We review the new for 2020 Mercane WideWheel Pro electric scooter — an upgraded version of the Mercane WideWheel, one of the most fun and unusual electric scooters available on the market.
2020 Mercane WideWheel Pro Highlights
The 2020 WideWheel Pro is a serious upgrade over the 2019 WideWheel and older 2018 version — both were incredibly fun scooters but troubled with reports of metal fatigue, which led to failing stems and swingarms. Previous versions of the WideWheel also faced a recall due to a failing brake caliper. Both these issues are reportedly solved in the new 2020 version due to brake, aluminum alloy, and design upgrades.
The new 2020 Pro version sports an LCD display, dual disc brakes, a larger battery pack, and thicker, stronger aluminum alloy parts. If you’ve never ridden one, the ride can best be described as floating on a rocket.
The ultra-wide tires take the crispness that you would experience — from riding on a really nimble scooter like the Boosted Rev — and replace it with floating sensation. You’ll notice road irregularities less and tendency for the scooter to self-stabilize but lose the ability to make quick carving moves.
Acceleration is fun and very quick — getting you to 25 mph in 7.7 seconds — but tame enough to not be scary. The unlocked top speed of the 2020 Pro, close to 27 mph, is more than you’ll need. The larger 720 watt-hour battery pack (634 watt-hours in the 2019 version) gives nearly 20 miles of tested range at its higher top speed.
- Thrilling and fun ride
- Great hill-climbing ability
- Folds to compact size
- Very stiff suspension
- Predecessors had build-quality issues
Who its for
The WideWheel Pro is best suited for riding on smoother roads due to stiff suspension and solid tires. The thrilling acceleration and ease of riding make it especially apt as a fun weekend cruising scooter. This could also function as a daily commuter scooter. Still, some things to keep in mind are weight, road quality, and lack of nimbleness if riding in mixed traffic.
Review of Mercane WideWheel Pro Performance
The WideWheel Pro has thrilling acceleration all the way up to its top speed. It accelerates approximately twice as quickly as a typical rental scooter.
The Pro stomped its way to 15 mph in 3.3 seconds (a hair slower than the 2019 version), to 20 mph in 5.40 seconds, and to 25 mph in 7.7 seconds (significantly faster than the 12.2 seconds of the 2019 base version).
For comparison, the Mercane Pro gets to 15 mph in about half the time of our favorite budget scooter — the Xiaomi M365 (6.3 seconds).
See our performance testing page for real-world acceleration data on other scooters.
The Pro also delivered during our hill climb test and is sufficiently powerful to conquer the steepest of hills. It has no problems on slopes that will stop a typical 250-watt motor scooter or rental scooter.
The Pro took 11.1 seconds, at an average speed of 12.3 mph to top out on our standardized hill test (200 ft vertical climb, 10% grade, 165 lb rider).
With the scooter unlocked, we were able to obtain a max speed of 26.7 mph (165 lb rider, GPS-tracked). This is a touch faster than the 2019 base version, which would reach about 25 mph when unlocked.
The scooter features a 720 watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that gives a slightly increased range compared to its 2019 predecessor. The battery takes around 7 hours to achieve a full charge.
We were able to achieve 19.3 miles of real-world range (conditions: standardized test track with frequent stops/starts, hills, rough roads; scooter unlocked and ridden at the highest speed that was safe; 165 lb rider).
See our performance testing page for results from other scooters and detailed description of how we test.
The 2020 WideWheel Pro has dual 120-mm mechanical disc and dual electronic brakes. We have always advocated for redundant braking systems for increased safety in the event of failure. We are happy to see the introduction of dual braking systems on the Pro.
During our braking tests, the Pro came to a stop from 15 mph in a mere 12.5 feet. We consider anything under 15 feet an excellent result.
Braking performance is a massive improvement over the 2019 base WideWheel, which had only a single disc brake, and took nearly 22 feet to stop.
The WideWheel has dual spring suspensions and polyurethane-filled airless tires. On smooth roads, it has excellent ride quality and is an incredibly fun and thrilling scooter to ride.
The ultra-wide 4-inch tires give a sense of floating, an unusual sensation. Making turns on the scooter takes some getting used to. The wide tires provide excellent stability and tracking — you won’t worry about getting a tire caught in cracks or seams in the road that could result in a spill.
However, the dual spring suspension is very stiff. It will dampen some vibrations from the road and take the edge off severe bumps. Yet, on poor roads, the ride can be quite harsh.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the WideWheel is definitely not an off-road scooter. Though some owners might use it as such, we don’t think it has the suspension or frame to properly stand up to the abuse meted out from off-road riding or jumping.
WideWheel Pro Features
The Pro tips the scale at 54 lbs (25 kg). Though it is light enough to carry for short distances or up a flight of stairs, it is not an ultra-portable scooter.
The scooter has both a folding stem and folding handlebars that reduce it to a compact 43-inches by 9-inches by 16-inches (109-cm by 22-cm by 41-cm). It can easily fit into the trunk of a small car when folded.
For comparison, it is identical in length and height but actually slimmer than a typical small scooter like the Xiaomi Mi M365 (43-inches by 16-inches by 19-inches).
The folding stem uses a unique threaded locking mechanism that makes the stem super stable when unfolded. The stem can be locked in the folded position for more comfortable one-handed carrying if you are strong enough to lift its 54 lbs. One downside to this type of folding mechanism is that it is slower than quick folding mechanisms and takes more than a few seconds to take down.
The handlebars fold via a spring-loaded collar mechanism that is very quick to activate. When locked into place, the handlebars are fairly sturdy, but do have a bit of play in them.
The compact folded size makes the WideWheel make it rather convenient for storing at your destination or keeping it out of the way on public transportation.
The very austere cockpit has been updated for the 2020 Pro version of the WideWheel. It has some big new features including LCD display, upgraded grips, and an additional brake lever. The thumb-controlled throttle is the same part used by the 2018 WideWheel.
The back-lit LCD shows speed, mode, odometer, and battery status in both bars and volts. The display housing also includes a power button and mode button for quickly switching between Eco (battery saving, low performance) and Sport (high performance) modes.
The updated grips are now two-toned and have more of an ergonomic shape compared to the previous version. Overall, not bad.
The throttle controller body is made of lightweight plastic and feels somewhat cheap. It doesn’t feel nearly as robust or smooth as other quality throttle controls. Like the 2018 version, throttle modulation is quite poor — it is difficult to control the speed of the scooter finely.
P-Settings: Unlocking Top Speed (and others)
To access the P-settings: hold both buttons and the a brake lever for approximately one second.
- P0: Controls zero-start mode. Press the mode button to toggle on/off.
- P1: This settings will unlock top speed. Press the mode button to toggle between unlocked (-1) and locked (0).
- P2: This settings changes the wheel diameter. It should always be set to -08. You can press the mode button to adjust this settings.
- P4: This setting toggles between KMH and MPH. Press the mode button to toggle between these settings.
Press both buttons (power and mode) to exit the settings menu when you are done.
The scooter has a high-mounted front LED light and rear red LED tail light.
Though the front light is relatively bright at close distances, its lack of optics mean that the light spreads out quickly with distance. When riding fast on a dark road, it is difficult to see far enough in front to avoid serious road hazards.
Because of this, we recommend an additional ultra-bright light with good optics to see the road ahead. See our guide to riding at night for our recommended gear.
