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Ninebot ES2 (by Segway)

With 12.5 kg Ninebot ES2 is about the same weight as its competitor  Xiaomi Scooter M365. With a stated max. speed of 25 km/h ES2 should travel 25 km wide. Since the Chinese company Ninebot bought Segway the scooter is sold as „Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2“. Here’s my review:

Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2 Review

Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2

 

 

Ninebot ES2 comes almost fully assembled out of the box. You only need to attach the handlebar with 4 screws (tools are included as well). Further you get a charger and cable to load the built-in battery.

 

Frame
The sturdy frame of Ninebot ES2 scooter is made of metal and the scooter weights 12.7 kg. You have a good stand on the footstep which is 55cm long and 15 cm wide. With a rubberised finish you keep a strong and non-slippy position while standing. The max weight of the driver should exceed 100 kg. Below the footstep there’s a foldout stand to sturdy park your scooter. Ninebot ES2 folds within seconds, the mechanism sits between steering bar and footstep. The crossbar then connects to the cover of the back wheel to easily carry your scooter which feels well balanced. Ninebot ES2 is IP54 certified, which means it is splashproof.

Segway Ninebot ES2 folded to carry

Ninebot ES2 folded to carry

 

Motor
The 300W motor sits within the front wheel and accelerates the scooter up to a speed of a little over 25km/h.

Battery
A built-in 187 Wh battery sits in the steering rod. According to company info it get’s you 25km far, but this value seems a bit exaggerated. The stated charging time of 3,5h is also a bit optimistic, it’s rather 4h. But you can upgrade! You can hook up an additional battery to the rod to extend range to 45km and increase top speed to 35 km/h.

Display & LEDs
Segway Ninebot ES2 features a small display on the handle bar that indicates your driving speed, battery level, Bluetooth connection & power mode. A white front LED is integrated in the bar and a red tail light is mounted on the back. They can be activated by short pressing the power button when ES2 is powered on. A bell is missing which is legally required in some countries.

Segway Ninebot ES2 - LEDs & Display

Segway Ninebot ES2 – LEDs & Display

Further Ninebot ES2 offers an underbody light. The 16 LEDs can be controlled via app and offer several effects and colors.

Segway Ninebot ES2 - Underbody Light

Ninebot ES2 – Underbody Light

 

Tires & Suspension
Segway Ninebot ES2 uses solid rubber tires, so no worries about punctures. They are not shock absorbing, but therefor ES2 offers suspension. Attention: While ES2 offers suspension on front and back, ES1 only offers suspension on the front. The suspension is essential for a smooth ride so I recommend going for ES2 model!

Ninebot by Segway ES2 - Tyres & Suspension

Segway Ninebot ES2 – Tyres & Suspension

 

Breaks
Integrated in the front wheel there is an eABS, anti-lock braking system and is operated with a handle on the steering bar. It is a regenerative system, which means the power produced during deceleration flows back into your battery. The auxilliary back wheel break is mechanical, you have to step on the wheel cover.

Segway Ninebot ES2 - two separated breaks

Segway Ninebot ES2 – two separated breaks & systems

 

Ninebot by Segway ES2 - Handlebar

Ninebot ES2 – Handlebar

The handling bar holds the break lever (grey) on the left and the accelerator (blue) on the right. In the middle there’s the display and the power button. If you short press the power button twice when turned on, you can switch between Eco (5 km/h), Normal (15 km/h) and Sport mode (26 km/h). The current mode is indicated with the (S) icon on the display. No icon means Eco mode, a blue S stands for normal mode and a Red S indicates sport mode.

Ninebot ES2 is a pedal assisted e-scooter. That means you need to give it an initial push and then accelerate after reaching a basic speed. Afterwards you can cruise fully on electric power. Segway ES2 features a cruise control which has to be activated via smartphone app upfront. If you keep pushing the accelerator for longer than 5 sec, a waring tone sounds and the speed is constantly hold. Tap either break or accelerator lever to deactivate cruise control.

App
As already mentioned a few features like cruise control have to be activated via app. Segway Ninebot ES2 also offers anti theft protection. When activated the tires are blocked as soon as someone tries to move your scooter and it starts beeping. Additionally the app reads out live data such as current speed, average speed, milage, battery info,… Firmware updates are also accomplished via app.

Segway-Ninebot App for KickScooter ES2

Segway-Ninebot App for KickScooter ES2

 

Conclusion

Ninebot ES2 is an ideal companion for short and longer distances. It conveniently folds to fit into your truck or to be carried on public transport. After a short manual push you can cruise with even a bit more than 25km/h. The stated 25km range are a bit exaggerated but you can reach about 20km. When the battery status falls below 10% the power of the motors goes down. Steep hill upwards up to 10% are no problem for ES2, if it is steeper you have to support manually.

As the battery sits in the steering rod you get a pretty good feeling while steering. It’s also easy to quickly move within public transport as the footstep is light to be turned fast. The suspension does a good job smoothening uneven pavement although it is not as smooth as the air tyres used in Xiaomi M365. If you are interested in both of them, also take a look at my comparison review. Another negative side effect of the suspension is the feeling while accelerating or breaking. As it yields it doens’t give a sturdy feedback. I really like the break system: the main break is the electronically break that regenerates battery. But you also got a mechanical auxiliary system. The display on the steering bar shows you all the info you need and the underbody light gives your scooter an individual sweet touch. I really enjoy cursing around with it.

 

Price & Retailer comparison

Careful don’t mix it up with Ninebot ES1.

  • Amazon:
  • Gearbest: USD 359,99 – Black Friday Special – from Nov 21st 15:00 – limited quantity
  • Banggood: n/a

 

E-Scooter Comparison Chart

ScooterNinebot ES1Ninebot ES2Xiaomi M365Xiaomi M187
(Youth Edition)
Max. Speed20 km/h25 km/h25 km/h25 km/h
Range25 km25 km30 km20 km
Weight11.3 kg12.5 kg12,5 kg12 g
Foldableyesyesyesyes
Battery187 Wh187 Wh280 Wh187 W
Battery Status Displayyesyesyesyes
Additional Batteryoptionaloptional--
Motor250 W300 W250 W250 W
Charging Time3,5 h3,5 h5,5 h4 h
Breaks (front)E-ABSE-ABSE-ABSE-ABS
Breaks (back)step-on
(mechanical)
step-on
(mechanical)
disk breaks
(mechanical)
disk breaks
(mechanical)
Suspension (front)yesyesnono
Suspension (back)noyesnono
Tyressolid rubbersolid rubberair tyresair tyres
max. Load100 kg100 kg100 kg120 kg
Displayyesyesno (Smartphone)no (Smartphone)
LED-Lightyesyesyesyes
Appyesyesyesyes
WaterproofIP 54IP 54IP 54IP 54
available Colorsblacksilverblack, whiteblack, white
Amazon:n/a
Gearbest:$312.99$389.99$390.99$297.99
Banggood:$449.99$479.99$449.00
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