Ninebot Segway Max G30D Review
** UPDATED – NOW SEGWAY G30D MAX REVIEW **
We’ve finally managed to get our mitts on a Segway Max G30D for a full review, and it was well worth the wait. Note, this Segway Max Review has been written after the preview of the Max which appears below, we’ve kept that in this page so you can see the whole amount of information we’ve got on this super new released electric scooter.
Like a game of electric scooter poker, Xiaomi have revealed their cards with the launch of the Xiaomi Pro, and not we await with baited breath for Segway to flip their cards over – we know they have a good hand, and we know that hand has the title of Segway Max – but does it trump the Xiaomi Pro and win the prize of Best New Release E-Scooter 2019?
Update** We have ridden the Segway Max G30D now and it was well worth the wait. See our full review below the image.**
Lets get into it – what do we know :
This spec table has been taken directly from Segways website so they are true and valid – they probably border on being over technical for what most riders need to know, but there was no sense in cutting them back. The important info to take out here is that it has a massive range of 40 miles, has a top speed of around 15.5 mph, a charge time of 6 hours, can tackle gradients of upto 15 degrees and has a 350 watt motor.
Judging the machine by its specs, it marginally beats the Xiaomi Pro based on the range it can achieve, but aside from that, they level peg pretty much. Anyhow – here’s the table in full :
|Unfold: Length x width x height||-45.9 x 18.6 x 47.4 in (1167 x 423 x 1203 mm)|
|Fold: Length x width x height||-45.9 x 18.6 x 21.0 in (1167 x 423 x 534 mm)|
|Weight||Approx. 41.2 lbs (18.7 kg)|
|Rider||66.1-220.5 lbs (30.0-100.0 kg)|
|Recommended Age||14+ years|
|Required Height||3’11”-6’6″ (120-200 cm)|
|Max. Speed||Approx. 15.5 mph (25 km/h)|
|Typical Range||Approx. 40.4 miles (65 km)|
|Max. Slope||Approx. 15%|
|Traversable Terrian||asphalt/flat pavement: obstacles < 0.4 in (1 cm);|
|gaps < 1.2 in (3 cm)|
|Operating Temperature||14-104ºF (-10-40ºC)|
|Storage Temperature||-4-122ºF (-20-50ºC)|
|Duration of Charging||~ 6 h|
|Nominal Voltage||36 VDC|
|Max. Charging Voltage||42 VDC|
|Charging Temperature||32-104ºF (0-40ºC)|
|Nominal Capacity||551 Wh|
|Battery Management System||Over-heating, short circuit, over-current and over-charge protection|
|Number of Batteries||1|
|Output Power||121 W|
|Input Voltage||100-240V ~ 50/60Hz|
|Output Voltage||42 VDC|
|Output Current||2.9 A|
|Features||Brake Light and LED rear light|
|Riding Modes||Energy Saving mode, Standard mode and Sport mode|
We’re expecting it to be October in the UK, in preparation for Black Friday 2019 and the Christmas shopping period. Imports are already starting to appear, so we’re fairly confident this timeline will be met, and if anything we should see the Segway Max start to appear early October / late September.
**Update – we can now see the Segway Max G30D price will be set at £729.99. All retailers seem to be leading with this price for launch.
**Old Info – Pricing will be very interesting, not least because Ninebot Segway have the opportunity to gauge how the Xiaomi Pro is performing at its £524.99 price point, and could if they felt it necessary, adjust their pricing. However, the Segway Max is for sale in the US store for $699 – but this is reduced from $799 – so our best guess is that this going to launch at a SRP of around £700. **
Aside from the questions around price and release date that we have already covered, the one thing the electric scooter buying public is going to want to know is why should they buy the Segway Max over the Xiaomi Pro, but even, if the price point is indeed around £700, should they get this over the Unagi, some of the Micro Scooters and the Zoom Stryder.
Based on specs alone, we can’t answer this question with any degree of certainty – the range of the Max is a big plus IF range is a big need. We know riders do get range anxiety and can be seduced by long range stats, but the reality is for a lot users, 20miles per charge is ample. All we can let you know in regards to answering this question is that when we get a unit to test drive, we’ll put it through it’s paces and report back.
We’re excited for the launch of the Segway Max G30D – the ES range of electric scooters has always been like the more finely groomed cousin of the Xioami, and it’ll be really revealing to see if the Max will continue this tradition or if it changes the dynamic a little more and becomes a contender in its own right.