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How to raw a powder coated scooter parts

Oct 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Ever wonder ow riders make their parts raw and then add their own look. Lucky team rider Bayley Maxcy shows you how to do it. Read below and be careful!!!

I like to raw and paint my parts because I feel like it gives my scooter a unique look and makes it one of a kind. Whenever I post a photo of my new product online I get a lot of people asking “how did you do that?” or “what did you use?”. Well today I’m going to tell you how to raw a powder coated scooter part.

Rawing/stripping a scooter part can actually be fun and easy if you have the right tools. If you’re going to raw a powder coated part you will need the following:


  • The scooter part you are rawing

  • A clean workspace (not the inside of your house or on top of the table you eat from)

  • Rubber gloves (not a must but a good precaution)

  • Paint stripper (if you get the spray on version you wont need a paint brush but if you get the paint on version, make sure you get a disposable paint brush) PS: I think the paint on version works better

  • A paint scraper to peel off the paint

  • A clean up towel

  • Big piece of cardboard/newspaper

  • Rubbing alcohol (not a must)

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Once you have those things you are ready to start the process. The first thing you need to do is find a clean workspace. This will most likely be somewhere in your garage or if its nice out, somewhere outside. Make sure where you are working is flat. Take your cardboard or newspaper and place it on the ground. Next, take your part and place it on top of the cardboard. Make sure you wipe some rubbing alcohol lightly over the whole part to clean it off and make it ready to strip. Next put your rubber gloves on your hands. You are now ready to start the production.

 

If you’re using the spray on paint stripper lightly spray the part and let it sit on for 15 minutes. If you’re using the paint on kind, lightly dump some on your part and begin to spread it all over with your paint brush. Also let the stripper sit on for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, take your paint scraper and begin to scrape away at the paint. It should peel off very easy. If probably won't all come off first try though, so repeat these steps multiple times until your part is paint free. It took me about two hours to raw my deck so dont be surprised if you spend an hour rawing your bars or somthing else. Now that your part is raw, its time to clean up. Dap the towel with rubbing alcohol and lightly wipe the whole part down. This will get any left over sticky parts or residue off. Next, throw away the cardboard/newspaper and put away the other things. Make sure you leave your workspace cleaner than it was before you got there.

Here’s a good video that shows what I just explained:

 

I hope this helped you raw your scooter part effectively. Polishing and painting your scooter parts is another thing and we will save that for another article. So go out and get creative, just don't make a mess!!!


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(LUCKY DOES NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURY OR DAMAGED PARTS DURING THE PROCESS OF RAWING YOUR PART)  

Topics: scooter parts

The best way to install a non integrated scooter headset

Oct 22, 2014 12:40:37 PM

Most companies have switched to fully integrated decks but there are a few out there that still make non integrated decks. One of the hardest things about non integrated decks is installing the scooter headset. It can be a real pain if the scooter headset cup goes in crooked or you hit it too hard and it bends therefore its no longer able to fit the headset bearings in it. I’m going to tell you the best way to install non integrated headsets.

You are going to need a bench vice press. Theres really only one step you have too do. Insert both bearing cups into the deck (make sure the bearings aren't in the cups) then put it in the middle of the vice press and tighten it. The two bearing cups should slide into the deck perfectly.

 

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Some people don't have a bench vice press though so this is the next easiest way to install it. You will need a piece of wood and a hammer/rubber mallet. You then place the piece of wood over the bearing cup and hammer it in until it fits snug. Repeat this step with the other bearing cup as well.   

 

I hope this helped you somewhat. Think about getting an integrated deck though as they are much easier to deal with.

You can pick up an integrated deck here:

 

Topics: pro scooter parts

Denver Herzing | Fav Five Friday

Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

“Fav Five Friday” is a new segment i will be doing here on the Lucky Blog. Basically i ask riders what their 5 favorite skateparks/spots are and why. Who better to start us off then park shredder Denver Herzing? You won't find Denver in the park doing huge combos or a ton of grinds, but you will find him blasting flairs and tucks 10 feet over coping. Check out his 5 favorite skateparks below! 

