Happy Easter from GearGuide!
The Bunny left us a little something special this year. It’s a Zinc Zycho Scooter. Like the Cadbury Egg, it came all the way from the United Kingdom. Our version was bespoke with a glossy black paint job, skull cutout and a Haring-esque top deck.
Let me say that the Zycho is a fun ride. No question about that. But there are a few things that our buds at Zinc could do better. First they could decide how to spell the name of the product. On the included instruction manual, it’s Zhycho. On the website, they drop the “h” and go with Zycho.
Next thing, let’s get that website to work. Click on their dropdown menus and you’re likely to find a bunch of blank pages. For instance, follow this path: www.zincsports.com → Products → Team Series Stunt Scooters → Zycho. When you do, you receive an about:blank page. It’s not until you click on Zycho Black, Zycho Blue or Zycho Red that you’ll see the actual product information. Same thing is true throughout their site. Please give me product overview pages, guys.
Similar little issues with the product too. The design is simple, straightforward design. All you need to do is attach the handlebar and you’re off to the skate park. Should be easy enough thanks to the visual cues provided by Zinc – in the form of the company’s arrow logo that traverses from headset to handlebar. Those two elements should align perfectly. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The two bits are just enough out-of-alignment to make the setup process more guesswork than precision. Bummer.
Nits and petty annoyances, you say. And you’re right. Once you get the two pieces together – the deck and handlebar – the fun begins. The Zinc feels solid under foot with none of the chatter associated with your standard, run-of-the-mill collapsible scooter. Zinc constructs the Zycho deck from aluminum and covers it with a substantial amount of grip in the form of Keith Haring-like graphics. We found them more than sufficient to keep our feet firmly in place. The handlebar is chro-moly steel and about 20-inches wide for stability. Grips are nice and soft.
Other details include the red anodized 100mm five-spoke wheels, and the integrated rear fender. As on most scooters, this fender can be used to brake. Stand on it and you’ll slow nicely.
So get passed the little nits. The Zinc Zycho delivers fun, stability and good bang for buck (or British Pound). You can find them on Amazon UK.