Are there 2 versions of the Hiboy Max? I was looking around at some other reviews and noticed on some of them that there was no electronic brake on the left handlebar and the hand brake was on the left handlebar side as well. Then I noticed that the one on the Hiboy product page looks like this as well, as if it is a newer design. I purchased mine from Amazon last week and there was no indication of a particular version, although what I received did match the product pictures on Amazon. Just wondering what the differences are, other than the ones I pointed out.
First, let me start by saying that I am not an experienced scooter rider. Second, my intentions for this scooter are more recreational and I will not be using it as a commuter. I've ridden bikes all my life and I have rented scooters in urban areas a couple of times, which kind of inspired me. I mainly plan to use it on the miles and miles of paved bayfront trails and pathways that are right outside my door. But as I get more comfortable riding it, I hope to expand and find more uses for it. I'm also a 6' male and weigh 200lbs. I had done a fair bit of research on this model and read the concerns about the collapsible locking mechanism being hard to use, so I was expecting to deal with that. Fortunately, I haven't had any issues with it. It does take a bit of weight and force to get the locking lever to disengage, but after a few tries I had it down. No problems with it locking in the collapsed position, nor getting it to lock back upright. While there is a 'click', it's not very loud or satisfying, but it is easy to tell when it is locked. The whole thing feels very sturdy and I prefer it the way it is, rather than being a bit too easy to unlock. I wouldn't want excessive or harsh vibrations to cause it to unlock during use. The scooter was at about 83% battery when I set it up out of the box, but I charged it anyway, until the charging indicator turned green. I then took it out for a test ride. I started in beginner mode and easily hit that mode's top speed. I gave myself time to get a feel for it, how it handled the terrain, lips of curbs, and other small height differences in the terrain. While you definitely 'feel' the road, it never felt excessive or bothersome. It handles really well with good balance. I learned quickly that the eABS braking system is to be used judiciously and with light touch vs. the disc braking, which you can use more aggressively. Having both braking options is great and they work very well together, or independently. One thing I noticed as I was tooling about is there was the sound of something rattling coming from the rear tire. At first I thought it was the fender when being vibrated, but on closer inspection, if I just shake the back of the scooter, I can hear a rattling sound like something is loose in there somewhere. Nothing appears loose and I could see no visible signs of anything odd. I don't know if that is just part of how the mechanics work, or if something is indeed loose in there. Maybe even an errant screw or something. I wasn't about to go tearing the thing apart to find out at this point. Whatever it is, intentional or not, it certainly doesn't seem to impact normal operation in any way. Hopefully someone from Hiboy can address this for me. In total, my first ride lasted about 30 minutes total. In advanced mode and no headwind, I had no problems reaching and sustaining 18-19 MPH. I was impressed because of my weight. When I encountered a slight headwind, my speed seemed to top out at around 15-16MPH. By the time I had made it back to my starting point, I had gone 6 miles and there was about 32% battery left. Not super encouraging. I've read that the real world expectations are around 10-11 miles, so with that last 32%, I could have probably gone another 3 miles, bring it to 10. Also, I was pushing it between 15-18MPH for the majority of the ride, so maybe using Intermediate mode would be more economical in stretching out battery life. I know my weight isn't doing me any favors in this regard, but I think for my recreational purposes, and understanding what I can expect from it, I can plan trips around that, and enjoy the performance I do get. I had no issues getting the app to work either and it's pretty straightforward to use. It would be nice if there were some more features to it like logging trips/stats and maybe even using GPS tracking to show where you have been. Perhaps a bit easier access to the enabling/disabling of cruise control function in the app, instead of having to drill into the app settings. I was also curious about the locking function in the app(whether that's considered a security lock or not). I had read in Amazon reviews, responses from Hiboy saying that there is no locking function on the Max. I was just testing the app out to see what that lock icon does and it certainly appeared to me that when enabled, the accelerator no longer functioned. This was with my phone both paired and unpaired(after locking) with the scooter and retained the lockout state of the accelerator after power cycling the scooter. So it does appear that you can 'lock' the scooter to prevent it from going anywhere. But I can also see that it might not be considered a true security feature as I suppose anyone clever enough would figure that all they had to do was download the Hiboy Max app, pair, and disable the lock, since you do not need a code to pair. It would be nice to have more information on this overall though. At this point, I'm not going to make any conclusions after just one ride, but I surely wasn't disappointed so far. Maybe I'll revisit this once I've had some more time with it, but for now I'm pretty happy with my new scooter.