Sacrifice is an Australian based stunt scooter manufacturer that has been around for over half a decade now. The unique thing about this brand is that they bring in innovation from outside the scooting industry. This is in part because of the more than two decades long experience with BMX of its owner. It is all about serious riding and catering to the needs of pro riders. They delve into details and come up with technological advances that aim to improve the overall experience.
This is a high end brand that sells complete scooters that are ready to ride and spare you time and effort of assembling. Like many other brands of the same standing, their parts are easily available as well. From decks to clamps to wheels, everything can be found online. They have some of the most stylish scooters you will see anywhere in the market.
What is a stunt scooter?
Stunt scooters are different from traditional scooters, in that they are designed for skate parks and freestyle riding. In simpler words these are designed to be optimized for doing tricks and stunts. Just how BMX is different from a regular bike, stunt scooters are different from other scooters.
For this reason, the handlebar is not adjustable because obviously you would not want it to move. The wheels tend to be smaller so that there is no fast pick up in speed. The deck is thicker to provide more stability and control to the rider during stunts.
Who is it for?
Do not get worried if your child asks you for a stunt scooter. Most of these are designed for kids and teenagers only. However, these are appropriate for children above 6 years only. These are usually best suited for those with existing scooting experience. If your little one is already jumping with the scooter, it is time you bought them a stunt scooter.
Parts of a Stunt Scooter
It is important to understand the parts involved in a scooter. Sacrifice scooters come complete and are very durable but who knows when you might have to replace a part. Here are the parts you need to know about:
This serves as the joiner for all other parts and is the one that gets the most customization. These essentially tolerate all the weight and therefore need to be sturdy. Sacrifice decks are made from steel or aluminum and are quite light weight even for a stunt scooter.
The handlebar is fixed to provide safety and strength during freestyle riding. This means that you have to pick the height carefully which is appropriate with the rider’s height. Generally, a handlebar which is near mid torso is ideal and will be quite manageable. These tend to be small so do not think that you should get the highest one out there. It usually contains a bar end that is there to prevent injury and is labeled with the logo.
Clamps join the handle bar with fork bar. Sacrifice clamps contain two bolts and are made to be sturdy and to withstand rough usage. Sacrifice’s clamps can be found easily and they have many corresponding with their different series.
The fork joins the deck and the bars to the front wheel and therefore plays a very important part. Sacrifice is continuously improving each part and fork is one of them. They use the best technology and high quality materials. They have Bionic and Cyborg forks which depend on the size of the wheels and the deck. The Bionic has a slick design and a nut trap technology which is found nowhere else.
For stunt scooters, grips are extremely important. The grips go on the handlebar and provide support for holding on to the bars. In street riding, the grip needs to be firm. This means that those grips should absorb sweat and be adhesive. The S Grip from Sacrifice is quite popular and is present in almost all the top models. It is made from a nylon and rubber combo and comes in myriads of colors.
Sacrifice wheels are between 100 mm and 120 mm with smaller being even more maneuverable. The best thing about these wheels is that they are pretty funky. This goes to show how particular they are about making their scooters look good. Obviously, strength is important for wheels especially considering these are stunt scooters. The core of the wheel is always kept very strong with innovative technologies. The blender and delta are just one of many that Sacrifice has perfected over the years.
Complete V/S Customized
Sacrifice gives you bot h the options as their parts are easily available and you can create a stunt scooter with whatever parts you like. This is more of a personal preference and is good for those who want a customized product. Complete scooters, however, have advantage over customized in terms of cost and convenience. These come assembled and ready to ride and since they are assembled by the manufacturer, you have the guarantee that everything is fixed according to industry standards. Also, you get a bit of bargain as buying individual parts can be a bit more expensive. Most people prefer complete for these very reasons only.
These Australian made scooters are expensive and usually cost upwards of $200. Of course with a price tag this high you have high quality, durability and often warranty as well. Like said earlier, buying a complete one is better if cost is a consideration for you. That said, you can even find some that are below $200 especially during sales or holiday seasons.
Most of these scooters can easily withstand 100 kgs. But kids weigh way less than this limit which goes to show that these are designed to have maximum possible strength. Even if you have a teenager who is tall and bulky, you do not have to worry about running down the deck.
Sacrifice has many models in store for you and honestly choosing one can be incredibly difficult as each has its own charm and offerings. The best model is the one that suits the rider’s size and needs and of course comes under your budget. The most popular series are the Akashi and Flyte.