The WideWheel Pro has 8-inch by 3.9-inch, ultra-wide tires that are airless and filled with a soft polyurethane foam. Compared to other airless (aka “solid” tires), these are quite soft and help to cushion ride somewhat.
The main benefit of the airless tires is not having to worry about getting flats. However, the downside is that they do not have as good of traction as pneumatic (air-filled) tires and perform much worse under wet conditions. Despite having a large contact patch with the ground, the tires are prone to losing traction under heavy acceleration or braking. In wet conditions, they can become quite slippery.
The deck has just 5-inches of usable standing width, making it one of the slimmest scooters on the market. However, the length of it is sufficient and allows a multitude of riding positions.
The WideWheel Pro has higher build quality than previous versions of the scooter. Critical aluminum-alloy components have been strengthened. The 2020 Pro also has a thicker stem, neck, and fork for greater strength. These changes are welcome as we’ve seen a surprising number of users reporting metal part failures on the 2018 WideWheel — something you definitely don’t want to happen at 25 mph!
Despite the strength improvements, the Pro has a max rider weight limit of 220 lbs (100 kgs) — this is a little lean for a 54 lb scooter.
The Mercane WideWheel Pro has an IP (water resistance) rating of IP54. Practically speaking, this means it can be ridden in light rain, but you definitely don’t want the scooter to get soaked or submerged.
There are some design quality drawbacks that we’ve noted, though they aren’t major. Notably:
- The rear fender isn’t large enough to prevent water from being thrown onto you while riding in the rain. Some have modified the rear fender by adding an extension to solve this problem.
- Screws in the folding mechanism have a tendency to loosen up with use and may need to be periodically re-tighted.
- Some of the cables protrude far from the scooter and are prone to getting snagged onto things.
Mercane WideWheel Pro (2020 version) Conclusions
The new for 2020 WideWheel Pro is a uniquely fun electric scooter that we think is best suited as weekend cruiser. Though it can certainly serve as a daily commuter, its 54 lb weight may make it too cumbersome for everyone.
The added safety features (dual disc brakes, improved structural integrity) and LCD display are welcome improvements on what was already a pretty awesome scooter.
Its punchy dual motors and modest battery provide as much power and range as most will need. The scooter is thrilling, but not scary, and very easy to ride. We think these characteristics are suited for most riders, except adrenaline junkies who will want more power and off-road capabilities.
2020 Mercane WideWheel Pro Technical Specifications (from manufacturer)
|Folded dimensions||43″ x 9″ x 16″|
|Motor power, continuous:||2 x 500 watts|
|Top speed||26 mph|
|Battery capacity||748 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||7 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lb|
|Brake type (front / rear)||Dual disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||8″ x 4″ solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes|
Xiaomi M365 Pro vs Fluid FreeRide Horizon
We compare a very interesting match-up of electric scooters — the Xiaomi M365 Pro versus the Fluid FreeRide Horizon electric scooter. Both are excellent scooters that we have given glowing reviews to in the past.
On paper, both scooters stack up against each other quite well. They have a seemingly similar range (with one catch which we describe below), acceleration to 15 mph, and similar hill climbing times. However, for many comparisons, the Horizon tends to just edge out the Xiaomi.
Read on to find out how they compare.
Xiaomi Mi M365 Pro Advantages
The Xiaomi Mi M365 Pro is competitive with the Horizon, but tends to get edged out in the performance categories. It does have a handful of distinct advantages compared to the Fluid FreeRide Horizon, however:
- Lower cost. Though the price of the M365 Pro tends to fluctuate well above its sweet spot, the Horizon is nearly always the higher priced scooter.
- Two wheel braking. Both of the M365’s wheels have a braking mechanism. The front has a regenerative brake and rear has the mechanical disc brake.
- Lighter 33 lb (15 kg) weight. The Horizon is heavier at 40 lbs (18 kg) which makes a difference if you carry it for any length of time.
- 8.5-inch pneumatic innertube tires. The Xiaomi M365 Pro has front and rear 8.5-inch pneumatic (air-filled) tires. The Horizon is equipped with a front pneumatic tire and a rear solid tire. Pneumatic tires have better performance in wet conditions.
- IP54 water resistance rating. The M365 Pro has an official water resistance rating of IP54 meaning that it is rated for splashing water. If you end up in a light rain with this scooter you should be able to make it home. The Horizon has no official water resistance rating.
Fluid FreeRide Horizon Advantages
- Significantly higher 24 mph (39 mph) top speed. The M365 Pro is limited to 16 mph (26 kmh).
- Slightly longer 26 mile (42 km) tested range but at a much higher average speed. This is due to its larger battery, which is 624 Wh on the 13 Ah version. The M365 has a smaller 474 Wh lithium ion battery and a tested range of 25.1 miles.
- Faster 0-15 mph (24 kmh) acceleration of 4.7 seconds, based on our tests. The Xiaomi Pro takes 5.3 seconds to go 0 to 15 mph.
- Slightly faster 15.1 s hill climb time (200 ft hill, 10% grade, 165 lb rider) compared to the Xiaomi which took 15.3 seconds.
- Front and rear suspension. The Horizon has a suspension whereas the M365 Pro does not. However, due to the Pro’s fully pneumatic tires they end up having very similar ride quality.
Verdict: Pro for weight and Horizon for speed
This is a very competitive matchup because both scooters offer distinct advantages.
The Xiaomi Pro is significantly lighter and if you are willing to accept a lower top speed, it has nearly as much range. The Pro will be a little easier to carry when needed and we prefer the design — especially the thumb throttle — over that of the Horizon. Additionally, the Pro has an official IP54 water resistance rating that can save you if you get caught in the rain. If you can get the M365 Pro around $600 its a steal and significantly less than the Horizon.
On the other hand, the Horizon has higher top speed and better all-around performance. It also folds into a more compact 38.6 x 7.1 x 14.6-inch package due to its folding handlebars. Though it is heavier, it will be more suitable for bringing onto public transportation, due to this.
EMOVE Cruiser vs Mercane WideWheel Comparison
The EMOVE Cruiser is the reigning king of affordable, long-ranged scooters and a achieved a remarkable 50 miles during our real world testing. Its single 600 W electric motor gives it swift acceleration and decent hill-climbing abilities. The Cruiser is packed with tons of practical features including dual semi-hydraulic disc brakes, high-quality LG batteries, and tubeless pneumatic tires. It is one of the few scooters with an official water resistance rating of IP67. It also has a loud horn and turn signals for added safety. However, it is by no means a racing scooter.
If the Cruiser is the ultimate long range commuting machine, then the dual motor Mercane WideWheel is the ultimate fun machine. It sports dual 500 watt electric motors with a combined peak power of 1600 W. Launching it from a standstill is a blast — very fun and thrilling — though not terrifying like some of the beast scooters. The ultra wide wheels and dual suspension give it cushion and make it a very easy scooter to ride. The smaller battery and more powerfull motors still give it a respectable 18.8 miles (30 km) of real-world range.
Both scooters have a top speed of around 26 mph (42 kmh), though the WideWheel will get you there much faster. Both scooters also have a keyed power switch for added security or for parking the scooter for short periods of time.
EMOVE Cruiser Advantages
The EMOVE Cruiser has some advantages compared to the Mercane Wide Wheel.
