Micro Sprite Scooter Review (1 year later)

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Written by Kumar Grant Updated on January 4th, 2022

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The Micro Sprite is a superb 2-wheel kick scooter for adventurous tweens, teens – and even adults!

In fact, having tested dozens of scooters, our family feels that the Sprite is the best 2-wheel scooter available for children who love to scoot but aren’t interested in pro/stunt riding.

The Sprite has an unrivaled build quality and rides smoothly and stably. It’s perfect for both easy-going, infrequent riders and adventurous ones who prefer to ride fast and furious! 

Why such a glowing review? Because we genuinely love this scooter, and you can trust us because we actually test-ride the scooters we review. After reading a ton of reviews, our 8-year-old tester chose the Micro Sprite as her top pick. 

We also interviewed families who have owned this scooter for over a year. That way we gather honest accounts of how each scooter survives real life.

Spoiler — The Micro Sprite passed our “real-life” family test with flying colors.

Read on to learn what makes it so good.

At a glance

Our rating: 4.9 / 5

Best suited to: Tweens and teens who love to scoot but don’t want a pro/stunt scooter

Scooter type: 2-wheel kick scooter

Max rider weight: 220 lbs (enough for an average adult)

Handlebar height: 22.5″ to 34″ (this will fit all but the tallest of teens/adults)

Recommended age: 8 to adult

Durability: Very well engineered. Built to last.

Price: $$

What we love:

  • Super smooth and quiet ride
  • Capable of high speeds and maneuverability
  • Beautifully designed and engineered – looks and feels great
  • Quality construction for safety and long life

Watch out for:

  • Slightly more expensive than other brands (though you get what you pay for!)
  • Some older children prefer to stick with 3-wheel scooters (like the large Micro Maxi), which are easier to balance 
  • It isn’t a ‘pro’ scooter and can’t be used for jumps or stunts

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Micro Sprite reviewed (initial test run vs. one year of owning)

Our 8-year-old tester fell instantly in love with the Sprite. It’s a beautifully engineered, 2-wheel kick scooter that feels smooth to ride and handles perfectly.

For older children, who usually look for speed and maneuverability, a 2-wheel scooter always beats its 3-wheel counterpart. If this sounds like your kiddo, then the Sprite is the perfect option. 

After over a year of light use (by Mama as well as Little), the Sprite is in perfect condition, with no flaws or broken components in sight. This scooter will easily last for years — heck, they could still be riding it as a young adult!

2-wheel models aren’t for everyone: Interestingly, our featured family, the Battens, owned both the Micro Sprite and the Micro Maxi, which is a large 3-wheel scooter.

“Little” Batten preferred the Micro Maxi. That’s because she rode infrequently (mainly on sidewalks) and liked the security of the Maxi’s easier-to-balance three wheels and large footplate (deck).

Parents with non-competitive or tentative riders may want to bear this in mind.

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Let’s hear from a family who has owned and ridden the Sprite for over a year…

Meet the Battens

The Batten family stand with

Family: Mama, Papa, and one scoot-crazy 8-year-old girl.

Scooter: “Little” Batten is eight. Using the Sprite since she was six, she loves to ride for long distances while sticking to casual sidewalk jaunts.

Environment: The Battens live in a rural village where 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 ride?)

The Micro Sprite is an exceptional scooter. Our tester fell in love with it and, after only an hour at the skatepark, wanted to take it home instead of her own scooter!

It rides smoothly and quietly, gliding across most urban surfaces. It’s lightweight, accelerates easily, and turns quickly.

These all make for a speedy and sharp ride, excellent for confident riders, but tentative kids or beginners may still prefer the slower, more steady turning offered by three wheels.

“It’s solid and sturdy enough for me. Actually I like riding it too!” – Mama Batten 

Durability (does it survive real life?)

“Incredibly durable,” remarks Mama Batten. After over two years in the family, the Sprite is still in perfect condition.

