The Micro Maxi Deluxe is a quality, near-legendary, scooter that dominates two different niches in the scooter market.
For younger children who are late starters (eg 5 or 6 years old), the Micro Maxi is a seriously ‘deluxe’ first scooter. For these lucky kiddos, it is a safe, sturdy, and luxurious way to begin scooting!
There is a smaller niche of tweens who are experienced on scooters but simply love the stability and security of 3-wheels. Instead of transitioning to the arguably faster and more maneuverable 2-wheel scooters, they would prefer to stick with 3-wheels as they grow. For them, and more tentative riders in general, the Maxi is the perfect companion scooter and will extend their familiar riding experience until they are at least 12.
We hit the local skate park to put the Micro Maxi through its paces. We also interviewed a family who has owned and ridden this scooter extensively for over a year.
Read on to hear an honest review of the Micro Maxi Deluxe.
At a glance
Our rating: 4.85 out of 5
Best suited to: First-timers who are 5 or 6. Tentative riders who don’t like 2-wheels. Or simply elementary-age kids who know and love the 3-wheel riding experience
Scooter type: 3-wheel (extendable) kick scooter
Max rider weight: 110 lbs
Handlebar height: 24″ to 34″ (above deck)
Recommended age: 5 to 12 years
Durability: Strong, lightweight, and engineered for durability (but not if aggressively ridden)
What we love:
- Riding experience continues seamlessly from smaller 3-wheel scooters, like the Micro Mini Deluxe
- Wide footboard (deck) and brake make it safe and easy to balance and stop
- The stem is beautifully designed, extending mechanism is smooth and quick
Watch out for:
- Costs more than other scooters
- Slower and less maneuverable than 2-wheel scooters
- Can hold back more confident riders who want to ride fast and furious!
Meet the Battens
Family: Mama, Papa, and one scoot-crazy 8-year-old girl
Scooter: “Little” Batten is eight. She’s been using the Maxi since she was six, she loves to ride for long distances but sticks to casual sidewalk jaunts.
Environment: The Battens live in a rural village. Riding surfaces are mainly sidewalks.
Philosophy: Love the outdoors and dogs. “Why walk when you can scoot – and that includes dog walking!”
Performance & Handling (How does it truly ride?)
The Micro Maxi handles very well. It rides smoothly and the lean-to-steer mechanism is responsive while offering a reassuring amount of resistance.
With two front wheels and a ‘wide double’ back wheel, the Maxi is a very stable scooter that is very easy to balance on while stationary or in motion. For general sidewalk surfing, this scooter is perfect. It handles safely and doesn’t offer any surprises.
The downside to the Maxi is that it has a large turning circle and doesn’t change direction quickly. This isn’t a fault but the inherent character of 3-wheel kick scooters. If your child wants a speedy, fast turning ride, possibly to race around the local skate park, then they’d be better off with a 2-wheel scooter like the Micro Sprite.
Our 8-year-old tester prefers 2-wheel scooters. While testing she went from a 2-wheel scooter to the 3-wheel Maxi and actually fell off because she was attempting tight turns that the Maxi is incapable of. Here’s what she had to say:
“I didn’t like it beacause is doesn’t steer as well as the ones with two wheels. It would be okay for the path in the park, but not uphill, downhill [the skate park].” – 8-year-old tester
“Little” Batten who owns both the 3-wheel Maxi and a 2-wheel Sprite, much prefers the stable and easily balanced Maxi. She chooses it every time.
“The Maxi is BRILLIANT! It is easy to maneuver – really smooth to ride; it folds easily; you can change the handlebar height in a second; we love the accessories like the water bottle that we pop on the front… there’s nothing I don’t like about it.” – Mama Batten
So you can see that two 8-year-olds can have totally different preferences here. You need to know (or guess) what your kid’s riding style will be.
Compared: Micro Maxi VS Micro Mini
Okay, so officially the Mini is for 2-5 years and the Maxi is 5-12. Arguably then these two scooters shouldn’t be compared but rather considered as a natural ‘first’ and then ‘follow-on’ option. In essence, they both share the same impeccable engineering standards and the ride is similar on both. In reality, if your child is the right size to ride both (like our 4-year old tester above), then there is very little difference.
What are the main differences?
|Spec||MINI Deluxe||MAXI Delux|
|Handlebar height||17″ to 25″||24″ to 34″|
|Scooter weight||4.2 lbs||5.5 lbs|
|Recommended age||2 to 5 years||5 to 12 years|
|Foldability||Folding components: None (T-bar removable) |
Ease of fold: n/a
|Folding components: T-bar folds |
Ease of fold: 4/5
Simply put, if your child is 2 to 4-years, then definitely go for the Mini. If they are 5 years or older, then definitely go for the Maxi (but only if they definitely want a 3-wheel scooter).
