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After Testing the Shock Absorption of 45 Electric Scooters, I Selected 9 That Had the Best Suspension

Quick List: Best Electric Scooters With Suspension

In my quest to find the 9 best electric scooters with suspension, I shortlisted 45 models and tested them across a range of shock absorption criteria.

The criteria included: the type of suspension, their adjustability, their rebound and compression rates, the balance of shock absorption across the front and rear of the scooters, the amount of travel, and whether they bottomed out.

All of these insights contributed to an overall shock absorption score for each scooter. The scoring system ranged from 1-10, with 1 being extremely stiff and 10 being extremely soft.

How I tested and selected the scooters.

Top Picks:

Budget

Top choices for riders that are on a budget and want electric scooters that deliver a smooth ride across urban terrain. These score 5-6 out of 10 on my shock absorption scale.

SPLACH Turbo Frame From Front
Under $800
SPLACH Turbo
Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Horizon V2 Frame
Under $1,000
Horizon 10.4 V2
Sale: $719.00 $899.00
Apollo Go Unfolded
Under $1,200
Apollo Go
Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00

Mid-Range

Top choices for riders that want better ride quality than budget models. These can handle both urban and off-road terrain, and score 7-8 out of 10 on my shock absorption scale.

Varla Eagle One V2 Frame
Under $1,500
Varla Eagle One V2
Sale: $1,569.00 $1,997.00
Apollo City Pro Sleek Frame
Under $1,750
Apollo City Pro
Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI
Mantis V2 Durable Frame
Under $2,000
Mantis V2
Sale: $1,599.00 $1,899.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Premium

Top choices for riders that want to experience the highest level of ride quality. These can handle both urban and off-road terrain, and score 9-10 on my shock absorption scale.

Mantis King GT Full Frame
Under $2,250
Mantis King GT
Sale: $2,095.00 $2,495.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100
NAMI Klima Frame
Under $2,500
NAMI Klima
Sale: $2,299.00 $2,499.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100
NAMI Burn-e 2 Imposing Frame
Under $3,000
NAMI Burn-e 2
Sale: $2,999.00 $3,699.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

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SPLACH Turbo

Sale: $699.00 $1,299.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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SPLACH Turbo Overview:

SPLACH has carved out a niche for doing things a little differently. By keeping production costs down and retail prices low, it ensures that each of its scooters delivers exceptional value for money. Case in point: the Turbo.

Josh Testing the SPLACH Turbo

Building on the formula that delighted customers of the original 2020 model, the latest iteration of the Turbo brings new turn signals and an NFC card reader to the party. Yet, the life and soul of its popularity remains – a stupendously good suspension system.

The fact of the matter is that it’s exceptionally rare to find a sub-$800 model with dual springs and swingarms. Out of my entire database, the only other similarly-priced model to share this setup is the SPLACH Ranger – the Turbo’s identical twin that prioritizes range instead of speed.

SPLACH Turbo Chassis in Motion

This scooter is a no-brainer for anyone who wants exceptional ride quality on a budget.

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Why I Recommend the SPLACH Turbo:

Despite having tested many electric scooters in the sub-$800 category, the Turbo successfully achieves best-in-class territory where shock absorption is concerned.

SPLACH Turbo Pneumatic Tire

Not only can the front and rear springs be adjusted, but they dovetail with the swingarms to offer a satisfying amount of travel when navigating the irregularities of city streets. There’s also no bottoming out.

SPLACH Turbo Motor

But it would be remiss of me to allocate all the credit to the suspension alone. Its front tire contributes heavily to the smooth ride; this air-filled beauty excels in the cushioning department to ensure a formidable first line of defense against shocks and vibrations. Measuring 8.5 inches and sporting a well-designed tread, it’s also great for maintaining traction, while ensuring maneuverability.

Josh Standing on the SPLACH Turbo

The tire at the rear, meanwhile, is solid. Thankfully, the rear spring negates its lack of cushioning. Being solid, it also eliminates the risk of punctures.

This low-maintenance charm is further underscored by the dual drum brakes. Together with the adjustable electronic system, they brought me to a safe stop from 15 mph in a hugely impressive 2.4 meters. Yet again, this is another area of considerable strength, with the Turbo being the only scooter – along with its sibling, the Ranger – in the sub-$800 class to have dual mechanical brakes.

SPLACH Turbo Brake

Such stopping power is necessary for its 48V 600W motor, 28 mph top speed, and zippy acceleration. In fact, among 14 other similarly-priced scooters that I tested, the Turbo came out on top for both its speed and 4.3-second acceleration to 15 mph.

Josh Cruising on the SPLACH Turbo

Yet, untameable, the SPLACH Turbo is not. Its 10-degree rake angle maximizes stability regardless of your pace, while its 24-inch-wide handlebars and ergonomic cockpit heighten your sense of control.

SPLACH Turbo Cockpit

One element of the Turbo’s design that really impressed me was its equal distribution of weight across the handlebars, stem, and chassis. You can’t help but feel secure and balanced.

Dramatic Shot of the SPLACH Turbo

Few scooters are perfect, of course; for all its myriad strengths, the Turbo does make a couple of missteps. Its 52V 10.4Ah battery, for instance, has a distinctly average maximum range of 22 miles, or 18 miles if you’re going hell for leather. While this is enough for most rides, it pales in comparison to other models in the Turbo’s price class.

SPLACH Turbo Grippy Deck

Its lighting rig is hit-and-miss, too. Bizarrely, SPLACH has eschewed a standard headlight in favor of a strip light on the stem. It looks swish, but the reality is that it doesn’t illuminate enough of the road ahead at night. You’ll need to invest in an extra clip-on headlight.

SPLACH Turbo Lights

This lack of brightness is somewhat mitigated by the deck LEDs. The two situated at the rear also double up as turn signals, which is yet another rare feature for such an affordable scooter.

And finally, we have the Turbo’s portability credentials. The good news on this front is that it comes with a retractable stem, collapsible handlebars, and a simple-to-operate cantilevered folding mechanism. With all components folded, the Turbo easily fits on public transport, under a desk, and in the trunk of a car. Though, with a weight of 45 lbs, you won’t want to carry it for too long.

SPLACH Turbo Folded Frame

But where’s the fun in that, anyway? This is one scooter that you won’t want to step off any time soon.

SPLACH Turbo QS-S4 Display

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SPLACH Turbo Review

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Horizon V2 (10.4Ah)

Sale: $719.00 $899.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Horizon Overview:

Looking for top-dollar ride quality on a tight budget? Want to graduate from entry-level scooters to something altogether faster, smoother, and sturdier? Introducing the Horizon V2.

Josh Braking on the Horizon V2

The Horizon’s superb suspension system, ergonomic controls, and nimble profile ensure you always feel in control – regardless of speed.

Sporting a dual suspension system that’s usually confined to more expensive scooters, it’s a game-changer in its price class. It makes light work of bumps in the road and builds on the successful formula that made its predecessor a popular city slicker by introducing a thumb throttle for an even smoother ride.

