When it comes to deciding which pro scooter compression system is best for you, there are a few things to consider. Your compression system is basically the way your bars, forks, and deck are attached together to your scooter.
Depending on your needs and riding style, the wrong compression system can negatively affect your performance. There are three main types of compression systems you can choose from. Those three systems are the Hidden Internal Compression System (HIC), Standard Compression System (SCS), and Internal/Inverted Compression System (ICS). Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Find out our top 10 best pro scooter clamps reviewed by the MyProScooter team here.
Hidden Internal Compression System (HIC)
Hidden Internal Compression is pretty much the first compression system that was utilized (aside from threaded). This is a reliable compression system which is why it has been around for a while.
The system does not come loose often, which is a benefit when it comes to maintenance on the compression system. It makes for a light and easy ride. In order to use this system though, it does require oversized handlebars which could pose a problem for some.
HIC is the simplest of the systems to use so that could be an advantage for those riders who don’t want to put in as much effort into maintenance as the other two systems require.
Standard Compression System (SCS)
The Standard Compression System or SCS, is the strongest compression system of the three. It was created by the owner of Proto Scooters, Andrew Broussard. Along with being the strongest system, it is also the heaviest.
This can be a disadvantage for those of who are weight conscious with your scooter and want the lightest ride possible. With its weight and strength, you never have to worry about the bars snapping. SCS will not work with handlebars that have a slit at the bottom.
This system is probably the best looking out of the three, so for those of you who are out for the best appearance, this is your best option. This system works internally pretty similar to that of a bicycle stem.
Internal/Inverted Compression System (ICS)
The final compression system on the list is ICS or Internal/Inverted Compression System. This is the lightest of the three systems which is why it is a good pick for those who don’t like having a lot of weight.
But because it is the lightest system it does also make it the weakest since it is only being held together by one long bolt. It is also a tough system to use because in order to tighten the system, it requires that you remove the front wheel on the scooter to do so. This wouldn’t pose too much of an inconvenience if the ICS didn’t require frequent adjustment. And as a result of the system requiring frequent adjustment, there is a serious risk of stripping the starnut.
The upside to this system though is that it is the lowest cost. So for those of you on a budget, this can get the job done.
Overall, it is most important to consider your riding style and preference when deciding on which pro scooter compression system is best for you.
Cost of the system should also be a factor. It’s important to take care and maintain your system to extend the life of it. We hope this guide will aid you in making a knowledgeable decision on which system will fit your riding needs, please see more pro scooter guides at our blog.