6 Best Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills (Selected From 100+ Models)

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills

After hand-selecting and testing the best electric scooters for climbing hills from a field of 100+ models, we can reveal that the best scooters (ordered by price) are:

  1. SPLACH Twin – 22 degrees ($999) – Save $65 with code: ESI
  2. SPLACH Titan – 25 degrees ($1,249) – Save $65 with code: ESI
  3. Apollo City Pro – 20 degrees ($1,649) – Save $50 with code: ESI
  4. Mantis V2 – 30 degrees ($1,699) – Save $100 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER100
  5. Mantis King GT – 30 degrees ($2,195) – Save $50 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
  6. Wolf King GT – 50 degrees ($3,195) – Save $50 with code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

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Our Top Picks

Best Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills

Take a closer look at our recommendations by viewing the scooters in the categories below.

Moderate Inclines (5-10 Degrees):

These electric scooters are suitable for the majority of urban inclines. For context, you’d be able to feel it in your legs if you tried to cycle up one of these.

Cheapest
SPLACH Twin
SPLACH Twin
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Premium
Apollo City 2022
Apollo City Pro
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Steep Inclines (10-15 Degrees):

These electric scooters can tackle challenging inclines. Imagine hills that sit in the mid-ground between typical city inclines and those in San Francisco.

Cheapest
SPLACH Titan
SPLACH Titan
Sale: $1,249.00 $2,199.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Premium
Mantis King GT
Mantis King GT
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Extremely Steep Inclines (15+ Degrees):

This is where things get serious. Take San Francisco’s Filbert Street (17.5-degrees), for instance, or the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street (19-degree) - no incline is too steep for these electric scooters.

Cheapest
Mantis V2
Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)
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Premium
Wolf King GT
Wolf King GT
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Comparison

Compare the Best Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills

The table below compares the best electric scooters for climbing hills based on maximum incline, optimal incline, performance, specs, price, and more.

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SPLACH TwinSPLACH TwinApollo City ProApollo City ProSPLACH TitanSPLACH TitanMantis King GTMantis King GTMantis V2Mantis V2Wolf King GTWolf King GT
Where to BuySPLACHApolloSPLACHVoro MotorsFluid Free RideVoro Motors
Price$999$1,649$1,249$2,195$1,699$3,195
CategoryModerate Inclines (5-10 Degrees)Moderate Inclines (5-10 Degrees)Steep Inclines (10-15 Degrees)Steep Inclines (10-15 Degrees)Extremely Steep Inclines (15+ Degrees)Extremely Steep Inclines (15+ Degrees)
TypeCheapest ModelPremium ModelCheapest ModelPremium ModelCheapest ModelPremium Model
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed28 mph32 mph37 mph43 mph40 mph62 mph
0-15 MPH3.0 s2.9 s2.5 s1.9 s2.1 s1.7 s
0-25 MPH6.1 s6.9 s4.9 s4.0 s4.7 s3.0 s
Max Range28 miles38 miles44 miles56 miles33 miles70 miles
Tested Range21 miles30 miles29 miles38 miles28 miles550 miles
Braking2.8 meters3.4 meters2.4 meters2.1 meters2.0 meters3.0 meters
Max Incline22 degrees20 degrees20 degrees30 degrees30 degrees50 degrees
Optimal Incline13 degrees12 degrees12 degrees18 degrees18 degrees30 degrees
Specs
Motor48V 600W (x2)48V 500W (x2)52V 1000W (x2)60V 1100W (x2)60V 1000W (x2)72V 2000W (x2)
ThrottleFingerThumbFingerThumbFingerThumb
Battery48V 15.6Ah FST48V 18Ah FST52V 20.8Ah FST60V 24Ah Samsung60V 18.2Ah FST72V 35Ah LG
Charge Time7.5 hours6 hours6 hours6 hours12 hours12 hours
BrakesDrums (x2), ElectronicDrum (x2), ElectronicDiscs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic Hydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic
SuspensionSprings, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Springs, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsHydraulic Forks, Springs, Swingarms
Tire Size8 inch10 inch9 inch10 inch10 inch11 inch
Tire TypeSolid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless)Air (Tubeless)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)
Weight53 lbs65 lbs64 lbs79 lbs65 lbs105 lbs
Load220 lbs265 lbs220 lbs265 lbs265 lbs330 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Neck
IP RatingIP54IP56IP54IPX5IPX5IPX5
LightsHeadlight, Taillight, DeckHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGBHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn SignalsDual Headlights, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals
TerrainStreetStreetStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-Road
By Type

Best Electric Scooters For Climbing Hills By Type

Heavy Adults:

Fastest:

Further Information:

Fast Electric Scooters

Longest Range:

  • Moderate Inclines: Apollo City Pro – 38 miles (30 miles realistic)
  • Steep Inclines: Mantis King GT – 56 miles (38 miles realistic)
  • Extremely Steep Inclines: Wolf King GT – 70 miles (55 miles realistic)

Off-Roading:

Biggest Wheels:

Most Portable:

  • Moderate Inclines: SPLACH Twin – 53 lbs, telescopic stem, and folding handlebars
  • Steep Inclines: SPLACH Titan– 64 lbs and foldable
  • Extremely Steep Inclines: Mantis V2 – 65 lbs and foldable

Commuting:

Further Information:

Commuting Electric Scooters

Suspension:

  • Moderate Inclines: Apollo City Pro – Triple springs and swingarms
  • Steep Inclines: Mantis King GT – Adjustable hydraulic shocks
  • Extremely Steep Inclines: Wolf King GT – Hydraulic front fork and dual rear springs with swingarms

Waterproof:

  • Moderate Inclines: Apollo City Pro – IP66 water-resistance rating
  • Steep Inclines: SPLACH Titan – IP54 water-resistance rating
  • Extremely Steep Inclines: Mantis V2 – IPX5 water-resistance rating

Seat Attachment:

  • Moderate Inclines: None
  • Steep Inclines: None
  • Extremely Steep Inclines: Wolf King GT – Available for $145

Further Information:

Best Electric Scooters with Seats

Testing & Analysis

How Did We Choose the Scooters?

Our selection placed particular emphasis on the power and torque of the motors, and the energy stored in the battery. Combined, these are the key factors that affect hill-climbing performance. You need the power to get up inclines and enough energy so that the scooter doesn’t call it quits while climbing.

Electric Scooters for Climbing Hills

Incline Rates: Maximum & Optimal

Based on our independent testing data, electric scooters often become sluggish once 60% of their hill-climbing credentials have been met.

For instance, if a scooter claims a maximum 20-degree incline rate, it may well be able to reach this but it is highly likely that once it ventures beyond 12 degrees it will become progressively slower up to 20 degrees. Here, the optimal incline rate is 12-degrees. With this in mind, it’s important to level up the power that you need to ensure that you can effectively scale inclines. This was taken into account for each incline category in our guide.

It's also worth noting that some retailers use either degrees or percentages to indicate hill-climbing ability, it’s important not to get these mixed. The percent figure can be misleading – for example, a scooter that has a 20% incline grade and a scooter that has a 20-degree incline rate have different hill climbing abilities. Here, the 20% incline grade equates to 12 degrees.

Performance Reports

The table below compares the best electric scooters for adults based on performance, specs, price, and more.

Top Speed:

Ordered from fastest to slowest.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
Wolf King GT
$3,195
62 MPH
Mantis King GT
$2,195
43 MPH
Mantis V2
$1,699
40 MPH
SPLACH Titan
$1,249
37 MPH
Apollo City Pro
$1,649
32 MPH
SPLACH Twin
$999
28 MPH

Acceleration (0-15 MPH):

Ordered from fastest to slowest.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
Wolf King GT
$3,195
1.7 s
Mantis King GT
$2,195
1.9 s
Mantis V2
$1,699
2.1 s
SPLACH Titan
$1,249
2.5 s
Apollo City Pro
$1,649
2.9 s
SPLACH Twin
$999
3.0 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow):

Ordered from longest to shortest.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Wolf King GT
$3,195
70 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,195
56 miles
SPLACH Titan
$1,249
44 miles
Apollo City Pro
$1,649
38 miles
Mantis V2
$1,699
33 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
28 miles

Real-World Range (Riding Fast):

Ordered from longest to shortest.

ScooterPriceMax Range
Wolf King GT
$3,195
55 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,195
38 miles
Apollo City Pro
$1,649
30 miles
SPLACH Titan
$1,249
29 miles
Mantis V2
$1,699
28 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
22 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH):

Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance.


ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
Mantis V2
$1,699
2.0 meters
SPLACH Titan
$1,249
2.4 meters
SPLACH Twin
$999
2.8 meters
Mantis King GT
$2,195
2.9 meters
Wolf King GT
$3,195
3.0 meters
Apollo City Pro
$1,649
3.4 meters
Reviews

Reviews of the Best Electric Scooters for Hills

SPLACH Twin

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SPLACH Twin
Category: Moderate Inclines
Type: Cheapest Model

Incline Ability:

The Good:

The Bad:

Summary

The newly released SPLACH Twin sent the sub $1,000 price category into a frenzy. With two powerful 600W motors, it became the cheapest dual-motor scooter and significantly outpaces any other scooter in its price class.