- Dual semi-hydraulic Xtech disc brakes. These give redudant and much stronger braking compared to the Wide Wheel. During our braking tests, the EMOVE Cruiser slowed from 15 mph to 0 in just 11 feet. In the same test, the WideWheel took 22 feet to come to a halt.
- An official water resistance rating of IP67. The Speedway 5 has no official ingress protection (IP) rating. In practice, the EMOVE’s IP67 rating means it can be ridden in the rain and the snow as long as it is not submerged in water.
- Tubeless 10″ pneumatic tires. The provide better ride quality and traction, especially in wet conditions. The WideWheel has solid 8″ tires which provide worse damping and worse traction.
- A 352 lb (160 kg) weight limit. This is significantly higher than the Mercane which is limited to 220 lb (100 kg).
- A massive 1586 watt hour LG battery pack which gives it >50 miles of real world range (according to our tests). The WideWheel has a smaller 634 watt hour battery made of Chinese cells, giving it just under 19 miles of tested range.
- Safety extras: turn signals and a very loud horn. The WideWheel lacks both of these features.
Mercane Wide Wheel Advantages
- WideWheel (dual motor) is less expensive, costing just under $1,000. The Cruiser is currently $1259 after our coupon code.
- WideWheel has much better acceleration. In our tests it was faster, reaching 15 mph (24 kmh) in 2.9 seconds, whereas the EMOVE Cruiser took 5.4 seconds.
- WideWheel is a much funner scooter overall. The massive tires, funky looks, and thrilling acceleration make it an absolute blast to ride. The Cruiser is a more grown up scooter — more practical, long-ranged, and feature-packed.
Verdict: Cruiser for serious commuting and Widewheel for fun
The Mercane Widewheel and EMOVE Cruiser are two quite different scooters, at a similar pricepoint, that excel at quite different tasks. As such each is quite good at their designed purpose.
The EMOVE Cruiser is exactly as it sounds — a practical, long ranged scooter, meant for cruising. Nearly no scooter at its under $1300 pricepoint has the same range or features that make it suitable as scooter to rack up miles on. The tubeless pneumatic tires are incredibly flat resistant, and easily repaired with slime if you end up with one. Excellent ride quality and a massive battery pack will not only enable, but actually encourage you to do those long distances on this scooter.
The WideWheel is quite the opposite — it’s a funky and somewhat brash scooter with minimal extras. Aside from a ultra-wide wheels and dual motors, there isn’t much else. This is because the WideWheel is meant to be thrilling and speedy scooter. It’s one you take out on weekends and in good weather. You use it to blast up steep hills or make trips to the local coffee shop. Though it has the stamina to go nearly 20 miles, the stiff suspension and solid tires are more suited for shorter joyrides than longer treks. Though you could use it as a daily, long range commuter, the WideWheel is meant more fun than the daily grind.
In-depth Kaabo Mantis review — one of our favorite scooters of 2019. It packs: punchy dual 1000 W motors, crisp, nimble steering, semi-hydraulic brakes and top build quality into a $1500, 61 lb package that will give you at least 30 miles of maxed-out urban commuting. Read on to find out if the Mantis is the right scooter for you.
Kaabo Mantis Highlights
The Kaabo Mantis is one of the newest electric scooters on the scene and packs a lot of power, range, and features at its very competitive pricepoint.
First off, the Mantis is a rocket and scored some of the better acceleration and braking times we’ve seen. Not only is it fast, but its large pneumatic tires and quality suspension keep the scooter pinned to the road and permit precision carving. The smaller capacity version we tested can also go the distance — scoring nearly 30 miles in our rigorous max-power range test.
Another notable feature is the bomb-proof stem folding mechanism that means zero creaking/wobble in the handlebars. The handlebars also lock to the rear fender, allowing carrying of Mantis by the stem. Though it tips the scales at 61 lbs which is by no means ultra-portable, this feature will help you carry or lift the scooter for short distances.
Finally, like the Wolf Warrior, its older brother, the Mantis delivers a ton of value, power, quality, and range at a ridiculously competitive price. The base version has semi-hydraulic brakes and a locking mechanism for carrying — features absent on some much more expensive scooters.
Note: we reviewed the Kaabo Mantis 17.5 amp hour version, however there is a seriously upgraded Kaabo Mantis Pro available.
- Very fast and nimble
- Locking stem for easy carrying
- Top-notch suspension and build quality
- Excellent value
- 61 lb weight
- Trigger-style throttle is not ergonomic
Who it's for
If you are looking for a fast but nimble scooter that feels like a monster, but doesn’t have monstrous weight, the Mantis is great choice. It is basically a budget Dualtron Spider — similar feel and performance — but at a steep discount and at a heavier weight. If you splurge for the Mantis PRO version then its even closer — coming with MiniMotors drivetrain, controller, EYE display, and LG batteries.
If you are looking for something more portable and about 40% less weight, the Spider would be an obvious choice.
Kaabo Mantis Performance Tests
|Acceleration Test (0 to 15 MPH)||2.5 s|
|Hill Climb Test (200 ft, 10% grade avg.)||9.2 s @ 14.9 mph (24 kmh)|
|Braking Test (15 to 0 MPH)||11.1 ft (3.4 m)|
|Top Speed Test (0% grade)||39 mph (63 kmh)|
|Range Test (Fastest setting)||29.1 mi (47 km)|
Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
Kaabo Mantis Review
The Kaabo Mantis rocked the acceleration test. The dual 1000 watt electric motors and 25 amp controller propel it to 15 mph in 2.5 seconds, to 20 mph in 3.9 seconds, and let it fly past 30 mph in 7.7 seconds.
How does this translate to feeling? Simply put: very fast, arm-yanking acceleration up to about 25 mph. After 25 mph it cools down but still pulls all the way up to its top speed of ~40 mph. The motors are very torquey and you can readily spin both wheels at full throttle.
Throttle response is slightly laggy. By this we mean the time between squeezing the throttle control and feeling the motors activate. On the Mantis the lag is a fraction of a second, but noticeable if you test a lot of high-end scooters.
We wonder if accelerator lag is better on the Mantis Pro, which uses the MiniMotors eye throttle. The Pro version also has a beefed-up 1470 Wh LG battery, 27 amp controller, and higher torque motors, which should make it even faster.
The Mantis completed our 200 ft (61 m), 10% grade hill climb test in 9.2 seconds with an average speed of 14.9 MPH (24 kmh).
We were able to hit 39 MPH with a 165 lb rider — very close to the claimed 40 mph top speed.
We performed a range test on our urban test track in California with the Mantis in its maxed-out dual motor power mode. The range test simulates a challenging urban commute, with frequent starts and stops, hills, and rough terrain.
The lower capacity 17 Ah, 1050 watt hour version we tested made it 29 miles before running out of battery.
The Mantis has fantastic braking — among the best we’ve tested. The grippy pneumatic tires plus cable-actuated dual semi-hydraulic disc brakes help keep your speed in check. Brake control is smooth and the hydraulic calipers amplify braking efforts. It also has a fairly strong electronic braking system that can be configured by changing the settings via the display.
The Kaabo Mantis feels very stable, nimble and has standout suspension — it delivers great ride quality on nearly all terrain.
The Mantis is thrilling in the turns. As you lean into a curve, the contact patch between the tire and road remain constant thanks to the rounded profile of the 10 x 2.5″ pneumatic tires. This makes the Mantis feel very nimble to whip around. Control over this scooter is much better than many scooters with larger tires which can have vague steering input and and lack precision as you carve.
