We know first hand that buying an E-Scooter can be confusing, thats why we have put together this guide.
Let’s start from the ground and work our way up:
You’ve got two options: Solid or Air.
Both of these options have pro’s and cons. The solid wheels are impervious to nails and punctures however they have a slightly harder ride in comparison to Air based tyres. Air tyres are a much softer and smoother ride. In 6 months of riding an Air tyre, I did not experience any punctures or issues. Some scooters have a combination of both. Puncture Goo is a quick fix that keeps you rolling on (see Accessories for more information).
Some E Scooters have a KERS system:
In simple terms, while applying the magnetic brake it uses the energy to recharge the battery, in turn giving you a little extra millage. The magnetic braking system is not as crisp as a traditional mechanical disc or drum brake, but is sufficient enough. Normally they come with a rear press break that you may sometimes use.
This plays in combination with the type of tyre. Depending on your needs, the type of suspension you require will be assessed by the type of ride you are looking for. You would be surprised how bumpy it can feel when scooting at 15-20 mph. Dual-sprung suspension is the most comfortable, but it also adds weight. Single or no suspension is extremely light and portable, but a little more concentration may be required.
Let’s get your feet on your scooter.
There’s often two scooter options; the wide or narrow base. I have size 10 UK feet and comfortably fit on a narrow base, cruising along at 32kmph/ 20mph. The narrow base allows for easy transportation either by car, train or tube. The wider bases are great for longer distance journeys, easy cruising or extreme adventures. If comfort is imperative, you will prefer the wider base.
Most scooters have Drum or Disc brakes, whilst some use the KERS System.
The mechanical braking is applied in the brake leaver, much the same as you would whilst riding a bike. Mechanical braking is crisp and familiar, whilst KERS feels slightly softer.
My first E Scooter was narrow barred. Moving to a wide bar felt unusual and slightly odd but it had huge benefits. The narrow bars felt more nimble for congested areas, whereas the wider bars gave comfort. It's down to personal taste; think of what you prefer with a bike, or a car steering wheel, and it will be easier to make your choice.
On Board Computer/ Control Unit
Each manufacturer has its own system, and they are somewhat similar. However, more recent units have the ability to connect to your phone via Bluetooth for additional information. This is down to personal preference in the required functionality you might need.
There are three types of braking application:
Thumb – this braking system is electronic (KERS)
Lever – exactly the same as a pedal bike
Rear Foot – slow your scooter down by pressing on the rear wheel hub
Just like cars, the larger the engine the more they drink (and pollute!) However, with E scooters, the larger the engine the more they weigh. The weight comes mostly from the battery, which feeds the engine. The engine dictates the majority of the functionality of your E Scooter (weight and speed).
It primarily comes down to what YOU want from your E Scooter, and what is most suitable for your own personal weight.
NB: Please be aware of the recommended maximum weight for the E Scooter you are purchasing. I have gone to the very upper limits of weight for testing, using a weighted rucksack. This does have an impact on the machine. Most noticeably on the suspension, battery life and performance of speed. You also need to consider the safety aspect and potentially invalidating the warranty.
Please be extremely careful where you are purchasing your E Scooter from; unfortunately not everyone is honest with genuine products which could result in a problem if you encounter any issues. At The E-Scooter Co. we are authorised distributers, which gives us full manufacture guarantees and ongoing support.
The greatest piece of advice I can give is this:
Consider your weight and requirements: distance to travel and type of usage, then marry them up to the engine size and output.
Remember you are on small wheels and depending on your stance a little unaligned in terms of balance. I have found that your stance options or preference hugely dictates the choice of E Scooter.