On the Kickbiking mail list the subject of folding scooters has come up. A new member is inquiring into his first footbike, and he’s looking to accommodate two conditions: he’d like to be able to take it aboard trains and buses, and he lives near a lot of hills.
The replies heavily featured the Czech Mibo scooter, which is built by a company that
gets sport scooters. They apparently have around 12″ wheels (on this one spec the website is silent), but with fat pneumatic tires: pump them to 35 psi for comfort, or 85 psi for performance.
And performance there is: the
Courage model (we like the name) is
intended for freestyle, acrobatics, as well as competitive cross-country and street racing. In fact there are more than a few wild YouTube videos showing the freestyle Mibo in action.
The deck height is about 2 inches; a very desirable trait for efficiency, and the build quality is very good (even on their folding model). In fact the scooter seems very well thought-out.
As to hills, our newcomer has heard that it’s harder to push a 700c front wheel up one than a smaller scooter. I can only comment on 700c-wheeled bikes – maybe I’d better get a Mibo for research!
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