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I Tested & Assessed 13 Big Wheel Electric Scooters, These Are My 4 Top Picks

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters With Big Wheels

Based on my independent analysis of 123 electric scooters, the average size of their tires was 9.78 inches. With this in mind, tires beyond 10 inches can be considered big.

As a result, I chose to test and assess models that had tires measuring 11 inches and above (in total there were 13). From here, I selected the 4 top performers.

Alongside my standard performance tests – which included speed, acceleration, hill climbing, range, shock absorption, braking, and ride quality reports – I also assessed the design and effectiveness of each scooter’s tires.

Here, I reported on their size (height and width), type (inner-tube or tubeless), front-on profile (square or round), tread (smooth or knobbly), traction (grip maintained while accelerating, braking, and cornering), comfort, and the terrain they could handle.

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

GoTrax Flex
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GoTrax Flex
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Hiboy VE1 Pro in a Park
Best Under $1000
Hiboy VE1 Pro
Sale: $549.99 $999.99
EMOVE RoadRunner Frame
Best Under $2,000
EMOVE RoadRunner
Sale: $1,395.00 $1,795.00 + Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Frame
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EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
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GoTrax Flex

Sale: $399.00 $499.00
GoTrax Flex

Performance Report:

Tire Stats:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the GoTrax Flex:

Kicking things off is the GoTrax Flex, the cheapest big-wheel scooter on the market and proud owner of some seriously juicy 14-inch tires.

GoTrax Flex Chassis

Everything about this model has been designed with comfort and practicality in mind. The cushioned foam seat is heaven for those who think standing up is overrated, while a storage basket located at the rear makes it the perfect accomplice for completing daily errands.

GoTrax Flex Plush Seat

But it’s the Flex’s super-sized wheels that drew my attention. More akin to what you’d find on a bike, they’re equipped with a traction-loving tread that promises grip when leaning into corners.

GoTrax Flex Rear Tire

Their large profile is further reinforced by the dual rear springs. Aside from it being exceptionally rare to find a setup like this on a sub-$500 model, they do an admirable job of soaking up the shocks and vibrations thrown up by roads. For an even smoother ride, I recommend checking out the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro. I scored this model an 8/10 on my shock absorption scale, as opposed to the Flex’s 5/10.

GoTrax Flex Rear Suspension

Being a GoTrax scooter, you can also bank on a high level of build quality relative to its price. The Flex is a no-nonsense workhorse designed with durability in mind – as exemplified by its IPX4 water-resistance rating and immaculate cable management.

The same approach to keep things simple yet effective can be seen across the handlebars that consist of a key ignition, battery gauge, brake levers, and the star of the show, the twist throttle.

GoTrax Flex Handlebars

The throttle enables you to glide smoothly towards the Flex’s top speed of 15.5 mph in approximately 7.7 seconds. While this isn’t the fastest acceleration, it’s well-suited to novices and casual riders who want a model to cruise on.

GoTrax Flex Display and Key-Ignition

The same can be said for its stamina. Armed with a 36V 7.8Ah battery, GoTrax claims that it can reach 16 miles – though, as per real-world tests, 13 miles is achievable.

GoTrax Flex Front Tire

As for its performance in the braking department, its dual drums are the epitome of low maintenance, but their stopping distance of 4.6 meters from 15 mph is average. Nevertheless, context is key – if the Flex had a more powerful motor and faster top speed, its braking performance would be more of a concern.

GoTrax Flex 14-Inch Tire

Sadly, one area of the Flex that may restrict some riders from enjoying its qualities is its 220 lb load-bearing capacity. If you want to get the best performance from it I wouldn’t exceed 180 lbs. For heavier riders, I recommend either the EMOVE RoadRunner or RoadRunner Pro.

GoTrax Flex Deck

It’s hard to be too critical of the GoTrax Flex, though. Ultimately, this is a super affordable scooter that, thanks to its suspension, and – most strikingly of all – huge air-filled tires, delivers a ride that goes well beyond the rest of the scooters in its price class.

