This Zero 8X review is an in-depth look at one of the newest electric scooters from FalconPEV. Our performance testing which included range, acceleration, braking distance, and hill climb produced some of the best results at this price-point. Read on to find out what we liked and didn’t like about this ride!
Zero 8X Review: Highlights
Like its predecessors, the Zero 8X has great build quality and some of the best low-end acceleration and braking performance we’ve ever tested. For zipping around a city, where a sane person isn’t going to exceed 25 mph, the performance band for this scooter is in the sweet spot. Its dual coil-over-hydraulic suspension and flat-free airless tires provide a sports-car-like ride. It feels very stable at speed yet less succesful at soaking up imperfections in the road.
Despite being presented as the fun-sized version of the best-rated Zero 10X — at 47″ long and 72 lbs — it is still a hefty scooter. Readers looking at the 8X should also consider the 10X, which is a bit bigger but packs more range, more top-end power, and larger pneumatic tires.
Overall, the Zero 8X is a great value. It sports performance that can hang with the fastest Dualtron models off the line and build quality from FalconPEV — a long-time industry leader and innovator.
- Incredible low-end acceleration up to 20 mph
- Excellent braking performance
- Zero maintenance, flat-free tires
- Great overall value — performance, price, features competitive with more premium Dualtron scooters
- Honeycomb tires are less effective at road damping than pneumatic ones
- Not portable
- 8″ tires are on the small side for such a beastly scooter
Who it's for
If you are looking for a fast, durable, low-maintenance scooter that is a beast at sane speeds but still has top-end peformance — this scooter is for you.
If you are trying to set a land speed record for electric scooters or otherwise want more top-end performance or range, consider these other scooters:
Zero 8X Video Review
Review of Zero 8X Scooter Performance
FalconPEV Zero 8X Test Data
|0 to 15 MPH (24 kmh) time||2.07 s|
|50 feet time||3.03 s|
|100 feet time||4.70 s|
|200 feet time||7.32 s|
|Hill Climb Test (150 ft, 15% grade avg.)||9.42 s @ 14.4 mph (23 kmh)|
|Braking Test (15 to 0 MPH)||11.1 ft (3.4 m)|
|Top Speed (0% grade)||31 mph (50 kmh)|
|Range (Sport mode)||21.3 mi (33 km)|
Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter acceleration testing page.
The Zero 8X packs front and rear 800 watt nominal, 2300 watt peak electric motors and is the most powerful scooter with airless tires that we’ve tested.
It is incredibly fast off the line — hitting 15 mph (24 kmh) in just over 2 seconds. To 15 mph, it is one of the fastest scooters out there and nearly as fast as the monster Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 which reaches 15 mph in 1.9 seconds.
It accelerates very hard until about 20 mph when acceleration starts to roll off — yet we still hit 30 mph (48 kmh) in a very brisk 7.8 seconds.
This potent low-end acceleration makes for a very thrilling ride. In an urban commuting setting it makes merging in with cars and getting around very easy.
The Zero 8X flogged the 200 ft, 15% grade hill climb test, sailing up the hill in 9.42 seconds with an average speed of 14.4 mph. This is just a hair slower than the Zero 10X which completed the climb a second sooner. Compared to a 250 watt budget scooter, the Zero 8X is about 3X faster.
The Zero 8X is fueled by a 936 watt-hour Syncpower lithium ion battery pack and has a manufacturer-specified 50 mile range in single motor mode and under ideal conditions.
In our real-world range test, meant to simulate fast urban commuting, we obtained a range of 21.3 miles (34.3 km) in dual motor mode.
In single motor mode and with less aggressive riding, range should increase significantly.
The braking power of the Zero 8X matches its potent acceleration capabilities.
Out of the box, we had to make some adjustments to the disc brakes to get them dialed in. However, once dialed in we were able to bring this rocket down to zero from 15 mph (24 kmh) during our braking test in a distance of just 11.1 feet.
