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Why is a scooter compression important?
Here you will find scooter compression kits, compression bolts, and compression conversion kits.
A scooter compression is basically the rallying point for the bars, forks, and deck. Compression kits are required when using thread-less forks on a scooter setup. A pro compression is a must-have when building a custom scooter.
When choosing a scooter compression your primary focus should be on the compatibility with your forks and bars, and your personal preferences and riding style.
What Scooter Compression to choose?
One of the most frequently asked questions is, which scooter compression should I ride?
All scooter compression systems have advantages and disadvantages. We'll try to sum up the pros and cons of the different types of scooter compressions. Hopefully, you will feel comfortable making a decision for your next scooter compression after reading.
For more technical information regarding your compression system, visit this guide for how-to install videos, step by step manuals and a breakdown analysis of the different spare parts.
HIC Scooter compression
HIC is a short term for Hidden Integrated Compression. HIC was the first specific compression system on the market, and it works really well. HIC has a oversized bar sized steer tube, with a compression cap and bolt, which is screwed into a star nut that connects the forks. As the name indicates, HIC compressions are integrated and hidden for the eye to see. The HIC system was created by RAD Scooter Parts.
Pros: Not that expensive compared to other scooter compression systems and relatively easy to work with in a matter of assembling and separating.
Cons: It's not suitable for aluminum or standard bars and also requires a slit cut in the bars in order to fasten the bars to the fork. These cuts tend to make the bars bend, or even snap when riding hard.
SCS Scooter compression
SCS is a short term for Standard Compression System. SCS is a very popular compression system and nearly all scooter-brands manufactures it. SCS compressions look simple compared to others because the compression system is built into it.
SCS compressions have four bolts. Two to secure the bars and two to secure the fork.
This compression system is not compatible with slit bars unless you have an adapter.
Pros: Very durable and the strongest compression system on the market. Also, it provides your scooter with an awesome look. No slit is required, meaning the bars are more unlikely to bend
Cons: It's the heaviest compression system on the market, also economically. You might need headset spacers in order to install properly.
ICS stands for Inverted Compression System. This compression system is an old system that once was used for BMX setups. It’s called Inverted Compression System because the bolt goes vertically into the fork and tightens to a star nut there’s installed in the bars. The ICS system is only compatible with standard sized bars with slit cut. The ICS is very light and can be used with steel and aluminum bars.
The Scooter brand Ethic developed an ICS extension, ICS10. The difference between ICS10 is, that ICS10 comes with a 10mm bolt and star nut that makes the system stronger. In order to ride ICS10, you need to make sure your forks fit because of a larger compression bolt.
Pros: The ICS is a good choice of compression system when entering the thread less fork market on a budget. It’s a very light system
Cons: The star nut used tends to be weak and bend when riding heavy. In order to install, the bars need a slit cut, which weakens the scooter. ICS can be a little difficult to install, and you might need an 11-inch long Allen key to tighten or loosen it.
Internal Hidden Compression is invented by Blunt/Envy Scooters and is supposed to be a lighter version of the HIC. Unlike most compression systems, IHC is built into the actual fork, which is one piece less to assemble.
IHC systems are compatible with aluminum bars with oversized clamps and standard steel bars with a standard clamp.
Pros: IHC is a strong and durable compression system with a deep Allen key head, making it more unlikely for the rider to strip out the bolt.
Cons: The forks are slightly heavier than standard forks, because of the compression internal built-in, but still lighter than oversized steel bars used on HIC. Must have a slit into the bars in order to fasten the clamp.