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Josh's Phone With the Apollo Go QuadLock Attachment Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Suspension Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Load-Bearing Capacity Apollo Go Handlebar Turn Signal in Action Apollo Go Folded Apollo Go Kickplate

Apollo Go Review

$1,199.00

8.5/10 (Expert Score)

DATE

March 11, 2024

Price When Reviewed: $1199.00

Built and designed like a high-end electric scooter, the Apollo Go is brimming with innovative features, Cybertruck-esque lights, and premium flair. Yet, despite inheriting the best aspects of its pricier siblings, it manages to meld its influences into an affordable, entry-level format.

 

While the Go may not be the fastest or rangiest model in its price category, it makes its mark with best-in-class ride quality. Factor in its well-calibrated geometry, best-in-class cockpit ergonomics, and dual suspension system, and it delivers a supremely smooth ride that’s primed for inner-city commutes and weekend adventures.

 

And if this wasn’t enough to pique your interest, it promises a low-maintenance, all-weather design making it one of the most reliable scooters on the market.

 

Ultimately, then, the Apollo Go has pushed the entry-level scooter category to new frontiers.

Apollo Go Review: Redefining Entry-Level Scooters with Innovation, Comfort & Premium Flair

The good and the bad

Who we recommend it for

Is it worth its price tag?

Look, feel, and functionality

Results from our tests

Other scooters to consider

The Good and The Bad

Pros & Cons

PROS:

  • Ultra-sleek design
  • Premium build quality
  • Packed full of useful features
  • Cybertruck-inspired lights
  • Handlebar integrated turn signals
  • Well-designed geometry delivers intuitive control and handling
  • Best-in-class cockpit ergonomics
  • DOT Matrix display is extremely bright and easy to read from any angle
  • Comes with a free QuadLock phone case accessory (saving you $30)
  • Integrated mobile app for customized performance
  • Stable and nimble thanks to its 14-degree rake angle
  • Reliable self-healing tires
  • A regenerative braking system recycles kinetic energy to recharge the battery by up to 10%
  • A 40-inch deck-to-handlebar height and 265 lb load-bearing capacity make it well-suited to tall and heavy riders
  • Impeccable cable management
  • Extremely low maintenance
  • Battery management system ensures long-term health
  • Protective IP66 water-resistance rating

CONS:

  • The plastic caps that encapsulate the turn signals are prone to damage
  • The taillight is dim during the day
  • The clip-in, clip-out folding hook system is a little fiddly
  • The handlebars are slightly narrow

Apollo Go Kickstand
Is It Right For You?

Who It's Best For

The Apollo Go is tailor-made for anyone who wants a feature-rich, premium scooter at an entry-level price.

Dramatic Shot of Apollo Go

Its comfortable ride, reliable build, and low-maintenance design will delight commuters, while its plucky yet smooth performance profile will appeal to weekend explorers.

Plus, with a deck-to-handlebar height of 40 inches and a load-bearing capacity of 265 lbs, it’s a viable option for both tall (up to 6’3”) and heavy riders.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go

Is It Worth Its Price Tag?

Value For Money

Value for money is the Go’s reason for being; its entire existence is predicated on providing Apollo fans with affordable access to blue ribbon features found on its pricier models.

The DOT Matrix display, QuadLock phone mount, and Cybertruck-esque stem light that delighted advocates of the Pro are present, as are the turn signals first released on the City. Meanwhile. its self-healing tires, 8th-gen paddles, secure folding mechanism, and IP66 water resistance rating, are features that it shares with the rest of Apollo’s latest scooters.

Apollo Go Stem Folded

All this, while costing significantly less than both the City and the Pro. Sure, it makes concessions when it comes to raw power; and if having dual-motors isn’t a deal-breaker for you, the marginally cheaper Air may hold more appeal.

But, the headline here is that it's replete with a set of features that can’t be found on any other entry-level scooter.

Apollo Go Durable Build

Look, Feel & Functionality

Design & Features

Cockpit

Measuring just 20.4 inches, the Go’s handlebars are a little too narrow for the maximum power that it wields.

Apollo Go Cockpit

The magic, however, lies in the cockpit. Here, you’ll find exceptionally user-friendly paddles for your throttle and regen brake – but with a small tweak that makes a difference.

