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Emove Touring Summary
Our Take: Under 50 LB Urban Commuter Ideal for Rougher Ride
It has tons of deck space and excellent suspension, giving it fabulous ride quality; and it's very customizable given some of its newer features, including plug-and-play cabling and seat mounting holes.
On top of that, it weighs just Error: Value not specified., folds into a compact package, and has great safety features for commuting with traffic.
There is a lot to love about the Touring. We think this is an ideal scooter for urban riders who have longer commutes that involves rough roads and some hills.
The massive deck -- which has 5.0 in of ground clearance to keep you away from road debris and water -- is great for long rides and challenging terrain.
With the option to upgrade from the trigger to a thumb or twist throttle, commuting can be much more comfortable and tailored to your preferences.
The only notable things we don't like about the Touring are its small 8.0 in tires and single wheel braking mechanisms.
EMOVE Touring Review
For comparison, this is significantly faster than a typical shared scooter, which takes 6 to 7 seconds to reach 15 mph and tops out between 15 mph to 18 mph. Despite the decent power of the motor, it isn’t particularly noisy.
The test is a 200 ft, 10% grade hill with a 165 lb rider — this is relatively steep, and unless you live in San Francisco or similar — you’re unlikely to have many hills steeper than this in your city.
The Touring has a redundant braking system, consisting of a drum and regenerative brake. One downside is that all the braking action is provided by the rear wheel and none from the front wheel — reducing the braking performance.
We prefer to see independent braking systems on each wheel.
Additionally, the rear tire is solid (not pneumatic or air-filled). These types of tires tend to be harder and don’t provide as good of traction, particularly in wet conditions.
Its plush ride comes thanks to front and rear spring suspension. The front suspension is particularly good — it has a single spring stacked on top of pair of springs. Each set of springs has a different spring rate— allowing it to be soft enough to respond quickly, but also stiff so that it doesn’t bottom out.
Another standout feature is the spacious deck. The deck is enormous compared to scooters with this small of folded dimensions — allowing you to stand comfortably in a variety of positions. This dramatically enhances ride quality and makes it particularly comfortable for longer trips.
Optional Seat Accessory
If you need to fold the scooter, the seat post and seat can be easily detached via quick release lever — which is very convenient.
The seat is a very functional accessory for riders who aren't able to or don't want to stand for prolonged periods. However, riders who are used to the flexibility and control you get when standing, will note diminished ride quality and characteristics.
When seated, your weight is primarily over the rear wheel and you aren't able to shift it around when braking or turning. We performed our braking test with and without the seat and noted that braking distances increased by about 10% to 15%. The turning characteristics also become somewhat exaggerated and takes some getting used to.
Overall, the seat is very functional if you need it, but less attractive for those who are able to stand and want the best ride.
Tipping the scales at - — it’s light enough to carry one-handed up stairs or lift into the trunk of a car.
Additionally, the Touring has multiple folding mechanisms:
- Folding stem
- Folding handlebars
- Telescoping stem
These allow it to reduce its folded dimensions to a very compact 44 in (length) by 7 in (width) by 14 in (height).
The new for 2020 EMOVE Touring has upgraded folding mechanism that uses an adjustable rubber bumper, which greatly reduces stem wobble and makes the handlebars feel stiffer and more secure.
Optional Twist / Thumb Throttle
We'd upgrade to the twist throttle because it was the most ergonomic and comfortable overall.
You’ll probably still want additional lighting for riding at night to help you see the road better, like a handlebar-mounted headlight and blinking red light on your helmet or backpack.
Read our guide on riding electric scooters at night.
These tires are on the smaller size for a scooter that otherwise excels on a variety of urban terrains. With smaller tires, you have to be more careful about potholes and obstacles that could suddenly stop your tire.
The suspension does help mitigate this problem by allowing the tire to more easily roll over bumps, but we generally prefer to see at least 9 in tires on scooters that exceed 16 mph.
The deck has sandpaper-like grip tape that keeps your shoes firmly planted.
The deck has 5.0 in of ground clearance, allowing you to drop off curbs and clear most obstacles. The deck-to-handlebar height is adjustable from 28.8 in to 40.3 in.
Part of what contributes to the build quality of the Touring is being a descendant from the MiniMotors Speedway Mini 4 Pro electric scooter. The Touring is an upgraded version of the Mini 4 Pro, a scooter that has been refined over multiple generations.
Out-of-the-box, the Touring had good quality. The only pre-ride adjustment we did was to tighten the rear drum brake, which took just a few seconds.
All the folding mechanisms are robust, including a rubber rod to minimize play in the stem. In particular, the folding handlebars were rock solid — they also have adjustment screws that you can use to tighten them if they are loose quickly. You may have to do this once when setting up the scooter, but this should not be a frequently needed adjustment.
The only deficits in build are fit-and-finish issues that are inherent in all scooters manufactured by hand on smaller scales (e.g., basically every scooter that isn’t a Xiaomi or Segway). The type of issues that appear are, for example, screws that need tightening and pre-ride adjustments.
Aside from having solid performance, the Touring also offers best-in-class hill climbing and best-in-class zero to 15 mph speed. If you need a more powerful scooter with a higher rider weight, check out the EMOVE Cruiser. For even more power, see the Apollo Pro.
Overall, we think the Touring is possibly the best scooter in its price class and represents a great value for those who want a comfortable, long-range commuter scooter. This is why we ranked it the Best Electric Scooter Under $900 .