Testing the Segway GT2 probably gave us a peek into what scooters will look like in 2024.
The Segway GT2 is Segway’s top-of-the-line model, and it’s easy to see why. It’s well-designed, aesthetically pleasing, and has a host of features that make it perfect for both leisure and commuting. Also, if speed and power are your top priority, the dual-motor GT2 is a good bet.
What about that transparent dash that looks like the heads-up display on a fighter jet? Or Boost mode that we can only liken to a double shot of espresso on a groggy morning. This scooter is all that, plus a bag of chips. The only downside is the considerable price tag of $3,999. It’s one of the most expensive scooters on the market. But if you can swing it, the GT2 is definitely worth the investment.
|Tested top speed: 41.8 mph*|
|Tested range: 32.9 mi*|
|Weight: 116 lb*|
|Max rider weight: 330 lb|
|Water resistance: IPX4|
|Exceptional Ride Quality|
|Large and Ultra-Comfortable Deck|
|Traction Control–A First-Ever|
|Large And Heavy|
|The Range per Pound is Below Peers|
|Top Speed is Below Peers|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
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I doubt there’s a package that will get your heart going as hard as the one that delivers your Segway GT scooter. This is the scooter all the big dogs need to watch out for. It’s not built like a tank–No! It has a put-together look, like a private-educated heir to some throne. The scooter’s design is premium, to say the least, and boy, does she look good cruising down the street.
The parts come together flawlessly to deliver a scooter whose performance is as daring as it is endearing. The dual adjustable suspension, torquey motors, and self-healing tires ensure that you can explore some adventurous tracks, with the powerful dual disc brakes bringing you to a safe stop the minute you call for it.
The GT2 scooter may not be the fastest that we’ve ever tested or have the longest range, but it’s not playing hare and tortoise either. Sure, you won’t get to 60 Mph, but with the GT2’s 41.8 mphtested top speed, you’ll not miss out on that rider’s high. The battery also carries enough juice for a decent round trip with about 32.9 miles of range. Keep in mind that riding conservatively will give you a bit more range.
Again, basics aren’t just basics with the GT2. The scooter’s features are over-the-top and might just be the disruption we need in scooter innovation. From the super-sized deck to the wishbone front suspension, whose function does not come at the cost of form, the gazillion lighting elements, motorcycle-style twist throttle, and so much more, there’s plenty of reason to add this scooter to your cart.
The scooter is also home to some firsts for electric scooters. There’s the transparent PM OLED display that we can’t get enough of and the electronic traction control. These cutting-edge features are precisely what we want to see the seasoned manufacturers adopt and improve upon. If not, Segway seems to have quite a number of interesting ideas up their sleeves, and we can’t wait to see how that shakes up the market.
Our Take: The Segway GT2
The Next Step in Scooter Evolution-Never Seen Before Features you will Love.
Best GT 2 Alternatives and Competitors
Kaabo Wolf King GT Vs Segway GT2
Higher top speed, and longer range, but GT2 beats it on overall ride quality
NAMI BURN-E 2 Vs Segway GT2
Our favorite scooter. Has higher top speed and longer range, but less stable
NAMI BURN-E Max Vs Segway GT2
Ultimate acceleration and hill climbing, but not as stable
Dualtron Thunder 2 Vs Segway GT2
Longest range of any scooter we’ve tested, much more abrupt throttle, but lower over all ride quality
Comparison scooters section
Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders?
Given that this is one of Segway’s first beast scooters, it feels like there should be a ‘but’ somewhere….there isn’t. This scooter is not just powerful; it is also highly inclusive.
The motor on the GT2 is powerful enough to carry riders weighing up to a recommended 331 lbs, which is pretty decent. Heavier riders will also enjoy extra legroom on the deck, as it is both wide and long to allow for comfortable riding positions. And in case you were wondering, yes, you might even manage to shuffle your feet mid-ride.
The high battery capacity has plenty of juice to carry both average and heavy riders through their excursions without letting up. In fact, with enough charge, the scooter doesn’t lose too much power going up hills as long as the rider is within the recommended weight.
Further accommodation is facilitated by the adjustable front and rear hydraulic suspensions. They have 15-level adjustability, so you can fine-tune them to your exact liking, riding conditions, or what works with your weight class.
Segway GT2 Review
Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||1.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||2.5 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)||3.2 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 30 mph)||4.1 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 35 mph)||5.5 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 40 mph)||8.3 seconds|
|Top speed||41.8 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||9.4 feet|
|Hill climb||6.6 seconds|
The Segway GT2 scooters have excellent acceleration but not the highest that we’ve ever tested. From a dead stop, the acceleration on both GT2 is surprisingly smooth for beast scooters but then builds rapidly as you speed up.