  
  1. Tigard Skatepark ( 13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223 ) It has so much stuff to do and all the tranny is so perfect.

  2. Rusch Skatepark ( 7801 Antelope Rd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 ) It’s pretty small but I never run out of stuff to do and I’m just so use to everything there.

  3. Clairemont Skatepark ( 3401 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, CA 92117 ) It’s an “Aussie type skatepark in America” is the best way to put it. It’s so gnarly and everything flows together.

  4. No name skatepark ( no address haha ) Some random park in LA that me and my buddies stumbled upon at 6 in the morning on our way to one of the Esco comps. It just had so much of everything and you could get so techy.

  5. Hanger at Woodward West ( 28400 Stallion Springs Drive, Tehachapi, CA 93561 ) Even though it’s super slippery, everything is so perfectly made and people are always throwing down which makes it even more fun to ride and watch!

Visit Denvers rider profile under the team section of our site!

 http://www.luckyscooters.com/pages/denver-herzing

Topics: VIDEOS

What to bring to the skatepark

Oct 15, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Most kids bring a bag of some sort to the skatepark everytime they go. If you dont do this, you should. Coming from years of my mom dropping me off at the park everyday I know what I need to bring with me inside my backpack. So, I decided to do a little write up on what I think should go in your backpack when you get dropped of at the skatepark.

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1 - A backpack -
First you got to have a backpack to put your necessities in. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. It could be a two string backpack or a nice heavy duty backpack. You just need something that will hold your things so you dont lose or misplace them.  

2 - A snack - 
You should try and bring a snack every time you go to the park. I know that if i'm riding hard I get hungry quick. Throwing a granola bar in your bag before you leave the house can be a life saver later that day.

3 - A cellphone -
If you don't have one of these thats fine; however most kids do and its good to have one incase of emergencies. Hopefully the skatepark that you go to isn't too sketchy and your bag won't get stolen. Just put your bag in the safest place you can find.

 

 

4 - A helmet - 
I’m not your mom so I don't really care if you wear one or not but its a smart idea.

5 - An allen wrench -
You don’t want to be that kid who's always asking others for tools to tighten your scooter. Bring an allen wrench when you go to the skatepark. Whether it be a 5mm or a 6mm bring it. You can buy allen wrench sets at most hardware stores or at luckyscoot.com that have every size allen you could need. If you don't have one I recommend you pick one up.  

6 - Any spare parts -
Bring any spare parts you might need if you think somthing on your scooter is going to brake.

 

7 - Wax -
You will be the hero of the park if you bring wax with you. Alot of times after it rains, coping becomes very sticky and wax is a must.

8 - Money - 
If the skatepark you are at is close to places to eat, money is not a bad thing to keep in your bag. Once again just make sure you try and put your bag somewhere safe.

To finish-

If you keep all these things in your bag at all time, you will be much more organized and less dependent on people to ride. 

Topics: Skatepark Sessions

Pro Scooter Buying Guide

Oct 13, 2014 12:00:00 PM

The sport of freestyle scooter riding has taken off in the last decade, and with that, kids around the world have been looking to join in on this new, hot commodity. However, before you just jump into buying a pro scooter, you may want to do your homework first! This buying guide will break down the individual components of a scooter and explain their functionality, in order to help you make the right decision when buying your first scooter!
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Pro Scooter Parts
There are 8 main components that make up a pro scooter, all of which will contribute to the overall look, feel, and performance of your personal scooter. 

