Oxelo Town 9 Easyfold - The Perfect Urban Scooter?
[ KICK SCOOTING - 12/29/2014 - www.LetsKickScoot.com ]
My Urban Scooter Wish List
>> As an owner of three "kick vehicles" - a small urban scooter, a medium size scooter with 12-inch pneumatic tires, and a full-size kick bike (Know Ped, Mibo Tiny, and Kickbike Sport Max, respectively) - and having tried many other scooters over the years, I've developed a wish list of features I'd want my perfect urban scooter to have. They include:
Of all the small urban scooters I've tried, the Oxelo Town 9 Easyfold comes closest to meeting all these requirements, meeting an amazing 10 out of the 11, and it makes up for the 11th in a very clever way.
Love at first kick
The first time I stepped foot on the Town 9 it put a big smile on my face. This scooter rides beautifully, and it rides fast, thanks to its hard polyurethane (PU) tires and ABEC7 bearings. The large circumference of the tires, 200mm, also allows it to ride over imperfect surfaces with ease.
The Oxelo has just about every feature you could want in a small urban scooter.
A handbrake is not essential on an urban scooter - most don't have one, and some people even prefer not to have one, but personally I find it liberating.
The Town 9's generous deck length has no problem accommodating my large, U.S size 13 feet.
The Town 9's large 200mm PU tires allow it to roll easily over many surface imperfections, like the ones you see in the photo above.
In my testing, the Town 9 handled packed-earth paths well. However to ride on loose stone path like the one in the above photo, you'll need a vehicle with larger tires.
The Town 9's folding mechanism is one of its best features. To fold it, you just position yourself in front of the scooter, step on the "nose" of the frame, and voila! It folds in a mere second (the rear swings up and clicks onto the front stem) - no bending involved, super convenient!
Stepping on front of the Town 9's frame causes the back wheel to swing up and click in place against the steering column - a super quick fold!
The Oxelo Town 9 Easyfold in "park mode."
Stability and Comfort
The Town 9's wide, variable-height handlebar gives it great stability and comes with excellent ergonomic rubber grips. Note also that the handlebar ends can be slipped out and locked in place alongside the stem, giving the whole scooter a slim profile for easy maneuvering among crowds in trolley mode, and easy packing.
The Oxelo Town 9's handlebar is a generous 15¾ inches wide, which contributes to its outstanding stability.
Let it roll!
Recently Karen, her husband Phil, and I met to perform rolling resistance tests on three 12-inch pneumatic-tire scooters, including a very high-end Czech scooter. It just happened that Karen brought along the Town 9. Out of curiosity we tested it against all three of the 12 inch scooters. It beat them all. More recently, after riding the Town 9 Easyfold for some time, I switched to my Know Ped. The difference was remarkable. The Town 9 just rolls almost effortlessly. In comparison, the Know Ped felt sluggish.
Admittedly, at 13 pounds, the Town 9 is not the lightest scooter on the market, and that may concern people who wish to use it as a commuting vehicle if they need to carry it. But consider another great feature of the Town: When folded, it can be wheeled along on its front tire in what's called trolley mode. Wonderful! For all of its other features, personally I can live with the Town 9's extra weight as an acceptable trade-off.
When folded, instead of being carried, the Town 9 can be trolleyed along on its front wheel.
I'm feeling it . . .
Having heaped a lot of praise on this scooter, I do want to point out one thing. Due to its hard PU tires and stiff frame, the Town 9's ride, while fast, is also quite harsh, despite it having front suspension. On smooth surfaces the Town 9 rolls beautifully, but on any kind of bumpy surface, you feel every vibration. I accept this as the price one pays for speed. I did not find it to be objectionable on typical sidewalks and streets, but I would not want to ride it long distance on a path that consists of pavers or bricks.
The Oxelo Town 9 Easyfold is one of the best, full-featured scooters on the market today. Its ride is fast and stable. Its superb braking system makes it one of the safest scooters available, and its folding mechanism, which allows you to instantly fold, park, and trolley it, make it super convenient. All of this, plus its large 200 mm tires, which can handle many surface imperfections, make it an excellent choice for city commuting. Most of all, it's a whole lot of fun to ride!
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Article and all but the first and last photo by Jerry Szubin. First published on 12/29/2014. All rights reserved by www.LetsKickScoot.com and Jerry Szubin.