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Almost good - very much built down to a price.
on 9 August 2018
The build quality is surprisingly inconsistent. There are some nice touches - the deck looks well welded, and much more robust than cheap kids scooters. There's also some really poor attention to detail - the headset bearings were not properly tightened, and the locknut wasn't tight enough to lock the bearings. Also, the headset & wheel bearings were almost completely lacking in grease. Fortunately, my history of working on mountain bikes meant I knew the warning signs, and how to remedy the issues.
Far and away the biggest problem was with the four bolt clamp that holds the handlebar to the forks. Whoever made the thing applied a thick layer of paint to the clamp & bolts after they were drilled & threads tapped - effectively adding an extra 0.5mm to the threads. This meant that when we were building the scooter, the Allen bolts wouldn't get anywhere near tight enough to safely clamp everything up. When trying to add enough torque, two of the bolts just fell apart. Before thing the entire clamp, I re-tapped the two useable threads (top & bottom), cleaned all the crack out, threw away the included clamp bolts (steel, but seemingly made of cheese) and replaced them with proper M5 bolts from my spares box. Not a difficult job, but I doubt many other people would bother - either throwing the scooter away, or just not clamping it up anywhere near tight enough to be safe.
I've ordered a proper clamp from somewhere else, as I just don't trust this one...
The scooter is cheap though, and my daughter loves the purple with flames. It is better than the kids mini scooters that were everywhere a few years ago, and most of it is well made, but clearly some corners were drastically cut to get down to the price.