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Ninebot KickScooter MAX Review

This fully-loaded machine is fast, powerful, and can stop on a dime
ninebot kickscooter max electric scooter review
Credit: Laura Casner
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Price:   $950 List | $749.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Powerful, extensive travel range, comfortable
Cons:  Long recharge time, bulky, heavy, expensive
Manufacturer:   Segway
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 6, 2020
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  • Range - 25% 9.4
  • Power - 25% 8.3
  • Ride Comfort - 20% 7.3
  • Portability - 15% 6.7
  • Braking - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Ninebot MAX is one of the best electric scooters and comes packed with practical features that make long rides a breeze. It's fast and has a fantastic brake system as well as front and rear lights that increase its safety. It has a broad standing platform for comfort and wide bars for greater control. Our only complaint is that the machine is big and heavy. However, it's not unwieldy, and the drawbacks to portability are worth it in light of the riding performance.

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Pros Powerful, extensive travel range, comfortableLots 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 Long recharge time, bulky, heavy, 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 This fully-loaded machine is fast, powerful, and can stop on a dimeA 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 with decent battery life and 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%)
9.4
8.7
9.0
7.1
7.4
Power (25%)
8.3
9.1
8.4
7.8
5.6
Ride Comfort (20%)
7.3
9.7
8.0
5.7
2.7
Portability (15%)
6.7
7.3
8.3
6.3
9.6
Braking (15%)
9.0
8.5
7.7
7.7
4.0
Specs Ninebot KickScooter... Apollo City Gotrax G4 Hiboy MAX Glion Dolly Foldable
Measured Maximum Speed 16.7 mph 22.5 mph 19.8 mph 19.3 mph 13.8 mph
Measured Effective Range 25 miles 23 miles 22 miles 12.2 miles 13.2 miles
Measured Charge Time 6 hours 8 hours 30 minutes 5 hours 50 min 4 hours 30 min 4 hrs 25 min
Brake Type Front mechanical drum brake. Rear regenerative electric 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 Pneumatic Pneumatic Pneumatic Solid rubber Rubber (honeycomb interior)
Tire Size 10" 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 43.4 lbs 42.8 lbs 37.8 lbs 35.2 lbs 28.7 lbs
Battery Type Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium-ion
Motor 350 Watt 600 Watt 350 Watt 350 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

When it comes to long-range, foldable scooters, you can't do much better than the Ninebot MAX. This machine is fast and can keep up the pace mile after mile. It's loaded with convenient and practical features like head and tail lights, an illuminated dashboard display, and pneumatic tires. Additionally, the single lever, dual brake system is easy to operate, leaving you free to maneuver the vehicle when the unexpected happens. While this machine is expensive, when compared to similar products it's quite affordable.

Performance Comparison


ninebot kickscooter max electric scooter review - the ninebot max can cruise mile after mile -- 26 miles to be exact...
The Ninebot MAX can cruise mile after mile -- 26 miles to be exact. The cushy pneumatic tires and broad standing platform keep the rider comfortable all the while.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


The MAX proved to be a beast in matters of power and runtime. This model will cruise at 12-15 mph for 129 minutes, providing a 185-pound rider with an effective travel range of ~25 miles. This machine darn near wore out riders as they lapped the test track over and over again. Our only complaint (aside from watery eyes and a bit of dizziness) was that the 551 Wh lithium-ion battery took 6 hours to recharge. That said, with a travel range like this vehicle has, you won't have to plug it in very often.

We ran extensive tests on the products in this review to get accurate data on range; the distance that a scooter can travel on a single charge. We use the same test track for all our range testing for consistency. When the battery is fully exhausted from the range test, we plug it in, start a timer and monitor it until the recharge light indicates a full charge.

ninebot kickscooter max electric scooter review - the max packs enough speed to make your eyes water. more...
The MAX packs enough speed to make your eyes water. More practically, it makes longer commutes and negotiating other vehicles on the road a breeze.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


The power metric consists of two tests: hill climbing and top speed. The MAX's performance in these evaluations made it a leader in the class. The steepest hill in our tests maxes out at 10.5% and only slightly slowed the scooter. Additionally, the top speed of this vehicle registered at a relatively impressive 16.7 mph.

