Segway Ninebot ES2 Review: Overview
This Segway Ninebot ES2 review details one of the most prolific, yet most mediocre electric scooters on the market today. The ES2 is underpowered, short on range, and underpowered. The design and build quality are nice, but as an overall package, we don’t think it is a good value.
|Tested top speed: 16 mph*|
|Tested range: 9.8 miles*|
|Weight: 28 lbs|
|Max rider weight: 220 lbs|
|Water resistance: IP54 (splash)|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
|Overpriced for feature set|
|Poor ride quality|
The Segway ES2 is an incredibly popular scooter that is priced much above its competitors. After putting a ton of miles on this scooter and thoroughly considering all of its features, it’s a bit puzzling to us how this could be such a popular scooter. The only explanation that makes sense is the strength of name recognition due to the Segway brand.
Other Scooters to Consider
- To keep it simple, check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.
- Fluid Freeride Horizon is even faster and has folding handlebars
- Segway Ninebot Max is longer-ranged, more powerful, and a much better value
- Unagi Model One is a premium scooter with futuristic design and dual motors.
- Xiaomi Mi M365 is less expensive, with longer range and more power
Ninebot ES2 Review
Segway (purchased by Beijing-based Ninebot in 2015) is one of the most recognizable brands in the electric scooter industry. Segway Ninebot scooters are everywhere. For the most part, they have good design and quality, but a poor feature set for their price (with the exception of the Ninebot Max).
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||7.1 seconds|
|Top speed||16 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||17.7 ft|
|Hill climb test||36.9 seconds|
Like many electric scooters that are trying to maximize range, the ES2 must be kick-started. Though we expect a 300-watt electric motor on a 28 lb electric scooter to be fairly peppy, acceleration was downright sluggish.
During our acceleration tests, the Ninebot ES2 went from 0 to 15 mph in 7.1 seconds, nearly one second slower than the M365 (6.3 seconds). The ES2 is actually slower than its cheaper, smaller motor (250 watt) friend, the Xiaomi M365.
On the plus side, the motor is very quiet.
The Ninebot ES2 electric scooter is a very poor scooter for climbing hills. In a city with any amount of hills, it will be wholly inadequate.
In fact, the ES2 is actually the slowest scooter we’ve tested. It took 36.9 seconds to complete our 200 ft, 10% grade hill climb test with a 165 lb rider.
For comparison, the less-expensive M365 completed this test in 20.8 seconds.
The top speed of the Segway Ninebot ES2 is 16 mph, according to our GPS-tracked top speed test.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 has a 9.8-mile range, according to our real-world range tests. We test all scooters on the same urban test loop with the same 165 lb rider. The loop has frequent stops/starts and hills. The scooter is ridden as quickly as possible in the fastest (least energy-conserving) mode.
This relatively short range isn’t surprising, given that the ES2 has only a 187 watt-hour battery. The M365, its nearest competitor, has a 280 watt-hour battery and achieved 14.6 miles in our real-world range test.
This is less than the 16-mile range reported by the manufacturer, under ideal conditions.
The Ninebot ES2 has a front regenerative brake and rear foot brake. Neither of these brakes is particularly strong.
To stop more quickly, you must also use the rear foot brake, which requires you to shift most of your weight onto one leg. In an emergency situation, this is not a quick maneuver.
During our braking tests, the ES2 came to a halt from 15 mph in 17.7 feet using both the electronic and rear foot brake. Using the electronic brake alone, the scooter took more than 35 feet to come to a stop.
The Segway ES2 has poor ride quality due to its very hard solid tires (airless) and lackluster integrated suspension. Unfortunately, this results in a very jarring ride. It actually performs worse than scooters with pneumatic tires but no suspension.
Although the suspension feels soft when you jump on it, there will be a loud banging sound every time you go over a bump or large crack in the road. It also rattles continuously on rough roads. It’s somewhat embarrassing to have such a rickety-sounding scooter that is loud enough for people around you to hear.
Despite poor suspension, the scooter feels good to ride on smooth roads and is nimble.
Ninebot ES2 Features
The ES2 is a fairly portable scooter but has an oversized stem that is 2-inches larger in both diameter and length compared to similar scooters. The ES2 has folded dimensions of 44-inches by 17-inches by 12-inches. The stem folds, but the handlebars do not.
The large stem diameter, which houses the battery, makes the scooter both stiffer and stronger, but also makes it more difficult to carry compared to other scooters. When folded, the average adult hand will not wrap all the way around the 7-inch diameter stem — making the scooter more cumbersome.
To make matters worse, the balance point is right on top of a raised portion (charging port) of the already large stem, making it easy to find but not ergonomic.
