Range. Speed. Weight. If an electrical scooter can strike a superb stability amongst these three parts with out costing an arm and a leg, it is an immediate win for me. I’m glad to say that after years of testing escooters and normally discovering a number of shortcomings in no less than one in every of these elements, Speedway’s Mini 4 Pro comes the closest to perfection.
Speedway is a sub-brand of MiniMotors USA, which makes costly and highly effective scooters just like the Dualtron Victor and the Bluetran Lightning (we’re speaking $3,000+ for a type of unhealthy boys). Those escooters additionally weigh greater than 80 kilos, which isn’t nice in case your Brooklyn condominium is on the third ground with no elevator. This Speedway, then again, delivers sufficient energy to cruise round most hills, has a dependable vary, and weighs simply 36 kilos. It’s a dreamlike city journey.
Before diving into every thing I like, I need to word that I solely had two issues with the Mini 4 Pro. On the return journey of my first outing with the scooter, the brakes made a screeching sound. It was so loud that I might see incredulous glances from passersby. I simply grimaced and saved screeching dwelling.
This downside disappeared the following time I took the scooter out for a spin. But I took it to a store to be secure, and discovered that the brake wasn’t aligning correctly. After lower than 10 minutes it was mounted and I used to be on my approach, feeling just a little safer than I did earlier than. Dozens of journeys later, I have never run into this challenge.
My second woe? For some time I had no clue how to correctly fold this scooter down all the way in which. There’s just a little folding lever on the backside of the stem that you simply want to push down, however regardless of how exhausting I pushed with my foot, it by no means budged. Turns out, you want to push the stem ahead as you kick into the lever, thereby releasing it and folding all the stem down onto the deck.
Once I figured this out, I could not cease folding it each second I wasn’t utilizing it. It’s really easy! I can fold it down with a slight push from my leg, and the stem clicks into place as soon as it is parallel with the deck. You can even fold the handlebars down to make the entire thing actually compact.
Best of all, simply seize the stem to carry the Mini 4 Pro as if it is baggage. At 36 kilos it is one of many extra light-weight scooters I’ve tried, and far simpler than most to tote up and down a flight of stairs.
Go, Speed Racer!
Despite its meager measurement and weight, this factor is highly effective. With the 1,360-watt hub motor you possibly can go up to 28 mph on the very best velocity mode. I virtually at all times set it to the second degree, which hovers round 18 to 20 mph and will not eat up the battery life as shortly. It may even deal with hills. The Mini 4 Pro is highly effective sufficient to go over the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges right here in New York City at speeds that are not frustratingly gradual.
It’s value noting that a couple of times, after I kicked off and pressed the throttle earlier than I put my foot again on the entrance of the deck, the entire entrance finish of the scooter went up within the air a number of inches. I had to hit the brakes to make it cease earlier than it flung out of my arms. This looks like a consequence of outfitting a robust motor in a comparatively light-weight body. Just make certain to have each toes planted agency on the deck while you punch it.
As with all electrical autos, the terrain you are touring on will severely affect your vary (as will your weight). I’m a lanky, 6’4″ man and I obtained 15 miles on the Mini 4 Pro, however that was a hefty journey that concerned crossing each the aforementioned bridges. On a separate 11-mile roundtrip totally on flat roads, the battery readout on the handlebar show stated it had 63 % left. Safe to say, most individuals can count on someplace shy of 20 miles (Speedway claims a 30-mile vary). That’s significantly better than the likes of the Segway F30. You’ll spend round 6 hours getting a full cost once more.