Horizon V2 Display

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is extremely stiff and 10 is super soft, I place it at a respectable 6, which represents a comfy ride for urban routes.

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Why I Recommend the Horizon:

First of, the Horizon 10.4 V2 is one of the cheapest electric scooter to have a suspension system. This alone establishes it as an intriguing proposition for riders who want to move beyond entry-level models that rely solely on air-filled tires for cushioning.

Horizon V2 Front Spring

Sporting a spring at the front and dual air shocks at the rear, it’s the darling of commuters and casual riders that need a set of wheels for everyday use. Dovetailing with the front pneumatic tire, the scooter’s shock-absorbing credentials are perfectly primed for the city.

Horizon V2 Being Ridden

It’s a shame that the rear tire is solid – since it lacks cushioning – but the payoff is low maintenance and zero risk of flats.

While its suspension system is the real show-stopper, the Horizon can reach a top speed of 23 mph and has a zippy acceleration to match. Squeezing every drop of power from its single 48V 500W motor – which has a peak output of 800W – it took me 4.7 seconds to hit 15 mph.

Horizon V2 Chassis

Crucially, the V2 now comes equipped with a thumb throttle; this is a big improvement on the finger variant sported by the original Horizon. I found that it provided better modulation over my pace and was a lot more ergonomic.

The Horizon also features a rear drum brake alongside an adjustable regenerative braking system to bolster your control. This system is supported by the suspension system, keeping you balanced when you apply pressure to the brakes – which is particularly important because all the braking power is directed towards the rear wheel. In this case, the front spring stops you from nose-diving forward, while the rear shocks keep you balanced.

Horizon V2 Drum Brake

The spacious deck and adjustable stem, meanwhile, serve as effective foils that add another layer of comfort and control for riders of all shapes and sizes. Completing this distinguished supporting cast is a sturdy frame and handgrips that guarantee good handling when navigating busy environments.

Horizon V2 Deck

But of course, anyone familiar with San Francisco or Seattle will know that hills are a feature of city life; thankfully, this is another area where the Horizon 10.4 V2 shines (for its price). It can scale most neighborhood inclines with ease, but anything more challenging will see it slow. For a more powerful hill climber – and a scooter that has a superb suspension system – check out the Mantis V2.

Josh Riding the Horizon V2

As for its range, the manufacturer maximum sits at 23 miles, while I got 17 miles following my tests. This isn’t particularly eye-opening, but the Horizon has enough in its locker to handle most commutes and weekend adventures

Practicality can be just as important as performance, and here the Horizon comes up trumps. It collapses to an ultra-compact size that’s perfect for the office and home. It also comes with a carry handle, which is a nice feature that you didn’t get on the original. But one word of caution: at 42 lbs, it is no waif. You won’t want to lug it around for long stretches – even with the handle.

Horizon V2 Being Carried

And not only is it fun – it’s durable, too. Built with robust materials, the Horizon’s design is geared in every way to resist wear and tear. From the solid rear tire and impenetrable drum brake; to the protective casings around the cables: this scooter is made for minimal upkeep and full-throttle usage. My only negative is that you need to be careful in ensuring that the telescopic stem lever is tightly fastened to avoid stem wobble.

Horizon V2 Wide Handlebars

In terms of added features, it boasts a small display that allows you to maintain a firm handle on your preferred ride settings. These include cruise control – which facilitates a constant speed over longer distances – as well as the ability to adjust both the acceleration and regenerative brake strength.

But few scooters are completely perfect, and one area where the Horizon falls short is its lights. You can easily remedy the dimness with an extra headlight. This is a recommendation that I make for most scooters, so I can’t penalize the Horizon too heavily.

Horizon V2 Lights From Side

So, there you have it. The zestful Horizon 10.4 V2. Will you find a scooter offering better value for money? The SPLACH Turbo may have something to say about that. But, one thing is for sure, the Horizon makes its mark as a stress-free, smooth-as-silk ride that's backed by Fluid Free Ride's excellent customer support and Lifetime Service Commitment. 

For entry-level riders and seasoned pros who want an electric scooter with suspension but don’t want to fork out thousands of dollars, the Horizon V2 gets a resounding thumbs up.

Horizon V2 Rear Tire

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Apollo Go

Sale: $1,199.00 $1,299.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (197 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Apollo Go Overview:

Part electric scooter, part iPhone, part prop from a sci-fi movie, the Apple Go is a visionary new entrant to the entry-level market that promises serious bang for your buck.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go

Inspired by its fellow Apollo brethren, the Pro, City, and Air, the Go borrows features from each to deliver a unique end-product that’s dripping in premium gravitas. At its heart is an Airflow suspension system that, together with other aspects of the scooter’s design, delivers perhaps the best ride quality of any sub-$1,200 model.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Load-Bearing Capacity

That’s right – you no longer need a hefty wedge to secure yourself the best of Apollo’s mythical delights. The Go’s fusion of practicality and lavish, tech-infused features looks set to shake up the affordable scooter category – and I, for one, am ready for lift-off.

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Why I Recommend the Apollo Go:

So, what exactly does an “Airflow” suspension system entail? Well, Apollo is doing very Apollo-ey things by manipulating how vibrations travel up the scooter’s front spring and rear rubber block. This setup has been designed to neutralize shocks before they reach your wrists and legs. Sure, there’s a small amount of bottoming out, but because of the bushings, any hint of clanking is minimal.

Apollo Go Front Spring

I found the feel of this system to be very similar to the setup of the Horizon V2; the clincher, for me, though, was the Go’s superior self-healing 9-inch tubeless tires, which delivered far more in terms of cushioning.

Apollo Go Front Tire

These, allied with the Go’s pronounced 14-degree rake angle, 40-inch deck-to-handlebar height, and roomy deck, deliver a level of ride quality that’s unrivaled by similarly priced scooters. I also love the ever-so-slightly angled design of the chassis. By my measurements, the ground clearance at the front reaches 6.3 inches, while at the rear it’s 5.5 inches – this adds to the scooter’s sleek aesthetic.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Ride Quality

This design doesn’t just aid its appearance, though, it also creates a sporty feel when ripping the Go’s dual 36V 350W motors. Now, it’s important to note that the Go doesn’t top the speed or acceleration charts, but – as per my tests – it’s still capable of producing enough pace to take advantage of its nimble profile. Here, I accelerated to 15 mph in a respectable 3.8 seconds before clocking 25.5 mph on my high-precision data logger.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Top Speed

What made the Go so enjoyable to ride, however, was the 8th-generation paddle for its throttle. It was extremely smooth to operate, ensuring that power delivery was a serene experience.

Apollo Go Throttle

Besides, if you do feel yourself building up a slightly intimidating head of steam, you can bank on the regen and mechanical drum brake to bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in 3.1 meters. Better yet, the regenerative braking system can be used independently to recycle kinetic energy and recharge your battery by up to 10%.

