Kick Scooters For Heavier Adults (Here’s What To Look For)


Most brands and models of adult kick scooters have a weight limit of 220 lbs. If you’re a bit north of that threshold, then finding the right adult kick scooter can be frustrating.

The good news is that options do exist, especially outside the familiar brands from big-box stores.

We’ll look at three great choices below, right after covering some design factors that bigger riders need to keep in mind.

These design factors matter most for big riders

In brief, as we’ll see below, heavy riders will have the best experience on kick scooters that more closely resemble bicycles.

There are very few such kick scooters on the North American market (one of which we’ll cover later), so keep in mind that these criteria aren’t always possible to meet. Trade-offs will be necessary, especially if price is a factor.

Still, it’s worth understanding what you’re trading off and how it might affect your ride.

A long wheelbase feels more stable

Heavier riders are usually among the taller ones, which also means a higher center of gravity. A longer wheelbase creates more back-and-forth stability relative to the higher center of gravity, just like a boat with tall masts is usually longer than a boat with short masts.

For instance, if you’re approaching 6’0″ or above, then the short wheelbase of a typical Razor may feel a little twitchy with such a high center of mass. Even if the weight limit weren’t an issue, you’d simply feel steadier on a longer scooter.

Get a smoother ride with larger wheels

Obviously, larger wheels roll more smoothly over imperfections in the ground.

As a heavier rider, you inherently have more momentum. That smoothness will help preserve all that momentum for a more pleasant and predictable ride, especially over the choppy sidewalks and bad asphalt that most of us encounter.

Look for wheels no less than 10″ in diameter (larger if possible) if you’ll ride anything but perfect surfaces.

Pneumatic tires maximize traction

And speaking of wheels, it’s best to get pneumatic (inflatable) tires if at all possible. These are miniature versions of what you find on a typical bicycle.

Unlike the hard polyurethane or polyester tires on most micro kick scooters, inflatable ones have fantastic traction and can also absorb a lot of the imperfections in the ground that would otherwise create a jarring or unpredictable ride.

However, tire type alone shouldn’t determine your choice. Scooters like the Razor A5 Air do have inflatable tires on an affordable and lightweight model, but they’re only 8 inches in diameter and the deck is very low, neither of which is optimal for heavy adults. (And, again, its 220-lb weight limit may be a bigger issue.)

Better brakes help manage momentum

Most kick scooters, especially those with solid tires, use a fender brake. That simply means the fender in the back is attached by a hinge, so you step on it to slow down.

It’s a nice, simple, zero-maintenance design…but it isn’t very effective.

Even for a light rider with very little momentum, it can’t do much more than slow you gradually. And as a large riders, your momentum will make it even less effective.

Instead, bicycle-style rim brakes will offer plenty of control and power. They require inflatable tires, since they need a rim surface to brake against. But the advantage is that you’ll be easily and safely able to stop even at high speeds that would render a typical fender brake useless.

High, wide handlebars give confident control

Handlebars will be of adequate height on most adult kick scooters, although riders over perhaps 6’1″ may still have trouble. You can get away with lower handlebars if you have long arms and/or you ride more athletically, but as an overall bigger rider, it’s worth paying close attention to bar height.

A couple related factors are handlebar strength and width.

Wide handlebars afford more control and better support, which is confidence-inspiring when you dig in and lean forward.

This also raises the matter of of strength and stiffness. The typical stem and handlebar design on a folding micro scooter (e.g., Razor) may flex under the load of somebody near its weight limit. It’s usually harmless and does not mean failure is imminent…but the sensation can be disconcerting.

The strongest scooters will use something more like a bicycle style fork, stem, and handlebar design. That’s less light and portable, but it provides a vastly more steady, predictable, and reassuring riding experience.

Can heavy adults ride Razor scooters?

Adult Razor scooters all have weight limits of 220 lbs, so they’re not optimal for very heavy adults. Remember that the 220-lb limit includes not only your body weight, but also your clothing and any backpack or other luggage you may carry.

If you’re near but still under that weight limit, then the Razor A6 is the best choice. It has the largest wheels, tallest handlebars, and longest deck in their line. You can get it here from Amazon, or check out my Razor models guide for more details.

3 great kick scooters for heavy adults

As we’ve covered, weight limits are far from the only factor in finding a kick scooter you’ll actually enjoy.

