If you want a super smooth and stable ride, the Mini Micro Scooter, as well as the larger Maxi Micro Deluxe scooter, will have your kid surfing the sidewalk in no time! We love the Micro Kickboard line of scooters as they deliver top-of-the-line quality and performance that was quickly evident throughout our testing.
From the differences in sizes to performance, we will cover everything you need to know about the Mini Micro and Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooters in our review to ensure you can purchase with confidence.
Mini Micro Scooter and Maxi Deluxe Overview
- Skateboard-style motion creates a fun and unique scooter experience
- Reinforced flexible fiberglass deck absorbs impact from the ground for a smooth ride
- Extra stability minimizes falls and injuries
- Beautiful, anodized aluminum stem comes in tons of color options
- Lean-to-steer functionality takes a little getting used to
Mini Micro and Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter Review – Results of our Tests
A very distinct ride from your typical kick scooter, our testers were delighted by the unique and smooth surfing motion and especially appreciated the soft foot deck that maximized stability and comfort and minimized injuries. In fact, we love Micro Kickboard’s scooters so much we made sure to add them to the top of our Best Kids Scooters list.
Micro Kickboards are not the scooters you grew up with! With a unique skateboard-style steering technique, our official testers (kids), and non-official testers (parents!) had a blast exploring on a scooter that offers a one-of-a-kind riding experience.
The Mini Micro and Maxi Deluxe create a riding experience similar to that of a skateboard by allowing the rider to carve turns, but with the added security of t-bar handlebars for extra stability and maneuverability. This lean-to-steer movement is much different than a traditional scooter on which you steer by turning the front wheel with the handlebars. Although this does take some practice to get the hang of, once mastered, kids love the smooth, leisurely ride and surfer-like vibe.
The 3 wheeled set-up and 5.5″ wide foot deck also contribute to an extra stable ride, less falls, and fewer injuries. While the confidence of our timid and average riders benefited from these stable and lightweight scooters, our aggressive riders took advantage of these same features for safer acceleration, “air hops”, and surfing the sidewalk.
With a foot platform made from reinforced flexible fiberglass and wheels of polyurethane, the ride is exceptionally smooth and quiet. While traditional Razor style scooters serve their own purpose, the Micro Kickboards blow them out of the water in smoothness and ease of the riding experience. None of the clickity clack against the sidewalk cracks on these kickboards!
One important note on performance – these scooters are not great for skate parks. The carving and surfing motion that makes them so awesome for smooth cruising limits their ability to make quick turns. We actually took them to a skate park to test them out and it didn’t go so well . 🙂
Mini Micro and Maxi Micro Scooters Sizing and Components
- Handlebar Height: The Mini’s handlebars are also height adjustable – from 17″ up to 25″ from the deck.
- Weight: 4.2 lbs.
- Weight Capacity: 75 lbs.
- Age: 2 – 5
- Handlebar Height: The Maxi’s adjustable handlebars allow riders to grow with the scooter – with almost 10″ of adjustability from min to max! 24″ to 33.5″ from the deck.
- Weight: 5.5 lb.
- Weight Capacity: 150 lbs.
- Age: 5 – 12
Scooter Components and Quality of Build
The foot deck of the Micro Kickboards is definitely a standout feature of these scooters. Constructed of reinforced flexible fiberglass, the deck absorbs impact from the ground and makes for an incredibly smooth ride.
We also love that the entire deck is anti-slip silicone injected, so even in wet conditions, your child’s feet can stay firmly planted. And being 5’5″ wide (traditional Razor has a 3.5″ deck), the scooter is just more stable and more comfortable to ride than most other scooters. (The deck on the Mini is 4.5″, which is perfect for smaller feet.)
How do you steer a Micro Scooter?
The handlebars are another defining feature of the Micro Kickboards. Like outline above, because the handlebars are stationary and don’t turn to move the front wheels, the foot platform also doesn’t turn. By leaning to steer, the scooter is more stable and safer!
Have you ever had the metal foot deck on a traditional kick scooter whack you in the ankles?? Man, that hurts, but that’s no longer a problem on the Micro scooters! In fact, while it’s very rare to have a child tester actually be able to articulate why they like something, even when you ask them, but our 7-year-old and 9-year-old testers actually brought this added bonus up on their own.
The T-bar features really comfortable soft rubber hand grips that also have rubber ends to protect hands from falls or when hitting walls. But the best thing about the grips is that unlike many other scooters, the hand grips are not foam, which can tear and also gets pretty dirty very quickly.
What color options are available?
The stem of the scooter is a beautiful, smooth anodized aluminum that comes in 12 different color options for the Maxi and 11 for the Mini.
What type of wheels do the Micro Scooters have?
With two larger polyurethane wheels in front (120 mm) and a smaller wheel in the back (80 mm), the Micro Kickboard’s wheels are also a huge factor in the stability and smoothness of the ride. But remember that stability is not the only purpose for this 3-wheeled setup – it’s all about the lean-to-steer, skateboard motion experience!
Our testers also benefited from the non-marking polyurethane wheels, along with the fiberglass deck, because we actually let them cruise around the wood floors in the house on bad weather days!
How do the brakes work on the Micro Scooters?
Because the back wheel is actually a set of double wheels, the brake on the Micro Kickboard Maxi is beefier than on a traditional scooter and also features a handy non-slip silicone cover to keep your foot in place. The Mini has just one wheel in back.
To engage the brake on both scooters, the child rider simply needs to press down on the brake with their foot.
Ease of Transport and Storage
Compared to a traditional folding kick scooter, these Kickboards aren’t quite as easy to store or transport because they don’t fold over, but you can easily remove the t-bar from the foot deck if you need to.
What’s the Difference Between the Micro Maxi Classic and Micro Maxi Deluxe?
While we haven’t tested the original version of the Maxi, but we did reach out to Micro to get our readers an official explanation of how the Deluxe model of the Maxi is different than the original.
- The Micro Deluxe comes in different color options with the stem of the scooter matching the color of the foot deck. Previously, the stems were black or silver.
- The Deluxe versions are safety-tested to a higher weight limit: Maxi Deluxe is rated for 150 lbs. vs. the Maxi Original which is only rated at 110 lbs. We were pretty excited that (some of) us adults could ride the Maxi Deluxe!
- The Deluxe has an upgraded foot deck. It’s a hi-tech duel injection deck that has an anti-slip Micro logo for better grip when scooting.
Mini Micro Scooter and Maxi Micro Scooter Deluxe Bottom Line
You’re going to be hard-pressed to find another scooter with the quality and durability of the Mini Micro Deluxe and the Maxi Micro Deluxe. If you’re headed for the skate park or primarily want to do tricks, this isn’t the scooter for you. But if you want a super smooth, easy, and unique ride, the Micro Kickboards will have you surfing the sidewalk in no time.
For additional 3-wheel scooter options, check out our article: 6 Best Scooters for Toddlers