GoTrax Flex Folded

Best Under $1,000

Hiboy VE1 Pro

Sale: $549.99 $999.99
Hiboy VE1 Pro in a Park

Performance Report:

Tire Stats:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Hiboy VE1 Pro:

Hiboy is a brand known for its hassle-free budget scooters. They’re low maintenance, robust, and, thanks to their simplicity, heaps of fun. Yet, while the VE1 Pro doesn’t deviate from this blueprint too much, it does include features that deserve our attention.

Two of these are its humongous 16-inch tires. These bicycle-worthy goliaths heighten your sense of safety when riding along bumpy streets and dismounting curbs; being pneumatic, they also cushion the ride.

Hiboy VE1 Pro 16-Inch Tire

However, there’s an elephant in the room – Hiboy claims that the VE1 Pro comes with a dual spring suspension system at the rear. Sorry to disappoint you, but this isn’t true – unfortunately, it doesn’t have any form of suspension.

What the VE1 Pro does bring to the table though, is a pair of disc brakes that are exceptionally responsive. They do a great job of keeping a tight rein on the surprisingly powerful – albeit noisy – 48V 500W motor.

Rear of Hiboy VE1 Pro Chassis

But noise isn’t the only thing that the motor produces. A top speed of 23 mph is within its capabilities – yet, thanks to three riding modes that cap your pace, riding it never feels intimidating. In the most powerful mode, you’ll hit 15 mph in roughly 7.0 seconds, making it ever-so-slightly faster than the GoTrax Flex.

One thing to be wary of, though, is the size of the deck. While it's relatively wide at 9.1 inches, it's among the shortest that I’ve reviewed at just 16.7 inches. Your feet can feel a little cramped.

Hiboy VE1 Pro Short Deck

It’s also worth noting that while you can adjust the height of the handlebars, the maximum deck-to-handlebar height is 37 inches. By my measurements and experience having ridden a plethora of scooters, this is too short for riders over 6 ft. Those that are shorter, however, will love the telescopic stem.

The 22.4-inch width of the handlebars, meanwhile, is ideal for the power on offer. Here, you’ll find a minimal cockpit made up of thumb throttle, display, bell, and brake levers. The adage of “you get what you pay for” applies here: though simple, it’s effective.

Hiboy VE1 Pro Display and Grip

Elsewhere, the 48V 10Ah battery promises a maximum range of 31 miles, though – as to be expected, if you go hard on the throttle you’ll get closer to 18 miles.

As for portability, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, the VE1 Pro weighs a manageable 49 lbs and comes with a simple-to-use folding lever on the stem. However, there’s no latch to secure the stem to the deck when folded, which makes carrying it an awkward endeavor.

But, then again, portability isn’t what this scooter has been designed for. Instead, it has one purpose – to offer a fun riding experience for those who want huge wheels at an affordable price. Does this achieve this lofty goal? I think it does.

Close Up of Hiboy VE1 Pro Tire Tread

Best Under $2,000

EMOVE RoadRunner

Sale: $1,395.00 $1,795.00 + Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Tire Stats:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the EMOVE RoadRunner:

Equipped with not one but two motors (350W at the front and 500W at the rear), the EMOVE RoadRunner V2 can hit a top speed of 34 mph, making it 2.3x faster than the GoTrax Flex, and 1.5x quicker than the Hiboy VE1 Pro. As to be expected, its acceleration has more bite, too – it took me just 4.1 seconds to reach 15 mph.

Josh Testing the EMOVE RoadRunner

A scooter bristling with such power requires brakes that are up to the challenge. It’s fair to say that the semi-hydraulic calipers and 140 mm rotors are worthy adversaries. They brought me to a complete stop from 15 mph in just 3.0 meters. This – together with the 3.0 meters of the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro – was the best braking performance of all the >14 inch tire scooters that I tested.

