Segway Ninebot Max — Is it Worth it?

The Segway Ninebot Max is an exciting new electric scooter that is revolutionizing the way people get around. With its powerful motor and sleek design, the Ninebot Max is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a fun and convenient way to get around town. It is packed with features that make it an ideal choice for commuters, students, and anyone else looking for a reliable, stylish ride. 

In this review, we will take a look at the features and specifications of the Segway Ninebot Max to help you decide if it’s the right scooter for you.

The Acceleration

The Max is propelled by a 350-watt motor that can reach a peak power of 700-watts. This is 40% more power than the 250-watt motor in the first M365 and other mid range commuter scooters like it. The Max also moves faster than its smaller brother, the Max G30LP, and the Gotrax G4, which has a higher top speed of 32.2 km/h.

The Ninebot Max doesn’t have a zero start mode, like some other low-cost and mid-range scooters. Zero start means that the engine starts as soon as the throttle is turned on. The Max is a kick-to-start scooter, which means that you have to kick it up to about 3 km/h before the throttle will turn on the motor. 

Kick-to-start mode is a common safety feature that comes standard on shared scooters. It keeps the scooter from moving if you accidentally hit the throttle while it’s on but at a full stop. Even though the kick-to-start feature is great for beginners, it can be annoying when you’re trying to move forward from a stoplight or go uphill. 

segway acceleration

If you’ve ever ridden a zero-start scooter, you’ll expect that instant burst of power when you press the throttle, but you won’t get it.

The Top Speed

The Ninebot Max has been tested to go as fast as 29.6 km/h, which is fast enough for most riders to keep up with traffic at safe speeds. Even though the Max’s top speed isn’t very fast, it’s still faster than the average shared scooter, which only goes about 24 km/h. In the United States, 24 km/h is a good average speed for legal travel with other drivers, usually in the bike lane. 

However, electric scooter rules vary by region and state. The Ninebot Max G30LP can go up to 29.0 km/h, which is a bit faster than the Ninebot Max G20LP. This is likely because it has a second-generation motor and may also be because it is lighter.

The Range

The company that made the Ninebot Max says that it can go 64 kilometers. The Max has a great range for its class, but the tested range of 34.8 kilometers is not quite what Segway says it has (64 kilometers). Even though the Max is expensive and heavy, its tested range is still one of the best. The real range will depend on the size and style of the rider.

The Braking System

One brake lever controls both the front drum brake and the electronic brake on the back of the Max. Together, they make up a backup braking system in case one of the brakes stops working. One good thing about drum brakes is that they don’t need any upkeep. The brake system is completely covered by the wheel, which keeps it safe from the elements and accidental damage.

segway max brake

Since the brake cable is short and goes from the wheel to the lever in a straight line, there is no drag. The brakes feel smooth and don’t take much effort on the part of the rider. Overall, the brakes on the Ninebot Max have a lot of stopping power, even when braking as hard as possible, and they haven’t needed much maintenance over time.

Some riders worry that having a drum brake on the front wheel could make you lose your balance and fall over the handlebars when you stop.

Charging Time

The Ninebot Max has a built-in charger, so you can charge it anywhere. It takes about 6 hours to fully charge, which is pretty good considering how far it can go. Plus, the built-in battery charger makes it easy to charge your scooter while you are on the go. You no longer have to carry around a separate adapter to charge your scooter.


Ninebot Max is a “commuter scooter,” but it just barely fits into that category. But because of its chunky frame and big wheels, it is not as easy to move around as some lighter scooters. It is easy to carry for short periods of time, and the scooter can be folded up in just 3 seconds. This makes it a good commuter scooter. 

The Max’s folding stem works very much like the Xiaomi M365’s, and once it’s open, it doesn’t bend at all. This is mostly because of the rotating safety collar that locks the folding lever. Like the Unagi Model One, the handlebar can’t be folded, which is a bit of a problem.

segway max portability

The Ninebot Max is also hard to store because it folds up to 5.9 x 18.6 x 21.0 inches. This is something to keep in mind if you live in a small apartment with limited storage space.


The Ninebot Max has a front LED light that is high up and on the other side of the LED display from the LED display. This is the best place for a headlight because it gives off a wider beam of light that lets you see where you’re going. On the rear fender, there is also a small red LED brake light.

The lights are enough to give you some visibility, but if you often ride at night, you can add more lights to make yourself more visible.


No other electric scooter has this cool feature, but they really should. In a nutshell, the tires already have tire slime in them to help deal with any nicks or holes up to 6 mm and keep them from deflating right away. This is great for long commutes, where your tires will be on many different kinds of roads for long periods of time.

For riders who want more adventure, it also makes it easier to ride off-road on flat surfaces like parks and grassy areas. This is because you can ride over rougher terrain safely, knowing that your tires can handle it. A small hole from a pothole is the best way to take the wind out of your sails.

segway max wheels

Not only that, but the 10″ pneumatic tires do a pretty good job of protecting you from road bumps and making the ride smoother. Simply put, the bigger the tire, the more cushioning it gives, so these 10″ tires are a great addition. Even more so because the Ninebot Max doesn’t have a built-in suspension system like most other scooters.

Manufacturers are trying to give riders a more convenient experience by making the ride smoother on pre-slimed, air-filled tires without adding suspension. This makes flats less likely to happen because the slime fixes holes as they happen.


Unlike the Unagi Model One, which has a foot deck that is only 5 inches wide, the Ninebot Max has a large foot deck that makes riding comfortable even for people with big feet. This also lets you ride in a variety of comfortable ways. For example, you can stand with both feet in a straight line instead of having to stand with one foot at an angle.

The deck is also made so that it doesn’t slip, giving you the control you need to ride on both smooth pavement and more bumpy, uneven terrain. The wider, stronger foot deck is also great because you don’t have to think as much about staying balanced. This gives you more room in your head to enjoy the ride. 

segway max board

This is great news for people who want to cruise for long distances, which you might have if you’re thinking about getting the Ninebot Max because it has a great range. On the deck, there is a bright LED front light and a small rear brake light. This is good for riding around well-lit streets at night, but not so good for the adventurer who wants to go off-road.

The deck also has 7.6 cm of ground clearance, which helps keep the scooter from scraping against things like curbs when it rolls over them.

Build Quality

The Ninebot Max is built to last, that’s for sure. Even though some people might find the weight a bit heavy, it shows how well-made the scooter is. This, along with the 7″ anti-slip foot deck, makes you feel in control of your scooter. This is a big plus if you have a long commute or want to do some light off-roading.

It seems like a bigger, more durable version of the Xiaomi M365. The Ninebot Max is also water resistant up to IPX5, so you don’t have to worry about riding in bad weather. Granted, no one likes riding in the rain for a long time, but if you do, the Ninebot Max has you covered. 

This doesn’t mean that it can handle being completely submerged, so don’t try to roll through big puddles.

Segway Ninebot MAX Electric Kick Scooter

Quality of Ride

Even though the Max doesn’t have suspension, its big 25.4-centimeter tires and strong frame make it ride better than some scooters with suspension. On the worst roads, you’ll definitely feel like you’re getting a head massage, but overall, the Max drives well on most surfaces.

With its larger deck, thicker stem, and stronger construction, the Ninebot Max feels more like a real commuting tool than a toy kick scooter. It has a strong, well-built frame, but because it moves slowly, it seems like a safe choice rather than an exciting one. You won’t drive the Max in a crazy way. 

You’ll put-put slowly between cyclists and drivers, keeping a good speed with the comfortable thumb throttle. But even with all of that, the Max is a good daily commuter with enough comfort and deck space for longer trips.

segway maax quality ride

Is It Easy to Ride the Segway Ninebot Max?

The Ninebot Max is an easy scooter to ride for most users. With its kick-to-start feature and intuitive controls, it is perfect for beginners. Its 10-inch pneumatic tires provide a comfortable and smooth ride, while the foot deck is large enough for most riders. The brakes are powerful and responsive and the motor is powerful enough to get up hills with ease. 

The Max is also foldable and lightweight, making it easy to carry around and store. All in all, the Ninebot Max is a great choice for someone looking for a reliable, comfortable, and powerful electric scooter.

Can You Make Your Segway Ninebot Max Go Faster?

You can turn off the speed limiter on a Segway Ninebot electric scooter by changing the speed settings to the fastest mode, or you can take a risk and flash the scooter’s firmware to make it faster than what the fastest mode can offer. However, we do not recommend doing this because it can void your warranty and may also make the scooter unsafe to ride.

Can You Ride the Segway Ninebot Max in the Rain?

You can ride the Segway Ninebot Max in the rain whenever you are caught while going home. The scooter is IPX5 certified, meaning it is water-resistant and can handle splashes of water and light rain. The motor and battery are also protected from the water and the 10-inch pneumatic tires provide extra traction on wet surfaces. 

However, extreme weather conditions should be avoided to ensure the safety of the rider and the scooter. It is also important to dry off the scooter after taking it out in the rain, to prevent any damage or rust.


The Segway Ninebot Max is an excellent electric scooter with a lot of features that make it ideal for commuters and students. It has a powerful motor, great range, and a comfortable ride. It is also easy to use and foldable, making it a great choice for those who are looking for a reliable, stylish ride.


Lucas Travis
Lucas Travis
Lucas is far from your regular skater boy—he is knowledgeable beyond riding basics and tricks; he knows the technicalities and specifics of every type of modern skateboards, bikes, and scooters. His passion for skateboarding inspired him to bring together a team of skateboard-lovers and experts to test new and popular models and come up with recommendations that will help every skateboard, bike or scooter enthusiasts like them.
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