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Segway Ninebot Max G2 Electric Scooter Review

The new Max G2 edges close to commuting perfection, but it comes with tradeoffs in weight and price.

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Segway Ninebot KickScooter Max G2 on the road
8.9
Our Rating
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8
Speed
8
Acceleration & Hills
10
Range
7
Portability
10
Ride Quality
10
Build Quality
10
Safety
10
Features
7
Value

Our review score is based on thorough real-world testing and is always held up against comparable models.

How We Test
Key Specs

Values marked with '*' are based on our independent testing and may differ from those specified by the manufacturer.

Top Speed
22.4 MPH*
Range
29.8 miles*
Motor
450 W
Battery
551 Wh
Tires
10"
Weight
53.5 lbs
$899.99 USD
$1,299.99 USD
-30%
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Bottomline
The Max G2 is an incredibly smooth, reliable ride with smart safety and tech features. It offers solid power for hills and heavier riders, but is fairly heavy and expensive.
What we like
  • checkmarkZippy acceleration
  • checkmarkGood hill-climb ability
  • checkmarkIncredibly smooth ride quality
  • checkmarkAccommodating for bigger riders
  • checkmarkExcellent safety with turn signals and adjustable brake strength
  • checkmarkLong range
  • checkmarkWorks with Apple Find My
What we don't like
  • crossHeavy
  • crossCostly
  • crossDim display
  • crossPerformance decrease at 50% battery

For years, the Ninebot Max G30P has been hailed as one of the most reliable entry-level scooters. Despite its popularity, people have been calling for more - enter the Max G2!

The G2 builds on the long-range, heavy-duty foundation that made the G30P a winner. The list of improvements isn't short: improved performance, triple suspension, and turn signals, to name a few.

We put the Max G2 through our rigorous 30-point data-driven test process to uncover its real-world performance.

Tag along as we dive deep into this promising scooter's durability and ride quality.

Segway Ninebot Max G2 Overview

Let us get a quick overview of the G2's specifications.

Key Manufacturer Specs

Motor Power48V, 450W rear motor (1000W peak)
Battery36V, 15.3 Ah = 551 Wh
Weight53.5 lbs (24.3 kg)
Max Load265 lbs (120.2 kg)
Tires10", tubeless, self-healing pneumatic
BrakesFront drum, electric regen
SuspensionFront hydraulic + rear spring
Weather ResistanceIPX5

Performance Tests Overview

Top speed22.4 MPH (36 KMH)
Acceleration
0-15 MPH
Avg: 4.65 seconds
Best: 4.24 seconds
Acceleration
0-20 MPH
Avg: 8.51 seconds
Best: 8.12 seconds
Hill climb
250ft @8%
11.6 seconds with an average speed of 14.7 MPH (23.6 KMH)
Range (speed priority)21.3 miles (34.3 km)
Range (regular)29.8 miles (48 km)
Range (range priority)33.4 miles (53.8 km)
Braking distance
15 MPH - 0 MPH
11.7 ft (3.6 m)

Different Versions

To abide by laws around the world, the G2 comes in different versions:

  • G2: The unlimited international version with full speed unlocked to 22 MPH.
  • G2E: The European version with the top speed limited to 25 KMH (15.5 MPH).
  • G2D: Found in certain countries with stricter regulations. Top speed limited to 20 KMH (12.4 MPH)
Segway Ninebot Max G2
Segway Ninebot Max G2
$899.99 USD
$1,299.99 USD

Speed & Motor Performance

Segway Ninebot Max G2 Closeup of wheel taking off
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The G2 boasts an upgraded 450W rear-drive hub motor with a peak output of 1000W. Segway promises a top speed 22 MPH (35.4 KMH).

When I tested the G2's predecessor - the G30P - I felt it lacked a bit in motor performance to keep up with the NIU KQi3 Max and Pro.

Not only does the Max G2 have a 25% more powerful motor than the G30P - it also incorporates Segway's trademarked RideyLong technology.

RideyLong is a term coined to describe Segway's improvements in ride efficiency. More specifically, they optimized the motor and controller and developed more energy-efficient tires. The result? A boost in battery and motor performance.

