My 8 year old son received the Razor Powerwing Caster Scooter for Christmas. By 4 o'clock that afternoon, he was a pro and loving it! His brothers and sisters all love it to! (Ages 12, 10, 6, and 4) The brakes work well and we haven't had anyone crash. It's a great, smooth ride and it's fun to watch all the wiggling going on as everyone tries to start that forward progression! The scooter was very easy to put together and feels very sturdy. We didn't need the 'training wheel' attachments and so we took them off after a few rides. The scooter has already held riders from age 68 down to age 4 and it's brought a smile to the faces of all who ride it. Our family loves this scooter and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!