Comparing the Mongoose 12, Bikestar 12, and Mibo Tiny Kick Scooters
[ KICK SCOOTING - 10/28/2014 - www.LetsKickScoot.com ]
>> Over the past year, members of the Let's Kick Scoot forums and our editors have been studying the pros and cons of 12-inch kick scooters that we have been able to access in the United States. They are the Bikestar 12, the Mongoose Expo 12 (Mongoose), and the Mibo Tiny (Mibo). Other kick scooters in this size-range exist, but our editors have not tried them.
All three kick scooter models are similar in size, with the Mongoose Expo 12 being the longest. In the following picture, the Mongoose is compared to the Mibo.
In the next picture, the Mongoose is compared to the Bikestar 12. Note again that the Mongoose is the longer of the two.
The Mibo and the Bikestar 12 handlebars can be lengthened using a standard bike quill stem extender. Lengthening the Mongoose's handlebar, which is OK "out of the box" for people up to 5-feet 10-inches, requires more adjustment steps.
For more information on how to adjust the Mongoose handlebars, read Mongoose Expo 12 Set Up.
When buying a kick scooter, finding the right floorboard for the size of your feet is as important as finding the right pair of shoes. With that in mind, our collaborators, who are 5-feet 4-inches (Karen), 5-feet 10-inches (Phil), and 6-feet (ScooterJerry) tall, rode all three vehicles and each one has a different opinion as to which vehicle has the best floorboard.
Here is a top view of the Mibo and Mongoose floorboards:
In the picture below, you see the Mongoose and the Bikestar 12 with floorboards at factory settings.
Unfortunately, the Bikestar 12's floorboard cannot be easily moved due to a welded heel guard on the scooter frame:
The decks on the Mongoose and Bikestar 12, however, can be customized, and if you want to ride on a slightly lower floorboard, both can be ridden without one.
There are two ways to lengthen the standing area room on the Mongoose. The first is to drill the floorboard's retaining screw holes approximately one-inch forward from their original position, then reseat the floorboard onto the vehicle.
Another way to lengthen the Mongoose's floorboard is to remove the floorboard altogether. This has the added advantage of lowering the floorboard by about a third-of-an-inch. Phil preferred riding with the floorboard removed.
Mibo, with its high-end components, has the best brakes. ScooterJerry and Phil both disliked the Mongoose's brakes, yet felt that the Bikestar 12's brakes were acceptable. Karen feels that the Mongoose's brakes were acceptable.
Wheels, Tires, and Rolling Resistance
To date, we have not finished our intended experiments related to wheels, tires, and rolling resistance. We have, however, conducted a rolling resistance test on all three scooters and their stock wheels, then a test using high-performance wheels on the Bikestar 12.
From the same starting point on the top of a small hill, we tested rolling resistance by allowing each to roll down on its own power with no kicking to where each one naturally stopped.
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Collaboration between Karen Little, Jerry Szubin, and Phil Little. Photos by whoever was holding the camera. Edited by Karen Little. First published on 10/28/2014. All rights reserved by www.LetsKickScoot.com.