For the GT2 electric scooter, Segway has a stated acceleration of 0-30 mph in 3.9 seconds, but our tests had the scooter rocket to the 30 mph mark in 4.1 seconds. Not bad at all, given that the GT2 came fourth behind the fastest scooters we’ve ever tested, the NAMI BURN-E, Wolf King GT, and Apollo Pro Ludicrous.
The performance of the GT2 would be better if it had a more abrupt throttle. However, we think most riders will find that the smooth throttle response is well worth giving up a couple of tenths of a second.
We’ve ridden faster, but we’re not complaining when it comes to the maximum speed. The manufacturer advertises a 43.5 mph top speed for the GT2, and we nearly got there but couldn’t get it past 41.8 mph. In more ideal settings, Segway’s stated max speed is probably achievable. You can also cap your top speed by twisting the dial knob to either Walk, Eco, Sport, or Race.
The capped speed for each is as indicated below:
- Park: 0 mph. It automatically engages if you park or stop for more than 5 seconds.
- Walk: 3.7 mph max speed
- Eco: 24.9 mph max speed
- Sport: 43.5 mph max speed
- Race: 43.5 mph max speed, plus it turns off the traction control function
During our range test, we also discovered that below 30% battery, the GT2 had a noticeable drop in acceleration. But, despite the performance drop, at 30%, the scooter maintained a speed of 30 mph uphill. I should also point out that Race-mode and Eco-mode felt about the same at this point. Below 10% battery, the GT2 maintained till it shut down.
The GT2 is a world-class hill climber. I took it out to scale our usual 10% grade, 60 m long test hill. The GT2 was the fifth-fastest scooter ever up our test hill, with a near-similar performance to the Dualtron Thunder II. The scooter averaged from a standing start as it went up the mountain under maximum power.
Segway’s advertised range for the GT2 is a bit overstated, but we achieved decent enough mileage during our range test. It should be noted that manufacturers frequently quote range values that are at near-perfect conditions under conservative speeds.
The advertised range for the GT2 is , but our test achieved s in Race mode and with Boost engaged the whole time. The GT2’s range is substantially less than the BURN-E’s tested range of or the Wolf King GT’s and more comparable to scooters in the light-heavyweight category. Of course, you can get more range by running in Sport or ECO mode, but to be consistent, every scooter we range test is ridden in its fastest mode and in a real-world imitation riding style and setting.
The GT2 shut down with an indicated 3% battery remaining. An unexpected bonus was that the scooter allowed me to re-start and engage walk-mode at that point. Rather than walk it as intended, I decided to ride the last ½ a mile back to the office in walk mode at a pokey 3 mph.
The Segway scooter is powered by 52V batteries for voltage safety. The world’s only dedicated racing scooter, the eSC SX-1, uses the same voltage for the same reason. The GT2 comes with a 1512 wh capacity. While this is high, it has a lower capacity compared to the similarly-priced Dualtron Thunder 2, which has a 2880 wh capacity. The high-performance battery also has an interesting cooling system, as described below in the build quality.
The battery charge in 8 hours, which I guess can be excused in light of the decent range. Your scooter package comes with two standard chargers, whose ports are cleverly concealed under a cover located on the rake angle. And while a fast charger would dramatically reduce this time, it does decrease the battery’s lifespan, so the dual chargers are better in the long run.
The braking is exemplary, and not just for the scooter’s class. The GT2 stops from 15.0 mph in just 9.4 feet. This beats every beast scooter we have ever tested. But how does the GT2 achieve such exceptional stopping power?
Well, it’s multi-faceted. There’s no regenerative braking for starters, so your brake response is proportional to how hard you pull the levers, giving you more control. The GT2 also uses a different brand of hydraulic brakes than we’ve ever seen. They feel better than Nutt brakes or Zoom brakes and about the same as the Logan brakes on the BURN-E 2.
However, the most surprising design choice is the 140mm ventilated rotors. They’re smaller and thicker than the rotors used on most beast scooters. The smaller diameter makes them less grabby, so it’s easier to avoid skidding. And being 38% thicker makes them resist warping, bending, and overheating, so brake response doesn’t fade after repeated hard use.
It doesn’t end there. The Segway app gives you a braking option we’ve never seen. Normally touching the brakes on any electric scooter disables the throttle. But if you disable ‘brake priority,’ it lets you apply throttle and brake simultaneously. This is an expert-only feature and something you should be very careful with if you turn it on.
The ride quality of the GT2 makes it feel like a solid contender for the best electric scooter that we’ve ever ridden, and there are a few reasons why.
First of all, I love the twist throttle. There is a good reason why every motorcycle in the world uses them. The GT2 throttle feels intuitive and easy to use. There’s no dead zone at the beginning of travel, and the response is quick, without feeling abrupt. From a dead stop, the acceleration on GT2 is surprisingly smooth for a beast scooter but then builds rapidly as you speed up.
