What is the best age to move from a 3 wheeled scooter to a 2 wheeled scooter?

Sebastian turned six at the end of June and when asked what he wanted for his birthday he asked for a new scooter.

Sebby has had his Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter for three years and loves zooming around on it, so our first thought was to upgrade to the Maxi Micro Scooter, which has been scaled up for larger and more powerful children, with a more robust frame, longer adjustable stem, wider and stronger deck for bigger feet and a stronger brake.

But, at six, is he ready for a two-wheeled Micro Sprite Scooter?

3 Wheeled Scooter vs the 2 Wheeled Scooter


The Maxi Micro Scooter

Both the three wheeled Mini and Maxi Micro Scooters use the same intuitive ‘lean and steer’ scooting style, which Sebby understands, so he was straight off and racing around on the Maxi Micro.

Maxi Micro Scooter

He has the stem on the lowest setting currently, but as he grows we can raise it and because it performs just like his old scooter, he is confident to use the brake, rather than his feet to stop.

Maxi Micro Scooter

We have the LED Deluxe Maxi Micro Scooter which comes with smart LED wheels which use induction energy to turn the power kids create as they scoot into bright white light which can easily be seen, even on a sunny day.

Maxi Micro Scooter

Micro Sprite 2 Wheeled Scooter

The Micro Sprite Scooter is the perfect introduction to two-wheeled scooting, with a lightweight aluminium frame for the ultimate agility.

Micro Sprite Scooter

Apart from the wheels, the other main difference is the steering, which uses the handles, just like a bike.

Micro Sprite

It has a braking system on the back wheel just like the Maxi Micro Scooter, but Sebby is still trying to find his balance on two wheels, so uses his feet to stop himself.

However, both Isaac and Eliza took the Sprite for a whizz around the park and really enjoyed racing around.

My Opinion

It really depends on the ability of the child.

For Sebby, the Maxi Micro is the perfect choice. He is confident to ride it and can keep up with Eliza and Isaac and their scooters – Eliza has a Micro Sprite and Isaac has the MX Trixx Stunt Scooter.

However, kids already confident to ride a bike without stabilisers would be best suited to a two-wheeled scooter.

For now, we will stick with the Maxi Micro for the school run, however, I will continue with Sebby’s training on the Sprite.

To go with Sebby’s scooters, we have some cool safety accessories – the Micro Light, to help increase his visibility, a noise maker and the classic children’s helmet, which are currently on offer at 3 for the price of 2.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Maxi Micro Scooter and the Micro Sprite for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

37 thoughts on “What is the best age to move from a 3 wheeled scooter to a 2 wheeled scooter?”

  1. We love the micro mini’s! Our youngest son is on the cusp of the transition right now and these scooters are perfect

  2. This is so interesting! I don’t think I rode three wheels, I just went straight to two and then to the four wheels bike to two wheels. That was super difficult I still remember!

  3. I was thinking of introducing a 2 wheeled scooter on my sons 5th birthday but I’m wondering whether to get something like the Micro Scooter now, looks great!

  4. My nephew is 5 and I believe he still uses a 3-wheeled scooter. Although the last time we went to the park I did see him wanting to try my niece’s scooter (and she’s 4 years older!) I think it really does depend on the individual child when they feel ready.

  5. This is so lovely. My kids are still on a 3 wheeler scooter even me hahaha I am scared of let them trying a 2 wheeler.

  6. Scooters can be so fun for children and glad to learn about the difference between two-wheel scooter and three-wheel. It is really important for them to go outdoor and do more physical activities.

  7. I think whenever he’s comfortable and has a confident grasp on a two-wheeler it’s okay to start moving away from the three wheeler!

  8. I am in this same boat here. I feel like my children are so good at grasping so many things, but there is something about scooters that have them so off balance. We will stick with 3-wheels for a bit longer I guess.

  9. Ohh this brings me back to when my kids were learning to balance on a scooter. We never had the 3 wheel scooter, just had them start on the 2 wheel scooter.
    Nice info!

  10. My wife was arguing with me in this matter. I think kids should start with three wheeler one, when they will be ready, they should start with two-wheelers!

  11. Six more years and he will be able to ride the new escooters! Although most of the manufacturers label these fashionable electric scooters as 14+, my kid can safely ride one at the age of 12. However, he is permanently accompanied by an adult. The learning curve was only a couple of hours until he managed to accustom himself and “feel” the throttle and electric break. He’s riding a Ninebot ES2 and I’m doing the same but with an extra battery, for more power and increased autonomy! 😉

  12. I always taught that I will be a cool parent, and not to worry a lot about what will happen with my child or is he going to feel, but I became the most anxious parent ever. I am not even thinking about two wheels yet, and my child is 8.


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