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Hiboy MAX V2 Review
Hiboy MAX V2 Alternatives & Competitors
Our Take: Better Than a Shared Electric Scooter, But Not By Much
It has a good safety feature set, including a high-mounted headlight, rear taillight, and two braking mechanisms (front regenerative brake and rear disc brake). However, it is a scooter that you may outgrow as you get more comfortable riding and start to crave more speed, range, or advanced features.
As a kick-to-start scooter, the Hiboy Max V2 is built for casual commuting and is not going to keep up with commuter scooters at double the price, like the Apollo City. However, the Max V2 has a faster top speed and a bit more range than the average shared commuter scooter.
It's also neatly put together, with nicely routed cables, a little extra standing room over the rear tire, blue deck lights, and a huge deck. The thumb controls for the throttle and regenerative brake are very comfortable to use, and the rear shock absorbers provide some cushion (along with a fair amount of clacking).
In our tests, it sped up the first 38 feet, but for the rest of the distance the speed decreased as it went up the hill. It left us wanting to give it another kick-push, as it just doesn't have a ton of “go” on an incline.
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Although it takes a bit to get going, the Hiboy Max V2 has a reasonable top speed of 18.6 mph. If you're familiar with riding a shared scooter, you're probably used to traveling a tad slower, as the average top speed is around 15 mph. For beginners, this gradual get-up is a great feature, allowing the rider to adjust to speed.
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The regen brake is thumb controlled and provides strong enough braking on its own to bring the Max V2 to a stop. The rear mechanical brake is also linked to the regen brake, so you can use both brakes using the brake lever. One benefit of regularly using the regen brake only rather than with mechanical is that it can help maximize your range, and avoid wearing down the disc brake.
The small, solid tires and slower acceleration make the Max V2 an underwhelming ride for anyone looking for exciting speed or a super smooth cruise. The three riding modes set different top speeds for travel, with a blue light indicating beginner mode, yellow for normal mode, and red for sport mode.
The throttle activation is gradual and smooth. When cruise control engages after holding constant speed for 6 to 8 seconds, you’ll hear a notification and see a cruise control icon on the display. Some scooters do not indicate when cruise control has been activated, which can be a safety hazard, so we appreciate that the Max V2 makes it very clear when cruise control is set.
With a rather short deck to handlebar height of 35.5 in, the cockpit might feel too low for riders over 5 ft 5 in. The deck feels very long and roomy, making it comfortable to change foot positions as needed.
It's easiest to recognize the dual shock absorbers when you hear (rather than feel) them, as you travel over bumps or into dips. The absorbers don’t effectively provide damping for a 165 lb rider, and might be better suited to a 200 lb rider, as it feels oversprung. Other than clacking from the suspension, the scooter is very quiet and feels pretty stable, with minimal noise coming from the motor and no play in the stem.
We recommend riding with a bend in your knees, as the Max V2 will give you a brain massage over city streets. Also, the small, solid tires feel unstable over cracks and ruts that are parallel to travel.
- Speedometer style (metric or imperial)
- Ride mode (beginner, normal, or sport)
- Start style (kick to start or zero start)
Hiboy Max V2 Features
To disengage the folding latch, you have to hold down the deck with one foot, push the stem away from you with one hand, and unlatch with your other hand. We weren’t able to step on the latch while also applying opposing force to get it to fold, but the upside to this design is that the stem gives very little flex when riding.
The Max V2 does not have folding handlebars but the stem does fold down and locks in that position for easy carrying. The stem is a rather large diameter, so may not be easy for riders with smaller hands to carry one-handed.
The V2 measures 44 in long by 19 in wide by 44 in tall with a folded height of 16 in.
The handgrips are slightly texturized and screw-on, and can get unscrewed while riding. This is not a safety concern as you’ll feel the handgrips loosen, but something to be aware of.
For riding at night, you’ll definitely need more lighting for better visibility.
Its deck is 3 in to 5 in longer than other scooters in its class, giving you substantial standing room.
However, they'll be looking for where the noise is coming from rather than checking out your sick scooter. Sitting still, the Hiboy Max V2 resembles the Segway ES4, but it doesn't ride nearly as well or feel as well made as the ES4.
Other than the suspension sounds, the ride is silent. We really enjoy the linked regenerative and disc brakes, as they're great for introducing beginner riders to scooting. If the tires were larger and/or air-filled, it would handle cracks and rough terrain much better.
The Max V2 has a IPX4 water resistance rating and accommodates riders up to 265 lb.
Hiboy Max V2: Review Conclusions
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