Two bigger adult riders might have opposite impressions of the very same scooter simply because they ride it on different terrain, in different ways, and for different reasons.

Consequently, I’ve picked these three models–two from research and one from extended personal experience–to suit very different uses and price points.

For quick rides on smooth terrain: Xootr Mg (up to 800 lbs; $349)

Get it if:

  • You take short trips on generally smooth, dry terrain
  • Weight and portability are important, e.g., for public transit
  • The 330-lb weight limit of other scooters in this list isn’t quite enough

Skip it if:

  • You’ll regularly to ride over *any* imperfections, even minor ones
  • You ride at high speeds that call for excellent stability and braking

The Xootr Mg has a rather staggering weight limit of 800 lbs. (I figure that’s theoretical, since 800-lb test riders can’t be easy to find!)

That’s a multiple of the weight limit of any other kick scooter on the market as of writing. In other words, “sturdy” is an understatement.

Perhaps more impressive is that it weight just 11 lbs–give or take a little bit, depending on your choice of deck material. That’s on par with functionally similar designs like the classic adult Razor scooters I’ve summarized here.

The handlebars extend to 41″ above the ground, which should be comfortable for riders up to about 6’2″, give or take a couple inches. The bars sit atop a stem with a strongly oval cross-section, which maximizes forward-backward stiffness without adding significant weight.

But lest you think it’s all too good to be true…here’s the catch.

As with the aforementioned adult Razors, the Mg (like the whole Xootr line) is best for smooth terrain.

The wheels are so exceptionally strong partly because they’re completely solid, which means no flex and minimal rolling resistance, but practically no vibration absorption. Those uniquely hard and square-edged tires roll extremely fast on perfect asphalt, but they’re notoriously rough on anything less.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way…but many owners say it’s just not a fun or safe choice for cracks and pebbles that dot the routes we often ride.

Xootr models fall in the range of $300-$400, which is 2-4 times as much as their department-store alternatives. That difference can be a little hard to swallow, but it’s easier to justify when you account for the precise build quality (reportedly none of the sloppiness that you’ll see in hinges and joints on cheaper options), as well as assembly in the USA, a lifetime warranty, and prompt customer support that big-but-cheap brands can’t match.

For brief, smooth rides where pneumatic tires would be overkill, the Xootr line may be the most refined kick scooter on the market. It’s best viewed as a high-end alternative to brands like Razor or Micro, not as an all-weather, all-conditions mode of transportation.

You can buy one here.

For longer, rougher, or all-weather rides: Swifty (up to 330 lbs; ~$680 & up)

Get it if:

  • You ride rough, gravelly, and/or wet routes where bicycle-style wheels and brakes are worthwhile
  • You’re taller than (roughly) 6’2″ and need proportionately high handlebars
  • You’ve got the budget for top-notch build quality

Skip it if:

  • Money is even remotely a constraint
  • You need something light for extended carrying
  • The long wheelbase (on non-folding models) would make storage difficult

Like I suggested earlier on, bicycle-style wheels do wonders for smoothness and traction. There’s no need for full 29″ wheels on a scooter–that’d be cumbersome to say the least–but even 16″ will make a world of difference.

So, it’s no coincidence that 16″ wheels are a hallmark of Swifty’s design across all their adult models.

And along with the bicycle wheels come bicycle v-brakes brakes, which offer all the power you could want. As a Swifty owner, it was reassuring (and fun!) to find a kick scooter with the same braking qualities I’m accustomed to as a lifelong cyclist.

Beyond peace of mind, those relatively large pneumatic tires eat up bumps and gravel that otherwise make for a harrowing ride on smaller-wheeled scooters. Smoothness also means better conservation of momentum, or practically speaking, fewer kicks to travel the same distance (all else being equal).

Accommodating the large wheels is an elongated wheelbase of 39.5″, which is actually in keeping with racing-style road bikes. Suffice to say that it’s very stable fore-aft, in a way that more portable kick scooters cannot touch.

I’ve already reviewed my own Swifty Zero right here in far greater detail, so click on over there for a deeper dive into this distinctive scooter (including a few nits to pick). Their three adult models aren’t identical, but much of that review applies across the board.