Apollo Go Regen Brake

I used the regen brake throughout my range test and achieved a total distance of 17.63 miles. This also included an average moving speed of 14.6 mph and a course that entailed 699 ft of ascent. Under best-case conditions, Apollo claims that the Go can stretch its legs to 30 miles.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Suspension

Speed, acceleration, braking, and range stats are all well and good, but Apollo is best known for its penchant for tech integration. Two prime examples of this are the mobile app and QuadLock phone mount.

Apollo Go Handlebars With Phone Attached to the QuadLock

The mobile app enables you to customize various aspects of your scooter’s performance. This includes the strength of your acceleration and regen brake, the top speed of each riding mode, and your start mode. You can also get range estimates based on your most recent riding pattern, using it as a navigational device, record rides, view the health and status of your battery, turn the lights on/off, and remotely lock the scooter.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go Mobile App

What’s more, because the Go comes with a free QuadLock accessory, you can convert your standard phone case into one that’s compatible with the mount. I used it on my case and it worked perfectly, as you can see below:

Josh's Phone With the Apollo Go QuadLock Attachment

If you don’t want to use your phone as the main display, you can rely on the DOT Matrix screen that comes as part of the cockpit as standard. It’s extremely bright, can be viewed from all angles, and even allows you to receive over-the-air updates to change its appearance.

Apollo Go Handlebars

Portability is another area where the Go comes up trumps. Its 46 lbs weight is relatively light, while its folding claw is simple to facilitate a quick collapse of the stem. The clip-in, clip-out system on the kickplate can be a little fiddly at times, though.

Apollo Go Folded

As for its lights, well, the Go is one short of being a flying saucer. Its 360-degree rig guarantees visibility, with a bright headlight and strip on the stem leading the way. The stars of the show, however, are turn signals that are embedded into the end of the handgrips and kickplate – they’re quite possibly the best you’ll find on any scooter.

Apollo Go Bright Lights

To cap everything off, the Go is blessed with one of the most reliable builds that I’ve ever come across. Not only is it equipped with an exceptionally rare IP66 water-resistance rating – which means it’s impervious to rain and dust ingress – but the 10,000 km warranty on its stem, neck, and deck, is industry-leading. The cable management, meanwhile, is impeccable.

Apollo Go Kickplate

Impeccable is a word you could use to sum up the Go in general. This is a scooter that’s been designed with the future in mind; in doing so, Apollo has sent shockwaves coursing across the entry-level landscape.

Apollo Go Handlebar Turn Signal in Action

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Apollo Go Review

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Varla Eagle One V2

Sale: $1,569.00 $1,997.00

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (197 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Varla Eagle One V2 Overview:

When it comes to all-terrain electric scooters, the conversation usually centers on Goliaths worth eye-watering sums of money. The Varla Eagle One V2, however, has swooped in on the discussion to completely reorient our expectations.

Varla Eagle One V2 Durable Chassis

Despite costing approximately 24% less than its off-road rivals, this bird of prey can conquer everything from smooth sidewalks to jagged mountain routes with the flap of a wing. Its secret? A killer suspension system, of course. It’s one of a multitude of upgrades that it brings to the table as a follow-up on the original Eagle One.

Josh Testing the Varla Eagle One V2 Off Road

For you, this means a model bursting with value. Rightfully seen as a threat to established entry-level, dual-motor superstars like the Apollo Ghost, SPLACH Titan, and Mantis V2, the Eagle One V2 is a triumph from a brand that continues to soar with every new release.

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Why I Recommend the Varla Eagle One V2:

The Eagle One V2’s strengths as an all-terrain trailblazer are largely down to its two ginormous springs and swingarms, which together deliver smooth rebound and compression rates.

Varla Eagle One V2 Suspension

Add to this an optimal balance of shock absorption across the front and rear of the chassis, as well as 5.1 inches of ground clearance, and it’s easy to see why I felt compelled to award it an excellent 8/10 on my shock absorption scale.

Josh Testing the Varla Eagle One V2 Top Speed

The springs also didn't clank or bottom out despite jumping up and down on the deck during my tests (the same can’t said for some of its competitors like the Apollo Ghost).

Varla Eagle One V2 Deck

Supporting this outstanding setup are the 10-inch tubeless tires. Now half an inch wider than those found on the original Eagle One, they offer added stability as well as cushioning and protection against punctures. Their knobbly tread pattern, meanwhile, is a case study in versatility.

Varla Eagle One V2 Motor

The Eagle One V2’s effectiveness on any surface is further aided by design details elsewhere. Its swept-back, 28-inch wide handlebars are tailor-made for maintaining control and balance on uneven tracks, while the geometry of its IP54 water-resistant frame and the rock-solid stem’s 9-degree rake angle promise stability. This is a seriously well-thought-out set of wheels.

Varla Eagle One V2 Cockpit

A word must also go to the 25A Sine Wave controllers and smooth actuating thumb throttle. Together, their ability to funnel power can be likened to a roll-on/roll-off dimmer dial that gradually increases and decreases the brightness of a light bulb. The same smooth-flowing pattern of power is generated by the controllers, resulting in a throttle response that feels refined and controllable, as opposed to jerky and abrupt.

Varla Eagle One V2 Thumb Throttle

My only slight grumble with the V2’s design is with the size of the deck. By my measurements, there are just 16.1 x 7.7 inches of usable space, making it a little short. The presence of the kickplate does, however, offset this by adding an extra 5.1 inches of room. The fact it's angled at 16 degrees means that you can comfortably bounce up and down on the spring underneath it, too.

Varla Eagle One V2 Kickplate

Now, one of the biggest upgrades that the new V2 brought to the table was its 52V 20.8Ah battery. It’s 14% bigger than the unit found on its predecessor, translating into an expanded maximum range of 42 miles. However, as per my grueling tests, I got 24.37 miles. Against the backdrop of its rivals, its real-world performance is what you would expect, as is its 1082Wh battery (the average of its 6 similarly-priced competitors is 1066Wh).

Josh Testing the Varla Eagle One V2 Ride Quality

As for speed, the V2 performs admirably. With the dual 52V 1000W motors peaking at 3200W, I hit 15 mph in 2.3 seconds, 25 mph in 5.8, and 30 mph in 9.3. I also reached a top speed of 36.1 mph. It was a voracious eater of hills and had strong brakes, too.

Josh Testing the Varla Eagle One V2 On a Dirt Track

The alchemy between its dual hydraulic calipers, heat-dissipating 160 mm rotors, and electronic braking system brought me to a halt from 15 mph in a mic-dropping 2.0 meters – this puts far pricier models to shame.

Varla Eagle One V2 Hydraulic Brake Caliper

Its safety credentials also extend to its lighting rig. It now comes with a bright high-mounted headlight, dual taillights, and deck LEDs to illuminate both you and the way ahead.

Varla Eagle One V2 Lights

So there you have it: the Varla Eagle One V2. A scooter that improves upon its predecessor in practically every way while rewriting the rulebook on what to expect from an affordable all-terrain dual-motor model.

