Ultimate Kaabo Mantis Line Up: Which Scooter Is Best for You?

In this Kaabo Mantis comparison, we’ll show you the differences between various Mantis scooters including performance and features, how each model differs, and why you might buy one over the others.

By Justin. Justin has a degree in engineering and is a cofounder of ESG. He has helped develop the technologies behind the ESG website and authors articles covering the science and technology around the technical aspects of electric scooters.

Introduction

Kaabo Mantis scooters frequently find themselves on best-of scooter lists and are popular among riders for many reasons. The rock solid build and punchy ride quality has only gotten better over the years. Kaabo recently re-engineered their stem bolt design for safety and stability.

When you look at the various Kaabo Mantis scooters together, it might be hard to tell them apart — but their price ranges, features, and ride characteristics couldn’t be more different. 

Kaabo Mantis Comparison

Mantis 8Mantis 8 ProMantis (10)Mantis (10) Pro
Price$1,299$1,999$1,599$2,299
Weight*53.6 lb59.8 lb62.2 lb65.2 lb
Max rider weight270 lb270 lb260 lb260 lb
Top speed*26.9 mph35.9 mph39.3 mph37.0 mph
Range*26.7 mi27.6 mi29.1 mi33.7 mi
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

The Mantis comes in two size flavors (8-inch and 10-inch tire editions) and two performance variants (Standard and Pro).

Mantis 8 versus Mantis 10

The Mantis 8 variants are smaller, lighter, and cheaper than their Mantis 10 counterparts. The Mantis 8 is the lightest, cheapest, and least powerful of the bunch. It’s also the only single motor scooter whereas the rest have dual motors. 

The Mantis 10 variants are larger, heavier and more powerful than their Mantis 8 counterparts.

Base/Standard versus Pro

Each size variant comes as either the Pro or Base/Standard edition (they sometimes have different names in different countries). 

The Pro editions are more expensive, more powerful, and have more performance-oriented features compared to their Base counterparts.

Kaabo Mantis electric scooters - 4 models, full view
Kaabo Mantis (10) Pro, Kaabo Mantis (10), Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro, Kaabo Mantis 8 | Credit: Richard S. / ESG

Rider Size, Style and Experience

Mantis 8Mantis 8 ProMantis (10)Mantis (10) Pro
Rider sizeSmall / MediumSmall / MediumAllAll
Throttle responseEasy, SmoothSportySportySporty
Rider skill levelNew riderExpertIntermediateExpert

The Mantis 8 and 8 Pro variants are better suited to shorter or smaller riders, due to their smaller size, shorter deck to handlebar distance, and lighter weight. 

However, the acceleration on the base Mantis 8 is much smoother and more gradual than on the Mantis 8 Pro, which is actually quicker off the start line than the base Mantis 10, all the way up to 30 mph. That’s the main reason why the base Mantis 8 is suitable for a new rider, while the Mantis 8 Pro really isn’t. 

The Mantis 10 variants are generally better for bigger, more experienced riders, as they’re 5 lbs to 10 lbs heavier with a slightly longer wheelbase than the Mantis 8 variants. 

However, an expert-level rider of shorter stature may prefer the overall better stability the Mantis 10 offers, which is why they’re suitable for all rider sizes. The Mantis 10 variants work for any experienced scooterer willing to contend with a larger scooter for a more powerful ride. 

In general, the Mantis Pro editions will be significantly more powerful with touchier throttles — which is why we’ve labeled them for expert-level riders. 

If you’re a new rider and still keen on a Pro edition, make sure to dial back the P-settings and run in single-motor mode until you’ve built up your skill.

Performance Comparison

Graph comparing acceleration of various Kaabo Mantis scooters
Mantis 8Mantis 8 ProMantis (10)Mantis (10) Pro
Top speed26.9 mph35.9 mph39.3 mph37.0 mph
Accel. 0 – 15 mph4.9 s2.4 s2.5 s2.0 s
Accel. 0 – 20 mph8.2 s3.6 s3.9 s2.8 s
Accel. 0 – 25 mph14.9 s5.2 s5.2 s4.1 s
Accel. 0 – 30 mph7.4 s7.7 s5.8 s
Accel. 0 – 35 mph11.9 s11.2 s9.3 s
Range26.7 mi27.6 mi29.1 mi33.7 mi
Hill climb14.8 s8.7 s9.2 s7.9 s
Performance data is based on our independent testing.

The Kaabo Mantis (10) Pro smashes the other Mantis scooter in terms of performance. It has the fastest acceleration, quickest hill climb, best braking performance, and nearly fastest top speed.

Portability Comparison

Mantis 8Mantis 8 ProMantis (10)Mantis (10) Pro
Weight*53.6 lb59.8 lb62.2 lb65.2 lb
Folded length45 in45 in48 in48 in
Folded width24 in24 in24 in24 in
Folded height19 in19 in19 in19 in
* Based on our physical measurement which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

All Mantis models score well on portability given their performance and have exceptional power to weight ratios.

The most significant difference in portability is that the 8/8 Pro is about 3 inches shorter and around 10 lbs lighter than the 10/10 Pro. Everything else is the same.