Ride Modes & Features

Changing riding modes on the Max G2
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The Max G2 has five different ride modes to cater to your needs as a rider and ensure you can limit the scooter to local speed limits.

  • ECO mode: The slowest mode with a top speed of 10 MPH (16 KMH)
  • Drive mode: A medium-performance mode with a speed limit of 16 MPH (25.7 KMH)
  • Sport mode: Higher performance up to 20 MPH (32.2 KMH)
  • S+ mode: A customizable speed mode with a 22 MPH (35.4 KMH) top speed. It can only be enabled via the app.
  • Walk mode: A 3.1 MPH (5 KMH) walking, which can be turned on/off in the app.

One of the things the G30P lacked was zero-start functionality. I know kick-start is a nice safety feature, but for adept riders, it's annoying that you cannot toggle it off. This is finally possible with the G2 by setting the starting speed to 0 MPH in the app.

Another welcome configuration is the adjustable acceleration strength. In the app, you can set it to "Energy-saving," "normal," or "ultra," depending on your needs.

Top Speed Test

As a 175 lbs (79 kg) rider, I clocked a top speed of 22.4 MPH (36 KMH) on a smooth, straight road. Seeing a conservatively specified top speed that real-world riding can match is nice.

ModelTop Speed$/Speed
Segway Ninebot Max G2
$899.99 USD
22.4 MPH
(36 KMH)
$40.18/MPH
NIU KQi3 Max
$799 USD
23 MPH
(37 KMH)
$34.74/MPH
NIU KQi3 Pro
$529 USD
19.7 MPH
(31.7 KMH)
$26.85/MPH
Segway Ninebot Max G30P
$699.99 USD
18.4 MPH
(29.6 KMH)
$38.04/MPH
Turboant X7 Max
$429.98 USD
19.55 MPH
(31.5 KMH)
$21.99/MPH

Holding my test results up against my data from competitor models; the G2 beats the KQi3 Pro, Max G30P, and Turboant X7 Max by a comfortable margin.

However, looking at the speed-to-cost ratio, the Max G2 falls behind many competitors. It is undoubtedly an expensive scooter, but the premium price tag is warranted by more than just speed.

Acceleration Test

Acceleration Test POV on the Max G2 electric scooter
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I tested the acceleration of the Segway Max G2 on a smooth, level road stretch with the acceleration strength maxed out. From a standstill, I accelerated to the top speed 10 times.

IntervalAverageBest
0-15 MPH (24 KMH)4.65 s4.24 s
0-20 MPH (32.2 KMH)8.51 s8.12 s
0-22.4 MPH (36 KMH)11.52 s11.32 s

Let's compare these results to other popular entry-level to mid-tier commuter-friendly scooters.

Model0-15 MPH0-20 MPH
Segway Ninebot Max G24.65 s8.51 s
NIU KQi3 Max4.36 s8.89 s
NIU KQi3 Pro4.82 s-
Segway Ninebot Max G30P5.85 s-
Turboant X7 Max8.29 s-

The G2 is more than a second faster to 15 MPH (≈23%) than the G30P and an impressive 56% faster than the Turboant X7 Max.

The acceleration to 15 MPH is a hair faster than the NIU KQi3 Pro, but it loses out to the flagship KQi3 Max by roughly 6%. Quite interestingly, it comes back stronger and outpaces the NIU to 20 MPH.

Hill Climb Test

Speed and acceleration often carry over to climbing ability, but to quantify performance, I ran a hill climb test.

I rode the Max G2 up a 250 ft (76 m) incline with an average gradient of 8%. I completed the test in 11.6 seconds with an average speed of 14.7 MPH (23.6 KMH).

ModelTimeSpeed
Segway Ninebot Max G211.6 s14.7 MPH (23.6 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Max11.5 s14.8 MPH (23.9 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Pro24.4 s7 MPH (11.2 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max G30P28.8 s5.9 MPH (9.5 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max26.3 s6.5 MPH (10.4 KMH)

After completing the same test for the competitors, I can conclude that the Max G2 is exceptional on hills. It climbed the 8% incline more than double as fast as the NIU KQi3 Pro, Max G30P, and X7 Max.

The difference to the KQi3 Max is negligible - both are excellent hill tamers.

