Segway Ninebot KickScooter ES1L Review
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|Pros||Good starting scooter, shock absorber on the front tire, lighter weight - easier for transport||Lithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth ride||Easily transportable, great range, good braking||Decent speed and range, cruise control feature, rear suspension, rear brake light and deck lights, regenerative braking is pretty powerful||Pneumatic tires, cruise control feature, really solid safety latch|
|Cons||Solid tires - harsher ride, no safety latch, only one lever to close it, lacks the power to climb grades higher than 7%||Heavier weight, long charge time||Dolly wheels affect turning, poor handle design, not very fast||Solid tires - harsher ride, carrying latch is complicated to work, heavier than average||Carrying latch failure, not very fast, limited range|
|Bottom Line||Works well for short rides and areas without steep hills||A smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its step||This scooter has great features for commuters needing range and portability, though it lacks somewhat in power||A mid-priced scooter for longer distances and avid commuters||A great budget-friendly scooter with unique upgrades rivaling some high-end models|
|Rating Categories||Segway Ninebot Kick...||Gotrax G4||Glion Dolly 225-22||Hiboy S2||Gotrax GXL V2|
|Ride Comfort (20%)|
|Specs||Segway Ninebot Kick...||Gotrax G4||Glion Dolly 225-22||Hiboy S2||Gotrax GXL V2|
|Measured Maximum Speed||11.6 mph||19.8 mph||13.9 mph||17 mph||12.5 mph|
|Measured Effective Range||7 miles||22 miles||24.5 miles||14 miles||7 miles|
|Measured Charge Time||5 hours 25 minutes||5 hours 50 minutes||5 hours||5 hours 40 minutes||4 hours 15 minutes|
|Brake Type||Front regen
|Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system||Anti-lock electronic located inside rear wheel and rear fender brake||Front regen
|Tire Type||Solid rubber||Pneumatic||Solid (honeycomb)||Solid rubber||Pneumatic|
|Screen||Yes||Yes||Battery indicator only||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum Load||220 lbs||220 lbs||255 lbs||220 lbs||220 lbs|
|Measured Weight||25.3 lbs||37.8 lbs||30.9 lbs||32 lbs||26 lbs|
|Battery Type||Lithium||Lithium||LG Lithium Ion||Lithium||Lithium|
|Motor||250 Watt||350 Watt||250 Watt||350 Watt||250 Watt|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Segway has been in the electric transportation game for a while, and they make everything from electric scooters and Gokarts to e-dirt bikes and e-mopeds. They make a full line of electric scooters for adults and kids, and the KickScooter ES1L is considered the "featherweight" in the lineup. It is indeed lightweight, though it fell short of the competition for its shorter range and slower speeds.
If a factor for your rides is long trips, then range anxiety could come into play with the Ninebot ES1L, offering a mere 7 total miles of measured effective range and 46 minutes of runtime. This is far shorter than Segway's claimed range of 12.4 miles. Range limitations are heavily influenced by user size, riding conditions, and speed, but this model fell short of the competition and has one of the shortest ranges of all the scooters we tested. This isn't super shocking given its smaller 184 Wh battery capacity.
The Segway scores somewhat low on power overall, with a low max speed on the range test that dwindles out towards the end of its battery life. Our tester only rode halfway up our 10.5% hill climb on this Segway model. However, its performance in this category is on par with other similarly-priced scooters. Max speed isn't important to everyone, but 12 mph is genuinely slow in comparison to other options.
Cruising on the Ninebot ES1L can be a little jarring on all but the smoothest, well-maintained surfaces. The solid 9" tires don't provide much comfort or support on rough roads. We also found the front shock spring to have a very short travel, providing little suspension and reacting poorly to cracks. Thuds were also felt from the rear, regardless of the front spring.
However, smaller riders may not feel this impact. The advantage with the Ninebot is that less suspension and solid tires are both easier to maintain or service.
The Ninebot ES1L is easy to carry, weighing in at just 25 lbs which is on the lighter side compared to all other tested scooters. However, one of the most important features for commutes or walk-up living is how well the latch performs, and we found the latch on the Ninebot to be a bit wobbly and untrustworthy.
Overall, lifting the scooter into a vehicle or quickly onto a bus is an easy task, and those not concerned about folding up their rig may not be concerned about the latch's long-term functionality.
Stopping power for the Ninebot ES1L is provided via an electric front brake and rear stomp-style fender brake. This is a good combo and with the Segway's low top speed, you're more than covered with this system on flat terrain and moderately pitched downhills.
Smaller riders may find the rear stomp brake a bit challenging to get traction, but in combination with a front brake, we feel it provides adequate braking power.
The Ninebot ES1L falls close to the median price of scooters we tested but falls towards the bottom of the pack in terms of its performance. We feel it is a below-average value, though it is still a serviceable option that may suit some riders' needs.
The Ninebot ES1L from Segway tested on par with other entry-level scooters. Hard tires and minimal shock absorption made for a less than smooth ride. However, you may find this a non-issue in areas with well-maintained surfaces. Range and power tested on the average to low side, while we found its lighter weight and solid braking to be above average. This could be a good choice for kids or those less concerned with speed and range.
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