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Mercane WideWheel Summary
Our Take: Superhero-worthy Design and Surprising Speed
It is one of the most distinctive electric scooters we've reviewed and tested. When looking at it, we can't help but think of Batman's Batmobile or Batpod.
Packing a whopping 634 watt hour battery and fitted with dual 800-watt (peak) electric motors, the Wide Wheel has the power to back up its unique looks. It is a supremely fun scooter that should thrill — but not scare — a sane person when opening up the throttle.
The dual suspension is stiff but decently effective at eating bumps that would generally punish a scooter with solid tires. If you've never ridden a scooter with super-wide tires, then you will notice the floating sensation and need to lean when cornering sharply.
One drawback that is worth considering is that the WideWheel is definitely not an off-roading scooter. Its frame and components don't have the heft to take the abuse. Extreme use has resulted in failing mechanical parts that could cause injury/death! For this scooter, it's important to keep an eye on its cast aluminum parts which can develop cracks, then suddenly fail.
The Mercane WideWheel is for someone who is looking for a fast, fun scooter that will sail up hills and is great for commuting to work and cruising around on the weekends. It doesn't have the intimidating looks or overwhelming power of scooters like the Zero 10X.
The Widewheel offers an enjoyable ride for commuting around a city, crushing the steepest hills, and it can definitely burn rubber with the best of them. Even better, its specs are competitive with other scooters more than twice its price!
Mercane WideWheel Review
First of all, the WideWheel has surprising acceleration — considering it is not marketed as a high-performance scooter. In Eco mode, the scooter uses just a single motor and feels like a zippier version of the crowd-favorite M365.
In Turbo mode, the WideWheel downright burns rubber. In our acceleration tests, the scooter went from 0 to 15 mph in Error: Invalid unit "seconds". — very fast — compared to the average scooter that will take 8 seconds.
Overall, the acceleration of the WideWheel reminded us of its $2000+ competitors. Take a look at our electric scooter acceleration comparisons if you find this hard to believe.
For the new 2019 version, the thumb throttle has received an upgrade that should make throttle control feel more linear and manageable and lower speeds.
We rode the scooter many miles around San Francisco — climbing some of the steepest city roads anywhere — and did not find the WideWheel lacking.
The WideWheel completed our standardized hill climb test in 11.1 seconds with an average speed of 12.2 mph. We test every scooter on the same hill (200 feet, 10% grade, 165 lb rider).
See our performance data to compare with other scooters.
This is faster than the EMOVE Cruiser and a just a second and a half slower than the beastly Zero 8X.
We performed a top speed test and reached 25.0 mph with the Mercane unlocked.
For commuting around a city or campus, 20 mph is as much as you'll need. Keeping the speed down will also help to extend your range.
We performed braking tests from 15 mph, and the WideWheel stopped at a distance of 21.9 feet. This is about average when compared to other scooters with a single disc brake, but not as good as higher-performance scooters that stop in <15 feet.
Given the speeds the WideWheel is capable of, we would have liked to have seen an additional brake to serve as backup that could help keep the reins on this scooter.
In 2019, Fluid FreeRide led a recall of some WideWheel scooters, which suffered a brake problem to incorrect assembly of the caliper. This issue has been resolved but is an example of why we always emphasize scooters with redundant braking systems. The new WideWheel Pro has dual disc brakes.
- Stiff spring suspension
- Ultra-wide airless tires
- Low center of gravity
To turn sharply on the WideWheel, you have to lean and carve into the turn. Due to the width of the wheels and low profile tires, you can’t turn super sharply. Instead, they have to lean harder and rely on the low center of gravity and momentum of the scooter to take over.
The WideWheel has a decent ride on rough roads — think of ones with lots of pitting and erosion everywhere. The polyurethane-filled tires and spring suspension smooth the ride just enough to prevent it from utterly punishing your body. However, on roads with large potholes, ride quality is poor.
