We review the Fluid Freeride Horizon S – a mid priced, electric scooter with unique vintage look and most powerful motor in its price range. Read on to learn why this was rated highly, thought it is now discontinued.
Fluid Freeride Horizon S Review Summary
The main selling points to the Fluid Freeride Horizon S are its unique vintage look, well-rounded feature set, and most powerful in-class motor. It is a superior choice to its closest rival, the M365 (and clones), for heavier riders or those who are looking for a more powerful scooter with similar weight.
- Range: 15 miles
- Top speed: 20 mph
- Weight: 33 lbs
- Max rider weight: 260 lbs
- Brakes (rear): drum
- Tires (front/rear): pneumatic / solid
- Suspension (front / rear): yes / no
Braking is afforded by a single rear drum brake. Drum brakes are a reliable stopping mechanism and this implementation works well. However we take off some points for lack of an additional braking mechanism.
The Horizon S has a 350 W, best in price range, brushless DC motor that provides decent acceleration, hill-climbing ability and top speed. During user testing, we were able to maintain a speed above 15 mph even when climbing small hills.
Top Speed and Acceleration
The manufacturer-claimed top speed is 20 mph, about as much as you’ll need for in-city commuting. We found the claimed top speed to be accurate, even getting to 21 mph with a longer runway.
The FluidFreeride Horizon S range is 15 miles, under ideal circumstances.
We don’t have enough data from real users to say what most people are getting, but it’s fair to assume that it’s probably about 30% less than this (safely assume 10 mile range).
The front tire is an 8 x 1.75” pneumatic tire and the rear is a solid tire. This larger tire size is great for rolling over obstacles and bumps. It helps with improving the safety of the electric scooter also. Some people complain about flats associated with pneumatic tires. The risk of flats is greatly outweighed by the major benefits to safety and performance. Additionally, flats can be greatly reduced with a few simple upgrades.
The Horizon S brings with it a great retro look: chromed out front spring suspension, round 40s headlight, large smooth aero rear fender and lots of stamped metal parts. The closely spaced bolts harken back to rivets decorating fighter planes. The color options are a stealth black, matte grey-silver, and burned yellow/orange. The strong frame and powerful 350W motor give this scooter a maximum rider capacity of 260 lbs, the highest in this price range.
The front suspension and front pneumatic tires help to cushion the ride and soak up bumps or potholes on the road. The rear solid tire and lack of suspension is less than optimal. On rough roads, there is quite a bit of vibrations that will couple into the deck and your feet. This particularly noticeable through the rear tire, which is solid and not pneumatic. The large and decently wide tires provide good stability.
Forward lighting is provided by one large headlight center just above the front tire. Rear lighting is provided by a rectangular tail light.
As always, we recommend extra lighting for safety, but this scooter is equipped for night riding if you forget extra lights or it’s out of charge. We also recommend adding a rear, clip on light placed high (e.g. on backpack, jacket or helmet).
The throttle controller / LED display is very similar to that featured on Dualtron models. It has an index finger activate throttle, power and mode buttons. The display provides speed, battery status, and speed limiting modes. The ergonomic rubber grips provide excellent control over this retro scoot.
After extensively using this scooter, we found that the thing is a tank. However, it it is a little rickety and some of the cast metal parts are prone to breaking off — though we’ve had no problem with structural components of the scooter. Overall, we do expect this thing to last, but it is a bit rickety after some use.
Another thing to note is that some of the adjustable metal parts are (like the height-adjustable stem) a little squeaky and you will notice a little slop in the steering. This is pretty common in electric scooters that have lots of size-adjustable parts.
Fluid Freeride Horizon S Technical Specifications
|Weight||33 lb||15 kg|
|Folded dimensions||44 x 8 x 11 in||112 x 20 x 28 cm|
|Motor power||350 watts|
|Top speed||20 mph||32 kmh|
|Range||15 mi||24 km|
|Battery recharge time||—|
|Max rider weight||260 lb||118 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||None||Drum|
|Tire type (front / rear)||8″ x 1.75″ Pneumatic||Solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|