Boot Scoot Cruiser

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Boot Scoot's lower end components and upright geometry limit their maneuverability and overall durability and quality.

RATING: Recommended

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Tire Type

Air

Rating

Recommended

Child's Pants Size

4T, 5

Frame Material

Steel

Weight

10 lb.

Seat Height

17" – 20"

Tire Size

12"

Footrest

No

Sealed Bearings

No

Turning Limiter

No

Grips Bumper

Yes

Bolts

Exposed

Brakes

None

Available Colors

Blue, Green, Pink

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Metal headset allows the handlebars and front tire to spin smoothly around the frame
  • Air tires
  • Superb handlebar grips
  • Quick release adjustable seat post
CONS:
  • After falls, the wheel and handlebars often come out of alignment
  • Not designed for optimum handling (seat is placed too far forward for older riders)
  • High center-of-gravity design

Full Review

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.

boot scoot balance bike hand grip

2. Quick-release, adjustable seat post: Height adjustment can easily be made while on the go.

boot scoot quick release

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.

strider balance bike headsets

4. A fun ride: Despite its drawbacks (see cons below), the Boot Scoot’s are fun to ride.

five year old on boot scoot balance bike

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.

balance bike headset readjust

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 the differences in the rider’s position on the two bikes.  On Strider on the right, the rider is sitting much closer to the rear tire, which lowers her center-of-gravity on the bike.  On the green Zoomer on the left, the seat is placed high in relation to the rear tire, so her center of gravity is higher, which makes the bike more challenging to balance.

balance bike low center of gravity

The higher center of balance on the Zoomer is due to the more forward positioning of the seat.

balance bike frame geometry

Bottom Line:

While the Boot Scoots are decent budget bikes, their lower end components and upright geometry limit their maneuverability and overall durability and quality.  For other budget balance bike options, be sure to check out our Top 10 Budget Balance Bikes list.

 

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