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Fluid Vista Review

$1,199.00

7.5/10 (Expert Score)

DATE

April 26, 2023

Price When Reviewed: $1299.00

Finding an everyday scooter that combines a low-maintenance design with a comfortable ride is a challenge…that was until the Fluid Vista entered the arena.

 

Sporting puncture-proof solid tires and a shock-absorbing adjustable suspension system, it hits the sweet spot that other scooters struggle to achieve.

 

In the competitive field of commuter scooters, there’s just a handful of models that stand out, and the Vista has earned its status as a top performer.

 

With a litany of headline-worthy features, a well-balanced performance profile, and an affordable price tag, it not only promises value for money but proves itself as a zero-hassle alternative to the popular EMOVE Cruiser.

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Fluid Vista Review: Hits the Sweet Spot Between Low-Maintenance & Comfort

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:

  • Top-performer in its price class
  • Extremely low-maintenance
  • Puncture-proof tires
  • Smooth adjustable suspension that doesn't bottom out
  • Excellent folding mechanism
  • Mobile app allows you to customize performance settings
  • High handlebars make it suitable for tall riders
  • Dual-braking system is highly responsive
  • Large and feature-rich display
  • Ergonomic controls
  • Full lighting rig (with turn signals and deck LEDs)
  • Long, reinforced fenders prevent splashback
  • IPX5 water resistance rating


CONS:

  • It's big, meaning its stature has more in common with a performance scooter, as opposed to one destined for commuting
  • Handling is hindered by the under-weighted stem and handlebars
  • Headlight could be brighter
  • Throttle response is jerky
  • Deck is short

Is It Right For You?

Who It's Best For

Fluid Free Ride has made a name for itself not only as a leading electric scooter retailer, but also with a portfolio of its own top-performing commuter models – including the Horizon, Mosquito, and now, the Vista.

Josh With the Fluid Vista

Some might say they have the Midas touch when it comes to creating low-maintenance, everyday scooters that you can rely on, and if that's what you’re searching for, then the Vista may tick all of your boxes.

It's not just dependable, though. Unlike many solid tire scooters, it's comfortable to ride thanks to its excellent suspension system. It’s also extremely easy to fold and combines a nippy acceleration rate, top speed, and long mileage, making it primed for urban environments.

Fluid Vista Rear Wheel

Is It Worth Its Price Tag?

Value For Money

There are no two ways about it, the Vista is, without a doubt, in the top band of electric scooters that cost under $1,500.

From its durable build and reliable ride quality; to its integration of an advanced mobile app and slick performance stats, you’re guaranteed a scooter that secures a podium position finish in its price class. Getting all that for $1,299 is a bargain by any metric.

Fluid Vista Front Fork

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Look, Feel & Functionality

Design & Features

Cockpit

With wide sprawling 25.5-inch handlebars, flared rubber handgrips, and a slightly convexed structure, the cockpit has the foundations needed for a strong sense of control – but as we’ll soon cover, the Vista's handling is hindered by the underweighted stem.

Fluid Vista Handlebars

In the center, you’ll find a large display. Its sleek shape reminds me of the Segway GT Super Scooters. It’s bright, clear, and home to a plethora of readouts including your riding mode, speed, distance traveled, battery level, voltage, amperage, power usage, and temperature warnings.

It also shows the status of your lights (on/off), turn signals, and motor lock.

Fluid Vista Uniquely Shaped Display

To the right, you’ll find the lever for the front drum brake and the ergonomic thumb throttle. On the left is the lever for the rear disc brake and an easy-to-reach control console that combines a slide switch for your turn signals and a button for your horn – which, although not as loud as one, sounds like a truck reversing.

Fluid Vista Handgrip and Turn Signal Switch

Frame

One of the first things you’ll notice when unboxing the Vista is the size of its frame.

It’s large for a commuter scooter. To put this into context, it’s around the same size as the Mantis – a performance scooter – which marks a departure from the ultra-portable models that are more commonly associated with those destined for commuters.

Fluid Vista Frame

Deck

In some ways, I like the deck, but in others, I don't.

It has a sleek tapered design, is sufficiently grippy, and is among the widest I've ever tested. It measures 9 inches at its widest point and tapers to 8.25 inches at its narrowest.

