We review the Glion Dolly, Model 215, a surprisingly popular, yet somewhat obscure electric scooter that was designed specifically for bringing on crowded public commuter trains like the BART.
Glion Dolly Review: Highlights
The Glion Dolly is a sturdy, no frills, compact commuting machine. It is, bar none, the most portable electric scooter available on the market today.
Portability is facilitated by dolly wheels (after which the scooter is named) and an airport luggage-style telescoping carrying handle. The whole scooter folds into a package with an ultra-small footprint, is easy to tow around, and will free stand on its own.
However, its ultra-portability comes at a cost. The scooter will be a rough ride on poor quality roads and has lack luster controls and performance.
- Unique dolly wheels and telescoping handle make the scooter as easy to roll around as luggage
- Bombproof like a tank
- The most portable scooter period
- Terrible ride quality due to airless tires and no suspension
- Mediocre twist style brake and throttle controls
- Relies on a single electronic brake = poor performance and no braking redundancy
What it's for
The Glion is the most portable electric scooter and ultimate scooter for bringing onto crowded public transportation. If this fits your needs then the purchasing decision is truly a no-brainer.
Currently available from Amazon.
Review of Glion Performance
The Glion Dolly has average acceleration, on par with budget 250 watt motor electric scooters. The motor is a bit noisy under full throttle.
The Dolly will take you up small hills, but is by no means a hill climbing machine. Expect to slow down quite a bit on even modest hills. On steep hills you’ll have to dismount and walk the scooter.
The Glion Dolly has a top speed of 16 mph, which we were able to get on the flat. This is a bit slower than other comparable 250 watt scooters we’ve test that can reach 18+ mph, but anything above 15 mph should be sufficient for most urban commutes.
The Glion Dolly has a manufacturer-quoted 15 mile range. We haven’t completed our range tests for this scooter yet, but other scooters with comparable battery sizes get ~30% less real-world range.
The Glion Dolly relies entirely on a single rear electronic brake to slow you down. The brake is activated by a twist-style control. The brake functions in an almost binary manner with little capacity for modulating their strength. By this, we mean that brakes are either fully activated or off.
If you’re have any decent amount of speed, you have to be careful to ensure you have steady footing and have your weight shifted toward the rear of the scooter. Activating the brakes will abruptly and jarringly slow you down. If you aren’t expecting it, it can be a sketchy situation.
Read more: electric scooter braking tests.
The ride quality on the Dolly is good if you are on smooth roads and about as bad as it gets on rough roads. If you are riding the scooter on really bad roads (included in part of our test track), then expect a punishing experience that will leave your joints and brain aching.
Glion Dolly Electric Scooter Feature Review
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Glion Dolly is the ultimate portable electric scooter. The whole scooter has basically been designed around making it easily portable.
These unique features help to make the Dolly ultra-portable:
- Telescoping stem
- Folding stem
- Folding handlebars
- Dolly wheels
- Telescoping towing handle
This is where the scooter shines. Telescoping stem, folding stem and handlebars, low weight. But the big story here is the dolly wheels coupled with telescoping handle that comes out of the platform. This works exceptionally well. If you’re commuting on a crowded BART train, this is worth the other performance and ride quality trade-offs.
You can roll the dolly wheels easily. And when it is time to be stuck like a sardine on BART, the thing stands up vertically taking up very little space. It also has a nylon wrap on the middle of the handlebars where it rests on the floor. This keeps the area in contact with the ground more protected.
The Glion Dolly is named for the dolly-style wheels that protrude from the tail of the scooter. Like those you would find on luggage, the wheels allow the scooter to be easily rolled around when in the folded configuration.
Telescoping towing handle
The Glion also features a telescoping towing handle that is stored in the deck. Like a handle of a rollable suitcase, this deploys with the simple push of a button and allows the scooter to be rolled around easily on its dolly wheels.