There is a gray area though…
If your child is a tall 4-year-old, then they will be comfortable on both. In this case, we recommend the Maxi which will grow with them for years to come, instead of the Mini which they’ll soon outgrow.
Durability (Does it survive real life?)
After 18-months of owning the Micro Maxi, the Batten family is extremely happy with how it has stood up to heavy riding. It looks in near perfect condition and there have been no faults or breakages.
Here’s what Mama Batten had to say:
“It’s incredibly durable. We take it everywhere: put it in the back of the car, take it here, there, and everywhere. It’s lasted really well. I often recommend it to friends.” – Mama Batten
That’s a positive report from a family who bought and used the scooter in a real-life setting.
Sizing (Will it fit your kiddo?)
Micro recommends 5 to 12 years. Our family’s opinion is that this scooter is fine for most 4-year olds but may confident riders 8-years and older may feel they’ve outgrown it. Not because it doesn’t fit them, but because they want more speed and sharper turning, especially if they want to ride the local skate park.
Handlebar height: Adjustable up to from 24″ to 34″ (measured from the deck). This is a good range that should last many years of growth.
Scooter weight: This scooter weighs 5.5 lbs compared to the Micro Mini at 4.2 lbs. It’s a little heavier, but really, once riding the extra weight isn’t felt. If anything, it contributes to a more balanced and safe riding experience.
Maximum rider weight: Micro safety tested this scooter up to 110 lbs. We won’t recommend anything more. But this scooter is very well built and certainly doesn’t struggle with 110lbs.
Recommended age: Officially 5 to 12-years, but a tall 4-year-old will be fine. Keen scooting kids may feel they’ve outgrown it before 12. That depends on your kiddo.
Parts & Build
Like all Micro-built scooters, this one is beautifully engineered. Let’s take a closer look.
Handlebars + Grips: Two rubber handlebar grips give riders a secure grip in any weather. If you need to replace the grips, you have a choice of five colors, rose, plum, aqua, green, or black
T-Bar + Stem: The one-piece height-adjustable carbon fiber T-bar assembly includes an anodized stem and handlebars – beautiful to behold. The mechanism for raising and lowering is quick and easy for children to operate.
Deck (scooter base): The 13″ x 5.5″ deck is generously large – easy for riders to stand on. Made from silicone and reinforced by fiberglass for stability and strength, the deck is also flexible and absorbs some of the vibrations while scooting along. The anti-slip Micro logo gives riders extra traction.
Wheels: Two front wheels and a ‘double’ back wheel makes the Maxi very stable and easy to balance on. The thick polyurethane wheels have bearings for a smooth ride and are non-marking and anti-slip,
Brakes: The rear brake is a nice feature. It is double-width, partially metal-plated, and works with spring and pin assembly. The extra width makes it very easy for inexperienced feet to quickly and safely locate and operate the brake while riding.
Colors: The Micro Maxi Deluxe comes in your choice of blue, green, pink, purple, red, yellow, Caribbean blue, petrol green, indigo, black, mint, gray, navy, or volcano gray.
- ScootaSeatz – straps onto the handlebars so that a child’s best plush animal or doll will have the thrill of a ride-along with their owner.
- Micro Scooter Bell – attaches with an easy-to-use strap to ensure everyone knows the scooter is headed their way.
- Micro Scooter Light – with a flexible silicone body wraps around the stem or the T-bar. It’s water-resistant with LED lights that work in constant, flash, or rapid flash modes.
- Mini Bag – is a tote that goes with your child. Stap it on the T-bar, then carry it with the handles after dismounting.
- Scooter Heads – snap on the handle for bringing a fun little animal along for the ride.
Everyday use (From setup to storage)
Assembly takes just a few minutes and no extra tools. Any teen or adult can put this kickboard together safely and quickly.
Folding Frame: This happens in three easy steps.
- Open the latch at the top of the stem
- Press the black button
- Raise the ‘cuff’ at the base of the stem. Now you can fold the stem and T-bar down.
Ease of transport: Once folded, the scooter is light and easily carried by a child or stowed away in your car trunk.
The Micro Maxi Deluxe scooter is a top-of-the-line choice for kids in elementary school. It is perfect for children who are still gaining confidence in their scooting but have outgrown their first scooter. Beautifully engineered, the Maxi is durable, looks great, and rides smoothly and safely. This is an exceptional scooter that we would recommend. As a first scooter or follow-on scooter for casual riders, the Maxi is perfect.
Be aware, however, that 3-wheel scooters are inherently less maneuverable than 2-wheel scooters. Many older kids like to ride fast and furiously, especially if they have a local skate park. For more daredevil riders, the Maxi may not be right – they may feel they’ve outgrown the “kiddie” 3-wheel riding experience and not want to ride it beyond 8 or 9-years-old.
Only you will know your child and can make this call. If you are considering a 2-wheel scooter, then we recommend the Micro Sprite (reviewed here).
(Want to see more options? See our round-up of the best kids’ scooters.)