Fluid Vista Deck

But, with just 18 inches of available foot space in length, it's a bit too short. By comparison, it's 5 inches shorter than its greatest rival – the EMOVE Cruiser – and this can be felt when riding the scooter.

That said, the Vista does add some much-needed ground clearance over the Cruiser. There are 6 inches beneath it, which is enough to ensure that the undercarriage is protected from curbs and other precarious obstacles.

Tires

The tires are a design quirk. Not only are they the biggest solid tires that I've ever tested, but they sport a terrain-agnostic tread.

Fluid Vista Solid Rubber Tire

Typically solid tires are chosen to ensure a low-maintenance design that’s void of punctures, but the price you have to pay for this convenience is a bumpy ride with zero shock absorption. Thankfully, this is combatted by the plush suspension system, meaning you get the best of both worlds.

What's not so clean cut, however, is the choice to use a tread pattern more commonly reserved for off-road performance scooters.

Initially, I found this an odd choice because it sends mixed signals – is it an all-terrain model or a commuter scooter?

Fluid Vista Rear Spring

So, I decided to test it on a dirt track, and to my surprise, it performed well. As for urban terrain, the tires maintained traction while accelerating, braking, and leaning into corners.

The main takeaway here is that the Vista is versatile – even if its first calling is commuting and city life.

Portability

Weighing 60 lbs, it – along with the Apollo City Pro – is one of the heaviest commuter scooters. Sure, you can carry it in short bursts, but if you need a scooter that you can quickly hop on and off public transport with, it probably isn't the one for you.

Fluid Vista Folded

It does, however, claw back some portability cred with its sublime folding mechanism. The folding mechanism is made up of a simple pull-and-release locking lever which is unlocked/locked into place via two catches and a safety button. There’s also a hook on the back of the handlebars that snaps into the kickplate.

Fluid Vista Handlebars Locked into Kickplate

Combined, it can be collapsed and ready to lift in just a couple of seconds.

Among the rest of the commuter scooters that I've tested, it has the best folding function.

Fluid Vista Folding Mechanism

Load

I was pleased to see that the Vista has a load-bearing capacity of 265 lbs, and based on my tests, I can confirm that it performs well under a load of 190 lbs.

Given the power on offer, I think it'll do just fine for those that are heavier on the scale, too.

Fluid Vista in Motion

Lights

It comes with a menagerie of lights – but does quantity equal quality?

While the headlight is mounted high on the stem, it could be brighter. Similarly, the rear deck lights are smoked out, meaning visibility during the day is low – which isn't ideal as they also function as brake lights. However, there’s a caveat.

Fluid Vista Lights Side On

The rear deck lights – along with the fender-embedded taillight – flash when the rest of the scooter’s lights are turned off, but don’t when they’re turned on. Instead, they simply light up brighter for the duration of when you’re pulling on the brake levers. This is an odd design choice.

Fluid Vista Deck LEDs

The turn signals, on the other hand, are great additions that flash at the rear. When in use, arrow icons flash and beep on the display.

And finally, you have the deck LEDs that can be turned on via the mobile app. They cycle through different colors and patterns, and while this is a neat feature that elevates your visibility at night, it would be even better if you could choose to make them stay just one consistent color with no rippling effects.

Fluid Vista Different Color Deck LEDs

Mobile App

The mobile app that connects to the Vista via Bluetooth brings a wealth of data and personalization to your fingerprints. From the app, you can:

  • Adjust the strength of your acceleration and electronic braking
  • Change the top speeds of each gear
  • Adjust the start function via a slider (instead of having just two options – kick-to-start or zero-start – you can use a slider to select how fast you need to be going before the throttle kicks in)
  • Adjust the time it takes for cruise control to engage
  • Set a passcode
  • Turn the lights on/off (and select different deck LED lighting patterns)
  • Remotely lock the scooter (when enabled and the scooter is rolled a loud alarm is triggered)
  • See key stats and performance graphs of your max speed, remaining mileage, system temperatures, max current, voltage, energy consumption, and much more

Build Quality

Whether it's the combination of the low-maintenance features that unite to ensure a hassle-free everyday ride, the clean cable management, or even the IPX5 water-resistance rating and incredibly robust fenders – which were strong enough to take all my weight while standing on them – there's no denying that the Vista has been thoughtfully built.

