A few minor issues that parents may need to be aware of but overall, for the money, a good buy.
My riding statistics: 75KGS, 65 Years old, local shops only. Max. distance 12 miles.
Having received the scooter this morning (excellent service again) I have given it a
10 mile test ride to the local shops and back which is approx. 2 miles on road surface,
and 6 miles on tarmac/paved cycle track and the rest on pavements.
I bought this having experience of Razor scooters, as I'm the pit mechanic for the Grandchildren.
Alas my last scooter (Micro Speed v2 for adults) lasted only 200 miles before the stem snapped and
cost a lot more than this one! Micro Scooter Speed V2
Built well and the kick-board is just the right height off the ground so you don't scrape
the underneath on rough/lumpy pavements and cycle tracks.
Handles well at speed and on cornering especially downhill.
Excellent on/off curbs and pavements due to the larger wheels.
Folding mechanism is a big improvement over the older models and is very easy to use.
Doesn't have a carry strap but it's light and fits in a shopping trolley.
Razor have a Customer Service centre with a UK number - I wish Micro had.
As normal the handle grips are a sponge material and awful- I replace them with good
bicycle grips (Bell) from THE supermarket. This I feel gives you more confidence and better grip.
Also the end caps are hard plastic discs and cut into your hand if not careful (not literally).
As the tyres are exceptionally hard the ride is very rough on poor surfaces, another reason for good handle grips,
but careful placement of your foot in the centre of the kick-board will reduce this a little. Luckily,I
always remove my false teeth before I go scooting ;-)
Braking is very poor at present but I expect, as it is used, the tyre/brake surface will bed in
and improve the braking performance (I hope). The brake does take some pushing to slow down, so if your used to the more softer compound tyres be careful at first.
The adjustment of the baseboard/steering column is still a little primitive and is done using a hex screw which, unfortunately, loosens off very quickly which means it needs frequent adjustment otherwise excessive movement
in the steering column occurs and is unnerving.
The width of the handlebar is a little short for me, as I fit a bell to use on pavements/cycle tracks.
That's it - hopefully this scooter will last me sometime and I'll probably update this review in the future.
A short update Feb 2012. Having now covered 1800+ miles on my Razor A5 I can confirm this is an excellent buy. I have only had to replace 1 set of wheel bearings and an upper set on the steering - total cost £12. I have saved a fortune on petrol/parking etc and keeping fit as well! What more could you want for £63.