Mitchell has been fascinated by electric scooters since 2019. He began sharing his enthusiasm on his YouTube channel, “RK9 Rides,” in 2020. He joined Rider Guide in 2023, and between the two channels, he spends seven days a week riding, testing, and writing about electric scooters. He has tested dozens of models from dozens of brands and is always on the lookout for the newest and greatest scooters. His current favorite models are the Nami Klima and the NIU KQi3 Max.
The Fluid Vista comes at a time when the scooter bar has been set so high that cheap and flimsy just aren’t cutting it. But the Fluid Vista is neither cheap-feeling nor flimsy by design. It is a sturdy, well-built electric scooter focusing on the commuter experience–which it achieves with its high-performance, low-maintenance design.
Want to find out how the Fluid Vista scooter performed in our standardized Rider Guide tests? Read along.
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Fluid Vista Review Summary
The Fluid Vista is the kind of scooter you purchase and keep around for a very long time because of how well-built it is. It’s a scooter beginner riders can buy and grow into, thanks to its rider-focused design, performance potential, safety consideration, and affordable-ish price.
The Fluid Vista scooter has a 1000w rear hub efficient motor with enough power, whether you’re cruising down the neighborhood or engaging in some light adventure. We tested ours extensively, and the numbers for top speed, acceleration, and hill times were trend-setting in its class. The range may not be the longest, but it is sufficient for the average commuter.
The ride quality is more than okay. The Fluid Vista electric scooter is equipped with one of the best suspension systems on a commuter. It has dual front forks with adjustable rebound damping and a rear spring shock with adjustable preload for riders to fully customize their ride experiences.
The ride is designed to be an ergonomic fit for short and tall riders and an excellent choice for heavier riders. The ground clearance is one of the highest, and not just for this class of scooters, while the IP rating is just right, especially for a year-round dedicated commuter.
The Fluid Vista scooter is also equipped with an app to accord the rider customization benefits like control over how aggressive the throttle is, energy recovery on the regen breaks, kick-to-start or zero starts, cruise control, the ambiance of the swag lights, etc.
But the major selling point is the scooter’s ease of maintenance (without compromising ride comfort or performance), which makes the case for the scooter’s introductory price of $1300. Join us as we do a deep dive into the spec sheet, performance, and ride feel.
Our Take:A No-Hassle, Solidly Designed Scooter That's Perfect for Urban CommutersSee the Fluid Vista
Is it Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders?
Yes, the Fluid Vista is a big-dawg scooter.
First, it has a decent rider weight capacity of 265 lbs, and performance stays true to spec even with riders closer to that limit. The scooter’s frame is solidly designed to handle the weight. The riding ergonomics also support the bigger and larger stature of our big dawgs–starting with the super wide 640 mm swept-back bars that sit 39 inches above the deck. This design allows even taller riders to adopt an upright (and more comfortable) posture when riding.
The deck is ultra-spacious with an above-average width of 9.0 inches to allow different foot positioning, even for riders with larger feet. And as for the ride, the dual front fork suspension with adjustable rebound damping and the rear shocks with adjustable preload allows riders to tune the scooter to their specific weight for the most comfortable ride experience.
Finally, with the performance numbers from Mitchell, who weighs 215 lbs, we can confidently certify the Fluid Vista scooter as big-dawg-approved.
Fluid Vista Scooter Review
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The Fluid Vista scooter is a quick and fun ride, accelerating to 15 mph in 4.2 seconds. The acceleration by default is not as aggressive as other scooters at the Fluid Vista’s price point, like the dual-motor Pegasus that hits 15 mph in 2.6 seconds or the new single-motor Ninebot Max G2 that takes 4.1 seconds to the same speed.
That said, the app allows you to adjust the intensity of the acceleration to your liking. The throttle engages smoothly without any dead zone allowing you to just go off the mark–set the scooter as a kick-to-start or in zero-start, again, depending on your preference.
If you’re looking for a fast commuter, then you’re knocking on the right doors with the Fluid Vista. It has a manufacturer-claimed top speed of 31 mph, but upon testing, ours reached 29.3 mph, which is way faster than we expected. As always, our speed tests feature a two-directional speed run to eliminate the effect of head/tailwind. We also use prograde tools to get precise numbers since scooter speedos (like car speedos) tend to be a little overenthusiastic.
Compared to other scooters in its class, the Fluid Vista electric scooter is untouchable. The Varla Pegasus hit a top speed of 25 mph, while the Max G2 hit 21.7 mph. However, it keeps up with our other favorite commuters, like the Apollo City 2022 at 27.0 mph and the solid-tire Synergy Aviator 2.0 at 27.2 mph.
The 60V battery also means that the scooter does not slow down as it nears battery drain. Keep an eye on voltage as indicated by the bars on the left side of the center display.