Ride Quality / Feature Comparison

Mantis 8Mantis 8 ProMantis (10)Mantis (10) Pro
MotorSingle (Rear)DualDualDual
Throttle displayQS-S4EY3QS-S4EY3
TiresTubeless 8.0 inTubeless 8.0 inInner tube 10.0 inInner tube 10.0 in
Rim typeSolidSolidSplitSplit
SuspensionDual springDual springDual springDual spring
BrakesDual discDual hydraulicDual semi-hydraulicDual hydraulic
Deck to handlebar height39.3 in39.3 in40.5 in40.5 in
Deck dimensions8.3 in x 18.5 in8.3 in x 18.5 in8.3 in x 19.8 in8.3 in x 19.8 in

All Mantis scooters offer the same (pretty outstanding) ride quality features.

The Mantis 8 and Mantis 8 Pro have smaller tires and a shorter wheelbase than the Mantis (10) and Mantis (10) Pro, which are slightly more comfortable for larger riders and offer a more stable ride overall. 

The Mantis 8 variants also feature tubeless pneumatic tires on solid rims. These tires are more puncture-resistant than tubed ones found on the Mantis 10/Pro.  However, the Mantis 10/Pro has a split rim, making it much easier to remove the tire to replace inner tubes.

There’s less than 1 in difference in deck-to-handlebar height and a little over 1 in difference between models in deck length between the 8 and 10 models.

All models have disc brakes, but with some distinctions. Both Pro variants have outstanding fully hydraulic brakes that give the best stopping power and control. The Mantis 10 (base) has semi-hydraulic brakes that are still activated by a cable but better than standard cable disc brakes. The base Mantis 8 comes with standard cable-operated disc brakes.

The disc brakes of the base Mantis 8/10 scooters do have an ergonomic advantage, though.

QS-S4 versus EY3 throttle showing vertical distance between trigger and brake lever
QS-S4 and EY3 throttle comparison | Credit: Trina M. / ESG

Throttle-to-brake distance is significant on the Mantis 8/10 Pro editions.

The Mantis 8 Pro and Mantis 10 Pro and have a 1.75 in throttle-to-brake distance due to the hydraulic cylinder. They are less ergonomic in general and particularly for riders with small hands.

This is true of any electric scooter cockpit where you’ve got a trigger throttle and hydraulic brake configuration.  

Kaabo Mantis Scooters

Kaabo Mantis 8: The fun commuter

Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro electric scooter - full view
Kaabo Mantis 8 | Credit: Richard S. / ESG

Tech Specs

Tested top speed: 26.9 mph*
Tested range: 26.7 mi*
Weight: 54 lb*
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: None

Comparison to Other Mantis Scooters

As the tamest member of the Mantis family, the Mantis 8 packs a super solid, whisper quiet ride without the arm-yanking torque of its bigger brothers. With a 26.9 mph top speed, 50 lb weight and the lowest price tag, the Mantis 8 is the best of the bunch for welcoming new riders to the sport.

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Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro: The sporty commuter

Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro electric scooter - full scooter, garage door backdrop
Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro | Credit: Richard S. / ESG

Tech Specs

Tested top speed: 35.9 mph*
Tested range: 27.6 mi*
Weight: 60 lb*
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: None

Comparison to Other Mantis Scooters

With double the motor power and an extra 6 lbs for around $600 more, the Mantis 8 Pro is a step up for riders looking for better acceleration and top speed. The 8 Pro is 9 mph faster, and goes from zero to 15 mph in less than half the time of the base 8.

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Kaabo Mantis (10): The high-speed rider

Kaabo Mantis electric scooter
Kaabo Mantis (10) | Credit: Richard S. / ESG

Tech Specs

Tested top speed: 39.3 mph*
Tested range: 29.1 mi*
Weight: 62 lb*
Max rider weight: 260 lb
Water resistance: None

Comparison to Other Mantis Scooters

The Mantis 10 is a bigger scooter on larger wheels with a 65 lb weight that delivers a ton of value, power, quality and range at a ridiculously competitive price. It’s thrilling in the turns and nimble enough, with dual spring suspension and a sturdy build, for bigger riders up to 260 lbs to whip around.

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Kaabo Mantis (10) Pro: The best of the best

Kaabo Mantis Pro electric scooter
Kaabo Mantis (10) Pro | Credit: Eli / ESG

Tech Specs

Tested top speed: 39.3 mph*
Tested range: 29.1 mi*
Weight: 62 lb*
Max rider weight: 260 lb
Water resistance: None

Comparison to Other Mantis Scooters

The Pro is like the Mantis 10 but on steroids, amping it up with fully hydraulic Zoom brakes, a larger battery, EY3 throttle, and more powerful controllers. It’s a beast carrying riders uphill and by far the fastest of the four off the starting line. It also happens to have the very best braking in the Manti family.

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Conclusion

We hope that this helps you decide on which of the Kaabo Mantis line is best for you. It’s an absolutely amazing line of electric scooters with excellent build quality and a stellar ride, no matter which Mantis configuration you choose.

Kaabo Mantis (10), Kaabo Mantis (10) Pro, Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro, Kaabo Mantis 8 electric scooters
Kaabo Mantis (10), Kaabo Mantis (10) Pro, Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro, Kaabo Mantis 8 | Credit: Richard S. / ESG

If you’re looking for more beastly power, check out the Mantis’ big brother, the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11.

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Justin is a cofounder of ESG and has a degree in engineering. He writes about the science and technology of electric scooters.

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