As a direct result of its top-tier power output, the Twin can take on inclines of up to 22-degrees, with optimal performance coming in at 13-degrees.

Josh on SPLACH Twin

Thanks to the motor and turbo buttons, you can easily control the amount of torque and power you need, allowing you to either unleash the full 2,136W of maximum power to effortlessly glide up hills without breaking a sweat or conserve battery by using less power.

SPLACH Twin Motor Selection Buttons

Why We Recommend It:

Whether there are hills on your daily commute or you enjoy speeding up and down slopes at the weekend, you need some serious power. Unfortunately, almost all electric scooters under $1,000 don't have the torque required to get you up even the smallest slopes. Luckily, the SPLACH Twin breaks this mold with not only a delightfully low price, but also masses of valuable features, dual suspension, and more than enough power to take on moderate inclines.

SPLACH Twin Red Swingarm

While the SPLACH Twin has a maximum 22-degree incline rate, following our tests, we found that it performs optimally when riding up slopes of 13-degrees and below. Anything above this and it begins to slow. As a result, it is more than cable of tackling inclines of up 10-degrees, hence why we selected it as one of our top choices.

SPLACH Twin QS-S4 Display

Although it's new to the market, the Twin is already set to become a favorite among scooter riders. The result of a crowdfunding campaign, the Twin, boasts first-class suspension, exceptional portability, and fantastic handling.

SPLACH Twin Folded Frame

While there is so much to love about this scooter, the real star of the show is the torque from the dual motors. Each can reach a maximum output of 1,068W and will get you to 15 mph in just 3.0 seconds and 25 mph in 6.1. To match this, SPLACH equipped the Twin with a pair of powerful drum brakes. Not only are the drum brakes highly effective, but as soon as you pull on the brake levers, the electronic brakes kick into action furthering the stropping power. As a result, this fast-acting system will bring you to a complete stop in 2.8 meters from 15 mph.

SPLACH Twin Drum Brake

With two motors comes a host of benefits. As well as a top speed of 28 mph, you can adjust your power usage by switching between one and two motor use. For example, you can achieve a range of 20-22 miles when using both motors, but with one, you'll be able to reach up to 28 on a single charge. Plus, with the addition of the Turbo and Eco functions, and three riding modes, you get 12-speed modes. With this flexibility, finding the correct setting to take on hills is a breeze.

SPLACH Twin Dual Motors

As if that wasn't enough, the Twin seriously steps up when it comes to ride quality. The frame is cushioned by springs and swingarms that effectively protect you from bumps in the road. Thankfully this system is so good that it balances out the non-shock absorptive solid rubber tires.

SPLACH Twin Solid Rubber Tire

When it comes to portability, it boasts an intuitive folding mechanism, telescopic stem, and foldable handlebars that all serve to keep it small and compact once folded. Although, at 53 lbs, you won’t want to carry it for long stints.

SPLACH Twin Folding Handlebars

Overall, this scooter is an effective hill-climber at an exceptionally low price. The twin motors add an extra injection of power that can't be matched by any other scooter in its price class.

SPLACH Twin Frame From the Rear

Further Information:

SPLACH Twin Review

Apollo City Pro

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Apollo City Pro
Category: Moderate Inclines
Type: Premium Model

Incline Ability:

The Good:

The Bad:

Summary:

The Apollo City Pro encapsulates all that is great about the esteemed brand: a proprietary design that’s unique in look and quality; a smorgasbord of features befitting a truly modern scooter; and performance metrics that will delight all but the most intrepid of adrenaline junkies.

And citizens of the nation’s hilliest metropolises rejoice: thanks to its dual 48V 500W motors and 18Ah battery, the City Pro is a tried-and-tested hill-climbing extraordinaire.

Indeed, if you’re looking for a set of expertly assembled wheels that are perfect for navigating those billowing city streets – then we’re hard-pressed to think of a more suitable contender than the extremely popular Apollo City Pro.

Josh on the Apollo City 2022

Why We Recommend It:

Living your best life as a modern urbanite can feel a little more onerous when you have irritatingly steep hills to contend with on the regular – cue the City Pro.

Rear of Apollo City 2022 Chassis

Yes, it looks a million bucks. And yes, it boasts enough premium features to make an extraterrestrial mothership blush.

A sleek LED display tells you everything from which speed mode you’re in, to whether your best-in-class turn signals are on.

Close Up of Apollo City 2022 LED Display

An integrated mobile app opens up a whole new world of customized performance, including adjustments to your regenerative braking and acceleration strength, toggling the top speed of the different gears, and choosing how you want cruise control to function.

