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.
Currently available from Fluid FreeRide with $150 off coupon code: electric-scooter.guide4mantis.
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.
The Mantis is currently available from Fluid FreeRide with $150 off discount code: electric-scooter.guide4mantis.
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|
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.
Currently available on discount + free dual chargers and off-road tires from Fluid Freeride.
Wolf Warrior 11 Scorecard
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.
Currently available from Fluid FreeRide on discount + free dual chargers and off-road tires.
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)|