  • Bars: The bars that you put on your pro scooter are very personal and will determine the type of feel that your scooter will have. Your bar dimensions come down to personal preference, as does your style and type of bars. The majority of pro scooter bars are made out of steel tubing, but bars made out of aluminum tubing are fairly common as well. The Standard (STD) diameter of a scooter bar is 1 ¼". The majority of scooters use an Oversized (OS) bar, meaning they have a diameter of 1 3/8". Both of these bar types require a compression system, as well as a clamp that fits them. Pro scooter bars also come in various styles, which will slightly alter the feel of your scooter, but the functionality won’t vary greatly. Most scooter riders customize their scooter bars by choosing a specific bar, grip and bar end color to accentuate the personal look of their bars! Check out our scooter bars.
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  • Fork: Much like a bicycle fork, the pro scooter fork is a very critical aspect of your scooter. Your fork is the direct link that runs through your headset, connecting your bars, deck and front wheel to one another. A compression system is required, in order for the fork to firmly attach to the scooter bars. Most high-end pro scooters use a threadless fork, as opposed to a threaded one, to ensure maximum strength and performance. It is important to make sure when choosing your scooter fork, that you also choose wheels that will fit that fork size. Pro scooter forks come in all different weights, strengths and styles, which is why it is crucial that you find out what kind of fork you prefer. This will enhance your overall scooter riding experience! Check out our pro scooter forks here.
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  • Deck: The pro scooter deck is the single most significant component of your scooter. It comes in various different lengths, widths, concaves and styles, so, as you can imagine, it is important that you choose the correct deck. The industry’s current standardized decks have one-piece bodies and head tubes. Also, most pro scooter decks have either an integrated or non-integrated headset. Integrated headsets are ready to use without the insertion of another aftermarket headset because the bearings are already installed. This is the recommended purchase for most freestyle scooter riders. The non-integrated headset is for riders who wish to change their headset type, in order to meet specific personal preferences. The scooter deck is the main piece, in which the rest of the scooter is built around. It is designed to provide a well-balanced, high-performance feel under your feet, while also withstanding the daily abuse of freestyle scooter riding.  The vast majority of high-end scooter decks on the market today are produced with aircraft-grade aluminum, to ensure a lightweight, durable design that is reliable enough for scooter riders of all styles and sizes. You can check out our decks here.
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  • Headset: The headset is another vital contribution to the overall performance of your pro scooter. The quality of your scooter’s headset determines the feel of all of your pro scooter tricks. Each headset consists of bearings, bearing cups, fork race, and top cap, all of which add to the general functionality of the headset. The headset is essentially what allows the fork tube to smoothly, silently rotate within your head tube, allowing you to steer your scooter, as well as, perform scooter maneuvers. High-end scooters will have a sealed headset that requires a threadless fork and a compression system, which will allow for much smoother operation. The difference between integrated and non-integrated headsets is, integrated headsets provide bearing cups already installed into the head tube, which offers a much better fit for the headset and will ensure perfect alignment for smoother fork rotation. This is the recommended route, simply because tampering with headset installation is not an easy task. Checkout the available headsets here.
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  • Clamp: The pro scooter clamp is the glue that securely holds the bars and the fork together, so that they can rotate in unison, while simultaneously, not slipping apart from one another. Most pro scooter clamps on the market today are available as Double, Triple and Quadruple clamps. Each name refers to the number of bolts that each clamp comes equipped with, which tightens the bars down onto the fork tube. Pro scooter clamps also tend to vary, in terms of performance, based on their manufacturer and design specifications. Choosing a reliable, high-performance scooter clamp is a key element in the scooter building process. Check out our scooter clamps.
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  • Wheels: The wheels that you choose to put on your scooter will have a major influence on the overall look and feel of your scooter. Pro scooter wheels are made up of two parts: the urethane and the core. However, almost every scooter wheel on the market today is produced with a different urethane compound and core design, giving every wheel a different feel. Most entry-level wheels have plastic cores, which are not very durable once you enter into more advanced scooter riding. Metal core wheels provide much more support amidst the carnage of freestyle scooter riding. They are also more resistant to breakage. Most wheels will come in 100MM or 110MM sizing. The sizing chosen by the scooter rider is a personal preference, but there are several benefits to the larger wheel size. The larger wheel runs faster and smoother because of the increase in urethane. However, it is crucial that you choose the correct wheel size, in order for it to fit in your fork. The huge variation in color ways that scooter wheels come in also allow you to add a personal touch to the overall aesthetic of your own scooter. Check out the wheels!!
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  • Compression: The compression system is the system that holds your bars and fork together onto your deck, while also allowing you to fine-tune your headset to dialed, perfection. This process is essential because if there is no stable connection between your bars and fork than it could result in broken scooter parts or even injury. The majority of entry-level scooter riders will use a threaded compression system, which clamps the bars directly onto a threaded fork. This system is simple to build, but not as reliable for advanced freestyle scooter riding. More advanced freestyle scooter riders will use different types of compression, which include HIC (Hidden Internal Compression), ICS (Inverted Compression System) and SCS (Standard Compression System). All of these compression systems, in their own way, offer more stability, durability and performance compared to threaded fork systems. 
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    • HIC Compression-


