Introduction & Summary
The Segway Ninebot Max electric scooter is the latest generation from ninebot kickscooters and is quickly becoming the flagship model. The ninebot kickscooter max is powered by a 350-watt e-motor and boasts a 65km range maximum. It's pretty good in terms of range but range normally equals weight and the Ninebot Max is on the larger side, which obviously is a negative in portability and practicality. If portability is not the primary driver for your e-scooter, the Ninebot max will not disappoint, but does it fit the profile of a personal commuting scooter to be used daily?
The Ninebot Max is basically an upgraded stronger, longer-ranged version of the Xiaomi M365. This is good because it's following a tried and tested formula that has made the M365 pro one of the top electric scooters across the globe. The Ninebot Max addresses, however, the demand for a longer-ranged version, the same simplicity in design and constructed better.
Overall the frame and deck are sturdy and the deck is now the battery housing so the weight distribution is much better, Its larger size gives more deck space and larger pneumatic tires that make longer trips more comfortable
Whilst the stem folds the handlebars cannot be folded in, which we believe is a downside as it puts a dent in ability to store in tight spaces.
The Ninebot Max is an excellent scooter for those who love Xiaomi M365 but want a more durable, longer-ranged scooter. The Max electric scooter has a more powerful motor that can propel heavier riders up steeper hills a must if your commute requires you to climb slopes. The Max isn’t the ultimate electric scooter or a high-performance scooter but it is quick, and if your riding style is a daily commute it ticks all the boxes.
The Max Segway electric kickscooter is propelled by a 350-watt nominal, 700-watt max power output from the electric motor. This is 40% more power than the standard 250-watt motor found on the original Xiaomi M365 and similar to other scooters in that budget range like the Inokim Light 2, and eglide g120. Like the aforementioned, the kick scooter will be slightly faster to get to its top speed than any of the Lime or Neuron shared units.
The Segway Ninebot Max electric kick scooter requires you to kick start it to about 3-4kmh as it doesn't have the zero start mode. Once moving, you cannot slam the throttle on to maximum for top speed it has to be eased on; otherwise, the motor will not engage — an annoying safety feature.
Starting on an upward slope, will be a bit of a pain due to the kick speed required to engage the motor, in these cases, it might be better to start down the hill and turn back up.
Top SpeedThe top speed of the Ninebot Max achieved 29kmh which is basically its 30kmhr top speed. Although in Australia max legal speed is 25kmh so it does the job. When the smart battery management system drops below 50%, the top speed doesn't get over 25kmh. For commuting in around our cities its ideal. But in terms of weight for this performance at 18.5kg there are scooters that will have a high top speed like the Kaabo 8S or the Inokim Quick 3.
The Segway kickscooter has a manufacturer-claimed range of 65 km; however, real world you would expect somewhere around 40-45 km when you consider rider weight variability, road surface, and grade. Its the balance between range and weight that can define an electric scooter popularity. The Ninebot Max we think has struck that balance considering the target market.
The Ninebot Max has a front drum brake and rear electronic brake. This makes the braking system robust and provides redundancy in the case that one system fails. For scooters with this dual brake system, we have never been a fan of the regenerative braking as they don't pull you up to a dead stop in an emergency and some tend to kick in and out sometimes surprising the rider.
The advantage of the drum brake however is that it requires nominally zero maintenance. The braking mechanism is completed encased within the wheel — protecting it from the environment or incidental damage unlike an exposed braking system like disc brakes. The brake cable is short and routed relatively straight, braking feels smooth and doesn’t require much effort.
One thing we didn't particularly like is the drum brake is located on the front wheel versus the rear wheel.
Ride qualityDespite its lack of suspension, its large 10inch pneumatic tires (which are tubeless pneumatic tires by the way) and its sturdy frame give it a better ride quality than many electric scooters with solid tires and full suspension. You wouldn't want to take it off-road or over cobblestone pavements for any prolonged period of time.
The heavier weight and frame make it feel safer but also less nimble, it actually feels more of an ambler than a carver. It is, however, the type of ride that is good as a daily commuter with enough comfort and deck space for going longer distances.
PortabilityAt 18.5kg, the scooter is a bit heavy, although still manageable. The Ninebot Max has folded dimensions of 116.8 cm x 48.2 cm x 53.3 cm. Still portable enough to fit under a desk at work or for the last mile commute into the boot of your car. The folding system on the stem has a latch that has a safety collar that rotates to lock the folding lever into place. Its not too bad for a onestep folding system quite robust.
LED DisplayInformational data on your ride is located on the handlebars and Central to it is a bright LED display that shows: speed, battery level, riding modes, etc. It is bright enough to see in sunlight (which some scooter manufacturers fail to get right) and dims at night (when the builtin front led lights are on) to prevent blinding you. A single button controls lights, mode, and power.
Overall, all of the MAX features on the handlebars — display, accelerator, brake lever, and grips look and feel good-quality.
The handlebar grips feel thick and are textured. There is a twist-style bell that is loud enough to alert pedestrians but not cars. There could be an argument over the throttle style some prefer Thumb and other prefer Trigger but Segway have decided the thumb throttle fit better with their rider profile, in operation it's pretty smooth has a rubber pad so your finger doesn't slip. The brake lever is solid without any play or excess friction.
LightsThe Ninebot Max has a high-mounted front LED light. It also has a small rear red LED brake light. The lights are sufficient for providing some visibility, but if you’re regularly riding at night, you might want to consider adding some additional LED lights.
The Ninebot Max has 10 inch tubeless pneumatic tires that function well at damping road surfaces, paved pathways Segway has marketed the MAX with the tires as “self-healing,” which means that the tires come pre-filled with tire slime. Not to be critical of the marketing as its a great feature that you then don't have to worry about later. It should make the tires more resistant to flats.
Water ResistanceThe Ninebot Max has an IPX5 water-resistance rating, meaning that it can tolerate splashes but not full submersion. What does this mean? essentially you can ride home in the rain, but don't go riding through deep puddles or when dirty hose it down.
The Charging port is configured with "mickey mouse" style connector
The electric scooter also has a DC converter built-in with a standard IEC 320 C5 “Mickey Mouse ears” power connector. Additionally, there is a traditional DC port that can be used with the included charger.
This is smart because you don’t need to take the power unit around with you, you can use relatively cheap and lightweight standard power cable for charging.