Deciding which compression system to use on your pro scooter is secretly one of the biggest decisions you are going to make. There are several different types of compression systems available, each with its own unique features and benefits. In this article, we'll take a closer look at three most popular and common compression systems for pro scooters: IHC, HIC, and SCS.

IHC (Internal Hidden Compression) is a type of compression system that is built into the fork of the scooter. Constructed almost identically to an HIC compression fork, it is meant to for standard size bars. It is lighter due to it being thinner than a traditional HIC compression for but is fairly reliable. Overall its an affordable compression system meant for smaller riders or those that are not throwing insane tricks. 

HIC (Hidden Internal Compression) is conceptually the same as IHC compression but larger. It is meant to be compatible with oversized bars of any material. With HIC there is a shim that is housed over the fork with a top cap that sits on top and a bolt that goes into the fork that holds it all into place. It is the most common of all compression types and incredibly reliable. 

*Note: The shim NEEDS to be longer than the exposed portion of the fork or the compression system will fail.

SCS (Standard Compression System) is a type of compression system that uses a clamp to compress the fork onto the handlebars. One of the main advantages of SCS is its strength and durability. SCS is also relatively easy to maintain, as the clamp can be replaced if it becomes damaged or worn out. Beware that if you plan on using SCS you cannot have a slit cut into your bars as it will dramatically weaken the strength of your compression and put you at risk of injury.

In general, the type of compression system you choose for your pro scooter will depend on your personal preference and the specific needs of your scooter. Some riders prefer the simplicity and light weight of IHC, while others prefer the ease of maintenance of HIC or SCS. Ultimately, the best compression system for you will depend on your riding style and the type of scooter you have. Experiment with different compression systems over time to find the one that works best for you.

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