One thing not discussed there, but worth emphasizing here, is that Swifty is one of the best options for very tall riders.

The standard handlebars rise to about 39″ above the ground, depending on whether you’ve flipped the stem to angle up or down slightly. That’s suitable up to roughly 6’1″, on par with nearly all other adult kick scooters.

But for those around 6’1″-6’5″, Swifty offers a taller handlebar option that reaches 41.5″-45.5″ from the ground. That’s among the highest on the market, making it somewhat of a default choice for particularly tall folks.

Now, this build quality doesn’t come cheap. The parts list, and therefore the price, are well into bicycle territory. Whether that’s worthwhile is a reasonable question.

But if you’re set on a scooter with an ample weight limit that’s delightful–not merely manageable–to ride, then a Swifty makes sense.

It’s for sale here. (Note that availability has been extremely limited as of late.)

For scooting on a tighter budget: Hudora 230 (265+ lbs; ~$160)

Get it if:

  • You’re looking for a simple, Razor A6-style design that supports your weight…for much less than a Xootr
  • You’ll stick to smooth and dry terrain
  • You need light weight (in this case, 11.4 lbs) to carry for extended periods

Skip it if:

  • You’d be disappointed by so-so fit and finish
  • You need to ride confidently on rough and/or wet ground

Hudora scooters aren’t particularly well known in North America, but this German brand is a big seller throughout Europe.

Their 230 model–aptly named after the 230mm diameter of its wheels–is the strongest of the line, recommended for riders “over 265lbs” according to the manufacturer’s Amazon description. Oddly, they don’t give an exact weight limit, but based on the reviews of happy customers at 260-280 lbs, it’s safe to assume 265 lbs is conservative.

While that’s not as impressive as Swifty’s 330 lbs or Xootr’s 800(!) lbs, it’s still an ample buffer if you’re just a bit over the 220-lb threshold for nearly all alternatives. And perhaps most importantly, the Hudora 230 comes it at less than half the price of even the cheapest Xootr.

The trade-off?

I haven’t tested one firsthand yet, but my research dug up quite a few comments about rattling noises and short-lived folding mechanism.

On the one hand, it’s not realistic to expect Xootr fit and finish at only slightly more than Razor prices.

On the other hand, Razors seldom suffer folding problems, and they’ve successfully reduced rattling with simple plastic inserts on most of their adult models. (Read this part of my Razor A5 Air review for a quick explanation and examples of those anti-rattle bits.)

On the bright side, you’re getting an arguably more grown-up looking scooter with a few nice touches above and beyond a Razor. For instance, Hudora uses ergonomic grips like I always fit my bicycles with. And the handlebars extend to just under 42″, so riders a bit over 6′ should still fit comfortably.

Hudora also had the good sense to include a full-coverage rear fender that actually blocks road spray. (Granted, those hard wheels aren’t ideal in the wet, but check out my guide to kick-scooting in the rain for some helpful tips for that situation.)

By the way, Hudora does sell an “Air 230” variation with pneumatic (air-filled) tires that sacrifice some efficiency for a far smoother ride. I’d like to have featured that one instead of the regular, urethane-wheeled 230, but it’s just too hard to find in North America unless you’re willing to pay extraordinary prices (like this on Amazon).

You can get it here.

Wrapping up: choosing a kick scooter as a heavy adult

Above are three terrific models for bigger riders. Budget is obviously a major factor, as we’ve covered three totally different price points, but the most important variable is your intended use.

I consider the Xootr line (Amazon link) and the Hudora 230 (Amazon link) almost identical in purpose. They’re both efficient for quick, around-town use that stays on well-maintained asphalt. The Xootr is even less forgiving of rough ground, and fairly expensive to boot, but it’s also the sturdiest and most refined scooter in that category (regardless of weight limits).

Most adult kick scooters on the market are a variation on the same basic design as these two. The decision will likely down to manufacturing quality (and perhaps weight limit) above anything else.

Swifty takes a radically different approach, drawing on bicycle design to handle whatever terrain and weather you’re up for. But your checking account needs to be up for it, too, since the price is steep by scooter standards. As a Swifty owner, I struggled to find any faults, but I’d simply expect near-perfection at that price. If its all-terrain capability appeals, and its price is doable, then grab one here, or see my review for a more nuanced take.

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