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Segway GT 2 Summary
The Segway GT2 is Segway’s top-of-the-line model, and it’s easy to see why. It’s well-designed, aesthetically pleasing, and has a host of features that make it perfect for both leisure and commuting. Also, if speed and power are your top priority, the dual-motor GT2 is a good bet.
What about that transparent dash that looks like the heads-up display on a fighter jet? Or Boost mode that we can only liken to a double shot of espresso on a groggy morning. This scooter is all that, plus a bag of chips. The only downside is the considerable price tag of $3999. It’s one of the most expensive scooters on the market. But if you can swing it, the GT2 is definitely worth the investment.
The parts come together flawlessly to deliver a scooter whose performance is as daring as it is endearing. The dual adjustable suspension, torquey motors, and self-healing tires ensure that you can explore some adventurous tracks, with the powerful dual disc brakes bringing you to a safe stop the minute you call for it.
The Segway GT2 Electric Scooter may not be the fastest that we’ve ever tested or have the longest range, but it’s not playing hare and tortoise either. Sure, you won’t get to 60 Mph, but with the GT2’s 41.8 mph tested top speed, you’ll not miss out on that rider’s high. The battery also carries enough juice for a decent round trip with about 32.9 mi of range. Keep in mind that riding conservatively will give you a bit more range.
Again, basics aren’t just basics with the GT2. The scooter’s features are over-the-top and might just be the disruption we need in scooter innovation. From the super-sized deck to the wishbone front suspension, whose function does not come at the cost of form, the gazillion lighting elements, motorcycle-style twist throttle, and so much more, there’s plenty of reason to add this scooter to your cart.
The scooter is also home to some firsts for electric scooters. There’s the transparent PM OLED display that we can’t get enough of and the electronic traction control. These cutting-edge features are precisely what we want to see the seasoned manufacturers adopt and improve upon. If not, Segway seems to have quite a number of interesting ideas up their sleeves, and we can’t wait to see how that shakes up the market.
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Given that this is one of Segway's first beast scooters, it feels like there should be a 'but' somewhere….there isn't. This scooter is not just powerful; it is also highly inclusive.
The motor on the GT2 electric scooter is powerful enough to carry riders weighing up to a recommended 331 lbs, which is pretty decent. Heavier riders will also enjoy extra legroom on the deck, as it is both wide and long to allow for comfortable riding positions. And in case you were wondering, yes, you might even manage to shuffle your feet mid-ride.
The high battery capacity has plenty of juice to carry both average and heavy riders through their excursions without letting up. In fact, with enough charge, the scooter doesn't lose too much power going up hills as long as the rider is within the recommended weight.
Further accommodation is facilitated by the adjustable front and rear hydraulic suspensions. They have 15-level adjustability, so you can fine-tune them to your exact liking, riding conditions, or what works with your weight class.
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For the GT2 electric scooter, Segway has a stated acceleration of 0-30 mph in 3.9 seconds, but our tests had the scooter rocket to the 30 mph mark in 4.1 seconds. Not bad at all, given that the GT2 came fourth behind the fastest scooters we've ever tested, the NAMI BURN-E, Wolf King GT, and Apollo Pro Ludicrous.
The performance of the GT2 electric scooter would be better if it had a more abrupt throttle. However, we think most riders will find that the smooth throttle response is well worth giving up a couple of tenths of a second.
The capped speed for each is as indicated below:
Park: 0 mph. It automatically engages if you park or stop for more than 5 seconds.
Walk: 3.7 mph max speed
Eco: 24.9 mph max speed
Sport: 43.5 mph max speed
Race: 43.5 mph max speed, plus it turns off the traction control function
During our range test, we also discovered that below 30% battery, the GT2 had a noticeable drop in acceleration. But, despite the performance drop, at 30%, the scooter maintained a speed of 30 mph uphill. I should also point out that Race-mode and Eco-mode felt about the same at this point. Below 10% battery, the GT2 maintained 20 mph till it
The advertised range for the GT2 is 55.9 mi, but our test achieved 32.9 mi s in Race mode and with Boost engaged the whole time. The GT2's range is substantially less than the BURN-E's tested range of 53 mi or the Wolf King GT's 55 mi and more comparable to scooters in the light-heavyweight category. Of course, you can get more range by running in Sport or ECO mode, but to be consistent, every scooter we range test is ridden in its fastest mode and in a real-world imitation riding style and setting.
