The Dualtron Thunder review is the most exciting and scariest review we’ve done. For a normal electric scooter — even a performance one — we floor the accelerator trigger and are sometimes left wanting more. This was not the case for the Dualtron Thunder scooter.
Dualtron Thunder Review Quick Facts
The Dualtron Thunder is a serious off-road monster. If you’re looking for a scooter for daily commuting, then it is probably more scooter than you need. Unless you’re The Rock, you won’t be hefting this scooter up flights of stairs or slipping it onto the bicycle cart of the subway. However, if you are looking for the fastest, highest performance, bullet-proof, most beast mode scooter ever — then the Dualtron Thunder from MiniMotors is your best bet.
- Range: 74 miles
- Top speed: 50 mph
- Weight 95 lbs
- Max rider weight: 331 lbs
- Brakes (front/rear): Dual fully-hydraulic 160 mm disc brake
- Tire (front/rear): Dual 11″ x 4″ pneumatic tubeless tires
The Dualtron Thunder has dual Nutt-branded 160 mm hydraulically-actuated disc brakes. Though Nutt is a unknown generic Chinese brand, the brakes are some of the best we’ve tested. The force required to activate these hydraulic brakes is minimal and braking force is very positive and progressive. You will be able confidently stop very quickly by simultaneously activating both brakes. The massive 160-mm, ventilated brake calipers are some of the biggest we’ve seen on an electric scooter and allow for intense, sustained braking without loss of performance.
Additionally, the Dualtron Thunder also features electronic ABS. This is not true ABS and causes unerving vibrations that take some getting used to. Most Dualtron owners disable this system.
The Thunder’s dual 2700 watt brushless DC motors are the star of the show. With a combined power output of 5400 watts, they give incredible torque when launching the scooter from a standstill. You can easily spin both wheels, even at surprisingly high speeds.
The stock 11″ tubeless mini motorcycle tires can go off road, but are fairly smooth and really designed for maximum traction on hard, paved surfaces. For scooter motocross, you can always swap the Thunder’s stock tires for some knobby ones.
The tires have an ultra-wide 4″ contact patch with the road and make it easy to balance and manage the scooter at speed. The large 11″ diameter and Dualtron rubber suspension will help your roll over sizable urban or off-road obstacles safely.
Though these are some of the thickest, most durable electric scooter tires we’ve encountered, they are pneumatic and you can still benefit from flat tire preventative maintenance.
The Dualtron Thunder has a huge 1-foot wide deck for maximum stability and confidence at high speeds. The extra wide size expands the possible foot positions on this scooter and ensures that you’ll always be able to get in the most stable position for your riding circumstance.
The Thunder cockpit / handlebars are very similar to other Dualtron models.
The handlebars are aluminum and foldable. The spring-loaded folding mechanism is operated by pulling up on two locking levers and slapping down on both handlebars, which will “break” the handlebars apart into the folded configuration.
Handlebar grips are ergonomic and feel nice on the hands.
The right side of the cockpit is the businesss side: it has the standard EYE cockpit/display and index-finger controlled accelerator.
On the left side of the cockpit is the second brake lever, an “emergency” button that controls the fairly powerful forward lighting, and the single / dual motor selection button.
The Dualtron Thunder is built to last. The only minor issue we notice, common to all Dualtrons, is play in the steering that is amplified along the length of the steering neck. Other than that, expect that you’re getting your money’s worth in quality.
Dualtron Thunder Review: Final Thoughts
If you are looking for the most powerful Dualtron (at least until the Dualtron X is released) then the Thunder is your scooter. It has absolutely brutal acceleration, build quality to withstand all the punishment you can dish out, and is one impressive-looking scooter.
Read more: review and comparison of MiniMotors Dualtron scooters.
Dualtron Thunder Technical Specifications
|Weight||95 lb||43 kg|
|Folded dimensions||49 x 21 x 13 “||124 x 54 x 32 cm|
|Motor power, continuous (front/rear)||2700 watts||2700 watts|
|Top speed||50 mph||80 kmh|
|Range||74 mi||120 km|
|Battery capacity||2060 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||4.2 to 20 hours|
|Max rider weight||264 lb||120 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Nutt 160 mm Hydraulic Disc||Nutt 160 mm Hydraulic Disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||11 x 3″ Pneumatic||11 x 3″ Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|