Fluid Vista Fender

However, it would benefit from further refinement. If Fluid could add more weight to the stem, or build more resistance into the rotation of the handlebars, it would significantly improve the scooter’s handling.

Fluid Vista Folding Lever

Results From Our Tests

Performance Report

Performance Report Summary

CategoryResult
Top Speed31 mph
0-15 MPH3.2 s
0-25 MPH6.6 s
Max Range (Riding Slow)45 miles
Max Range (Riding Fast)32 miles
Braking2.4 meters
Max Incline20 degrees
Optimal Incline13 degrees

Top Speed

Armed with a 60V 1000W rear-mounted motor, it can summon a peak power output of 1800W which translates into a pacey top speed of 31 mph.

However, it must be noted that the extremely light stem and handlebars made me err on the side of caution when riding at top speeds since I felt that I didn’t have full control over the steering column.

Fluid Vista Wide Handlebars

Top Speed vs Price

Applying a $500 bracket around the Vista’s price tag reveals 5 comparable scooters, and it achieves a respectable third-place ranking behind the SPLACH Titan and EMOVE Cruiser.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
37 mph
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
33 mph
Fluid Vista
$1,199
31 mph
Varla Pegasus
$899
28 mph
Apollo City
$1,399
28 mph
WideWheel Pro
$1,099
26 mph

Here, the SPLACH Titan has a big advantage over its peers in the form of its dual motors. If rip-roaring speeds are important to you and you're searching for the most power per dollar, then the Titan may be your best bet.

Where this conclusion doesn't hold weight, however, is when we compare the Vista to the EMOVE Cruiser. Both have similar top speeds, but it's the Vista that feels faster because of its more aggressive acceleration rate (which we’ll cover next).

Acceleration

Despite wielding an ergonomic thumb throttle, there’s seemingly no buffer between it and the power from the motor. It’s jerky – even at lower speeds – though this can be countered somewhat by lowering the accelerative strength via the mobile app.

Fluid Vista Thumb Throttle

This does, however, translate into an acceleration rate that can throw you back.

ScooterPrice0-15 MPH0-25 MPH
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
2.5 s4.9 s
Fluid Vista
$1,199
3.2 s6.6 s
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
3.8 s10.3 s

Pace-wise, the Vista’s rate of 0-15 mph in 3.2 seconds, and 0-25 mph in just 6.6 seconds leave its greatest rival – the EMOVE Cruiser – in the dust.

As to be expected, though, the Titan and its superior 2600W of peak power achieves an acceleration rate that's, on average, 24% faster than the Vista.

Fluid Vista Accelerating

Mileage

It’s another solid display from the Fluid Vista when we switch our attention to maximum mileage.

The large 60V 14.5Ah battery can deliver 45 miles on a single charge. It’s an excellent choice for commuters that need to rely on a scooter for long-range rides multiple days of the week.

Based on my hands-on tests, you can expect a realistic range of 32 miles.

Josh on the Fluid Vista

During the tests, I weighed 190 lbs (including safety gear) and rode the scooter around a circuit of undulating city streets. The riding conditions included fast acceleration, cruising, and multiple stops. The temperature was 57.2 Fahrenheit and the wind was 15.7 mph.

Mileage vs Price

Compared to the 5 other models that sit within a $500 bracket around the Vista’s price, it performs admirably.

ScooterPriceTop Speed
EMOVE Cruiser S
$1,199
62 miles
Fluid Vista
$1,199
45 miles
SPLACH Titan
$1,399
44 miles
WideWheel Pro
$1,099
30 miles
Varla Pegasus
$899
28 miles
Apollo City
$1,399
25 miles

You won’t be surprised to learn that the EMOVE Cruiser S dominates proceedings with its 62-mile range, but the Vista holds off the SPLACH Titan to nab silver by a single mile. It’s also worth noting that under real-world riding conditions, it beats the Titan by 3 miles (32 vs 29 miles).

Hill Climbing

As indicated by manufacturer specs, inclines of up to 20 degrees are within its grasp, though, based on my tests – you’ll see its performance degrade on anything beyond 13 degrees.

With the Vista’s hill-climbing credentials, you'll have nothing to fear in most neighborhoods and cities.

