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Gotrax XR Elite Summary
Our Take: One of the Best Budget Scooters of 2021
The XR Elite is similar to the Xr line, but has an upgraded folding mechanism, larger deck, larger 8.5 inch tires, an upgraded kickstand, powered LED taillights, and tons of retro-reflectors for visibility.
For these reasons, we think the Elite is one of the best electric scooters in this price range.
However, take note: at the time of writing, GOTRAX post-purchase support is reportedly poor. The Elite itself is fantastic, but buyers may purchase from large retailers with generous return policies in case you have an issue with the scooter.
GOTRAX Xr Elite Review
You can compare the performance of the Xr with others we've reviewed on our performance page.
We tested the scooter on a test loop with hills, stops, and other terrains that simulate a typical urban commute. The scooter was ridden by a 165 lb rider in the fastest (least conserving) mode and as quickly as was safe.
Thie range test provides a realistic assessment of the typical range that one would expect and is typically less than that claimed by the manufacturer under ideal conditions.
You can compare the tested range of this scooter with others on our real-world testing page.
We tested the 15 mph stopping distance to be 14.9 feet. This is a good result -- we consider anything under 20 feet to be excellent.
Compared to other GOTRAX scooters, the Elite has the largest deck -- making it the most comfortable of the GOTRAX scooters for riding.
GOTRAX Xr Elite Features
One change, compared to other GOTRAX scooters, is that the Elite has no "gears," meaning that the speed is uncapped, and you won't have to switch it over to Gear 2 every time you hop on to ride. We typically ride scooters as fast as they go; not having to mess with the gear settings is nice.
The cockpit also features nice handgrips, a quality thumb throttle, a smooth brake lever, and a handy bell for alerting others.
The Elite is also fitted with retro-reflectors on the corner of the scooter that improves visibility.
For regular riding at night or in poor visibility conditions, we always recommend additional ultra-bright headlights and a taillight.
Learn more about staying visible at night.
Fortunately, the Elite tires come pre-slimed, which will reduce your chance of getting a flat.
The Elite has 3.1 inches of ground clearance.
The XR Elite (and other GOTRAX models) has fantastic fit-and-finish and has the best quality of any scooter we've seen at this price range.
When purchasing a budget scooter like the Elite, it's important to keep in mind that though it's suitable for daily use, it is a budget scooter and is not going to be a tank.
GOTRAX Xr Elite: Review Conclusions
If the GOTRAX Elite doesn't appeal to you, see our alternative suggestions. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.