Micro Scooters for Kids - How to Choose Mini (ages 2-5) vs Maxi (ages 5-12)

Apr 6, 2017 11:29:56 AM David S.

It's a question parents ask us all the time: Which Micro should I choose for my child?  The Mini and Maxi Kickboards are so similar in design that parents naturally wonder if the Mini for ages 2 to 5 is best for their preschool child - or should they move up to the Maxi for ages 5-12?  

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Micro created the Mini and Maxi with two wheels in front and a center wheel in back, an innovative design that utilises a lean-to steering style; when children lean left, the scooter curves left, ditto for the right. Kids of every age learn it intuitively. It's what makes the Mini and Maxi Kickboard style more stable and more fun

Your child’s experience WILL be effected by choosing the right scooter for their size and age. Below are some guidelines to help you make an informed decision.

The Mini is ideally sized for most 2 and 3-year-olds because: 

    • Children's coordination skills and strength at ages 2 to 5 are suited to the smaller, lighterweight Mini. The Maxi is 2 lbs heavier, 1 inch wider and 1 inch longer. Bumping up to the Maxi too soon can lessen the child's enjoyment, and their ability to ride. A safety consideration is that their foot may not be able to reach the back brake on the longer Maxi. The fun factor is also part of the equation - what makes the Mini fun for younger children is its lightweight, which allows them to mansge it easily - they can pick it up, turn it around and hop on and off - it builds confidence and helps them learn more quickly. 
    • The Mini Deluxe has a weight limit of 75 pounds and can support a rider up to 42 inches tall.
  • The Mini Deluxe handlebar is adjustable from 17 inches above the deck up to 25 inches above the deck (the Mini Original is a static height of 24 inches above the deck).
  • The Maxi has a weight limit of 150 pounds and the handlebar is height adjustable from 24 inches above the deck to 34 inches allowing most children to use it throughout elementary school.
  • The crossover of the handlebar heights between the Mini and Maxi, at 24/25 inches, means there is a ‘tween’ time during which a child could use either scooter. 
  • Consider bumping up to a Maxi for a 4 year old if they weigh 35 lbs+ and are large and/or coordinated for their age.

 

Other IMPORTANT Considerations

  • If your scooter rider has a younger sibling who can ride the Mini in a year or two, the Mini is your best choicie, as it can be handed down to the next child. Yes, it will last long enough to hand down...if fresh hand grips or wheels are needed, no problem, because literally all parts are replaceable! 
  • OR, 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.

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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 info@imcrokickboard.com or 888-236-5657, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm EST).