How to decide between the Mini Micro and the Maxi Micro
by David Stebbins, Head of Customer Service, Micro Kickboard
How to choose between the Mini Micro for ages 3 to5 and and the Maxi Micro for ages 5 to 12 is a question that we get from parents all the time: should I buy the Mini Micro, for my pre-school-age child OR should I buy the Maxi Micro for school-age kids, which my child can then ride until age 11 or 12? Because young children grow several inches a year, it is reasonable for parents of 3 to 5 year olds to wonder at what point their child will outgrow the Mini and be ready for a Maxi. On the other hand, parents worry that if they ‘bump up’ to the Maxi too soon, it may lessen the enjoyment or safety of the child.
Your child’s experience on the scooter will be affected by choosing the right one, and purchasing either scooter is something of an investment, so to help you make an informed decision, we thought we would provide some guidelines. First, let’s begin by looking at a photo of the two scooters side-by-side:
As you can see, the Mini Micro and Maxi Micro scooters have very similar designs—two wheels in front and a center wheel in back. Both of these scooters employ the lean-to- steer, wherein children use their body weight to steer rather than simply turning the handlebar. The lean-to-steer started here!
Since the two scooters are so similar, there is no extra skill required to use the Maxi Micro (ages 5-12) when compared to the Mini Micro (ages 2-5). If your child is already too big to use the Mini Micro and hasn’t tried a Micro scooter before, rest assured, it is just as easy learning to scoot on a Maxi as it is on a Mini.
However, part of what makes a Mini Micro so much fun for young children is its light weight and relatively small size. Children feel confident enough to hop on and off, pick it up and turn it around. They ‘master’ the Mini and that builds their confidence. With the Maxi, at 2 pounds heavier, 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider, there is a risk that the child will not be able to control it as easily or have the same confidence when riding it.
Because the extra weight and size of the Maxi makes it a little more difficult to maneuver, we recommend that children weigh at least 35 pounds prior to “bumping up” (to the Maxi). If your child does not weigh at least 35 pounds, the could experience difficulty steering the Maxi as well as engaging its rear brake.
Especially with 2- and 3-year-olds, we have found the Mini Micro’s lighter weight and added maneuverability to be very important when learning to scoot. Not only can small children steer and handle the Mini easier, they also can engage the rear spoon brake with greater ease and control.
Smaller children will build confidence, learn to scoot more quickly and have more fun on the Mini.
To judge if your child is the right size for a Mini OR a Maxi, we suggest these guidelines:
- Most 2- and 3-year-olds are ideally sized for the Mini Micro. The Mini Micro has a weight limit of 44 pounds and can support a rider standing up to 42 inches tall. The Mini Micro’s handlebar is not adjustable and rests at a static height of 24 inches.
- The Maxi (ages 5-12) features a handlebar that starts out at the same height as the Mini’s handlebar— 24 inches from standing platform. Because of this, there is definitely a ‘tween’ time, or overlap, wherein children could use either scooter. If your child weighs at least 35 pounds and is fairly coordinated for his/her age, your child may be able to “bump up” to the Maxi Micro prior to turning age five.
- One of the key differences between a Mini and Maxi is that the Maxi’s handlebar is adjustable, extending an additional 12 inches taller so it can ‘grow’ with your elementary school-age child. This adjustability, combined with the Maxi’s greater weight limit of 120 pounds, is what allows the scooter to be used by children throughout most of their elementary school career.
If your prospective scooter rider has a younger sibling, always go with the Mini – it can be easily and inexpensively refurbished for the next child (or handed down as-is).
Similarly if your prospective scooter rider has an older sibling with a Maxi, you might want to go with the Maxi because typically the younger child will want and ride whatever the older sibling is riding.
Exchanges and Returns, in Case you Need to Fix it.
In the event you order a Mini or Maxi and upon receipt the scooter seems too big or too small, we suggest first having the child test the scooter indoors to be sure, and then if you would like to return it to us, simply give us a call. We are happy to have you return the scooter to us for an exchange or a refund, as long as the scooter hasn’t been used outdoors.
We hope this information helps but if you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 888-236-5657 (toll-free, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm EST).