We review the Zero 9 from RevRides — an excellent premium commuter electric scooter. Its powerful 600 W motor and 28 mile range, combined with a portable 40 lb weight make it a formidable scooter. Read on to learn why this was rated best electric scooter under $1200.
Zero 9 Review Summary
The Zero 9 consistently comes to the top of rankings in a variety of categories and is well-ranked all around.
In our own surveys, the Zero brand received the highest rating for post-purchase customer support (4.6/5) and an excellent 4.3/5 for overall brand satisfaction.
The Zero 8, a similar model from Zero, received a 4.2/5 score for owner satisfaction.
- Range: 28 miles
- Top speed: 28 mph
- Weight 40 lbs
- Max rider weight: 220 lbs
- Brakes (front/rear): disc / drum
- Tire (front/rear): pneumatic / pneumatic
The 600 W rear motor provides very good acceleration up to about 18 mph then creeps up to its top speed which is reported to be a few mph under the claimed 28 mph. The motor provides sufficient power to climb modest hills or carry heavier riders.
The scooter has an excellent 28 mile range. The user data we have for Zero brand scooters shows that most users get very close to the manufacturer-claimed range. This is very unusual, as most electric scooters tend to get about 70% of the manufacturer-claimed range.
The Zero 9 features 9” pneumatic (air-filled) front and rear tires. In addition to cushioning the ride, these improve safety by making it easier to roll over bumps and potholes.
Some people complain about flats associated with pneumatic tires. The risk of flats is greatly outweighed by the major benefits to safety and performance. You can reduce your risk of flats to almost zero.
Read more about preventing flat tires.
Front and rear 9″ pneumatic tires are excellent for overcoming bumps that might down a scooter with smaller tires and also cushion the ride.
The Zero 9 also features a front spring suspension and rear air suspension.
Combined, the pneumatic tires and suspension make for a very comfortable and safe ride.
The scooter has both front and rear lighting. The Zero 9 has swag lighting all over and ground effects. The lighting is sufficient for providing visibility to others on the road at night. However, the front light is mounted low and doesn’t light up the road very far in front.
As always, we recommend extra lighting for safety, but this scooter is equipped for night riding if you forget extra lights or it’s out of charge.
We also recommend adding a rear, clip on light placed high (e.g. on backpack, jacket or helmet).
Read more on improving visibility with upgraded lights.
The cockpit display LED is simple, providing speed, “gear,” odometer, and battery readout. Brakes are operated by left and right hand levers. The speed display (right) has power and mode buttons as well as an index finger throttle trigger. Hand position on the scooter is wide and excellent for balance. Furthermore, the folding handlebars help keep this design compact for storing and portability.
The Zero 9 features three mechanisms to reduce the size of the scooter, improving portability and compactness for storage.
The handlebars have a solid folding screw-type mechanism. This allows them to fold but feel very solid and strong when unfolded.
The whole scooter collapses easily via an anodized metallic tab and hinge mounted onto the scooter deck.
Finally, the adjustable stem also collapses. This allows the scooter to provide good ergonomics to taller or shorter riders without sacrificing compactness.
Coming in at 40 lbs, the Zero 9 isn’t the lightest scooter for commuting. However, for an average adult, it shouldn’t be a problem to occasionally carry it up a flight of stairs or load it onto a bus, train or into a car.
If the weight is going to be a problem, consider a Xiaomi Mi M365 or Gotrax GXL Commuter, both top-rated and lighter scooters (and the kings of the Best Electric Scooter Under $600 and Best Electric Scooter Under $300 categories).
Overall a solid, well built scooter with a clean design.
The hefty bolts and abundant stamped metal parts ensure durability. Altogether the excellent build quality ends up making this scooter one of quietest — no annoying rattling, ultra loud motor, or loosely coupled parts.
The Zero 9 is the best premium commuter electric scooter you can buy. For under $1200, you get a portable 40 lb scooter with fantastic 28 mile range and legendary Zero brand reputation.
Zero 9 Technical Specifications
|Weight||40 lb||18 kg|
|Motor power||600 watts|
|Top speed||28 mph||45 kmh|
|Range||28 mi||45 km|
|Battery capacity||624 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||—|
|Max rider weight||220 lb||118 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Disc||Drum|
|Tire type (front / rear)||9″ Pneumatic||9″ Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|