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Glion Dolly Foldable Review

This scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by decent battery life with a moderately powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platform
Glion Dolly Foldable
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Price:   $500 List
Pros:  Folded dolly function, decent travel range, hill-climbing power
Cons:  Rough ride, single brake
Manufacturer:   Glion
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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  • Range - 25% 7.4
  • Power - 25% 5.6
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 2.7
  • Portability - 15% 9.6
  • Braking - 15% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Glion Foldable Dolly delivered a strong showing in most commute-related tests and its performance in the portability category was unequaled. This scooter has power, speed, and longevity when being ridden. When folded, it is compact and easy to roll or carry if needed. Additionally, this is one of the rare models that offer an adjustable handlebar height. The only blemishes on this scooter's otherwise stellar review are the single electronic motor brake and the solid rubber wheels that produced a relatively rough ride.

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Pros Folded dolly function, decent travel range, hill-climbing powerLithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth rideDecent speed and range, cruise control feature, rear suspension, rear brake light and deck lights, regenerative braking is pretty powerfulFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carry
Cons Rough ride, single brakeHeavier weight, long charge timeSolid tires - harsher ride, carrying latch is complicated to work, heavier than averageCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancyBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge interval
Bottom Line This scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by decent battery life with a moderately powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platformA smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its stepA mid-priced scooter for longer distances and avid commutersA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusThis do it all scooter combines comfort and utility in a simple yet sharp design
Rating Categories Glion Dolly Foldable Gotrax G4 Hiboy S2 Hiboy MAX Xiaomi Mi M365
Range (25%)
7.4
9.0
7.6
7.1
7.2
Power (25%)
5.6
8.4
7.0
7.8
5.7
Ride Comfort (20%)
2.7
8.0
4.7
5.7
7.7
Portability (15%)
9.6
8.3
7.4
6.3
8.0
Braking (15%)
4.0
7.7
9.0
7.7
6.5
Specs Glion Dolly Foldable Gotrax G4 Hiboy S2 Hiboy MAX Xiaomi Mi M365
Measured Maximum Speed 13.8 mph 19.8 mph 17 mph 19.3 mph 14.9 mph
Measured Effective Range 13.2 miles 22 miles 14 miles 12.2 miles 12.8 miles
Measured Charge Time 4 hrs 25 min 5 hours 50 min 5 hours 40 minutes 4 hours 30 min 5 hrs 10 min
Brake Type Front electronic brake Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system Front regen
Rear disc
Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake
Tire Type Rubber (honeycomb interior) Pneumatic Solid rubber Solid rubber Pneumatic
Tire Size 8" 10" 8.5" 8.5" 8.5"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Battery indicator only Yes Yes Yes Battery indicator only
App No No No Yes No
Maximum Load 255 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 28.7 lbs 37.8 lbs 32 lbs 35.2 lbs 27.2 lbs
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium
Motor 250 Watt 350 Watt 350 Watt 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Glion Foldable Dolly is a stand out model in the class due to its commuter specific features. This machine can turn grinding traffic and parking nightmares into a memory and replace them with joy as you zip to and from work with ease. This scooter cruises at a reasonable 13+ mph and has a moderate travel radius. It folds up quickly and easily into a compact package that is (thanks to the dolly function) a cinch to transport when it's not being ridden. The only knocks against the Glion are its relatively rough ride and single electronic brake.

The Glion Dolly Foldable electric scooter.
The Glion Dolly Foldable electric scooter.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


In a concerted effort to isolate and analyze the very top electric scooters on the market, we've combed the web compiling users' praises and criticisms, manufacturer's innovations, and redundancies, and finally bought the most promising electric scooters for a regiment of peer-to-peer tests. We narrowed product assessments down to key features that, when designed and integrated well, coalesce to form a high-quality product that is greater than the sum of its parts. Here we divided our analysis into five weighted categories and the Glion Foldable Dolly's performance in each is discussed in depth below.

The Glion's moderate range and power should be adequate for many...
The Glion's moderate range and power should be adequate for many users.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


The Glion is a mid-pack performer in this category with a matched effective and maximum range of 13.2 miles. What that means in plain terms is that a rider can pretty much go full speed until the battery is completely depleted. The flip side of this appraisal is the time that is required to recharge the battery. Here, too, the Glion delivered a strong performance with a 4 1/2 hour recharge time.


