Which Scooter Compression System?

What is Scooter Compression?

Scooter Compression is the way in which your bars, forks and deck are all attached together on your scooter.
The three most popular types of scooter compression systems are:

  • HIC (Hidden Internal Compression)
  • SCS (Standard Compression System)
  • ICS (Internal Compression System)

What the different types of compression do:

All Compression systems are pretty dam good, some are better some not so good. So the question is which scooter compression do I ride?  We’ll break down each compression system and tell you about the pros and cons of each. Hopefully after you have read this you will have a better understanding and be able to decide which compression system is right for you.

Compression break down:

HIC Scooter Compression

  • Apart from threaded, HIC was basically the first compression system. Its been around for a long time. All you need to run HIC is a threadless fork with a starnut, a threadless headset, the HIC shim, and oversized bars with a slit. HIC is the simplest out of all three compressions to use. All you have to do is tighten your bolt to the starnut in your fork, put your bars on, and you’re good to go.  If you’re looking for something reliable, easy, and light, HIC is quite a strong compression and is good to go in a matter of minutes.


SCS Compression

  • SCS is the strongest compression system out there.  It’s super strong. You’re never going to have to worry about your bars breaking. Also it looks really sick and keeps your scooter super dialed. The SCS compression system is the heaviest compression system.  If you want something super strong and good looking, go for SCS.


ICS Compression

  • ICS is very much the lightest compression system. It’s also the weakest and toughest to use. There is a reason why ICS can be a pain and that is because to tighten it you have to take off your front wheel. There is a downfall to this compression system and that is there is only one bolt holding it all together.