This Zero 8 review dives deep into the entry-level little brother to the Zero 9 from the legendary line of FalconPEV Zero electric scooters.
Falcon PEV Zero 8 Scooter Review Summary
The Zero 8 received an excellent 4.2/5 satisfaction score on our electric scooter owner survey and the Falcon PEV Zero brand itself received excellent scores for post-purchase customer support (4.6/5) and overall brand satisfaction (4.3/5).
- Range: 22 miles
- Top speed: 28 mph
- Motor: 500 watts
- Weight 39 lbs
- Max rider weight: 220 lbs
- Brakes: rear drum
- Tire (front/rear): pneumatic / solid
Zero 8 Review Section
The Zero 8 features high quality cable-activated rear drums brakes. The brake functions well and is one of our preferred brake types due to its strength. Additionally, drum brakes are one of the most durable and robust owing to the fact that the brake is fulling enclosed in the hub. The Zero 8 has a somewhat unique design that incorporates both the motor and drum brake into the rear hub.
However, it must be mentioned that we always advocate for a secondary braking mechanism in case of primary brake failure. We suspect that Falcon PEV knows they can get away with a single (very reliable) brake due their years of experience in R&D, manufacturing, and design.
The 500 watt rear motor combined with the 20 amp controller and 480 watt hour battery pack make the Zero 8 a very zippy electric scooter. Zero is one of the most accurate brands in terms of reporting top speed, which is 28 mph.
The motor is powerful enough to take you up steep inclines (though don’t expect top speed). It is also a great scooter for heavier riders for whom a 250 watt motor (from models like the GXL V2 or Xiaomi M365) is underpowered for practical use. For even more power and better hill climbing capability, consider the Zero 9 which has a 600 watt motor and 624 watt hour battery.
Tires and Suspension
The Zero 8 features an 8” pneumatic (air-filled) front tire and solid (airless) rear tire. We would prefer dual pneumatic tires, due to the performance benefits . However, we do give credit to Falcon PEV credit for incorporating both front coil and rear air suspension to provide additional cushion to the ride. This does helps to make up for the lack of additional pneumatic cushion in the rear.
The Zero 8 has a forward-facing fender and deck lights as well as rear (red) deck lights. The lights are decently bright, but their low position is not optimal for lighting up dark roads or being visible to other vehicles at a distance. For riding safely at night, consider additional lighting.
The display LCD, similar to that of other Zero and Dualtron models, integrates the power button, mode button, and throttle control. The display features a speedometer, trip odometer, battery level, and “gear” display. The “gear” refers not to a physical gear setting, like in an automobile, but the speed controller mode. You can adjust how aggressive the Zero 8 is through the gear setting, at a cost of decreased range.
The rear drum brake is controlled with a left hand brake lever. The fairly wide handlebars, which fold for storage and transportation, allow for a very natural position and give the rider excellent stability and control over the scooter. Additionally, the handlebar height is completely adjustable via the telescoping neck of the electric scooter.
The main limitation to portability for the Zero 8 is its 40 lb weight. This is manageable for daily commuting, but on the heavier side.
- Folding handlebars
- Stem folding mechanism
- Stem telescoping mechanism
We note that these mechanism are all of excellent quality. When fully expanded and locked into position, they are solid and you won’t notice any slop or wobble. The folding handlebars, once expanded, use an additional screw mechanism to lock solidly into place. The folding mechanism connected to the stem and deck collapses quickly via a beautiful anodized tab. When full expanded, this mechanism is tight and completely solid. Finally, the telescoping stem also collapses down completely, further reducing the dimensions of the Zero 9.
Falcon PEV Zero has an excellent reputation for build quality and the Zero 8 is no different. The entire scooter is solid, even the adjustable and foldable joints.
Zero 8 Technical Specifications
|Weight||39 lb||18 kg|
|Motor power||500 watts|
|Top speed||28 mph||45 kmh|
|Range||22 mi||35 km|
|Battery capacity||480 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||—|
|Max rider weight||220 lb||118 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Disc||Drum|
|Tire type (front / rear)||8″ Pneumatic||8″ Solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|