Buying a scooter brake
A brake is designed to slow you down or avoid an accident.
Press gently on the brake while leaning your weight backwards on the scooter for optimal braking power.
Never block your wheel/brake on the scooter, this will result in poor braking power and create flatspots on your wheel, no matter what brand or quality wheel you ride.
The illustration below shows the 2 most commonly used brakes.
- A spring brake is mounted on the attached bolt, which is then attached to the deck. A spring on the bolt makes sure the brake points upwards and away from the deck.
- A flex fender brake is a long metal plate that has been pre-bent to fit around the wheel. Usually attached to the deck with one or more screws. Pushing down the metal plate will make the entire plate bend towards the wheel.
Both type of brakes are made for 100 mm and 110 mm wheels, this is usually specified in the product details.
- Never block your brake (To avoid flatspots, a flatspot makes your wheel jump)
- Spring brakes have more parts and are often considered more noisy than flex fender brakes.
- Flex fender brakes usually have a shorter lifespan due to the design.
- It's not possible to achieve a completely noiseless brake for longer periods of time.
- 110 mm wheels will not fit 100 mm brakes.
- 100 mm wheels will fit and function under a 110 mm brake.
- Not all brakes fit all decks. (Use the same brand and type)
- Flex Fender brakes can snap easily if a wheel is worn down, since the plate has to travel longer to reach it. Always replace your wheels before they are totally worn down!
In this video, we demonstrate how to mount a flex fender brake on your deck: