The Zero 10 scooter is the perfect ride for anyone looking for a reliable and efficient way to get around. It is a great choice for commuters, students, and those looking for a fun way to get around the city. With its sleek design and powerful motor, this scooter is great for those who want to zip around town in style.
In this review, we will take a closer look at the features, performance, and overall value of the Zero 10 scooter.
The Zero 10 has a top speed of 31 miles per hour. The Zero 10 is 7 mph faster than its smaller sibling, the Zero 9, which is to be expected given that the Zero 10 is $300 more expensive.
The manufacturer claims that the Zero 10 has a range of 33 miles on a single charge, though this will depend on how hard you’re pushing it, your weight, and the riding mode you’ve chosen. In all likelihood, you will travel 22 miles.
The Zero 10’s single 52V 1000W motor enables it to handle the majority of urban inclines you can throw at it. However, gradients approaching the upper limit of the 20-degree incline rate will slow the scooter to a crawl. For two excellent hill-climbing scooters that are (roughly) in the same price range as the Zero 10, you can take a look at the Mantis Base (capable of handling 30-degree inclines) and the VSETT 9+R. (25-degrees).
These scooters are superior to single-motor models when it comes to ascending slopes due to their dual-motor configurations (including the Zero 10 and EMOVE Cruiser, which sport equal hill-climbing capabilities).
A vertically-aligned shock absorber in the front steering column helps to absorb the majority of the impact of rougher riding surfaces, while horizontally-aligned dual springs in the rear absorb the remaining vibrations. Ultimately, the Zero 10 does not make any significant suspension improvements over the Zero 9.
Similarly to the front and rear spring shock absorption on this scooter, the suspension is not adjustable, so you will be unable to tailor it to the terrain you will be traversing. The tires of the Zero 10 are one area in which its shock-absorbing capabilities surpass those of the Zero 9. They are 1.5 inches longer at 10 inches than they were at 9 inches.
Larger tires provide significantly greater comfort and stability than smaller ones due to their enhanced ability to conform to the terrain. Similarly, the Zero 10’s tires are pneumatic (air-filled), as opposed to solid (typically foam or rubber-filled) tires. This allows them to absorb the initial impact of the road and aid the front and rear spring suspension of the scooter in providing a smooth ride.
It must be noted, however, that due to the Zero 10’s reliance on springs alone, the up and down motion (i.e. compression and rebound) is restricted, resulting in less travel than a swingarm suspension. When combined with springs, swingarms allow the scooter to pivot up and down as the tires roll over obstacles. This improves the riding experience.
The Braking System
The Zero 10 is equipped with effective brakes, which is a necessity for any scooter capable of exceeding 25 mph. Thanks to a pair of mechanical disc brakes, the Zero 10 can bring you to a stop from 15 mph in less than 3.4 meters. The Zero 9’s predecessor, the Zero 9, relied on a combination of drum and disc brakes.
The Zero 9’s successor, the Zero 10, features a combination of drum and disc brakes. Of course, there is a hierarchy in the world of electric scooter brakes, and while disc brakes are a solid addition to any scooter, they pale in comparison to their hydraulic counterparts in terms of power and effectiveness.
Therefore, if you’re looking for a scooter with the best brakes in the Zero 10’s price range, you should consider the Mantis Base or the EMOVE Cruiser. Despite the fact that both the Mantis and the Cruiser are equipped with semi-hydraulic disc brakes, only the Cruiser has a shorter stopping distance than the Zero 10.
The EMOVE Cruiser’s semi-hydraulic braking system offers the best performance, with a stopping distance of only 3.0 meters from 15 mph. In addition, it is noteworthy that, like most scooters of its ilk, the Zero 10 is equipped with a regenerative braking system. This feature augments the dual mechanical disc brakes of the scooter by returning kinetic energy from the brakes to the battery, thereby extending the battery’s life.
You can adjust the intensity of this by adjusting the P settings on the QS-S4 display of your scooter.
The time it takes to fully charge the Zero 10 can vary, but is typically around 8 hours, which is slightly longer than the Zero 9’s charge time due to the Zero 10’s larger battery capacity. You can cut this time in half by purchasing a fast charger, which can recharge your battery in as little as four hours.
However, you should not always rely on the fast charger, as excessive use can have long-term consequences for the health of your battery.
The Zero 10 is not a commuter scooter, but portability is not compromised. It has several clever features that make it easy to store in a car trunk or closet. First, its handlebars are foldable. Twisting the pair of locking sleeves and sliding them outward will release the grips and permit the handlebars to collapse inward.
In addition, the sleeves are superior to those found on popular alternatives to the Zero 10 such as the EMOVE Cruiser. Due to its combined tension and screw design, there is less unsettling wiggle than with other foldable handlebars, such as the Cruiser’s tension cuffs, which are spring-loaded.
The Zero 10 handlebars’ locking sleeves must still be tightened, but this is not a major inconvenience. Folding the Zero 10 in half is similarly effortless. There is a small anodized tab at the base of the stem that, when depressed, releases the steering column from the neck of the scooter. The stem is then folded down until it clicks into position.
Lastly, the telescoping stem contributes to portability. This feature is primarily designed to give you more control over the height of your handlebars, but the semi-retractable stem, which collapses to a minimum height of 29 inches, comes in handy when storing or transporting this scooter.
