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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.

This article focuses on how these scooters look when compared to one another. For more specific information, refer to the LINKS section at the end of this article for reviews of each model.


Size Differences

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.


Handlebars

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.

The photo below shows a significant design difference between the Bikestar 12 and the Mongoose. The height on this Bikestar 12's handlebar, however, is due to an installed stem extender:

For more information on how to adjust the Mongoose handlebars, read Mongoose Expo 12 Set Up.

Floorboards

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.

Everyone prefers floorboards that are the lowest to the ground, which makes the Mibo a winner in this category. The Mibo's floorboard is approximately 2.5-inches from the ground, the Mongoose's is between 3.25- and 3.5-inches, and the Bikestar 12's is approximately 4.25-inches.

Both ScooterJerry and Phil preferred the Mibo, with the Bikestar coming in second. Phil perferred riding the Mongoose with its floorboard removed.

Karen, however, preferred riding the Mongoose over the other two models, even though the Mongoose's floorboard is an inch higher than the Mibo's, although still within an acceptable height. She did not like riding the Bikestar 12, which has the highest floorboard. It's possible that the Mongoose's body design with its longer wheelbase swayed her decisions.

Below is a picture of the Mibo and Mongoose's floorboards. Newer Mibos use solid floorboards, but are similar to what you see here:

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.

On the picture below, you can see that the original back holes are now empty, and the floorboard is held in place by the screws now set just before them.

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.

Brakes

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.

The Bikestar 12's stock wheels and brakes are better than the Mongoose's. It is possible that installing better wheels on the Mongoose will positively address this issue, something we'll test this fall and report back when done.

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.

Using the distance rolled by the shortest-distance scooter, the Mongoose, as our zero-mark, we then measured the additional distance rolled by the other two. The Bikestar 12 rolled an average of 32.5-feet further, while the Mibo rolled an average 60-feet further. Replacing the Bikestar 12's 40 psi tires with 90 psi slick tires allowed it to roll 51-feet further than the Mongoose.

Although our testing is not thorough at this point, it is our belief that replacing the stock wheels/tires with high-performance versions will significantly change the rolling resistance on all three scooters for the better.

Links

LKS Articles Related to 12-inch Wheel Commuter Scooters:

Manufacturers and Importers:

  • www.Hoolay.pl: A Polish company that manufactures a kick scooer with 12.5-inch wheels

  • Mongoose's Home Site: This company is owned by Pacific Cycle (related to Schwinn products) and is available at ToysRUs, Walmart, other large stores, and Amazon.com.

  • Mibo: A Czech manufacturer of adult kick scooters.

  • Kostka: A Czech manufacturer of adult kick scooters

  • K-bike: A Czech manufacturer of adult kick scooters.

  • Dakota Cycle: Importer of Bikestar kick scooters.


Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Karen Little - Karen@LetsKickScoot.com
Feel free to contact this article's collaborators, Scooter, ScooterJerry, and Phil, on our LetsKickScoot Forums


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.






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