Xootr Locking Pin vs Quick-Click Locking Mechanism

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Xootr Locking Pin vs Quick-Click Locking Mechanism: Xootr scooters have been on the scene since 1999. A foldable kick scooter with a broad, low foot board, with 180 mm wheels for maximum adaptability for adult riders.

Xootr scooters can be folded for easy portability

The steering post on a Xootr scooter may be folded down parallel to the floor board, for easy portability.

Xootr scooter locking pin.
Xootr scooter locking pin.

How the pin keeps the Xootr locked.
How the pin keeps the Xootr locked.

The first method of maintaining the Xootr scooter in either folded or open position was a locking pin, a 3” flanged pin with a small spring-supported ball bearing near the inserted end to keep the locking pin from falling out.

The problem with the xootr locking pin design

Steve Kovalchik, the full-time member of the three-person team that makes Xootr scooters in Old Forge, PA, told me these pins could get lost when the rider removed them to fold or open the scooter. Also, some riders complained that the pin fit was too snug.

Pin can get lost.
Pin can get lost.

Consequently, Xootr slightly enlarged the diameter of the holes. Then, other users complained that the pin fit was too loose. While these pins are no longer available at Xootr, Mr. Kovalchick informed me that a satisfactory substitute locking pin is a “Pull Detent Pin 3/8” diameter, with usable length of 2”. Such pins can be found on eBay.

Xootr changed the locking design to a built-in-push-button

Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.
Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.

In 2017, Xootr changed the locking design to a built-in push-button “Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.”

Underneath part of the Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.
Underneath part of the Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.

Both mechanisms work well. Truth to tell, both are simple enough to operate. Nothing can get lost or separated with the current system, the Quick-Click Locking Mechanism.

Conclusion

In summary, no need to discard a pre-2017 Xootr scooter with a locking pin. Non-brand replacement locking pins are available as noted above. I have experienced no failures of either locking mechanism, riding 400 miles per year. To be hip, though, perhaps it’s better to ride a current model.

Don’t forget to check out my website at JonathanKelley.net.

To find out more about about Xootr scooters, visit: https://www.xootr.com/

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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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