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Apollo is calling the City “the Most Integrated Scooter of 2022, and in this review, we’ll show you why. We examine its state-of-the-art build and show why the totally redesigned (and now dual-motor) Apollo City Pro is not just a sequel to the popular original Apollo City, but actually a fundamental step forward in the company’s evolution.
While you can buy the City in a single motor version, we tested the dual motor City Pro and refer to that model throughout our review.
Variable Regen Braking
Flatproof 10” Pneumatic Tires
Clean Integrated Design
Highest IP Rating in our Database
Ultra-Short Charging Time
Deck Hook Doesn’t Stay Latched
Turn Signals Aren’t visible From the Front
High-end Features But Some May Find Pricy
Tested Top Speed:
Max Rider Weight:
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The Apollo City Pro is available in United States from Apollo.
Our Take: Apollo took everything they learned from the launch of their first groundbreaking all-original scooter: the Apollo Phantom, and used that as the starting point for their re-imagined mid-size commuter, the City Pro.
Our expectations for new features and seamless integration were set high, and Apollo did not disappoint. From the new app to the gorgeous rubber deck, and even the ultra-clean cable routing, Apollo keeps setting a new standard for integration.
The new dual-motor City Pro electric scooter is beyond a worthy successor to the original, and nicely fills the gap between the lightweight and portable Apollo Air, and the Sporty light-heavyweight Phantom.
Our Take: Unbeatable Stability + Sporty Good Looks
The Apollo City Pro electric scooterfits tall riders well. With a deck-to-handlebar height of 41.5 in, they’re the second tallest bars ever, after the NAMI BURN-E. So riders from 5 ft tall to well over 6 ft tall will feel right at home.
With the specified maximum rider weight being 265 lbs, this is exceptionally strong and well-sprung. Our resident Big Dawg, Ramier had no trouble jumping curbs and carving corners on the Apollo City Pro Electric scooter. Our impression is that the City Pro will handle well for heavier riders, but with a tad reduced range.
Apollo City Pro Review
When Apollo launched the Phantom in 2021, they set a new standard for having everything you need in one complete package, including excellent ergonomics, a high-mounted headlight, and the most full-featured display we’d ever seen. Now, a full year after releasing their first all-original scooter, they’ve gone even further with the City Pro’s super clean integrated design and attention to detail.
Now in 2022, Apollo is ambitiously pursuing a next-step company evolution with the Apollo City, a design-first, highly-integrated, and painstakingly custom-built scooter. With sleek lines, very little exposed, and a fresh paint color, this is a scooter that will stand out.
It has the first 10 in tubeless tires we’ve seen ever seen, and they claim to be “flatproof” So of course, we tested that too. Stick around to the end to see how it turned out.
Quick Breakdown of New Features:
1. Turn signals within reach of each thumb. They beep and self cancel, so you don’t accidentally leave them on.
2. The included App tells you how many miles of range you have remaining. We tested it and it really works!
3. You can also use the app to dial in the intensity of control of acceleration and braking
4. The Optional phone mount is pricey at fifty bucks, but it’t well made and fits the unusual handlebar shape
5. The fenders are really solid, and look great, though front coverage could be improved
6. A 3A charger, that takes you from empty to full in just 4.5 hours (we tested it)
7. The side stand is easy to use
8. And the charge port is easier to use than the typical three-prong type
9. Plus, the port seals itself when you’re not using it.
10. And it was one of the easiest scooters to set up right out of the box.
11. Just one plug, two screws, and we were ready to go on the setup.
It’s also surprising that a scooter of its size and capability has such a conservative specified maximum rider weight, at 265 lbs.
Lesser scooters regularly push the 300 lb mark.
We don’t usually recommend going beyond the manufacturer’s recommended weight limit, but this is a scooter where I do not see the downside to going to 300 lbs, especially if you can use stiffer suspension cartridges than stock.
Acceleration is easy to control with the grippy rubber thumb throttle, and it’s deceptively quick. With a 0 to 15 mph time of 2.9 seconds, it’s only two tenths behind the Apollo Phantom V2 and Wolf Warrior X Pro, but the City Pro’s power delivery is noticeably smoother.
