We reviewed and test rode the Fluid FreeRide Widewheel scooter — a unique, surprisingly fast, and super fun electric scooter from Mercane.
Fluid FreeRide WideWheel Review Summary
The Fluid FreeRide Mercane WideWheel is one of the more unusual and unique-looking electric scooters we’ve had the pleasure to review and test ride. It has a clean and ultra-simple design, smooth curves, a wide deck and signature ultra-wide 4″ solid tires that define its look.
- Range: 31 miles
- Top speed: 20 mph (~30 mph unlocked)
- Weight 45 lbs
- Max rider weight: 220 lbs
- Brakes: Rear disc
- Tires: Front and rear 10″ x 4″ solid
WideWheel Scooter Review
The scooter features a single cable-controlled mechanical disc brake in the rear and none in the front. We would have liked to see an additional back-up braking method in case something goes south, however the disc brake is strong and makes a pleasant, soft buzzing noise when you activate it. One thing to note is that the brakes were dialed in out-of-the-box and required no adjustments.
The WideWheel has surprising acceleration, especially considering this scooter comes off more as a plush cruiser-type model and not a high performance racer scooter. Even in eco mode, where the WideWheel utilizes only one of its dual 500 W electric motors, the scooter is zippy. In turbo mode it utilizes both 500 W electric motors and it is downright fast with faster than expected acceleration.
The top speed is by default capped to 20 mph, but you can unlock the scooter for speeds closer to 30 mph. For commuting around a city or campus though, 20 mph is as much as you’ll need and will help to extend your range.
The dual motors are powerful enough to conquer even fairly steep, sustained hills. This is a great scooter for cruising around a hilly city like San Francisco.
Finally, performance of the WideWheel reminded us of its $2000+ competitors, but was definitely more manageable.
The handlebars are well-designed and fold easily while 100% rock solid under use. The cockpit design is super simple: four LEDs tell you battery level and one button controls power, lights, eco/power mode and cruise control.
We would have liked to see a little bit more full-featured cockpit display and maybe some extra buttons so we don’t have to memorize a Morse-code sequence to adjust the scooter. It does take some getting used to, however once you train yourself it is fairly easy to use.
Overall, the Mercane WideWheel is fairly portable owing to: its stem that is comfortable to carry one-handed and rock-solid folding mechanism, folding handlebars
Stem folding mechanism
The scooter folds up via a slightly slower, yet very sturdy, locking screw mechanism.
This is a unique, well-designed mechanism that is rock solid when unfolded and locked into place. The folding mechanism requires you to unscrew and re-tighten when collapsing or unfolding the scooter. Though slower, than quick-folding mechanisms that have collapsed during test-rides or failed with extended use, this folding mechanism has been very reliable. Consequently, this solid mechanism makes the steering feel very solid with no wobble or slop.
The handlebars collapse and lock with the same locking screw to form a compact package that is easier to carry. However, this operation takes much longer than others which makes it a bit less convenient when bringing it onto a subway or train.
The forward lights are nothing to write home about. Back light blinks when brake is pressed, a nice touch. However, neither are sufficient for anything but emergency or very limited use in the dark.
Read some of our tips to improving your visibility at night.
As with other full suspension scooters, the total dampening effects are pretty good. This scooter is not designed for off-roading, but 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.
Though you get no additional cushioning from the solid tires, we’ve generally noticed a trend of more dampening with full suspension and solid tires compared to pneumatic tires with no suspension. Despite this, we still favor pneumatic tires for their performance and safety benefits.
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 wide wheels keep the scooter going straight where a thinner tire goes back and forth over small objects in road – and give feeling of stability. However, the wide wheels also limit maneuverability – the flip side of the last point. It’s like bumper bowling, but for turning…you just can’t seem to turn sharply as hard as you may try…it’s a weird sensation.
The ultra-wide tires are soft and are about as good as airless can get. But still 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.
Mercane build quality seems robust. Parts fit together well and do what they’re supposed to. The folding mechanisms for the scooter neck and handlebars are absolutely solid.
This is one of the first scooters without problems out of the box or shipping having damage. All the features work as advertised. Folding mechanism is unique. 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.
WideWheel Review Overall:
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|
|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||—|
|Max rider weight||220 lb||100 kg|
|Brake type (front / rear)||—||Mechanical disc|
|Tire type (front / rear)||10 x 4″ Solid||10 x 4″ Solid|
|Built-in lights (front / rear)||Yes||Yes|