Once you get going, the mid-range acceleration is so strong that it can feel a little twitchy if you’re trying to go exactly , for example. But fortunately, this problem is solved by reason number 2, the Best Cruise Control EVER! One bonk with your thumb turns it on instantly, and any brake or throttle input turns it off. Even if you’re coasting with no throttle at all, one push and it will immediately maintain your exact current speed. It’s so simple and intuitive that we wouldn’t be surprised to see other personal electric vehicles copy this user interface–and not just scooters.
Another first-ever feature is that the GT2 comes with the Segway Dynamic Traction Control System. For example, if the front wheel starts to spin in loose gravel or wet track, it reduces power to the front wheel until traction returns. Toggling into Race mode disables traction control and lights up a warning label to remind you that it’s off. We tested it, and the traction control really works, but it’s so well integrated that you don’t even notice it working until you turn it off.
You will notice a front double-wishbone suspension and rear trailing-arm suspension, both of which are adjustable. The front and rear suspension give you 15 levels of adjustment, which can be achieved via dedicated knobs. Switch between slow and fast rebound settings depending on your preference and riding conditions. Having adjustable front and rear damping helps adapt to weight and riding style for safety and comfort. Besides that, the shocks amplify aesthetics–the front end looks really cool. Whether you’re on or off-road, nothing beats the ride quality of the adjustable hydraulic suspension.
Finally, I don’t know if it’s the girder front end or the 18-degree rake angle, the largest we’ve seen by far; but even without a steering damper, the GT2 is more stable than the NAMI with a steering damper. It even beasts the former stability champ, the Wolf King GT. It’s an impressive feat of engineering to make scooters this quick but also this easy to ride.
Other factors of the build quality that ensure a comfortable ride include the large tires with a long wheelbase, generous deck real estate that’s enhanced by the foot pocket in the front, a footrest wedge in the back, and the textured rubber on the handlebar grips and deck.
Segway GT2 Features
The Achilles’ heel for Segway’s GT2electric scooter is its lack of portability, even relative to other beast scooters. The scooter is heavy, long, and tall when folded. It weighs 116 pounds/ 52.6 kgs, and when folded, it’s the tallest and second-longest scooter we’ve tested. The GT2 fold down to 59 inch x 26 inch x 34 inch (LxWxH).
The worst bit is that the stem doesn’t latch down to the deck, which is terrible for carrying and storing. So keep in mind that unless you have an elevator, you’ll need a place on the ground floor to park (and charge) it because the GT2 is not practical to carry upstairs.
The cockpit feels like part motorcycle and part F1, with a twist-grip throttle and mode buttons like Boost (rarely seen on electric scooters) that let you control everything with one or two taps of your thumbs. The GT2 comes with a transparent PM OLED. The PM OLED feels like the next step in electric scooter displays, and we’re here for it.
Additionally, the scooter has a well-laid-out dashboard, showing you just what you need to know. As a bonus, it shows the battery percentage, a range-remaining countdown and is easy to read in bright sunlight. You can change riding modes, switch from rear-wheel drive to 2wd, switch on lights, and beep the horn, all without looking down.
The displays give riders a number of riding stats, including
- Riding modes
- Battery status–The PM OLED also indicates the battery percentage and mileage you can get from the charge
- Headlight status
- Turning signal status
The handlebar is however cluttered with controls on both sides, making it impossible to mount auxiliary devices like phone holders.
The GT2 electric scooters have one of the best lighting profiles we’ve seen on a scooter. You can already tell this by the fact that the scooter comes equipped with running daylights–and it doesn’t end there.
My favorite is the main headlight–a 900-lumen installation that illuminates the path ahead up to -. To put this in perspective, normal halogen bulbs found on most motor vehicles have a low-beam illumination of 700 lumens.
The GT2 also rocks a pair of turn signals high-mounted on the handlebars and rear turn signals at the back. The middle rear also sports a taillight that doubles as the brake light.
And we’re not done yet! The turn signals also double up as swag light/ambient lights . These party lights are customizable with 11 modes that can be accessed and changed via the Segway app.
Night visibility is further enhanced by the front, rear, and side E-Mark certified reflectors. There’s really no missing this scooter unless you’re hell-bent on it.
The GT2 electric scooter rolls on self-sealing, 11-inch by 3.6-inch front and rear wheels that go a long way to enhance the quality of your ride, grip, and stability, ability to roll over obstacles, control, and steering. The tires come pre-slimed, so your chances of having unexpected punctures are significantly reduced with no extra effort.
The tire height is also responsible for improving ground clearance. Therefore, light offroading will not scrape the underdeck on your Segway GT2 electric scooter.