Varla Eagle One V2 Frame

Further Information:

Varla Eagle One V2 Review

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Apollo City Pro 2023

Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

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Apollo City Pro Overview:

Billed as the ultimate commuter scooter, the Apollo City Pro is a proverbial box of tricks perfectly fine-tuned for the demands of modern city living.

Josh Testing the Apollo City Pro

Channeling everything that made its predecessor such a hit with commuters, it adds to its critically acclaimed features – like the triple spring suspension system and plush self-healing tires – with a selection of excellent upgrades. These include a new cockpit, handlebar-integrated turn signals, a larger battery, an improved folding mechanism, and an IP66 water resistance rating.

Josh Standing On the Apollo City Pro

Sure, it may cost a pretty penny for a commuter model, but you get what you pay for – and in this case, that’s one of the best scooters to emerge from a market that’s saturated with competition.

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Why I Recommend the Apollo City Pro:

Let’s burrow straight down to the bedrock of why you’re here: suspension.

The City Pro’s setup is largely identical to the one that came before it on 2022’s model – but with one or two subtle refinements. This time around the dual rear springs have been better calibrated, resulting in a compression rate that feels much smoother. Previously, they felt a little stiff.

Apollo City Pro Rear Springs

The front spring, meanwhile, maintains its responsive profile, while the deep-traveling swingarms allow both wheels to move up and down with the undulations of the road – even when riding over rough pot-holed streets.

Apollo City Pro Chassis in Motion

Based on my tests, it’s fully deserving of a 7.5/10 rating on my shock absorption scale.

But cushioning isn’t the only quality that the City Pro brings to the table. At 10 x 3.25 inches, the tires played a huge role in elevating my riding experience. Thanks to their enlarged profile and grippy tread, I found myself leaning aggressively into corners and relying on their traction when accelerating and braking.

Apollo City Pro Self Healing Tire

They’re also self-healing, which is a feather in the Pro’s cap when it comes to its low-maintenance appeal.

Apollo City Pro Cruising

The newly upgraded cockpit plays a role in its luxurious ride quality, too. I’ll admit, I didn’t think there was much wrong with the one that came before it, but with a 6% wider span, tactile grips, and the introduction of 8th-generation paddles for the accelerator and regen brake, it lays the foundation for comfort and practicality.

Apollo City Pro Cockpit

Combined with its tapered spacious deck, tall stem, and 11-degree rake angle, everything feels balanced and secure as you slalom down winding streets. To put this into perspective, I've tested over $119,000 worth of electric scooters and had both good and bad riding experiences, but in the case of the City, it was sublime. Everything about it oozed quality.

Apollo City Pro Sleek Frame

Even its power delivery was supremely smooth with the dual 48V 500W motors getting me to 15 mph in just 2.3 seconds before reaching its top speed of 32 mph. It was fast enough to get my adrenaline pumping, but easy to maintain precise handling.

Josh Riding the Apollo City Pro

As for stamina, the 48V 20Ah battery is a noticeable upgrade on the 18Ah unit seen on its predecessor. This larger size boosts its maximum range to 43 miles, or 27 miles when you factor in periods of fast acceleration, cruising at 20 mph, and multiple stops.

Josh Riding Fast on the Apollo City Pro

Braking is yet another area of reliability. Its combination of a regenerative system that occupies both motors and dual drums brought me to a responsive stop from 15 mph in 2.1 meters. This is top-tier performance that upstages many pricier models.

Josh Using the Apollo City Pro Regen Brake

What’s more, under my tests, the regen braking system alone delivered a stopping distance of 4.8 meters, beating the likes of the Horizon’s rear drum and regen brake combo. Better still, if you want to adjust the strength of the regen brake then you can do so via the integrated mobile app. This also allows you to modify your accelerative strength, set the top speed of each riding mode, get range estimates, record rides, view the health of your battery, switch between kick-to-start and zero-start modes, activate the digital lock, turn the lights on/off, and remotely lock the scooter.

Adjusting Acceleration and Braking Strength of Apollo Pro in Mobile App

It’s easy to see why the Apollo City Pro is such a popular scooter – it’s a moreish ride that’ll have you beaming from ear to ear.

Apollo City Pro Lights

Further Information:

Apollo City Pro Review

Best Under $2,000​

Mantis V2 (18.2Ah)

Sale: $1,599.00 $1,899.00 – Get Extra $100 Off With Code: ESI100

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Suspension:

Mantis V2 Overview:

The Mantis line has gained a fervent fan base thanks to a feat all its scooters share: they fuse chart-topping performance with affordable price tags. The Mantis V2 is perhaps the clearest distillation of this ethos.

Josh Testing the Mantis V2

Sure, its dual 60V 1000W motors produce a rip-roaring top speed of 40 mph. And yes, its 25A Sine Wave controllers will have the hairs on your arms standing to attention as you serenely accelerate through the gears. But, thanks to its front and rear spring suspension, deep traveling swingarms, and plush pneumatic tires, you’ll feel like a bird gliding on the crest of a breeze.

Mantis V2 Rear Spring

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Why I Recommend the Mantis V2:

The Mantis V2 comes equipped with front and rear springs that absorb every shock and vibration you come across. I’m not exaggerating. It doesn’t matter if you're gliding down a smooth road, roughing it on a dirt track, or winding through forest trails; thanks to the damping on show, the V2 takes it all in its feathery stride.

Little wonder, then, that it scores an impressive 8.5 out of 10 on my shock absorption scale.

Mantis V2 Chassis

Working in cahoots with the suspension setup are the 10-inch pneumatic tires. They provide more than enough cushioning, traction, and ground cover to quench your thirst for sumptuous ride quality.

Mantis V2 Suspension on Dirt Track

But you also want to feel stable when tackling those trails. Luckily, the wide handlebars, flared hand grips, and heavy stem are just the ticket. The balanced, wobble-free experience they deliver is a crucial component of the overall riding experience, while the spacious, grippy deck and robust aluminum frame ooze high-end class.

Mantis V2 Cockpit

And then we have the dual 60V 1000W motors. This is the scooter that’s been voted one of the best by thousands of my readers, and a key reason why is because of the ferocious power that these jet-thrusters can summon. Together, they produce 3000W of peak power and a top speed of 40 mph – not to mention barrels of torque. During my tests, I found this ferocity to make mincemeat of practically every incline under the sun.

Mantis V2 Frame From the Rear

It’s not all fire and brimstone, however. Yes, the Mantis V2 explodes from 0-15 mph in 2.1 seconds and hurtles to 25 mph in 4.7 seconds; but thanks to its 25A Sine Wave controllers, this accelerative strength is as smooth as a torpedo arrowing through calm waters. There’s barely a ripple along the way.

Josh Riding the Mantis V2

When it comes to range, it’s important to note that the V2 can be purchased with either a 18.2Ah or 24.5Ah battery. This review is based on the former, which will produce a maximum of 33 miles, or 28 miles if you’re putting the pedal to the metal. The larger battery increases the maximum range to 45 miles, or 38 miles under real-world riding conditions, but will also set you back an extra $500. Besides, if range is important to you, I highly recommend checking out the Mantis King GT – it retails for around the same price as the 24.5Ah V2 model, but promises 56 miles and is a far better scooter overall.