Performance Retention

Performance drop-off on Segway G2
Test done in S+ mode.

I rarely make note of performance retention, but it is quite noticeable on the G2. The top speed and acceleration started dropping at around 50% charge. This means the top speed decreased slightly, and the zippy acceleration wound off.

Performance cutoff isn't all bad - in fact, it's an active choice by Segway in their firmware to ensure battery longevity and health. However, I think the performance dropoff is initiated way too soon in the battery cycle. It occurs much sooner than on any of the NIU scooters and even the G30P.

Part of it can also be answered by the fact that Segway opted for a 36V setup. The voltage drops quicker than on a 48V system to the point where it affects performance notably on the 450W motor.

Motor Performance Summary

Closeup of motor on Segway Ninebot Max G2

The Segway Ninebot Max G2 is a definite step up in motor performance. Across the board, it outpaces popular competitors and gives the KQi3 Max a run for its money, offering similar performance.

In my opinion, the Max G2 is a much more compelling option for those seeking power to handle hills in more challenging environments.

The G30P struggled on hills with riders above 200 lbs (100 kg), but I estimate riders up to 240 lbs (109 kg) will experience sufficient performance from the G2.

Riders edging close to the 265 lbs (120 kg) weight cap will see a drop in performance, but at this price point, there are dual-motor alternatives such as the Splach Twin or Varla Pegasus if you need more power.

Range & Battery Performance

Segway Ninebot Max G2 charging port

The Max G2 has a 36V, 15.3 Ah battery with a total capacity of 551 Wh. Segway advertises a theoretical top range of 43 miles (69.2 km).

Battery & Charging Overview

The Segway Ninebot KickScooter Max G2 has the same battery capacity as the G30P. But Segway advertises a 6.5% higher max range. How is that possible with a heavier scooter?

This circles back to the RideyLong™ technology. Segway promises more range with a better-tuned motor, performance-geared tires, and a more efficient controller. It all sounds exciting, but I put it to the test to see if it holds up - I'll get back to that shortly.

The entire G lineup from Segway Ninebot takes an interesting approach to charging. Rather than having an external charging block, they have an internal power adapter. All you need is the included IEC 60320 C5 plug, and you won't have to worry about carrying a bulky adapter with you.

This electric scooter charges at 121W (2.9A * 42V). That is notably faster than its competitors, including the entire NIU lineup and Turboants. The G30P also charges at 121W. Charging takes roughly 6 hours.

Range Test

I tested the range of the Max G2 electric scooter at three different speeds to understand its mileage capabilities.

All range tests were done in the S+ speed mode (#1 limited to 22 MPH, #2 limited to 19 MPH, #3 limited to 15 MPH) to establish a comparable basis across models.

Test (#)Avg. SpeedRange
#1: Speed Priority18.3 MPH
29.5 KMH
21.3 miles
34.3 km
#2: Regular15.2 MPH
24.5 KMH
29.8 miles
48 km
#3: Range Priority12.2 MPH
19.6 KMH
33.4 miles
53.8 km

In the speed priority test, I got 21.3 miles (34.3 km) of range.

In the regular (most comparable real-world) test, I covered 29.8 miles (48 km).

Lastly, in my slower range priority test, I covered a distance of 33.4 miles (53.8 km).

Range Comparison

I ran the same tests on the other electric scooters. Let's compare them.

Ninebot Max G2 real world range comparison chart with NIU kqi3 max, pro, ninebot g30p and turboant x7 max

#1: Speed Priority

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Segway Ninebot Max G221.3 miles
(34.3 km)
18.3 MPH
(29.5 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Max24.6 miles
(39.6 km)
19.5 MPH
(31.4 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Pro17.9 miles
(28.8 km)
18.1 MPH
(29.1 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max G30P27.6 miles
(44.4 km)
17.0 MPH
(27.4 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max13.4 miles
(21.6 km)
17.9 MPH
(28.8 KMH)
Test #1 (Speed Priority)

In this test, the G2 comes third behind the KQi3 Max and Ninebot G30P. It comfortably beats the KQi3 Pro and Turboant X7 Max.

The G30P outperforms the G2 in this test because I held a lower average speed on the G30P. I couldn't go as fast as the G2 due to limited motor power. The difference would have evened out if I kept the same average speed on both models.