Apollo City 2022 Mobile App

And then there’s the lighting set-up that illuminates the darkest of side streets.

Apollo City 2022 Headlight at Night on Street

But let’s get to the meat and potatoes of why you’re here: hill-climbing. The good news is that the Apollo City Pro has serious chops when it comes to scaling inclines.

Its powerful dual motors summon a top speed of 32 mph and an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in 2.9 seconds, while its 18Ah battery – which comes with 21700 battery cells to ensure a greater energy density – delivers a maximum range of 38 miles (or 30 miles under realistic riding conditions).

Apollo City 2022 Rear Brake

Combined, the motors and battery produce enough power to vanquish the vast majority of slopes that the city can throw at you. Under our tests, we found that the optimal hill climbing incline was 12 degrees. Beyond this, your pace will slow.

Apollo City 2022 Anodized Frame

Earlier in the review, I remarked on the City Pro’s marvelous frame, and my compliments extend to the wide, ergonomically designed handlebars. Alongside the thumb throttle and upswept deck – that sports a shape reminiscent of a Penny Skateboard – the scooter promises a strong sense of control, which is further accented by a wobble-free stem.

Front of Apollo City 2022 Deck

City streets, of course, can be unpredictable, though. You never know what’s around the corner – which is where the dual drum brakes enter the equation. Working in unison with the strong regen brake, they bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in a short 3.4 meters.

Apollo City 2022 Right Handbrake

And finally, we come to the suspension. The triple spring and swingarm setup are a huge improvement from its predecessor.

During our initial tests, we found that the rear springs were a little stiffer than the one at the front. However, after having our hands on this scooter for nearly a year now, we can confirm that the springs become more responsive the more you use them. Together, they deliver the perfect amount of shock absorption for urban environments.

Apollo City 2022 Rear Springs

Let’s also not forget to mention the 10-inch tubeless – and self-healing – tires that ensure a smooth and controlled city ride.

‘Smooth’ is a good adjective in general when it comes to describing the Apollo City Pro. This is a model that brings style and substance in equal measure. It looks great, performs great, and boasts the durability to carry on excelling in both areas for years to come.

Apollo City 2022 Plush Tire

SPLACH Titan

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SPLACH Titan
Category: Steep Inclines
Type: Cheapest Model

Incline Ability:

The Good:

The Bad:

Summary

SPLACH has a knack for producing scooters that score big on performance while keeping costs small. It’s this blueprint that made the legendary Twin such a crowd-pleaser – unsurprisingly, the all-new Titan sings from the same hymn sheet.

Wielding powerful 52V 1000W motors and an impressive 20.8Ah battery, this pound-for-pound heavyweight can take on steep inclines without throwing in the towel.

With its supremely smooth suspension, terrain-agnostic tires, and responsive brakes all factored in, you’ll be left pinching yourself over the Titan’s budget price tag.

Josh on SPLACH Titan

Why We Recommend It:

A hill-eating machine requires considerable power and equal amounts of stamina. The SPLACH Titan has both boxes ticked.

Its motors deliver a peak power output of 2600W and a top speed of 37 mph, leaving all other scooters nestled within its price category eating dust. This clout manifests into an acceleration rate of 0-15 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Crucially, though, the Titan gets faster once in motion, making it snappier out of the blocks than even the Apollo Ghost, a model that costs more.

SPLACH Titan Rear Motor

Then you have its maximum range of 44 miles – or 29 miles under realistic conditions – which is, again, unmatched by any of its similarly-priced competitors.

So, what do you get when you add a large battery to powerful motors? One heck of a hill-climber – that’s what. If you have your eyes on routes that encompass steep inclines, the headline here is that the Titan will have your back.

SPLACH Titan Purple LEDs

It eats inclines of up to 15 degrees for breakfast, and can even scale steeper slopes but you’ll notice the scooter begin to slow. To put this into perspective, it has enough torque and energy to scale just about all of San Franciso’s streets.

Of course, what goes up, must come down. Thankfully, you can have confidence in the front and rear disc brakes. From 15 mph, they bring you to a stop in an impressive 2.4 meters – this is on par with superior hydraulic brakes. Just be wary of the electronic brake, though. If you find it’s too strong, you can adjust its intensity via the display.

SPLACH Titan Disc Brake

Now we’ve got that out the way, let’s look at other features that make the Titan such a potent scooter.

First up, is its tires. They’re terrain agnostic and sport a knobby tread pattern that guarantees traction on loose surfaces. You can purchase these in either 9 or 10 inches.