Whereas the paddles on the Air and City Pro were set parallel to the ground, the ones featured on the Go have been angled down. This seemingly minor detail improves the scooter’s ergonomics – you no longer have to adjust the paddles to perfectly fit the movement of your thumbs.

Apollo Go Regen Brake

Elsewhere, the DOT Matrix display is anti-glare and easy to read in direct light. Unlike lesser displays that come with pre-burnt screens, it can be reprogrammed with over-the-air updates.

You may, of course, prefer to use your phone as the display. The benefit of this is that in doing so, you have a wealth of customization options within easy reach thanks to the mobile app (more on this shortly). The QuadLock mount situated below the display makes this all possible.

Josh's Phone With the Apollo Go QuadLock Attachment

Better yet, the scooter comes with a free accessory that converts your normal phone case into a compatible one that can lock onto the mount. This is a great value-add, as QuadLock phone cases cost in the region of $30 and $40.

Apollo Go Handlebars With Phone Attached to the QuadLock

And last – but certainly not least – you have turn signals that are built into the tips of the handlebars. They offer unprecedented visibility from all angles.

Apollo Go Handlebar Turn Signal in Action

Mobile App

One thing that you can bet your bottom dollar on when buying a new Apollo scooter is mobile app integration. Through the app, you can customize various facets of your riding experience.

Using the basic settings, you can:

  • Record trips
  • Get range estimates based on your most recent riding pattern
  • Use it as a navigational device where you can follow a route to your destination
  • Adjust the top speed of each riding mode
  • View the health and status of your battery
  • Toggle between kick-to-start and zero-start modes
  • Turn cruise control on or off
  • Turn the headlight on or off
  • Remotely lock and unlock the scooter, which immobilizes it by applying the electronic brakes

Josh Testing the Apollo Go Mobile App

Then, if you go into the advanced settings, you can:

  • Dial in the strength of your acceleration and regen brakes
  • Set the time that it takes before cruise control automatically kicks in
  • Set the time that it takes before the scooter automatically shuts down when not in use

Frame

Among Apollo’s various specialties is its ability to produce scooters that share the same high-end elegance as Apple MacBooks. This becomes immediately clear as you unbox the Go – which, in itself is a refreshing experience given its shoe box-esque design.

Apollo Go Frame From the Side

Getting back to the scooter, though, it flaunts the same futuristic finish as the Apollo Pro. I’d go as far as to say that it’s the best-looking entry-level electric scooter.

Beyond its aesthetic qualities, the frame is noteworthy in two ways.

Apollo Go Unfolded

First, there’s its rake angle. At 14 degrees, it’s the most pronounced that I’ve measured. Typically, the smaller the angle, the less effort required to turn the handlebars, but the less stable the scooter. Conversely, a larger rake angle requires more effort to turn but gives you better stability at higher speeds. My tests revealed that the Go was both stable and nimble – its design offered the best of both worlds.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Handling

Secondly, it's equipped with a protective IP66 rating. Such a rating remains vanishingly rare on electric scooters at any price point. It ensures that the Go is impervious to rain and dust ingress, making it the perfect all-weather scooter.

Apollo Go Display Being Rained On

Deck

The chassis that houses the deck has a slightly tilted back design; at the front, its ground clearance measures 6.3 inches, while at the rear it’s 5.5 inches – this adds to the scooter’s sleek aesthetic.

Apollo Go Chassis

As for the deck itself, its tapered shape affords 23.2 inches in length, 5.3 inches at its widest, and 3.6 inches at its narrowest. Based on my tests, it serves up ample room to accommodate a comfortable riding stance.

Josh Standing on the Apollo Go Deck

The etched rubber mat ensures plenty of grip, too.

Apollo Go Deck

Tires

Featuring the same self-healing tubeless technology as the Air, City, and Pro, the Go’s tires are another empathic tick in the low-maintenance box. They’re both impervious to punctures and great for cushioning.

Apollo Go Rear Fender

However, at 9 inches, they’re also smaller. This grants more maneuverability when slaloming down busy streets; and while the smaller contact patch may result in less stability, this is mitigated by the Go’s gentler power when compared to, say, the Pro, which comes with huge 12-inch tires.

It’s also worth noting that despite having the smallest tires of the entire Apollo scooter line, the curvature of their front-on profile meant that traction was assured at every turn. I found myself leaning more aggressively into corners than I could when testing the Apollo Air.