As referenced above, our range assessment is comprised of two separate tests: travel radius and battery recharging interval. To properly appraise what the travel radius of a scooter is, we broke the assessment up into two parts that we call effective range and maximum range. The effective range is the number of miles a scooter can travel on flat ground going at or near full speed. Conversely, the maximum range is how far the machine will go at any speed. Unlike many in the class, Glion's effective and maximum are the same.

With moderate power and speed, the Glion does a respectable job on...
With moderate power and speed, the Glion does a respectable job on the commute.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


The power metric is a composite of a few different tests that provide an overall understanding of how well a scooter will propel a rider across a range of topography. Here we assessed flat ground max speed and hill-climbing capability. The speed test is a measure of the time it takes a tester to cover 100 feet of flat pavement given a running start and a full battery. The test was performed three times in a row and the average was converted into miles per hour. The Glion wasn't bad, but it didn't dominate either with an average max speed of 13+ mph.

The Glion's solid rubber tires produce a lot of feedback from the...
The Glion's solid rubber tires produce a lot of feedback from the road surface.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hill tests were conducted on two hills — one at a 3.5% grade, and the other at 10.5%. The Foldable Dolly cruised up the shallower grade, steadily climbing at a respectable 8-10 mph. Impressively, this machine worked its way up the quarter-mile stretch of 10.5% grade pavement. This feat was out of reach for almost all of the other products in this class.


Ride


The world is a rough place and we're looking for a scooter that can smooth it out. Ride is admittedly a more subjective category than others here discussed, but what isn't subjective were testers' reactions to the rattly ride served up by the solid rubber tires on the Glion Foldable Dolly.


This scooters' performance (or lack thereof) in the ride metric assessment hurt it in the overall assessment.

Single electronic brake.
Single electronic brake.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Braking


While most electric scooters in this class offer an electronic hub brake, it is less common for that brake to be the stand-alone stopping mechanism. The fact that the Glion uses a single electronic brake (with no mechanical redundancy) hurt it in our stopping power assessment.


To get at stopping power we isolated two components that most will agree are paramount: hill braking and flat ground stopping. The first is an evaluation of the scooter's ability to maintain the desired speed when going down a hill. Considering that the scooter only has one brake it did pretty well. But the lack of redundancy had testers concerned - if the battery died on a descent, then the brake would cease to work as well.

The Glion Foldable Dolly makes non-riding transport of the scooter...
The Glion Foldable Dolly makes non-riding transport of the scooter easy peasey.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The second half of the assessment is an analysis of the scooter's capacity to stop when cruising at the maximum speed. What we want to quantify here is how quickly we could stop if something unanticipated popped out in front of us like a car or pedestrian. Here the Glion did poorly. For those scooters with dual brake systems we looked at each brake individually and then in unison, and what we found was that, regardless of brake type, two brakes always stopped a scooter better than one. While the Glion's single brake was functional and effective, it lacked the power of a dual brake system.

Portability


If you're looking at electric scooters to simplify your commute, then portability is paramount. Why? Because a scooter has to be carried or stowed as one moves from the train, bus, or cab to the street where the scooter is useful and vice-versa. Our portability analysis aims to isolate and appraise specific features that make transporting and stowing a folded scooter as easy as possible. This appraisal focuses on weight, folding ease, carrying latch design, carrying ease, and folded dimensions.

The Glion put big points on the board in each of these subcategories and garnered the highest portability score overall. It's no surprise since the design focuses on these needs specifically. As the name implies, the folded scooter is essentially a dolly with two small rear wheels that stabilize the machine when it's being rolled in this configuration. So, it's no big deal that the weight of the machine is average when compared to its peers. However, if you do need to carry the machine, it has a comfortable handle and the most compact folded dimensions in its class.


Value


We understand that price is a chief concern for most consumers. However, as the old saying goes: buy cheap, buy twice. With that in mind, the Glion Foldable Dolly is moderately priced in our test class. Yet, given all the performance that the machine delivers, particularly to the commuter, we find this machine to be well worth the money spent and thus a good value.

Conclusion


While other electric scooters in this review outperform the Glion Foldable Dolly in individual categories such as ride and braking, few do better at addressing the portability needs of modern commuters. However, if commuting isn't your primary reason that you're looking for a scooter, then the Glion's strengths may not outweigh its weaknesses.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer

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