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Hiboy MAX Review

A relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radius
Hiboy MAX
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Price:   $409 List | $400 at Amazon
Pros:  Fast, front suspension, decent travel radius
Cons:  Cruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lack redundancy
Manufacturer:   Hiboy
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 23, 2020
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  • Range - 25% 8
  • Power - 25% 8
  • Ride - 20% 6
  • Portability - 15% 6
  • Braking - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Out of the box, this machine is fast, has a long runtime and recharges in short order. Sweetening the package is a cost of admission that is manageable in comparison to its peers. However, in the course of our testing, this machine began to show some wear and tear not seen on other models in our review. Namely, the already rough-riding solid rubber tires developed flat spots following the brake tests. That said, we are quite hard on these machines and many will find this one to exceed expectations at the asking price.

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Pros Fast, front suspension, decent travel radiusPowerful, extensive travel range, comfortableSmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryLight-weight, easy to fold, zippyLong range, portable, fast
Cons Cruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lack redundancyLong recharge time, bulky, heavyBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge intervalSo-so range, slow to recharge, struggles on steep hillsVariable performance
Bottom Line Speed, affordability, and a commute-capable range are just some of the characteristics that offset this machine’s subpar wheel designThis powerful scooter is easy to operate and has a long battery life but it’s not the easiest to carryIf you’re looking for a swift and stylish scooter that’s comfortable and easy to use the machine is the ticketThis reasonably priced scooter will appeal to commuters as it is speedy, fun, easy to collapse, and is relatively lightweightWhen the Tomoloo was working correctly it was considered a top contender but the scooter often proved temperamental and inconsistent
Rating Categories Hiboy MAX Ninebot... Xiaomi Mi M365 Razor E Prime III Tomoloo L1
Range (25%)
8
9
8
4
6
Power (25%)
8
8
6
7
4
Ride (20%)
6
8
8
8
8
Portability (15%)
6
7
8
9
8
Braking (15%)
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9
6
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Specs Hiboy MAX Ninebot... Xiaomi Mi M365 Razor E Prime III Tomoloo L1
Measured Maximum Speed 19.3 mph 16.7 mph 14.9 mph 18.4 mph 15.3 mph
Measured Effective Range 12.2 miles 25 miles 12.8 miles 8.2 miles 10.9 miles
Measured Charge Time 4 hours 30 min 6 hours 5 hrs 10 min 6 hours 4 hrs 40 min
Brake Type Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front mechanical drum brake. Rear regenerative electric brake. Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear fender brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake
Tire Type Solid rubber Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic front
Solid rear
Pneumatic
Tire Size 8.5" 10" 8.5" 8" 8.5"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Yes Yes Battery indicator only No Yes
App Yes Yes No No Yes
Maximum Load 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs
Bell Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Measured Weight 35.2 lbs 43.4 lbs 27.2 lbs 24 lbs 29.3 lbs
Battery Type Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium
Motor 350 Watt 350 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
250 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

What sets this scooter apart from the rest of the class is its appealing cost to performance ratio. This is one of the fastest machines in the class. Moreover, it has the power, range, and portability features to make it a good choice for serious commuters. Adding to this already appealing package is a great braking system. It should not go without saying that the competitive price point does not come without sacrifices — particularly in the smoothness of the ride and the durability of the wheels. Yet, in our opinion, this is one heck of a deal.

Your chariot awaits.
Your chariot awaits.
Credit: Laura Casner

Performance Comparison


Direct comparisons of products of a kind are our bread and butter. To ensure a complete evaluation of the products under review, we establish mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive metrics to guide our investigation. The details of these analyses are discussed below.

The speed and performance will make a grown man giggle.
The speed and performance will make a grown man giggle.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


The Hiboy MAX has an effective range of 12.2 miles on a single charge. This is a flat ground maximum travel radius. The machine will continue for another quarter mile or so in fits and starts until the battery is completely dead — a common feature at the end of a scooter's battery charge. To put this performance in perspective, the class average is 9.7 effective miles.

Another way that we look at range is how long the machine will run on a charge. In the case of the MAX, it has a runtime of 59 minutes before the battery is depleted to the point of not being able to propel the rider. Again, this is on flat ground, so one can expect this number to decrease if traversing hilly terrain. Finally, we include battery recharge time in our range evaluation. The Hiboy beat the class average by powering up its fully depleted lithium-ion cell in 4 hours and 30 minutes. All in all, it's a leader in the class

Taken a Sunday spin. The 12+ mile travel radius will help to get you...
Taken a Sunday spin. The 12+ mile travel radius will help to get you home with battery to spare.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


The power metric evaluates the scooter's ability to climb hills as well as its flat ground maximum speed. While the Hiboy MAX is a veritable speed demon at 19.3 mph, it struggled with one of the steeper hills (1/4 mile 10.5% grade) in our test.


