Beedspeed

Feb. 4, 2008, 7:03 PM

(Posted by a UK shop owner:) If you're buying make sure you get the ScootRS type (pressure cast) as opposed to the Sterling/SPAQ type (sand cast) - we have seen one of the pepperpot style with holes crack on the thinnest part of the hub and also a standard outboard one crack the mounting lugs (which resulted in the wheel rim parting from the hub after it happened - both were Sterling/SPAQ - just thought I'd better share this info with you.

Some resellers in the UK and elsewhere offer the cheapest Asian local market lookalike items they can find - and still ask much more than for high quality items. Beware of weak sandcast disc kits, stainless rims that crack, and other low-end “Spaq/Sterling” labeled lookalike items at some resellers.

Price and quality comparison with low-end Vietnam market knockoffs at a UK reseller and original ScootRS items, Feb. 1, 2008 (£=$2):

  UK reseller ScootRS
Disc brake
  • $370 (£185)
  • lookalike of scootRS
  • poor sandcast, bondo/paint
  • low-end copy hydraulics
  • $275
  • original scootRS
  • high-pressure cast, powdercoated, all done inhouse
  • original Nissin hydraulics
Tuned exhausts
  • $298 (£149)
  • lookalike of scootRS
  • ragged sections often block flow
  • $149
  • original scootRS
  • proven performance
Tubeless rim
  • $100 (£50)
  • lookalike of scootRS
  • no safety bead, rough welds
  • $39
  • original scootRS
  • safety bead, reviewed over 3 issues of Scootering

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