MGP Stunt Scooters Review
MGP scooter, also know as MADD or Madd Gear Scooters are one of the most popular brands of stunt scooter at the moment. They are an Australian brand which have been around since 2002 but expanded into the European and UK markets from 2010. The latest range of scooters from Madd Gear is the MGP VX7 range. The VX7 range replaces the VX6 range which replaces the VX5 range and so on.
UPDATE FOR 2018 – The New MGP VX8 Range has arrived.
Everything we wrote about the VX7 still holds true but there is now a new even better range of MGP scooters – the VX8 Range. We have written a quick summary of each model to help you choose and where applicable have highlighted the differences between the VX8 range and the relevant VX7 scooter.
MGP VX8 Shredder
This is the smallest scooter in the VX8 range and is aimed at the younger riders out there. The Shredder replaces the VX7 mini pro model but has a wider 4.5″ deck and upgraded TPR grips. The bars are 18″ tall and 22″ wide which is the same as the mini pro.
The cost of this scooter is around £114 (current price). This is obviously higher than the current price of the previous MX7 mini pro – so what extras do you get for your money. Well first of all there is the wider deck which gives a more stable platform for younger riders to ride on. Then there are the lighter wheels which are 100mm Force core wheels with new MGP polyurethane. The alloy double clamp has cutouts and is lighter than the previously used clamps. The head tube also has cut outs to reduce weight. The upgraded TPR grips have MGP logo bar ends. There is also the upgraded downtube and the MFX deck blocks.
All in all this is an excellent scooter for young riders who are into stunts and want a really good quality stunt scooter.
MGP VX8 Pro Scooter
Wheels: 110 mm corrupt core with MGPs polyurethane blend. This is a great improvement on the 100mm wheels of the VX7 Pro. Both scooters have K2 Abec 9 bearings which are great for speed.
Handlebars: 21” wide X 23” High. The bars are well made and stylish with an upsweep fluted design.
Deck: Strong and light once again using the highest quality 6061 T4 and T6 heat treated alloy with a 3 degree concave design. Measurements are 19.5” long X 4.5” wide. This is slightly wider than the VX7 which was 4″ wide. The headtube also has cutouts to reduce weight.
Fork: Threadless M1 Alloy HIC Fork.
Grips: 150mm TPR Grind Grips with Nylon Bar Ends – bigger than the VX7 which were 130mm.
Clamp: Double Clamp made from 6061 alloy – new feature for the VX8 pro is cut outs in the clamp to reduce weight.
Also new for the VX8 are the downtube and MFX deck blocks.
MGP VX8 Team Scooter
The upgraded version of the VX7 Team scooter. The team edition VX8 is taller and a bit wider than the Pro Scooter – just like with the VX7 Team. As we said before, the Team Edition has often been said to be the best value for money scooter in the MGP range but costs around around £180 for the latest VX8 model! The main differences are as follows: The deck is wider than the VX8 Pro scooter and the VX7 Team scooter and is a 4.8″ wide concave deck. The headtube also features the new cutouts featured on the VX8 range of scooters. The wheels are bigger and are 120mm fuse core wheels with K2 ABEC 9 bearings. The handle bars are taller and wider (24″ (H) x 23″ (W)) than the VX8 pro but the same as the VX7 Team in terms of size. The deck has an anodised finish or limited edition neo finish with MFX downtube insert and deck blocks.
This scooter is designed for children aged 8 years and up and weighs just 3.93kg all up.
So do these extra features make the VX8 Team Edition worth the extra money. Well as we said when the VX7 Team scooter was reviewed, if your child is serious about trying out tricks and wants a high quality stunt scooter that is going to last then the answer is probably Yes. If your child just wants to try out a stunt scooter and is likely to get bored after a few tries, then the answer has to be maybe not!
MGP VX8 Nitro Scooter
This is an exciting stunt scooter for the serious rider which some great specifications. According to MGP it features some of the biggest upgrades across the whole VX8 range. It is the lightest nitro scooter to date and weighs just 3.64kg.
Deck : The finish is a new anodised splatter pattern and the deck itself is wider at 4.8″. Fork: Threadless 6061 3D forged clinch alloy HIC fork. Wheels: 120mm Corrupt hollow cores with the MGP polyurethane blend and K2 ABEC 11 high speed chrome bearings. Bars: oversized at 24″ wide and 25″ high, made from aluminium with an upsweep fluted bar design. The VX8 Nitro also has the MGP high density PP deck blocks.
This scooter costs around £280 (see current price). Expensive but your up and coming pro rider will think its worth the money !
MGP VX8 Extreme Scooter
The MGP Extreme range of scooters are known for their hydro wraps which produce some great graphics on the scooter which are vibrant but also durable. The new VX8 extreme has some even better hydro wraps as well as lots of other great improvements.
