Why Micro? What makes the Micro Mini Kickboard for ages 2-5 the Best Scooter for Young Children?
Oct 3, 2018 3:18:45 PM Julie H.
The buzz about the Mini Micro is that it's the best scooter out there for toddlers and preschoolers. Maybe you've read the reviews or seen it in the Celebrity Press but you've also noticed the Mini costs a bit more, and you want to know more!
1) Think Swiss Watches
Micro is a Swiss company that loves design, and it shows. The Mini's minimalist design combines with quality materials and precision engineering to create a scooter that is exceptionally strong yet also lightweight. The tight construction feels solid to little riders, creating a smooth, quiet ride.There's no shake and rattle when you roll on a Micro.
2) Unparalleled Glide
The Mini’s smooth glide is beyond compare. With wheels made of extra-thick polyurethane (PU), and a flexible deck constructed of fiberglass-reinforced ABS plastic, the Mini absorbs the bumps and offers a smoother, shock-absorbing ride that is both more comfortable and more stable for little ones. .
Micro’s Mini is a kickboard™ style scooter with two wheels in front and one in back, improving stability for young kids.
3) Lean-to-Steering - more fun, at every age
The Mini's kickboard-style ride offers the advantage of being significantly more stable for the youngest riders while also offering a more fun ride as your child gets older. To steer a kickboard-style scooter, children use their body weight to lean right or left, resulting in the scooter curving right or left. Little ones make gentle, stable turns, while the older ones gradually learn to lean into the turns a little more dramatically (see photo below) creating a feeling of 'surfing' the sidewalks. This weight-shifting skill is one they can use later in life, in sports such as skiing, golfing, and surfing. Additionally, doctors say the "Lean-to-Steer" helps young children develop balance and coordination.
4 year old demonstrating "Lean-to-Steer" on a Mini
4) Designed so kids can be in control
Kids are the BOSS of the Mini. It is perfectly proportioned for young kids and so lightweight that even the youngest child can ‘pick it up and turn it around, or carry it, easily and safely. The deck is low-to-the-ground (just one inch away!) making it easy for kids to to step on and off with confidence.
5) The Scooter you never have to throw away!
Micro designed the Mini so that every part is replaceable. Whether it's a wheel that wears down or a just a set of new hand grips, we have the replacement part and the easy instructions. The result is that your Mini can last, virtually forever. Parents sometimes send us photos of 3 kids with the ONE Mini they all shared; when the eldest child grew out of it, it got passed on to the next child, and the next. While it's possible that your Mini will last years without ever needing a replacement part, you can rest assured if one is needed, we will have it.
6) A Scooter you can use for transport
Is it necessary for a scooter ride to feel 'comfortable'? Only if you want to make it further than a block or two. We've already covered some of the reasons for the Mini's smooth glide, but it's the Minis quality rubber hand grips that will help your little one's hands absorb the bumps so that they can go the distance (often miles and miles). Lower quality plastic decks and hand grips will cause discomfort in a short period of time. Many families use the Mini for trips to the park or school, and for or sightseeing on family vacations. It’s a great way to get around with little ones that builds confidence while offering your child fun and exercise.
7) Nice Style + Cool Colors
Everyone likes to have cool wheels, even preschoolers! You can always count on Micro to keep the colors and styles fresh and fun. With over 10 different color options, and even more accessories, your child will undoubtedly have the coolest ride on the block!
8) Micro Scooters for the Entire Family
You;re just looking at a Mini for now, but it's possible that the idea of family scooters will cross your mind at some point. When it does, just know that there’s a Micro for everyone in your family, from the the youngest member to the oldest, and everyone in between. Our convertible sit and ride scooter, the Mini 3in1 Deluxe Plus, is designed for children as young as 12 months. It may be optimistic thinking, but we like to say that Micro has a scooter for everyone, from ages 1 to 100.
Hop on and GO!
One more thing about the Mini is that it sits upright when kids hop off so it's ready to go again whenever they are. This means kids will ride it more often, sometimes several times a day. They can just grab their helmet, their grown-up, Hop on and GO!
Don't just take it from us! Micro was just recognized by Wirecutter (a New York Times company) for having the best scooters for kids. Click here to see what they had to say! Want more? Scoot on over to our Mini and Mini Deluxe listings and read reviews from real families.
History of Micro Kickboard
In 1999, Swiss company Micro Mobility helped kick off the scooter revolution by introducing an innovative new scooter and licensing it to Razor/JD Sports. Success came from its unique combination of polyurethane wheels, aircraft grade aluminum, and folding mechanism. It was faster, more compact, and lightweight than other scooters on the market at the time, and it provided a scooter that could be used as everyday transport for ‘micro’ distances.
Micro’s next innovation was the Kickboard™, a 3-wheel scooter originally designed for adults. When Micro created the Mini, it used the Kickboard™ design, adding child-friendly features to make it manageable for young children. The Mini is now popular around the world, with frequent appearances in celebrity press.