Another standout feature is the dual coil-over-hydraulic suspension — very reminiscent of the Zero 10X — that provides a firm ride on smooth roads yet is soft enough to readily eat rough terrain or potholes. Not only is it highly functional but it is dead quiet. Overall, this ranks among the top suspension systems we’ve tested.
Kaabo Mantis Features
The Kaabo Mantis is heavy and sizeable — even when folded. Yet its locking stem makes it very maneuverable for occasional lifting.
The Mantis is 61 lbs (65 lb for the PRO version) and has Its 24″, non-folding handlebars that are unpleasantly wide for bringing onto a packed commuter train during rush hour. Even folded, the Mantis is sizeable — 49″ x 24″ x 19″ (124 x 61 x 48 cm) — about 6″ longer and 6″ (15 cm) wider than the typical 27 lb (12 kg) budget scooter.
However, the Mantis does have two standout portability features: a rock solid folding mechanism and a locking stem.
Stem folding mechanism
The stem folding mechanism for the Kaabo is absolutely rock solid. The clamping mechanism has two opposing quick-release mechanisms that are fast to use and don’t require annoying adjustments. Once locked into place, there is zero stem wobble and no bending/creaking when pushing on the handlebars.
Finally, the folding stem locks into place once folded. When the scooter is folded, the handlebars have a latch that secures it to the rear fender, allowing it to be carried by the stem. This helps make the Mantis portable enough to throw into the back of a car or carry up a short flight of stairs.
Handlebars / Cockpit
Overall, the Mantis has a fairly standard cockpit with wide bicycle-style handlebars and a trigger-style throttle. It has dedicated buttons for controlling motor mode (single or dual) and power (eco or the faster turbo mode).
One thing we did not like is the index finger controlled throttle. It requires your finger to be outstretched and is uncomfortable for prolonged use. Unfortunately, this has become the standard type of controller for all high end scooters (save the Boosted Rev).
The throttle trigger is built into the information display LCD. The display is easy to read in full sunlight. Many so-called P-settings can be tuned by clicking through the mode and power buttons.
Handlebar grips are somewhat cheap foam ones but have held up decently well. If this were a personal scooter, it would probably be one of the first upgrades we’d do.
The Mantis has large diameter 10 x 2.5″ pneumatic inner tube tires with rounded profiles that give it great ride quality. They help keep the scooter feeling surgically precise and pinned to the tarmac when cornering.
The Kaabo has a spacious, 20.25″ x 8.25″ (51 x 21 cm) deck that gives 6″ (15 cm) of ground clearance. The deck is covered with a grippy emblemized rubber mat that provides excellent traction in wet or dry conditions. Deck to handlebar height is 37″ (94 cm).
The Kaabo Mantis has the same great built quality that we experienced when we reviewed the Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11. The Kaabo brand, in general, seems to have a good reputation and great build quality.
The Mantis was inadvertently involved in a pretty severe crash that sent the rider to the hospital, but it emerged unharmed.
The scooter has A LOT of cables, but they are routed well and wrapped up in a protective mesh that bundles them together. Kaabo even got the kickstand right — an often overlooked feature.
Finally, the Mantis has very solid construction with lots of thick metal parts that are all buttoned up very nicely. The scooter is deathly silent with no rattling noises — even on the worst terrain — save for the pleasant hum of the massive motors.
Kaabo Mantis PRO (24.5 Ah)
The Kaabo Mantis Pro is the premium version of the Mantis scooter. The Mantis Pro tips the scales a few pounds more than the non-pro version and has a full MiniMotors drivetrain. This includes a beefed-up 27A controller, EYE display, 24.5 amp hour (1470 Wh) LG batteries, and fully hydraulic brakes. The motors have higher 33 Nm max torque. The extra battery capacity extends the range to 40 miles in the power mode, and much further in Eco modes.
Mantis 17.5 Ah Vs Mantis PRO 24.5 Ah
- Kaabo Mantis 17.5 Ah
- 61 lbs
- Chinese cells
- Standard display
- Zoom Xtech 100 cable-actuated hydraulic calipers
- 2 x 1000W BLCD motors
- 25 A controllers
- 27 newton meters (Nm) max torque motors
- 40 mph top speed
- Range is 29 miles (tested)
- Kaabo Mantis PRO 24.5 Ah
- 65 lbs
- LG cells
- Minimotors Eye Display
- Zoom hydraulic brakes
- 2 x 1000W BLDC motor
- 27A controller
- 33 Nm max torque
- 40 mph top speed
- Range estimate is 40 miles in power mode
Kaabo Mantis Technical Specifications
|Weight||61 lb (28 kg)|
|Folded dimensions||49 x 24 x 19 in (124 x 61 x 48 cm)|
|Motor power||2 x 1000 watts nominal|
|Top speed||40 mph (64 kmh)|
|Range||40 mi (64 km)|
|Battery capacity||1050 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||~6 hrs|
|Max rider weight||264 lb ( kg)|
|Brake type||Dual regenerative + semi-hydraulic disc|
|Tire type||10 x 2.5″ (25 x 6.3 cm ) pneumatic tires|
|Lights||Front and rear LED|
Fluid FreeRide has informed us that they are investigating brake failures related to the Mercane WideWheel, of which they are the exclusive distributor of in the United States.
They are contacting customers who purchased the WideWheel and asking them not to use the scooter until their investigation is completed.
Below is an excerpt from a letter that is being be sent out to all Mercane WideWheel owners.
Electric Scooter Guide will continue to follow this story and provide important safety updates as we learn of them.
Recently, a few of our customers have experienced a problem with their brake caliper which led us, as the exclusive distributor of Mercane’s product in the US, to trigger an urgent investigation at Mercane and their caliper supplier.
The initial results of Mercane’s investigation with the caliper manufacturer indicate that a small share of calipers may have been assembled incorrectly over time and might, under certain circumstances, not perform as intended. We have been told that the caliper manufacturer, a leading Chinese supplier of brakes, whose calipers are installed on many different scooter models, is conducting an urgent investigation into the caliper assembly process.
The observed malfunction of those faulty calipers occurred when tightening the brake by only using the barrel adjuster (instead of also using the brake pad adjustment screws), thereby significantly reducing the travel distance of the caliper arm and causing the internal caliper mechanism to fail when pulling the brake lever.
As of today, we cannot be sure that this is the only reason a faulty caliper would fail. Given the potential serious consequences of a malfunctioning caliper, we have no choice but to ask you NOT TO USE YOUR WIDEWHEEL ELECTRIC SCOOTER until we have identified the exact cause and how to solve the problem.
The currently debated options range from asking you to stress test the brake following clear instructions in order to identify those faulty calipers, to replacing all calipers in circulation.
We will have another update for you by Tuesday, Sep 10th.
I understand how disruptive and disappointing this is for you.
We are in this together. Please rest assured that fluidfreeride first and foremost has the safety of its customers in mind. Together with Mercane we are urgently working on a solution to get you up and riding safely again.
Fluid FreeRide WideWheel Review: Highlights
The Mercane WideWheel is characterized by a unique cast aluminum frame with a sleek manta ray-like design that sits atop two low profile, ultra wide 4″ solid tires.
