Kaabo Mantis Pro - $2299
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Paul Somerville
July 14, 2020

Rider Guide’s Editor-in-Chief is a seasoned expert in the electric scooter industry. With a wide-ranging background that includes managing scooter warehouses, selling thousands of motorcycles, and restoring high value (+1M) European sports cars, his expertise is unmatched. Having personally tested more than 100 electric scooters, he offers invaluable insights and recommendations to our readers. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team, as his diverse skill set and extensive experience ensure top-notch reviews.

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Kaabo Mantis Pro Review

This an in-depth review of the Kaabo Mantis Pro — one of the Best Scooters Electric Scooters of 2021.

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 29.6 kg 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 29.48 kg we've ever tested and delivered 54.2 km of maxed-out urban commuting, based on our real-world range tests.
PROS
Very fast
Nimble
Fantastic hydraulic brakes
Excellent value
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CONS
No water-resistance rating

Technical Specifications

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Tested Top Speed:
59.5 km/h**
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Water Resistance:
None**
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Max Rider Weight:
120 kg**
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Weight:
29.6 kg**
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Tested Range:
54.2 km**
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Acceleration:
2.0 s**
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro is not available in Canada.
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Kaabo Mantis Pro Alternatives & Competitors

Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11
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Wolf Warrior 11
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Mantis
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Our Take: Striking, Durable Build + Awesome Speed

The Kaabo Mantis Pro is one of the best electric scooters in the world -- striking the right balance of functionality, power, range, and weight. Priced at just over $2400, it's no cheap scooter; however, it's probably the best value out there if you're looking for a high-end beast scooter.

Performance Summary

Acceleration

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The Kaabo Mantis Pro was a land rocket on the acceleration tests. Its dual 1000-watt electric motors, 27 amp controllers, and 60 V battery propelled the Pro to 9.32 km/h in 2.0 seconds, to 12.43 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and let it fly past 21.75 km/h in 9.3 seconds.

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 (74.84 kg rider used for all).

Hill Climb

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We tested the hill-climbing performance of the Mantis Pro. The Pro finished our hill climb test (60.96 m, 10% grade, 74.84 kg rider) in 7.9 seconds with an average speed of 10.63 km/h.

Compare with other scooters on our performance page.

Top Speed

We were able to hit 59.5 km/h with a 74.84 kg rider and 22.62 km/h with a 106.59 kg rider — very close to the claimed 24.85 km/h top speed.

Range

The Kaabo Mantis Pro features a 1470 watt hour LG battery (60-volt system with 24.5 amp-hour capacity), and a tested range of 54.2 km.

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 74.84 kg 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.

Braking

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The Mantis has fully-hydraulic disc brakes that are buttery smooth and provide excellent braking. It is also equipped with dual electronic brakes that have programmable strength. The electronic brakes are quite strong. They also feature a so-called ABS (antilock braking system) that you're better off disabling -- more on that later.

We tested the 9.32 km/h braking distance to be just 3.11 m-- basically tying for the best braking performance we've ever tested.

Ride Quality

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Overall, the Kaabo Mantis Pro has excellent ride quality thanks to its best-in-class suspension and large 25.4 cm pneumatic tires.

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.
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The Mantis Pro is an incredibly agile scooter thanks to its relatively lightweight, stable suspension, and rounded-profile tires.

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

Portability

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Overall, the Kaabo Mantis Pro is one of the most portable beast scooters. However, compared to a typical small scooter, it is not particularly portable. The Pro weighs 29.6 kg and has 60.96 cm handlebars.

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: 121.92 cm by 60.96 cm by 48.26 cm — about 15.24 cm longer and 15.24 cm wider than the typical small scooter.

Stem folding mechanism

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We love the folding mechanism, which is easy-to-use and very stable when locked into place. The Mantis has what we call a "collar-style" mechanism, which is basically a metal sleeve that slides down and clamps the stem in the locked position. These tend to be difficult to properly tighten resulting in loose stem and handlebars. However, the Mantis uses a collar with opposing quick-releases that are much more solid and effective than the traditional type.

Once locked into place, the stem feels solid with zero wobbles and no bending/creaking when pushing on the handlebars.

Cockpit

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Overall, the Mantis has a simple cockpit with relatively wide bicycle-style handlebars and a EY3 trigger throttle. The cockpit has buttons for controlling motor mode (single or dual) and power (eco or the faster turbo mode).

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.

Lights

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The Mantis Pro has many built-in lights including white side deck lights, and front and rear-mounted deck LED lights.

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.

Tires

The Pro features large 25.4 cm by 6.35 cm pneumatic inner tube tires with rounded profiles that give it excellent ride quality. They provide good ride quality and make the scooter feel agile and responsive.

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.

Deck

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The Mantis Pro deck is sizeable and gives 50.29 cm by 50.29 cm of usable standing space. The deck is covered in a Mantis emblemized rubber mat that grips your shoes in wet or dry conditions. It also covers screw holes and seam in the top deck plate.

The deck-to-handlebar height is 103.63 cm.

Build Quality

The Kaabo Mantis Pro has exceptional build quality and is on par with the best scooters we've reviewed.

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

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The Kaabo Mantis Pro packs an immense amount of power and range into a manageable 29.6 kg package. We love the acceleration, handling, and ride quality. It really feels like a heavier, more powerful Dualtron Spider; the Mantis Pro absolutely thrashes the Zero 10X.

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.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro is not available in Canada.
Our content is independent, but using our links supports our hard work!
Technical Specs Comparison
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Model
Kaabo Mantis Pro
Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11
Kaabo Mantis
Kaabo Mantis 8 Pro
Top Speed**
59.5 km/h
72.4 km/h
63.2 km/h
57.8 km/h
Range**
54.2 km
48.6 km
46.8 km
44.4 km
Weight**
29.6 kg
49.3 kg
28.3 kg
27.2 kg
Price
$2299
$2999
$1599
$1999
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.

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