SPLACH Titan Off-Road Tire

Then, there’s its best-in-class suspension. The front and rear springs are perfectly calibrated to ensure that they don’t bottom out, making the Titan a veritable magic carpet of a ride – regardless of the terrain.

SPLACH Titan Swingarm

The ultra-wide handlebars, wobble-free stem, and elevated ground clearance also exert an influence on its ride quality. Together, they deliver a balanced, controlled experience befitting models that cost over double the Titan's price tag (I’m looking at you, INOKIM OxO).

SPLACH Titan Wide Handlebars

The lighting rig, meanwhile, is among the most dazzling we’ve ever tested. It consists of a bright headlight, taillights, and customizable RBG LEDs that line the stem and deck. Via the mobile app, you can change the color, pattern, and brightness of the lights. And, in a first for customizable LEDs, you can make them match the rhythm of music or your voice.

SPLACH Titan Mobile App For Lights

Everything about the SPLACH Titan yells SWAG. For that matter, did we mention it also comes with an NFC reader that allows you to lock and unlock the scooter via a swipe of the key card? How about the hiding spot under the headlight that can house an Apple AirTag? Or what about its IP54 water-resistance rating that protects it from rain? It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

SPLACH Titan Chassis

Further Information:

SPLACH Titan Review

Mantis King GT

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Mantis King GT
Category: Steep Inclines
Type: Premium Model

Incline Ability:

The Good:

The Bad:

Summary

The most recent update to Kaabo’s supreme Mantis line, the King GT has some serious hill-climbing chops.

With numerous improvements that make this the best Mantis yet, the GT can hit 15 mph in a rapid 1.9 s, reach a top speed of 43 mph, and has a large battery capable of keeping the wheels rolling for 56 miles. All combined, it has the power and longevity to swat steep inclines aside.

Josh With Mantis King GT

If you’re searching for a model that’s at the cutting edge of scooter tech, then look no further than the Mantis King GT. It brings a wealth of exotic features to the table, including highly-efficient Sine Wave controllers, the ability to control the flow of power to each motor independently, and a set of adjustable hydraulic shocks that put the rest of the scooters on this list to shame.

While it's our premium pick for steep inclines, it can easily scale hills that are in the extremely steep category.

Mantis King GT Swingarm

Why We Recommend It:

The Mantis King GT has done nothing short of exploding onto the electric scooter scene. With a stunning black and gold (or red) finish and programmable swag lights, it’s easy to see why so many heads have turned. But this is one scooter that’s got so much more to offer than just its good looks.

Mantis King GT Different Colored Deck LEDs

Based on earlier Mantis models like the Pro SE, the King GT perfectly walks the line between complete overhaul and reverent reissue. It retains a lot of what we loved but comes with a host of upgrades, reinventions, and completely new additions.

Close Up of Mantis King GT Rear Tire

For instance, the designers at Kaabo have significantly upped the comfort factor by making the frame larger, the deck more spacious, and the build quality so tight it has Rolls Royce engineers looking over their shoulders in envy.

This redesign has also made it more robust. When you’re riding up steep slopes it puts a lot of pressure on the scooter and a poorly put-together frame will soon develop annoying rattles and vibrations. There’s none of that to worry about here. The hard-wearing aluminum alloy construction and the built-in steering damper are more than a match for unrelenting hills and keep you steady on your course.

Mantis King GT All-Terrain Frame

Building on its top-notch build, the handlebars are home to several top-of-the-line features. It’s the first Mantis scooter to be equipped with a 4.2-inch TFT display. This was famed by the Wolf King GT and has been one of Kaabo’s most well-received additions. This has replaced the EY3 MiniMotors display and finger throttle. It’s now centrally mounted and is exceptionally clear letting you view various riding stats at a glance.

Mantis King GT TFT Display

Our favorite function of the display, though, is that it puts full control of the scooter’s power delivery in your hands. it allows you to regulate the power of the ferocious 1100W motors via 6 riding modes (Eco, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Even better, you can choose to engage either one – or both – of the motors. By controlling and capping the torque available, you can ease into the ride. This helps to build confidence by progressing through the speeds at your own pace but is crucial for maintaining momentum while scaling steep inclines.

Mantis King GT Single and Dual Motor Modes

A good throttle is key in your ability to modulate your pace, too. Instead of following the finger-throttle blueprint of previous Mantis scooters, it’s now completely separate from the display and is controlled with your right thumb. This is a better setup since it’s more intuitive.

Mantis King GT Thumb Throttle

Other useful features that are accessible via the cockpit include a loud horn, as well as a multi-switch console that lets you control the impressive array of lights. With a high-mounted headlight, responsive taillights, turn signals, and deck LEDs, you and your scooter are kept visible at night.

