Xootr Locking Pin vs Quick-Click Locking Mechanism: Xootr scooters have been on the scene since 1999. A foldable kick scooter with a broad, low foot board, with 180 mm wheels for maximum adaptability for adult riders.
Xootr scooters can be folded for easy portability
The steering post on a Xootr scooter may be folded down parallel to the floor board, for easy portability.
The first method of maintaining the Xootr scooter in either folded or open position was a locking pin, a 3” flanged pin with a small spring-supported ball bearing near the inserted end to keep the locking pin from falling out.
The problem with the xootr locking pin design
Steve Kovalchik, the full-time member of the three-person team that makes Xootr scooters in Old Forge, PA, told me these pins could get lost when the rider removed them to fold or open the scooter. Also, some riders complained that the pin fit was too snug.
Consequently, Xootr slightly enlarged the diameter of the holes. Then, other users complained that the pin fit was too loose. While these pins are no longer available at Xootr, Mr. Kovalchick informed me that a satisfactory substitute locking pin is a “Pull Detent Pin 3/8” diameter, with usable length of 2”. Such pins can be found on eBay.
Xootr changed the locking design to a built-in-push-button
In 2017, Xootr changed the locking design to a built-in push-button “Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.”
Both mechanisms work well. Truth to tell, both are simple enough to operate. Nothing can get lost or separated with the current system, the Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.
In summary, no need to discard a pre-2017 Xootr scooter with a locking pin. Non-brand replacement locking pins are available as noted above. I have experienced no failures of either locking mechanism, riding 400 miles per year. To be hip, though, perhaps it’s better to ride a current model.
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