I became interested recently in the unique folding mechanism of the SwiftyONE MK3 kick scooter, the way the rear wheel can be rolled forward under then up through the chassis.
After reviewing YouTube videos on how the Swifty works I decided to buy one, to compare it to my Xootr scooter.
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I ordered a SwiftyONE MK3 Tall from Swifty HQ in England. Four days later it arrived at my home in Los Angeles, CA.
The SwiftyONE MK3 folded up doesn’t fit behind my drivers seat like the Xootr
Folded up, the Swifty’s too bulky to be stashed behind the driver’s seat of my car, which is so easy to do with my folded Xootr Street scooter.
Speed: the same, on both scooters. Number of scoots to get from A to B: the same.
Swifty vs Xootr floorboard
The floorboard on the Swifty is narrower than the floorboard on the Xootr. The wider Xootr floorboard offers more room for one or both feet, and for switching feet.
SwiftyONE MK3 rear brake vs the Xootr scooter rear fender
Swifty’s rear brake is a heel-operated pedal, and there’s no rear fender. You have to be careful that your back foot doesn’t touch the turning wheel when you’re under way. Xootr has a rear fender, with a friction brake on its under side. Easy to operate with graded foot pressure as needed, applied on the top of the fender.
The Swifty floorboard is higher above the pavement than the Xootr scooter’s
The floorboard on the Swifty is 4.5” above the pavement. Xootr’s floorboard is 3” above the pavement. With each scoot on a Swifty the rider has to make a knee bend that’s one and a half times deeper than on a Xootr. That adds up! The lower center of gravity on the Xootr also makes the steering feel more stable than on the Swifty, even though Xootr’s handlebars are only half as wide as Swifty’s.
Swifty wheel diameter compared to the Xootr scooter
Wheel diameter: 15” on the Swifty, 7” on the Xootr. Swifty’s inflated tires and larger wheels make for smooth passage over pavement irregularities, in contrast to the Xootr where one has to exercise caution especially on downhill runs at higher speeds.
The Swifty’s complicated to unfold; the Xootr’s easy with its QuickClick latch.
The Xootr Street scooter will remain my primary scooter over the SwiftyONE MK3
For me, easier scoots from a lower floorboard, board stability, more room to stand while riding, same speed and travel distance per scoot, ease of toting the Xootr on public transportation, and small folded size for easy stowage mean that my Xootr Street scooter is going to remain my primary scooter.
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