#2: Regular

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Segway Ninebot Max G229.8 miles
(48 km)
15.2 MPH
(24.5 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Max31.1 miles
(50.1 km)
15.1 MPH
(24.3 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Pro23.5 miles
(37.8 km)
14.9 MPH
(24 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max G30P30.3 miles
(48.8 km)
14.7 MPH
(23.7 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max15.4 miles
(24.8 km)
14.8 MPH
(23.8 KMH)
Test #2 (Regular Speed)

The Max G2's efficiency is on display in the second test. It nearly matches the performance of the G30P, which is impressive given its heavier build. The KQi3 Max wins with about a mile extra in the tank.

#3: Range Priority

ModelRangeAvg. Speed
Segway Ninebot Max G233.4 miles
(53.8 km)
12.2 MPH
(19.6 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Max35.9 miles
(57.8 km)
12.2 MPH
(19.6 KMH)
NIU KQi3 Pro26.9 miles
(43.3 km)
12.5 MPH
(20.1 KMH)
Segway Ninebot Max G30P34.5 miles
(55.5 km)
11.9 MPH
(19.2 KMH)
Turboant X7 Max18.2 miles
(29.3 km)
12.5 MPH
(20.1 KMH)
Test #3 (Range Priority)

The same picture is seen in the range priority test. The G2 is right behind the G30P, and the NIU is slightly better. Still, all these results are impressive - much better than the KQi3 Pro and Turboant X7 Max.

Range-Weight Ratio

If portability is important to you, this may be a dealbreaker.

ModelRangeWeightRatio
Segway Ninebot Max G229.8 miles53.5 lbs0.56 miles/lb
NIU KQi3 Max31.1 miles46.3 lbs0.67 miles/lb
NIU KQi3 Pro23.5 miles44.8 lbs0.52 miles/lb
Segway Ninebot Max G30P30.3 miles41.2 lbs0.74 miles/lb
Turboant X7 Max15.4 miles34.2 lbs0.45 miles/lb

Based on my tests, the G2's real-world range relative to weight is 0.56 miles/lb. This is on par with the KQi3 Pro and better than the X7 Max, but it lags behind the KQi3 Max at 0.67 miles/lb. That is roughly an 18% improvement by the NIU.

The Segway Max G30P wins this comparison, offering a whopping 0.74 miles of range pound for pound.

Battery Performance Summary

The Max G2 continues the long-range legacy of the G30P and G30LP. This is what made them highly popular in the first place.

With 29.8 miles of real-world range and its upgraded motor, the G2 delivers as a hill-conquering, long-range commuter for riders of all sizes.

Riders at 220 lbs will likely see a 10% decrease in range compared to my tests, while 265 lbs riders will see a notable drop of around 25%.

Segway Ninebot Max G2
Segway Ninebot Max G2
$899.99 USD
$1,299.99 USD

Ride Quality

Segway Ninebot Max G2 suspension test
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The Ninebot Max G2 feels incredible to ride. Triple suspension, beefy tires, and spacious dimensions make this the most comfortable in-class scooter I've tested.

Tires & Suspension

Vibration absorption on the G2 is top-tier thanks to its innovative tires and impressive suspension system.

Self-Healing Tires

Tires on the G2 Max by Segway

I absolutely love the wide 10" tubeless tires. Tubeless tires are considered superior in the industry, and the tires are pre-sealed with a puncture protection gel to ensure durability with minimal maintenance.

I tested the self-healing ability by riding over thumbtacks, glass, and a 0.5" nail. It handled it like a pro. The gel sealed the tire, and there was no air leakage whatsoever. This gamechanger is for riders who want the benefits of air tires but don't want to deal with the maintenance.

The tires have sufficient thread for street riding but can handle the occasional hard-packed trail in dry conditions.

Adjustable Triple Suspension

Front hydraulic suspension on G2 scooter

My favorite feature of the G2 is the fully adjustable triple suspension. Suspension has been overlooked for too long in this scooter class, and it truly makes a world of difference.

Under the rubber cover at the front is a hydraulic shock absorber. Contrary to springs, it has a more natural rebound and handles smaller road vibrations much better. Hydraulic suspension is rare because they're more expensive, but it makes a big difference on the G2.