Of course, with such power at your fingertips, it’s vital to have strong brakes. Well, the Zoom hydraulics brought me to a thudding stop from 15 mph in just 2.0 meters, making it a top performer among all electric scooters.

Mantis V2 Hydraulic Disc

Elsewhere, it builds on its safety credentials with a super bright headlight, taillights, deck LEDs, and turn signals – a combination that remains surprisingly rare.

Mantis V2 Lights

And though it’s not the lightest at 65 lbs, it does come with an (albeit slightly clunky) folding mechanism that allows you to collapse the scooter down for transportation. Just don’t expect to carry it up multiple flights of stairs.

Mantis V2 Folded Frame

This heft is there for a reason, however: it can support a load capacity of up to 265 lbs, making it a more welcoming proposition for heavier riders. Its tall handlebars are also good news for riders over 6 ft. I'm 6'1″ and found it comfortable ride.

The Mantis V2 has something for everybody. Whether it’s performance, ride quality, or design that floats your boat, this is a scooter that does everything well.

Mantis V2 Durable Frame

Further Information:

Mantis V2 Review

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Mantis King GT

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Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Suspension:

Mantis King GT Overview:

The Mantis King GT – my top pick for the best all-terrain electric scooter of the year. The crown jewel in Kaabo’s regal range of light-heavyweight performance models.

Josh Testing the Mantis King GT

With a scooter that has so much weaponry in its arsenal, knowing where to start can be difficult. But really, there’s one glorious string to the Mantis King GT’s violin that sings more vibrantly than the rest: its exceptional hydraulic suspension that can be easily adjusted via the turn of two dials to fit your terrain and preferences.

Indeed, the GT is a bolt from the gods for off-roading. This all-conquering trailblazer has upturned a market usually dominated by ultra-performance behemoths that cost at least $1,000 more.

Mantis King GT Suspension

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the Mantis King GT:

The Mantis King GT marks a turning point for Kaabo’s esteemed range. While you still get what is undoubtedly a Mantis at heart, this model is as close to a complete overhaul as you can get while sticking true to the line’s spirit of affordable power. With a new suspension system, higher top speed, and a larger frame comes a host of additional upgrades to thrill even the fussiest of riders.

Dramatic Shot of Mantis King GT Frame

Kaabo made a decision that has taken the GT from comfortable and capable, to luxurious and laudable. That decision was to follow the example set by the NAMI Burn-e 2 by introducing adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers.

As a result, you get one of the most versatile scooters available. Scoring 9 out of 10 on my shock absorption scale, with a quick turn of a dial between your fingers you can alter the rate at which the shocks rebound.

Mantis King GT Adjustable Hydraulic Suspension

With this type of customization available, every type of surface falls into your cross-hares. If you’re heading out on a smooth bike path, give it a twist and firm the shocks up. Alternatively, if you’re about to set out on a cross-country adventure, turn the dial the other way to completely engulf bumps and vibrations.

Mantis King GT Chassis

But, of course, a glorious suspension system without the tires to match is like Bonnie without Clyde. Thankfully, the Mantis King GT knocks it out of the park with 10 x 3-inch pneumatic hybrid tires that grip whatever terrain you're traversing like a child and their favorite toy.

Close Up of Mantis King GT Tire

Because of the GT’s suspension supremacy, it would be easy to forget everything else that contributes to your ride comfort. Truth is, this is one scooter that is geared from top to bottom to leave you drooling. From having tested and given the scooter a close inspection, it’s clear how hard Kaabo has worked to get this one right. The build quality speaks for itself.

Mantis King GT Deck

The handlebars – all 26 inches of them – deliver a level of handling that makes the GT incredibly agile for such a hulking scooter. Supplementing this aura of control is the spacious, grippy deck and kickplate that allow you to find the perfect riding position and lean in for a more aggressive riding style. The newly designed rock-solid stem locking lever further elevates the GT’s reliable build.

Mantis King GT Folding Mechanism

Let's not forget to cover it's power credentials. The dual 1100W motors deliver a velocity of up to 43 mph, while two 30A Sine Wave controllers keep the lightning-quick acceleration smooth, letting you remain upright without being thrown off the back.

Mantis King GT Hybrid Tire

Meanwhile, the 60V 24Ah battery is busy generating enough power to keep you going for a maximum range of 56 miles (or, 38 miles when ridden in the fastest mode – according to my tests). Thankfully Kaabo has also added dual charging ports to reduce the total charge time from 12 hours to a much more manageable 6.

Mantis King GT M16 Charge Port

It’s worth mentioning that with so much power, the GT takes hills in its stride. Capable of producing a peak power output of 4200W, I flew up steep inclines without any bother.

You’ll be pleased to know that the GT also has the stopping power to match its ferocity. On both wheels, you’ll find Zoom hydraulic discs that'll bring you to a complete halt from 15 mph in just 2.1 meters. This is better than the venerated performance of the Wolf King GT (3.0 meters).

Mantis King GT Front Hydraulic Disc Brake

And, if you need even more control over your speed, the TFT display and its many riding modes are your first port of call.

Mantis King GT Display

Not only does the display deliver everything you’d want by giving you easy access to all your key stats including speed, battery life, mileage, and temperature readouts, but crucially, it puts full control of the scooter’s power delivery in your hands.

Mantis King GT TFT Display

Via the display, you can regulate the power of the ferocious motors via 6 riding modes (including eco, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5). Even better, you can choose to engage either one or both of the motors.

Mantis King GT Single and Dual Motor Modes

Not only is the Mantis King GT an absolute pleasure to ride; its adjustable suspension and hybrid tires make it versatile enough to take on any surface. If you want a scooter that will make you feel like a ninja on wheels, then this one’s for you.

Mantis King GT Lights Off-Road

Further Information:

Mantis King GT Review

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NAMI Klima

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Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Suspension:

NAMI Klima Overview:

If you’re a regular reader of Electric Scooter Insider then you’ll know that I’m a bit of a NAMI fanboy. As far as I’m concerned, the Viper and Burn-e 2 models are revolutionary, game-changing achievements that have transformed the market.

There’s just one problem: they each cost a small fortune. Cue, the Klima.

Josh Testing the NAMI Klima

Encapsulating everything that made its siblings so revered – including a supremely smooth suspension system, ferocious power, eye-popping range, and formidable brakes – the Klima bundles it all into a lighter, more nimble package while shaving over a thousand dollars of the price tag.

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the NAMI Klima:

Before we explore the Klima in detail, it’s important to understand that its big bro, and forebearer – the NAMI Burn-e 2 – is arguably one of the most impressive scooters ever made when considering the range of features that it brandishes. Yet, even amidst such a stupendous highlight reel, one segment stands out: its adjustable hydraulic suspension.