EMOVE RoadRunner Semi-Hydraulic Brake

Meanwhile, its 48V 26Ah Dynavolt battery grants you a maximum range of 53 miles under best-case conditions, or – as per my tests – 35 miles when you factor in periods of fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops. What’s more, the battery is detachable, meaning you can double your range with the purchase of a spare.

EMOVE RoadRunner and Removable Battery

“What’s the catch?” you may well ask. Well, there’s its significantly more expensive price tag. That’s not to say that the RoadRunner doesn’t offer good value for money, though. Far from it, in fact.

Josh Testing the EMOVE RoadRunner's Brakes

Take, for instance, the new and improved memory foam seat. Now longer and more thickly cushioned, it’s far more comfortable than what came before it.

Then there’s the huge 14-inch pneumatic tires. Now sporting an enhanced tread pattern, they’ve not only improved the stability of the RoadRunner at top speeds (when compared to the original), but they’re also more robust thanks to their tubeless design. This means fewer punctures, whilst also making them less susceptible to pinch flats. Two qualities that the GoTrax Flex and Hiboy VE1 Pro can’t lay claim to.

EMOVE RoadRunner Front Tire Tread

Another set of unique features that the RoadRunner brings to the table is its foot pegs. As opposed to placing your feet on a deck, they allow you to wrap your legs around the chassis for even greater control – similar to how it feels to ride a bike.

EMOVE RoadRunner Foot Pegs

Combined with the wide 25-inch handlebars, ergonomic thumb throttle, and adjustable stem which can be tilted towards or away from you, the RoadRunner ticks all the boxes required to maximize balance and stability.

EMOVE RoadRunner Adjustable Handlebars

Factor in an impressive load-bearing capacity of 330 lbs, and you have one of the most inclusive scooters on the market.

Josh Riding the EMOVE RoadRunner

And let’s not forget about the adjustable suspension. By twisting the dial on top of the fork you can either soften or stiffen the rate of compression. But, from my tests, I found it to be limited which is why I scored it 5/10 on my shock absorption scale. For a more plush ride, and a scooter that combines a front fork with deep traveling dual rear springs, I recommend checking out the upgraded model of the RoadRunner – the Pro.

EMOVE RoadRunner ABS Adjustable Suspension

Among a few other imperfections is the lack of a water resistance rating and a display that gets washed out when under direct light.

EMOVE RoadRunner Display

But these are small grumbles that I can easily look past when considering the EMOVE RoadRunner’s overall package. After all, it’s fast, powerful, and packed full of useful features that no other similarly-priced big-wheel electric scooter can match.

Josh Testing the EMOVE RoadRunner's Acceleration

Further Information:

EMOVE RoadRunner V1

Best Under $3,000

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro

Sale: $2,595.00 $3,095.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Tire Stats:

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro:

When it comes to big wheel scooters, the EMOVE Roadrunner Pro is a Formula One car in a paddock filled with Reliant Robins. There’s simply no basis for comparison. It’s bigger and more ferocious than anything that came before it.

Josh Testing the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro

There’s a strong case for saying the RoadRunner Pro is more motorbike than e-scooter. Its huge 14-inch wheels were the best that I tested. They gobbled up the asphalt and their thick tread ensured optimal stability, even at top speeds. I even found myself leaning aggressively into corners – they stuck to the road like glue.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Huge Rear Tire

You do, however, need to be mindful of wheel spin as you accelerate. Armed with dual 60V 2000W motors and 45A Sine Wave controllers, it conjures up a frothing 6000W of peak power. With the motors in full flow, I hit 15 mph in a sizzling 2.6 seconds and 25 mph in just 4.3. This is some serious wind in its sails, but to take advantage of it you need to lean into the handlebars so that the front tire can bite – otherwise, it’ll spin up to 25 mph.

