Segway Ninebot ZING E8

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8.6 mph

Speed

6.2 miles

Range

8 kg

Weight

If there is such a thing as the perfect Christmas or birthday present, the Segway Ninebot ZING E8 is probably it. Aimed at children aged anywhere between 6 and 12, the ZING E8’s cool colours, cruise control, and comfortable handling are sure to mesmerize your young one and lead to hours of fun. It’s not the cheapest kid’s scooter on the market, but you certainly get what you pay for – particularly when it comes to safety. With multiple braking options, reflective strips for visibility, and riding modes that limit your young explorer’s top speed, there are few safer scooters out there. Shock absorbers add comfort while a low deck affords control. Better still, the ZING E8’s lightweight aluminium frame is both portable and durable.

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Who is it Best For?

Will the Segway Ninebot ZING E8 Be a Good Fit For You?

The Segway Ninebot ZING E8 is pitched at riders between the ages of 6 and 12.

However, its top speed and features mean that it’s kids between the ages of 9 and 10 that will get the most out of it.

If your child is in the 10 to 12 age range, you’ll probably want to look at the Segway ZING E10 or Hiboy S2 Lite. It’s hard to put an exact number on it, though. You’ll always want to assess your child’s size, scooting ability, and readiness for the road before picking a particular model.

With the E8, though, you’ll be getting a scooter that’s ideal for younger kids. Its safety specs, shock absorption, and handling are all geared towards putting even the most inexperienced and apprehensive of riders at ease – not to mention their parents.

Segway Zing E8 Blue and Pink

Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Aerospace-grade aluminum alloy frame
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Comes in two eye-catching colors
  • Three riding modes
  • Simple assembly
  • Low 3.9-inch deck improves handling

CONS:
  • Poor battery life
  • Limited range
  • More expensive than other scooters with similar specs
  • No lights

Ride Quality

Is the Segway Ninebot ZING E8 Comfortable to Ride?

When it comes to buying your child’s first scooter, you should expect nothing less than a safe, comfortable ride. The Segway Ninebot ZING E8 delivers on both fronts.

Whilst I’d always recommend that your child sticks to smooth, well-paved routes, the scooter’s front shock absorption helps to cushion some of the impacts from terrain underfoot and as a result, it can handle light off-roading across local parks and grassy areas. The wear-resistant rubber tyres will lighten the load on maintenance, too.

The low-lying foot deck will also add an extra layer of comfort, giving the scooter a low centre of gravity making it easier for your child to steer and control the scooter.

Design

Handlebars

Riding for the first time? Rest easy – the ZING E8’s curved, comfortable handlebars are the perfect tonic to any nervousness your child may feel on their inaugural ride.

The E8’s handlebar grips are made of a colourful rubber material that not only looks great but is grippy too. These not only give the rider more control over the scooter and ensure a firm grip, but are super easy to clean, too – a less exciting feature, but one that parents will be grateful for.

Unlike most adult scooters, there is no LED display, which, in all honesty, is a positive thing. Your child won’t be distracted by it while riding.

Frame

When a scooter is made of the same stuff that NASA has launched into space, you know it’s built to last.

Enter the Segway Ninebot ZING E8’s frame, made of aerospace-grade aluminium alloy.

Segway Zing E8 Side Profile

Before you ask, there are plenty of benefits of this (beyond sounding cool, of course). Lightness, durability, portability – take your pick. This scooter has all three.

Oh, and we can’t talk about the frame without shouting out the ZING E8’s colour scheme. Available in both pastel blue and pale pink, the E8’s palette manages to achieve the impossible – appealing to the tastes of young children, while not straying too far into gimmick territory.

Deck

The ZING E8’s deck sits just 3.9-inches off the ground.

Now, normally I wouldn’t be quick to wholeheartedly recommend scooters with low decks. If you’re going quickly, or over less well-maintained terrain, low decks can be bad news, and lead to damages to the scooter’s underside.

However, with the ZING E8 – and kids scooters at large – this isn’t such a problem. The E8’s top speed of 8.6 mph isn’t exactly adrenaline rush territory, after all.

