designed for a two to three-year old and the rider pictured below is five. As a result, the angles are much more pronounced because the bike is designed for a younger rider.
The higher center of balance on the Zoomer is due to the more forward positioning of the seat.
Boot Scoot Cruiser Bottom Line: A good entry-level bike. Nothing fancy, just the basics, but due to their geometry, be sure to buy the Cruiser for older riders.
Boot Scoot Zoomer Bottom Line:
The Boot Scoot Zoomer is one of the cheapest metal bikes on the market. It has a great basic design, but for a bike geared to a preschool audience (as shown by the 14″ lowest seat post height), the tires should be air rather than foam, which is only acceptable for toddlers. It’s geometry is also not conducive to rider’s aged five and up.
Boot Scoot in Action:
**Please note, I did not take this video and it is used merely to show the Boot Scoot in action.**
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: December 26, 2016
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