  • Brake: The brake is a small, but integral part of a pro scooter. The brake is attached to the rear of the scooter with a bolt or screw, depending on the model. The majority of scooter riders run a flex or spring-loaded brake, however, most mid to high-level scooters riders will have a flex brake because of it’s high level of performance in the field. The flex brake is a piece of steel, shaped to fit the rear of the deck, while simultaneously, but comfortably, hugging the rear wheel. This brake is essentially silent and will provide you with all of the braking ability that you will ever need.
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In Conclusion:

This break down of all of the separate components of a scooter will hopefully help you on your quest to purchasing your first pro scooter. One thing that is important to keep in mind when purchasing scooter parts, is that, although everything may seem costly at first, the cost of continuously replacing cheaper parts will eventually add up. That is why investing in a high end, pro scooter from the beginning, is more cost efficient. If you have purchased a pro scooter or individual pro scooter parts in the past than hopefully this guide can assist you in finding higher quality, longer lasting scooter parts this time around. If this is your first time buying scooter parts and the process seems overwhelming, you might want to consider purchasing a complete pro scooter. They come equipped with all of the necessary components, pre-assembled, so you don’t have to tamper with building your scooter. However, if you are looking to customize your scooter to your own specifications, than purchasing individual parts and assembling them yourself is the way to go.

Topics: 2014 Product Line

Knowing the right bar size to ride

Oct 10, 2014 12:00:00 PM

One of the biggest debates I hear in the scooter industry is about bar size. Whether it be “your bars are too small” or “your bars are too wide” it seems like someone is always complaining. Some kids don't even know what they're bar height & width should be.

Here’s the answer:
its up to you. Ok, but I have a little bit of a better answer if you read below.

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In all honesty it is up to you; however there is a general rule. The rule is that bars should go up to about your waist or a little below and they should be about your shoulder length wide.

What do I mean exactly?
Take me for example. I’m about 5 foot 3 or 5 foot 4 inches tall. I ride 22 tall bars. They sit just below my waist and are perfect for me. They feel really nice and I’m never super hunched over therefore I dont get alot of back pain. I also ride 21 wide. When I say shoulder length I mean the length from one of your shoulders to the other. I would say my shoulder length is about 20 inches, so 21 wide bars are perfect for me. In the end though, ride what ever size bars you want. I use to ride 12.5 wide bars and I loved them (until I realized wider bars help for whips haha).

Topics: scooter parts

The Shop Proscooter Lab Interview

Oct 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Lucky Team rider Bayley Maxcey brings us a great interview. Today we get to know The Shop ProScooter Lab

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Bayley - First off, can you tell everyone a little bit about The Shop?
The Shop - The Shop was born in 2012, we’re a family owned and operated business located in Chino, CA with an online shop to serve the world with a price match guarantee!

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Bayley - Who is behind Pro Scooter Lab and how did you guys first start?
The Shop - My wife and I run The Shop with the help of our family and a couple of our riders David Granger and Capron Funk and of course we wouldn’t be here without our ninja team! We first started off as a skateboard shop in Chino Hills but 2 months into it two kids (Zach & Shane) introduced us to scooters and that’s where it all began.