Apollo Go Front Tire

Portability

Weighing 46 lbs, the Go sits at the lower end of the scale when compared to the rest of its stablemates – it’s significantly lighter than the Pro (93 lbs) but heavier than the Air (41 lbs).

Apollo Go Folded Frame

Carrying it in short bursts is relatively easy, but you won’t want to tackle more than a flight of stairs.

Josh Carrying the Apollo Go

Located at the foot of the stem, you press down on the safety catch, pull the lever back to release the locking claw, and lower the stem. Once lowered, the hook on the back of the handlebars attaches to the deck. Then, when you want to unfold the scooter, you press the button to unlock the handlebars from the deck.

Apollo Go Open Folding Mechanism

However, while I’m a fan of Apollo’s many innovations, the newly added clip-in, clip-out hook system is a little fiddly – especially when compared to the seamless mechanisms sported by the likes of the NIU KQi3 Pro. Here, I had to wiggle the handlebar hook to get it to snap in and out of its locked position.

Apollo Go Handlebars Hooked into Deck

Load

With a 265 lbs load-bearing capacity, it’s far better than the Air for heavier riders and level with the City Pro.

During my tests, I found that it coped well with my 197 lb weight.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Load-Bearing Capacity

Lights

The Go borrows its somewhat similar 360-degree lighting rig from the Pro.

Apollo Go Bright Lights

Together, there are five sources of light; at the front, there’s a high-mounted headlight and stem strip, at the end of each handgrip, there are turn signals, and at the rear, there’s kickplate-embedded taillight (that also functions as a brake light and turn signals).

Apollo Go Lights From the Rear

Here's a closer look at the handlebar turn signals:

Apollo Go Turn Signal at Night

I’m a huge fan of the stem strip light, which is extremely bright and, together with the headlight, perfect for night rides.

Apollo Go Headlight Beam

I did, however, find that the kickplate lights were dim during the day.

Apollo Go Kickplate Integrated LED Strip

Build Quality

Over the last few years, Apollo has invested heavily in both the design and manufacturing of their scooters – as evidenced by their industry-leading 10,000 km warranty on the Go’s frame.

Apollo Go Side Profile

You see, despite being an entry-level scooter, the Go is a bastion of superb design brought to life by premium materials. From the aluminum-alloy frame, anti-corrosive graphite paint, and immaculate cable management; to the wobble-free stem, smart battery management system, and tactile controls: this is a model that oozes class.

Apollo Go Secure Folding Latch

It looks like a scooter that would require high maintenance, but thanks to some key features like the self-healing tires and drum brakes, it resides in the upper echelons of reliable, low-maintenance models.

Apollo Go Kickplate

My only major gripe is with the plastic caps that encapsulate the turn signals – I ended up cracking both during my tests.

I wasn't being rough with the scooter; the damage occurred when I accidentally knocked it over, which is something many riders will do from time to time. My feedback for Apollo (which I’ve shared with them) is to either include two spare caps in the box, or better yet, change the design to have the ends made out of a transparent rubber that can absorb shocks.

Apollo Go Cracked Turn Signal

Further Information:

How I Test Build Quality

Results From My Tests

Performance Report

Performance Report Summary

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Dragy GPS Performance Box (DG70) | Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • Results: See the test data
CategoryTest ResultsClaimed
Top Speed25.5 mph28 mph
0-15 MPH3.8 sn/a
0-20 MPH7.4 sn/a
Braking3.1 metersn/a
Range17.6 miles30 miles
Incline12 degrees25 degrees

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Handling Around a Corner

Top Speed

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • Results: See the test data

Armed with dual 350W motors, the Apollo Go is a lively character that knows its limits. The brand claims it has a top speed of 28 mph, though my tests saw it hitting 25.5 mph.

Apollo Go Top Speed Test Data From High-Precision GPS Data Logger

To be honest, this is pacey enough. You wouldn't want to go any faster when clinging onto handlebars that are just 20.4 inches wide. It’s nippy and nimble, which is the perfect combination if you’re seeking a set of wheels for your commute.

Top Speed vs Price

Placed up against 9 other scooters, it earns a respectable bronze medal for its claimed maximum speed, though it narrowly misses out on a podium position finish for its real-world tested speed.

