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Segway Ninebot ES2 Review
Segway Ninebot ES2 Review: Overview
This Segway Ninebot ES2 review details one of the most prolific, yet most mediocre electric scooters on the market today. The ES2 is underpowered, short on range, and underpowered. The design and build quality are nice, but as an overall package, we don’t think it is a good value.
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from the manufacturer’s claims.
The Segway ES2 is an incredibly popular scooter that is priced much above its competitors. After putting a ton of miles on this scooter and thoroughly considering all of its features, it’s a bit puzzling to us how this could be such a popular scooter. The only explanation that makes sense is the strength of name recognition due to the Segway brand.
Ninebot ES2 Review
Segway (purchased by Beijing-based Ninebot in 2015) is one of the most recognizable brands in the electric scooter industry. Segway Ninebot scooters are everywhere. For the most part, they have good design and quality, but a poor feature set for their price (with the exception of the Ninebot Max).
Results below are based on our independent testing and not data provided by the manufacturer. Read about our testing methodology or compare with other scooters on our electric scooter performance testing page.
Like many electric scooters that are trying to maximize range, the ES2 must be kick-started. Though we expect a 300-watt electric motor on a 28 lb electric scooter to be fairly peppy, acceleration was downright sluggish.
During our acceleration tests, the Ninebot ES2 went from 0 to 15 mph in 7.1 seconds, nearly one second slower than the M365 (6.3 seconds). The ES2 is actually slower than its cheaper, smaller motor (250 watt) friend, the Xiaomi M365.
On the plus side, the motor is very quiet.
The Ninebot ES2 electric scooter is a very poor scooter for climbing hills. In a city with any amount of hills, it will be wholly inadequate.
In fact, the ES2 is actually the slowest scooter we’ve tested. It took 36.9 seconds to complete our 200 ft, 10% grade hill climb test with a 165 lb rider.
For comparison, the less-expensive M365 completed this test in 20.8 seconds.
The top speed of the Segway Ninebot ES2 is 16 mph, according to our GPS-tracked top speed test.
The Segway Ninebot ES2 has a 9.8-mile range, according to our real-world range tests. We test all scooters on the same urban test loop with the same 165 lb rider. The loop has frequent stops/starts and hills. The scooter is ridden as quickly as possible in the fastest (least energy-conserving) mode.
This relatively short range isn’t surprising, given that the ES2 has only a 187 watt-hour battery. The M365, its nearest competitor, has a 280 watt-hour battery and achieved 14.6 miles in our real-world range test.
This is less than the 16-mile range reported by the manufacturer, under ideal conditions.
The Ninebot ES2 has a front regenerative brake and rear foot brake. Neither of these brakes is particularly strong.
To stop more quickly, you must also use the rear foot brake, which requires you to shift most of your weight onto one leg. In an emergency situation, this is not a quick maneuver.
During our braking tests, the ES2 came to a halt from 15 mph in 17.7 feet using both the electronic and rear foot brake. Using the electronic brake alone, the scooter took more than 35 feet to come to a stop.
The Segway ES2 has poor ride quality due to its very hard solid tires (airless) and lackluster integrated suspension. Unfortunately, this results in a very jarring ride. It actually performs worse than scooters with pneumatic tires but no suspension.
Although the suspension feels soft when you jump on it, there will be a loud banging sound every time you go over a bump or large crack in the road. It also rattles continuously on rough roads. It’s somewhat embarrassing to have such a rickety-sounding scooter that is loud enough for people around you to hear.
Despite poor suspension, the scooter feels good to ride on smooth roads and is nimble.
Ninebot ES2 Features
The ES2 is a fairly portable scooter but has an oversized stem that is 2-inches larger in both diameter and length compared to similar scooters. The ES2 has folded dimensions of 44-inches by 17-inches by 12-inches. The stem folds, but the handlebars do not.
The large stem diameter, which houses the battery, makes the scooter both stiffer and stronger, but also makes it more difficult to carry compared to other scooters. When folded, the average adult hand will not wrap all the way around the 7-inch diameter stem — making the scooter more cumbersome.
To make matters worse, the balance point is right on top of a raised portion (charging port) of the already large stem, making it easy to find but not ergonomic.
Additionally, the stem is also about 2-inches longer than similar scooters. This may not sound like a lot, but it was just slightly too big to fit into the trunk of and mid-sized sedan, whereas every other scooter fit with no problem. We had to rearrange the other items in the back of the trunk to put it in at an angle.
The stem and handlebars do feel very strong and stiff. There is no stem wobble. However, we don’t like the design of the stem locking mechanism seems prone collapsing inadvertently (though we haven’t read any reports on this).
The cockpit and handlebar area are nicely designed, look good, and have a high-quality finish.
