You’ve ridden one as a kid. They were bulky, clumsy things that didn’t get you anywhere no matter how hard you tried. But you showed them off to your friends, just to brag. Fast forward a few decades and kick scooters are back. They might look similar to what you had as a kid, but boy, how things change. New tech, designs and materials, have put scooters just about everywhere. Not just in skateparks, but on streets, in the CBD, on trains, cycle paths, round schools and malls. Basically, anywhere that two wheels can go.
Their popularity lies in how easy they are to ride. Easier than a skateboard, and as fast as a bike. What’s to like is that they don’t take up so much space, so you can take them anywhere. No chargers are required here. For anyone in big Aussie cities, kick scooters are an easy commute, either to work or school. And when the day ends, they also bring in some fun to boot.
Aussie brands, like Envy, make scooters for all age groups and skill levels. Three-wheelers are an ideal way to start for toddlers, while bigger, badder scooters for the rebellious teen will see you marking your ground in the parks. You can also find something comfortable and laid-back on your daily route to and from work. Toddlers, kids, teens and adults are all catered to, as are total beginners and everyone with a bit more riding prowess.
Starting out as a small Melbourne-based company run by scooter enthusiasts, Envy has reached global recognition with their attention to every detail and the level of workmanship they put into each of their products. Their freestyle scooters are not just a household name Down Under, but are being grabbed up by beginners and pros alike, the world over. And they’re at the forefront of scooter tech and innovation. Today they produce a complete range of scooter components, and a line of Envy complete scooters, like the One and Colt aimed at beginners, and the Kos and Prodigy lines for anyone higher up. You’ll get your kicks no matter which one you go for.
Why Choose Envy Scooters?
If you’re new to riding, or scooters in general, then choosing your first set of wheels can be a challenge. There are so many types. The basic distinction is scooters that are ready to ride, like in the Envy complete lineups, or there are individual parts that you can use to assemble your own custom scooter, just the way you like it. The advantage of completes is that all components are high-quality and of the right type for the intended user and the type of riding. One and Colt completes, for instance, will have gear more in line with beginners and youngsters, with bars and decks in the appropriate heights and length, to get riders comfy. Inspiring confidence is the best way to learn. Once you’re at a higher skill level, you can change out for something with better handling, more cushioning and greater speed. Here different types of clamps, better forks and bigger wheels and brakes will get you doing higher and better tricks in no time. An Envy complete in the design and colours of your choice will see you through, from beginner to pro.
Scooter Parts and How They Differ
• Decks – Envy complete scooters geared towards kids, beginners and anyone of smaller stature will find the deck width and length just about right for a comfy ride, with enough space without feeling cramped. The One and Colt lines have decks lengths of 480 and 495mm respectively, and widths of 120mm. Just about right for two feet. The Kos and Prodigy lines are a bit longer at 510mm and 495mm each, but are geared to larger and more experienced riders. Here, decks are thinner, and lighter, meaning less weight to pull in tricks. Materials across all decks are high-grade aluminium that should last in jumps and with nylon grip to keep your feet planted.
• Bars, Clamps and Forks – The bars in One and Colt Envy complete scooters are lower at 550mm and 580mm to better fit kids, while Kos and Prodigy bars are higher at 650mm and 620mm, respectively. Also, they’re wider to allow for more control when attempting jumps. Clamps hold the bars in place and evenly spread the pressure on landings. Prodigy and Kos scooters have bigger clamps to carry more weight. Forks are made of materials of higher strength in the models higher up, though even the beginner models have enough compression to inspire confidence for higher and harder tricks.
• Wheels and Brakes – Wheels are made of durable polyurethane outer and a metallic core that should last even the toughest riding you do. Bigger and wider wheels are fitted to advanced Envy complete scooters, raising the ride height and providing for more speed. Brakes across all models are the best in any completes, stopping you safely and in the shortest distance.
Other components often overlooked by other scooter makers, like headset tubes, internal bearings, handlebar grips and the overall quality of materials, and fit and finish make Envy completes one of the best scooter brands both in Australia and worldwide. They’re designed by riders and for riders. And prices are also some of the lowest around. Find your next Envy complete scooter in your nearest scooter or skate store.