Bayley - What makes The Shop different from other scooter shops?
The Shop - We make sure we take care of everyone like family, we’re looking to make that long term relationship and not just a sale. We’re always looking to do something different to help and expand the sport. We love being active in the industry and we - eat, sleep, scoot!

 Bayley - I know you guys make really cool custom stickers (I have one on my helmet). How did that all start up and how do you even make them!?
The Shop - We wanted our Team to rep us at events and on a daily basis when riding and what better way to do that then with custom helmets. My brother is a graphic arts genius and has the patience to get some of the craziest designs onto the helmet. We have been trying some different things with the helmets and will have some fresh new designs for our riders this season.

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 Bayley - I know at one point you guys had an indoor skatepark open that had a foam pit and plans for a resi. Then all of a sudden it kinda shut down. Can you give us any info about that and what exactly happened?
The Shop - Yes, we had a fresh park that was about 80% complete and was open for a little over a month. There were a lot of big plans for that park with a lot of potential. I had 2 partners that let’s just say weren’t the most honest.  There are many stories on what exactly happened but all I can say is video footage and pictures don’t lie. We went back to our roots and are here to stay!

Bayley - Your current shop is located just down the street from Ayala skatepark. Do you feel like having a shop close to a big time skatepark like Ayala draws more business?
The Shop - Being down the street from the park is great! We are like a tourist attraction for all the kids coming to town to ride Ayala. The kids ride to The Shop knowing we can fix anything the RIGHT way and get them back on their scooters.  We make our shop home to all and we welcome the kids to come hang out. 

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Bayley - What are some things the scooter industry might see from The Shop in the upcoming years?
The Shop - There are a few tricks up our sleeves and this holiday season we will launch the first part of our plan. 

Bayley - Any last words?
The Shop - We want to thank everyone for their support! We appreciate everyone and especially our Team, we couldn’t do it without you!

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Topics: pro scooter shop

Lucky Apparel | Stock up before it runs out

Oct 6, 2014 12:00:32 PM

The Winter season is coming up and it will soon be jacket weather. Lucky makes some really cool apparel and you should definitely check it out. If there's one thing I know about Lucky its that they sell out of product quick. So make sure you order some apparel soon so you can look stylish while staying warm this winter.

Hoody

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Lucky only makes one hoody and its super sick. It has a plain and simple design yet its really comfy and soft. Rep your favorite brand in style this winter by ordering a Lucky hoodie.


Shirts

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Lucky makes a variety of shirts with different colors/graphics. I know they have a few new designs in the works as well so look out for those in the near future. Below you can see just a few of the designs/colors they produce.


Hats/Beanies

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If you’re into the snapback or fitted hat look a Lucky hat could be just what you need. They make some killer looking hats and a simple but sweet looking beanie. Get your hat/beanie before the cold weather hits!


Backpack/Shoelaces

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Both are out of stock at the moment but should be back in soon. The Lucky backpack is perfect for bringing your things to the park or to put a lunch in to hike a mountain. Whatever the case, the Lucky cinch backpack is awesome. You can also keep your shoes looking fresh with a pair of Lucky shoelaces.


(LOOK OUT FOR NEW LUCKY APPAREL IN THE NEAR FUTURE)

Topics: 2014 Product Line

In Depth Pro Scooter Check | Bayley Maxcy

Oct 3, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Lucky Team rider Bayley Maxcy provides us with an in depth scooter check:

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Bayley speaks!!:

I know Blake Bailor did one of these awhile back and I thought it would be a cool idea for me to do one as well. My pro scooter really never changes that much. The only time I change something is after awhile when its really worn down. Check out my in depth scooter check below and see what keeps me rollin.

For my grips I like something soft and durable, yet long lasting. Thats why I ride blue ODI softies ( no bar ends because I don't have any LOL ).