The Zero 10’s handlebars collapse inward easily, making the scooter easier to store and transport, and although they require occasional tightening, they are not prone to wobble or instability when locked in place. The QS-S4 is positioned on the handlebars. This device serves as both your finger throttle and a screen for displaying your riding mode and stats.
It also conceals a USB port behind its dial. There are only two hand-operated mechanical disc brakes on the Zero 10’s handlebars, which are the only additional devices you’ll need to master. Rubber grips cover the ends of the Zero 10’s handlebars. These are ergonomically designed to provide comfort on long rides and are vastly superior to the grips found on cheaper scooters such as the Kugoo G2 Pro.
Despite the fact that the Zero line’s models vary in terms of their specifications, features, and power, they all sport the same color schemes. As with the 8 and 9 preceding it, as well as the 10X and 11X that followed, the Zero 10 keeps things simple with red accents complementing a predominantly black color scheme.
While the frame is not quite as badass as the 11x’s dual tubular stems, it still exudes a strong vibe. With exposed, clumped cabling protruding from the top and bottom of the stem and a set of fat tires, the Zero 10 is ready for action. Thankfully, the branding is kept to a minimum, consisting primarily of small logos on the stem and deck, so it is not as obnoxious as that of other brands.
And no discussion of the Zero 10’s frame would be complete without at least mentioning the dazzling LED strips lining its deck and stem, but more on that later.
The Zero 10 is essentially a beefed-up version of the Zero 9, so it is only fitting that its board measures 1.5 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider than its predecessor. This makes it large enough for you to stand comfortably, but the lack of a kick plate at the rear of the deck limits your full range of motion.
Kick plates are small panels positioned typically over the rear wheel and at the tail end of the deck that serve as footrests. These platforms permit leaning into the ride and provide increased traction and control at higher speeds. While the Zero 10 has a rear fender, it is primarily designed to prevent mud splashes and not as a footrest.
The Zero 10’s deck relies on three thin strips of grip tape for traction. Despite the fact that this means less surface area is covered, they are adequate. In contrast, the Apollo Explore’s grip tape design consists of geometric cutouts that cover the entire deck. Inside the Zero 10’s deck is where its battery is located, and on either side are two stylish LED strips.
The Zero 10 has pneumatic tires measuring 10 inches in diameter. Together with the front and rear spring suspension, they protect your joints from the vibrations caused by difficult terrain. Sure, pneumatic tires are more susceptible to punctures than solid tires, but you can always add some tire slime to the interior of the pneumatic tires to protect against this.
Due to the additional comfort they offer, they are irreplaceable. The size of the tires is another advantage they provide. Larger tires provide a larger contact patch with the road, enhancing the scooter’s maneuverability and control. They are the second-largest in the Zero lineup, measuring 10 inches in diameter, and have the most common size profile among scooters of the 10’s ilk.
The Zero 10 stands out from the crowd with its headlight, two front button lights, and responsive tail lights bookending the dual strips of deck-embedded LEDs. It also features stem strip lighting that is exclusive to the Zero 9 and 10 models; you won’t find these lights on the 10X and 11X models, which are more advanced.
You won’t have any trouble being seen (and admired) by other motorists and pedestrians thanks to all of that dazzling lighting. The only issue you may have with visibility is your own, which we can attribute to the Zero 10’s subpar headlight. Unfortunately, poor headlights are one of the most common design flaws on scooters, and this one is no exception.
This is partially due to the lack of lumens, which makes the headlight insufficiently bright for night riding. However, the poor performance of the headlight is also a result of its placement, which – being located on the front fender rather than higher up on the stem – limits its effectiveness. Consequently, you will need to purchase an additional attachable headlight.
Quality of the Ride
The Zero 10 is enjoyable to ride. By increasing the size of the Zero 9’s pneumatic tires to the 10 inch rubber monstrosities found on higher performance models such as the Mantis or the superb VSETT 10+R, the Zero 10 makes its commitment to ride experience crystal clear. Front and rear spring suspensions support the thick tires, which are well-equipped as the first line of defense against jarring vibrations.
The suspension is adequate, with the front shock absorber absorbing the initial impact and the rear dual springs dampening ricocheting vibrations. However, it only applies to urban terrain. The suspension system lacks sufficient travel to handle challenging terrains, such as potholes and off-road courses.
In comparison to the alternatives to the Zero 10, the Mantis Base and VSETT 9+R offer superior ride quality due to their superior swingarm suspensions. Swingarms provide smoother transitions by enhancing both compression and damping. Due to this, both scooters are capable of traversing light off-road terrain.
The EMOVE Cruiser, on the other hand, has a better riding setup than the Zero 10 due to its larger dual springs up front, but it is also limited to urban environments.
What is the Difference Between Zero 9 and Zero 10 Scooter?
The Zero 10 is a larger and more powerful version of the Zero 9, though it retains a single electric motor. Its 1000W electric motor and 25 amp controller provide much quicker acceleration, a higher top speed, and an enhanced ability to climb hills.
The Zero 10 is an excellent scooter overall. It has a powerful motor and offers good range, speed, and hill-climbing capabilities. It also has impressive portability and great lighting. The only area in which it falls short is its suspension, which is not adjustable and lacks sufficient travel for off-road riding.
However, these shortcomings are understandable given the scooter’s price point. The Zero 10 is a great choice for a commuter or student looking for a reliable and efficient ride.