Phoenix Scooters: Known for Unbeatable Quality
Phoenix Pro Scooters burst onto the market in 2009
Phoenix is a company that proves that quality, craftsmanship and hard work pay off. Tom Floyd created Phoenix Pro Scooters in Portland, Oregon back in 2009, when he saw a need for quality American-made freestyle scooters. Not only are their scooters all American made, but they are all made in-house as well. That means every Phoenix Scooters product released is handmade at the Phoenix factory. Talk about quality!
A top pick of the top pros
Phoenix Pro Scooters also has one of the most stacked teams in the industry. OGs like Jon Reyes, Dan Barrett, Stan Smirnoff, Tyler Bonner and Raymond Warner will all assure you that Phoenix Scooters is the real deal.
The Phoenix difference
Although everyone at The Vault loves Phoenix’s products, we decided to give them a call to find out exactly what it is that they do to create such high-quality products. Here’s a rundown on what we learned:
Decks – Yes, Phoenix decks are more expensive than some of the other brands. But the reason can be found in the engineering and craftsmanship. The engineers and design geniuses at Phoenix use Solid Works 3D modeling and Finite Element Analysis strength and stress testing to ensure that Phoenix decks will hold up to your use. Then, every deck is hand welded by some of the best welders in the industry. It’s no wonder Phoenix decks rarely crack. And no surprise that Phoenix has the confidence in its products to give one of the best warranties in the industry.
Wheels – To make the metal core of its pro scooter wheels, Phoenix starts with a solid block of aluminum. From there, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are used to mill the aluminum down to its final shape. The polyurethane coating – a PU 85 hardness – is carefully attached, resulting in wheels that are known to last.
Why does Phoenix use PU 85? After trying out a variety of options, they settled on PU 85 because of its hardness and wear. Their tests showed that PU 85 gave the best performance for the speed, without any problems with the polyurethane coming off the core (something that’s called “dehubbing”).
It was also interesting to find out why Phoenix recently made a change from a 60mm diameter core to an 80 mm diameter core. The concern was that the extra urethane on the smaller cored wheel may have slowed the wheel down. The new design is even faster than previous models!
Bearings and Spacers – With a lot of pro scooter parts manufacturers you just buy the wheel and then have to buy spacers and bearing made by someone else. Because Phoenix is so dedicated to quality, they install their own bearings and spacers into their wheels, using bearings made to their exact specifications. So it’s a complete package: wheels, bearings and spacers, all made to Phoenix’ tolerances and designed to work perfectly together.
Compression – Phoenix scooters use SES compression. Similar to the compression used on bikes, Phoenix feels that SES is a proven system that works.
All in all, the commitment that Phoenix Pro Scooters has to innovation is unmatched, and their engineering is flat-out brilliant.