Uberscoot 1000w Review
Date: 08.02.16 - 5:46am
So this summer I have a bit of a walking commute and was looking for something to ride to take the weight off a tweaked ankle.
I settled on the uberscoot 1000w.
It is foldable and looks like it should fit in my trunk. Reviews said that the 1000w motor and 36v system should be ok for my weight on inclines.
Testing it out the other day, it moves pretty good on flats. I am impressed with its speed, but it struggles pretty bad on even slight inclines.
I was going to give it a shot for the commute, but when i went to take the seat off and fold it up, the seat was HORRIBLY stuck in its socket. The seat mounts to the machine via a taper fit. I noticed this putting it together, but figured they had it all worked it out for removal. NOPE.
It wedges in there horribly. I had to take off the plastic shield around the post, drill a hole right through it and use a pry bar under the screwdriver while tapping on the post with a hammer. I also had to cut a wedge to hold the lock out.
Thank goodness I wasnt out somewhere and was home with all my tools!
After that, I ground down the taper to try to rough it up so it wouldnt seat so tight. Its better now, but I still need at least the screwdriver as a handle to twist and pull to get it out.
Ok, back in business and we can fold it again now. So lets try to load it in the trunk. At 80lbs its pretty heavy to load into a trunk. I am not a small guy. I could take the 30lbs of battery out pretty quickly, but its a bit annoying. Also, it still doesnt fit in my trunk. I would have to unmount the handlebars everytime I take it anywhere.
So loading at this point will consist of:
For the same price, I could have a 300w electric bicycle with lithium battery and 7 speed gear drive. (of course I would also have to buy a $120 car rack)
Personal transport electric vehicles are almost here. I mean they are..but its really first gen stuff. This feels more like a big toy than a personal transport solution, but really its almost there.
I havent decided if I will return the uberscoot yet, but more than likely it will have to go back for something with a better cost to value ratio.