HOW TO SPOT A FAKE MICRO SCOOTER
Beverley is one of the members of our customer service team. A walking font of all knowledge she knows everything there is to know about scooters and accessories.
Not every scooter makes it as a Micro Scooter. Our award winning Micro scooter range is more expensive than other scooters on the market and that’s because, simply, they are better and more robust.
There are some imitations on the market which copy our design – they often use cheaper, inferior parts and as a result have a lower price tag as a result.
We thought we’d compile some information showing you how to avoid purchasing an imitation Micro scooter and what you get for your pennies if you do chose to buy from the Micro brand.
1. Register your Micro scooter
All genuine Micro scooters have a serial number and date stamp engraved on to the underside of the scooter. By registering your scooter with us you can rest assured that the scooter you have purchased meets all the quality, engineering and innovative standards that you would expect from us. Register your scooter here >>
At first glance some copycat scooters do look very similar to the Mini or Maxi Micro scooter. The key difference however is copycat scooters are often made with low grade plastic. This means the footplate where your child stands breaks easily. In the past we sent some copycat scooters off for testing they all failed the EC71 requirements for toy safety. The scooters in our ranges are fitted with a flexible fibreglass reinforced footplate to absorb shock caused by any bumps in the pavement. This also limits any further damage to the rest of the scooter, ensuring longevity.
Copycat scooters will often have no Micro logo on the scooter. Look for the Swiss trademark sticker on the stem which ensures quality.
The wheels on other scooters are sometimes made from plastic. This means they do not turn as smoothly as a genuine Micro scooter – this creates a very different experience for the rider. At Micro we only use non-marking 120mm PU wheels which grip the road better than those which are of lower quality. For younger riders who use their scooters indoors Micro scooter wheels are less likely to leave marks on hard flooring. PU wheels also retain their shape. What’s more, within the wheels we only use the finest Abec 5 bearings which are less likely to rattle and ensure a much quieter ride.
The handlegrips on some scooters are made from hard plastic rather than the soft, more comfortable material used on genuine Micro scooters. The design of the Mini and Maxi Micro Scooter handlebars are durable and non toxic they are also designed to absorb shock if scooters are knocked over or dropped which limits the damage caused to other parts of the scooter should accidents like these happen.
The brake on a copycat scooter looks very similar to a genuine Micro scooter brake, however the fake can often be distinguished by a ridge fixing the brake to the base of the scooter. The brake on a real Micro scooter is integrated into the deck and supported by a hard wearing metal plate to give greater longevity and increased traction. Replacing brakes on a Micro Scooter is very easy as they are a stand alone part rather than integrated into the design which means you can extend the life of your scooter beyond the age limitations of the brake function and don’t have to send it to landfill because the brake has aged.
7. Handlebar Height
When placed side by side copycat micro scooters often have a handlebar with a shorter length. The frame on a Micro scooter is made from aluminium which means that they are lightweight but robust. They are also rust resistant. The stem of a Mini and Maxi scooter can be removed. On the Micro Deluxe models, handlebars are height adjustable. You can view the other differences between Classic and Deluxe here.
8. Swiss Logo
Genuine Micro scooters feature a stick with a Swiss logo on the stem (as seen on the scooter in the right of the picture). Copycat scooters fake these stickers by using a “C”. We are not sure what that is supposed to signify!
9. Who sold the scooter
We have our own Amazon & Ebay shop and sell through a small group of selected retailers including John Lewis, Smyths, JoJo Maman Bebe and a clutch of independent shops.
We have heard incidences of people selling Micro scooters from Gumtree and websites from abroad. These are not authorised stockists of any of our Micro scooters.
10. Invest in adventure
Our scooters are more expensive than other scooters because they are designed using the best quality, superior components. From design all the through to manufacture and delivery. All the time a Micro Scooter fits your child’s age group we are confident that you shouldn’t need to pay to replace the entire product, their quality means they are robust and will last your child as they grow. We stock replacement parts for nearly every component in the range allowing you to repair over time to keep your scooter roadworthy and in its best condition. You can view our advice on how to look after your scooter here. Because our scooters are more expensive, some unauthorised sellers sometimes try to offer copycat scooters at cheaper prices.
“If something is too good to be true – than it probably is” It’s quite a good thing to remember if you are offered a “Micro” scooter at £20.
Has the guide helped? Have you seen a fake Micro scooter? Please let us know.