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Kaabo Mantis Pro Review
The Kaabo Mantis Pro is a juiced-up version of the Kaabo Mantis base version. Like the base 17.5 amp-hour version, it has dual 1000-watt electric motors, nimble steering, and top-notch build quality -- all packed into a 65.2 lb package.
However, the Pro also adds fully hydraulic Zoom disc brakes, a EY3 throttle, a larger battery, and even more powerful controllers. It's the most powerful scooter under 65 lbs we've ever tested and delivered 33.7 mi of maxed-out urban commuting, based on our real-world range tests.
Our Take: Striking, Durable Build + Awesome Speed
In terms of sensation, the Pro feels very fast -- yank your arm out of the socket fast. The throttle is incredibly responsive -- you feel the motors pulling as soon as you squeeze down on the accelerator.
Compared to a shared scooter, the Pro is about 3X as fast, and it even puts a quality beast scooter like the 10X to shame.
See the table below for acceleration comparison with other electric scooters (165 lb rider used for all).
Compare with other scooters on our performance page.
We independently tested the range of the Kaabo Mantis Pro on an urban test loop that includes stops, hills, rough terrain. The scooter was ridden by a 165 lb rider at the maximum speed that was safe in dual-motor mode with the fastest (least energy-conserving) performance settings.
Riding the scooter in single motor mode and more conservatively will significantly extend its range.
Compare this scooter with every other one that we've ranged-tested on our performance comparison page.
We tested the 15 mph braking distance to be just 10.2 feet-- basically tying for the best braking performance we've ever tested.
The standout suspension consists of springs in both the front and rear. The suspension pre-load is also adjustable. It makes the suspension adaptable for riders of different weights. It ensures that you stay in the sweet spot of the suspension.
Though the scooter is suitable for nearly all terrains, we think it's most adept on paved roads. The tread pattern on the stock tires is smooth and grippy. However, the scooter is powerful enough to seriously burn rubber when launching from a standstill.
Kaabo Mantis Pro Features
The stem does fold and lock into place, so it is possible (though not easy) to carry the scooter one-handed. The handlebars do not fold and can be challenging when wheeling the scooter through doors, tight spaces, or on to public transportation.
The folded dimensions of the Mantis Pro are: 48 inch by 24 inch by 19 inch — about 6 inch longer and 6 inch wider than the typical small scooter.
Stem folding mechanism
Once locked into place, the stem feels solid with zero wobbles and no bending/creaking when pushing on the handlebars.
The finger trigger throttle that has become ubiquitous on high-performance scooters can be uncomfortable for prolonged use.
The EY3 LCD throttle has a built-in LED information display that is bright enough to be read in full sunlight and has green backlighting for night riding. Many so-called P-settings can be tuned by clicking through the mode and power buttons.
A few gripes: the handlebars have cheap foam grips that are ripe for replacement, and the scooter lacks a bell or horn. Both these are easily remedied with inexpensive aftermarket accessories.
Because all the lights are mounted very low to the ground, they do not project far ahead. You will be visible to others on the road but will have a hard time seeing the way ahead. We recommend an additional high-mounted bicycle headlight and taillight for riding more safely at night.
See our guide to staying visible when riding at night.
The tires are mounted on a split rim, which is an awesome bonus. The split rim makes changing tires and replacing inner tubes (in the case of a flat) easier than scooters with a solid rim.
The deck-to-handlebar height is 40.8 inches.
Construction is hefty and uses many thick metal parts that are tightly assembled. The scooter is very quiet, with no rattling or squeaky parts. The noisiest part of the scooter is its massive electric motors, which we didn't mind.
There have been reports of a stem bolt breaking issue on the Kaabo Mantis. All Kaabo Mantis shipping from Fluid Freeride have an upgraded stem bolt and locking washer installed.
Kaabo Mantis Pro Conclusions
If the Mantis Pro doesn't suite your needs, check out our suggested alternative scooters. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.