In this hands-on review, we’ll test the extremely powerful Kaabo Mantis Pro from FluidFreeRide – one of the best electric scooters of 2023. Tag along as we give you insights gathered through several months of using the Kaabo Mantis.
Even though we’ve tested quite a few high-end electric scooters, we haven’t met anything quite like the Kaabo Mantis. In terms of speed and range, the Mantis is miles above your average electric scooter but without being too bulky.
The front and rear spring arm suspension is one of the most impressive aspects of this scooter as it enables this beast to conquer almost any terrain smoothly.
The Kaabo Mantis provides immense value for your money, although you pay a little more than with your average e-scooter. Consider this a proper commuting solution and not just a toy. As the Pro-version will take you 45+ miles on a single charge it may be time to quit using public transport completely and save yourself money in the long run with the Mantis.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Kaabo Mantis is its dual 1000-watt 60V BLDC motor system. Using a switch near the “cockpit”, you can quickly toggle between using one or two motors. This totals to 2000W of mean motor power. You'll feel the kick!
Riding in single drive mode, you’ll get more range but enabling both motors provides much faster acceleration and higher top speed. You also have an eco/turbo toggle button that’ll allow you to choose further between speed and range.
The Kaabo Mantis accelerates like an absolute monster. To be honest, we started the scooter at a lower setting to really get used to the incredible pull it has before unleashing the full power.
During our tests, the Kaabo Mantis was able to go from 0 to 15 MPH in 2.8 seconds and reaching the 40 MPH top speed took 10.4 seconds. The Mantis accelerates really well especially at low speeds before balancing out when you pass 30 MPH.
The official number provided by Kaabo is 40 miles per hour. This is incredibly fast for an electric scooter, thus making it an excellent option for getting from A to B in no time. But how did it perform when we tested it?
On the handlebar display, you can always see your current speed. When I first got the Mantis Pro, practically all my friends had to try it. We’ve all been able to get it to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h). Finally, a scooter that lives up to the expectation!
The Kaabo Mantis Base has an FST Li-ion 60-volt 17.5Ah battery while the Pro version has a 24.5Ah lithium-ion battery from LG. The Pro version has notably better range but it also costs a bit more. We recommend you consider how much range you need before making your choice between the Base and Pro version.
Another thing that sets the Kaabo Mantis apart from the average scooter is its incredible range and battery power. The Base version has a range of 30+ miles while the Pro version has a 45+ mile range per charge. E-scooters are not only a solution to last-minute commutes anymore.
I regularly go on an adventure with my Kaabo Mantis Pro, exploring the beautiful countryside and urban areas around where I live. Nowadays, I get faster around than when using public transport and it is also a much cheaper solution – all thanks to the Kaabo Mantis Pro.
Another impressive feat of the Kaabo Mantis is its brakes and suspension system.
The Kaabo Mantis features dual disc brakes that’ll help you manage the high speeds comfortably. On the Base version, the brakes are semi-hydraulic while the ones on the Pro version are fully hydraulic.
Hydraulic brakes are more expensive than mechanical ones as they provide better performance in just about every aspect. As they’re more efficient, you don’t need to apply as much pressure. Overall, breaking will also feel less chunky.
The braking distance we measured from 20 MPH to 0 MPH was 13.3 ft which is really fast. They’re ultra-reliable and always provide control over your ride – even at high speeds.
The thing I’ve been most excited about with the Kaabo Mantis probably is its dual coil spring suspension system. It practically makes you feel like you’re hovering above the ground. Even the worst road conditions feel insanely smooth due to the dual spring arms.
Although this scooter may be intended for urban use, it is very capable of going off-road as well. I ride on grass, dirt, gravel on both rainy and sunny days with no problem.
The sturdy rugged 10″x2.5″ air tires on the Kaabo Mantis provides a solid grip in all road conditions and further improves suspension. Riding on air will always feel much smoother than with solid tires and the Mantis sure is a testament to that.
A product is only as good as the materials it’s built from. It is evident that Kaabo wanted to take no shortcuts in making the best electric scooter possible with the Mantis. It is a testament to brilliant design, thorough testing and quality materials throughout.
Due to the wide wheels, you can lean into corners at high speeds which is an absolute thrill to experience. It should also be mentioned, that even though you are going very fast, you always feel safe on the Kaabo Mantis. We especially have the suspension, wide build and sturdy quality materials to thank for that.
Furthermore, at the underside of the scooter, there’s a large LED panel that illuminates the night. It’s great for visibility and ultimately it just looks extremely cool.
It is no secret that the Kaabo Mantis is heavier than most, being 61 lbs in the Base version and 65 lbs in the Pro version. However, for a high-end scooter, that really isn’t all that bad. The Wolf Warrior 11, for instance, weighs a whopping 101 lbs.
The Kaabo Mantis has an extremely solid folding mechanism that lets you fold the scooter together so it fits better into your trunk. It is, however, not the easiest thing to bring around on cafes.
The stem features two locks that ensure it won’t wobble around when you’re riding. Some foldable electric scooters have had this problem in the past but the Kaabo Mantis is rock-solid throughout.
As I mentioned earlier, we didn’t use the scooter at full power in the beginning as we wanted to get comfortable with it before unleashing all the power.
This speed limit customization is one of many that you can make with the Kaabo Mantis Pro. Unlike the Base-model, the Pro-version features a Minimotors Eye Display which is a major upgrade.
On this display, you can always see your current speed, gear and how much battery is left. You can customize throttle, top speed, acceleration level, toggle cruise control, and many other things.
Although there is very little room for improvement if you ask me, I still wanted to mention a few points that I’ve noted down through a few months of testing.
For your convenience, here are the main differences between the Base and Pro model. In terms of price, the Pro is about $650 more.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro is the best electric scooter I’ve ever had the opportunity to try (and I’ve tried dozens). Not only is it incredibly fast, but the range is outstanding too, making this a behemoth able of conquering whatever you throw at it.
The attention to detail, built quality and customization options using the Minimotors Display sets it apart from other scooters I’ve tried – even in this price range.
If you’re serious about getting a proper electric scooter and you’re willing to pay some extra, the Kaabo Mantis is the ideal choice for you.
I use it almost daily and it’s an absolute blast to get up on every time – I’ll never get tired of it.
Thanks to FluidFreeRide for giving me the opportunity to test this incredible e-scooter.
|Top Speed||40 mph|
|Range||Base: 30+ miles|
Pro: 45+ miles
|Weight||Base: 61 lbs|
Pro: 65 lbs
|Dimensions (Folded)||49 x 24 x 19 inches|
|Dimensions (Upright)||49 x 24 x 50 inches|
|Battery||Base: FST Li-ion 60V 17.5Ah|
Pro: LG Li-ion 60V 24.5Ah
|Charging Time||13-16 hours|
|Weight Limit||265 lbs (120 kg)|
Paul is an environmental engineer turned micromobility expert. With a mechanical background and hands-on experience with more than 150 personal electric vehicles, Strobel is one of the leading specialists in the PEV scene. He handles everything from technical guides on the inner workings of vehicles to industry development news.