A typical quality scooter requires about 20 feet of distance to come to a stop.
The only scooter to perform better than Zero 8X is the F1-like WePed GT50e, which stopped just one foot ( 0.3 meters) sooner.
Stopping power is afforded by front and rear disc brakes as well as electronic motor brakes. Both systems are controlled by hand-operated brake levers mounted on the handlebars.
The electronic system is activated just as soon as you start to squeeze down on the brake lever. The strength of electronic braking can be controlled via the LCD display P-settings. Pulling the brake lever further takes up slack in the cable and activates the disc brakes. The braking control feels moderately linear and requires low-moderate effort for maximal braking.
Altogether, this provides a potent, redundant, and reliable braking system.
The Zero 8X suspension is designed for soaking up larger potholes or drops off a sidewalk onto the street. The disadvantage of the solid tires does show up in the ride quality — you tend to feel a lot more of the smaller bumps, especially at lower speeds.
The suspension, which is pretty middle-of-the-road in terms of stiffness, is really optimized for keeping the scooter stable while riding fast. Like a performance suspension on a sports car, you will feel more of the road on the 8X.
Because of the wider tires, you tend to get a more floating feeling. Making sharp turns on the scooter takes some getting used to; you have have to get used to the momentum of the scooter and learn to lean into sharp turns.
Zero 8X Feature Review
The Zero 8X, though a bit shorter and lighter than the Zero 10X, tips the scales at 72 lbs (33 kg) and is big boy.
To make it somewhat more portable and stowable, the 8X has both a folding stem and folding handlebars. Together, these shrink the scooter to 46.5 x 13.0 x 17.5 inches (118 x 33 x 44.5 cm) when folded — a much more compact size. For reference, a typical budget scooter without folding handlebars will be about 8 in (20 cm) shorter but have similar width and height.
Even folded, it does not pass the Electric Scooter Guide’s Trunk Test meaning that it can’t fit into the trunk of standard car length-wise.
Though the stem folds, it doesn’t lock — meaning one-handed carrying of the scooter is out. However, the weight alone pretty much rules out a one-handed carry.
Stem folding mechanism
The folding mechanism on the Zero 8X is the same dual clamp collar design seen on other Zero X scooters.
This collar design is good but not perfect.
To get the stem clamped down tightly, there is a trick requiring an iterative tightening process where you tighten and clamp one then loosen and re-tighten the other. If you repeat this a few times, the folding mechanism will be very solid with little play.
Our stem mechanism was creaking a bit from metal-on-metal contact, but we hit it with WD-40 which quieted it down. Once dialed in, the stem is nearly rock solid with minimal play due to the long lever arm.
Handlebar folding mechanism
The Zero 8X has folding handlebars that use a single screw mechanism to secure. The mechanism is excellent — one of the best we’ve tested. There is no play in the hinge of the handlebars once the thread is tightened strongly.
Handlebars / Cockpit
The handlebars have a lot going on. On the left side is the keyed switch which controls power and an LED readout that shows battery voltage when powered.
We really like the key feature because it allows a quick grocery store run without needing to worry about locking up the scooter (though we don’t recommend leaving it for long). With the key removed, the scooter is a 73 lb paperweight. Sure — a strong person could throw it into the back of a truck, but its shear mass will deter the opportunistic thief.
On the right side is the standard Zero display/accelerator and buttons that control motor and power modes.
Throttle / LCD Display
The Zero 8X has a colorful LCD display that shows speed, odometer, battery, and mode. It also allows you to adjust different so-called P-settings for tuning the scooter. In full sunlight, the display is mostly visible with the exception of the battery level which is difficult to see.
Like many scooters with trigger-style throttle built into the LCD display, the throttle is not super ergonomic. Depending on your hand/finger size it will be more or less comfortable. Unfortunately, this style of throttle is the current standard for higher-performance scooters.
