In-depth Kaabo Mantis review — one of our favorite scooters of 2019. It packs: punchy dual 1000 W motors, crisp, nimble steering, semi-hydraulic brakes and top build quality into a $1500, 61 lb package that will give you at least 30 miles of maxed-out urban commuting. Read on to find out if the Mantis is the right scooter for you.
Kaabo Mantis Highlights
The Kaabo Mantis is one of the newest electric scooters on the scene and packs a lot of power, range, and features at its very competitive pricepoint.
First off, the Mantis is a rocket and scored some of the better acceleration and braking times we’ve seen. Not only is it fast, but its large pneumatic tires and quality suspension keep the scooter pinned to the road and permit precision carving. The smaller capacity version we tested can also go the distance — scoring nearly 30 miles in our rigorous max-power range test.
Another notable feature is the bomb-proof stem folding mechanism that means zero creaking/wobble in the handlebars. The handlebars also lock to the rear fender, allowing carrying of Mantis by the stem. Though it tips the scales at 61 lbs which is by no means ultra-portable, this feature will help you carry or lift the scooter for short distances.
Finally, like the Wolf Warrior, its older brother, the Mantis delivers a ton of value, power, quality, and range at a ridiculously competitive price. The base version has semi-hydraulic brakes and a locking mechanism for carrying — features absent on some much more expensive scooters.
Note: we reviewed the Kaabo Mantis 17.5 amp hour version, however there is a seriously upgraded Kaabo Mantis Pro available.
- Very fast and nimble
- Locking stem for easy carrying
- Top-notch suspension and build quality
- Excellent value
- 61 lb weight
- Trigger-style throttle is not ergonomic
Who it's for
If you are looking for a fast but nimble scooter that feels like a monster, but doesn’t have monstrous weight, the Mantis is great choice. It is basically a budget Dualtron Spider — similar feel and performance — but at a steep discount and at a heavier weight. If you splurge for the Mantis PRO version then its even closer — coming with MiniMotors drivetrain, controller, EYE display, and LG batteries.
If you are looking for something more portable and about 40% less weight, the Spider would be an obvious choice.
Kaabo Mantis Performance Tests
|Acceleration Test (0 to 15 MPH)||2.5 s|
|Hill Climb Test (200 ft, 10% grade avg.)||9.2 s @ 14.9 mph (24 kmh)|
|Braking Test (15 to 0 MPH)||11.1 ft (3.4 m)|
|Top Speed Test (0% grade)||39 mph (63 kmh)|
|Range Test (Fastest setting)||29.1 mi (47 km)|
Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
Kaabo Mantis Review
The Kaabo Mantis rocked the acceleration test. The dual 1000 watt electric motors and 25 amp controller propel it to 15 mph in 2.5 seconds, to 20 mph in 3.9 seconds, and let it fly past 30 mph in 7.7 seconds.
How does this translate to feeling? Simply put: very fast, arm-yanking acceleration up to about 25 mph. After 25 mph it cools down but still pulls all the way up to its top speed of ~40 mph. The motors are very torquey and you can readily spin both wheels at full throttle.
Throttle response is slightly laggy. By this we mean the time between squeezing the throttle control and feeling the motors activate. On the Mantis the lag is a fraction of a second, but noticeable if you test a lot of high-end scooters.
We wonder if accelerator lag is better on the Mantis Pro, which uses the MiniMotors eye throttle. The Pro version also has a beefed-up 1470 Wh LG battery, 27 amp controller, and higher torque motors, which should make it even faster.
The Mantis completed our 200 ft (61 m), 10% grade hill climb test in 9.2 seconds with an average speed of 14.9 MPH (24 kmh).
We were able to hit 39 MPH with a 165 lb rider — very close to the claimed 40 mph top speed.
We performed a range test on our urban test track in California with the Mantis in its maxed-out dual motor power mode. The range test simulates a challenging urban commute, with frequent starts and stops, hills, and rough terrain.
The lower capacity 17 Ah, 1050 watt hour version we tested made it 29 miles before running out of battery.
The Mantis has fantastic braking — among the best we’ve tested. The grippy pneumatic tires plus cable-actuated dual semi-hydraulic disc brakes help keep your speed in check. Brake control is smooth and the hydraulic calipers amplify braking efforts. It also has a fairly strong electronic braking system that can be configured by changing the settings via the display.
The Kaabo Mantis feels very stable, nimble and has standout suspension — it delivers great ride quality on nearly all terrain.
The Mantis is thrilling in the turns. As you lean into a curve, the contact patch between the tire and road remain constant thanks to the rounded profile of the 10 x 2.5″ pneumatic tires. This makes the Mantis feel very nimble to whip around. Control over this scooter is much better than many scooters with larger tires which can have vague steering input and and lack precision as you carve.
Another standout feature is the dual coil-over-hydraulic suspension — very reminiscent of the Zero 10X — that provides a firm ride on smooth roads yet is soft enough to readily eat rough terrain or potholes. Not only is it highly functional but it is dead quiet. Overall, this ranks among the top suspension systems we’ve tested.
