Kaabo Mantis 8 Review: The Mini Mantis

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Kaabo Mantis 8

$1,299

The Kaabo Mantis 8 packs a super solid, whisper quiet ride without the arm-yanking torque of its bigger brothers, the Mantis and Mantis Pro. It appeals to riders in search of good speed, range, and the famous Mantis brand — and is the tamest member of the family when it comes to acceleration.

Technical Specifications

Tested top speed: 26.9 mph*
Tested range: 26.7 mi*
Weight: 54 lb*
Max rider weight: 270 lb
Water resistance: None

Highlights

Stem redemption
Nimble
Excellent braking
Superb fit and finish
Sluggish acceleration
Not water resistant

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

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Our Take: An Excellent 26 MPH Entry Into Performance-Level Scooters

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Kaabo is a world-recognized brand producing serious performance scooters for off-roading and commuting. Enter their newest Manti, the Mantis 8: Kaabo’s answer to a lighter weight, performance commuter scooter.

The Manti are known for head-whipping power and nimble handling, but also for stem creak and wobble. However, the Mantis 8 represents serious redemption for the Kaabo brand, bringing the stem from worst to first in quality. Unlike it’s predecessors, the Mantis 8 is not a racing scooter, but has many of the high quality features we expect from Manti, resulting in a super smooth, comfortable ride. The fact that it’s not jumping off the start line is part of its charm, and it’s a really comfortable commuter riding at 20 miles per hour.

The Kaabo Mantis 8 is the tamest member of the Manti family: it’s got a lighter build, smaller, wider tires, and rides with not quite as much bite as dual motor Manti. We performance tested the Kaabo Mantis 8 (single 800 w motor).

Here’s a Kaabo Mantis comparison table, detailing the main differences between models.

Mantis Comparison Table

Mantis
8
Mantis 8
Pro
MantisMantis
Pro
Price$1,299$1,999$1,599$2,299
Motor800 w1600 w2000 w2000 w
Weight50 lb60 lb65 lb65 lb
BrakesDual discDual hydraulicDual semi-hydraulicDual hydraulic
BatteryFST
Li-ion
48V
18.2 Ah
LG or
Samsung
48V
24.5 Ah
FST
Li-ion
60V
17.5 Ah
LG or
Samsung
60V
24.5 Ah
Throttle displayQS-S4EYE3QS-S4EYE3

Best Alternatives and Competitors

Model Top Speed** Range** Weight** Price
EMOVE Cruiser 30.5 mph 47.0 mi 59 lb $1,399
Kaabo Mantis 8 26.9 mph 26.7 mi 54 lb $1,299
Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro 35.9 mph 27.6 mi 60 lb $1,999
Kaabo Mantis 39.3 mph 29.1 mi 62 lb $1,599
Apollo Explore 29.9 mph 28.1 mi 52 lb $1,399
Mercane WideWheel Pro 26.7 mph 19.3 mi 56 lb $1,129

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

Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders? -Yes.

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Big Dawgs are larger riders that are over 200 lbs and 6 feet or taller, often favoring oversized decks, tall handlebars, pneumatic tires, and suspension.

Our resident Big Dawg, Ramier, has ridden the other Manti and, when comparing to the full-size models, really likes the newest Mantis 8 because the stem is rock solid and the suspension and wider tires feel great, making it a nice ride for heavier riders.

The brakes are good, and it just feels solid for a single motor. It was able to climb part of a fairly steep hill, even though it was slowing down. The Mantis 8 can accommodate riders up to 270 lbs and is a single-motor performance scooter that Big Dawgs approve.

Kaabo Mantis 8 Review

Performance Summary

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

Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)4.9 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)8.2 seconds
Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)14.9 seconds
Top speed26.9 mph
Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)10.6 feet
Range26.7 miles
Hill climb14.8 seconds

Acceleration

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The Mantis 8 has super smooth acceleration, but is relatively slow off the start line, compared to other fast scooters.

The Mantis 8 takes 4.9 seconds to reach 15 mph, 8.2 seconds to reach 20 mph and 14.9 seconds to reach 25 mph. The Mantis 8 does not have fast acceleration compared to its more powerful siblings, but that could be a huge benefit for scooter riders that are in seek of daily commuting comfort over raw speed.

Hill Climb

The Mantis 8 is an able hill climber, but falls behind other scooters in its class uphill. It made the 200-foot, 10% grade climb in 14.8 seconds with a 165 lb rider.

Compare with other scooters on our performance page.

Top Speed

The Mantis 8 has an ESG tested top speed of 26.9 mph, but it definitely takes some time to get there. The 8 feels great (or much better) right around 20 mph.

Range

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The Mantis 8 has good range for commuting, getting 26.7 mi of tested range, which all involve a 165 lb rider performing the test in the scooter’s highest performance mode.

Learn more about our extensive ESG certification tests.

Braking

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With dual disc brakes and those extra wide tires, the Mantis 8 has an excellent braking distance of 10.6 ft. It also comes with regenerative brakes which have a satisfying feel and sound, and seamlessly engage when slightly pulling on the brake levers.

