Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Razor A5 Lux Scooter initial impressions

Subtitle: Husband, are you dismantling this already? And are you taking the labels off?

In answer to Agata's questions: yes to both.  This morning I received the Razor A5 Lux push scooter in the post.

This is a mini review of the unit suitable if you are considering a fast, /long distance/ adult scooter for a really low price.

I'll also discuss some weaknesses and plans for their removal

Why Razor

In a previous article, I openly discussed the parameters that you will encounter if you look to buy a quality, collapsible i.e. foldable scooter.

The choice seemed to come down to either the Razor A5 Lux or the Micro White

Marcus gets a Mini Project
Agata gave me the funding go-ahead for a husband enthusiastic project.  The parameters are

- Find out all about push scooters

- Don't spend a bloody fortune
- Must be foldable to comply with Swiss metro and train regulations
- Large wheels to cope with non pristine pavements
- Must be reliable and solid so we don't kill ourselves
- Minimise jiggling or excessive bits
- Stand might be useful
- Sticker removal to save weight and enforce anonymity is granted

Almost Nothing

You can check the price Marcus paid for this trotinette  / scooter online here 

- The cost was bonkers low.   I often moan on about the cost of goods in Switzerland.  So here I go again

- If I use it once per day to scooter down to the swimming pool instead of the metro, it will pay for itself in less than 1 month!
- It is the cost of Marcus's grapefruits bill in < 2 months
- It is the cost of 4 cab journeys to home from the Lausanne railway station (which is 4Km away)

First Ride

I have spent today riding this scooter on a variety of surfaces. Initial impressions are:

+ Very, very low rolling resistance

+ Tested on smooth, rough and cobbles.  Great ride
- Brake difficult to operate in that height difference between deck and top break means foot at uncomfortable angle
- Brake was silent but seemed not that effective for steep hills.  Maybe it'll get better with time and technique.
+ Simple to open and close, one lever mechanism
+ Narrow Handlebars
+ Nice solid 200mm wheels
+ One piece headset to deck weld is brilliant, simple design
+ Kickstand is really useful
= Front mudguard, unexpected. Can be removed.
- No place to attach a carrying strap
- One lever mechanism wobbles and the tightening mechanism does not work  adequately (bad design)

 I was not expecting a front mudguard

 Folding mechanism is extremely simple. good.

Deck is positioned low by angling up to meet the 200mm diameter wheel.  This also allows you to place the motive foot on this inclined part.

 Kickstand may be small, but very useful

31cm very narrow handlebars.  They pop in so can pop out and fold.  However.  Not useful.   As is they rattle.

 As with all foldable scooters it seems that the construction of the front wheel support is rather pathetically weak.

Close up of the folding mechanism.  You pull the lever up raising the bolt, then push the handlebar to upright and let go of the spring loaded lever.

This single screw  middle right (jammed solid on delivery and unlocked with patience and skate oil) can be unscrewed to push against the facing metal when scooter is upright.  Unfortunately if you open it enough to keep the scooter from rattling you are then unable to unlock the scooter.

Need to figure out alternate way to stop jiggling of handlebars and stem and still keep folding mechanism working.

I made some measurements

I am new to scootering so I have no idea if any of these dimensions are adhering to some scootering standard or whether each manufacturer does it's own thing?

No idea whether these dimension are manufacturer specific or along some common scooter standard.

I have a link to freestyle scooters at bottom which shows the different internal designs.  Which one matches my non freestyle scooter?

Some Obvious and Dream Upgrades

- Fix the locking mechanism somehow so it still works, but in locked upright position it is not loose and jiggling about

- Upgrade the wheel bearings.
- Change the 200mm wheels.  They are 3cm wide.  Is that a standard? Who knows. Ideally softer and more grippy wheels.
- Replace the handlebar  (22.2 mm diameter) with a solid something else, since I never plan to fold handlebars in
- Replace the handlebar and vertical stem with a single custom cut handlebar.  No idea whether traditional freestyle scooters have a standard component that I can substitute?
- Add some LED lights in case you are in the dark
- Check or replace headset bearings



Freestyle scooter intro
Compression Systems
Tightening Threaded Compression
Razor A5 Lux Spares
Sportmania Scooter Parts