The central feature of the cockpit is a bright LCD display. You can see the speed and battery power in direct sunlight. However, the power mode icon, which changes from white to red, is difficult to see.
The accelerator feels nice and has good mechanical action. It is sensitive to small change, but given the lackluster power, we pretty much always pushed it to the max. The brake control is similar but less sensitive, and there is only a minor difference between pushing a little and maxing it out.
The ES2 has both a high-mounted LED headlight and red taillight. Additionally, there are LED strips under the deck that provide so-called “ground effects” or “swag lighting.” Lights are easily controlled by quick-pressing the power button when the scooter is on.
Taillights are mounted on either side of the rear deck of the scooter. Because they are mounted at an angle, it is harder to see the scooter when you are directly behind it. However, visibility is good from the sides.
One of the best features on the scooter is the ground effects (ground lighting) provided by 16 multicolored LEDs on the bottom of the scooter. The lights have a variety of color and frequency modes — our favorite being the “breathing” mode where the lights gradually shine brighter and darker.
Not only is this cool, but it also makes it safer when riding at night.
If you’re riding this scooter a lot at night, you might want to consider some light upgrades.
The Segway ES2 has front and rear solid (airless) that are 8-inches in diameter. They are made of a fairly hard compound that is not supple like other airless tires. This means they provide essentially zero suspension and poor grip.
The tires can be replaced when they wear down, but the front one is quite a painful procedure that involves complete disassembly of the front-wheel motor.
The benefit of airless tires is not having to worry about flats. However, these particular ones are below average.
The flat portion of the platform is about 16 inches (41 cm), which is the same as the Xiaomi. Then there is a gradual raising of the platform at the front, the first few inches is usable. This is a great design feature that helps to increase space on the deck without increasing the overall dimensions of the scooter.
Warranty / Post-Purchase Support
The Segway Ninebot ES2 has a 12-month warranty for the frame, 6 months for the battery, and three months for cosmetic wear parts through the manufacturer. This is an excellent warranty and better than the industry standard, which is one to six months.
Packaging was uninspired at best with crudely shaped and bent cardboard serving as insulation. These did the trick as the scooter came in fine shape. Manuals were provided in many different languages and had clear instructions on assembly and all the safety precautions when riding.
The ES2 has respectable build quality — on par or even better than other major name-brand scooters in this price range. None of the components are super hefty like what you might find on a more expensive, higher-quality scooter, but they aren’t total garbage either.
Is the Ninebot ES2 waterproof?
The Ninebot ES2 is not waterproof, but it is water-resistant. It has an IP54 rating, meaning that it can withstand water spray from any direction, but not submersion. Prolonged exposure to water will damage the ES2 and will not be covered by the Ninebot warranty.
Segway Ninebot ES2: Review Conclusions
We like the look of the ES2, think the design is good, and that it is manufactured well. The fit-and-finish is great. We wish all scooters were at least as good as the ES2 in these respects.
However, we consider this scooter to be a don’t buy for three reasons:
- Feature set
The Segway ES2 typically costs around $550 dollars — about the most we’ve seen for these specs. Though having a similar quality to scooters in this class (Mi M365, GXL V2), it is not one of the best-featured.
The airless tires are made of a harder rubber that provides poor traction, it lacks a strong braking mechanism, the 300-watt motor is slower than 250-watt scooters, and it’s tiny 187 watt-hour battery yielded only 9.8 miles of range.
Finally, for repairability, the ES2 gets an F. Replacement parts are essentially non-existent, and most repairs are quite difficult. If this thing breaks, it’s going to one of two places: the Segway Ninebot repair facility or the dumpster.
WHAT SCOOTER SHOULD I BUY?
The focus of this site has always been to help scooterists find the best machine. This entire site is designed to be a comprehensive resource on every scooter from all the main manufacturers, but it still can be difficult to get started. This article will help you do just that by asking some of the key questions.
What displacement is right?
To get started, ask yourself what sort of power or engine size you’re after. Small scooters (50cc) will be good for 30-50mph, which means around town use only unless you’re crazy. There aren’t many scooters between 50cc and 125cc, which is where the mid sized scooter market starts (125-170cc). Mid-sized scooters add enough power to hang with traffic on backroads and slower highways (i.e. 50-70mph), but you have to move up to 250cc+ to be fully capable of cruising on highways with 60-70mph speed limits.
Opting for a bigger motor certainly adds power, but it also means a machine that is more expensive to buy, insure, maintain and fill with gas. Bigger scooters are also a bit more of handful for smaller riders looking for something light and nimble. So carefully consider what size of scooter meets your realistic needs, and then ask yourself if such a scooter also meets your budget. The challenge is might be finding the right balance between what’s practical economically and what gets you excited. Opting for a scooter that is impractically too small in a bid to save money often ends with dissatisfaction, while selecting a bigger machine than you need ends up being a costly lesson.