Well, I’m delighted to announce that the Klima sports the same setup.

NAMI Klima Rear Wheel

Coming from the motocross industry, the compression and rebound rate of the KKE springs can be adjusted to be either slow (firm) or fast (soft). Best of all, adjusting them is so easy that my 92-year-old nan could do it. You simply twist the red dials above each spring.

NAMI Klima Adjustable Suspension

If riding on roads, for example, you can stiffen the shocks for a more sporty profile. Conversely, when navigating forest trails, they can be loosened for greater absorption. Similarly, riders nudging toward the scooter’s 265 load capacity may want to firm up the springs, while lighter users will prefer softer compression.

NAMI Klima From the Front on Dirt Track

You won’t find this level of adjustability on any other scooter bar the Burn-e 2. I was so blown away by the system that I awarded it 9.5/10 on my shock absorption scale.

NAMI Klima Dual Motors in Action

The Klima’s 10-inch tubeless tires are worthy sidekicks, too. Their lightly patterned tread delivers ample traction, while their thick layer of cushioning air acts as an effective first line of defense against imperfections in the terrain – and believe me, the Klima excels on any terrain.

NAMI Klima Front Tire

Not to be outdone, the build quality is out of this world. Its geometrically designed frame, ultra-wide handlebars, supremely ergonomic cockpit, and vast, grippy deck all promote a strong sense of balance, control, and agility. Everywhere you look, the Klima exudes premium attention to detail.

NAMI Klima Cockpit

Shifting the focus to performance, it continues to leave jaws agape. Its dual 60V 1000W motors produce a monumental peak output of 5040W and a sizzling top speed of 42 mph. The real magic, however, is in its acceleration rate. Bolstered by 40A Sine Wave controllers, it took me just 1.9 seconds to reach 15 mph and 2.9 seconds to hit 25 mph. This distinguishes it as one of the fastest scooters out of the blocks that I’ve ever tested.

NAMI Klima Chassis in Motion

Another thing that I love about the Klima is its incredible array of p-settings. Accessible via the exceptionally bright and clear display, it’s no stretch to say that you can customize every facet of the scooter’s performance. For example, you can cap the top speed and reduce the acceleration if you want to ease your way in or set up a completely new riding mode from scratch to perfectly suit your needs.

NAMI Klima Display

Its 60V 25Ah battery, meanwhile, can summon a maximum range of 50 miles on a single charge, or 39 miles if you put the pedal to the metal. Very few similarly priced models can match this.

NAMI Klima Charge Port

Nor can they equal the Klima’s outrageously sharp stopping power. Armed with Logan 2-piston hydraulic discs, I came to a complete stop from 15 mph in a bone-shuddering 2.1 meters. Only 10% of scooters are capable of this.

NAMI Klima Disc Brake

I mentioned at the beginning of this review that the Klima is a lighter, more nimble alternative to the NAMI Burn-e 2. This doesn’t mean it's a portable scooter, though. It weighs a pretty hefty 79 lbs, while the stem doesn’t lock down once it’s been folded. Carrying it is a pain.

NAMI Klima Folded

I can’t finish this review without a nod to the mic-dropping lighting rig. The 2000-lumen headlight could illuminate a black hole, while a taillight, brake light, and turn signals are built into an LED strip at the rear. My only bugbear is that the turn signals can’t be seen from the front.

NAMI Klima Lights

I can look past this relatively trivial gripe, mind you. The NAMI Klima is a stunning achievement by a brand that seemingly goes from strength to strength.

NAMI Klima 2000-Lumen Headlight

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NAMI Klima Review

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NAMI Burn-e 2

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Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Suspension:

NAMI Burn-e 2 Overview:

The best way that I can describe the NAMI Burn-e 2 is that it’s ride quality is eons ahead of the competition. In fact, it's so good that it's the only scooter that I've awarded a perfect 10/10 score on my shock absorption scale over the last 5 years.

Josh Testing the NAMI Burn-e 2

Add to this its utterly blistering speed, mammoth range, unprecedented customization features, and best-in-class braking power, and this scooter has it all.

You see, the Burn-e 2 represents the absolute summit of design and engineering – a summit that rivals will likely take years to reach.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Rear of Tire and Suspension

The Good:

The Bad:

Why I Recommend the NAMI Burn-e 2:

Where else to begin but with its ground-breaking suspension system? This is the kind of setup that you’ll find on premium dirt bikes; hydraulic KKE springs can be found at the front and rear – and each one has its own dial.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Rebound Adjustment

By twisting the dial left or right, you can adjust the amount of rebound that the springs exert. Here, it’s best to think of suspension in two facets – compression and rebound. Compression helps the suspension to absorb bumps as your wheels roll over obstacles. Rebound damping, on the other hand, helps the springs to return to their original position after compression. Ultimately, rebound damping is vital for a smooth ride as it regulates and controls the speed at which the springs bounce back.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Swingarm

With the ability to customize this at your fingertips, you can tailor the Burn-e 2 to your environment. You can speed the rebound rate up to absorb repeated blows from craggy off-road tracks or slow it down for smoother urban jaunts.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Rear of Chassis

Quite simply, no other scooter comes remotely close to the sophistication and quality of this setup. It’s like a hot knife cutting through butter.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Frame From Rear

But the Burn-e 2 is more than just its otherworldly suspension. Its standard-issue 11-inch tires do a fine job of cushioning impacts , but for an even better rider, you could get it fitted with PMT tires. These racing-standard bad boys deliver exceptional traction.

NAMI Burn-e 2 PMT Tire

Elsewhere, the Burn-e 2 hits all the right notes. Its extremely wide 27-inch handlebars and ergonomic cockpit have been designed to maximize your sense of control, while its frame is as tough as nails and the grip-covered deck, huge.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Deck Size vs Commuter Scooter

These details are important when you consider the scooter’s savage power. Wielding dual 72V 1000W motors (note: most motors of this size operate at 52V or 60V) and 50A – yes, 50A – Sine Wave controllers, the Burn-e 2 can hit a whiplashing top speed of 45 mph and burst from 0-25 mph in a ferocious 3.2 seconds.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Rear Motor

There’s even a “Turbo Mode” that allows you to unleash the full fury of its 5040W peak power output. Needless to say, even the steepest hills are light work for a scooter with such sheer brawn.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Handlebars

Think it all sounds a little… intimidating? Well, thankfully, you can modify its top speed and accelerative power via the plethora of p-settings that are accessible through the next-generation display. You can even create a custom riding mode based on your specific needs.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Display

There’s no letup in the wow factor when we switch the focus to range. Equipped with a huge 72V 28Ah battery, it can run on a single charge for up to 90 miles, or 50 miles when put under realistic conditions.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Charging Ports

And, when you need to tighten the reins on this beast’s power, NAMI has your back. Its LOGAN hydraulic discs team up with an adjustable regen system. With both working in full force, I came to a stop from to 15 mph in a standard-setting 1.8 meters. This is the shortest stopping distance that I’ve ever tested.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Front Disc Brake

As with everything else, the lighting rig is second to none. Comprising a blindingly bright 2000-lumen headlight, swanky mood lighting along the deck, and turn signals that wrap around the sides and rear, it scores top marks.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Light Package

As does its load-bearing capacity of 330 lbs. Sure, it weighs a tonne at 100 lbs, but this isn’t a scooter built for portability.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Folded From Rear

No. It’s designed for those who want to push the envelope and treat their adrenaline glands. The Burn-e 2 is ultra-performance in every sense of the word.