Josh Riding the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Fast

The 60V 30Ah LG battery is noteworthy, too. Not only does it promise a maximum range of 50 miles – or 34 miles if you take advantage of its power – but, because it’s removable, it’s much easier to charge. You can also buy a spare battery to double your range, but it weighs a ton so I wouldn’t bother.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Removable Battery

The RoadRunner Pro isn’t all about its ferocious speed and long range, though. There’s an elegance to it, as demonstrated by the front and rear suspension. While testing it, I was impressed with how deep the dual rear springs traveled. With these working alongside the jumbo tires, they cushioned the ride, while the front hydraulic fork was a little stiffer to prevent speed wobble.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Rear Springs

Among all the big wheel scooters that I tested, it scored the highest on my shock absorption scale (8/10). It was supremely comfortable to ride over city streets and could handle gentle dirt tracks.

Josh Sat On the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro

I can’t forget to mention its seat, either. Measuring 20.5 inches long, 7.9 wide, and 3.5 deep, it's both longer and thicker than the one that was featured on the original RoadRunner. Better yet, its memory foam interior elevates the Pro’s overall comfort, while the outer fabric is now more resistant to wear and heat.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Memory Foam Seat

This comfort is further augmented by the foot pegs and 31-inch handlebars – which are the widest that I’ve ever tested. Together with the twist-grip throttle, they provide the perfect foundation for controlling the rest of its imposing chassis.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Wide Handlebars

And that’s not all. Like those found on its less powerful sibling, the Pro’s handlebars can be adjusted up, down, towards, or away from you to suit your preferred riding position.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Motorcycle-Inspired Frame

The brakes are also fantastic. The rotors measure a whopping 180 mm, while the Zoom hydraulic calipers utilize 2 pistons to grip and slow the discs. From 15 mph, I stopped in 3.0 meters.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Hydraulic Disc Brake

There are, of course, some areas of its build that I thought could be improved. There’s no water resistance rating, the display can – at times – be hard to see, and the chassis that houses the battery could be better designed (the sheet of metal that sits over the battery often popped out of its locked position, meaning it bounced up and down while I was riding. Luckily, the battery remained secure thanks to its grip on the sliding plate).

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Info Rich Display

In the grand scheme of things, however, these are minor grumbles. The rest of the Pro’s build oozes durability, whilst remaining practical. For instance, the tires are set on split rims, making them easier to repair following punctures. The 330 lb load-bearing capacity is also an indicator of its heavy-duty build, whilst its dazzling headlight is quite simply the biggest and brightest in the industry. Plus, it has turn signals that snake across the taillight.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Powerful Headlight

Vicious yet tameable, practical yet robust, the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro is guaranteed to thrill anyone who seeks the adrenaline rush of a powerful big-wheel electric scooter.

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Front Wheel In Motion

Further Information:

EMOVE RoadRunner Pro Review

Comparison

Compare Big Wheel Electric Scooters

The table below compares the best big wheel electric scooters across their performance, specs, price, and more.
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GoTrax FlexGoTrax FlexHiboy VE1 ProHiboy VE1 ProRoadRunnerEMOVE RoadRunnerRoadRunner ProEMOVE RoadRunne Pro
Where to BuyGoTraxHiboyVoro MotorsVoro Motors
Price$399$549.99$1,395$2,595
Price CategoryUnder $500Under $1,000Under $2,000Under $3,000
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Wheel Stats
Size14 x 2 in16 x 2 in14 x 2.5 in14 x 2.75 in
TypePneumatic (Inner-Tube)Pneumatic (Inner-Tube)Pneumatic (Tubeless)Pneumatic (Tubeless)
TreadModerately PatternedModerately PatternedLightly PatternedHeavily Patterned
Front-On ProfileRoundRoundRoundRound
Performance
Top Speed15.5 mph23 mph34 mph50 mph
0-15 MPH7.7 s7.0 s4.1 s2.6 s
0-25 MPHn/an/a9.8 s4.3 s
Max Range16 miles31 miles53 miles50 miles
Tested Range13 miles18 miles35 miles34 miles
Suspension5/10n/a5/108/10
Braking4.6 meters3.4 meters3.0 meters3.0 meters
Max Inclinen/a15 degrees20 degrees30 degrees
Optimal Inclinen/a7 degrees12 degrees18 degrees
Specs
Motor36V 350W48V 500W48V 350W, 500W60V 2000W (x2)
ThrottleTwistThumbThumbTwist
Battery36V 7.8Ah FST48V 10Ah FST48V 26Ah Dynavolt60V 30Ah LG
Charge Time6 hours6 hours12 hours10 hours
BrakesDrums (x2), ElectronicDiscs (x2), ElectronicSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), Electronic
SuspensionDual Rear SpringsNoneAdjust. Front ForkHydraulic Front Fork, Dual Rear Springs
Weight43 lbs49 lbs55 lbs114 lbs
Load220 lbs220 lbs330 lbs330 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at HandlebarsNone
IP RatingIPX4IPX4NoneNone
LightsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreet, Light Off-Roading
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