Rear spring suspension on the Segway G2 Max

The Segway Max G2 has two springs at the rear to keep the scooter planted in the ground and handle most of the rider's weight. Hydraulic suspension at the rear would be overkill, in my opinion. It's a balanced solution that doesn't compromise ride quality.

I love that all the shocks are adjustable in hardness. With the bundled Allen key, you can quickly tune the entire suspension system to your weight, preference, and the terrain you're riding on.

The suspension system elevates the Ninebot Max G2 electric scooter above the competition. Not only does it feel heavenly to ride, but it also makes for a safer ride.

Braking

Closeup of the drum brake on the Segway Ninebot MAX G2

The Ninebot Max G2 integrates a front drum brake with electronic regenerative braking using a single lever on the left handlebar.

I found the brake strength to be suitable for the scooter's power level. The main benefit of drum brakes over discs in a <25 MPH scooter is their low maintenance and easy adjustability.

The brakes aren't so strong they'll throw you over the handlebars, but they're responsive enough to bring you to a stop in tight situations.

Also, the regen braking is among the smoothest I've tried. Segway has integrated it really well. It doesn't feel jumpy or generate unwanted jolts, yet it is strong enough to make a notable difference. It can be adjusted in strength via the app.

Brake test on the Segway Max G2 electric scooter
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Across ten runs, I averaged a stopping distance of 11.7 feet (3.6 m) from 15 MPH. The adjustable regen braking was in the medium setting.

ModelBraking Distance
Segway Ninebot Max G211.7 ft (3.6 m)
NIU KQi3 Max10.4 ft (3.2 m)
NIU KQi3 Pro10.4 ft (3.2 m)
Segway Ninebot Max G30P12.6 ft (3.8 m)
Turboant X7 Max15.2 ft (4.6 m)
Braking from 15 MPH (24.2 KMH).

Stopping power isn't as strong as the KQi3s as they have dual discs, but it doesn't fall far behind.

In my tests, it is about 7.5% more performant than the G30P in terms of braking, and it is much more responsive than the Turboant X7 Max.

All in all, the Segway G2 has all the stopping power it needs. Disc brakes aren't necessary, and I like that I don't have to worry about brake pads and disc maintenance.

Deck

Deck on the segway ninebot max g2

Measuring 20.5" x 6.7" (52.1 cm x 17 cm), the deck is about the same size as the G30P. I like that the rear of the deck is raised slightly. Since there's also a bit of space to the fender, you can change your stance every now and then to avoid fatigue, which you couldn't do on the G30P.

It definitely isn't as nice as the NIU KQi3, where the rear acts as a footrest, but the textured rubber surface is easy to clean and provides decent grip.

The electric scooter has 4.3" (10.9 cm) of ground clearance. I find this to be the sweet spot for a scooter like this, as it allows you to ride over obstacles like speed bumps or sidewalk slabs without compromising ride stability.

Cockpit

Cockpit and handlebars on the Segway Ninebot G2

The Segway Ninebot Max G2 has seen several improvements on the handlebars, but particularly one area left me disappointed.

The first welcome addition is the 17% wider handlebars that now measure 22.4" (56.9 cm) across. Wide handlebars are generally more comfortable and help with handling. It's a huge improvement for taller riders in particular.

The grips have had an ergonomic overhaul as well. They are a tad softer and more texturized. They feel nicer in the hand, and the fact that they aren't too thick ensures they cater to small and large hands alike.

Closeup of throttle and folding clamp on the Segway Ninebot Max G2

The right side of the cockpit holds a thumb throttle and the folding release hook.

Like most riders, I prefer thumb throttles for their comfort and easy operation, but some are better than others. Luckily for the G2, it's all aces. The throttle has minimal dead space, and the input response is almost lag-free. It allows for precise adjustments and a predictable ride.

Segway modified the throttle rubber pad with a more enunciated, rougher texture. It's a minor change, but the devil is in the detail when you want to create the best electric scooter possible.

Closeup of turn signal buttons and horn button on the Segway Ninebot KickScooter Max G2

The left handlebar is home to a set of new buttons to control the turn signals and the electronic horn. All buttons are easy to access when riding, and their tactile feedback ensures you're never in doubt whether you pressed them or not.