In fact, the deck’s low centre of gravity works in favour of the ride comfort and quality, giving your child improved control when it comes to steering and general handling.

Better still, the deck is coated with a layer of anti-slip material. Your child will be sticking to that thing like glue.

Wheels

The ZING E8’s high elastic solid rubber tyres – aside from being quite a mouthful – are surprisingly feature-rich, too.

Segway Ninebot ZING E8 Solid Rubber Tires

Resilient to both wear and tear and punctures, these tyres will give you back the time and energy you might otherwise have spent replacing or repairing them. Plus, they have anti-skid treads that will keep your child safe while the 40mm front shock absorber relieved some of the burden from your kid’s knees and ankles.

Build Quality & Durability

From puncture-proof, wear-resistant tyres to aerospace-grade aluminium, it’s clear that Segway has left no stone unturned to ensure that the ZING E8 meets the rigorous quality standards the brand is synonymous with.

Make no mistake this is no cheap, crappy knockoff. Nor is it a scooter where bright colours and flashy superficial touches mask a black hole where the features should be (Air T15, I’m looking at you). When it comes to design and materials the ZING E8 has quality in spades.

Weight & Load

At just 8 kg, the ZING E8 is as light as a feather.

It’s the lightest kids scooter I’ve reviewed, which helps it beat similar models such as the GoTrax GKS (8.1 kg and Segway ZING E10 (8.5 kg) for portability.

More importantly, the E8’s weight means your little one should have no issues controlling this scooter when it’s in motion, or transporting it from place to place when it’s not.

Segway Zing E8 Being Carried

Load-wise, the ZING E8 supports a maximum rider weight of 50 kg. Considering the scooter’s pitched at riders aged between 6 and 12 years of age, this is a little on the light side.

If your child is growing up fast, though, you may want to consider the aforementioned GoTrax GKS, which supports up to 70 kg, or the ZING E10 – which, being targeted at kids of up to 14 years old, has a maximum load of 60 kg.

Folding & Portability

Of course, it’s kids who will get the most out of the ZING E8, but that doesn’t mean that parents won’t find plenty to love. Namely, that’s how easy the E8 is to fold and stow away – whether that’s in the boot of the car for a long journey, or just out of sight at the back of the utility room.

Segway Zing E8 Folded in Trunk

The scooter’s one-step folding mechanism means you just have to apply a little force to the hands-free folding pedal, and the E8 will collapse down into a portable, compact, package. It’s so simple that a child could do it – literally.

Assembly

Assembly of the ZING E8 is DIY but of the super simple variety.

You’ll first need to loosen the bolts on the collar clamp with the Allen wrench provided, and then slide the stem into the clamp. Finally, it’s just a matter of using the Allen wrench to retighten the bolts of the collar clamp.

Congratulations – you’re done! Although it’s probably worth checking the brakes and handling are all in order before handing it over to your kid.

Performance & Safety

Speed & Acceleration

The Ninebot ZING E8’s 130W motor will get your kid up to a respectable top speed of 8.6 mph. While this isn’t enough to beat Segway’s scooters for older kids in a foot race – and is nowhere near as fast as the Hiboy S2 Lite – it does trump the GoTrax GKS’ 7.5 mph top speed.

You’ll also be glad to know that there are plenty of ways to control the ZING E8’s speed. Of its three riding modes, one caps the top speed at 6.2 mph, while another disengages the throttle – meaning your kid only goes as fast as they can propel themselves by kicking (but no higher than 8.6 mph). You can toggle the ZING E8’s riding modes with a click, via a small panel of buttons located near the rear fender.

Segway Zing E8 Power Button and Rear Fender

All you need to take away here is that the Ninebot ZING E8 is fast enough to give your youngster a pleasant thrill, but not fast enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in fright.

Range

Like its older brother, the ZING E10, the E8 has a quoted range of 6.2 miles. While this mileage is no match for some competitors (like the Hiboy S2 Lite, for instance, which claims an endurance of up to 10.6 miles) it’s still pretty good for a kid’s scooter.