Following my tests and assessments of 13 electric scooters that had tires measuring 11 inches and above, I selected the 4 top performers.

Alongside my standard performance tests – which included speed, acceleration, hill climbing, range, shock absorption, braking, and ride quality reports – I also assessed the design and effectiveness of each scooter’s tires.

Here, I reported on their size (height and width), type (inner-tube or tubeless), front-on profile (square or round), tread (smooth or knobbly), traction (grip maintained while accelerating, braking, and cornering), comfort, and the terrain they could handle.

You can learn more about how I test below:

Electric Scooters That I Tested/Assessed:

Click through the photo carousel to see all of the scooters that I tested/assessed for this guide.

Tire Size, Profile, Traction & Tread Tests:

Throughout testing, I found a direct correlation between tire size and stability. The higher the tire, the greater the scooter’s ground clearance, the smoother its ride, and the better its momentum.

So, although having tested a variety of models with tires stretching from 11 to 16 inches, I chose to only include those with >14 inches in my top picks. These were the most stable and rolled over obstacles – like potholes – with greater finesse.

EMOVE RoadRunner Chassis in Motion

As for tire type, I would have liked to only include models with tubeless tires since these are more durable, but this wasn’t a possibility. Instead, I’ve chosen a mixture of those with both tubeless and inner-tube designs. The good news, however, is that both provide cushioning, as opposed to solid tires.

Beyond these assessments, one of the most important aspects that influenced each scooter’s handling was its tire profile. From my years of testing, it has become clear that tires with a rounded front-on profile make for a far more nimble ride than those with square front-on profiles. With the latter, it can be hard to maintain traction while leaning into corners as they roll onto their edges and lose grip.

Josh Carving on the EMOVE RoadRunner

Here, I only selected the scooters with tires that had rounded front-on profiles since they inspired confidence when accelerating, braking, and cornering.

The last area of assessment was to report on how the tread of each tire influenced its suitability for different environments and terrains (i.e. dry/wet conditions and smooth/rough roads).

Josh Riding the EMOVE RoadRunner Pro

During my tests, I found that tires measuring 11-13 inches had varying degrees of tread – some were slick and street-grade, while others were heavily patterned for off-road use. Those beyond 14 inches, however, all featured a tread that was similar to what you’d find on an electric mountain bike. These were the most versatile and provided ample traction.

Further Information:

How I Test Tire Performance

Shock-Absorption Test

Having tested scooters with 8-inch tires and those with >14 inch tires, I can see why they are preferable among some riders. Aside from their stability, they also bring heaps more cushioning thanks to their larger, and often plusher, designs.

Throughout my tests and reviews, I have detailed exactly how each scooter felt to ride. To take this a step further, however, I devised a shock absorption scale to provide quantifiable results that could be compared. I scored each out of 10, where 1 was extremely stiff and 10 was extremely soft.

GoTrax Flex Rear Tire

For each model that had a suspension system, I assessed their rebound and compression rates, the balance of shock absorption across the front and rear of the scooter, the amount of travel that the springs/shocks provided, and whether there was any bottoming out.

Further Information:

How I Test Shock-Absorption

Standardized Performance Tests

All of the scooters that I review undergo the same tests so that I’m able to report on their top speed, acceleration, hill climbing, range, and braking performance. To ensure accurate results, I used high-precision data loggers, including a Garmin Edge 130 Plus and Dragy DRG70 GPS Performance Box.