The GT2 shut down with an indicated 3% battery remaining. An unexpected bonus was that the scooter allowed me to re-start and engage walk-mode at that point. Rather than walk it as intended, I decided to ride the last ½ a mile back to the office in walk mode at a pokey 3 mph.
The Segway scooter is powered by 52V batteries for voltage safety. The world's only dedicated racing scooter, the eSC SX-1, uses the same voltage for the same reason. The GT2 comes with a 1512 wh capacity. While this is high, it has a lower capacity compared to the similarly-priced Dualtron Thunder 2, which has a 2880 wh capacity. The high-performance battery also has an interesting cooling system, as described below in the build quality.
The battery charge in 8 hours, which I guess can be excused in light of the decent range. Your scooter package comes with two standard chargers, whose ports are cleverly concealed under a cover located on the rake angle. And while a fast charger would dramatically reduce this time, it does decrease the battery's lifespan, so the dual chargers are better in the long run.
Well, it's multi-faceted. There's no regenerative braking for starters, so your brake response is proportional to how hard you pull the levers, giving you more control. The GT2 also uses a different brand of hydraulic brakes than we've ever seen. They feel better than Nutt brakes or Zoom brakes and about the same as the Logan brakes on the BURN-E 2.
However, the most surprising design choice is the 140mm ventilated rotors. They're smaller and thicker than the rotors used on most beast scooters. The smaller diameter makes them less grabby, so it's easier to avoid skidding. And being 38% thicker makes them resist warping, bending, and overheating, so brake response doesn't fade after repeated hard use.
First of all, I love the twist throttle. There is a good reason why every motorcycle in the world uses them. The GT2 throttle feels intuitive and easy to use. There's no dead zone at the beginning of travel, and the response is quick, without feeling abrupt. From a dead stop, the acceleration on GT2 is surprisingly smooth for a beast scooter but then builds rapidly as you speed up.
Once you get going, the mid-range acceleration is so strong that it can feel a little twitchy if you're trying to go exactly [rg_unit value="25 mph"], for example. But fortunately, this problem is solved by reason number 2, the Best Cruise Control EVER! One bonk with your thumb turns it on instantly, and any brake or throttle input turns it off. Even if you're coasting with no throttle at all, one push and it will immediately maintain your exact current speed. It's so simple and intuitive that we wouldn't be surprised to see other personal electric vehicles copy this user interface–and not just scooters.
Another first-ever feature is that the GT2 comes with the Segway Dynamic Traction Control System. For example, if the front wheel starts to spin in loose gravel or wet track, it reduces power to the front wheel until traction returns. Toggling into Race mode disables traction control and lights up a warning label to remind you that it's off. We tested it, and the traction control really works, but it's so well integrated that you don't even notice it working until you turn it off.
You will notice a front double-wishbone suspension and rear trailing-arm suspension, both of which are adjustable. The front and rear suspension give you 15 levels of adjustment, which can be achieved via dedicated knobs. Switch between slow and fast rebound settings depending on your preference and riding conditions. Having adjustable front and rear damping helps adapt to weight and riding style for safety and comfort. Besides that, the shocks amplify aesthetics–the front end looks really cool. Whether you're on or off-road, nothing beats the ride quality of the adjustable hydraulic suspension.
Finally, I don't know if it's the girder front end or the 18-degree rake angle, the largest we've seen by far; but even without a steering damper, the Segway GT2 Electric Scooter is more stable than the NAMI with a steering damper. It even beasts the former stability champ, the Wolf King GT. It's an impressive feat of engineering to make scooters this quick but also this easy to ride.
