Phoenix has always been a quality brand focused on delivering strong, high end products and this year is no different. Phoenix has stepped up the game with the release of its new 2015 complete range, the Session and the Sequel.
The Sequel complete comes equipped with some incredible design features that really help push this scooter to the next level. The all new Sequel deck features a notched downtube which helps reduce the weight while increasing strength and performance, as well as being 21” long, 4.5” wide and having an 82.5° headtube. All of the Sequel decks are finished with premium liquid paint and watercal graphics to give them a superior aesthetic look.
The new suicide style Cro-Mo bars come as 24”H X 24”W, as standard, making them perfect for both street and park style riders.
Other features include the Fo 110mm urethane wheels, new and improved To-6061 aluminium classic forks, integrated headset, flex brake, 6mm smooth clamp and the new Phoenix premium grips.
How it rides –
Being the larger of the two completes, the Sequel is suited to taller riders and is based around aspects of both park and street riding. I found that it was easy to get used to, and within an hour of riding it I was able to smash out all of my usual tricks.
The length and width of the deck made it simple to hit rails and copings while also lending itself to pumping and flowing big gaps and airs around the park. The grip tape provided was excellent and made catching tricks easy.
The large, suicide style, bars added to the stability and worked well in both the street and park environments with tricks such as grabs and no handers being simple to do. This coupled with the head tube angle really allowed me to pull whips around with ease and made larger tricks such as backflips, bri flips and supermans just as do-able.
The new Phoenix grips made barspins comfortable to throw and catch while also allowing just enough give to perform rapid combos.
The wheels were sturdy and allowed me to go much faster than I expected for 110s, further adding to the flow capabilities of this scooter.
All in all, the Sequel complete is an awesome model that fits in well with Phoenix’s previous range of scooters. It is rare that I find a scooter that can tick all of the boxes in both the park and street areas, but this one really does it, able to handle big rails and stair sets while still holding its own in the park. With its incredible flow and technical specs I feel that Phoenix have outdone themselves with this new model and I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking to step up their game.
The Session complete has been designed with entry to mid-level riders in mind and Phoenix have taken a no holds barred approach to improving on the industry standard scooter for this level.
The Session deck comes in at 20” long by 4.25” wide, making it ideal for practicing all kinds of different tricks and techniques. New reinforcement plates have also been added to the front of the decks concave extrusion, making it very strong.
Reinforced 4130 Cro-Mo handlebars come as standard with the Session and measure 23”H X 23” W, again, making this scooter well designed for riders looking to perfect their next trick and push themselves to the next level.
In addition, Phoenix’s new performance style F7 110mm wheels have been added to really push the quality of this complete and the Cro-Mo Phase Phorx have also been included alongside the standard 6mm smooth clamp, flex brake, extra stick grip tape, integrated headset, abec 7 bearings and Phoenix’s premium grips to bring this complete to an extremely slick finish.
How it rides –
The Session was very easy to get used to and felt well designed for use in the skatepark. Its light structure and size meant that all manner of tricks were fun to throw and its strong grip tape and wheels meant that I was able to catch and land tricks without having to worry about losing speed or slipping on the ramps.
Again, as with the Sequel, the grips and the bars made tricks and combos feel nice to do and I was able to pull tricks around incredibly fast.
I found that the Session provided a very smooth ride and flowed nicely, allowing for air tricks to be boosted and landed with ease.
You can feel the quality in this complete when you ride it and I really think that this scooter is suited to those with learning new tricks in mind.
The Session complete has a high quality design and finish which I feel sets it above a lot of other entry to mid-level completes. This scooter lends itself to learning tricks and combos and would be favoured by riders who prefer light, whippy scooters and those who are beginning to learn more advanced tricks and combinations. The Session is an awesome complete scooter, allowing for great speed and flow while still providing the durability and technical specs required for those higher end tricks.
– Ben Wilkinson