ScooterTested SpeedClaimed Speed
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
32 mph33 mph
Fluid Vista
$1,199
29 mph31 mph
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
27 mph28 mph
SPLACH Twin
$999
27 mph28 mph
Mosquito
$899
26 mph25 mph
Apollo Go
$1,199
25.5 mph28 mph
Varla Pegasus
$899
25 mph28 mph
WideWheel Pro
$1,099
25 mph26 mph
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
22 mph24 mph
Apollo Air 2023
$899
20.5 mph21 mph

The fact that its tested top speed is just 1.5 mph short of the SPLACH Mukuta and SPLACH Twin is impressive – especially considering that these have more powerful 48V 600W dual motors.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Top Speed

Acceleration

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Dragy GPS Performance Box (DG70)
  • Results: See the test data

Switching the focus to acceleration, its rate of 0-15 mph in 3.8 seconds is enough for a middle-of-the-pack ranking. This is expected, given that the models above it operate at higher voltages (48-60V), have more motor power (1000-1200W), and greater peak power outputs (1600-2200W).

Scooter0-15 MPH
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
2.7 s
SPLACH Twin
$999
3.0 s
Fluid Vista
$1,199
3.2 s
WideWheel Pro
$1,099
3.2 s
Varla Pegasus
$899
3.5 s
Apollo Go
$1,199
3.8 s
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
3.8 s
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
4.3 s
Mosquito
$899
5.0 s
Apollo Air 2023
$899
5.7 s

Again, however, the Go performs admirably when we consider that there are just a few milliseconds between it and the Varla Pegasus, WideWheel Pro, and Fluid Vista.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Acceleration

If raw performance per dollar is at the top of your priority list, then the SPLACH Mukuta is the best pick; it has an acceleration rate that’s 29% faster.

And don’t forget that you can adjust the Go’s accelerative strength via the mobile app. I had it on the strongest setting, which was 10.

Further Information:

How I Test Acceleration

Mileage

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Garmin Edge 130 Plus
  • Results: See the test data

Apollo claims that the 36V 15Ah battery (complete with 21700 cells) has a maximum range of 30 miles.

My range tests are designed to push scooters to their real-world limit. Assessing the Go on a course that encompassed a total ascent of 699 feet, I measured its range at 17.63 miles. The test was conducted with an average moving speed of 14.6 mph and the temperature was 48.8 °F.

Apollo Go Real-World Range Test Data From High-Precision GPS Data Logger

Once empty, the battery took around 7.5 hours to recharge.

A word must also go to the smart battery management system, which supplies protection against short-circuiting, overcurrent, overcharging, undervoltage, and temperature resistance. Along with the high-quality battery cells, you should get 600 charge cycles.

Apollo Go Charging Port Cover

Mileage vs Price

The simple fact of the matter is that range isn’t the Go’s strongest suit when pitted against similarly-priced scooters.

ScooterTested RangeClaimed Range
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
48 miles62 miles
Fluid Vista
$1,199
32 miles45 miles
NIU KQi3 Max
$899.98
23 miles40 miles
SPLACH Mukuta
$1,099
22 miles39 miles
SPLACH Twin
$999
21 miles35 miles
WideWheel Pro
$1,099
20 miles30 miles
Varla Pegasus
$899
18 miles28 miles
Mosquito
$899
18 miles22 miles
Apollo Go
$1,199
17.6 miles30 miles
Apollo Air 2023
$899
15.5 miles34 miles

The EMOVE Cruiser S takes the crown, but this comes as no surprise given that its 52V 30Ah LG battery outstrips the Go’s unit by 2.9 times (1560Wh vs 540Wh).

The same can be said for all of the scooters above the Go in the rankings – they all have bigger batteries (except for the Mosquito).

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Real-World Range

As is always the case, however, context is key. None of the scooters on this list are as refined or feature-rich as the Apollo Go, so it comes down to what you value most.

Hill Climbing

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Garmin Edge 130 Plus

In claiming that the Go can scale inclines of up to 25 degrees, I can only assume that Apollo has recently taken on a particularly bullish approach to its marketing. From my experience, steep inclines like this require at least dual 1000W motors.