It is one of the most distinctive electric scooters we’ve reviewed and tested. When looking at it, we can’t help but think of the batpod.
Packing a whopping 634 watt hour battery and fitted with dual 800 watt (peak) electric motors, the Wide Wheel has the power to back up its unique looks. It is a supremely fun scooter that should thrill — but not scare — a sane person when opening up the throttle. The dual suspension is very stiff but decently effective at eating bumps that would normally punish a scooter with solid tires. If you’ve never ridden a scooter with super wide tires then you will notice the floating sensation and need to lean when cornering sharply.
Some new features for 2019, take the Mercane Wide Wheel up another notch.
Overall, the Wide Wheel delivers a very fun ride for commuting around a city, crushing the steepest hills, and it can definitely burn rubber with the best of them. Even better, its specs are competitive with other scooters more than twice it’s price!
One drawback that is worth considering is that the 2019 WideWheel is definetely not an off-roading scooter. Its frame and components don’t have the heft to take the abuse. Extreme use has resulted in failing mechanical parts that could cause injury/death!
New Features for 2019 Mercane WideWheel
The newest 2019 version of the WideWheel sports some new features compare to the old version:
- Keyed on/off switch
- LED battery voltage display
- Improved throttle control
- Improved folding mechanism
- Thrilling acceleration
- Heroic hill climbing
- Low price compared to performance
- Rock-solid handlebars and stem
Who it's for
Review of WideWheel Scooter
WideWheel Performance Tests
|0 to 15 MPH (24 kmh) time||2.85 s|
|50 feet time||3.28 s|
|100 feet time||5.18 s|
|200 feet time||8.32 s|
|Hill Climb Test (150 ft, 15% grade avg.)||11.1 s @ 12.2 mph (19.6 kmh)|
|Braking Test (15 to 0 MPH)||21.9 ft (6.7 m)|
|Top Speed Test (0% grade)||25 mph (40.2 kmh)|
|Range Test (Sport mode)||18.8 mi (30.3 km)|
Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter acceleration testing page.
We tested the dual-motor version of the WideWheel that sports 500 watt sustained, 800 watt peak front and rear electric motors.
First of all, the WideWheel has surprising acceleration — considering it is not marketed as a high performance scooter. In Eco mode, the scooter uses just a single motor and feels like a zippier version of the crowd-favorite M365.
In Turbo mode, the WideWheel downright burns rubber. In our acceleration tests, the scooter went from 0 to 15 mph in 2.9 s — very fast — compared to the average scooter that will take 8 seconds.
Overall, the acceleration of the WideWheel reminded us of its $2000+ competitors. Take a look at our electric scooter acceleration comparisons if you find this hard to believe.
For the new 2019 version, the throttle/controller have received an upgrade that should make throttle control feel more linear and manageable and lower speeds.
The WideWheel has great hill climbing performance and will sail up the steepest hill in your city. We rode the scooter many miles around the Bay Area / San Francisco area — climbing some of the steepest city roads anywhere — and did not find the WideWheel lacking.
During our standardized hill climb test, the WideWheel climbed a 150 ft, 10% grade hill in 11.1 seconds with an average speed of 12.2 mph. This is faster than the EMOVE Cruiser and a just a second and a half slower than the beastly Zero 8X.
The top speed is by default capped to 20 mph, but you can unlock the scooter for speeds closer to 30 mph.
We performed a top speed test and reached 25 mph with the Mercane unlocked.
For commuting around a city or campus though, 20 mph is as much as you’ll need. Keeping the speed down will also help to extend your range.
We performed a range test on our California-based urban test track, which is meant to simulate fast urban commuting.
The WideWheel achieved a range of 18.8 miles with a 165 lb rider in Turbo (fastest, dual motor mode).
The Mercane WideWheel features a single cable-controlled mechanical disc brake in the rear; the disc brake was dialed in out-of-the-box and required no adjustment on our part. Even when dialed in, you may notice some faint disc noises due to light rubbing of the brake pad. When activated, braking feels strong and the brake makes a pleasant, soft, buzzing noise.
We performed braking tests from 15 mph (24 kmh) and the WideWheel stopped in a distance of 21.9 ft (6.7 m). This is about average when compared to other scooters with a single disc brake, but not as good as higher-performance scooters that stop in <18 ft (5.5 m).
Given the speeds the WideWheel is capable of, we would have liked to have seen an additional brake to serve as backup that could help keep the reins on this scooter.
The Mercane WideWheel ride quality is dictated by by three factors:
- Stiff spring suspension
- Ultra-wide airless tires
- Low center of gravity
Riding on the WideWheel at speed on a smooth road feels to be a combination of surfing, skateboarding and downhill skiing. Thanks to the wide tires, you sort of float over the pavement — smaller obstacles and imperfections in the road are completely rolled over by the scooter. You feel supremely stable.
To turn sharply on the WideWheel, you have to lean and carve into the turn. Due to the width of the wheels and low profile tires, you can’t turn super sharply and instead have to lean harder and rely on the low center of gravity and momentum of the scooter to take over.
The WideWheel has a decent ride on really poor quality roads — think of ones with lots of pitting and erosion everywhere. The polyurethane-filled tires and spring suspension smooth the ride just enough to prevent it from utterly punishing your body. However on poor roads, ride quality is far from being plush.
Fluid FreeRide WideWheel Feature Review
Overall, the Mercane WideWheel is moderately portable.
On the other hand, the 45 lb (20.4 kg) weight of the WideWheel is hefty. Going up multiple flights of stairs is strenuous. Though the rounded stem is comfortable for one-handed carrying, it’s about the maximum scooter weight that an average adult can carry comfortably.
That said, loading the WideWheel into the trunk of a car is no problem and its compact size allows for convenient storage nearly anywhere the Mercane takes you.
Stem folding mechanism
The WideWheel has a slower-than-average yet supremely sturdy stem folding mechanism. This is a mechanism is unique to the WideWheel and rock solid when locked into place. The folding mechanism is secured by rotating knob that is used to tighten or loosen the hinge.
Though slower than quick-folding mechanisms — that have collapsed during test-rides or failed with extended use — this screw folding mechanism has been very reliable. When tightened correctly, the handlebars feel 100% rock solid with no wobble or slop.
The latest 2019 Mercane Wide Wheel has an improved screwing mechanism that won’t come apart if you unscrew it too far.
Handlebar folding mechanism
Though slower than quick-folding mechanisms — that have collapsed during test-rides or failed with extended use — this screw folding mechanism has been very reliable. When tightened correctly, the handlebars feel 100% rock solid with no wobble or slop.
However, unscrewing each thread and folding is slower than other scooters and less convenient when bringing it onto a subway or train.
Handlebars / Cockpit
The handlebar / cockpit design is simple and austere. Four LEDs tell you battery level and one button controls power, lights, mode and cruise control.
A brake lever mounted on the left side of the handlebars controls the rear disc brake. The brake lever is fairly smooth, but overall construction is nothing special.
Throttle / LED Battery Display / Key
The 2019 edition of the WideWheel adds a keyed battery cutoff switch and LED battery voltage level readout next to the thumb-controlled accelerator.
The voltage meter is more helpful for getting a precise assessment of remaining battery life — and certainly an improvement over the four LED battery level lights — but we would have hoped for a more modern LCD display with speedometer, odometer, and battery percentage level.