Mantis King GT Lights

When I say that the Mantis King GT is an example of electric scooters at their best, you might think I’m exaggerating. But once you’ve seen the attention to detail that’s been applied, you’ll soon agree.

Mantis King GT Powerful Motor

None more so is the detail noticeable than in the GT’s motor power. Able to reach 15 mph in 1.9 seconds, its acceleration can, at times, feel like you’ve been strapped to the back of a Formula 1 car.

The dual motors are capable of producing tremendous amounts of torque that peak at 4200W. To put this into perspective, this is 68% more powerful than the Apollo Ghost which is already a thrilling ride. As to be expected, it makes light work of hills.

Mantis King GT Front of Handlebars

However, it’s not just a blistering 43 mph top speed that you get; each motor is paired with a 30A Sine Wave controller to regulate the flow of power as they surge into action. Electric scooter controllers manage the flow of power between the battery and the motors. Previously, Kaboo scooters have been fitted with Square Wave controllers and when you’d press the throttle, power was pulled in an erratic motion. This would jerk you back and forth (and is a reason I’m not the biggest fan of Dualtron scooters since the majority have these types of controllers). A Sine Wave controller, on the other hand, pulls power in a consistent and controlled manner, resulting in a smooth throttle response.

Mantis King GT Full Chassis

Controlling your speed via the throttle alone, however, would be foolish. Here’s where the brakes come into play – and the Mantis King GT doesn’t hold back. With Zoom hydraulic discs on both wheels, you get exceptionally responsive stopping power that’s more than a match for its mighty performance. When activated, you’ll come to a stop from 15 mph in a short 2.1 meters.

Mantis King GT Hydraulic Disc

Strong brakes are vital when you need to slow while going downhill, but a standout feature is the ABS function (which you can turn on or off). ABS, otherwise known as an anti-locking braking system, works by sensing when the wheels are about to lock. It then rapidly reduces and increases the braking pressure multiple times per second, applying optimal pressure. This allows the wheels to keep moving as the scooter slows down, instead of locking up.

So, we’ve established that the Mantis King GT has the pedigree to effectively scale steep inclines, but the final topic of discussion is ride quality.

Mantis King GT Deck

Thankfully, the newly introduced adjustable suspension system is the best you can get for an electric scooter priced under $2,500. Thanks to its hydraulic design, the compression and rebound of the springs are controlled via pistons that contain a compressed liquid. Using the simple dial, you can adjust the rate at which the springs rebound. Ultimately, this means that you can customize the suspension to your weight and terrain for the smoothest ride possible.

Mantis King GT Adjustable Hydraulic Suspension

Working in cahoot with the beefy 10 x 3 pneumatic tires that are equipped with a terrain-agnostic tread, the Mantis King GT delivers a level of ride quality that far surpasses its rivals. It’s the only scooter on this list that can tackle all kinds of terrain without making any major adjustments (i.e. swapping street tires for off-road variants).

Close Up of Mantis King GT Tire

Whether you're riding up hills or burning rubber on the flats, the Mantis King GT has an impressive arsenal of functions and features. It chews up any hill you point your wheels at and ensures you have fun while doing it.

Mantis King GT Frame From Rear

Further Information:

Mantis King GT Review

Mantis V2

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Mantis V2
Category: Extremely Steep Inclines
Type: Cheapest Model

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Summary

The Kaabo Mantis V2 sets the standard for performance scooters. With powerful dual 60V 1000W motors and impressive Sine Wave controllers, it can reach 15 mph in 2.1 seconds and eat up the steepest of inclines.

Bringing a wealth of upgrades to outperform its predecessor, including a water-resistant rating, full hydraulic brakes, ergonomic rubber grips, and a full lighting suite, the V2 delivers superb value for money and a scooter that is perfectly suited for inner-city rides and blazing off-road tracks.

Josh Standing on the Mantis V2

Why We Recommend It:

Priced like a base model but with plenty of pro specs, the Mantis V2 is one of the most popular performance scooters. The combined peak power of 3000W gives it plenty of torque, allowing you to take on even the most extreme inclines. Plus, the 25A controllers make the throttle smooth to operate and take you to top speed without uncomfortably jerking you back and forth.

Rear Motor of Mantis V2

Powered by an 18.2Ah battery, the V2 can keep the wheels rolling for up to 33 miles on a single charge. The recharge time is relatively long at 11 to 12 hours, but you can pay extra to get a fast 4-hour charger. To keep the V2 affordable, Kaabo has opted for a cheaper FST battery instead of an LG model. FST batteries are a great way to reduce the cost of scooters, but compared to name-brand batteries like those from LG, they lose their peak performance after fewer charge cycles. However, if you prefer, you can pick up the Mantis V2 with a larger and higher quality 24.5Ah LG battery for an additional cost.