Apollo Go Rear Motor

That said, the Apollo Go powered its way up my 10% hill grade test, which suggests it’s a good option for neighborhoods with gentle to moderate inclines. If you live in a city like San Francisco, however, I’d recommend opting for a more powerful dual-motor scooter.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go Up a Hill

Shock Absorption

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Subjective Assessment

The Go introduces an Airflow suspension system that’s designed to quell shocks and vibrations as they travel up the scooter’s front spring and rear rubber block. I found the feel of this system to be very similar to the setup of the Horizon V2; the clincher, for me, is the Go’s superior tires, which deliver more in terms of cushioning.

Apollo Go Front Spring

Also worth highlighting is that there are only 2 inches of travel. You can feel the suspension bottoming out, but there’s no clanking thanks to the bushings.

All things considered, I feel a 6 out of 10 on my shock absorption scale is justified.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Suspension

Braking

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Measuring Tape

When it comes to stopping power, the Go relies on a mechanical drum brake at the rear and a regenerative system that occupies both motors.

Apollo Go Regen Brake Paddle

Based on my tests, the regen brake alone will bring you to a safe stop from 15 mph in 7.8 meters. With the drum brought into the equation, the distance drops to 3.1 meters.

Apollo Go Brake Lever

This setup has two benefits: first, the drum brake is long-lasting and low maintenance; and second, the regen system recycles kinetic energy to recharge your battery by up to 10%.

Apollo Go Drum Brake

As a reminder, you can adjust the regenerative braking strength via the mobile app between 1 to 10. I had it on the strongest setting, which was 10.

Ride Quality

  • Tester: Josh Frisby | Weight: 197 lbs | Height: 6'1″
  • Equipment: Subjective Assessment

The Apollo Go has all the ingredients that you need for a balanced, smooth ride. Key to its appeal is the combination of its plush pneumatic tires and dual suspension. Elsewhere, its rake angle ensures maneuverability and stability, while the spacious deck, tall stem, and ergonomic cockpit all play their part in enhancing your experience.

Josh Testing the Apollo Go's Ride Quality

The Go has perhaps the best ride quality of all the entry-level electric scooters that I’ve tested.

Apollo Go Throttle

Further Information:

How I Test Ride Quality

Compare With Other Scooters

Alternatives

Apollo City Pro 2023

Sale: $1,699.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ESI
Josh Testing the Apollo City Pro

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Why is it Better Than the Apollo Go?

Why is it Worse Than the Apollo Go?

EMOVE Cruiser S

Sale: $1,199.00 $1,499.00 – Get Extra $50 Off With Code: ELECTRICSCOOTERINSIDER
Josh Testing the EMOVE Cruiser S

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Why is it Better Than the Apollo Go?

Why is it Worse Than the Apollo Go?

SPLACH Mukuta

Sale: $1,099.00 $1,799.00 – Get Extra $65 Off With Code: ESI
Josh Testing the SPLACH Mukuta

Performance Report:

Tester: Josh Frisby (190 lbs, 6.1 ft)

*Based on my tests and assessments

Why is it Better Than the Apollo Go?

Why is it Worse Than the Apollo Go?

Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

The Apollo Go comes with a 12-month warranty.

Parts that are covered include the battery, motors, controllers, lights, handlebar, display, paddles, folding mechanism, and charger. The frame, which includes the stem, neck, and deck, is covered for 10,000 km (6,250 miles).

Apollo Go Folded

If manufacturing defects occur within the first 30 days or 10 km (whichever comes first), you can claim a free replacement model as part of the Apollo QC+ Service. Beyond this timeframe, the brand will repair the scooter under the limited warranty, should the parts in question be covered.

As to be expected, the warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by wear and tear, misuse, or accidents.

Apollo Go Stem and Deck

Manufacturer Specs

Specification Sheet

Specification: Apollo Go Review

Brand
Brand

Apollo

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

46

Rider Weight (lbs)

265

Tire Size (inches)

9

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Self-Healing)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

28

Max Range (miles)

30

Charge Time (hours)

7.5

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Drum, Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Dual Motors, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

25

Water Resistance Rating

IP66

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Specification: Apollo Go Review

Brand
Brand

Apollo

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

46

Rider Weight (lbs)

265

Tire Size (inches)

9

Tire Type

Pneumatic (Self-Healing)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

28

Max Range (miles)

30

Charge Time (hours)

7.5

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Drum, Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

Cruise Control, Lights, Mobile App, Water Resistance Rating, Dual Motors, Turn Signals

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

25

Water Resistance Rating

IP66

Apollo Go Review

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