This scooter is definitely not designed for off-roading. We’ve seen some reports on the catastrophic failure of diecast aluminum parts after excessive loading and abuse.
The full suspension certainly helps around city streets in the Bay (where we tested it) that are in poor repair. The suspension, combined with the wide tires, eats up or entirely rolls over potholes and road trash that would cause problems for a lesser scooter.
Mercane WideWheel Features
It has both a folding stem and folding handlebars that reduce the scooter to a 43 inches by 9 inches by 16 inches package — more compact than many 27 lb budget scooters.
On the other hand, the - weight of the WideWheel is hefty. Going up multiple flights of stairs is strenuous. Though the rounded stem is comfortable for one-handed carrying, it's about the maximum scooter weight that an average adult can carry comfortably.
That said, loading the WideWheel into the trunk of a car is no problem -- its compact size allows for convenient storage nearly anywhere the Mercane takes you.
Stem folding mechanism
Though slower than quick-folding mechanisms — that have collapsed during test-rides or failed with extended use — this screw folding mechanism has been very reliable. When tightened correctly, the handlebars feel 100% rock solid with no wobble or slop. We do note that after riding continuously for many miles, this mechanism has a tendency to get a little loose and may need to be tightened up periodically.
The latest 2019 Mercane Wide Wheel has an improved screwing mechanism that won't come apart if you unscrew it too far.
Handlebar folding mechanism
However, unscrewing each thread and folding is slower than other scooters and less convenient when bringing it onto a subway or train.
A brake lever mounted on the left side of the handlebars controls the rear disc brake. The brake lever is smooth, but the overall construction is nothing special -- perhaps even a little cheap feeling. And there's a simple thumb throttle.
The voltmeter is more helpful for getting a precise assessment of the remaining battery life — and indeed, an improvement over the four LED battery level lights. However, we had hoped for a more modern LCD display with speedometer and battery percentage level.
The keystart ignition is a useful feature for briefly parking the scooter in front of or just inside a store. The key only controls power so someone can still roll off with the scooter; it adds some peace of mind for those brief trips.
The scooter also has a taillight that blinks when brake is pressed.
Overall, the lights on the WideWheel are insufficient for anything but emergency or minimal use in the dark.
Read some of our tips for improving your visibility at night.
The ultra-wide tires are very supple -- you can actually deform them pretty easily by just pushing with your finger. They are about as good as airless tires can get. However, they don't have as good of traction as pneumatic (air-filled) tires. In particular, they are much more slippery when wet. If you end up riding this in the rain, use caution.
The deck has - of ground clearance. The deck-to-handlebar height is -.
On the one hand, the stem and folding parts, which use a screw mechanism, are solid. You'll never experience any stem wobble or handlebars that spontaneously fold themselves while riding. Due to the folding and locking mechanism, the stem feels more solid than the high-end Dualtrons, which have some play in the steering bearings.
The motors, wheels, and solid tires shouldn't cause any problems either. The Mercane was a great scooter out of the box and required no pre-ride tune-up. Finally, the Mercane WideWheel has an IP rating of IPx4 (water-resistance), meaning that it can tolerate splashing but not submersion in water. Practically speaking, this means getting caught in light rain won't cause any problems.
The Mercane WideWheel has a max rider weight of 220 lb, which is low for a 45 lb scooter.
However, we have seen reports of the diecast aluminum parts on the Mercane fracturing — most notably, the swingarms and stem. This has typically been associated with off-roading, jumping, or otherwise subjecting the scooter to intense intermittent stress. However, it is possible to experience these types of failures with normal use.
If you end up buying this scooter, make sure to keep an eye on those components and replace them if they become chipped or crack. Also, please let us know if you are an owner and have had a problem with part failure on this scooter.
Fluid FreeRide WideWheel: Review Conclusions
If you need something easy to bring on public transportation or carry upstairs, then see or other recommendations.
If the 2019 WideWheel doesn’t appeal to you check out our suggested alternative scooters. You can also check out our Editor’s pick of best electric scooters.