The deck for me was love at first sight. The deck is large and wide, allowing for side-by-side or a front and back foot placement, facilitated by the 69 x 24.5 cm (27″ x 9.5″) footplate. The standing area is covered in textured rubber, which allows for a really firm stand.
But none of that matters after you’ve slid your front foot into the never-before-seen pocket. It is pretty comfortable, the fender protection is excellent, and the way the deck wraps around the front foot protects better from debris and splashes than any other scooter.
The rear end is also wedged and provides an excellent angle for you to rest the heel of your back-placed foot. The entire design takes ergonomics to a whole new level.
This is one of the finest works of machinery artform we’ve seen out of the box. A lot of things jump at you. First, the scooter feels like it’s carved out of a solid piece of scootanium, which you (of course) know from OUR periodic table.
Clearly, Segway dumped a metric ton of engineering dollars into the GT2. When I first heard about the transparent passive matrix OLED display, I thought a clear dash sounded like a gimmick. But in person, it’s one of my absolute favorite things about the GT2. It looks like the heads-up display on a fighter jet.
Then, there’s the Segway app. You can turn on zero-start and set lighting effects, and there’s the never before seen feature that lets you use the brakes and throttle simultaneously. The app also enables you to put the scooter into Sentinile mode, which locks the wheels in place. If someone tries to move the scooter a little, it lights up. If they move it a little more, it makes a lot of noise.
And when they say the devil is in the details, Segway took this quite literally and ensured every piece of engineering was within or above industry set standards. Some of our favorite bits include
- The high-performance batteries with a Heat Flux Multi-layer Cooling system, which is a fancy term for the air channels that run down the side of the scooter, allowing cool air to pass over the radiators to cool the battery.
- The security Torx screws where the handlebars mount.
- The rubber edge at the front of the fairings.
- The charging port cover and rubber seal
- The way the deck surrounds the rider’s front foot adding to the already excellent fender protection
- The IPX4 water resistance rating, which feels very conservative in comparison, but protects the scooter from light splashes or showers. But with the number of openings on this scooter, we remain a little skeptical about exposing these electric scooters to any form of water.
- The horn sounds kind of goofy, but it’s easy to reach and allows for a polite beep or repeated use to get your point across.
- The optional Bluetooth speaker, which lets you make vroom vroom noises. It sounds silly, but it could also be a lot of fun and help pedestrians hear you coming.
Differences Between the Segway GT1 and GT2
The Segway super scooter GT series is Segway’s version of beast scooters. Scooters like the Segway Ninebot helped the company grow a reputation for quality, but it is the GT series that will cement their standing as pack leaders in performance. The GT2 and the GT1 are nearly identical, but the following are key differentiators:
- The GT1 comes with a regular digital display, while the GT2 sports the innovative PM OLED transparent display.
- The GT1 is a rear single motor electric scooter with a maximum nominal power of 1400w and 3000w peak. The GT2 comes with two powerful motors that output 3000w combined nominal power and 6000w peak.
- The GT1 has a 1008 wh capacity battery while the GT2’s has 1512 wh capacity.
- The GT1 comes in a titanium metallic finish and has a subtle 01 stamp on the side panel. Alternatively, the GT2 features a rose gold finish, with 02 stamped on the side panel.
- And the usual speed, weight, and hill-climbing capacity. Due to the 2WD system, the GT2 has a higher top speed and better hill climbing ability. It also weighs about 5 kgs more than the GT1.
- The GT2 comes with Boost mode, which is not present in the GT1.
- The GT2 costs about $1,000 more than the GT1
Segway GT2: Review Conclusions
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I’ve had a lot of fun riding the Segway GT2 over the past week or so, and I’ve been pretty impressed with the scooter. It is definitely not for everyone, especially given their price point. But if you’re looking for the ultimate blend of performance, build quality, and ride quality, I can’t think of anything that does it better than the GT2. The scooter will certainly deliver and measure up to the avid rider’s expectations.
The GT2 has the power to get you up most hills, the range to take you wherever you want to go, and the build quality to make it last for years. As a bonus, you get traction control, a super-sized deck, and the edge-cutting OLED display. Add it all up, and you’ve got a scooter that sets the new standard for what a high-end electric scooter can be. The price tag may dampen your spirits a little if you’re coming off your run-of-the-mill electric scooters, but the value you’ll get should set your spirits right back up.
Segway GT2: Technical Specifications
Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.
|Folded dimensions||59 by 26 by 34 in|
|Motor power, continuous||3000 W|
|Top speed||44 mph|
|Battery capacity||1512 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||11 hrs|
|Max rider weight||330 lb|
|Brake type||Disc (Hydraulic) + Disc (Hydraulic)|
|Tire type||11.0 in Pneumatic (Tubeless) + Pneumatic (Tubeless)|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|