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Dualtron Thunder Summary
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Dualtron Thunder Review
The Dualtron Thunder has a massive 2060 watt hour battery pack made of LG-branded lithium-ion cells. This battery pack gives the Thunder a manufacturer-claimed 80-mile range. We haven’t performed a full range test on the Thunder, but scooters typically get 50-70% of the claimed range. We would expect around 30 to 50 miles of real-world range from the Thunder.
You can compare the range of other scooters we’ve tested on our performance page.
The Dualtron Thunder has dual Nutt-branded 160 mm hydraulically-actuated disc brakes. Though Nutt is an unknown generic Chinese brand, the brakes are some of the best we’ve tested. The force required to activate these hydraulic brakes is minimal, and the braking force is very positive and progressive. You will be able to stop very quickly by simultaneously activating both brakes confidently. The massive 160-mm, ventilated brake calipers are some of the biggest we’ve seen on an electric scooter and allow for intense, sustained braking without loss of performance.
Additionally, the Dualtron Thunder also features electronic ABS. This is not true ABS and causes unnerving vibrations that take some getting used to. Most Dualtron owners disable this system.
During our tests, the Thunder took 9.7 feet of braking distances to come to a stop from 15 mph.
The Dualtron Thunder has both a front and rear rubber cartridge suspension and large 11.0-inch pneumatic tires. The suspension and tires deliver a ride quality that is tuned for on-road riding.
The suspension is a rubber cartridge type one that can be adjusted by installing stiffer or softer cartridges. This type of suspension is very simple — making it quiet and durable. However, it is not nearly as good as a quality coil-over-hydraulic one.
MiniMotors Dualtron Thunder Features
The stock 11-inch tubeless mini motorcycle tires can go off-road, but are fairly smooth and really designed for maximum traction on hard, paved surfaces. For scooter motocross, you can always swap the Thunder’s stock tires for some knobby ones.
The tires have an ultra-wide 4-inch contact patch with the road and make it easy to balance and manage the scooter at speed. The large 11.0-inch diameter and Dualtron rubber suspension will help you roll over sizable urban or off-road obstacles safely.
Though these are some of the thickest, most durable electric scooter tires we’ve encountered, they are pneumatic, and you can still benefit from flat tire preventative maintenance.
The Dualtron Thunder has a huge 12-inch wide deck for maximum stability and confidence at high speeds. The extra-wide size expands the possible foot positions on this scooter and ensures that you’ll always be able to get in the most stable position for your riding circumstance.
The Dualtron Thunder is built to last. The only minor issue we notice, common to all Dualtrons, is play in the steering that is amplified along the length of the steering neck. This is what we refer to as the “Dualtron wobble.”
Other than that, expect that you’re getting your money’s worth in quality.
Dualtron Thunder: Review Conclusions
The Dualtron Thunder is one of the most powerful, premium electric scooters you can buy. Aside from the ridiculous Dualtron X, the Dualtron Thunder is the most powerful scooter from MiniMotors.
The Thunder has absolutely brutal acceleration and build quality to withstand all the punishment you can dish out.
Read more: review and comparison of MiniMotors Dualtron scooters.
If the Dualtron Thunder doesn’t appeal to you, see our alternative scooter suggestions. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.