Additionally, the stem is also about 2-inches longer than similar scooters. This may not sound like a lot, but it was just slightly too big to fit into the trunk of and mid-sized sedan, whereas every other scooter fit with no problem. We had to rearrange the other items in the back of the trunk to put it in at an angle.
The stem and handlebars do feel very strong and stiff. There is no stem wobble. However, we don’t like the design of the stem locking mechanism seems prone collapsing inadvertently (though we haven’t read any reports on this).
The cockpit and handlebar area are nicely designed, look good, and have a high-quality finish.
The central feature of the cockpit is a bright LCD display. You can see the speed and battery power in direct sunlight. However, the power mode icon, which changes from white to red, is difficult to see.
The accelerator feels nice and has good mechanical action. It is sensitive to small change, but given the lackluster power, we pretty much always pushed it to the max. The brake control is similar but less sensitive, and there is only a minor difference between pushing a little and maxing it out.
The ES2 has both a high-mounted LED headlight and red taillight. Additionally, there are LED strips under the deck that provide so-called “ground effects” or “swag lighting.” Lights are easily controlled by quick-pressing the power button when the scooter is on.
Taillights are mounted on either side of the rear deck of the scooter. Because they are mounted at an angle, it is harder to see the scooter when you are directly behind it. However, visibility is good from the sides.
One of the best features on the scooter is the ground effects (ground lighting) provided by 16 multicolored LEDs on the bottom of the scooter. The lights have a variety of color and frequency modes — our favorite being the “breathing” mode where the lights gradually shine brighter and darker.
Not only is this cool, but it also makes it safer when riding at night.
If you’re riding this scooter a lot at night, you might want to consider some light upgrades.
The Segway ES2 has front and rear solid (airless) that are 8-inches in diameter. They are made of a fairly hard compound that is not supple like other airless tires. This means they provide essentially zero suspension and poor grip.
The tires can be replaced when they wear down, but the front one is quite a painful procedure that involves complete disassembly of the front-wheel motor.
The benefit of airless tires is not having to worry about flats. However, these particular ones are below average.
The flat portion of the platform is about 16 inches (41 cm), which is the same as the Xiaomi. Then there is a gradual raising of the platform at the front, the first few inches is usable. This is a great design feature that helps to increase space on the deck without increasing the overall dimensions of the scooter.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
The Segway Ninebot ES2 has a 12-month warranty for the frame, 6 months for the battery, and three months for cosmetic wear parts through the manufacturer. This is an excellent warranty and better than the industry standard, which is one to six months.
Packaging was uninspired at best with crudely shaped and bent cardboard serving as insulation. These did the trick as the scooter came in fine shape. Manuals were provided in many different languages and had clear instructions on assembly and all the safety precautions when riding.
The ES2 has respectable build quality — on par or even better than other major name-brand scooters in this price range. None of the components are super hefty like what you might find on a more expensive, higher-quality scooter, but they aren’t total garbage either.
Is the Ninebot ES2 waterproof?
The Ninebot ES2 is not waterproof, but it is water-resistant. It has an IP54 rating, meaning that it can withstand water spray from any direction, but not submersion. Prolonged exposure to water will damage the ES2 and will not be covered by the Ninebot warranty.
Segway Ninebot ES2: Review Conclusions
We like the look of the ES2, think the design is good, and that it is manufactured well. The fit-and-finish is great. We wish all scooters were at least as good as the ES2 in these respects.
However, we consider this scooter to be a don’t buy for three reasons:
- Feature set
The Segway ES2 typically costs around $550 dollars — about the most we’ve seen for these specs. Though having a similar quality to scooters in this class (Mi M365, GXL V2), it is not one of the best-featured.
The airless tires are made of a harder rubber that provides poor traction, it lacks a strong braking mechanism, the 300-watt motor is slower than 250-watt scooters, and it’s tiny 187 watt-hour battery yielded only 9.8 miles of range.
Finally, for repairability, the ES2 gets an F. Replacement parts are essentially non-existent, and most repairs are quite difficult. If this thing breaks, it’s going to one of two places: the Segway Ninebot repair facility or the dumpster.
Ninebot ES2 Compared to Other Scooters
Ninebot ES2 Technical Specifications From Manufacturer
Note: This may differ from our tested specifications.
|Weight||28 lb (kg)|
|Folded dimensions||41 by 17 by 12-inches|
|Motor power, continuous||300 watts|
|Top speed||18 mph|
|Battery capacity||187 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||4-6 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lbs|
|Brake type||Electronic + Foot|
|Tire type||8-inch solid|
|Built-in lights||Front and rear|