One such improvement are the new superlight MFX X2 cobra clamp and MFX fork. The wheels are 120mm syndicate AR-120 wheels using the same MGP polyurethane blend as the other scooters in the range. These scooters are also fitted with the new MFX high density PP deck blocks. The deck it self is 20.5″ long and 4.8″ wide with the signature hydro-wrap. The Bars are 24″ wide and 25″ high and made from Aluminium.
You can see a selection of VX8 Extreme scooters available on Amazon below. They cost more than the others scooters in the VX8 range but are aimed at intermediate to pro stunt scooter riders and so have the quality features needed at this level. Overall they are still great value for money considering the quality of build and features available.
MGP VX8 Extreme X
According to MGP this is the supercar of the scooter world. An impressive pro scooter with a quality build and lovely design. The bars are 26″ by 26″ and made from titanium. This makes for an extra light but extra strong stunt scooter. It comes in a matt black anodised finish which we think looks fantastic. This is an expensive scooter at just under £500 but for the serious, more experienced stunt riders out there it is probably worth it !
Below is our original review of the VX7 range of scooters. The information is still relevant and if you want something a little cheaper than the latest VX8 range the VX7 range is well worth looking at.
MGP VX7 Pro Scooter
The MGP VX7 Pro is a fantastic entry level stunt scooter. This latest version is an improvement on previous versions with even more features and even better quality build. They are not cheap at just under £100 and up but you get an awful lot for your money. (current price on Amazon). These are very stylish scooters with a deck fade finish on some models. Some of the key features include:
Wheels: 100 mm 88a alloy core wheels with K2 ABEC 9 bearings which are built for speed.
Handlebars: One piece bars that are 23″(58cm) in height and 21″(53cm) wide.
Deck: Strong and light the MGP VX7 Pro deck is made using the highest quality 6061 T4 and T6 heat treated alloy. It is 4″ wide, 19.5″ long and internally fluted with a 3 degree concave.
Fork: Threadless Forged Alloy HIC Fork.
Grips: 130mm TPR Grind Grips with Nylon Bar Ends
Brake: MGP Composite Blitz Brake which is a lightweight flex brake.
These scooters are light at 3.7kg and are designed for children aged 6 and up.
MGP VX7 Mini Pro
These are basically the same as the VX7 Pro but smaller in size. These Mini Pro scooters are for children aged 4 and up. The main differences to the full size scooter are in size. The deck is 2.5″ shorter and the bars are 18″ wide and 22″ tall. The scooter is slightly lighter at 3.55kg which is light enough for young children to handle.
Again, not a cheap scooter at just under £100 but still a fantastic entry level scooter for very young children who are interested in trying out stunts.
This scooter comes in a variety of colours as seen below.
MGP VX7 Team Edition
So what is the difference and is it worth paying more money for? The team edition VX7 is taller and a bit wider than the Pro Scooter. Probably more important is that it is also made from better spec parts than the standard VX7. The Team Edition has often been said to be the best value for money scooter in the MGP range but costs around around £150 for the latest VX7 model! The main differences are as follows: The deck is wider than the VX7 Pro scooter and is a 4.5″ wide concave deck. The wheels are bigger and are 110mm alloy core wheels with K2 ABEC 9 bearings. The handle bars are taller and wider (24″ (H) x 23″ (W)) and are chrome plated. The deck has an anodised finish.
This scooter is designed for children aged 8 years and up and weighs just 3.9kg all up.
So do these extra features make the VX7 Team Edition worth the extra money. Well if your child is serious about trying out tricks and wants a high quality stunt scooter that is going to last then the answer is probably Yes. If your child just wants to try out a stunt scooter and is likely to get bored after a few tries, then the answer has to be No!
MGP VX7 Extreme Scooter
The MGP VX7 Extreme scooter is different in that every scooter has a hydro wrapped deck. This means that there are a lot of different colours to choose from. In addition MGP will be releasing limited addition wraps over time so each colour will only be available for a limited period if time. All of which helps make any VX7 Extreme scooter you buy more unique.
The main technical features of the VX7 Extreme are:
Deck: Even longer than the Pro and Team Edition scooters at 20.5”. Width is 4.5”. The deck is made from Integrated 6061 T4 & T6 Heat Treated & Fluted with 3° Concave & Cutouts.
Fork: Threadless 3D Forged 6061 Alloy Fork with Cutout.
Headset: MFX Integrated & Sealed IHC.
Bars: 24” W x 25” H 6061 T6 Alloy Oversized Aero Anodized Bar.
Wheels: 120mm MFX Switchblade with 86A High Rebound PU & Anodized Cores with K-3 ABEC 11 High Speed Chrome bearings.
So this scooter has a bigger deck and has a higher spec wheel bearings than the Team Edition. It weighs 3.6kg and is suitable for children aged 12 and up. The price is higher but for older children who are mad about stunt scooters it is a great quality scooter. The actual price varies depending on colour and seller but you can get a good idea of the current range of prices on Amazon. We have selected are few for you to see below as well.