Ride Quality

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The Kaabo Mantis 8 has satisfying ride quality, with smooth acceleration and deceleration, and good damping from the dual suspension. Unlike the bigger Manti, the 8 isn’t going to throw you back as you pull the throttle. Although it can exceed 25 mph, it’s more comfortable to travel at around 20 mph because you absorb small bumps up through the handlebars much more at higher speeds. While the wide tires have great traction when cornering and render the rider fearless of ruts running parallel to direction of travel, the small diameter of the wheels makes the scooter feel a bit unstable (don’t try to scratch your nose while riding). You really notice the feeling when you try to roll over a traffic dot on the road.

Although you can’t jump from zero to lightning speeds, the Mantis 8 is perfect for comfortable cruising, nimbly taking corners and giving you the feeling of better control.

Kaabo Mantis 8 Features

Portability

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Being slightly lighter than other Manti at 50 lbs, the Mantis 8 is a fairly portable machine. The stem folding mechanism is a collar style with two stem clamps that require some play to adjust and secure. The stem clips to the deck for easy carrying, but the handlebars do not fold down. Overall, the Mantis 8 closely resembles other Manti in its build, look, and feel.

The Kaabo Mantis 8 measures 45 inches long by 24 inches wide by 48 inches tall with a folded height of 19 inches. 

Cockpit

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The Mantis 8 has a simple cockpit, with a QS-S4 trigger throttle, dual brake handles, and switches to control the lights. The turn signals do not have an indicator to alert you that they’re on, so you will have to look down or remember that you’ve activated them.

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On the left side, there’s a bell attached to the brake lever. There is also a “Dual” button that does not currently serve a purpose, as the Mantis 8 only comes with one motor. The Mantis 8 Pro is dual motor. The handgrips are soft foam, and the plug-and-play cabling is routed nicely into the stem.

Lights

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The Kaabo Mantis 8 has button deck lights that double as turn signals and provide some illumination, but not nearly enough for safe riding (especially at night). There’s also LED lighting running the length of either side of the deck, which makes you much more visible to others out on the road.

For riding at night, we recommend a high-mounted, bright headlight and rear mounted blinking taillight (on your backpack or helmet).

Learn more about lighting and safety.

Tires

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The tires are one of the main features that sets the Mantis 8 apart from its family. The 8.0 in by 3 in tubeless pneumatic tires give you great stability running along grooves in the direction you’re traveling, but don’t handle as well over ruts that run perpendicular to your wheels.

Tubeless tires tend to be slightly more durable than tube-filled tires as there’s no inner tube that can get pinched if and when your tires have insufficient air pressure or get punctured.

Read more about preventing and repairing flats.

Deck

Kaabo Mantis 8 electric scooter, deck, rear fender, and kickstand

The understated yet signature Mantis deck design measures 18.5 in long by 8.3 in wide with 4.6 in of ground clearance. The deck surface is a durable, pliable, texturized rubber that tucks into the deck’s framework, and can easily be lifted to access the battery.

Build Quality

Overall, the build quality of the Kaabo Mantis 8 is superb. Few vehicles in this price class have the polish of the Mantis 8, with very clean welds (including the stem and fork welded together), and durable and hefty components, creating a whisper quiet, super solid ride. The stem has been solidly reconfigured and is no longer susceptible to the issues with breaking the interior screw or causing stems to crack. The Mantis 8 has a rock solid stem. You won’t be annoyed by creaks or squeaks, except maybe from the brakes, which can easily be adjusted. The dual suspension is very firm and provides good damping, and it is not recommended to adjust the suspension.

One small alignment issue with the front brake caliper affects brake feel and responsiveness. Although the Mantis 8 has an excellent design with the intention to keep the brake cable and front caliper aligned, it fails at its purpose as the cable’s housing doesn’t hold the cable at the right angle. By adding a zip tie to the caliper, you can remedy this issue and improve the brake feel.

The Mantis 8 does not have an IP rating, so is not recommended to ride in the rain.

Kaabo Mantis 8: Review Conclusions

The Mantis 8 is a solid performance commuter scooter built for long-term cruising. With this electric scooter, you’re getting the now excellent build quality of a Kaabo scooter but with a smoother ride quality than we’ve witnessed on a Mantis. The 8 is fast enough to whip your hair around (under your helmet), but not so fast that you’re gripping the handlebars for your life.

The more gradual acceleration paired with strong braking and a bombproof build make the Mantis 8 an excellent choice for beginner riders and experienced riders alike.

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If the Kaabo line doesn’t fit your needs, check out our ESG Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.

Kaabo Mantis 8 Specifications

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

MakeKaabo
ModelMantis 8
Weight50 lb
Folded dimensions45 by 24 by 19 in
Motor power, continuous800 W
Top speed28 mph
Range30 mi
Battery capacity874 Wh
Battery recharge time10 to 12 hrs
Max rider weight270 lb
Brake typeDisc + Disc
Tire type8.0 in Pneumatic (Tubeless) + Pneumatic (Tubeless)
Built-in lightsFront + Rear
Water resistanceNone

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