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Review of the Hudora Bold Wheel Cushion 230

[ KICK SCOOTING - 10/20/2014 - www.LetsKickScoot.com ]

Hudora is a popular German kick scooter manufacturer whose vehicles sell primarily in Europe and Asia. From time to time, they are available in the United States through Amazon.com as well as through eBay.com importers, such as Evokt, a company based in Cyprus.

>>  The Hudora Bold Wheel Cushion 230 is a small urban kick scooter that features front suspension and a 9-inch (230 mm) front wheel. Note that most small urban scooters for adults have 6- to 8-inch (150 to 200 mm) wheels and do not usually feature any suspension system.

I believe that the Hudora's bigger front wheel and suspension system provide a safer, more comfortable riding experience compared to other small, urban kick scooters. Unlike similar kick scooters, it has a smaller rear wheel (7-inches - 180 mm). Both tires, however, are made of hard polyurethane with ABEC 7 bearings for fast rolling.

Regarding floorboard dimensions, we find its width of 6-inches (150 mm) suitable; neither too narrow nor too wide. Its floorboard length is almost 23-inches (580 mm), although its useful length is only 13-inches (330 mm), which might be too short for riders who wear large shoes.

Finally, floorboard's height measured from its top to ground is 3.5-inches (90 mm), about .5-inch (10 mm) higher than what we consider to be an optimal height, but it is certainly is within a comfortable range of between 2.5- and 3.5-inches (65 and 90 mm).

The construction of the scooter is not as stiff as we'd like it to be. Its steering tube has some undesired back and forth movement and we are not convinced that its folding mechanism will be able to withstand very heavy loads while rolling.

Even though the manufacturer advertises a maximum user's weight of 220-pounds (100 kg), we recommend riders weighing more than 175-pounds (80 kg) select a more robust vehicle, such as the Oxelo Town 9 and Go Ped models (the Know Ped and Kickped derivative sold by NYCeWheels in New York City).

The Hudora Bold Wheel Cushion 230's front suspension is neither too rigid or soft. It cushions small bumps, however, it rattles when being ridden over rough pavement.

Despite rattles, its overall performance is very good, especially considering its low price. Its folding mechanism smoothly locks and releases and its foam handgrips decrease vibrations to the rider's hands and arms.

Its stomp brake, which provides a rear mudguard, is made of aluminum. It does an excellent job of dissipating heat produced by braking, especially during long downhill runs. Other features include a kick stand, and a front mudguard.

In summary, the Hudora Bold Wheel Cushion 230, with its bigger 9-inch (230 mm) front wheel and suspension, provides a smoother ride than non-suspension small urban scooters. Its low price makes owning a decent adult kick scooter very doable.


Questions? Comments?
Eduard Perez - Eduard@CityKickScooter.com

Article by Eduard Perez, edited by Karen Little. Videos by Eduard Perez. First published on October 20, 2014 on www.LetsKickScoot.com. All rights reserved by Eduard Perez, www.CityKickScooter.com, and www.LetsKickScoot.com.

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