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Glion dolly Summary
Portability is facilitated by dolly wheels (after which the scooter is named) and an airport luggage-style telescoping carrying handle. The whole scooter folds into a package with an ultra-small footprint, is easy to tow around, and will free stand on its own.
However, its ultra-portability comes at a cost. The scooter will be a rough ride on poor quality roads and has lackluster controls and performance. It is also not the most attractive scooter.
The Glion Dolly is an ideal scooter for those who will bring it onto crowded public transportation frequently. The scooter is designed around this concept. If this fits your needs, then the purchasing decision is truly a no-brainer. If you don't need this capability, then consider some of the other options.
Glion Dolly Review
For comparison, a typical scooter like the M365 took only 6.3 seconds.
This actually performed better than the M365, which took 20.8 seconds to reach the top with an average speed of 6.6 mph.
The Dolly will take you up small hills but is by no means a hill-climbing machine. Expect to slow down quite a bit on even modest hills. On steep slopes, you'll have to dismount and walk the scooter.
Anything above 15 mph will be sufficient for most urban commutes. The front motor is quite noisy at top speed.
The Glion Dolly relies entirely on a single rear electronic brake to slow you down. The brake is activated by a twist-style control. The brake functions in a binary manner with no capacity for modulating their strength. By this, we mean that brakes are either fully activated or off.
At speed, you have to be careful to ensure you have steady footing and have your weight shifted toward the rear of the scooter. Activating the brakes will abruptly and jarringly slow you down. If you aren't expecting it, it can be a sketchy situation.
Overall, our review finds that the Glion Dolly has pretty mediocre brakes. They are initially reasonably strong, which causes abrupt deceleration. However, they quickly lose their strength, and braking distances are long.
Other scooters that have two braking systems or a mechanical one have 15 mph stopping distances between 15 feet and 20 feet.
The ride quality on the Dolly is acceptable if you are riding on smooth roads. On terrible roads (included in part of our test track), expect a punishing experience that will leave your joints and brain aching.
The poor ride quality is one of the most significant drawbacks of the Dolly. Unfortunately, none of the scooters that we consider "ultra" portable (UScooters Booster V or Unagi Model One) have fantastic ride quality on poor roads. This is somewhat of an inherent trade-off.
Glion Dolly Features
The Dolly has some unique features that make it ultra-portable:
- Telescoping stem
- Folding stem
- Folding handlebars
- Dolly wheels
- Telescoping towing handle
The Glion Dolly is named for the dolly-style wheels that protrude from the tail of the scooter. Like those you would find on luggage, the wheels allow it to be easily rolled around when in the folded configuration.
The Glion also features a telescoping towing handle that is stored in the deck. Like a handle of a rollable suitcase, this deploys with the simple push of a button and allows the scooter to be rolled around easily on its dolly wheels.
You only need one hand to pull the device out to raise/lower the handlebar because it is so smooth. It also locks in place and doesn’t stick.
- Twist-style accelerator/brakes
- Power button
- LCD Display
- Mechanical bell
A small LED display on the right side of the handlebars gives you a readout of battery life, but no other information.
Situated below the LED display is a large red button that is used to both power the scooter on and control lights. If you toggle the button quickly when the scooter is powered, the front light will turn on/off.
The sole braking mechanism -- and electronic brake -- is controlled by another twist-style control that affords minimal braking modulation. Once twisted, you will experience forceful braking that is surprising if you aren't expecting it.
On the Glion, it is not possible to brake lightly -- the control is all or nothing. We aren't huge fans of it, but once you are used to it, it is manageable.
Though the front light is useful in an emergency situation where you find yourself out after dark, it is not one that you should rely on. In our opinion, it's too underpowered for safely riding at night.
We recommend additional lighting for frequent riding at night.
When riding the scooter hard on rough roads, the scooter is a bit noisy. The various components of the scooter rattle, and the motor is pronounced under heavy acceleration.
However, unlike many other scooters, we've had zero maintenance issues pop up on this scooter. We think of it as a German tank -- rickety sounding but ultimately solid.
Glion Dolly: Review Conclusions
However, this scooter is exceptional if you're the right person.
If you have a commute that requires you to bring you scooter on public transportation, this is the scooter for you. The Dolly is easy to fold up and roll with you on public transport. It's no worse than having a small piece of luggage, and you won't be awkwardly bumping into other people as you get on or off a crowded train or bus.
Because of the Dolly wheels, rolling the scooter around is as easy as rolling a 28.8 lb piece of luggage.
If you don't need an ultra-portable scooter, then consider our suggested alternatives. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.