Hiboy S2 Review: Keeping Pace with the Xiaomi Mi M365?

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - man riding, brick wall
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Full Scooter, Upright
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - stem lock hook, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - LED display, thumb controls, right handlebar, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - right handlebar, brake lever, bell, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - stem folding mechanism, open, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - cables routing, folding mechanism lock, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - stem hooked to fender, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - full view, folded
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - deck, kickstand, rear tire and fender, low angle
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - rear fender reflector, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - rear solid tire, rear disc brake, fender, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - rear wheel, fender, and brake, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - electronic brake thumb control, left handlebar, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Front wheel, solid tire, fork, cropped view
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - front solid tire, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - full scooter, folded, top view
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - cockpit, handlebars, thumb throttle, e-brake control, brake lever, cropped
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - man in boots riding low-angle, cropped
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Scooter, Upright (from back)
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - man riding, brick wall
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Full Scooter, Upright
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - stem lock hook, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - LED display, thumb controls, right handlebar, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - right handlebar, brake lever, bell, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - stem folding mechanism, open, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - cables routing, folding mechanism lock, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - stem hooked to fender, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - full view, folded
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - deck, kickstand, rear tire and fender, low angle
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - rear fender reflector, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - rear solid tire, rear disc brake, fender, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - rear wheel, fender, and brake, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - electronic brake thumb control, left handlebar, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Front wheel, solid tire, fork, cropped view
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - front solid tire, close-up
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - full scooter, folded, top view
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - cockpit, handlebars, thumb throttle, e-brake control, brake lever, cropped
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - man in boots riding low-angle, cropped
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Scooter, Upright (from back)

Hiboy S2

Can the Hiboy S2 conquer the reigning king of electric scooters, the Xiaomi Mi M365? In this Hiboy S2 review, see how this budget commuter competes with popular scooters in its class.

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 19.0 mph*
Tested range: 12.7 mi*
Weight: 32 lb*
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: IP54

Highlights

Strong acceleration
Effective dual braking system
Good power for size
Brain massage on normal terrain
Narrow honeycomb tires

* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.

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Summary

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Full Scooter, Upright

Our Take: 19 MPH Budget Scooter with a Rough Ride (Even on Smooth Terrain)

In a hotly-contested class of scooters, the Hiboy S2 takes a big swing at well-known budget commuters, with considerable speed, acceleration and range for its 29 lb size.

While it gains points with power, it lacks the smooth ride quality you need when nearing 20 mph due-mostly to its fairly narrow 8.5 in honeycomb (solid) tires.

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - deck, kickstand, rear tire and fender, low angle

A clone in a sea of other Mi 365 clones, the Hiboy S2 seems like a better buy given the promise of a “rear shock absorber” with similar specs at a lower price point. It beats the M365 with a tested top speed of 19.0 mph and only has a slightly shorter range of 12.7 miles.

Shock absorber can’t make up for the solid tires

However, the serious brain massage you receive on the Hiboy S2 along with the audibly, annoyingly rattly fender are somewhat difficult to overlook. The shock absorber on the rear of the scooter did little-to-nothing to stop even the tiniest grooves in the pavement from sending vibrations up our legs, meaning the S2 does best when kept on smooth terrain.

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - Front wheel, solid tire, fork, cropped view

Dual braking is very effective (lean back effective)

The S2 has a rubber-covered deck that can accommodate larger riders up to 270 lbs and has an electronic front brake and rear disc brake. You activate both brakes using the brake lever on the right handlebar, or you can activate the electronic brake independently via the thumb control on the left handlebar.

The brakes feel strong but work best if you are in an active rider stance, carrying your weight to the rear of the scooter and leaning back hard, when braking. If you don’t shift your weight rearward during hard braking, you’ll feel the rear wheel lock up on you (and that can be unsafe and scary).

Lightweight 29 LB footprint makes the S2 very portable

Although the S2 does not have folding handlebars, it has a compact folded footprint of 45 in long by 16 in wide by 19 in high, and a hook at the rear of the dashboard conveniently latches to a clasp on the rear fender for carrying when folded.

It takes a little practice to aim the stem at the clasp, but works very well once secured. The Hiboy S2 has pretty good portability features, and the stem folding mechanism is very solid when locked in the riding position, producing minimal stem flex.

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - full view, folded

Beginner-friendly dashboard and thumb controls

The S2 has a simple, streamlined cockpit, with rounded handgrips, a centered, easy-to-read display, and thumb controls on either side of the stem. There’s also a high-mounted headlight, the ideal position for visibility.

There is no taillight or brake light; just a reflector on the rear fender, so it’s a good idea to get a red blinking light to attach to your backpack or helmet for safety.

Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - cockpit, handlebars, thumb throttle, e-brake control, brake lever, cropped

The mechanical bell on the right handlebar provides an audible warning device for occasions when you’re riding with traffic, and is our favorite style of bell for durability. However we wish they would have mounted it on the left side, so in an emergency you could ding with your left hand while your right hand is busy operating the brake lever or thumb throttle.

Performance Summary

Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.

Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)6.2 seconds
Top speed19.0 mph
Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)14.6 feet
Range12.7 miles
Hill climb19.3 seconds
Hiboy S2 Electric Scooter - man riding, brick wall

Overall, the Hiboy S2 is a solid entry-level electric scooter for a first-time buyer, packing a satisfying level of power and speed. The thumb controls are also great for beginners, providing smooth acceleration and braking at lower speeds, but the scooter is let down by a bumpy, rattly ride.

Although the S2’s performance lets it hang with both the king and the sea of clones, it lags behind in overall ride quality due to the lack of responsiveness from the barely-there suspension and solid, narrow tires.

Best Alternatives and Competitors

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight** Price
Hiboy S2 19.0 mph 12.7 mi 32 lb $439
Hiboy MAX V2 18.6 mph 9.1 mi 37 lb $419
Xiaomi Mi M365 16.7 mph 14.6 mi 27 lb $599
Levy Levy 19.0 mph 8.9 mi - $499

** Based on our independent testing, which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.

Hiboy S2 Specifications

Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.

MakeHiboy
ModelS2
Weight29 lb
Folded dimensions45 by 16 by 19 in
Motor power, continuous350 W
Top speed15 mph
Range17 mi
Battery capacity270 Wh
Battery recharge time3 hrs
Max rider weight270 lb
Brake typeRegenerative + Disc
Tire type8.5 in Solid + Solid
Built-in lightsFront + Rear
Water resistanceIP54

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