Usually, dual-motor scooters perform way better on hills than single-motor scooters. However, the Fluid Vista, with a single rear 1000 w motor, did surprisingly well by completing our 200 ft, 10% hill climb test in 13 seconds at an average speed of just over 10 mph. Going by this performance, we can be sure that the Fluid Vista scooter will scale most typical urban hills.
The Fluid Vista electric scooter is equipped with a 60 v, 870 wh battery. Ridden through our hilly and challenging range test course, the Fluid Vista scooter gave us 22.8 miles of range against the manufacturer-cited 45 miles.
Compared with other electric scooters, you might be tempted to think that this range is somewhat less ideal. However, the Fluid Vista’s average range test speed was about 18.2 mph, much faster than other scooters in its class, and it drains the battery faster. For instance, our tested range for a scooter like the Okai Neon Pro came to 26.8 miles but ridden at an average speed of 16.1 mph.
That said, riding slower and in more forgiving terrain should give you more mileage for a single charge. And, anyway, we find 15-20 miles more than sufficient for daily commuting.
Finally, Fluid Vista includes a 2 amp charger that will get this scooter from 0 to 100% in 7-8 hours, meaning that you should wake up each day with a fresh, fully charged battery.
The Fluid Vista scooter has a dual braking system consisting of mechanical braking from the front drum, rear disc brake, and electronic regenerative braking. This combination of brakes brings the Fluid Vista to a halt at 13.4 ft from a speed of 15 mph.
Now, this is agreeably on the longer side. However, the focus for Fluid was on a more smooth and more stable braking system, as opposed to the grabbiness of more intense braking setups, which is ideal for an urban commuter like the Fluid Vista electric scooter.
Drum brakes and regen brakes require little to no maintenance, which means less work on that front. Regen brakes also power up the battery when activated, and you can set up the level of energy recovery on the scooter’s app.
Most people tune out at the word solid wheels–but hear us out. There are several moving parts (literally) when it comes to the ride quality on your electric scooters, and wheels are just the start.
The Fluid Vista has solid wheels, which traditionally are not synonymous with a comfortable ride. However, there are different qualities of solid tires, and tire size plays a huge role as well. The wheels on the Fluid Vista don’t feel as rigid as, say, the ones on the Hiboy S2 scooter.
But, to counter any potential downsides of solid tires, Fluid installed front and rear suspension on the Vista scooter. The suspension meets comfort requirements on most typical city roads. The dual front suspension fork is enough to help soak up larger bumps. The forks also have rebound damping that’s adjustable by turning the knobs a few clicks right or left as per your liking.
On the other hand, the rear spring suspension is nice and beefy for a comfortable but not overly floaty feel when riding. The setup supports a maximum rider weight of 265 pounds, and the preload can be adjusted on the rear spring for heavier riders.
The scooter’s construction also plays a huge role in the ride feel. The frame is quite solid, and the Fluid Vista is well-built and able to handle even rough riding without issues–it also helps that you can’t get flats, thanks to the solid tires. And the Fluid Vista has an incredibly high ground clearance that ensures the underdeck pan stays intact as you cross obstacles or hop off curbs.
Speaking of the deck, it’s really massive. It is one of the widest scooter deck in its class and just in general. It measures 17.5 inches by 9.0 inches–as wide as the Wolf King GT or the Apollo Ghost 2022. This kind of real estate gives you a number of different ways to stagger your feet. If you take long rides, you find that having a few different comfortable positions to ride in comes in handy in avoiding leg fatigue.
The overall ergonomics match the large deck. You have 640mm wide handlebars that sit 39 inches from the deck. This and the fact that the wide handlebars have a bit of back sweep give you great control of the scooter. The bar’s width and height above the riding platform also means that you can properly settle your weight on the scooter without leaning forward to reach the handlebars.
And for a throttle-free ride, maintaining speed for 5 seconds locks the scooter in cruise control. Or, you can simply activate it from the app.
Fluid Vista Features
Obviously, this fluid scooter wasn’t designed with portability as the absolute top priority, but it still strikes a decent balance between performance and portability. It folds up and down quickly with a simple and secure stem latch.
The handlebars lockdown on the deck with the same type of mechanism that we praised NIU for using on their KQi models. Simply fold the bars down, and the stem clicks in automatically. Press the push-down button to release the bars again.
The Fluid Vista scooter weighs 60 lbs, which means it is not a one-handed carry, but carrying it up a flight or two of stairs should still be manageable for most people. The weight is probably what inspired Fluid to go with a single motor.
The wide handlebars and the folded-down height of the scooter mean that it can be tricky to fit in smaller trunks, but you shouldn’t have any issues throwing it into a back seat or the trunk of an SUV.
Besides being aesthetically pleasing, the cockpit is ergonomically and intuitively laid out. The star of the show is the large color display that shows your speed, battery percentage, riding mode, and mileage. The bar on the right side is your at-a-glance battery level, and the bar on the left is an amperage meter indicating the strength of the power being sent to the motor.