Handlebar folding mechanism
The folding handlebar / handlebar-locking mechanism is similar to many other scooters (WideWheel, Horizon S, Emove Cruiser) but is the best we’ve seen.
You only need one hand to pull the device out to raise / lower the handlebar because it is so smooth. It also locks in place and doesn’t stick.
Stem folding mechanism
The scooter folds and unfold easily and quickly via a large folding lever.
Handlebars / Cockpit
The Glion Dolly has a very minimal cockpit/handlebar area consisting of:
- Twist-style accelerator/brakes
- Power button
- LCD Display
- Mechanical bell
Overall, the cockpit is a bit behind the curve for modern electric scooters. For example, the Dolly uses a twist-style throttle and brake control that is somewhat clunky. The LCD display shows only battery level.
LCD Display / Accelerator / Power
The acceleration is controlled by a somewhat unique motorcycle style twist throttle. While this seems ideal, it is somewhat awkward to try to control the throttle finely. However, most of the time we had the scooter at full throttle and that position is quite ergonomic and easy on the hand.
A small LCD screen on the right side of the handlebars gives you a readout of battery life, but no other information.
Situated below the LCD display is a large red button that is used to both power the scooter on and control lights. If you toggle the button quickly when the scooter is already powered on, that will control the front light.
Brake Controls / Bell
The sole braking mechanism — and electronic brake — is controlled by another twist-style control that affords very little braking modulation. Once twisted, you will experience very forceful braking that can be somewhat surprising if you aren’t expecting it.
On the Glion it is very difficult to brake lightly and the control is essentially all or nothing. Obviously, we aren’t huge fans of it, but once you are used to it, it is manageable.
The Glion features a single, low-mounted front light and only a passive, red reflector in the rear.
Though the front light is useful in an emergency situation where you find yourself out after dark, it is not one that you should rely on.
We recommend additional lighting for frequent riding at night.
The Glion has 8″ solid tires in the front and rear. The airless tires ensure zero maintenance and no risk of flats. However, the trade-off is poorer on-road performance. These solid tires will not grip as well as pneumatic (air-filled) ones and provide no cushioning for rough roads.
Learn more: technical guide to electric scooter tires.
The Glion has no suspension. Combined with the solid front and rear tires, you are in for a rough ride.
When riding the scooter hard on rough roads, the scooter is a bit noisy. The various components of the scooter rattle and the motor is pronounced under heavy acceleration. However, unlike many other scooters, we’ve had zero maintenance issues pop up on this scooter. We think of it as a German tank — rickety sounding but ultimately very solid and bomb proof.
Horizon Review Conclusions
The Glion Dolly isn’t going to win any awards for performance, ride quality, or even looks. Our review finds that the scooter is very average, at best, in many of these categories. It isn’t particularly fast, nor does have a particularity long range or very good brakes.
However, this scooter is absolutely exceptional if you’re the right person and has its place in your home or office if it meets that criteria.
If you have a mixed commute that involves with other forms of public transportation, then this is the scooter for you. The Dolly is easy to fold up and roll with you on public transportation. It’s no worse than having a small piece of luggage and you won’t be awkwardly bumping into other people as you get on or off a crowded train or bus.
Because of the Dolly wheels, rolling the scooter around is as easy as rolling a 28 lb piece of luggage.
Currently available from Amazon.
If you don’t need an ultra-portable scooter, then do yourself a favor, and get a slightly less portable one that will ride and perform better.
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Glion Dolly Technical Specifications
|Weight||28 lb||13 kg|
|Folded Dimensions||36 x 8 x 16 in||92 x 20 x 30 cm|
|Motor power||250 watts|
|Top speed||16 mph||25 kmh|
|Range||16 mi||25 km|
|Battery capacity||238 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time||3.5 hours|
|Max rider weight||253 lb||115 kg|
|Brake type||Rear electronic|
|Tire type||8 in (20 cm) solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||No|
|Warranty||1 year / 1,000 miles|