Josh Riding the Mantis V2

When it comes to the rest of the V2’s build, it’s a solid, well-made scooter with a frame crafted from aviation-grade aluminum. It's exceptionally durable and feels sturdy even over terrain that would make many of its peers shake and rattle. Although we've found previous Mantis models to have wobbly stems, the V2’s stem clicks firmly into place and remains solid as a rock throughout your journey. The deck also provides plenty of space and is surrounded by bright lights for enhanced visibility at night.

Mantis V2 Lights at Night

When you want to pack the scooter away or carry it, there is an easy-to-master folding mechanism. It even has a handy latch on the back of the handlebars that clips into the deck to hold everything firmly in place while in transit. In the folded position, the handlebars remain in one piece giving it a wider profile than scooters with foldable handlebars.

Mantis V2 Folded

Moving on to the ride quality, the front and rear spring suspension, and 10-inch pneumatic tires can take on rough terrain all while giving you a smooth ride. For the V2, the designers at Kaabo have made some welcome improvements to the suspension. The springs are stiffer to prevent unnecessary movement and bottoming out. As a result, the ride feels more responsive and can easily dampen vibrations.

Mantis V2 Suspension on Dirt Track

As is the case with all good hill climbers, a lot of focus is placed on motor power, but one equally important area is braking power. After all, you need to be able to effectively control the scooter when coming down a hill. Kaabo has ensured that you won't be disappointed by installing dual hydraulic disc brakes. These are a vast improvement over the cable-actuated semi-hydraulic discs of the original Mantis. Together they will quickly bring you to a stop in 2.0 meters from 15 mph. Previously, they took 3.4 meters.

Mantis V2 Hydraulic Disc

Mounted on the handlebars, you'll find a QS-S4 display and throttle console. This is a commonly used component that displays key riding stats and allows you to customize a range of features, including braking and acceleration intensity. The display is bright and large enough to take in key information at a single glance, even in direct sunlight.

Mantis V2 Display

Usually, we prefer scooters to have thumb throttles because of their more ergonomic design, however in the case of the V2 and climbing hills, having a finger throttle works well. It's easy to wrap your finger around the throttle while gripping the handlebars as you scale steep inclines.

With all things considered, the Mantis V2 ticks every box that a great hill climber needs. Plus, despite the V2 benefitting from a wealth of improvements that aid its ride quality and hill-climbing credentials, it manages to maintain a reasonable price of just $1,799.

Mantis V2 Durable Frame

Further Information:

Mantis V2 Review

Wolf King GT

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Wolf King GT
Category: Extremely Steep Inclines
Type: Premium Model

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The Wolf King GT is the undisputed king of hill-climbing. Its dual 2000W motors take no prisoners and come with an incredible maximum incline capability of 50-degrees. Yes, you heard me correctly, 50-degrees. With this beast, you'll make mincemeat of any incline unlucky enough to get in your way.

This is one of our favorite scooters and a shining light amidst the growing mass of ultra-performance models. Although the $3,595 price is high enough to make your eyes water, it's a perfect example of “you get what you pay for”. It has a ferocious acceleration rate, a rapid top speed of 62 mph, an extensive range of 70 miles, and more than enough torque to take on any hill, even the steepest street in the world (Baldwin Street).

Josh on the Wolf King GT

Why We Recommend It:

At this point, it's worth mentioning that if you're looking for your first scooter, you should turn away. You can come back when you've got a few years of experience riding some tamer models. To master this behemoth takes someone who knows their way around an electric scooter and can judiciously use its monstrous speed. If that's you, you have my blessing to read on and treat yourself to the wonder that is the Wolf King GT.

Wolf King GT Chassis

One of the things that makes this scooter stand out is its ability to take on any terrain. Whether you take it off-road or into the urban landscape, you'll have the time of your life. The designers at Kaabo have even provided the option for you to choose between off-road, racing, or street tires.

Thankfully, the GT has been equipped with a well-balanced battery and power supply. Unlike its predecessor – the Wolf King – which came with a much smaller 28Ah battery and a maximum range of 50 miles, the GT ups the ante with a huge 35Ah battery. As a result of this significant upgrade, the relentless dual 2000W motors can keep spinning for a maximum of 70 miles. Under realistic conditions, you can expect 53-55 miles of use. Considering that steep inclines require a huge amount of energy to conquer, the GT has a copious amount of power to keep your hill-filled journeys well within reach.