Josh Riding the Fluid Vista

Shock Absorption

The front and rear springs are this scooter's most redeeming feature.

You see, while most solid tire models favor low maintenance over comfortability, the Vista manages to achieve both.

At first, I thought I was in for a bumpy ride, but the well-calibrated springs soaked up the vast majority of vibrations. In fact, it was so good that its shock-absorbing capabilities felt on par with some scooters that have air-filled tires.

Close Up of Fluid Vista Front Fork

Both the front fork and rear spring can be adjusted to increase or decrease preload.

I adjusted the dials on the top of each fork, but I couldn’t register a difference in how it responded. The suspension at the rear, however, does the lion’s share of the work and can be adjusted using a C-spanner. Tightening it adds preload and I recommend doing this if you weigh over 220 lbs. Loosening it, on the other hand, means that the spring compresses more easily under less pressure.

Fluid Vista Rear Spring Suspension

I’m also pleased to report that there’s no bottoming out, meaning that the ride remains smooth without clanking – even over poor road conditions.

Braking

Featuring a front drum and rear disc brake – as well as regenerative braking that you can make stronger or weaker via the mobile app – the Fluid Vista has all bases covered when it comes to your safety.

Fluid Vista Rear Disc Brake

It’ll bring you to a complete stop from 15 mph in 2.4 meters, which is an above-average level of performance for a scooter in the commuter class.

Ride Quality

Based on my many years of experience testing all kinds of electric scooters, I can confidently say that it has the best shock-absorbing capabilities of all solid tire electric scooters. Combined with its knobby tires, it brings a level of versatility to the table that I haven't yet seen demonstrated by another commuter scooter.

Whether it's smooth asphalt, potholed streets, or dirt tracks that you need to navigate, you can rely on the Vista.

Fluid Vista Durable Chassis

However, to just focus on its ability to tackle varying terrain would ignore some the Vista’s flaws.

The under-weighted stem makes the scooter feel a little skittish at speed, while the extremely responsive throttle can make you rock back and forth as you try to maintain a consistent pace.

There's also the small deck that hinders your foot placement. Though, for most, it’ll be big enough – especially if you have nothing to compare it to (i.e. you’re not coming from a scooter whose deck is significantly longer).

On a more positive note, the deck-to-handlebar height measures 40 inches, making it comfortable for all riders, including those that are tall. Then there’s the wide ergonomic cockpit and easy-to-reach controls.

Fluid Vista Feature Rich Display

With all said and done, I score the Vista a respectable 6.5 out of 10 for ride quality – where 1 is awful and 10 is luxurious.

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Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

Purchasing the Vista from Fluid Free Ride guarantees you a 12-month warranty and access to the brand’s Lifetime Support Commitment. This entitles you to free support, as well as parts and labor at a 50% discount, even after the warranty expires.

During the warranty period, Fluid Free Ride will diagnose any issues you have and ship spare parts free of charge for self-repair. However, when a repair is more complex, the work required to fix issues will be completed at one of their service centers. Again, this is free of charge, but you’ll have to cover the shipping costs to and from the service center.

The warranty does not cover consumable parts such as brake pads, tires, and tubes, as well as items prone to wear and tear, including the fenders and cosmetic plastic covers.

It’s also important to note that damage caused by misuse, collisions, fire, environmental factors, and overloading also sit outside of the warranty.

Fluid Vista Display

Manufacturer Specs

Specification Sheet

Specification: Fluid Vista Review

Brand
Brand

FluidFreeRide

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

60

Rider Weight (lbs)

265

Tire Size (inches)

10

Tire Type

Solid (Rubber)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

31

Max Range (miles)

45

Charge Time (hours)

8

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Disc (Mechanical), Drum, Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

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

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

20

Water Resistance Rating

IPX5

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Specification: Fluid Vista Review

Brand
Brand

FluidFreeRide

Type
Terrain

Street

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (lbs)

60

Rider Weight (lbs)

265

Tire Size (inches)

10

Tire Type

Solid (Rubber)

Performance
Top Speed (mph)

31

Max Range (miles)

45

Charge Time (hours)

8

Suspension Type

Front & Rear

Brake Type

Disc (Mechanical), Drum, Regenerative

Extra Features
Extra Features

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

Specification
Max Incline (degrees)

20

Water Resistance Rating

IPX5

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