Most people associate electric scooters with the low-end models used by passenger services that have flooded cities around the world. Then there are the extreme scooters, huge vehicles that are capable of driving over 40 miles per hour, but too big and heavy for multimodal commuting and outside the price range of most buyers.
But there is also a middle ground on scooters like the Mercane WideWheel. Exclusively distributed by FluidFreeRide in the USA. With a speed of 40 km / h and a range of 30 km / h, the WideWheel is one of the best rounded scooters on the market, with only a few limitations. Compared to similarly powered scooters, the bank will not be surprised. Depending on whether you choose a single (500W) or dual motor configuration (1000W), prices are $ 999 or $ 1
The glory of the scooter lies in its name: the extra-wide 8 × 4-inch tires provide a stable ride that does not feel like a typical ride scooter ride. In a sense, the experience is more like riding a snowboard or surfboard than a typical scooter. It encourages you to use more of your body to make tight turns and to provide a thrilling ride.
The scooter is also built to high standards. For one thing, it looks good. slim without being as technical as the Unagi Model One. Strangers often asked me about my trip. The scooter comes with 50 lb (42 lb for the single engine model) and the metal base feels solid and the stem has minimal wobble, although the folding handlebar has a certain flex.
However, I take it as The WideWheels are small and slim enough to stay in a hall or in the subway without stabbing anyone in the shin. It's still a big scooter with a length of 43 inches, but in practice it's sometimes more convenient to hide in a corner than something with a fixed handlebar, like the Unagi Model One. 
While the WideWheel uses airless tires for durability – you never have to worry about a flat tire – remember that the tires transmit vibrations from the road. On the other hand, the scooter has excellent suspension, which effectively absorbs bumps and small potholes and helps me feel safer on the road. The fat tires make driving a breeze and although I've raced faster, more stable scooters – including FluidFreeRide's own Mantis – do not feel as appealing as the WideWheel.
That does not mean the WideWheel is not fast. The first thing I did when I pushed the throttle was how fast the scooter accelerated – almost as fast as the Mantis at 40 mph. Although I'm a 270 pound rider, things are going uphill like no other and it was not a problem to get to a top speed of 40 km / h after unlocking. That's fast enough to keep NYC traffic in no time, though I usually hover closer to 15-18mph.
The scooter also delivers on reach. FluidFreeRide claims that you can charge "realistic" 20 miles with the dual-engine version. The company even has a reach test video demonstrating how to achieve 18 miles at near maximum power with a 185-pound driver.
I tend to slow down and have found that I regularly reach 12-15 miles despite a payload of 270 pounds in the stop and stop areas. And when the battery is almost empty, the WideWheel makes a surprisingly decent kickscooter on level terrain.
The scooter, however, is not without mistakes. The most obvious is in its interface. Changing settings, eg. As to switch between power modes or to activate the cruise control is unnecessarily complicated.
The WideWheel interface consists of four LEDs and a single button for switching between modes. Unlocking the top speed requires finger traction to simultaneously operate the throttle, brake and knob with careful timing. At some point you get it, but it's no fun.
The LED headlight is also disappointingly dark. It will help you to be seen from afar at night, but it will not help you to see anything in front of you. For night rides, a separate, brighter light is essential. And while the acceleration is fast, the throttle is not nearly as gentle as the Mantis or Unagi model.
But the biggest drawback of the WideWheel, in my opinion, is that it only has one brake. It's an effective disc brake, but there's no built-in redundancy when things go wrong, like other scooters that have an electronic brake or a physical foot brake in addition to a disc brake.
This issue occurred when FluidFreeRide and Mercane issued a recall for the WideWheel after a problem with the caliper was discovered a few months ago. The companies have solved the problem quickly and openly, offering free replacement and easy-to-follow instructions. But it would have been a much smaller problem if the WideWheel had slowed down in any other way. Besides, you know, just put your shoe on the tarmac. You should check the brake regularly to make sure everything is OK.
Despite these limitations, I can not help but believe that the WideWheel is one of the best buyers in the electric scooter market. It is fast, stable and relatively compact for its performance. It has a good reach, feels good and comes at a fair price. The Mercane WideWheel is available from $ 999 at FluidFreeRide, but the dual-engine version is available at $ 899 at the time of writing.