Wolf King GT Handlebars

When it comes to comfort, it's easy to focus on the dual hydraulic shock absorbers, rear springs, and huge 11 x 3.5-inch puncture-proof tires. Of course, these deliver excellent results in the way of shock absorption, but the real defining factor of the GT’s ride quality is determined by the extra-wide handlebars and tall dual stem. This combination delivers a level of control that is unmatched by any other scooter – especially while accelerating and hitting top speeds.

Wolf King GT Gold Frame

Alongside the formidable frame, the 50Ah Sine Wave controllers are responsible for the GT’s exceptionally smooth throttle response. When used in conjunction with the GT’s 6 riding modes and the choice of enabling either both or just one motor, the scooter rewards you with a ride that can be tamed and grown into – this is a far cry from other ultra-performance models that drop you in the deep end.

Wolf King GT Front Motor

Nevertheless, it is worth noting that in full power mode, the torque provided by the motors is nothing short of hair-raising. Impressively, the Wolf King GT – alongside the NAMI Burn-e – has the fastest acceleration rate that we’ve ever recorded. It reaches 15 mph in a mere 1.7 seconds and 25 mph in an eye-watering 3.0 seconds. As you can imagine, the acceleration can, at times, be intimidating – if you are a hill, that is. With this much power at the tip of your thumb, the GT can quickly accelerate up inclines.

Wolf King GT Thumb Throttle

If you're planning on traveling at speeds like this, you'll need some decent brakes to bring you to a stop. Kaabo doesn't disappoint with its tried and tested dual hydraulic discs. Unlike previous models, the discs are slightly thicker to prevent warping or wear and tear. During our tests, they brought the scooter to a stop in 3.0 meters from 15 mph – this is in line with the majority of ultra-performance models.

Wolf King GT Front Hydraulic Disc Brake

Fitted with a stunning next-gen TFT display, a glance at the handlebars will give you all the information you need. The anti-glare screen means you can take in important stats, no matter how bright it is outside. Here you can also switch between various riding modes, set a four-digit passcode, and customize a range of settings and features.

Wolf King GT Bright and Clever Display

The Wolf King GT is not just a scooter; it's an experience and one you'll enjoy time and time again. Everything this scooter has to offer, from its striking design and glaring bright lights to its unrelenting power and exceptional handling, makes it the apex of hill climbing.

Wolf King GT Powerful Lights at Night

Further Information:

Wolf King GT Review

Answering Your Questions

FAQs

Which Electric Scooter is Best For Climbing Hills?

After hand-selecting and testing the best electric scooters for climbing hills from a field of 100+ models, we can reveal that the best scooters are:

Moderate Inclines (5-10 degrees):

Steep Inclines (10-15 degrees):

Extremely Steep Inclines (15+ degrees):

Can Electric Scooters Climb Steep Hills?

Yes. However, not all scooters can conquer all steep hills.

Different models have different hill-climbing abilities. This is mostly determined by how much power and torque their motors put out, as well as the size and longevity of their battery.

Scooters with a nominal power output of 2000W or above have a better chance of getting you to the top of steeper hills whilst maintaining speed.

What is the Maximum Slope Climbing Speed of an Electric Scooter?

This depends on the degree of the slope and the power of the scooter's motor. The steeper the slope and the smaller the motors, the slower the scooter will go.

For example, if we take a 5-degree incline and the SPLACH Twin – a scooter with dual 600W motors – it can climb this incline while maintaining a speed of around 28 mph. If the incline increases to 15 degrees, the scooter would slow to around 10 mph.

Ultimately, if you want to go fast up hills then it's best to opt for a scooter with large motors and a high peak power output.

Can You Go Downhill on an Electric Scooter?

Yes, you can go downhill on an electric scooter. There are, however, a couple of important things you should be aware of.

Firstly, while it may be tempting to go full throttle to reach new heights of top speed, exerting this much force on a scooter can have a detrimental effect on the integrity of the motors. After all, the motors have been designed with a set number of revolutions per minute, and going beyond this can be dangerous. Here, it's best to remain under the maximum speed limit set by the manufacturer.

Secondly, going downhill requires strong brakes. For the best braking performance, we suggest choosing a scooter with hydraulics. It's also worth opting for a model that has larger-than-normal rotors. Rotors that measure 160 mm are a good choice since there is more surface area to dissipate heat. As a result, these deliver more reliable stopping power compared to smaller 140 mm rotors.

Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

Josh, Founder of Electric Scooter Insider. Over the last 4 years, I’ve tested countless scooters, amassed a database of 140+ models, and helped thousands of people find the right scooter. All of the scooters that I review are put through a rigorous review process so I can clearly distinguish where one is better or worse than another.

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