On the right side of the bars, you have the rear disc brake lever with an integrated bell to alert unwary passengers. You also have the turn signal switch and horn button that are easily accessible. Then on the left, you have the front drum brake lever and a zero-dead-zone thumb throttle with a multifunctional button.
The Fluid Vista scooter has a functional high-mounted headlight that illuminates the path ahead and stays visible to oncoming traffic.
It has additional deck-embedded lights on each corner in the front and rear. They add to the Fluid Vista’s visibility–but the rear lights also double as braking indicators and turn signal lights. The sides of the deck are further lined with lateral swag lights whose ambiance you can set on the app to your liking.
The Fluid Vista scooter comes equipped with 10-inch x 3-inch solid tires. The decision to put solid tires on the Vista is a unique choice and might be a bit controversial in this class, but if you take a moment to think about who this scooter is designed for–urban commuters– then solid tires just make sense. You don’t want to be worrying about flat tires when trying to get to work or the store, and you don’t want to spend extra time and money outside of your commute working on fixing the scooter.
The Fluid Vista’s 17.5-inch by 9.0-inch deck is another highlight. It gives you so much leg playroom, especially on long voyages. The deck is covered in a textured rubber mat that’s, again, easy to maintain.
It also has the Fluid logo plastered on, so there’s no confusing this scooter for another.
The Fluid Vista electric scooter is well-designed–and built to be a low-maintenance vehicle. The cockpit is clean, with a large center display. The wires are all tucked away, leaving only two visible brake lines up top. On the bar ends, you have the brake levers for the front drum and rear disc brake, and there’s the additional thumb throttle on the right side. The controls are ergonomically laid out, allowing you intuitive control and handling.
Back to the brakes. With a rear disc brake and front drum brake, the Fluid Vista offers a good mix of smooth stopping with the drum brake and quicker stopping of the disc brake. Drum brakes require very little maintenance, making them ideal for commuting scooters. The scooter also has electronic regenerative braking, which besides its no-maintenance advantage, also recharges your battery each time it’s activated.
The Fluid Vista has a pair of solid tires, which we’ve seen much more of in this price class. The feel of this particular set of tires is unlike regular solid tires. The tread on the Fluid Vista’s tires is great, not too slick and grippy enough at that. This resulted in the scooter feeling comfortable during cornering and carving over a variety of surfaces.
Then comes the scooter’s function. You have the center display that gives you some level of control. But you also have the scooter app that gives you an extra level of customization. The scooter connects to the app via Bluetooth and is handy in controlling the ambient lighting, changing from kick-to-start to zero start, adjusting regen braking and throttle aggression, and even locking the scooter. The app may be simple, but it does everything you would want it to do.
To add to the well-thought design, we have the scooter’s IPX5 rating. This makes it perfect for those short bursts of rain–but remember, water damage is typically not covered by warranty, so be careful. The fenders are large enough to prevent water spray from getting on you while riding. And with the grip on the tires, you are assured of a good level of traction even on slippery surfaces.
The headlight is mounted high on the scooter to make you more visible to traffic at night. This combo with the ambient lighting means that night commuters won’t have to worry about being seen.
The Fluid Vista scooter checks all the boxes for commuting safety, from the pedestrian bell to the louder and more audible horn. Then you have the neat lighting package that keeps the Fluid Vista visible lights up the riding track. The scooter has a predictable brake and throttle that individually accord the rider full control over their movement. And we can’t forget the IPX5 and good fender coverage that protect the scooter from sudden showers. For the scooter’s safety, you can lock it from the dedicated app and keep unauthorized people from making off with it.
The Fluid Vista scooter has a decent service contract and warranty. You get a 12-month warranty with the scooter. And as a complementary service, Fluid offers lifetime service and 50% off replacement parts for your scooter. What’s more, you get free shipping within Continental US when you buy from the site, and if you don’t like the scooter, there’s a 15-day allowance to return your unused scooter.
Fluid Vista Scooter Price
The Fluid Vista electric scooter is priced at $1,499, positioning it as a competitive choice in the mid tier range of e-scooters
Fluid Vista Review Conclusion
A commuter-focused scooter with the right balance for price, maintenance, comfort, efficiency, and portability.
The Fluid Vista is an easy choice if you are looking for a scooter to get you to and from work or around town. Its reasonable price, low maintenance design, comfortable ride, good speed, and quick folding make it an easy scooter to recommend. There is nothing quite like the peace of mind of having a quick, reliable scooter that can ride in any weather conditions and won’t get flats.
Fluid Vista: Technical Specifications
|Folded dimensions||51 by 25.3 by 25 in|
|Motor power, continuous||1000 W|
|Top speed||31 mph|
|Battery capacity||870 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||7 to 8 hrs|
|Max rider weight||265 lb|
|Brake type||Drum+ Disc|
|Tire type||10.0 in Solid +Solid|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|