All the components still function ‘like new’ and even the wheels, brakes, and grips have stood the test of time remarkably well.

It’s true that the riding was quite light, but Micro is renowned for the quality workmanship and engineering that goes into their scooters, so we’re confident that this scooter will be as durable as any competitor.

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Sizing (will it fit your kiddo?)

Handlebar height: Extends from 22.5″ to 34″ above deck level. This is a far bigger range than many other extendible T-bars on competitor brands. 34″ is also pretty tall, enabling most kids to use it into their teens.

Even then, it’s only exceptionally tall children that will ever outgrow it. For context, Dad, above, is 6 ft 2 ins.

Scooter weight: A lightweight 5.5 lbs (compared to 4.3 lbs of the Micro Mini). This is easily suitable for children 8 (even 7) and over.

If you’re a parent who likes to start their kid early (“ah, they’ll grow into it…”), bear in mind that Mama Batten said her little one found it too heavy until she was about 8.

Maximum rider weight: 220 lbs, adequate for most adults (just saying!)

Recommended age: 8 years and older

Parts & build

As we expected with the Micro Kickboard brand, the engineering and construction are solid, in a class of their own.

Handlebars + grips: The grips are made from a comfortable foam with tough, plastic plugs on the ends (useful when children inevitably dash the scooter to the ground). If worn out, or a new color is desired, grips come in 25 vibrant colors.

Stem (upright bar): The upright stem of the handle is adjustable up to 34″ (37″ above ground level). The mechanism is easy to use, with children themselves making the simple adjustment (ideal if kids of different heights are sharing.)

Deck (foot platform): The riding area of the deck is 3 inches above the ground and measures an ample 13.5″ x4″. This is smaller than some but perfectly comfortable for most riders.

Wheels: 100mm. polyurethane. Fast and quiet but won’t do off-road.

Brake: Classic scooter brake. Simple design, nice and big. Our tester confirmed that the brake ‘really works’, (always good to know!)

Colors: Comes in sapphire blue, black, red, silver, and purple.

Accessories: 

  • Scooter cones for setting up a slalom track on the driveway.
  • Micro Scooter bell for an early warning system.
  • Scooter carry strap for teens and adults.

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Everyday use (from setup to storage)

Assembly: The Sprite comes completely assembled with its patented folding system using a double button.

Folding the frame: The folding mechanism is well-engineered, sturdy, and easy enough for children to use (not always the case with other scooters we tested).

The frame folds in three easy steps:

  1. Loosen the quick-release lever on the folding mechanism
  2. Push in and hold the two buttons on either side of the front wheel
  3. Open/shut frame. Listen for the click

Folding the handlebars: Classic button design but, again, easy enough for a child to operate.

Follow these steps:

  1. Press buttons on T-bar
  2. Pull handles outwards, then down. Clip handles into plastic grips
  3. Unlatch the clamp to lower the handlebar, then relatch clamp

Storage size and ease of transport: The Sprite folds down to compact 26″ x 4.5″ x 8″. Once folded, the scooter can be easily stowed away or carried by a child.

Kickstand: The Sprite has a decent kickstand that can be operated by foot. It works well, so no complaints here. 

Our verdict

The Micro Sprite is an exceptional 2-wheel kick scooter and is, hands down, one of the best scooters for kids you can buy. It’s beautifully engineered, looks great, handles really well, and is easy to stow away.

Our featured family, the Battens, found that it stood up to real-life scooting exceptionally well, without breakages and with almost no sign of wear and tear.

Whether your tween or teen is a leisurely sidewalk surfer or a confident speed-freak, the Sprite makes an excellent choice.

The only occasions we would NOT recommend the Sprite are:

  • If the child is a tentative rider who prefers three wheels – in which case, check out the Micro Maxi.
  • If your child wants a pro/stunt scooter.
  • If your kid is under 6 years old

Otherwise, the Micro Sprite is a winner every time.

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Written by Kumar Grant Updated on January 4th, 2022

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