The Dualtron 3 (aka III) is the beginning of MiniMotor’s ultra-high performance electric scooters. It’s a serious step up from the Spider in terms of power and range. Read more to find out what we liked about it!
Dualtron 3 Review Summary
We love the solid build quality and stock 10″ x 3″ 4-ply tires. This scooter, like all Dualtrons suffers from the “Dualtron wobble“.
Find out how the Dualtron 3 compares with other Dualtron scooters: Ultimate Dualtron Review.
Dualtron III Test Ride and Review
With 2 X 800W = 1600 W of continuous power on tap (peak up 3600 W), this is one fast scooter — not quite as fast as the Thunder, but comparable to the Zero 10X.
In particular, dual motor mode is extremely fast. If you don’t hang on tightly to the handle bars you will be left behind as the scooter runs off without you.
During our testing, we easily hit 40 mph on the Dualtron 3 and flew up the steepest of hills — both on and off-road. The only scooters we’ve reviewed that can legitimately challenge the 3 on an uphill speed test are the Thunder, Ultra, and Zero 10X.
The Dualtron 3 has semi-hydraulic brakes with ventilated 140 mm discs. Semi-hydraulic brakes are an interesting hybrid of fully mechanical and fully hydraulic disc brakes. The calipers themselves have a hydraulic cylinder that are controlled by mechanical cable.
Braking on this scooter is strong and controlled. It’s not quite as good as a fully hydraulic system which gives superbly consistent braking “feel.” However, it is much smoother and your braking efforts are more amplified compared to a fully mechanical system.
Learn more about: electric scooter brakes.
The Dualtron 3 comes with 4-ply, 10″ x 3″ pneumatic tubeless tires. These things are basically mini motorcycle tires. They provide optimal on-road traction and their thick walls are very puncture-resistant. You can dump some slime in them for added puncture resistance.
Off-road, the Dualtron 3’s tires perform modestly. However, expect to frequently lose traction on one or both wheels under heavy acceleration or deceleration. For off-road performance, consider swapping the stock tire for knobby off-road ones.
Personally, we think the Dualtron 3’s smooth tires are most suited for off-road electric scooter burnouts.
The Dualtron III cockpit is very similiar to other Dualtron models.
On the left side of the cockpit are two adjustments for speed — which we used a lot during riding. First is the eco/turbo (yellow button). This regulates the max speed. Eco mode limits you to about 15 mph and turbo mode unlocks the scooter for top speed of 40+ mph. The red button, is for single/dual motors. You can use these buttons in any of the four combinations depending on your environment.
On the right side of the handlebars, you will find the standard Dualtron EYE LCD Display which shows speed, distance, and battery. It also has an index-finger-controlled throttle and buttons for adjusting scooter settings.
We aren’t huge fans of the index-finger activated throttle. If your finger is on the throttle it cannot easily be on the brakes as well. This makes quick, emergency, dual-wheel braking, more difficult. Also, the weird hand position causes your hands to cramp after some time.
Light are mounted low but are actually quite bright. The Dualtron 3 has the obligatory Dualtron stem “swag” lighting (love it or hate it). The lighting is pretty cool, totally adjustable with remote, and really helps to stay safe at night. It also will attract attention if you want it.
The Dualtron 3 also comes with Fast and Furious blue “ground effects” style lighting, making it a definite a head-turner.
If you ride the Dualtron 3 a lot at night you will most likely want to upgrade forward and rear lighting.
The Dualtron III has the standard Dualtron rubber suspension that we’ve come to know and love.
This type of suspension is not as high performing as a proper coil-over-air setup, but it does the job and has some big benefits:
- Dead simple = durable = bomb proof
We did a significant amount of off-roading of this scooter to push the suspension to its limits. The stock suspension is medium stiff.
The Dualtron 3, like all MiniMotors scooters, has superb quality in nearly every aspect. Thick construction, quality motors, and details like strain-relieved cabling ensure this scooter is built to last.
Dualtron 3 Stem Wobble
This steering wobble caused by play in the folding mechanism that is amplified along the huge lever arm of the neck. The folding mechanism is locked with only a single, narrow latch (it should be possible to upgrade with with a beefier or secondary latch).
When braking it creates a cadence where it looks like you’re doing a slow, sexy dance. When accelerating or going at constant speed it is less noticeable, but when braking it is annoying to say the least. It’s not so much a quality issue, as it is a design one — it is just a bad design in an otherwise well-designed machine.
The Dualtron III has folding handlebars and stem, with built-in locking mechanism for carrying. Those things said, the scooter comes in at a hulking 79 lbs and, for most, would not be easy carry up stairs or throw into the back of car easily. These mechanisms are mostly designed for reducing the size of the scooter for storage or transportation.
Dualtron 3 Review: What its best for
The Dualtron 3 is a great scooter if you’re looking for something well-built, fast, with long range, but not particularly portable.
If an electric scooter is your primary form of transportation, then this will be a great choice. The speed will allow you to nimbly travel around a city all day or for multiple days in a row with no recharge, owing to the >70 mile range. The heavy construction and 10″ 4-ply pneumatic tires will help keep maintenance to a minimum.
The Dualtron 3 also makes as an excellent scooter for pure joy riding — though you might as well jump to the Dualtron Thunder for maximum thrills.
If the price point of a Dualtron 3 is too much, definitely take a look at the Zero 10X or jump straight to the comparison: Dualtron 3 vs Zero 10X. The Zero 10X is actually a slightly faster scooter with higher weight capacity and lower price. Falcon PEV Zero, the manufacturer, is also a well-known quality one. The Dualtron 3 has better brakes and tires though and a bit larger battery capacity.
Dualtron 3 (aka Dualtron III) Technical Specifications
|Weight||79 lb||36 kg|
|Folded dimensions||45 x 11 x 21″||114 x 28 x 53 cm|
|Motor power, continuous (front/rear)||800 watts||800 watts|
|Top speed||40 mph||65 kmh|
|Range||74 mi||120 km|
|Battery capacity||1658 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||3.4 to 16 hours|
|Max rider weight||264 lb||120 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Xtech 140 mm Semi-Hydraulic Disc||Xtech 140 mm Semi-Hydraulic Disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||10 x 3″ Pneumatic||10 x 3″ Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|