The keyed power switch is a useful feature for briefly parking the scooter in front of or just inside a store. The key only controls power so someone can still roll off with the scooter, but it adds some piece of mind for those brief trips.
The headlights have an opaque diffuser that really kills their brightness. The lights are not very bright and non-existent optics mean they do not project very far.
The scooter also has a back light that blinks when brake is pressed.
Overall, the lights on the WideWheel are insufficient for anything but emergency or very limited use in the dark.
Read some of our tips to improving your visibility at night.
As the name suggests, the WideWheel has oversized 4″ wide wheels that are a defining characteristic of both the look and feel of this scooter. The ultra-wide tires are very supple and you can actually deform them pretty easily by just pushing with your finger. They are about as good as airless can get. However, they are not pneumatic and Fluid FreeRide makes no bones about not riding in the rain.
Suspension is not springy, but does a fine job absorbing road bumps.
As with other full suspension scooters, the total dampening effects are pretty good. This scooter is definitely not designed for off-roading. We’ve seen some reports on catastrophic failure of diecast aluminum parts after intense loading and abuse.
The full suspension certainly helps around city streets in the Bay (where we tested it) that are in poor repair.
The suspension, combined with the wide tires eats up or entirely rolls over potholes and road trash that would cause problems for a lesser scooter.
Build quality on the WideWheel scooter is a bit of a mixed bag.
On one hand, the stem and folding parts — both with use a screw mechanism — are solid. You’ll never experience any stem wobble or handlebars that spontaneously fold themselves while riding. Due to folding and locking mechanism, the stem is actually more solid than the high end Dualtrons, which have some play in the steering bearings.
The motors, wheels, and solid tires shouldn’t cause any problems either. The Mercane was a great scooter out of the box and required no pre-ride tune up.
However, we have seen reports of the diecast aluminum parts on the Mercane fracturing — most notably the swingarms and stem. This has typically been associated with off-roading, jumping, or otherwise subjecting the scooter to intense intermittent stress.
If you end up buying this scooter make sure to keep an eye on those components and replace them if they become chipped or crack. Also please let us know if you are an owner and have had a problem with part failure on this scooter.
WideWheel Electric Scooter Review: Conclusions
The ultra wide wheels and dual suspension make this a super easy scooter to ride to work or cruise down to the local coffee shop on.
If you’re looking for a comfortable and thrilling ride that’s fun fast and not scary fast, then look no further.
Mercane WideWheel Technical Specifications
|Weight||45 lb||18 kg|
|Folded dimensions||43 x 9 x 16 in|
|Motor power||Dual 500 watts|
|Top speed||20 mph / 30 mph unlocked||32 kmh|
|Range||31 mi||50 km|
|Battery capacity||624 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||7 – 8 hours|
|Max rider weight||220 lb||100 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||None||Mechanical disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||10 x 4″ Solid||10 x 4″ Solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|
This Fluid FreeRide Horizon review dives deep into the performance, build quality and features of the Horizon.
Fluid FreeRide Horizon Review: Highlights
- Excellent 26 mile range
- Folds into very compact package (39 x 7 x 15 in)
- Good hill climbing ability compared to entry-level 250 watt motor scooters
- 42 lb weight makes it less portable
- Fast, but not quite as punchy as slightly more powerful scooters (e.g. WideWheel)
- Solid rear tire doesn’t have as good of traction as a pneumatic one
What it's for
- Someone who is looking to go one step up from the M365 or another entry level scooter.
- Riders with long commutes desiring a scooter with a small form factor.
- Traversing urban areas with lots of steep, sustained hills
Review of Horizon Performance
Horizon Test Data Summary
|0 to 15 MPH (24 kmh) time||4.68 seconds|
|50 feet time||4.67 seconds|
|100 feet time||6.33 seconds|
|200 feet time||10.18 seconds|
|Hill Climb Test (200 ft, 15% grade)||15.13 seconds|
|15 to 0 MPH time||2.08 seconds|
|15 to 0 MPH distance||23.0 feet (7 meters)|
|Top Speed, Flat||22 mph (35 kmh)|
|Range||26 miles (42 km)|
Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter acceleration testing page.
Our Horizon review found that acceleration is a little laggy initially, up to about 8 mph. However, after gentle initial acceleration, you hit the sweet spot of the acceleration curve — the Horizon wakes up and starts pulling hard all the way up to 15 mph. At >15 mph acceleration slowly rolls off until you hit the top speed of ~22 mph.
The motor, which is unsuspecting initially, also wakes up, and strong acceleration is accompanied by pleasant increased motor whirring sounds.
We hit 15 mph in 4.7 seconds in our acceleration tests and sprinted 200 ft in 10.2 seconds.
Overall, acceleration to 15 mph is nearly 2X faster than the budget Xiaomi M365, which takes 8.2 seconds. However, the Xiaomi and some other budget scooters may actually beat the Horizon off the line due to less acceleration lag.
The Horizon performs very well on even the steepest of hills. If you live a hilly city e.g. San Francisco, then the Horizon will perform well for you.
On an average hill of a few % grade, the Horizon is able to fly up at only a few mph below its maximum speed.
On our standardized hill climb test, the Horizon climbed a 200 ft distance at 15% average grade in 15.13 seconds, significantly faster than the M365 (21.2 seconds) and just a hair slower than the more powerful (and pricier) eMove Cruiser (12.0 seconds).
When fully charged, the Horizon will hit ~22 mph (35 kmh) on the flat and 24 mph (39 kmh) when going downhill (165 lbs rider). Speed is not electronically governed, but limited by motor power output.
Our GPS tracked Horizon range test, which simulates a real urban commute, yielded a 26 mile (42 km) real-world range. This is one mile more than the advertised 25 mile range and the longest range at this weight class.
The Horizon features both a rear drum and rear electronic brake controlled by a single lever.
Overall, the redundant braking system performed very well and we were able to bring the scooter from 15 to 0 mph in 23 feet.
The rear drum brake, which has the benefit of being fully encased within the wheel is virtually maintenance free and should be very robust. Out-of-the-box, the brakes were dialed-in and quiet. There is minimal travel in the brake lever meaning you don’t have to pull it much before it activates. Finally, braking action is smooth and minimal force is required for maximum braking.
The only downside to the braking system as whole is that all braking action is coming from the rear airless tire. The tire doesn’t have quite as much grip as a pneumatic one. If you lock it out the rear tire will slide around. Overall, performance for the braking system as a whole is still very good.
Read more: electric scooter braking tests.
The weight balance on the scooter is more centered towards the rear where the motor and drum brake are located.
Even after completing the range test, which consisted of 26 miles of starts/stops and riding over rough roads, we could still feel our feet and our joints weren’t hurting. This is good sign that the suspension is doing its job.
Horizon Electric Scooter Feature Review
Overall, the Horizon is on the heavier side of portable, but folds into one of the most compact sizes for stowage on public transportation or at a coffee shop.
The Horizon is 42 lbs, which is under the upper limit of 45 lbs that we consider to make a scooter truly “portable.” However, the stem size and weight balance make the scooter feel much lighter than this.
To fold into a compact package, the Horizon features:
- Folding handlebars
- Folding stem
- Telescoping stem
Handlebar folding mechanism
The Horizon has a simple handlebar folding mechanism that greatly reduces the width of the folded scooter.
To unfold, you simply pull the handlebars upwards, then tighten a screw mechanism to lock them into place. This will prevent them from collapsing mid-ride (which we’ve experienced on foldable, but non-locking handlebars).