City commuting isn’t about crazy top-speeds. But when you have a scooter that can go faster than 25 mph something magic happens, you suddenly have the option to flow with traffic when it’s safe (check your local laws). With an ESG certified top speed of 31 mph, the Apollo City Pro electric scootercan definitely get you across town faster than a car during rush hour traffic.
Climbing hills is where having dual motors makes all the difference. The dual-motor Apollo City Pro electric scooter climbed our test hill 27% faster than the original Apollo City. I also had no trouble keeping up with the flow of city traffic on even the steep 4 to 6% hills of our range test circuit.
The dual-motor Apollo City Pro surprised us by covering nearly the same number of miles as the original single motor version , even though they use the same size battery. So it’s got enough range for the longest city commutes.
Apollo made some surprising choices with the City Pro’s brakes, with some clear benefits: No matter how hard you grab them, these brakes won’t put you over the handlebars, but they will recharge your battery, and probably won’t ever wear out.
1. The left handlebar has a thumb lever that lets you use 100% regenerative braking, so you can slow down without using the mechanical brakes at all putting more energy into re-charging your battery.
2. The regular brake levers now have position sensors to give you more regen the harder you pull, unlike typical brake levers, which only switch regen fully on or off.
3. The third unusual thing Apollo did was to use drum brakes front and rear.
- They’re much less likely to lock up,
- you can do a brake adjustment without any tools,
- And from my experience running fleets of thousands of scooters, I can tell you, drum brakes last about 10 times as long as disc brakes
Drum brakes don’t have as much stopping power as disc brakes, but with the help of regen, the Apollo City Pro electric scooter stops from 15 mph in a very respectable 12.3 ft. Which puts it right in the middle of all 85 braking tests that we’ve performed.
The City Pro is fast, but still easy to ride which is exactly what you want in a commuter. The stem has a high-quality latch with no wobble at all.
The dual swingarm suspension is a little firm for my rider weight of 165 lbs, but is a huge improvement over the original Apollo City and it does a great job handling large bumps. If you’re trying to go racetrack speed around corners, the Apollo Phantom definitely handles better, but most riders are unlikely to corner that hard on the street.
Portability is the one area where the new City Pro doesn’t beat the original. We love the quick folding stem and the rear grab handle, and how solid the new handlebars feel, but the fact that the bars don’t fold definitely makes it less compact.
You need to be careful if you’re carrying it by the stem because the latch will come undone when you set it down. Because of this, I usually lift it with the rear handle and the gooseneck. Apollo did an excellent job of making sure there is plenty of room for fingers at the front.
At 66 lbs, the Apollo City Pro electric scooter isn’t light, but I’d be comfortable carrying it up one to two flights of stairs with a two-handed grip.
The cockpit is gorgeous and well-executed, with two minor exceptions. The display could be a little brighter, and I kept losing track of which buttons were the turn signals because the embossed characters on the buttons were hard to read while riding. Screen brightness ended up not being an issue because I found myself using the phone mount on all of my rides to take advantage of the app’s mileage remaining feature, which is surprisingly accurate!
We love the high-mounted headlight and huge turn signals of the new Apollo City Pro electric scooter, mainly because the turn signals are self-canceling. On the other hand, we wish the signs were viewable from the front, so riders would be able to give oncoming traffic a heads-up.
The tubeless tires have an excellent road feel and make the scooter feel very nimble. The most exciting feature is that they’re “flat-free” due to a thick rubber coating bonded to the inner surface of the tire. As shown here, the coating deforms and prevents smaller objects from penetrating the tire’s seal. We found that very long nails can penetrate the inner layer, but the stickiness of the coating means it’s able to maintain a seal around the foreign object and self-heal when the object is removed.
This rubber deck is low-key gorgeous. It’s rare that I sit and stare at a deck after unboxing, but this one had us stopped in our tracks.
So who is the City Pro for? If you’re a sport rider, you will probably be better served by the Apollo Phantom or the Mantis. And if you need something portable, this scooter may not be for you.
This scooter is for someone who values design, integration, and attention to detail. Someone who appreciates the end-to-end experience that Apollo seeks to create and the support of a strong brand.
The City Pro is in a sweet spot for city commuting and is your worry-free, easy-to-use, everyday ride.
With Flat proof tires, brakes that will never wear out, an app that displays accurate remaining range, and fast charging, everything you need for a drama-free commute, rain or shine.