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Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 Review

Good brakes and decent portability aren't enough to convince us to recommend this model strongly
Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2
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Price:   $650 List | $589.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Fast, front suspension, cruise control
Cons:  Limited travel radius, bulky/long frame, expensive
Manufacturer:   Segway
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 12, 2019
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RANKED
#9 of 13
  • Range - 25% 5.2
  • Power - 25% 6.4
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 5.7
  • Portability - 15% 7.4
  • Braking - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Ninebot Segway ES2 has a polished look, impressive cruising speed, and great speed regulation on descents. However, it suffers in the general performance that would have put it in contention with the leading models in the class. The ES2 has a limited range and struggles with very steep hills. Moreover, the frame is long and has an awkward carrying handle. That said, the steering column folding mechanism and carry handle latch are among the best we've tested.

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Pros Fast, front suspension, cruise controlLots of features, customizable settings, fastest in the test, very smooth ride, long distance range, good headlight, additional lights for enhanced visibilityLithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth rideFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusFolded dolly function, decent travel range, hill-climbing power
Cons Limited travel radius, bulky/long frame, expensiveHeavier weight - more difficult to carry, settings can be confusing - had to look up instructional video, 8hr charge time if you don't use the fast charger (sold separately)Heavier weight, long charge timeCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancyRough ride, single brake
Bottom Line Good brakes and decent portability aren't enough to convince us to recommend this model stronglyA very comfortable ride that checks all of our boxes and truly impressed us with its speed and rangeA smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its stepA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusThis scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by decent battery life with a moderately powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platform
Rating Categories Ninebot KickScooter... Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Range (25%)
5.2
8.7
9.0
7.1
7.4
Power (25%)
6.4
9.1
8.4
7.8
5.6
Ride Comfort (20%)
5.7
9.7
8.0
5.7
2.7
Portability (15%)
7.4
7.3
8.3
6.3
9.6
Braking (15%)
8.0
8.5
7.7
7.7
4.0
Specs Ninebot KickScooter... Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Measured Maximum Speed 16.1 mph 22.5 mph 19.8 mph 19.3 mph 13.8 mph
Measured Effective Range 8.5 miles 23 miles 22 miles 12.2 miles 13.2 miles
Measured Charge Time 3 hrs 30 min 8 hours 30 minutes 5 hours 50 min 4 hours 30 min 4 hrs 25 min
Brake Type Front electronic brake and rear fender brake Front disc
Rear drum
Rear regen
Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake
Tire Type Solid rubber Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Rubber (honeycomb interior)
Tire Size 8" 10" 10" 8.5" 8"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen Yes Yes Yes Yes Battery indicator only
App Yes No No Yes No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 260 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 255 lbs
Bell No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 27.2 lbs 42.8 lbs 37.8 lbs 35.2 lbs 28.7 lbs
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium-ion
Motor Nominal Power 300W
Max Power 700W
600 Watt 350 Watt 350 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

This scooter has great breaking in descent scenarios, yet it delivered an inconsistent performance throughout the rest of the evaluation. The ES2 is fast, has a sharp look, and has some nifty features such as an under-deck light and cruise control. However, it's a little uncomfortable to carry, it failed to top the steepest hills, and, most notably, it has a below-average travel radius.

Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 electric scooter - the ninebot kickscooter
The Ninebot KickScooter
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


Our passion is producing consumer reviews that cut to the chase with practical, head-to-head product evaluations so you are more likely to pick the right product the first time around. To achieve this, we bought many of the top electric scooters on the market and ran them through a grinding set of tests that simulate how they are likely to be used out in the wild.

Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 electric scooter - topping out at over 16 mph, the ninebot kickscooter is faster than...
Topping out at over 16 mph, the Ninebot KickScooter is faster than average.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Power


For the purposes of this review, we delineate power in a scooter as the ability to climb hills and maximum flat ground speed. The hill tests are conducted on a 3.5% and a 10.5% grade. While the ES2 impressed all with its 16+ mph max speed, it left us scratching our heads when it stalled out 3/4 of the way up the steeper of the two hills and slowed considerably on the shallower test slope.

Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 electric scooter - the ninebot suffered in the rakings as a result of its relatively...
The Ninebot suffered in the rakings as a result of its relatively short travel radius.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Range


The range assessment has two components, travel radius and charging time. Travel radius is subdivided into maximum and effective miles. The prior is the number of miles that a scooter can travel on flat ground at any speed, the latter is the number of miles that the machine can travel at or near the max speed. The ES2 left a lot to be desired in the range category traversing a mere 8.5 effective miles (9 miles max) on a full charge. However, it did recharge swiftly (3.5 hours), which is nice since it will need to be charged more frequently.

Braking


The Ninebot has one of the best braking systems we've seen, which is good because it has a 16+ mph cruising speed. The scooter employs a front electronic and rear fender brake that makes 16-foot stops going 12 mph (which is average for the group). More impressive though, it can easily hold a safe speed when descending steep hills.

Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 electric scooter - the ninebot's solid rubber tires and the mono-shock atop the front...
The Ninebot's solid rubber tires and the mono-shock atop the front fork.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Our analysis of the braking envelope of each scooter is the product of two tests. First, we look at the ability of the machine to maintain control by regulating speed while descending a 15% grade. Second, we run multiple flat ground stopping tests using both the hand lever brake as well as the lever in combination with the fender brake if available on the model being tested. The flat ground tests are standardized at ~12 mph and the results are averaged over three consecutive tests.

Ride


The Ninebot ES2 is the only scooter in this review with solid rubber tires that scores decently in the ride category. The reason for this is that the ride metric is an assessment of how smooth the product feels when it traverses cracks and bumps in the road and solid tires lack "give" and thus issue a lot of feedback to the rider.

To mitigate the sensitivity issue without scraping the maintenance-free benefit of solid tires, Segway utilizes front and rear shocks. We have to say, it helps a lot. And, as a result, this scooter received marks comparable to some models with pneumatic tires.

Ninebot KickScooter by Segway ES2 electric scooter - the ninebot is one of the longest and widest folded scooters in the...
The Ninebot is one of the longest and widest folded scooters in the review, but it carries well nonetheless.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Portability


Portability is a chief concern for the commuter crowd because the scooter has to be folded, picked up, and stored when it's not being ridden. The ES2 does pretty well in this category with a couple of notable exceptions. At 45 inches, this scooter is quite long for the class. Also, the carrying handle is a large diameter tube that may pose problems for those with smaller hands. That's said, the unit is lighter than most at 27.2 pounds.

As indicated above, our portability tests assess those features that render a scooter easy to portage. In addition to the length and weight, we evaluated folding ease and carrying latch functionality. The ES2 garnered top-of-the-class marks in both of these categories as the folding action is quick, easy, and intuitive while the carrying latch is simple to secure and stays put even when unweighted.

Value


The Ninebot Segway ES2 is one of the more expensive scooters in our review and yet its overall performance is about average. Normally, a cost to performance ratio like this would lead us to say that this model does not offer a significant value to the consumer. However, if you will be descending steep hills on the regular, then the performance of this model's braking system will balance out the scales, rationalizing the cost of this scooter.

Conclusion


Segway produces a scooter with aesthetic lines that boogies when you pin the accelerator, and its brake system is competitive with the best in the class. However, this product misses the mark on some key features such as travel radius and hill-climbing power. Add to these shortfalls some sticker shock and we think you'll agree that there are other products more worthy of your attention unless you will be regularly descending steep hills. If this is your situation, the cost is warranted.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer

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