I greatly prefer electronic horns like we see on the G2. Operating requires less finesse so that you can keep your focus on the road. Based on community feedback, there are mixed opinions on whether the horn is audible enough.

I personally find it sufficient, and from my sound level meter tests, it is louder than the bell on the G30P, so you can hardly call it a downgrade.

Whereas scooters like the Apollo City Pro split the turn signal buttons to each side of the handlebar, Segway has combined it into a single button that is accessible with your left thumb.

I prefer this setup as you don't have to release the throttle to operate it. You concentrate your right hand on the throttle and your left on signals and braking.

You'll also find a brake lever on the left handlebar to control the front drum brake and the energy recovery brake. They integrate seamlessly with one another, and the brakes were nicely tuned out of the box.

Closeup of handlebar turn signal on the Ninebot MAX G2
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You'll find the two-sided turn signal lights at each end of the handlebar. They're bright (even in broad daylight), and thanks to the app, you can enable an audible alert when they're active so you don't forget to disable them again.

Segway G2 Max display

The only real letdown I see in the cockpit is the display. It is identical to the display from the G30P and, conversely, carries its shortcomings.

First off, it cannot be angled to accompany varying rider heights. It is not a deal-breaker, but when combined with a lack of brightness in direct sunlight, it quickly becomes hard to read the display in the summer.

The displays on the F, GT, and P series are all brighter and superior in their visuals. With the innovations Segway has already made, it feels lazy to leave the G2 with an old design that lacked finesse.

Ride Quality Summary

All in all, the ride quality of the Ninebot Max G2 is nothing short of phenomenal.

The adjustable part-hydraulic suspension system makes a world of difference in shock absorption. The KQi3 Max feels good, but the Max G2 just feels better. Simple as that.

The build is spacious, the ground clearance gives a reliable center of gravity, and the turn signals make the G2 a viable full-time commuting vehicle.

With a premium price tag, I expected a lot from the G2, and I wasn't disappointed. I think the price is well-warranted for the audience who don't mind paying extra to get the most confidence-inducing ride in its class.

The only thing that lacks improvement is the small, dim display they lazily borrowed from the G30P.

Segway Ninebot Max G2
Segway Ninebot Max G2
$899.99 USD
$1,299.99 USD

Portability

Segway Ninebot Max G2 folded

The Max G2's enhanced capability and comfort inevitably come at the cost of added weight. Despite its 53.5 lbs (24.3 kg) weight, it still does many things right to make portability manageable.

Weight & Dimensions

At 53.5 lbs (24.3 kg), the G2 isn't exactly lightweight. In fact, it is more than 12 lbs heavier than the Ninebot Max G30P.

ModelWeight (lbs)Weight (kg)
Segway Ninebot Max G253.5 lbs24.3 kg
NIU KQi3 Max46.3 lbs21 kg
NIU KQi3 Pro44.8 lbs20.3 kg
Segway Ninebot Max G30P41.2 lbs18.7 kg
Turboant X7 Max34.2 lbs15.5 kg
Based on our own high-precision weight measurements.

Throughout this review, I have compared the Max G2 to the KQi3 Max, as both flagship models target the same audience. Sadly, the G2 loses in terms of weight and portability.

The NIU KQi3 Max is more than 7 lbs (≈14.5%) lighter than the G2, and that difference is felt when you have to carry it up multiple flights of stairs. The weight increase is warranted in the stronger, more capable build, but it may be a dealbreaker for riders prioritizing portability.

The Segway Ninebot KickScooter Max G2 measured 22.4 x 50 x 47.2 in (68.3 x 152.4 x 143.9 cm) when unfolded and 22.4 x 23.6 x 47.2 in (68.3 x 71.9 x 143.9 cm) when folded.

Its cubic size is around 26% larger than the G30P and 13% larger than the KQi3 Max. This can make it hard to fit it into a regular trunk. In my own admittedly small car, I need to fold down a backseat to fit it.

Folding & Carrying

Folding and unfolding the Ninebot Max G2
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Despite its robust design, the Segway Ninebot Max G2 folds down in seconds and stays in place until you release the hook mechanism.

Closeup of the folding mechanism on the Ninebot Max G2

The folding mechanism has been beefed up. It feels extremely sturdy and has no instability or flex whatsoever.

It doesn't require excessive force to operate, and a safety pin on the side ensures it doesn't come undone accidentally.

Off-center Folding mechanism on G2 Max by Segway Ninebot

Segway took the same approach to folding as with the G30P and G30LP - and I am not a big fan. To lock it in a folded position for carrying, you connect the spring clip on the right handlebar to a hook on the rear fender.

This results in the stem being slightly misaligned, not running in tandem with the deck. The misalignment makes the scooter somewhat uncomfortable to carry and lacks the neat appearance of stems that fold parallel to the deck.

Build Quality & Safety

The Ninebot Max G2 seamlessly merges ultra-reliable design with enhanced safety features and a weight limit of 265 lbs (120.2 kg). The result is a scooter that can confidently handle everything you throw at it.

Frame

Like most electric scooters, the frame of the Ninebot Max G2 is primarily constructed from aluminum alloy. This material is a popular choice in the industry due to its impressive strength-to-weight ratio, resistance to corrosion, and ability to withstand heat.

One thing I noted during my inspection and tests is the sheer thickness of the material, which is also part of why the scooter sees a weight increase. The stem tube is incredibly thick, and the welding joints are very clean.

It is evident (and synonymous with the G-series) that the G2 is built to last through rough commutes.

Fenders

Testing the sturdiness of the fenders on the Ninebot Max G2
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The fenders are well-designed to disperse water and thick enough to withstand some force.

I can't help but feel the rear fender could do with another contact point at the sides of the wheel for durability, but there is no obvious flimsiness, rattle, or tire rubbing.

The rear fender has been slightly shortened/lifted at the rear compared to the G30P. This is a smart choice as it did affect water dispersion, and because the rear fender was so low on the previous model, it could sometimes rub against obstacles. That issue is now addressed.

Kickstand

Testing the durability of the kickstand on the Ninebot Max G2 by flipping it
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The kickstand on the G2 is solid. It feels sturdy, and it is positioned slightly towards the front of the build to best match the weight distribution in an upright position.

I tested its durability by flipping it 500 times, and it did not affect its performance or sturdiness. It is definitely built to last.

Folding Mechanism

Closeup of using the folding mechanism on the Segway G2 Max
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The folding mechanism is similar to the G30P's but is sized up in thickness and strength. Apart from the minor imperfection with the stem floating to the side when folded, it is of the highest standard.

Lever folding mechanisms like this are excellent because they're easy to operate and don't compromise strength. I will say it doesn't quite match the KQi3s, where the stem runs parallel to the deck and locks in place with an actual release button, but we are very close. There is little room for improvement.

Weather Resistance

Like the other G-series scooters from Segway, the Max G2 holds an IPX5 weather resistance rating.

The X means no data is available regarding protection against solids. That doesn't necessarily mean it isn't dust-proof, but just that it hasn't been tested. The 5 means it is protected against low-pressure water jets from any direction for at least 3 minutes.

So what does this mean in the real world?

Quantifying weatherproofing capability on a large scale is difficult, but the G2 is known to withstand the trials of changing weather very well in the community.

I have tested the Max G2 on several occasions in the rain and had no issues whatsoever. Critical components appear well-insulated, and there are no obvious weak points or gaps upon inspection. Cable management inside is done to A+ standards, and the connectors aren't overly exposed.

Note

Water damage is not covered under warranty. Ride carefully in the rain at your own discretion. 

Lights & Visibility

Headlight and taillight on Segway Ninebot Max G2

The Ninebot Max G2 scores high in terms of visibility.

The Max G2 has a 2.1W headlight that's mounted high and points downward. I like angled headlights because they light up the road ahead more effectively and don't blind oncoming traffic.

The taillight is equally bright and has a built-in reflector. You can toggle between a solid or flashing brake light via the app. I personally prefer the latter.

Turn signals on the G2 segway e-scooter

The G2 takes safety to a new level with its ultra-bright dual-sided turn signals at the end of the handlebars.

With so much handlebar width, they're far enough away from your body to ensure 360° visibility. Again, Segway emphasizes high-mounted visibility, which I love.

Reflectors on the stem of the Segway Ninebot Max G2

The G2 completes its visibility setup with four reflectors; two yellow ones on the sides of the stem, a white one at the front, and another one built into the taillight.

Traction Control System (TCS)

Continuing their innovative journey, Segway has introduced what they call a "Traction Control System" (TCS in short). Although technical details are scarce, its purpose is to increase traction on slippery roads.

The experimental/beta feature can be enabled via the app, so I put it to the test on a rainy day. I simulated skidding at a standstill, and it seems to make a difference in how the scooter accelerates once traction is lost and/or you're riding at an angle.

Exactly how it works is hard to say, but after riding several times in the rain, I felt a little more safe and in control.

Smartphone App

Screenshots from the Segway Ninebot smartphone app with the G2 connected

The Segway Ninebot app (free on Android and iOS) houses a plethora of useful features for the G2. One in particular has me hyped up.

Here is a list of the main features:

  • Ride statistics (and ride history)
  • Detailed battery health (voltage, temperature, power)
  • Smart locking system
  • Cruise control (on/off)
  • Energy recovery strength (regen, 1-3)
  • Walk mode (limits scooter to 3.1 MPH)
  • Start speed (useful for enabling zero-start)
  • Imperial/metric unit usage
  • Customizable top speed and acceleration curve
  • Apple Find My integration
  • Taillight modes
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Turn signal audio response
  • Charging limit

As you can see, the list of features is vast. I really love the next-level customizability this scooter offers. Particularly the option to set a charging limit is genius. Limiting charging to 80% is great for storing the scooter for several weeks without using it. This maximizes battery life.

Verdict - Who Should Buy The Ninebot Max G2?

Rasmus from ERideHero riding the segway ninebot max g2

The Segway Ninebot Max G2 is arguably the best single-motor commuter scooter I have tested to date.

It is ideal for riders who want a reliable, premium scooter experience with ample performance and minimal compromises.

It will take a lot to beat the G2 on comfort, ride quality, and safety. The only real shortcomings are the high price tag and the somewhat high weight. However, both things are well warranted, in my opinion.

If you're on a stricter budget, the G30P or KQi3 Pro is worth considering, but they don't boast all the bells and whistles the Max G2 does.

Segway Ninebot Max G2
Segway Ninebot Max G2
$899.99 USD
$1,299.99 USD

Full Specifications

Our Tests

Top speed22.4 MPH (36 KMH)
Acceleration
0-15 MPH
Avg: 4.65 s
Best: 4.24 s
Acceleration
0-20 MPH
Avg: 8.51 s
Best 8.12 s
Acceleration
0-22.4 MPH
Avg: 11.52 s
Best: 11.32 s
Hill climb
250ft @8%
11.6 s (14.7 MPH)
Range (speed priority)21.3 miles (34.3 km)
Range (regular)29.8 miles (48 km)
Range (range priority)33.4 miles (53.8 km)
Handlebar Width22.4" (56.9 cm)
Deck-to-handlebar40.2" (102 cm)
Unfolded size22.4 x 50 x 47.2 in (68.3 x 152.4 x 143.9 cm)
Folded size22.4 x 23.6 x 47.2 in (68.3 x 71.9 x 143.9 cm)
Ground clearance4.3" (10.9 cm)
Deck20.5" x 6.7" (52.1 cm x 17 cm)

Manufacturer Specifications

BrandSegway Ninebot
Top speed22 MPH (35.4 KMH)
Motor power (nominal)450W
Motor power (max)1000W
Motor Voltage36V
Range43 miles (69.2 km)
Battery36V 15.3Ah, lithium-ion
Battery capacity551 Wh
Charging time6 hours
IP ratingIPX5
Weight53.5 lbs (24.3 kg)
Max load265 lbs (120.2 kg)
Tire typePneumatic, tubeless, self-healing
Tire size10" x 2.5"
Suspension1x hydraulic (front), 2x spring (rear)
BrakesFront drum brake, electronic regen brake
Throttle typeThumb throttle
LightsTaillight, headlight
Other featuresApp, speed modes, cruise control, TCS, Apple Find My
TerrainStreet, hard-packed trails