I should emphasize, though, that the 6.2-mile range is the very furthest the ZING E8 will go on a single charge. The speed and level of acceleration while riding will affect this, so it’s important to keep this in mind when embarking on long journeys.

Still, there’s nothing major to worry about, the ZING E8 functions perfectly well as a regular scooter, even after the battery has died.

Hill Climbing

The Ninebot ZING E8 can tackle hills with an incline of up to a maximum of 7% (4-degrees). Okay, so your kid isn’t going to be climbing Everest with this one, but they’ll be able to take on the neighbourhood’s more relaxed slopes.

If a scooter with hill-climbing excellence is near the summit of your kid’s wishlist, the Hiboy S2 Lite – which we’ll look at below – is your best bet. It's more powerful motor allows it to handle inclines of up to an impressive 15% (8-degrees) – although, to be fair, it is aimed at an older demographic than the ZING E8, and is best suited to pre-teens and young teenagers.

Shock Absorption / Suspension

Between a 40mm front shock absorber and high elastic solid rubber tyres – which are wear-resistant and puncture-proof – the ZING E8 offers your child not only a smooth ride but a reliable one too.

Segway Zing E8 Front Tire and Shock Absorber

As previously mentioned, the scooter performs best on flat urban terrain but can handle light off-roading too.

Braking

The ZING E8 is equipped with not one, not two, but three brakes.

The scooter’s handbrake operates the electric brake, while more braking pressure can be applied by stepping on the rear foot-operated fender brake. On top of this, the ZING E8 sports a regenerative braking system, which helps provide a quick, secure stop.

Each brake can be used solo, or in combination with one other; giving your little one plenty of ways to come to a halt safely.

It’s also important to note here that the handbrake shouldn’t be overlooked. From having tested many electric scooters, hand-operated brakes are my preferred option since they are second-nature to most riders that have upgraded to a scooter from a bike – especially when compared to electronic thumb paddle brakes (which can take a while to get used to).

Charge Time

The Segway Ninebot ZING E8 charges within 4 hours. As we’ve seen, a fully-charged ZING E8 will score you a maximum range of up to 6.2 miles – or, in practice, around 40 minutes of ride time.

The amount of charge time needed is pretty standard for kids’ electric scooters so there’s nothing to write home about here.

The scooter’s handy battery indicator lights will let you know when it’s time to recharge.

Features

Cruise Control

While moderate, the ZING E8’s top speed of 8.6 mph might still have you alarmed – particularly if this is your kid’s first experience with an electric scooter.

Feel free to breathe a sigh of relief, though. With three riding modes – ‘Safe’, ‘Cruise’, and ‘Turbo’ – there’s an option for everyone.

The ‘Safe’ mode’s maximum pace of 6.2 mph is ideal for getting learner riders up to speed with their new scooter.

‘Cruise’, meanwhile, is slightly different in its approach. It’ll allow your child to reach the ZING E8’s top speed but won’t require any mastery of the scooter’s thumb throttle. Rather, your child will simply have to kick to start, with that initial pace allowing them to move into a gentle glide. The more power in the kick, the faster the scooter will go – and the more confident your young rider will become.

Next up, ‘Turbo’ mode. As the name suggests, this mode engages the full power of the motor allowing your child to reach 8.6 mph for as long as they’re comfortable with – or as long as the battery lasts.

As previously mentioned, you can toggle the ZING E8’s riding modes with a click, via a small panel of buttons located near the rear fender.

Segway Zing E8 Power Button and Rear Fender

Water Resistance Rating

Like most electric scooters, the ZING E8 is IPX4 water-resistant. More or less the industry standard, an IPX4 rating means the E8 is entirely splash-proof. So the scooter – as well as your kid – should be able to weather the storm of a rainy day’s riding.

That said, the ZING E8 isn’t fully waterproof, and Segway’s website is quick to point out that the scooter isn’t made for riding through puddles.

Battery Management System

As a product of years of testing and tweaking in Segway’s labs, the Smart Battery Management System helps prevent the battery from overheating and guards it against any electrical faults.

Basically, it keeps the battery in good condition. So, even if your young daredevil pushes the scooter to its limits, you can be confident the battery will hold up its end of the bargain to keep the wheels rolling charge after charge.

Specification: Segway Ninebot ZING E8

Brand
Brand

Segway-Ninebot

Type
Suitable For

Kids

Terrain

Urban

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (kg)

8

Rider Weight (kg)

50

Tyre Size (inches)

7

Tyre Type

Solid Rubber

Performance
Speed (mph)

8.6

Range (miles)

6.2

Max Incline (%)

7

Charge Time (hours)

4

Suspension

Front Only

Brakes

Foot

Extra Features
Extra Features

Battery Management System, Cruise Control, Waterproof Rating

Value for Money

Is it Worth the Price Tag?

Throughout this review, you may have noticed that I’ve been drawing comparisons between the ZING E8 and the GoTrax GKS scooter. On paper, the former comes out on top; it’s lighter, goes further, and has better specs.

The only catch? The GoTrax GKS tends to cost around £140, while the ZING E8 rings up at a much more expensive £219.99. That’s more than double the price of the GKS – how come?

Well, the ZING E8’s loftier price point is in no small part down to the brand name – Segway scooters are quality, after all, and quality rarely comes cheap.

Although the GoTrax brand is not as globally recognized as Segway, they are established in the scooter industry and I’ve helped hundreds of people choose a GoTrax scooter. They are synonymous with awesome budget scooters that hold their own when it comes to durability and quality, and so, I highly recommend checking out the GoTrax GKS. Plus, the GKS can support up to 70 kg (which is 20 kg more than the E8) and comes equipped with an excellent safety start technology.

Alternatives

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GoTrax GKS

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Why is it Worse Than the ZING E8?

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Hiboy S2 Lite

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Why is it Worse Than the ZING E8?

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*We have converted the price to GBP for your convenience. Prices on the retailer website are in U.S. Dollars but rest assured, we only recommend scooters that can be shipped to the UK.

Ninebot ZING E10

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Warranty & Post-Purchase Support

Warranty

As with all Segway-Ninebot scooters sold by Decathlon, the ZING E8 is covered for 2 years from purchase.

The warranty is backed by Segway and replacement/repair services are carried out by Sertec360. Sertec360 are Segway's technical partner in the UK.

I've combed through the warranty and here are the key things you need to be aware of:

  • All manufacturer defects are covered under warranty.
  • Water damage is not covered.
  • If the scooter hasn't been properly cared for or has been misused then the warranty is void.
  • The scooter must not be serviced or modified by anyone other than Sertec360.
  • The warranty is void if the scooter has been ridden anywhere other than private land.

Luckily, the Segway-Ninebot ZING E8 is well built and will last the test of time, so as long as you keep good care of it you shouldn't face any major issues.

Post-Purchase Support

Getting in touch with Decathlon is easy.

You can either chat to one of their customer service representatives via live chat or WhatsApp, ping them a message on Twitter, or email them.

I tested the live chat and WhatsApp channels out to assess their level of service and I was particularly impressed. When messaging on Whatsapp you are given the choice of either talking to a person or selecting multiple-choice answers based on a series of questions which can, in some instances, provide the insight you are looking for.

One area for improvement here would be to have faster responses when talking with a customer service representative – sometimes they can take up to an hour to reply.

For after-sales care regarding the warranty, you can either call (0203 192 1421) or email ([email protected]) Sertec360.

An Intro to the Segway Ninebot ZING E8

Take a look at what the ZING E8 has to offer. From its light and portable frame to its front shock absorber and three riding modes, discover the key features.

Specification: Segway Ninebot ZING E8

Brand
Brand

Segway-Ninebot

Type
Suitable For

Kids

Terrain

Urban

Design
Portability

Folding Frame

Weight (kg)

8

Rider Weight (kg)

50

Tyre Size (inches)

7

Tyre Type

Solid Rubber

Performance
Speed (mph)

8.6

Range (miles)

6.2

Max Incline (%)

7

Charge Time (hours)

4

Suspension

Front Only

Brakes

Foot

Extra Features
Extra Features

Battery Management System, Cruise Control, Waterproof Rating

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