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Varla Eagle One Pro Review
The scooter is quite easy on the eyes and stacks up well both on and off-road. And with one of the highest ground clearances we’ve experienced, there’s not much you can throw at this scooter that it can’t handle. But is it all bells and whistles for the Eagle One Pro? Let’s find out.
Varla Eagle One Pro Alternatives & Competitors
The Eagle One Pro is Varla’s first beast scooter, and it seems we’ll see a lot of flagship high-performance scooters this season. This is in reference to Segway’s GT Series and the brand new Apollo Pro.
Varla’s Eagle One Pro sits on the fence as a light heavyweight scooter with borrowed specs from beast scooters. It surpasses the weight of resident light heavyweights Apollo Phantom, Vsett 10+, and Kaabo Mantis Pro, which weigh below 80 lbs. And, it also comes with 11 inch road tires, typical of beast scooters like the Storm and Wolf King GT.
The Varla Eagle One Pro scooter is also impressive with a well above trend top speed per dollar, exceptional range per pound, and great braking per dollar. That’s not even the best part. This off-road scooter costs about $800 less than the closest competing beasts, Segways GT1 and the Wolf Warrior 11.
Thanks to the large tires–something you always want to hear–the scooter has great ground clearance at 6.5 inches. They are also great for traction but could be better. The suspension feels stiff and bouncy for city trails, but the stiffness comes in handy when riding off-road. But you might not like the short deck or its uncomfortable kickplate, especially off-road.
Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders?
For starters, the scooter comes with powerful dual motors rated at 1000W with 2600 W peak power. These powerful motors are sufficient to carry a weight load of 330 lbs, though Varla recommends it to riders weighing up to 265 lbs to retain efficiency. During our test run, you could tell that the scooter doesn’t lag from a heavy load, even going up hills.
However, the usable deck length leaves room (pun intended) for improvement. The deck is short, measuring 19 inches by 7.5 inches. Riders with larger feet will struggle to attain a comfortable stance, and it doesn’t help that the kickplate is a bit uncomfortable. Our resident big dog says the suspension felt a bit stiff on smooth, city trails, and riders would benefit from adjustable shocks like the ones on NAMI that can be adjusted to suit riding style, terrain, and weight class.
Therefore, the scooter will safely get you to your destination, but something could be done to make the ride a bit more comfortable.
The Eagle One Pro uses the same throttle as the NAMI and Wolf King GT, which means it also has the same dead zone. You might want to find an angle to anchor your thumb in order to stabilize it and give it a reference point when engaging.
However, it also has competition from cheaper models like the Wolf Warrior X Pro which manages a top speed of 42.9 mph, while the similarly priced Vsett 10+ reaches 43.3 mph.
In its weight class, the scooter is in a league of its own and only compares to the original Dualtron Thunder.
The e-scooter also comes with 3 gear modes that you can activate on the display. The speeds are capped as below:
- PAS 1: This is on default when the scooter comes on and has a speed limit of 15 mph
- PAS 2: The speed is capped at 25 mph
- PAS 3: This caps at the stated top speed of 45 mph
The manufacturer credits the impeccable hill climbing to the robust dual motors rated at 1000 W each, with a peak power of 2600 W. Varla claims that the motors deliver 36 Nm of torque, enough to propel the scooter up gradients of up to 35°.
Behind the range is a high capacity 60V 24 Ah battery with 1440 Wh of energy. It is larger and more energy-dense with 21700 battery cells. This is a step up from its predecessor, the Eagle One, whose battery was rated at 946 wh and only came with 18650 lithium cells. Both batteries integrate smart battery management systems to preserve life. Charging the battery to capacity takes 8-9 hrs, but you can secure a second charger and reduce charging time to 4-5 hours.
The e-scooter stops in just 10.1 feet from a speed of 15 mph. This performance is in line with that of the Vsett 10+. Again, the Varla Eagle Pro’s stopping power outdoes the Kaabo Wolf King, Kaabo Wolf Warrior X Pro, NAMI Burn-E, and Nami BURN-E2.
You may not enjoy squeezing the cable-actuated levers on the Varla Eagle Pro as you would on an electric scooter with hydraulic brakes, but the Pro’s mechanical disc brakes leave nothing on the table when it comes to performance.
The EABS stops the brakes from locking up. They are adjustable via the P-settings on the display. You can adjust them between 0 and 2, where 0 is on a weak setting, and 2 refers to a strong setting.
The tubeless pneumatic road tires are great for comfort, especially when riding offroad. Their tubeless nature is great for evading pinch flats from rocks. However, if you’re getting the scooter to ride primarily off city tracks, then you’d be better off switching to self-sealing, tubeless knobby tires. These would automatically double your traction, retain your comfort, and reduce maintenance. Also, thanks to the 11 inch tires and a 6.5 inch ground clearance, obstacles on the track will not scrape the underdeck
The suspension system feels stiff. The Varla Eagle Pro would have benefited more from adjustable shocks or adapting a spring with a lower spring rate. However, the stiff setup is effective when handling large bumps and prevents the scooter from bottoming out. On well-maintained tracks, the suspension feels a little too bouncy for comfort.
