Are you yet to be tantalised by the exciting delights of an electric rideable? Be warned: once you pop you can never stop. No, riding a scooter like the Himo Z20, or an electric bike, is like mounting your very own speeder bike and cruising through the leafy environs of Endor. Go solo or ride as a family – there‘s a heap of fun to be had here.
What is it? Himo Z20
What‘s the crack? Oh boy, this is the ultimate present for the outdoor adventurer. Weighing in at only 21.6kg, this electric bike folds up, making it perfect for the train, bus or putting in the boot for a weekend away. The 250W motor can be used to power the e-bike directly or in conjunction with pedalling, with a cruising distance of up to 80kms. You‘ll get 6-speed Shimano gears, disc brakes, lights for night-time cruising, a removable battery for easy charging, and there‘s even a pump that forms part of the seat stem. A serious bit of kit that would suit a multitude of applications.
Who would it suit? Commuters, caravan nomads, fitness adherents, or just somebody who enjoys riding a bike and has the option of a little bit of help if needed.
What is it? Segway Ninebot Max
What‘s the crack? An electric scooter with wide appeal, the Max is built for the road – and off it. A wide deck for comfort, four different riding modes and a range of 64km; that isn‘t to be sniffed at. Inflatable tyres mean you can take the Max off the tarmac and into the rough without shaking your brain out of your skull. A top speed of 25km/h will keep you ahead of the pack.
Who would it suit? Anybody looking for complete versatility in their scooter – the Max will work anywhere!
What is it? Segway Ninebot Air T15
What‘s the crack? The T15 could‘ve been ridden out of a scene in Blade Runner, such is its futuristic design. It can fold down in literally one second and its lightweight frame makes it the perfect travel partner on public transport. And the bonus here is when you brake, it generates electricity that goes back into the battery. Top speed peaks at 20kph.
Who would it suit? Riders looking for ultimate portability and urban dwellers.
What is it? Segway Ninebot E10
What‘s the crack? It‘s not just adults that can enjoy the fun of electric scooters. The E10 accommodates eight to 14-year-old riders and has spring shock absorbers, a thumb throttle and three modes of speed – sports, cruise and safety. It‘s foldable for transport and weighs a mere 8.5kg. The E10‘s top speed is 14km/h, with the range coming in around 10km.
Who would it suit? The junior members of the family.
- Consider what you‘re buying the rideable for. Is it just for fun or will it be used it as part – or all – of a commute?
- Will it be ridden predominately on pavements and roads, or will there be a little off road action thrown in? This will determine the model you buy.
- Is the terrain flat or hilly? You‘ll want a rideable that can climb hills if you live in challenging geography.