During our test riding, we noticed that the handlebar screwing mechanisms had a tendency to loosen up every so often when traveling over rough roads and we found ourselves re-tightening it. This didn’t cause any major problems, but is worth mentioning. We are experimenting with some simple fixes and will update if we come across one.
Stem folding mechanism
Folding the Horizon is very easy — you simply pull on a metal lever near the base of the deck and the scooter folds. The scooter locks in the folded position for easy carrying.
Unfolding is just as easy.
The pin seat is covering >50% of the metal pin, and has a nice click to it when completely locked in folded or unfolded positions.
Handlebars / Cockpit
The Horizon has quality, ergonomic, rubberized grips that are secured well to the handlebars. We didn’t have any problems with them twisting or turning while riding.
Throttle / LCD Display
The throttle control and LCD information display are one trigger-style unit, that are ubiquitous among scooters.
Throttle build quality is okay, feels very light. The force needed to pull the throttle is not a lot, which makes it feel a bit cheap, but also makes it more comfortable to hold down for extended periods of time.
The LCD display shows mode, speed, odometer and battery level. You can also use it to tune some of the many P-settings that control different features. The LCD display, with the exception of the battery level, is easy to read (even in bright sunlight).
The Horizon has a single, high-quality brake lever mounted on the left side of the handlebars. The single brake lever activates both the electronic brake and rear drum brake.
Pulling action on the lever is smooth, has minimal travel, and requires minimal force. Pulling down just slightly on the lever will activate the electronic brake which provides modest braking. Pulling just a bit further, takes the small amount of slack in the mechanical cable and begins to activate the rear drum brake.
Overall, the brake lever gives good control over the brakes and allows sudden, rapid and controlled stopping, if necessary.
The Fluid FreeRide Horizon features both front and rear lights. The scooter does not have any auxiliary lighting or turn signals.
Overall, these lights will help if you find yourself riding at night occasionally. However, they aren’t terribly bright and you should definitely upgrade if you plan on riding regularly at night.
Read our complete guide to riding an electric scooter at night.
Besides the low mounted, small front light, there are two button lights on either side of the deck.
Rear lights are just two button lights mounted on the platform. They blink when brake is activated whether lights are “on” or not.
No Horizon scooter review would be complete without geeking out about tires a little.
The Horizon features a front 8.5″ (20.3 cm) pneumatic tire and 8″ rear airless tire.
The front pneumatic tire provides good traction and combined with front suspension works well for rolling over most obstacles and bumps you’ll encounter in an urban setting.
The rear tire is airless and consequently doesn’t provide quite as good of traction as the front one. It will perform worse in wet conditions. The main benefit of the airless rear tires is zero maintenance and risk of flats.
Also, if you hit the brakes hard you can lock out the back tire and we’ve noticed the scooter likes to slide at a bit of angle. If intentional, this can be a lot of fun.
Learn more: technical guide to electric scooter tires.
The Horizon has a front coil suspension and rear hydraulic suspension.
The front coil suspension and 8.5″ pneumatic tire help to soften the impact from road potholes or debris. They also reduce the amount of force needed to roll over obstacles that might otherwise result in face planting into the ground.
The rear hydraulic suspension is less important for rolling over obstacles and mostly contributes to overall ride quality. It ensures you don’t get a brain massage / joint pain when riding on really rough roads.
Overall, the Horizon suspension is fairly quiet — unlike the dreaded clanking suspension on the Ninebot ES2 — and yields ride quality that is on par with dual large diameter pneumatic tires.
Overall, the Horizon has good build quality.
Cabling and wiring originating from the handlebars and descending into the various parts of the scooter are all nicely buttoned up in a protective sheath and routed through a separate tube attached to the main stem. This gives the scooter a clean look and should increase durability.
While the Horizon is by no means a tank, it is well constructed. Most of the scooter is constructed from quality metal parts and assembled together with hefty bolts.
When fully unfolded, the scooter is fairly solid without noticeably creaking that would suggest poor quality. However, there is play in the folding handlebars and stem if you push or pull hard on them. Though we don’t love this, even the sturdiest of scooters tend to have some play in the folding/adjustable joints and the Horizon is no worse.
The Horizon we received had one screwing mechanism on the folding handlebar that tended to back out every few miles, which was a bit annoying but not a huge quality/safety issue.
Miscellaneous Features Review
Charging port placement: the charging port for the Horizon is placed on the front of the scooter deck and requires the wheel to be turned when its plugged in. This is a little awkward because if you accidentally turn the wheel while charging, you could potentially break off the charger plug or damage the scooter charging port.
Kickstand: the kickstand is little too short and causes the scooter to lean over a bit too far.
Horizon Review Conclusions
Despite a few minor gripes regarding the charging port placement, throttle lag, and loosening handlebar threads, the Horizon is a great scooter at a competitive pricepoint.
- longer range
- better hill climbing
- higher top speed
- greater compactness
The trade-off is its 42 lb weight, which is roughly ~16 lbs heavier than a typical 250 watt scooter.
Fluid FreeRide Horizon Technical Specifications
|Weight||42 lb||18 kg|
|Folded Dimensions||39 x 7 x 15 in||99 x 18 x 38 cm|
|Motor power||500 watts|
|Top speed||25 mph||40 kmh|
|Range||25 mi||40 km|
|Battery capacity||624 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time|
|Max rider weight||264 lb||120 kg|
|Brake type||Rear drum + electronic|
|Tire type||8.5″ pneumatic (front) / 8 ” solid (rear)|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|
This Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 Review is a detailed look at the Wolf Warrior 11, which just became available in the the U.S. and internationally. This is a full hands-on review of this beastly scooter.
Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 Review: Highlights
The Wolf Warrior 11 is monstrous cross between a downhill mountain bike, electric scooter, and motocross racer. Sporting many of the exact components from a Dualtron Thunder, it’s currently a steal at Fluid Freeride.
The defining features of the Wolf Warrior are both the giant front hydraulic fork that looks like it was pulled off a stout downhill mountain bike and the tubular frame that wraps around the scooter like an exoskeleton. Though designed for off-road, the scooter is also adept on the tarmac with road tires available as a stock option.
While the structural components of the Wolf Warrior 11 were designed and made exclusively by Kaabo, the guts and brains of this electric scooter are straight from MiniMotors. The motors, controller, and EYE3 display are all borrowed from the Dualtron Thunder. This means this Hulk-like scooter has the power and credentials to back up its fierce looks.
We can’t say enough good things about this scooter. Priced at nearly $1k less than it’s nearest competitor, the Dualtron Thunder, it’s currently a steal in the extreme performance class of electric scooters.
Review of Wolf Warrior 11 Performance
Acceleration Flat – 0 – 15 mph (24kmh) Time: 1.9 seconds
Acceleration Hill Climb – 200 ft. 15% Grade Hill Climb Time: 7.62 seconds
Braking Flat – 15 mph (24kmh) to Zero Distance: 11.67 ft. (~1.1 seconds)
Range: 44 miles (71km) on Test Track**
* tests conducted with a 165 lb rider
** longest range of any scooter tested to date
Note: Wolf Warrior 11 that we tested and reviewed was equipped with the road tires for maximum performance on pavement.