Other factors of the build quality that ensure a comfortable ride include the large tires with a long wheelbase, generous deck real estate that's enhanced by the foot pocket in the front, a footrest wedge in the back, and the textured rubber on the handlebar grips and deck.
The worst bit is that the stem doesn't latch down to the deck, which is terrible for carrying and storing. So keep in mind that unless you have an elevator, you'll need a place on the ground floor to park (and charge) it because the Segway GT2 Electric Scooter is not practical to carry upstairs.
Additionally, the scooter has a well-laid-out dashboard, showing you just what you need to know. As a bonus, it shows the battery percentage, a range-remaining countdown and is easy to read in bright sunlight. You can change riding modes, switch from rear-wheel drive to 2wd, switch on lights, and beep the horn, all without looking down.
The displays give riders a number of riding stats, including
- Riding modes
- Battery status–The PM OLED also indicates the battery percentage and mileage you can get from the charge
- Headlight status
- Turning signal status
The handlebar is however cluttered with controls on both sides, making it impossible to mount auxiliary devices like phone holders.
The tire height is also responsible for improving ground clearance. Therefore, light offroading will not scrape the underdeck on your Segway GT2 electric scooter.
But none of that matters after you've slid your front foot into the never-before-seen pocket. It is pretty comfortable, the fender protection is excellent, and the way the deck wraps around the front foot protects better from debris and splashes than any other scooter.
The rear end is also wedged and provides an excellent angle for you to rest the heel of your back-placed foot. The entire design takes ergonomics to a whole new level.
Then, there's the Segway app. You can turn on zero-start and set lighting effects, and there's the never before seen feature that lets you use the brakes and throttle simultaneously. The app also enables you to put the scooter into Sentinile mode, which locks the wheels in place. If someone tries to move the scooter a little, it lights up. If they move it a little more, it makes a lot of noise.
And when they say the devil is in the details, Segway took this quite literally and ensured every piece of engineering was within or above industry set standards. Some of our favorite bits include
- The high-performance batteries with a Heat Flux Multi-layer Cooling system, which is a fancy term for the air channels that run down the side of the scooter, allowing cool air to pass over the radiators to cool the battery.
- The security Torx screws where the handlebars mount.
- The rubber edge at the front of the fairings.
- The charging port cover and rubber seal
- The way the deck surrounds the rider's front foot adding to the already excellent fender protection
- The IPX4 water resistance rating, which feels very conservative in comparison, but protects the scooter from light splashes or showers. But with the number of openings on this scooter, we remain a little skeptical about exposing these electric scooters to any form of water.
- The horn sounds kind of goofy, but it's easy to reach and allows for a polite beep or repeated use to get your point across.
- The optional Bluetooth speaker, which lets you make vroom vroom noises. It sounds silly, but it could also be a lot of fun and help pedestrians hear you coming.
Differences Between the Segway GT1 and GT2
- The GT1 comes with a regular digital display, while the GT2 sports the innovative PM OLED transparent display.
- The GT1 is a rear single motor electric scooter with a maximum nominal power of 1400w and 3000w peak. The GT2 comes with two powerful motors that output 3000w combined nominal power and 6000w peak.
- The GT1 has a 1008 wh capacity battery while the GT2's has 1512 wh capacity.
- The GT1 comes in a titanium metallic finish and has a subtle 01 stamp on the side panel. Alternatively, the GT2 features a rose gold finish, with 02 stamped on the side panel.
- And the usual speed, weight, and hill-climbing capacity. Due to the 2WD system, the GT2 has a higher top speed and better hill climbing ability. It also weighs about 11 lbs more than the GT1.
- The GT2 comes with Boost mode, which is not present in the GT1.
- The GT2 costs about $1000 more than the GT1
The GT2 has the power to get you up most hills, the range to take you wherever you want to go, and the build quality to make it last for years. As a bonus, you get traction control, a super-sized deck, and the edge-cutting OLED display. Add it all up, and you've got a scooter that sets the new standard for what a high-end electric scooter can be. The price tag may dampen your spirits a little if you're coming off your run-of-the-mill electric scooters, but the value you'll get should set your spirits right back up.