“ Manufacturer: Ninja / Type: Toy Ride-Ons - Scooter „
Around June/July time this year I was on the hunt for a present for my daughter for getting a good end of year report at school. As I have mentioned in my other scooter review, she wanted a new scooter because her other one had three wheels ("And three wheels are for babys mam!")... So we had a little browse on Amazon and I came across this black and pink two wheeled scooter - she wanted this as the black scooters seem to be the in thing at the moment.
Packaging & Building
The scooter comes flat packed in a long cardboard box - it was well packaged and there wasn't any damage due to carelessness from the seller. To set the scooter up, like other brands you don't need to mess about with your tool box, just a couple of minutes of your time loosening the bolts, popping everything into place and tightening the bolts again whilst adjusting the handbar to the height you want.
As like childrens bikes the scooter can easily be adjusted as the child grows - the stem can be moved up and down depending on the height of your child, it has a slip which makes it secure and when the stem is moved it clicks into little holes which are all the way down this pole. There is also another clip on the base of the scooter and the purpose of this second clip is to fold the base and the stem together for easy storage. The great thing to me is all the clips are quite firm and child proof so there is no chance in the child fiddling with the adjustments themselves and causing injury if the scooter was to collapse. Its very well made in this sense. Speaking of safety like all scooters this has a metal break which fits over the top of the back two wheels and when the scooter is in use and you want to slow down it is simply operated by pressing your foot down on it.
About the scooter
On Amazon the seller notes that the scooter is suitable for children aged 7+ (and the fact that its pink meaning its aimed more at girls, but little boys can use this too!) - however my daughter is 6 and a half years old and not exactly large for her age and she uses this scooter just fine, so in my opinion the scooter is really suitable for kids 6+ as long as they know how to use a scooter.
The seller advsies you that the scooter is made out of aluminium and gives the following product spec :
* Size Unfolded : Length 66cm, width 32cm, height 73 - 82cm Size Folded : Length 60cm, width 11.5cm, height 22cm Handlebar Height : Minimum height 71cm, maximum height 80cm
* Footplate dimensions : 34.5cm X 9.5cm. Wheel Size : 120mm PU casting over mag multi spoke wheels. ABEC5 sealed bearings. Brakes : Rear foot brake
* Handlebar and Stem : Adjustable 3 position alloy stem with quick release lever and safety button. Clip-off handlebar grips. Additional : Anti-slip strip, folding mechanism, translucent tyres, net weight 1.98kgs
* Frame Colour : Matt black aluminium foot plate and steerer tube, matt black brake mechanism with polished aluminium handlebar assembly. Pink wheels and grips. Fork Colour : Matt black. Maximum rider weight 50kg. Supplied with instructions and tools. Adult assembly required. Direct adult supervision required. Condition : Brand new boxed, supplied folded
** Above information taken from Amazon.co.uk
The scooter looks exactly as it does in the advertising image - mainly black, pink handlebars and wheels. It looks very trendy if I'm honest. The only thing you don't see well on the photo are the stickers that are on the scooter and the foot rest on the base - which are cartoon anime charecters. When my daughter saw these she and her friends thought it was a bit babyish as they looked like Pokemon charecters... which I corrected them on. Just a fore-warning if your child is a bit funny about things like this you may want to look elsewhere for a plainer scooter.
One thing I liked about this scooter when compared to her old basic three wheeled scooter is that the foot rest on the base is quite a rough material and its purpose is to stop the paint rubbing off when you place your feet on it - and the feature works very well I think.
The one thing I didnt like too much about this scooter is the adjustable handlebar stem- which is silver underneigh when adjusted... You do get this a lot in this type of scooter but because the overall scooter is black it stands out and makes it look a bit cheap.
In the 2-3 months my daughter has had the scooter we are both very impressed with it, it does exactly as it should with minimum damage being caused due to the little adventures she takes on on it. I can imagine over the coming months scratchs and damage will show on this a lot more than the silver aluminium scooters but considering you aren't paying a huge price for the scooter anyway its not a great loss. Would recommend to all - as previously mentioned the only thing that put off me and my daughter was the Anime sticker design - would look better with maybe a logo of the manufacturer...
At the time of writing this review the scooter can be found on Amazon.co.uk for £17.95 + £5.95 UK delivery.