The dual electric motors, both manufactured by MiniMotors and used in the Dualtron Thunder, provide 2400 watts of continuous power and a combined peak power output of 5400 watts.
Unless you’ve ridden seriously powerful scooters like the Dualtron Thunder or X, it’s hard to communicate the power of the Wolf Warrior 11. To put it simply: the Wolf Warrior 11 has brutal acceleration.
In the maxed-out turbo + dual motor mode, the scooter pounces as soon as you touch the trigger throttle.
When launching the scooter under max power, you will surf side-to-side as both tires spin — ripping up the tarmac — but provide enough momentary traction to propel you forward.
Notably, there is zero acceleration lag. The throttle is very sensitive. Unless you’re used to riding ultra powerful electric scooters, you should probably put it in single motor mode as you get used to just how punchy this thing is.
Read more about our acceleration tests for the Dualtron Thunder (and many other electric scooters) to get a sense of the Wolf Warrior.
When you have 5400 watts on tap, hills aren’t even a consideration.
On a 250 foot, 15% grade hill we hit 25 mph (40 kmh) before running out of runway.
This thing flies up steep hills.
The manufacturer claims 50 mph (80 kmh) top speed. It’s probably much faster than that. We were able to safely hit 45 mph (72 kmh) and the scooter wasn’t ready to tap out just yet.
The manufacturer-claimed range is 62 miles.
We haven’t finished our range tests for the Kaabo, though our electric scooter range survey shows that most people get about 70% of the claimed range.
On a monster scooter like this, with aggressive off-roading it could be closer to 50%.
Coming in at 2100 watt hours, the Wolf Warrior 11 has a pretty big gas tank to fuel those electron-burning motors. The battery is made of quality LG cells.
The Wolf Warrior 11 features dual front and rear hydraulic brakes with massive ventilated calipers manufactured by Zoom.
The brake levers themselves are high quality and thick. Brake activation is buttery smooth, consistent and very linear. Brake activation force is minimal and two fingers alone are sufficient to brake maximally.
Electronic anti-lock braking system (eABS)
The Wolf also features what they call an “electronic anti-lock brake system” (eABS), though it’s not a true ABS system on a car. On our test model, this came enabled by default. As you start to brake, this system will activate, quickly pulsing an electronic brake (via the motor) that is a little unnerving, but fairly strong.
There really isn’t any advantage to this feature and we recommend to simply disable it and rely on the rock solid hydraulic disc brakes.
Equipped in the stock available 11″ mud tire configuration, the Wolf Warrior is designed specifically for destroying off-road terrain. The ample ground clearance, combined with heavy duty shocks, and knobby tires should make the Wolf Warrior 11 ultra stable off road.
Our test scooter, equipped with 11″ road tires, also available as stock option, was equally adept on the road and we felt fully in control and rock solid under conditions — full throttle acceleration and high speeds — where other more wobbly scooters scare us.
Tipping the scales at 101 lbs (46 kg), the Wolf Warrior is a big boy and one of the heaviest scooters out there. It is heavier than almost any model besides the Dualtron X.
The stem folds down to allow the Wolf Warrior to be transported in SUV or truck (and possibly some hatchbacks), but this certainly isn’t the type of electric scooter that you fold up and carry onto the bus with you.
In the folded configuration, it is 59″ (150 cm) and one of the longest scooter around — 10″ (29 cm) longer than when unfolded. This will not fit into most car trunks.
One significant downside to the Wolf Warrior 11 is that like other monster scooters, there is no way to lock the scooter into the folded configuration. This can be accomplished with added modifications but does not come stock.
Stem folding mechanism
The Wolf Warrior 11 has the best and most solid folding mechanism that we’ve seen on a high performance scooter period.
When locked into the place, the folding mechanism is 100% absolutely rock solid with no dreaded stem wobble.
Folding and unfolding the scooter is relatively easy.
Unfolding the scooter consists of two steps: locking down a giant anodized handle (which feels rock solid when in place) and then inserting a giant metal safety pin for added safety.
This type of folding mechanism is really the best we’ve seen on a high performance scooter and we can’t say enough good things about it. Hopefully this becomes the standard for extreme performance scooters.
The cockpit is beautiful in the no-nonsense way. The EYE3 controller, decent ergonomic grips, horn, brake levers, and the power control buttons are the only things that decorate the wide aluminum handlebars. All control cables / wires are routed really well and buttoned up nicely with strain-relieved housing that keep everything together and ensure a long, reliable life.
The handlebars, which are essentially downhill mountain biking ones, are super strong and wide enough to take on a comfortable position optimized for off-roading and aggressive riding.
The height of the handlebars is adjustable, though we found that even when we maxed out the handlebar height, a 6 foot (183 cm) rider still found them to be a bit low.
Mounted just under the headlights is an unsuspecting metal disc that turns out to be the loudest horn we’ve ever heard on an electric scooter. It’s activated by a button on the left side of the handlebars and is basically a small car horn that is mounted on a scooter.
You definitely don’t need as many decibels as this horn puts out, but it’s a menacing horn that is befitting of a such a menacing scooter.
The Wolf Warrior 11 is a seriously lit scooter, and we mean that in the very literal sense. It has super bright headlights, side deck, grounds effects, and a massive red LED rear tail light.
The two giant bug-eyed forward facing LED headlights are ultra-bright and are likely all the forward lighting you’ll need. The lights offer three modes: bright, low, and seizure-inducing blinking. They can be adjusted horizontally or tilted vertically.
The side deck lights help to illuminate the ground in front and around the scooter, for increased visibility if you’re riding on a road at night.
There are also additional ground effects lights that are controlled by a separate switch mounted near the power charging ports.
The Wolf Warrior 11 comes stock with either 11 in knobby off-road tires or slicker tires for on road performance.
The knobby off-road tires do not perform well on hard surfaces such as road. In particular, in the most powerful modes, you will easily spin the wheels due to the small contact patch.
The Wolf Warrior is also available with smoother on-road tires, which will give much better traction and handling on paved roads and are much more stable when traveling at high speeds.
Build quality is excellent and ranks right up there with the best models we’ve tested.
With the exception of a cheap metal chain that holds onto the extra metal pin for securing the stem, the scooter is rock solid.
The tubular steel exoskeleton frame, massive hydraulic shocks and hefty construction should hold up to serious abuse.
One quality complaint that others have noted, is that both the central headlights and front mudguard are secured in place with a single screw that is prone to falling out. This (or any screw that falls out) can be easily prevent: fixing a loose electric scooter screw.
The Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 is a Frankenstein scooter both figuratively and literally — and we mean this in the good sense of the word.
Its pedigree is one part motocross racer, one part electric scooter, one part mountain bike. The structural components are all made by Kaabo, while the powerplant, brains, and electronics are all made by MiniMotors.
The whole package is very attractive — it looks badass and is basically a best-in-class electric scooter packaged into what is, by all accounts, a solid off-road oriented frame.
Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 Technical Specifications
|Weight||101 lb||46 kg|
|Folded Dimensions||59 x 11 x 19 in||150 x 27 x 47 cm|
|Motor power||Dual 1200 watts|
|Top speed||50 mph||80 kmh|
|Range||62 mi||100 km|
|Battery capacity||2100 watt hours|
|Battery recharge time||7 hours|
|Max rider weight||330 lb||150 kg|
|Brake type||Dual hydraulic disc + ABS|
|Tire type||11 in|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||6 months (details)|