We review the new for 2020 Mercane WideWheel Pro electric scooter — an upgraded version of the Mercane WideWheel, one of the most fun and unusual electric scooters available on the market.
2020 Mercane WideWheel Pro Highlights
The 2020 WideWheel Pro is a serious upgrade over the 2019 WideWheel and older 2018 version — both were incredibly fun scooters but troubled with reports of metal fatigue, which led to failing stems and swingarms. Previous versions of the WideWheel also faced a recall due to a failing brake caliper. Both these issues are reportedly solved in the new 2020 version due to brake, aluminum alloy, and design upgrades.
The new 2020 Pro version sports an LCD display, dual disc brakes, a larger battery pack, and thicker, stronger aluminum alloy parts. If you’ve never ridden one, the ride can best be described as floating on a rocket.
The ultra-wide tires take the crispness that you would experience — from riding on a really nimble scooter like the Boosted Rev — and replace it with floating sensation. You’ll notice road irregularities less and tendency for the scooter to self-stabilize but lose the ability to make quick carving moves.
Acceleration is fun and very quick — getting you to 25 mph in 7.7 seconds — but tame enough to not be scary. The unlocked top speed of the 2020 Pro, close to 27 mph, is more than you’ll need. The larger 720 watt-hour battery pack (634 watt-hours in the 2019 version) gives nearly 20 miles of tested range at its higher top speed.
- Thrilling and fun ride
- Great hill-climbing ability
- Folds to compact size
- Very stiff suspension
- Predecessors had build-quality issues
Who its for
The WideWheel Pro is best suited for riding on smoother roads due to stiff suspension and solid tires. The thrilling acceleration and ease of riding make it especially apt as a fun weekend cruising scooter. This could also function as a daily commuter scooter. Still, some things to keep in mind are weight, road quality, and lack of nimbleness if riding in mixed traffic.
Review of Mercane WideWheel Pro Performance
The WideWheel Pro has thrilling acceleration all the way up to its top speed. It accelerates approximately twice as quickly as a typical rental scooter.
The Pro stomped its way to 15 mph in 3.3 seconds (a hair slower than the 2019 version), to 20 mph in 5.40 seconds, and to 25 mph in 7.7 seconds (significantly faster than the 12.2 seconds of the 2019 base version).
For comparison, the Mercane Pro gets to 15 mph in about half the time of our favorite budget scooter — the Xiaomi M365 (6.3 seconds).
See our performance testing page for real-world acceleration data on other scooters.
The Pro also delivered during our hill climb test and is sufficiently powerful to conquer the steepest of hills. It has no problems on slopes that will stop a typical 250-watt motor scooter or rental scooter.
The Pro took 11.1 seconds, at an average speed of 12.3 mph to top out on our standardized hill test (200 ft vertical climb, 10% grade, 165 lb rider).
With the scooter unlocked, we were able to obtain a max speed of 26.7 mph (165 lb rider, GPS-tracked). This is a touch faster than the 2019 base version, which would reach about 25 mph when unlocked.
The scooter features a 720 watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that gives a slightly increased range compared to its 2019 predecessor. The battery takes around 7 hours to achieve a full charge.
We were able to achieve 19.3 miles of real-world range (conditions: standardized test track with frequent stops/starts, hills, rough roads; scooter unlocked and ridden at the highest speed that was safe; 165 lb rider).
See our performance testing page for results from other scooters and detailed description of how we test.
The 2020 WideWheel Pro has dual 120-mm mechanical disc and dual electronic brakes. We have always advocated for redundant braking systems for increased safety in the event of failure. We are happy to see the introduction of dual braking systems on the Pro.
During our braking tests, the Pro came to a stop from 15 mph in a mere 12.5 feet. We consider anything under 15 feet an excellent result.
Braking performance is a massive improvement over the 2019 base WideWheel, which had only a single disc brake, and took nearly 22 feet to stop.
The WideWheel has dual spring suspensions and polyurethane-filled airless tires. On smooth roads, it has excellent ride quality and is an incredibly fun and thrilling scooter to ride.
The ultra-wide 4-inch tires give a sense of floating, an unusual sensation. Making turns on the scooter takes some getting used to. The wide tires provide excellent stability and tracking — you won’t worry about getting a tire caught in cracks or seams in the road that could result in a spill.
However, the dual spring suspension is very stiff. It will dampen some vibrations from the road and take the edge off severe bumps. Yet, on poor roads, the ride can be quite harsh.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the WideWheel is definitely not an off-road scooter. Though some owners might use it as such, we don’t think it has the suspension or frame to properly stand up to the abuse meted out from off-road riding or jumping.
WideWheel Pro Features
The Pro tips the scale at 54 lbs (25 kg). Though it is light enough to carry for short distances or up a flight of stairs, it is not an ultra-portable scooter.
The scooter has both a folding stem and folding handlebars that reduce it to a compact 43-inches by 9-inches by 16-inches (109-cm by 22-cm by 41-cm). It can easily fit into the trunk of a small car when folded.
