Zero 10X Review: Overview
This Zero 10X review details the highest performance electric scooter from Falcon PEV. Dual 1000 W motors, dual disc brakes, and dual suspension make this an on- and off-road beast. Read on to find out why the Zero 10X made it onto our Best Electric Scooters list.
|Tested top speed: 40 mph*|
|Tested range: 23.9 miles*|
|Weight: 77 lbs|
|Max rider weight: 330 lbs|
|Water resistance: Some, unofficial (splash)|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Best suspension we’ve ever tested|
|Stem doesn’t lock, when folded|
The Zero 10X is a high-performance electric scooter with the quality and brand reputation of Zero. Notably, it has all the stats that one would expect of a beast-mode scooter, but at an incredible value.
According to our owner survey data, the Zero brand was the highest-rated brand for post-purchase customer support (4.6/5); it also received 4.3/5 for overall brand satisfaction.
Other Scooters to Consider
- To keep it simple, check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.
- Lighter: The Kaabo Mantis is lighter, but still packs good power and range
- More compact: The Zero 8X is the fun-sized version of the 10X with flat-free airless tires
- More power: The Qiewa QPower is one of the fastest scooters we’ve ever tested
|Zero 10X (18 Ah)||40 mph||23.9 mi||77 lb||$1729|
|Kaabo Mantis (17 Ah)||40 mph||29.1 mi||62 lb||$1649|
|Zero 8X||34 mph||21.3 mi||73 lb||$1600|
|Qiewa QPower||50 mph||34.3 mi||81 lb||$2099|
** Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
Zero 10X Review
Since its release in 2019, the Zero 10X has been one of the most popular scooters. Now in 2020, multiple variants of the 10X have been introduced:
- 52 V, 18 Ah version with Syncpower batteries
- 52 V, 24 Ah version with L.G. batteries
- 60V, 21 Ah version with L.G. batteries
These variants have different battery packs as well as improving features, including fully-hydraulic brakes, as you move up in price range.
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||2.8 seconds|
|Top speed||40 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||16.1 ft|
|Hill climb test||8.8 seconds|
The Zero 10X has formidable acceleration thanks to the dual 1000-watt brushless D.C. motors that have 1600-watts of peak output and are absolute savages.
During our acceleration tests, the 10X reached 15 mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds, 20 mph in 4.3 seconds, 25 mph in 6.2 seconds, and 30 mph in 10.5 seconds.
The motors have a ton of torque. You can spin both wheels not only from a standstill but even at speed. It’s fair to say that the 10X has enough power to smoke nearly any other vehicle on the street — at least off the line.
The 10X roared up our standardized 200 ft, 10% grade hill climb with a 165 lb rider in 8.8 seconds — about a second behind the reigning champion Wolf Warrior 11.
The 10X has some of the best hill climbing ability we’ve tested. It is unlikely that there is a hill in your city it cannot crush.
We tested the top speed of the 10X to be (GPS-tracked) 40 mph with a 165 lb rider.
The Zero 10X has a massive 68-mile manufacturer-claimed range — you’ll likely not need more. Your actual range will depend on your riding habits.
The Zero 10X delivered 23.9 miles during our range test. We test all scooters on the same urban loop with frequent stops, hill, and a 165 lb rider. The scooter is ridden as quickly as is safe and in the fastest (least energy conserving) mode.
You can compare this range with other scooters we’ve tested.
In the lower speed modes, the range should be much further — perhaps as much as double, depending on your terrain.
The Zero 10X features dual mechanical disc brakes with massive 160 mm rotors. These are quality, legit brakes, and required no adjustments out of the box. They are absolutely needed to keep the reigns on this dual 1000-watt scooter.
In our braking tests, we found the brakes to be very strong — capable of bringing this monster to a halt from 15 mph (24 kmh) in a mere 16.1 feet (5 m). They are powerful enough to lock up both wheels easily.
Despite the cable control, the brake levers still provide decent “feeling” for the brakes. After some getting used to, you can tell how much traction the beefy 10-inch by 3-inch tires have, and maximally brake without locking up the tires.
The Zero 10X has the best ride quality we’ve tested on an electric scooter period, thanks to a best-in-class suspension and massive 10-inch pneumatic (air-filled tires).
Aside from being a little creaky (WD-40 will solve it), the front and rear coil-over-hydraulic shocks soak up any rough terrain you throw at it. In the city, potholes, road debris, and trash will be no match for the Zero 10X at nearly any speed. Off the road, the suspension has enough travel to take jumps.
The suspension serves a dual purpose. It keeps you pinned to the road and stable when you encounter obstacles. It also reduces fatigue and makes the ride comfortable — especially if you are riding more than a few miles.
Zero 10X Features
Coming in at 77 lbs, the Zero 10X is a beefcake. You aren’t going to throw this into the back of an Uber, take it on a bus, or carry it up multiple flights of stairs. It’s a heavy scooter and not designed for that.
The stem collapses to reduce the profile of the scooter, but it is still big and does not lock in place. When folded, the Zero 10X is 50-inches (L) by 26-inches (W) by 20-inches (H).
Stem folding mechanism
One thing to note is that the stem folding mechanism is a little finicky. At first, we thought that it might be damaged or a quality issue, but you have to get used to tighten it correctly. After some playing with the double latching mechanism (and adjustment of pre-load screws), the stem will be rock solid when locked into place.
The cockpit is simple, functional, and well-designed.
The handlebars are mountain bike ones with quality grips. At 26-inches, they are wide and give excellent ergonomics and steering control.
The deck-to-handlebar height is 40.8-inches and is not adjustable. Riders under 5’7 ″ (170 cm) may want to measure out this distance to make sure it is comfortable.
The 10X has the ubiquitous LCD throttle display. The LCD shows all your vital stats, including speed, odometer, mode, and battery readout. The throttle control is attached to the display and is index finger operated.
This type of trigger throttle can be uncomfortable for long rides. Fortunately, a thumb-controlled throttle is available as an optional accessory. https://revrides.com/collections/accessories/products/thumb-throttle-for-zero-scooters
Dual disc brakes are controlled by thick hand levers that feel sturdy. On the left side of the handlebars are push buttons that allow control of motor and power modes.
Finally, an excellent added touch is key-enabled power. This means that you can leave your Zero 10X parked outside for quick trips — though we wouldn’t leave it for too long because it could still be rolled away.
The Zero 10X scooter has deck-mounted front and rear lights. Their low-mounted position is not ideal for visibility. Be warned — the lights aren’t for serious night riding.
We recommend more powerful lights placed high on the scooter. Read our guide to electric scooter lighting and visibility for tips.
The Zero 10X has monstrous 10-inch diameter by 3-inch wide pneumatic inner-tube tires. These provide great ride quality (along with the suspension). The tire width contributes immensely to feeling stable on this scooter, particularly when accelerating and decelerating quickly.
At speed, they will soak up imperfections in the road (or off it). Finally, these tires will give you the confidence to push this scooter to its limits because you know their supple rubber is helping to keep you pinned to the earth.
Read more about preventing flat tires.
One benefit of the Zero 10X being such a large scooter is the generous amount of deck space. The Zero 10X has 19.2-inches by 9-inches of standing space. The rear of the deck also has an integrated metal fin that is sturdy enough to stand on — giving you even more standing options.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
The Zero 10X has a 6-month warranty when purchased through Rev Rides or Falcon PEV.
There is a reason Zero electric scooters have a legendary international reputation, and the 10X is no different. Build quality is fantastic and befitting of the Zero brand name.
Virtually every component of the scooter is thick and metal. The swing arms, bolts, and pivots are over-sized and durable. The steering is tight. The suspension is incredible — hefty but plush. The motors are surprisingly quiet, even under full-throttle acceleration or at top speed.
In summary, this scooter will shrug off anything you throw at it — you’re most likely the one to take damage doing it. The Zero 10X is a pretty reasonable investment that will be solid for years (and miles) to come.
The only downside of all this build quality is the weight that comes with it. Quality metal parts are steel and heavy.
Zero 10X Scooter: Review Conclusions
The Zero 10X one of the best high-performance electric scooters you can buy — you get a top-of-the-line electric scooter from an established world-wide brand.
It is a fantastic scooter for commuting, but only if you don’t have to heft it upstairs or into a car. As a weekend joyride vehicle, this scooter has more power, top speed, and range than you’ll ever need. Its build quality will literally keep it running for years to come.
Another often overlooked aspect of the Zero scooters is their customizability. Both Rev Rides and more-so Falcon PEV offer a considerable number of accessories to upgrade/tweak/modify your scooter just how you like. There is also a huge community of serious Zero riders who have developed their own mods, repairs, and upgrades over the years.
Zero 10X Compared to Other Scooters
Zero 10X Technical Specifications From Manufacturer
Note: This may differ from our tested specifications.
|Weight||77 lb (kg)|
|Folded dimensions||50 by 12 by 38 in|
|Motor power, continuous||2000 watts|
|Top speed||40 mph|
|Battery capacity||926 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||6 to 9 hours|
|Max rider weight||330 lbs|
|Brake type||Disc brake + Electronic|
|Tire type||10-inch Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|
|Water resistant||Some, unofficial|