NAMI Burn-e 2 Turn Signals

Further Information:

NAMI Burn-e 2 Review

Comparison

Compare Electric Scooters With Suspension

The table below compares the best electric scooters across their shock absorption scores, performance, specs, price, and more.
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SPLACH TurboSPLACH TurboHorizon 10.4 V2HorizonApollo GoApollo GoEagle One V2Varla Eagle One V2 - BlueApollo City ProApollo City Pro 2023Mantis V2Mantis V2Mantis King GTMantis King GTNAMI KlimaNAMI KlimaNAMI Burn-e 2NAMI Burn-e 2
Where to BuySPLACHFluid Free RideApolloVarlaApolloFluid Free RideVoro MotorsFluid Free RideFluid Free Ride
Price$699$719$1,199$1,569$1,699$1,599$2,095$2,299$2,999
CategoryBudgetBudgetBudgetMid-RangeMid-RangeMid-RangePremiumPremiumPremium
AwardBest Under $800Best Under $1,000Best Under $1,200Best Under $1,500Best Under $1,750Best Under $2,000Best Under $2,250Best Under $2,500Best Under $3,000
ReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReviewReview
Performance
Top Speed28 mph23 mph28 mph40 mph32 mph40 mph43 mph42 mph45 mph
0-15 MPH4.3 s4.7 s3.8 s2.3 s2.3 s2.1 s1.9 s1.9 s1.8 s
0-25 MPHn/an/an/a5.8 s6.1 s4.7 s4.0 s2.9 s3.2 s
Max Range22 miles23 miles30 miles42 miles43 miles33 miles56 miles50 miles90 miles
Tested Range18 miles17 miles17.6 miles24.4 miles27 miles28 miles38 miles39 miles50 miles
Shock Absorp.6/106/106/108/107.5/108.5/109/109.5/1010/10
Braking2.4 meters5.0 meters3.1 meters2.0 meters2.1 meters2.0 meters2.1 meters2.1 meters1.8 meters
Max Incline14 degrees15 degrees25 degrees30 degrees20 degrees30 degrees30 degrees30 degrees35 degrees
Optimal Incline9 degrees9 degrees12 degrees18 degrees13 degrees18 degrees18 degrees18 degrees21 degrees
Specs
Motor48V 600W48V 500W36V 350W (x2)52V 1000W (x2)48V 500W (x2)60V 1000W (x2)60V 1100W (x2)60V 1000W (x2)72V 1000W (x2)
ThrottleFingerThumbThumbThumbThumbFingerThumbThumbThumb
Battery52V 10.4Ah FST48V 10.4Ah FST36V 15Ah FST52V 20.8Ah FST48V 20Ah FST60V 18.2Ah FST60V 24Ah Samsung60V 25Ah FST72V 28Ah FST
Charge Time7 hours6 hours7.5 hours10 hours4.5 hours12 hours6 hours6 hours7 hours
BrakesDual drums, ElectronicDrum, ElectronicDrum, RegenHydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicDrums (x2), RegenSemi-Hydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs (x2), ElectronicHydraulic Discs 2-Piston (x2), Electronic
SuspensionSprings, SwingarmsSprings, Air ShocksSpring, Rubber BlockSprings, SwingarmsTriple Springs, SwingarmsSprings, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Springs, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Shocks, SwingarmsAdjust. Hydraulic Springs, Swingarms
Tire Size8.5 inches8 inch9 inch10 inch10 inch10 inch10 inch10 inch11 inch
Tire TypeAir (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Inner-Tube), Solid (Rubber)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Tubeless)Air (Tubeless, Self-Healing)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Inner-Tube)Air (Tubeless)Air (Tubeless)
Weight45 lbs42 lbs46 lbs82 lbs65 lbs65 lbs74 lbs79 lbs100 lbs
Load265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs330 lbs265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs265 lbs330 lbs
FoldabilityFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at Stem & HandlebarsFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at StemFolds at Stem
IP RatingIPX5NoneIP66IP54IP66IPX5IPX5IP55IP55
LightsStem Strip, Deck LEDs, Taillights, Turn SignalsHeadlight, TaillightHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, DeckHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Customizable RGB, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Turn SignalsHeadlight, Taillight, Deck, Turn Signals
TerrainStreetStreetStreetStreet, Off-RoadStreetStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-RoadStreet, Off-Road
Testing & Analysis

How Did I Test the Scooters?

In my quest to find the 9 best electric scooters with suspension, I shortlisted 45 models and tested them across a range of shock absorption criteria.

The criteria included: the type of suspension, their adjustability, their rebound and compression rates, the balance of shock absorption across the front and rear of the scooters, the amount of travel, and whether they bottomed out.

In addition to this, I assessed the shock-absorbing profile of the tires, as well as each scooter’s ability to tackle different terrain.

All of these insights contributed to an overall shock absorption score for each scooter. The scoring system ranged from 1-10, with 1 being extremely stiff and 10 being extremely soft.

These tests were conducted as part of a wider, standardized testing process that’s applied to every electric scooter that I review. Find out more about how I test below:

Electric Scooters That I Tested:

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

Test Criteria:

Shock Absorption Score

The shock absorption score is an amalgamation of the entire testing process. Rating each scooter out of 10 serves as a quick and easy insight to glean comparative data.

As previously mentioned, the scoring system ranged from 1-10 – where 1 was extremely stiff and 10 was extremely soft – but, in the interest of selecting the top-performing scooters relative to their price, I made sure to only choose those with scores of 5 or above.

Shock Absorption Scale

For context, scooters that scored 5-7 delivered a comfortable ride across urban terrain, while any scoring 8 or above could tackle unpredictable environments (i.e. forest tracks, dirt paths, etc). The higher the score, the more plush the ride.

Further Information:

How I Test Shock Absorption

Suspension Type

My first port of call when testing each scooter’s suspension was to identify their setups. The best scooters typically sported systems centered on either hydraulics or springs, though some also donned effective rubber torsion systems.

Apollo City Pro Rear Springs

A quick visual assessment was conducted to establish the suspension that I was working with. This may sound trivial but understanding the components can play a key role in how you get the best from them. For example, while springs are ready to go straight out of the box, other systems like those that sport rubber can take time to break in.

Adjustability

To put it simply, some suspension systems could be adjusted while others couldn’t. However, for those that could, the degree of adjustability varied. For example, I found that some springs could be tightened or loosened using a C-spanner, while others had small dials that you could twist with your fingers. In some cases, there were a couple of scooters (cough…Dualtron) that claimed to have 45-step adjustable suspension systems, but the process to change their configuration was extremely complex, rendering them unpractical.