For comparison, it is identical in length and height but actually slimmer than a typical small scooter like the Xiaomi Mi M365 (43-inches by 16-inches by 19-inches).
The folding stem uses a unique threaded locking mechanism that makes the stem super stable when unfolded. The stem can be locked in the folded position for more comfortable one-handed carrying if you are strong enough to lift its 54 lbs. One downside to this type of folding mechanism is that it is slower than quick folding mechanisms and takes more than a few seconds to take down.
The handlebars fold via a spring-loaded collar mechanism that is very quick to activate. When locked into place, the handlebars are fairly sturdy, but do have a bit of play in them.
The compact folded size makes the WideWheel make it rather convenient for storing at your destination or keeping it out of the way on public transportation.
The very austere cockpit has been updated for the 2020 Pro version of the WideWheel. It has some big new features including LCD display, upgraded grips, and an additional brake lever. The thumb-controlled throttle is the same part used by the 2018 WideWheel.
The back-lit LCD shows speed, mode, odometer, and battery status in both bars and volts. The display housing also includes a power button and mode button for quickly switching between Eco (battery saving, low performance) and Sport (high performance) modes.
The updated grips are now two-toned and have more of an ergonomic shape compared to the previous version. Overall, not bad.
The throttle controller body is made of lightweight plastic and feels somewhat cheap. It doesn’t feel nearly as robust or smooth as other quality throttle controls. Like the 2018 version, throttle modulation is quite poor — it is difficult to control the speed of the scooter finely.
P-Settings: Unlocking Top Speed (and others)
To access the P-settings: hold both buttons and the a brake lever for approximately one second.
- P0: Controls zero-start mode. Press the mode button to toggle on/off.
- P1: This settings will unlock top speed. Press the mode button to toggle between unlocked (-1) and locked (0).
- P2: This settings changes the wheel diameter. It should always be set to -08. You can press the mode button to adjust this settings.
- P4: This setting toggles between KMH and MPH. Press the mode button to toggle between these settings.
Press both buttons (power and mode) to exit the settings menu when you are done.
The scooter has a high-mounted front LED light and rear red LED tail light.
Though the front light is relatively bright at close distances, its lack of optics mean that the light spreads out quickly with distance. When riding fast on a dark road, it is difficult to see far enough in front to avoid serious road hazards.
Because of this, we recommend an additional ultra-bright light with good optics to see the road ahead. See our guide to riding at night for our recommended gear.
The WideWheel Pro has 8-inch by 3.9-inch, ultra-wide tires that are airless and filled with a soft polyurethane foam. Compared to other airless (aka “solid” tires), these are quite soft and help to cushion ride somewhat.
The main benefit of the airless tires is not having to worry about getting flats. However, the downside is that they do not have as good of traction as pneumatic (air-filled) tires and perform much worse under wet conditions. Despite having a large contact patch with the ground, the tires are prone to losing traction under heavy acceleration or braking. In wet conditions, they can become quite slippery.
The deck has just 5-inches of usable standing width, making it one of the slimmest scooters on the market. However, the length of it is sufficient and allows a multitude of riding positions.
The WideWheel Pro has higher build quality than previous versions of the scooter. Critical aluminum-alloy components have been strengthened. The 2020 Pro also has a thicker stem, neck, and fork for greater strength. These changes are welcome as we’ve seen a surprising number of users reporting metal part failures on the 2018 WideWheel — something you definitely don’t want to happen at 25 mph!
Despite the strength improvements, the Pro has a max rider weight limit of 220 lbs (100 kgs) — this is a little lean for a 54 lb scooter.
The Mercane WideWheel Pro has an IP (water resistance) rating of IP54. Practically speaking, this means it can be ridden in light rain, but you definitely don’t want the scooter to get soaked or submerged.
There are some design quality drawbacks that we’ve noted, though they aren’t major. Notably:
- The rear fender isn’t large enough to prevent water from being thrown onto you while riding in the rain. Some have modified the rear fender by adding an extension to solve this problem.
- Screws in the folding mechanism have a tendency to loosen up with use and may need to be periodically re-tighted.
- Some of the cables protrude far from the scooter and are prone to getting snagged onto things.
Mercane WideWheel Pro (2020 version) Conclusions
The new for 2020 WideWheel Pro is a uniquely fun electric scooter that we think is best suited as weekend cruiser. Though it can certainly serve as a daily commuter, its 54 lb weight may make it too cumbersome for everyone.
The added safety features (dual disc brakes, improved structural integrity) and LCD display are welcome improvements on what was already a pretty awesome scooter.
Its punchy dual motors and modest battery provide as much power and range as most will need. The scooter is thrilling, but not scary, and very easy to ride. We think these characteristics are suited for most riders, except adrenaline junkies who will want more power and off-road capabilities.
2020 Mercane WideWheel Pro Technical Specifications (from manufacturer)
|Folded dimensions||43″ x 9″ x 16″|
|Motor power, continuous:||2 x 500 watts|
|Top speed||26 mph|
|Battery capacity||748 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||7 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lb|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Dual disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||8″ x 4″ solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes|