1) So far, only one charge needed ending day w/ ~60% charge per Digital Display.
2) Highly versatile device purchased because of weight, cockpit controls, display, and headlight.
3) Overall construction is solid and appears to be reliable mostly painted aluminum – not powdercoated (I don’t think)
4) Regen braking provides adequate braking (w/ out using rear brake) for most of my uses – can’t validate if it adds back – it may
5) Small form factor with multiple options for carrying (e.g. trolley, carry on shoulder (w or w/o strap)
6) Folding mechanism is easiest and seems reliable (based on engineering forces applied)
7) Handle bar mechanism appears delicate but totally manageable
8) Controls (e.g. braking and speed modulation are sensitive)
9) Smartly designed (e.g. wires mostly tucked away and protected, joint construction is strong/welded)
10) Dual suspension is adequate and does soften ride –
Riding it at full speed was pretty terrifying at first, since I’m used to a bike and not a small-wheel stand-up scooter. But it’s fun, and I got used to it quickly without hurting myself. You really have to watch out for bumps and potholes with the small wheels, and there isn’t enough clearance to make it over a speed bump. It’s lighter than comparable electric scooters, but still kind of hard to “hop” it over obstacles so you’re best off avoiding them. Brick paths, wooden bridges and even a little bit of gravel can be navigated, and the suspension helps, but it may still be very shaky. I rode it on wet ground in light rain once – that was pretty scary. The hard rubber wheels don’t get great traction on slick surfaces and the rear brake doesn’t work as well. However, the display and controls and everything were fine (no water in the screen or anything).
The regenerative magnetic brake is great once you get the feel of it, I love that it recharges the battery, and I almost never need to use the rear brake … but it won’t stop on a dime with just the regen brake, so if you’re going fast and a car pulls in front of you or something, you have to be ready to hit the foot brake.
When folded it’s easy enough to get a grip and carry it on stairs with one hand and no strap, although 22 lbs might feel heavy after a while. As for rolling it while folded, this works ok. I leave the handlebars up and one of the grips flipped out as a handle, and roll it in front of me. Doing this I have to exert a little force with my wrist to stabilize it and keep it upright – or, use both hands. It’s small enough that it will fit in luggage areas, under seats, and generally stay out of the way, and I haven’t had problems (or dirty looks) when taking it on transit or into buildings.
I picked up the scooter last week and have been riding it everyday and love it. Super smooth full suspension, quiet, really quick and I don’t even mind pushing it up to speed from a start as well to save some battery life.
But the most amazing thing is the power braking. Real efficient and 1-2 full stops from 18 mph, powers up the battery as much as 10%. Great price, super compact, headlight works well at night. Don’t miss my push Xootr but was able to use the Xootr strap and works great. Just wish it was illegal to for people to walk in the bike lanes rather than illegal to ride this awesome scooter. NYC and NJ should really get behind ALL these e vehicles and get some basic laws in place but at least you can sell them. I can now show up to work without bathing in sweat and don’t have to waste money on the subway to go only 2 stops. Thanks!
Takes the bumps with no problem. But when you hit the throttle, it just takes off. It would leave the Xootr or any manual kick scooter in the dust. I may say more when I’ve gotten used to it – I just did 8 miles in the cold wind here in NYC in March – and had a blast.
I also looked at the eco-reco and test drove the M5 and compared it to the E-Twow. I found the M5 to be a little faster, but much heavier and more cumbersome. The riding position is much better on the E-Twow, the platform is lower and the handle bars are also lower – which is better for me.
Not that the M5 is bad – but the M5 costs a few hundred$ more and I truly preferred the E-Twow, which also has regenerative breaking, unlike the M5. So the E-Twow is the clear winner, in case your were considering both.
I have now had the scooter for some time – and have ridden it enough to update my review.
If anything, I like the scooter even more than at first!
I have almost 60 miles on it now – riding around Queens and Manhattan. Some of the riding has been in parks, and some on the city streets. I tell you, the scooter handles well at speed – is highly maneuverable, handles well, is very stable, is smooth and takes bumps and uneven pavement – you want to avoid potholes and bad surfaces if possible, of course.
You have to get your weight back when braking – the brakes are pretty “grabby” due to the regenerative aspect of the braking. There is a front and rear brake and that is good – I don’t use the rear brake that much but it’s good that it’s there – and it is a back up brake if the power fails.
I’m a 150 lb male so understand your own weight and style of riding is going to affect how it handles.
As far as the regenerative braking, I do find that it works as intended. The power gauge DOES in fact show an increase in charge when you brake. The increase may only be momentary, but it’s clear that the system uses its momentum to charge the battery when braking, which extends your range, and which is so brilliant it’s just mind blowing.
The suspension is highly effective – you can feel it working as soon as you step on it. I don’t ride it really HARD – I take care not to let it take a bad shock – but it is built pretty ruggedly. I mean, for its size and weight, it’s put together very nicely.
After about 30 or 40 miles on the odo, I noted a problem with the front (steering) wheel coming out of alignment and that was a concern. I was able to fix the problem by turning the handset while holding the front wheel with my feet.
That fixed it until it happened again. I then saw the problem and how to correct it – an easy fix. Bicycles have the same type of set up. It was a matter of tightening up 2 screws.
Let’s talk about the range of the scooter on a full charge.
I try to take advantage of hills and such – try to economize somewhat – but quite often I’ll go full out and just floor it – if conditions allow. I find the range remarkable! I took a ride of 9.4 miles today – around the streets and in the park.
It was windy and a little hilly too. The charge was at 60% at the end of the ride. If the gauge is accurate, that would indicate a maximum range of about 23.5 miles! I would not want to plan a 20 mile trip on it, but that is really amazing.
It’s light and small enough to carry on your shoulder. If you ride it to the store you can fold it up and carry it in when you get there.
The acceleration is surprisingly strong. It’s quick enough not to disappoint.
Takes the bumps really well.
Handles well – can be used manually without power – coasts well – if not quite as well as a manual scooter like a Xootr.
Compared to a Xootr, the E-twow kicks its butt when under power, but as a manual scooter the Xootr is better.
The regenerative braking does work, and extends the admirable range of the scooter.
Light enough to pick it up – I have a shoulder strap on it. It folds really compactly, and can be carried without too much effort, but much Heavier to lift and heave around than the manual Xootr. But it will easily fit into any trunk or under your desk.
Very smooth and quiet.
Recharge time very reasonable – up to about 3 hours or so for a full charge.
It is slightly spunkier on a full charge, but does not seem to loose much power as the charge wears down.
Customer Service: their customer service is very responsive to questions and very nice to deal with.
There are very few things I would call a con.
I do wish it were more able to deal with rain but it’s a fair weather friend and that’s that.
There is some deflection in the head tube and hand set when accelerating and braking. I would prefer a more rigid set up of the steering column but it’s adequate as is. Brakes are kind of grabby. Takes some getting used to.
One more thing – I’m a smallish male, and I have no trouble at all fitting on the platform, but I can see how larger people would feel cramped on it.
I love the E-Twow scooter, So from an E-Twow owner, I say go for it.