EMOVE Cruiser vs Mercane WideWheel: Which Is Better for Commuting?

EMOVE Cruiser vs Mercane WideWheel

We compare two electric scooters that have been updated for 2019: the EMOVE Cruiser versus the Mercane WideWheel.

The EMOVE Cruiser is the reigning king of affordable, long-ranged scooters and achieved a remarkable 50 miles during our real-world testing. Its single 600 W electric motor gives it swift acceleration and decent hill-climbing abilities. The Cruiser is packed with tons of practical features including dual semi-hydraulic disc brakes, high-quality LG batteries, and tubeless pneumatic tires. It is one of the few scooters with an official water resistance rating of IP67. It also has a loud horn and turn signals for added safety. However, it is by no means a racing scooter.

If the Cruiser is the ultimate long-range commuting machine, then the dual-motor Mercane WideWheel is the ultimate fun machine. It sports dual 500-watt electric motors with a combined peak power of 1600 W. Launching it from a standstill is a blast — very fun and thrilling — though not terrifying like some of the beast scooters. The ultra-wide wheels and dual suspension give it cushion and make it a very easy scooter to ride. The smaller battery and more powerful motors still give it a respectable 18.8 miles (30 km)  of real-world range.

Both scooters have a top speed of around 26 mph (42 kmh), though the WideWheel will get you there much faster. Both scooters also have a keyed power switch for added security or for parking the scooter for short periods of time.

EMOVE Cruiser Pros

EMOVE Cruiser electric scooter
  • Dual semi-hydraulic Xtech disc brakes. These give redudant and much stronger braking compared to the Wide Wheel.  During our braking tests, the EMOVE Cruiser slowed from 15 mph to 0 in just 11 feet. In the same test, the WideWheel took 22 feet to come to a halt.
  • An official water resistance rating of IP67. The Speedway 5 has no official ingress protection (IP) rating. In practice, the EMOVE’s IP67 rating means it can be ridden in the rain and the snow as long as it is not submerged in water.
  • Tubeless 10″ pneumatic tires. The provide better ride quality and traction, especially in wet conditions. The WideWheel has solid 8″ tires which provide worse damping and worse traction.
  • A 352 lb (160 kg) weight limit. This is significantly higher than the Mercane which is limited to 220 lb (100 kg).
  • A massive 1586 watt hour LG battery pack which gives it >50 miles of real world range (according to our tests).  The WideWheel has a smaller 634 watt hour battery made of Chinese cells, giving it just under 19 miles of tested range.
  • Safety extras: turn signals and a very loud horn. The WideWheel lacks both of these features.

Mercane WideWheel Pros

2019 Mercane WideWheel electric scooter
  • WideWheel (dual motor) is less expensive, costing just under $1,000. The Cruiser is currently $1259 after our coupon code.
  • WideWheel has much better acceleration. In our tests it was faster, reaching 15 mph (24 kmh) in 2.9 seconds, whereas the EMOVE Cruiser took 5.4 seconds.
  • WideWheel is a much fun-er scooter overall. The massive tires, funky looks, and thrilling acceleration make it an absolute blast to ride. The Cruiser is a more grown-up scooter —  more practical, long-ranged, and feature-packed.

EMOVE Cruiser vs. Mercane WideWheel Comparison

**Based on Electric Scooter Guide’s real-world performance testing and not manufacturer’s specs.

EMOVE CruiserMercane WideWheel
MSRP (USD)$1259$999
Top Speed**26.2 mph25 mph
Range**50.3 mi18.8 mi
Weight55 lb45 lb
0 to 15 mph**3.4 s2.9 s
0 to 20 mph**5.8 s4.8 s
0 to 25 mph**11.0 s12.2 s
0 to 30 mph**
0 to 35 mph**
15 to 0 mph**11.4 ft21.9 ft
Hill climb time**12.1 s11.1 s
Battery1560 Wh634 Wh
Motor600 W500 W (2X)
Max rider weight352 lb220 lb
SuspensionFront + RearFront + Rear
BrakesHydraulic disc + RegenDisc + Regen
IP ratingIP67None

Verdict: Cruiser for serious commuting and Widewheel for fun

The Mercane Widewheel and EMOVE Cruiser are two quite different scooters, at a similar price point, that excel at quite different tasks. As such, each is quite good at their designed purpose.

The EMOVE Cruiser is exactly as it sounds — a practical, long-ranged scooter, meant for cruising.  Nearly no scooter at its under $1300 price point has the same range or features that make it suitable as scooter to rack up miles on. The tubeless pneumatic tires are incredibly flat-resistant, and easily repaired with slime if you end up with one. Excellent ride quality and a massive battery pack will not only enable but actually encourage you to do those long distances on this scooter.

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The WideWheel is quite the opposite — it’s a funky and somewhat brash scooter with minimal extras. Aside from a ultra-wide wheels and dual motors, there isn’t much else. This is because the WideWheel is meant to be a thrilling and speedy scooter. It’s one you take out on weekends and in good weather. You use it to blast up steep hills or make trips to the local coffee shop. Though it has the stamina to go nearly 20 miles, the stiff suspension and solid tires are more suited for shorter joyrides than longer treks. Though you could use it as a daily, long-range commuter, the WideWheel is meant more fun than the daily grind.

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