Kaabo Mantis Features
The Kaabo Mantis is heavy and sizeable — even when folded. Yet its locking stem makes it very maneuverable for occasional lifting.
The Mantis is 61 lbs (65 lb for the PRO version) and has Its 24″, non-folding handlebars that are unpleasantly wide for bringing onto a packed commuter train during rush hour. Even folded, the Mantis is sizeable — 49″ x 24″ x 19″ (124 x 61 x 48 cm) — about 6″ longer and 6″ (15 cm) wider than the typical 27 lb (12 kg) budget scooter.
However, the Mantis does have two standout portability features: a rock solid folding mechanism and a locking stem.
Stem folding mechanism
The stem folding mechanism for the Kaabo is absolutely rock solid. The clamping mechanism has two opposing quick-release mechanisms that are fast to use and don’t require annoying adjustments. Once locked into place, there is zero stem wobble and no bending/creaking when pushing on the handlebars.
Finally, the folding stem locks into place once folded. When the scooter is folded, the handlebars have a latch that secures it to the rear fender, allowing it to be carried by the stem. This helps make the Mantis portable enough to throw into the back of a car or carry up a short flight of stairs.
Handlebars / Cockpit
Overall, the Mantis has a fairly standard cockpit with wide bicycle-style handlebars and a trigger-style throttle. It has dedicated buttons for controlling motor mode (single or dual) and power (eco or the faster turbo mode).
One thing we did not like is the index finger controlled throttle. It requires your finger to be outstretched and is uncomfortable for prolonged use. Unfortunately, this has become the standard type of controller for all high end scooters (save the Boosted Rev).
The throttle trigger is built into the information display LCD. The display is easy to read in full sunlight. Many so-called P-settings can be tuned by clicking through the mode and power buttons.
Handlebar grips are somewhat cheap foam ones but have held up decently well. If this were a personal scooter, it would probably be one of the first upgrades we’d do.
The Mantis has large diameter 10 x 2.5″ pneumatic inner tube tires with rounded profiles that give it great ride quality. They help keep the scooter feeling surgically precise and pinned to the tarmac when cornering.
The Kaabo has a spacious, 20.25″ x 8.25″ (51 x 21 cm) deck that gives 6″ (15 cm) of ground clearance. The deck is covered with a grippy emblemized rubber mat that provides excellent traction in wet or dry conditions. Deck to handlebar height is 37″ (94 cm).
The Kaabo Mantis has the same great built quality that we experienced when we reviewed the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11. The Kaabo brand, in general, seems to have a good reputation and great build quality.
The Mantis was inadvertently involved in a pretty severe crash that sent the rider to the hospital, but it emerged unharmed.
The scooter has A LOT of cables, but they are routed well and wrapped up in a protective mesh that bundles them together. Kaabo even got the kickstand right — an often overlooked feature.
Finally, the Mantis has very solid construction with lots of thick metal parts that are all buttoned up very nicely. The scooter is deathly silent with no rattling noises — even on the worst terrain — save for the pleasant hum of the massive motors.
Kaabo Mantis PRO (24.5 Ah)
The Kaabo Mantis Pro is the premium version of the Mantis scooter. The Mantis Pro tips the scales a few pounds more than the non-pro version and has a full MiniMotors drivetrain. This includes a beefed-up 27A controller, EYE display, 24.5 amp hour (1470 Wh) LG batteries, and fully hydraulic brakes. The motors have higher 33 Nm max torque. The extra battery capacity extends the range to 40 miles in the power mode, and much further in Eco modes.
Mantis 17.5 Ah Vs Mantis PRO 24.5 Ah
- Kaabo Mantis 17.5 Ah
- 61 lbs
- Chinese cells
- Standard display
- Zoom Xtech 100 cable-actuated hydraulic calipers
- 2 x 1000W BLCD motors
- 25 A controllers
- 27 newton meters (Nm) max torque motors
- 40 mph top speed
- Range is 29 miles (tested)
- Kaabo Mantis PRO 24.5 Ah
- 65 lbs
- LG cells
- Minimotors Eye Display
- Zoom hydraulic brakes
- 2 x 1000W BLDC motor
- 27A controller
- 33 Nm max torque
- 40 mph top speed
- Range estimate is 40 miles in power mode
Kaabo Mantis Technical Specifications
|Weight||61 lb (28 kg)|
|Folded dimensions||49 x 24 x 19 in (124 x 61 x 48 cm)|
|Motor power||2 x 1000 watts nominal|
|Top speed||40 mph (64 kmh)|
|Range||40 mi (64 km)|
|Battery capacity||1050 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||~6 hrs|
|Max rider weight||264 lb ( kg)|
|Brake type||Dual regenerative + semi-hydraulic disc|
|Tire type||10 x 2.5″ (25 x 6.3 cm ) pneumatic tires|
|Lights||Front and rear LED|