 

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I really enjoy the feel of aluminum bars. They weigh almost nothing and are super easy to barspin. Thats why the district Helmeri Pirinen signature aluminum bars are a perfect fit for me ( 21 wide 22 tall ).

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I'm rocking the blue Lucky double clamp. Its super sleek and weighs barely anything. It also matches my grips and keeps my scooter super dialed.  

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I'm riding an orbit fsa integrated headset ( black ). Nothing really to say about this. Its smooth fast, and never breaks.

 

 

For my fork I got the Jessee Ikedah signature SOBv2 fork in black. It’s perfect for foot jams and nose blunts, and I'm always down to support the homie. Also got the Envy IHC compression.

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I love the atom two wheels so much thats why I’m riding them in gold. There so smooth that it feels like you're riding on clouds. They have never ovalized, dehubbed or chunked on me either.

Now to the best part about my scooter, the deck. I’m riding a white crew deck that I spray painted gold to match my bars and wheels. I also scribbled on it with white paint pen haha. I love this thing so much. The dimensions are perfect for me! ( 19.5 long by 4 wide ) It whips around so good and is great for 50-50s and any type of grinds. I would highly recommend this deck! Also rocking that stock black Lucky griptape.

 

 

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Last but not least the brake. I got a black Lucky flex fender. It gets the job done without any problems.

 

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So there you have it! Thats my in depth scooter check. You can pick most these parts up at luckyscooters.com

 

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Topics: Bayley Maxcy

HIC vs SCS vs ICS... What scooter compression to choose?

Sep 29, 2014 3:45:17 PM


What is Scooter Compression?

Scooter Compression is basically the way in which mechanicaly your bars, forks and deck are all attached together on your pro scooter. The three most popular types of scooter compression are:



What the different types of compression do:

All Compression systems are good in some ways hard in others. One of the toughest scooter maintenance questions is which scooter compression do I ride?  Today we will break down each compression system and tell you about the highs and lows of each. Hopefully after reading this you will be able to decide which compression system is right for you.

Compression brake down:

  • HIC Scooter Compression
    • HIC was basically the first compression system besides threaded. Its been around for a long time and for good reason. It works. All you need to run HIC is a threadless fork with a starnut, a threadless headset, the HIC shim, and oversized bars with a slit. HIC is hands down the simplest out of all three compressions to use. All you do is tighten your bolt to the starnut in your fork, put your bars on, and you're good to go. Its fairly strong and doesn't come loose often. If you're looking for something reliable, easy, and light, HIC is the play. Check out the image and video below:
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  • SCS Compression
    • SCS was designed by Proto Scooters owner Andrew Broussard and now almost every company makes it. SCS is for sure the strongest compression system out there. First I'll tell you the best parts about riding SCS. It’s super strong. You’re never going to have to worry about your bars snapping down a huge gap. Also it looks really sick and keeps your scooter super dialed. The bad thing about SCS is it’s the heaviest compression system. Its not like way heavier than HIC but it is a little. To tighten SCS all you do is tighten the bolt to your starnut then put your bars with out a slit into the SCS and tighten it little by little one bolt at a time until its fully tightened. If you want something beefy, super strong and good looking, go for SCS.
    • Bisected SCS viewSCS_Compression_Lucky_Scooters

 

  • ICS Compression
    • ICS is hands down the lightest compression system. It’s also the weakest and toughest to use. To ride ICS you need a long ICS bolt, standard size bars, a threadless fork without a star nut, and a threadless headset. The reason why ICS is a pain is because to tighten it, you have to take off your front wheel. Also its not very strong because the only thing holding it together is one long bolt. If you're a weight freak, and you don't have a lot of money to spend, shoot for ICS.

    • Bisected ICS viewICS_Compression_Lucky_Scooters

We hope the couple of pointers about compression helps you find what best fits your riding needs.



Final thoughts:

Remember; make sure to pick the compression system that best fits your riding needs and budget. Make sure to learn how to take care of your ride and it will get you far! As always you can get all of your riding and compression needs @ Luckyscooters.com.

Topics: scooter compression

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