We ran each test multiple times for accuracy. The max speed test was conducted on flat ground and repeated three times. The three tests were then averaged. As for the hill tests, there are three hills that we use, beginning with a fairly shallow incline and ramping up incrementally. The stepped approach to hill climbing is a legacy feature. When we started testing scooters, many were not that powerful and hills posed a significant challenge. Many of the newer models pack significantly more power, as is the case with the Ninebot MAX, but nonetheless have to be run through all the same tests as their predecessors.

ninebot kickscooter max electric scooter review - ample pneumatic tires and a mechanical drum brake make the ride and...
Ample pneumatic tires and a mechanical drum brake make the ride and braking characteristics on this model superb.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ride


It's all fine and dandy if a scooter can go fast and do so for a long time. However, if the time spent on that scooter is rattly and insecure, then it will be less desirable to take a prolonged spin. In contrast to power, the ride metric measures how comfortable, and ultimately, safe the machine is when cruising. We are happy to report that the MAX is a class leader in this evaluation. In comparison to its peers, this whip is smooth as silk.

For this assessment, we use a particularly crack and bump-ridden section of road near our lab. We run the scooters down this road with a focus on how comfortable and in control we feel. It may seem a bit subjective but be assured that after running this gauntlet a few times, products like the MAX, with its beefy, air-filled tires, broad standing platform, and plush rubber grips really stands out.

ninebot kickscooter max electric scooter review - a single hand lever simultaneously activates the front drum brake...
A single hand lever simultaneously activates the front drum brake and rear electric brake. The combination is powerful, promoting stability when it matters.
Credit: Laura Casner

Braking


While it's easy to get carried away thinking about blowing your hair back while carving the blacktop, at some point you'll have to hit the brakes. It's best to think about brakes before you need them. Thanks to the innovative brake system on the Ninebot, you won't have to think for very long because the system works so well.

This model makes use of a dual brake system like so many others in the class. However, the MAX stands apart from its peers because it combines a front drum brake and a rear regenerative electric brake. The pair of brakes are actuated with a single hand lever, which has the advantage of shortening reaction time while promoting stability. We ran tests both on flat ground as well as on descents, and this model impressed the entire test team.

ninebot kickscooter max electric scooter review - not the most compact machine, the ninebot will nonetheless fit into...
Not the most compact machine, the Ninebot will nonetheless fit into the back of an economy car.
Credit: Laura Casner

Portability


It might not be at the forefront of your mind when you are shopping around for a scooter, but eventually, you'll have to carry and store the thing. Most manufacturers take this into account and work to reduce the dimensions and weight of their products. The Ninebot doesn't deliver in this category as it did in the performance-focused metrics. In large part, this is because you pay for performance in weight. All the components that contribute to a faster, more stable scooter add up to a bigger, heavier machine. That said, it's not all bad with the MAX's portability assessment.

This machine has an exceptionally well-designed folding mechanism. This is a real weak point in scooter design, and we've had problems with other products. Not so with the Ninebot. The lock securing the hinge is redundant, but can still be operated with one hand. Additionally, the latch that connects the steering column to the rear fender, effectively making it a handle, is a simple and secure spring-loaded clip. Despite being fairly long and wide, this model can be fit into the trunk of an economy car.

Value


The Ninebot MAX is a good value among models in our review. It has some stiff competition, but we feel it is fairly priced given its performance. More than that, this machine has aesthetic lines and an intuitive design that's built for heavy use. If you want to put miles on your machine, this little chariot is well worth the investment.

Conclusion


The Ninebot KickScooter MAX is one heck of a machine. This puppy has tons of power and the brakes to bring you to a stop when the unexpected occurs. Its well-designed cockpit has wide bars for better steering, and an LED dashboard display providing pertinent information. The wide pneumatic tires add traction and smooth out the bumps in the road. Most important to the commuter crowd, its lithium-ion battery has an extremely long runtime. All and all, this is one bad machine.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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