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Apollo Air vs. Apollo Air Pro: Is the Pro Worth $200 More?
As all-new models available from Apollo, the Air and Air Pro make beginner friendly anything but boring. With an attractive, striking design and exceptional stability, the Air and Air Pro offer first-time riders a safe but sporty, fun ride in slightly different packages.
Read on to find out how the Apollo Air compares to the Apollo Air Pro.
- Less expensive. The base Air is around $200 less than the Air Pro, which is a significant difference if you’re working with a tight budget. Both models are under $900 but feature front suspension and high quality features you wouldn’t expect in an entry-level scooter.
- Lighter weight and slightly smaller footprint. At 35 lb, the Air is 3 lb lighter than its Pro counterpart. It’s also 0.5 in shorter in height, length, and deck clearance. The slightly smaller rear tire and smaller motor contribute to the size difference, which is probably noticed most by petite riders.
- Maintenance-friendly rear tire. Out of the four tires between the two models, only the rear 8.5 in tire on the Air is on a split rim. Split rims make it easier for riders to open the wheel and replace the inner tube should you get a flat. Solid rims have to be removed from the scooter before you can get to the inner tube, so they’re a bit more difficult to maintain. Since flats happen most frequently on the rear tire, it’s a nice feature to make the Air a little more user friendly.
Apollo Air Pro
- Quicker acceleration. When it comes to acceleration, a full 1 s is a huge divide, and the Pro beats the base Air from 0 to 15 mph by 1.1 s. Neither Air is super quick.
- Faster top speed. The Air Pro breaks the 15 mph speed limit for a nice casual pace, with a 3 mph faster tested top speed than the base Air.
- Slightly longer range. Getting 4 mi more range, the Air Pro extends the length you can make your commute by just a touch more. Either Air provides enough range for most short round-trips without inducing range anxiety.
- Shorter braking distance. With a more effective dual braking configuration, featuring a front drum brake and rear regen, the Air Pro has a 35% shorter braking distance than the base Air, which is a significant difference in an emergency. For context, if there were an average car’s length between you and a wall, you’d stop before hitting the wall on the Pro but wouldn’t be able to stop in time on the base Air.
Apollo Air vs. Apollo Air Pro Comparison
Based on our real-world performance testing and not manufacturer’s specs.
|Apollo Air||Apollo Air Pro|
|||Apollo Air||Apollo Air Pro|
|Top Speed||15.6 mph||18.8 mph|
|Range||13.9 mi||17.7 mi|
|Weight||35 lb||35 lb|
|Rider Weight||220 lb||220 lb|
|Accel: 0 to 15 mph||7.1 s||6.0 s|
|Braking Distance||17.5 ft||11.4 ft|
|Hill Climb Time||32.2 s||21.8 s|
|Battery Capacity||281 wh||374 wh|
|Motor||250 w||350 w|
|Tires||Front: 10.0 in|
Rear: 9 in
|Front: 10.0 in|
Rear: 10.0 in
|Suspension||Front: Single spring|
|Front: Dual spring|
Rear: Disc + Regen
Both the Apollo Air and Apollo Air Pro have exceptional stability and front suspension, which are not common features on entry-level scooters. They’re both fairly portable and geared towards beginner riders up to 220 lb, with the Pro great for most riders and the base Air slightly better suited to lighter, shorter riders.
More Money = More Performance
For more weight and money, the Air Pro steps up the performance slightly, with more power resulting in better range, top speed, hill climbing ability and acceleration. It also has far better braking with a front and rear braking configuration. Other than stopping and hill climbing power, the base Air doesn’t trail far behind the Pro in performance, but the ride quality is far more extraordinary than any of its specs.
Base Is Better for Smaller Riders
With a slightly lighter and smaller build for a little less money, the base Air is slightly easier to handle for smaller riders, while offering much of the strong feature set of the Pro. The deck-to-handlebar height remains the same between models, but the overall scooter’s length and height as well as the deck clearance off the ground decreases by 0.5 in. Although it sounds small, a 3 lb lighter build makes a big difference when you’ve got other things that you’re wearing and carrying.