The Eagle Pro also comes with a built-in steering damper. At high speeds and straight tracks, riders will enjoy excellent stability. At top speed, the stability does not equal that of dual stem beasts like the Wolf King GT but rather feels like a Dualtron Thunder or Nami Burn with a steering damper installed. On the downside, the steering damper also means that riders will have to push harder on the handlebars when negotiating turns.
The deck is another point of concern. It is too short, and with this shortage of usable deck real estate, riders are constantly forced to place the back foot on the footrest that is not ergonomically designed. The only bright side is that the Varla Eagle Pro makes up for a poor stance with a well-laid-out cockpit that is easy on your hands. It is designed for comfort and ease of use. The controls are also ergonomically designed and complement the well-readable, large 3.5 inch display.
Overall, between the heavy feel of the steering, the sporty riding stance, and the intense acceleration, the Eagle One Pro is exhilarating to ride but can also be a bit of a workout when you’re riding hard.
Varla Eagle One Pro Features
Moving on. At 90.4 lbs, this is the lightest beast scooter we’ve had the pleasure of testing. That said, it doesn’t differ too much from other beast scooters in terms of portability. It takes a little longer to fold, which is pretty much expected, though the safety pin is a nice touch. And like most other beast scooters, when folded, the stem doesn’t latch to the deck. With folded dimensions of 53.1 inch x 24.8 inch x 21.6 inch, it also doesn’t pass the trunk test, which is no surprise.
The dashboard comes with a thumb throttle on the right and dual brake levers. The handlebar ends are covered in rubber to give a better grip, despite sweaty palms or wet weather. And the masterpiece here is the large 3.5 inch display placed right at the center.
The display has a built-in NFC reader that prompts you to scan your NFC card the minute you turn on the power button. The display is large and can be read under direct sunlight. As a bonus, the characters displayed are also large, meaning that you don’t have to struggle as with tinier integrated displays. The display also shows a lot of riding metrics as follows:
- Light indicator (on/ off)
- Cruise control indicator (on/ off)
- Riding mode indicator
- Battery percentage indicator
- Dual motor indicator (on/ off)
- Speed indicator
- Speed unit indicator
- Voltage output indicator (real-time)
- Distance indicator (current trip/ system mileage)
The scooter also comes with a taillight that doubles as a brake light. Pulling on the lever causes the light to blink, indicating to other drivers that you are slowing down or about to come to a halt. However, Varla let us down by leaving out turn signals. They are not yet a standard, but in line with safe riding, they are becoming increasingly necessary, and we hope to see them incorporated in the next iteration.
But kudos to Varla Eagle One Pro and Segway GT series scooters for dethroning the former headlight champs, the Wolf Warrior electric scooters.
The Eagle Pro’s tires are tubeless, which eliminates the worry of pinch flats. Their blunt profile gives them a big footprint when riding in a straight line and excellent traction when braking. However, paired with the built-in steering damper, they demand a lot of effort to turn.
If your scooter’s primary function is offroad excursions, you might want to swap out the tires for a set of self-sealing, tubeless, knobby tires like the ones on the Wolf King GT. These will set you back about $100, but they will double your traction on rugged terrain.
And thanks to the large tires, this electric scooter has one of the best ground clearances in the market. The Eagle One Pro has 6.5 inches of ground clearance, similar to that of the ultra-popular Wolf King GT. In fact, only the Dualtron Thunder and Storm have a larger clearance.
The 90.4 lbs, 11 inch tire scooter is an all-terrain heavyweight whose form has been reinforced to withstand the rigors of rough riding. The body is made of 6061 aluminum alloy and magnesium to ensure that it can withstand falls and the stringency of rocky trails. The stem with a built-in steering damper has zero wobbles and is held in place by a one-of-a-kind stem latch. For enhanced stability, the screw cap latch spins into place and is backed by a security pin. Grease the stem to eliminate an annoying stem creak that might come about.
The scooter comes with a large display that takes the strain out of monitoring your statistics. The rear fender is quite large and effectively keeps debris from reaching your feet. You get lovely aesthetics from the blue and grey accents on the primarily black frame. And, you can get caught in light showers and not worry about frying the scooter as it comes with an IP54 rating, to safeguard the electronics from sudden rain or shallow puddles on the riding track.
What Makes the Pro Version Different From Eagle One
- The Pro has a higher stated top speed of 45 mph while the original Eagle One has a manufacturer-cited top speed of 40 mph. There’s not much difference.
- The Pro comes with a 1440 Wh battery, while the Eagle One’s is rated 946 Wh. There’s a 52% difference that translates to better mileage for the Pro.
- The Pro’s tires were upgraded to a larger 11 inch air tubeless versus the Eagle Ones 10 inch pneumatics.
- The Eagle One only weighs 77 lbs, while the Pro weighs 90 lbs
- The Pro has a unique, large 3.5 inch central display while the Eagle One comes with a small display and finger throttle LCD.
- The Pro introduced an NFC card for locking and unlocking the scooter.
- The Eagle Pro has larger dimensions than the Eagle One
Varla Eagle One Pro: Review Conclusion
The Eagle Pro is also good for heavier riders as it doesn’t let up on power as most commuter scooters do with a heavy load. Riders over 170 lbs will enjoy the best of power and ride comfort. It is powerful and may not do well for beginner riders. However, for any experienced rider, the scooter is an excellent choice and quite the bargain for the specs.