Josh Braking on the EMOVE RoadRunner

Importantly, the results from my tests were then assessed relative to each scooter’s price. This allowed me to find the most well-rounded models in each price category.

Results From My Performance Tests:

See how the electric scooters stack up against each other across the metrics of top speed, acceleration, range, and braking.

Top Speed

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test top speed.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
$2,595
50 MPH
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
34 MPH
Hiboy VE1 Pro
$549.99
23 MPH
GoTrax Flex
$399
15.5 MPH

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

Ordered from fastest to slowest – Learn about how I test acceleration.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
$2,595
2.6 s
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
4.1 s
Hiboy VE1 Pro
$549.99
7.0 s
GoTrax Flex
$399
7.7 s

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
53 miles
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
$2,595
50 miles
Hiboy VE1 Pro
$549.99
31 miles
GoTrax Flex
$399
16 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

Ordered from longest to shortest range – Learn about how I test real-world range.

ScooterPriceReal Range
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
35 miles
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
$2,595
34 miles
Hiboy VE1 Pro
$549.99
18 miles
GoTrax Flex
$399
13 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

Ordered from shortest to longest stopping distance – Learn about how I test braking performance.

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
EMOVE RoadRunner
$1,395
3.0 meters
EMOVE RoadRunner Pro
$2,595
3.0 meters
Hiboy VE1 Pro
$549.99
3.4 meters
GoTrax Flex
$399
4.6 meters
Answering Your Questions

FAQs

Are Bigger Wheels Better?

This depends on the type of rider you are. In most cases, the answer is yes because they allow you to go faster and tackle challenging terrain. Scooters with bigger wheels also deliver superior comfort to those with smaller ones. This is because they have more ground clearance, a greater circumference that can absorb shocks, and a larger contact patch to give you greater traction.

However, there are situations where smaller wheels may work in your favor. For instance, if you need a nimble scooter, smaller wheels will serve you better – especially when compared to wheels that are large and ultra-wide. These can sometimes take a while to get used to because their handling is clumsier, making it harder to execute sharp turns and maneuvers.

What Size Scooter Wheels Are Best?

This comes down to individual preference. There’s an argument to be made that larger wheels are safer because they provide more stability. This is especially important if you’re buying a performance or off-road scooter with a fast top speed.

They also contribute to better ride quality since you can roll over potholes much more easily than you can with smaller ones.

What are the Biggest Wheels on an Electric Scooter?

The biggest wheels on an electric scooter are those that belong to the Hiboy VE1 Pro. They measure 16 inches in height.

What are the Benefits of Big Wheels?

Better Rollover

Larger wheels have a shallower angle of attack when approaching obstacles and let you roll over them much easier than those that are smaller.

For example, imagine you are pulling a suitcase with 2-inch wheels and you have a 2-inch high obstacle in front of them. It’s going to be a struggle to get that suitcase to roll over the obstacle because of the steep angle that it needs to overcome.

Now, imagine you are riding an electric scooter with 14-inch wheels. The angle of attack to roll over the 2-inch obstacle becomes a lot shallower and therefore, a smoother ride is achieved.

Increased Grip and Traction

The larger the tire, the greater the surface area and contact with the ground.

Here, a bigger contact patch results in better grip while accelerating, braking, and cornering.

Higher Top Speed

Generally speaking, there’s a correlation between tire size and motor power. The bigger the tire, the larger the motor – the result of which is faster top speeds.

Change Log

Recent Updates

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Josh Frisby
Josh Frisby

From basic budget and feature-packed commuters to all-terrain trailblazers and ultra-performance behemoths, I've spent the last 5 years testing every type of electric scooter. All of the scooters that I review are put through a rigorous review process so that I can clearly distinguish where one is better or worse than another. See how I test electric scooters or check out my guide to the best electric scooters. Contact me anytime: josh@electricscooterinsider.com

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