Time for another kick scooter review! Some may ask why I choose to review kick scooters with ruthless judgement rather than just giving in and buying a car. The short answer? I’m cheap. Besides kick scooters are fun and finding one that will ultimately shuffle my lazy self from my house to work to a frozen yogurt stand is of utmost important. This week I take a look at the KickPed scooter. Will it be the hover-board to my Marty McFly? Let’s find out! Here is my KickPed scooter review.
KickPed scooters are made from the company NYCEWheels. Teaming up with Patmont Motor Werks in California, they created a kick scooter that they believe is the perfect city commuter for adults. There is no child version of this scooter. They believe that this scooter is indestructible, and even offer a life time guarantee for the frame. Basically it’s a tank on two wheels.
Have you ever seen the movie Mad Max? The scooter looks like something the bad guy Toecutter would ride up on. That’s a compliment by the way. The Kickped scooter is grungy looking, giving it a cool underground vibe. The wooden deck next to the metal frame almost looks like it was designed by the Little Rascals for an upcoming derby race. Sure it doesn’t look like it’s worth a thousand bucks, but when the apocalypse happens I’d rather be riding something durable than something flashy.
The KickPed scooter has solid rubber wheels ensuring there will never be a problem with flat tires. The back wheel has cable-less, pad-less rear spoon-brake that you step on to break. I never like this kind of break, but with the wheels being so big it doesn’t feel as accident prone. The strong wheels give the KickPed scooter an easy ride. I could ride over gravel, cracks, and bumps without feeling like the scooter was about to break. The wheels aren’t as slick, making turns slower but also a little stiff. Sharp turns caused me to jump off. Overall, however, I really like how durable they are.
The Handle Bars
The handle bars are standard rubber with rubber pieces capping off the ends. The term “California Go-Ped” is ingraved in the rubber. I’m not sure why. Other than that the handle bars are very comfortable and are easy to maneuver. The stand twists fully around, so if you’d like to attempt a trick you can. I have the scooter skill set of an 80 year-old so that will not be happening.
The deck is wooden with two lines of grip. It’s slim in the middle but wide towards the end, letting me place my other foot comfortably on the deck. Even though it is wooden, the deck feels sturdy and able to carry me. NYCEWheels states that it can hold up to 300 pounds, so if I wanted to give a piggyback to a friend while riding I could. Don’t tell my roommates.
The KickPed scooter is very light so carrying it is easy. At first I didn’t think it folded down, which would have been a huge problem. Luckily, a quick Google search showed me by pulling up on the stand it contracts a black spring and unlatches from the base, allowing the stand to fold down on to the back wheel. There is no lock position for this, instead a piece of velcro is with a loop is attached which you can secure to the back of the kick scooter. It does make the act of folding the scooter quicker.
Fit and Finish
Again, the KickPed scooter looks like a post-apocalyptic mode of transportation. There are obvious welding marks, but it fits with the grungy ascetic. The logo and website is printed on the stand, as well as a safety sticker. The bolts in the deck are not all in line with each other. The base piece of steel that runs under the deck and ends at the back wheel forming what looks like an exhaust pipe. That’s awesome.
A very sturdy ride. The wheels really make it a scooter that can withstand any terrain. It feels very comfortable hitting bumps and cracks. Making sharp turns feels uneasy, but the majority of the ride handles very well. I don’t think you can gain much speed on it, but you really don’t need to. The KickPed scooter seems like a great scooter for commuting.
Value and Conclusion
The KickPed scooter starts at $229. Though the price seems high, the NYCEWheels sells the notion that this scooter will never need replacing. They have described it as “bulletproof”. I don’t know want to know how they tried that out but am happy for its inclusion. It’s also built in the USA, which I think is always an important factor when making big purchases. It’s nice to support American made products. You aren’t paying for flash, you are paying for a quality made scooter that will last you for years.
I really like the KickPed scooter. The look is cool and urban, showing that not all kick scooters look like giant kid’s toys. The Kickped Scooter looks cool like a Xootr but is light like a Razor. The wheels are the best I have seen yet. Large and made of rubber, they can withstand pretty much an terrain. It makes it perfect for city traveling. I wish the folded position would lock into the place instead of the velcro. It just takes longer to secure fully. Other than that, this tank on wheels definitely gets high marks. The Kickped scooter is a great adult kick scooter and one that Mad Max would be proud of.