Why are you buying?
Consider what your main motivation is. If you’re buying because you’re a scooter enthusiast looking for a blast on two wheels then you probably already have a favorite brand and you’re not reading this article, so if you are reading this then maybe you’re buying a scooter for practical reasons.
The danger if you are buying a scooter to save money is to wrongly assume all scooters are economical and then purchase some attractive machine which might end up costing more to operate than you planned. I did just that when my wife and I purchased two mid sized scooters – a Vespa LX150 and a Yamaha BWS 125. We figured it would be a fun and cheap way to travel but once we actually got the scooters I realized that our combined gas usage was the same as just taking our car, plus any money saved by diverting wear and tear off the car was lost because we were spending an extra $70 per month on insurance for the scooters plus they were depreciating. Our car only cost us $2500 a few years earlier and the total depreciation on these two scooters by the time we sold was over $3500.
To put it simply, any scooter will save money if you’re buying it instead of a car. But if you’re buying a scooter in addition to your car then only a 50cc will really save enough money to be worthwhile. Even then you have to use it a decent amount. So the take away lesson here is that if you are buying a scooter for practical reasons then make sure it’ll really save money. To do that, you’ll want to think about which brands hold their resale value and what scooters cost the least to own and maintain. To answer that, start by mulling over the next question.
How long will you own it?
Purchase price is a big factor in any buying decision, but resale value is also important if you don’t plan on keeping it forever. The difference between the purchase price and the eventual resale price is what you really spent to own it.
Well known and highly regarded brands like Honda, Piaggio, Suzuki and Yamaha typically have very good resale value, so you can sell a scooter for over 50% of what you paid for it even after 5 years. Conversely, poorly known and lower quality brands like Chinese machines have very little resale value so the upfront price savings can be lost when you try to sell it. In between are brands like the Taiwanese (Kymco, Genuine, PGO, SYM) which depreciate at moderate rates. Vespa’s are another thing entirely, with depreciating typically quite slow except for the grand or so you lose when you roll it out of the showroom.
If you think you’re only going to own the scooter for a few years, stick with a trusted brand that will be easy to sell. Honda is the best in this regards, but Yamaha, Suzuki, Vespa, Piaggio and Aprilia sell pretty good as well. If you plan on owning it longer then a Taiwanese built machine (Kymco, Genuine, PGO, SYM) could be the right call because these brands make pretty good machines but they aren’t well known enough to have decent resale value. Over a time period of more than 5 years they can be cheaper in total cost.
Almost everyone would do well to stay away from Chinese scooters. They have no resale value yet they don’t last long enough to earn their purchase price. The only owners who can come out ahead with a Chinese machine are those who are willing to do quite a bit of wrenching if necessary. If you’re willing and eager to get your hands greasy and you can’t afford at least a Taiwan built machine, then a Chinese scooter will be an interesting experience if nothing else.
How old of a machine?See also
You might have seen some tempting 20 year old scooter on Craigslist for $200, which has you pondering where the optimal intersection is between age and price. Depreciation for scooters is typically about 50% in the first 5 years and then really slow after that. Even a machine from 1990 will probably fetch $500 if it’s running well, which is probably 50% of it’s new MSRP.
The lesson here is that you don’t save much money opting for scooters that are older than about 5-7 years. There are older scooters that are much cheaper, but these are typically not running or not running well, which is the real reason why the price is low. Consider that a 1995 Honda Dio typically sells for $800, while a 2007 Honda Ruckus goes for maybe $1000. Those extra $200 for a 11 year newer machine are very well spent.
So most people should look for machines that are somewhere between new and 7 years old depending on their budget. People with really small budgets and who are mechanically inclined can look for scooters that are non-running but supposedly ran well when they were parked 5-15 years ago. These machines are always a gamble, but the home mechanic can often get them running for under $200 so they’re a fun project if you buy them cheap and invest sparingly in them.
Making a short list
By now you should have narrowed down the engine size you’re after to a pretty small range and hopefully focused in on 1-3 manufacturers. The scooter market really isn’t that big, so if you also know roughly how old of a scooter you want to buy then you’re all set to go make a short list. If your list is 50cc scooters from Japanese brands sold from 2009 thru 2012 then you’re probably only looking at 4-5 machines.
So browse through the main pages for each brand your interested in to identify candidate models and then go read the individual pages for all the info. If you’re looking at 50cc then also consider if you want a 2-stroke or 4-stroke. Otherwise, if you’ve chosen your list based on practical criteria then now may be the right time to listen more to other side of your brain and select the machine that appeals to your passion. The scooter with the cool looks is probably going to make you happier than the one with 25% more storage. Buy the one you love and you won’t regret it.