Below the LCD display is are two buttons that control the power and motor mode of the scooter. The Eco/Turbo button will cap the top speed of the scooter to save power, but does not affect acceleration. The Single/Dual button controls whether one or two electric motors are used. For maximum range, Eco/Single should be used. For maximum fun, Turbo/Dual should be used.
The Zero 8X has both front and rear headlights that are mounted low on the deck. There are also LEDs that wrap around the edge of the deck.
Overall, the lights aren’t very bright — we measured the headlight to emit just a few lux at a distance of 1 meter. Their low mounting position is good for throwing light onto the ground just around the scooter, but not great for being visible from far away.
If you do a lot of riding at night, we recommend additional, brighter lighting. Read our complete guide to riding an electric scooter at night.
The Zero 8X features 8 x 3.5 in ( x cm) airless (solid) tires. We normally favor pneumatic (air-filled) tires because of the performance benefits, but were impressed by the 8X’s tires.
The solid tires do diminish the ride quality somewhat — especially when it comes smaller bumps and feeling more of the road. However, they should be essentially maintenance-free, which is a huge plus.
One aside: we only tested the Zero 8X in good, dry conditions. In our experience, airless tires tend to perform much worse in in wet or slippery conditions than pneumatic tires. That said, the Zero 8X does not have an IP rating, so it should not be used in rain or other conditions that would subject it to more than incidental water.
The Zero 8X has the same dual, coil-over-hydraulic suspension system as the Zero 10X. The suspension is medium stiff and provides ~2 inches (5 cm) of travel.
This is the best type of suspension system you will find on an electric scooter — the combination provides a suspension that is stiff on smooth roads but able to react quickly to soak up bumps. It is tuned for keeping you pinned to the road at speed and ensuring an errant pothole doesn’t throw you over the handlebars.
The FalconPEV Zero brand has a great reputation for build quality and has been in the electric scooter industry for a long time.
The scooter was scuffed but unharmed during 3X side drop tests where we tip the scooter over onto the ground.
We haven’t had any major problems with the test scooter aside from:
- one of the handlebar grips fell off due to a stripped screw
- brakes needed adjustment out of the box
- creaky stem resolved with adjusting tightness and WD-40
The Zero 8X is distributed by RevRides, based in the United States. RevRides offers a 6 month warranty.
Zero, as a brand, received the best post-purchase customer support score of any electric scooter brand during a consumer survey we conducted.
RevRides, the exclusive U.S. distributor of the Zero brand, has excellent customer support and is reachable by both phone and email.
We sent RevRides an anonymous customer support inquiry and RevRides responded within just a few hours.
For non-anonymous inquiries, RevRides has also been very fast and the owner — Nathan — has been very responsive. Feedback we’ve received through our social media channels also indicates that RevRides is very responsive before and after purchase.
Zero 8X Electric Scooter Review: Conclusions
The Zero 8X is the (almost) pint-sized version of Electric Scooter Guide Top 10 Zero 10X. It has many of the same components, including the suspension, but is downsized all around.
Overall, the Zero 8X is the best solid tire scooter we’ve tested and ranks among the top scooters, at any price, in terms of performance. Off the line, it can hang with even the most premium Dualtron scooters.
Like the 10X, it is a great buy and you get a lot of quality, range, and fun for your dollar. The solid tires also make the 8X frustration-free and you won’t worry about having to repair a flat on this scooter — ever.
Zero 8X Technical Specifications
|Weight||73 lb||33 kg|
|Folded Dimensions||47 x 13 x 18 inches||118 x 33 x 45 cm|
|Motor power||Dual 800 watts nominal||2300 watts peak|
|Top speed||34 mph||55 kmh|
|Range||50 mi||75 km|
|Battery capacity||936 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time||– hours|
|Max rider weight||265 lb||120 kg|
|Brake type||Dual mechanical disc|
|Tire type||Dual 8 x 3.5″ Airless honeycomb|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|