Razor A2 Kick Scooter
Razor's quintessential kick-scooter is small and light for the youngest riders.
BEST FOR: Neighborhood riding for kids 5 - 8
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Pros & Cons
- Adjustable height handlebars for longevity of use
- Lightweight frame is easy to manage for young riders
- Comes in lots of color options
- Noisy riding over lines in sidewalk
Razor kick-scooters are everywhere and every kid seems to have one. They’re insanely popular for a reason (or several). Razor scooters are affordable, easy to ride, lightweight, and kinda last forever. Are they the best kick-scooters out there? No. But they really are a great bang for your buck. Razor’s most popular models are the entry-level A2 and the larger and upgraded A5 Lux. Which one is best for your kid? Read on to find out!
I don’t really get kids’ obsessions with scooters, but the obsession is real. Whenever we get a new scooter to review, my kids are hounding me every day to “take the pictures so we can ride it already!!” While my daughter tends to just stroll through the neighborhood with her friends, my boys go into attack mode and race their friends and jump off every curb they can find.
Whatever my kids’ intentions, the Razor scooters deliver. From social rides, to school commutes, to high-stakes neighborhood racing, Razor scooters get the job done.
My kids (boy age 8, girl age 10, boy age 12) all preferred the Razor A5 Lux over the A2 primarily due to size. With a wider and longer footdeck as well as higher and wider handlebars, the A5 Lux is much better suited for riders 8+. Additionally, its larger wheels make for a smoother, faster ride.
That said, none of them complained about the A2. In fact, sometimes my boys chose to ride it because of its wheelie bar. Their wheelies didn’t look that cool to me, but they were insistent that I was missing the point and they were, in fact, very cool!
Every Razor scooter we’ve ever had has been a bit noisy – clickety-clacking against the pavement – but our kids have never complained about it. For a truly smooth and quiet ride, the precision-crafted Micro Sprite is an excellent option, but also comes with a higher price tag.
While we obtained new A2 and A5 Lux scooters for this review, our kids have had their own A2 and A5 scooters for 5 or 6 years. They both still work great (despite being a bit noisier as time goes on). For the price, I’ve actually been quite shocked at how well they’ve withstood the test of time and the beating kids give them!
From a safety perspective, please remember that kick scooters are not meant for skateparks. Their ability to fold can be very dangerous in that environment. Trick scooters like the Fuzion X5 are much better suited for actually doing tricks. Mild features like ramps at skateparks are generally okay for kick-scooters.
If your child is 6 or under, the A2 will be a better fit and will still allow for several years of riding. My tall 10-year-old and small 12-year-old both still fit just fine on the A2, although it wouldn’t be their first choice.
While the A5 Lux is recommended for 8+, if you have a tall or athletic 7-year-old, the A5 may be a better choice as they will soon appreciate the more grown-up-kid sizing of the A5 Lux.
From a kid’s sizing perspective, the biggest difference between the two scooters is the handlebar height and width.
With a handlebar stem that easily adjusts in height from 23″ – 32″ from the floor, the A2 is able to accommodate very young and small riders. The much larger A5 Lux’s handlebar stem adjusts from 29″ – 38″. I’m a 5’10 adult and could still comfortably ride the A5.
The narrow width of the handlebars on the A2 (11.5″) is appropriate for young riders, but becomes increasingly awkward as riders get older. The A5, with a 17″ wide handlebar, is more comfortable and natural for older kids. It also produces smoother steering as more narrow handlebars are subject to twitching and jerking with small movements.
52″ 8-Year-Old on A2 vs. A5
At 5.6 lbs., the A2 is lightweight and easy to maneuver for little riders. The A5 is 8.6 lbs, which is easily manageable for riders 8+.
With a 143 lb. weight capacity, the A2 is plenty capable of accommodating your growing kids, but the 220 lb. weight capacity of the A5 Lux is much better suited for older kids (and parents!).
5+ for A2 and 8+ for A5 Lux
With 13″ of useable foot space, the Razor A5 Lux easily fits kid feet and even adult feet. At 4.5″ wide, its deck is a full inch wider and longer than the A2, making it much more stable and comfortable for bigger riders. The A2’s platform measures 12″ x 3.5″ of useable foot space.
Handlebars and Grips
The handlebars for the A2 and A5 are a standard t-bar with soft foam hand grips. The ends of the A5, however, have hard plastic ends that will hold up better than traditional foam after getting scraped on the ground during falls or if the scooter is laid on the ground.
Over the years our older A2 and A5 handlebar grips have gotten a bit hard and cracked in places. If you’re still wanting to use your Razor scooter after a few years, you can easily replace those grips if that bothers you.
As mentioned above, the handlebars of the A5 are also significantly wider (17″) than the A2’s ( 11.5″), making them better suited for older riders.
The extra large diameter 8″ urethane wheels of the Razor A5 Lux smooth more bumps in the road than the smaller wheels of the A2 and also cover more distance with each push. For the distances little ones will be going on the A2, this won’t make much of a difference, but the larger wheels really do make a huge difference in comfort and stamina for older riders.
Both the A2 and the A5 feature a standard scooter brake that’s engaged by putting foot pressure on the rear wheel fender.
Ease of Transport and Storage
Kick scooters in general are super easy to fold for compact storage. Honestly I think it’s usually more of a hassle to fold them than to just keep them ready for daily use, but folding can come in handy if your kid needs to take their scooter on the school bus or in a friend’s car. The A5 has the added benefit of a kickstand for more organized, upright “parking”.
The handlebars on both the A2 and A5 can also fold down more compactly. Unlike the higher-end Micro kick-scooters, there aren’t any handlebar holders to keep the handlebars in place once you fold them down. It’s a bit awkward and I’m not sure I would realistically ever use that feature on the Razor because the handlebars kind of just dangle there.
There are really two major players in the kids’ scooter market – Razor and Micro. Razor is the most well-known in America, while the Swiss-designed Micro is becoming increasingly popular as a high-end alternative to the more affordable Razors. My kids ride both brands of scooters and tend to switch off between the two.
With a Micro scooter comes a smoother ride from a tighter, more durable and more precision-crafted machine. Razor scooters are generally more affordable but have more “clickety-clack” action as you move down the sidewalk. For casual scooter riders, they both perform well.
Razor kick scooters are a fun and easy ride that will last through several kids. While not the smoothest scooters on the market, for the price they can’t be beat. The Razor A5 Lux is better suited for kids 8+ while the smaller A2 is more manageable for kids 5+.