Scooter Handlebars - Buying Guide
There are several different types of handlebars on the market. Brand names include but are not limited to Slamm, 81 Customs, Grit, French ID, Mutts, Sacrifice, JD Bug, Blazer and Madd Gear (MGP). Any scooter can customize its handlebar although its more common to do so on extreme scooters. Don't worry if your kids' scooter isn't the same brand as the accessory you wish to purchase.
Handlebars come in a wide variety of lengths and widths, as such its always worth checking handlebars will fit before purchasing them. Feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail for advice on whether the part is suitable for your scooter.
ﾠBelow is an explanation of the different types of handlebars:
Standard Recreational Scooter Handlebars
Standard Recreational scooter handlebars are made up of several parts; the lower stem and upper stem. You're also require a quick release clamp to adjust the height. Benefits are that you can adjust the height and detach the handlebar grips, however the handlebars are not as strong.
One Piece T-Bar
Named after their shape, they are stronger than the recreational handlebars. They'll require a decent clamp to hold the T-Bar onto the fork. However, they can snap through heavy, extreme use. They tend to come with low-end extreme scooters.
One Piece Y-Bar
Again named after their shape, the Y-bar adds two additional bars to metal to reinforce the weakest part of the handlebars. They are very strong andﾠcome as standard with mid-range extreme scooters. They'll require a decent clamp to hold the Y-Bar onto the fork.
Once Piece BMX Style Bar
Designed with a curved centre bar to increase strength, it's slightly stronger than a Y-Bar. No scooter comes with BMX Bars as standard. They'll require a decent clamp to hold the BMX-Bar onto the fork.
One Piece Bat Wings Bar
Fitted on high end Madd Gear Pro's, these are the strongest design of bars combining the positives of both the Y-bar and BMX-Bar.
Which one is right for me?
There are several types of handlebars. If you're simply wanting a replacement handlebar, this should be a straightforward process. If you're looking for something a bit different or would like to upgrade your scooter, we'd always recommend upgrading to a 1-piece setup as these bars tend to be far stronger than 2/3-piece bars. Most handlebars will be a variation of a standard T-Bar (named after it's shape). A Y-Bar for example, is simply a T-Bar with two struts added for strength. More expensive bars will also tend to be constructed from stronger, lighter metals.
Standard or Oversized?
It's also worth mentioning that there are two widths of bars: standard and over-sized (HIC). As the majority of scooters don't have an HIC Compression kit fitted, (only ﾣ200 scooters tend to have an HIC) most scooters will need standard width bars. Most scooters come with handlebars around 21-23" long. When purchasing bars, make sure you're getting a length you'll find comfortable.
We do, however, over a bar cutting service, so you can trim your bars down to a custom size.
Make sure to check the individual product page for advice on which handlebars are suitable for your scooter, if in doubt please contact us for advice.
Ability and Age
Replacement and upgraded handlebars are suitable for any age and ability level.
It's best to notify us of any major defects when you first receive your product. There is typically a 90 day warranty on parts, this does not cover normal wear and tear.