Josh Adjusting the SPLACH Mukuta Suspension

To address the nuances between the different suspension setups, I reported on how easy they were to adjust, as well as the impact that the changes had on performance (i.e. did the adjustments improve shock absorption).

Rebound and Compression Rates

Throughout my tests, it became clear that rebound and compression rates are key to not only your comfort but also the scooter’s handling.

To test this, I assessed whether the suspension felt controlled or bouncy. The top performers were able to roll over obstacles smoothly, while those at the lower end of the spectrum felt like pogo sticks.

Josh Jumping on the SPLACH Turbo

Scooters that had hydraulic shocks were the front runners since they had the ability to slow the rebound rate of their springs, thereby preventing them from immediately pinging out after compression.

Balance of Shock Absorption

Even if a scooter has a dual suspension system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that both play equal parts. There can, at times, be a mismatch in the equilibrium between the front and rear of a scooter – a prime example of this is the Apollo Pro (it was plush at the front, stiff at the rear).

Apollo Pro Moving Fast

To ensure the utmost comfort, the best configurations are those that strike a balance.

As with the rest of the tests, I took each scooter out on multiple runs. For urban models, the tests were confined to smooth roads and pot-holed streets; for off-roaders, the assessments were extended to dirt tracks and forest trails.

Amount of Travel

The amount of travel that a suspension system provides is a key indicator of its performance. As a rule of thumb, the greater the travel, the more plush the ride. Hitting the sweet spot, however, is where the magic happens.

EMOVE Cruiser S Front Suspension

Here, I garnered insights from my hands-on tests to determine whether each achieved a level of travel suitable for its claimed terrain and purpose.

Bottoming Out

Unfortunately, some scooters can bottom out, which in other words, means the springs clank together when fully compressed.

Josh Riding on the SPLACH Twin on a Dirt Track

To address this, I made sure to only select the scooters that used rubber bushings to soften the contact of the springs.

Shock Absorbing Profile of the Tires

While springs, rubber bushings, and swingarms all play a significant role in a scooter's ability to soak up shocks, their performance can be negated by tires that aren’t of equal quality.

Mantis V2 Suspension on Dirt Track

In identifying the best scooters, I found that larger air-filled tires delivered the most amount of cushioning and therefore worked as supplements to the suspension. There were some cases, however, where a mixture of solid and pneumatic tires delivered just as good performance.

Further Information:

How I Test Tire Performance

Ability to Tackle Different Terrain

Manufacturers often specify the types of terrain that their scooters are suitable for, but sometimes the performance doesn’t match up to the marketing.

So, to address this, I reported on each scooter's capabilities following a series of all-terrain tests.

NAMI Klima Being Ridden Down Dirt Track

Results From My Performance Tests:

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

Top Speed

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

ScooterPriceTop Speed
NAMI Burn-e 2
$2,999
45 MPH
Mantis King GT
$2,095
43 MPH
NAMI Klima
$2,299
42 MPH
Mantis V2
$1,599
40 MPH
Varla Eagle One V2
$1,569.00
40 MPH
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
32 mph
Apollo Go
$1,199
28 mph
SPLACH Turbo
$699
28 mph
Horizon
$719
23 MPH

Acceleration (0-15 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH (Seconds)
NAMI Burn-e 2
$2,999
1.8 s
NAMI Klima
$2,299
1.9 s
Mantis King GT
$2,095
1.9 s
Mantis V2
$1,599
2.1 s
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
2.3 s
Varla Eagle One V2
$1,569.00
2.3 s
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.8 s
SPLACH Turbo
$699
4.3 s
Horizon
$719
4.7 s

Acceleration (0-25 MPH)

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

ScooterPrice0-25 MPH (Seconds)
NAMI Klima
$2,299
2.9 s
NAMI Burn-e 2
$2,999
3.2 s
Mantis King GT
$2,095
4.0 s
Mantis V2
$1,599
4.7 s
Varla Eagle One V2
$1,569.00
5.8 s
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
6.1 s
Apollo Go
$1,199
n/a
SPLACH Turbo
$699
n/a
Horizon
$719
n/a

Maximum Range (Riding Slow)

Ordered from longest to shortest range.

ScooterPriceMax Range
NAMI Burn-e 2
$2,999
90 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,095
56 miles
NAMI Klima
$2,299
50 miles
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
43 miles
Varla Eagle One V2
$1,569.00
42 miles
Mantis V2
$1,599
33 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
30 miles
Horizon
$719
23 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
22 miles

Realistic Range (Riding Fast)

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

ScooterPriceReal-World Range
NAMI Burn-e 2
$2,999
50 miles
NAMI Klima
$2,299
39 miles
Mantis King GT
$2,095
38 miles
Mantis V2
$1,599
28 miles
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
27 miles
Varla Eagle One V2
$1,569.00
24.4 miles
SPLACH Turbo
$699
18 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
17.6 miles
Horizon
$719
17 miles

Braking (From 15 MPH)

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

ScooterPriceBraking From 15 MPH
NAMI Burn-e 2
$2,999
1.8 meters
Mantis V2
$1,599
2.0 meters
Varla Eagle One V2
$1,569.00
2.0 meters
NAMI Klima
$2,299
2.1 meters
Mantis King GT
$2,095
2.1 meters
Apollo City Pro
$1,699
2.1 meters
SPLACH Turbo
$699
2.4 meters
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.1 meters
Horizon
$719
5.0 meters
Answering Your Questions

FAQs

Do Electric Scooters Have Suspension?

Many do – but, as this guide shows, you’ll have to spend a minimum of $750. Most budget scooters rely solely on air-filled tires to absorb shocks; it’s only when you start exploring the worlds of commuter scooters or entry-level performance scooters that suspension systems become part of the feature set.

How Important is Suspension on an Electric Scooter?

Suspension on an electric scooter smooths out your ride and prevents you from feeling every bump and vibration. The rougher the surface, the more important the suspension.

For example, if you only ever ride on well-maintained roads, then suspension isn’t crucial. However, if you want to go off-road, it becomes necessary.

How Do You Adjust the Suspension on an Electric Scooter?

Most suspension systems can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the springs with a C-spanner.

However, some models, like the Mantis King GT, NAMI Klima, and the NAMI Burn-e 2, have adjustable dials that can be twisted between your fingers.

Can Electric Scooters Handle Bumps?

Electric scooters with solid tires and no suspension do not handle bumps well – every jolt will be felt through your body.

Those with large pneumatic tires, however, soften the blow.

Higher-performing scooters with large tires and suspension systems can engulf bumps and vibrations to deliver smooth riding experiences.

It’s a case of you get what you pay for.

Change Log

Recent Updates

In the interest of delivering the most timely, relevant, and credible reviews/guides in the industry, I have detailed the recent updates and changes to my list of the best electric scooters with suspension. Learn more about my editorial policy.

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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