Speedway Mini 4 Pro Review: A City-Friendly Escooter That's Close to Perfect

Speedway Mini 4 Pro Review: A City-Friendly Escooter That’s Close to Perfect Leave a comment

Range. Speed. Weight. If an electrical scooter can strike an excellent stability amongst these three parts with out costing an arm and a leg, it is an immediate win for me. I’m completely satisfied to say that after years of testing escooters and often discovering a number of shortcomings in at the least one among these parts, Speedway’s Mini 4 Pro comes the closest to perfection.

Speedway is a sub-brand of MiniMotors USA, which makes costly and highly effective scooters just like the Dualtron Victor and the Bluetran Lightning (we’re speaking $3,000+ for a type of dangerous boys). Those escooters additionally weigh greater than 80 kilos, which isn’t nice in case your Brooklyn condominium is on the third flooring with no elevator. This Speedway, then again, delivers sufficient energy to cruise round most hills, has a dependable vary, and weighs simply 36 kilos. It’s a dreamlike city experience. 

Slow Start

Before diving into every little thing I like, I need to notice that I solely had two issues with the Mini 4 Pro. On the return journey of my first outing with the scooter, the brakes made a screeching sound. It was so loud that I might see incredulous glances from passersby. I simply grimaced and stored screeching residence. 

This downside disappeared the following time I took the scooter out for a spin. But I took it to a store to be protected, and came upon that the brake wasn’t aligning correctly. After lower than 10 minutes it was mounted and I used to be on my approach, feeling slightly safer than I did earlier than. Dozens of journeys later, I have not run into this situation.

My second woe? For some time I had no clue how to correctly fold this scooter down all the way in which. There’s slightly folding lever on the backside of the stem that you just want to push down, however irrespective of how laborious I pushed with my foot, it by no means budged. Turns out, you want to push the stem ahead as you kick into the lever, thereby liberating it and folding the whole stem down onto the deck. 

Once I figured this out, I could not cease folding it each second I wasn’t utilizing it. It’s really easy! I can fold it down with a slight push from my leg, and the stem clicks into place as soon as it is parallel with the deck. You also can fold the handlebars down to make the entire thing actually compact.

Best of all, simply seize the stem to carry the Mini 4 Pro as if it is baggage. At 36 kilos it is one of many extra light-weight scooters I’ve tried, and far simpler than most to tote up and down a flight of stairs. 

Go, Speed Racer!

Despite its meager measurement and weight, this factor is highly effective. With the 1,360-watt hub motor you’ll be able to go up to 28 mph on the best velocity mode. I virtually all the time set it to the second degree, which hovers round 18 to 20 mph and will not eat up the battery life as rapidly. It may even deal with hills. The Mini 4 Pro is highly effective sufficient to go over the Williamsburg and Brooklyn Bridges right here in New York City at speeds that are not frustratingly gradual. 

It’s value noting that a few times, once I kicked off and pressed the throttle earlier than I put my foot again on the entrance of the deck, the entire entrance finish of the scooter went up within the air a number of inches. I had to hit the brakes to make it cease earlier than it flung out of my palms. This looks like a consequence of outfitting a robust motor in a comparatively light-weight body. Just make certain to have each ft planted agency on the deck whenever you punch it.  

As with all electrical automobiles, the terrain you are touring on will severely influence your vary (as will your weight). I’m a lanky, 6’4″ man and I received 15 miles on the Mini 4 Pro, however that was a hefty journey that concerned crossing each the aforementioned bridges. On a separate 11-mile roundtrip totally on flat roads, the battery readout on the handlebar show mentioned it had 63 % left. Safe to say, most individuals can count on someplace shy of 20 miles (Speedway claims a 30-mile vary). That’s a lot better than the likes of the Segway F30. You’ll spend round 6 hours getting a full cost once more.

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