In the MAX's defense, almost all of the models under review cannot climb this very steep hill and the MAX only faltered at the very end of the climb. That said, it does well on the 3.5% grade test hill which is more representative of the climbs that will be made in the "real world." All in all, this puppy can legitimately claim to be one of the more powerful machines in the class.

While you won't be racing cars on your new scooter, you will be...
While you won't be racing cars on your new scooter, you will be going fast enough to be glad you wore a helmet.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ride


The Hiboy's ride assessment is the chink in its otherwise impervious performance record. While it proved itself to be about average for the class, this outcome hindered its overall standing. Ride is essentially an evaluation of the feeling of smoothness when cruising rough streets, traversing bumps, and cracks. Scooters that excelled in this evaluation are those with large pneumatic tires which the MAX lacks.


It should be noted that the Hiboy's designers tried to address this shortcoming by using 8 1/2" wheels and adding front suspension. However, these measures are simply inadequate to mitigate the feedback that solid rubber tires deliver on uneven surfaces. Making matters worse, the tires developed flat spots in the course of our brake testing (more on that below) that made the ride that much more uneven. On the upside, solid tires never require maintenance such as an air leak or pinched rim.

The front pneumatic tire and suspension go a long way in smoothing...
The front pneumatic tire and suspension go a long way in smoothing out the bumps in the road.
Credit: Laura Casner

Braking


Given the speed at which this machine can cruise, it's a good thing that it has a quality brake system. The Hiboy MAX utilizes an electric front and disk rear brake that are engaged separately with a paddle for the prior and a lever for the later. While this brake system performed well in our tests, some aspects of the system raised concerns from testers. Before we get into these issues, first let's get the stats out of the way. In our flat ground arrest test, the MAX was able to go from 12 mph to a complete stop in 19.3 feet — not bad coinciding it does not have a fender brake. Additionally, we were able to hold the scooter to a safe descent speed on a 15% grade, though the hand lever required a muscle-taxing grip to do so.


Moving on to some of the problems that the braking tests revealed. First was the issue of the default cruise control. Why the manufacturer preset the machine in this way is unclear but in order to get out of cruise control you need to hit the electronic brake first then squeeze the handle brake. This was overly and unnecessarily complicated. We recommend turning the cruise control off until you become familiar with the two-part braking system. Additionally, the brake light on the machine is only activated when using the electric brake.

The rear fender brake carries the weight and, thus, the power of the...
The rear fender brake carries the weight and, thus, the power of the rider.
Credit: Laura Casner

As a final concern, we noticed that our brake test had flattened out portions of the rear wheel causing a consistent bumpy ride while cruising. Admittedly, we are hard on these machines in our tests. Yet, this is the only model here reviewed that showed this kind of ware following the brake tests.

Portability


For many, portability is a chief concern when shopping for a scooter. As a personal electronic vehicle, it won't likely be left at the curb but rather, taken into the office and apartment when not in use. As such, features like the steering column fold/locking mechanism are critical components. Weight and folded dimensions are also important. The assessment of the MAX was so-so in this metric.


First off, the Hiboy is fairly heavy at 35.2 pounds and the weight is on the front end making it off-balanced when carrying. Unlike some other models, it's relatively long at 44 1/4" and it can not be rolled when folded. Further hindering the portability is the large diameter steering column that becomes the handle when collapsed. Those with hands on the smaller side will find this a little uncomfortable over prolonged periods.

This model is a tad bit heavy but managable so long as you account...
This model is a tad bit heavy but managable so long as you account for the weight-forward distribution and choke-up your grip.
Credit: Laura Casner

The steering column locking system also poses some safety concerns in our minds. The manufacturer boasts a one-step fold design and, in our opinion, the time savings aren't worth the loss of peace of mind thinking about the machine folding up on you while riding. Most models have a redundant "safety latch" that visually displays that the steering column is secure. That said, we did not experience any failures in this Hiboy's folding system.

Value


We look at value as a ratio of the performance (as compared to similar products on the scooter market) and cost. By this standard, the Hiboy MAX is a good value. The machine costs considerably less than others in the class and yet has some of the best performance stats of the lot.

Conclusion


In this review of the Hiboy MAX electric scooter we made an in-depth analysis of the range, power, ride, braking, and portability of the machine. Above is a detailed account of the tests that we ran this product through and how it lined up against the class of scooters overall and in specific categories like top speed and hill braking. As a last consideration, we assess the value of this product, which we consider to be quite good. All in all, this machine delivered a very respectable performance at a price that many can easily swallow.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer