Out of the box, this machine is fast, has a long runtime and recharges in short order. Sweetening the package is a cost of admission that is manageable in comparison to its peers. However, in the course of our testing, this machine began to show some wear and tear not seen on other models in our review. Namely, the already rough-riding solid rubber tires developed flat spots following the brake tests. That said, we are quite hard on these machines and many will find this one to exceed expectations at the asking price.Editor's Note: This review was updated on June 15, 2022 with information on the updated version of the Hiboy Max.
Hiboy MAX Review
Pros: Fast, front suspension, decent travel radius
Cons: Cruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancy
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|Pros||Fast, front suspension, decent travel radius||Lots of features, customizable settings, fastest in the test, very smooth ride, long distance range, good headlight, additional lights for enhanced visibility||Lithium-ion battery, measured 22 mile range, 350-watt motor, fast and smooth ride||Decent speed and range, cruise control feature, rear suspension, rear brake light and deck lights, regenerative braking is pretty powerful||Folded dolly function, decent travel range, hill-climbing power|
|Cons||Cruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lacks redundancy||Heavier weight - more difficult to carry, settings can be confusing - had to look up instructional video, 8hr charge time if you don't use the fast charger (sold separately)||Heavier weight, long charge time||Solid tires - harsher ride, carrying latch is complicated to work, heavier than average||Rough ride, single brake|
|Bottom Line||A relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radius||A very comfortable ride that checks all of our boxes and truly impressed us with its speed and range||A smooth driving, high-end electric scooter with an impressive range and a pep in its step||A mid-priced scooter for longer distances and avid commuters||This scooter aims to make commutes a cinch by decent battery life with a moderately powerful motor in an easy to fold and roll platform|
|Rating Categories||Hiboy MAX||Apollo City||Gotrax G4||Hiboy S2||Glion Dolly Foldable|
|Ride Comfort (20%)|
|Specs||Hiboy MAX||Apollo City||Gotrax G4||Hiboy S2||Glion Dolly Foldable|
|Measured Maximum Speed||19.3 mph||22.5 mph||19.8 mph||17 mph||13.8 mph|
|Measured Effective Range||12.2 miles||23 miles||22 miles||14 miles||13.2 miles|
|Measured Charge Time||4 hours 30 min||8 hours 30 minutes||5 hours 50 min||5 hours 40 minutes||4 hrs 25 min|
|Brake Type||Front electronic brake and rear disc brake||Front disc
|Rear disc brake and E-ABS braking system||Front regen
|Front electronic brake|
|Tire Type||Solid rubber||Pneumatic||Pneumatic||Solid rubber||Rubber (honeycomb interior)|
|Screen||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Battery indicator only|
|Maximum Load||220 lbs||260 lbs||220 lbs||220 lbs||255 lbs|
|Measured Weight||35.2 lbs||42.8 lbs||37.8 lbs||32 lbs||28.7 lbs|
|Motor||350 Watt||600 Watt||350 Watt||350 Watt||250 Watt|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Hiboy Max has been updated to the Hiboy Max3, which now features a 10" pneumatic front tire designed for better off-roading capabilities, as well as a wider stand deck. The photos above depict the Hiboy Max we tested (left) next to the updated Max3 (right). Note that our affiliate links now point to the Max3, but as we haven't tested that model, the text in our review pertains to the previous Max scooter.
What sets this scooter apart from the rest of the class is its appealing cost to performance ratio. This is one of the fastest machines in the class. Moreover, it has the power, range, and portability features to make it a good choice for serious commuters. Adding to this already appealing package is a great braking system. It should not go without saying that the competitive price point does not come without sacrifices — particularly in the smoothness of the ride and the durability of the wheels. Yet, in our opinion, this is one heck of a deal.
Direct comparisons of products of a kind are our bread and butter. To ensure a complete evaluation of the products under review, we establish mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive metrics to guide our investigation. The details of these analyses are discussed below.
The Hiboy MAX has an effective range of 12.2 miles on a single charge. This is a flat ground maximum travel radius. The machine will continue for another quarter mile or so in fits and starts until the battery is completely dead — a common feature at the end of a scooter's battery charge.
Another way that we look at range is how long the machine will run on a charge. In the case of the MAX, it has a runtime of 59 minutes before the battery is depleted to the point of not being able to propel the rider. Again, this is on flat ground, so one can expect this number to decrease if traversing hilly terrain. Finally, we include battery recharge time in our range evaluation. The Hiboy beat the class average by powering up its fully depleted lithium-ion cell in 4 hours and 30 minutes. All in all, it performed relatively well.
The power metric evaluates the scooter's ability to climb hills as well as its flat ground maximum speed. While the Hiboy MAX is a veritable speed demon at 19.3 mph, it struggled with one of the steeper hills (1/4 mile 10.5% grade) in our test.
In the MAX's defense, almost all of the models under review cannot climb this very steep hill and the MAX only faltered at the very end of the climb. That said, it does well on the 3.5% grade test hill which is more representative of the climbs that will be made in the "real world." All in all, this puppy can legitimately claim to be one of the more powerful machines in the class.
The Hiboy's ride assessment is the chink in its otherwise impervious performance record. While it proved itself to be about average for the class, this outcome hindered its overall standing. Ride is essentially an evaluation of the feeling of smoothness when cruising rough streets, traversing bumps, and cracks. Scooters that excelled in this evaluation are those with large pneumatic tires which the MAX lacks.
It should be noted that the Hiboy's designers tried to address this shortcoming by using 8 1/2" wheels and adding front suspension. However, these measures are simply inadequate to mitigate the feedback that solid rubber tires deliver on uneven surfaces. Making matters worse, the tires developed flat spots in the course of our brake testing (more on that below) that made the ride that much more uneven. On the upside, solid tires never require maintenance such as an air leak or pinched rim.
Given the speed at which this machine can cruise, it's a good thing that it has a quality brake system. The Hiboy MAX utilizes an electric front and disk rear brake that are engaged separately with a paddle for the prior and a lever for the later. While this brake system performed well in our tests, some aspects of the system raised concerns from testers. Before we get into these issues, first let's get the stats out of the way. In our flat ground arrest test, the MAX was able to go from 12 mph to a complete stop in 19.3 feet — not bad considering it does not have a fender brake. Additionally, we were able to hold the scooter to a safe descent speed on a 15% grade, though the hand lever required a muscle-taxing grip to do so.
Moving on to some of the problems that the braking tests revealed. First was the issue of the default cruise control. Why the manufacturer preset the machine in this way is unclear but in order to get out of cruise control you need to hit the electronic brake first then squeeze the handle brake. This was overly and unnecessarily complicated. We recommend turning the cruise control off until you become familiar with the two-part braking system. Additionally, the brake light on the machine is only activated when using the electric brake.
As a final concern, we noticed that our brake test had flattened out portions of the rear wheel causing a consistent bumpy ride while cruising. Admittedly, we are hard on these machines in our tests. Yet, this can happen if you brake exceptionally hard repeatedly the way we did while testing.
For many, portability is a chief concern when shopping for a scooter. As a personal electronic vehicle, it won't likely be left at the curb but rather, taken into the office or apartment when not in use. As such, features like the steering column fold/locking mechanism are critical components. Weight and folded dimensions are also important. The assessment of the MAX was so-so in this metric.
First off, the Hiboy is moderately heavy at 35.2 pounds and the weight is on the front end making it slightly off-balanced when carrying. Unlike some other models, it's relatively long at 44 1/4" and it can not be rolled when folded. Further hindering the portability is the large diameter steering column that becomes the handle when collapsed. Those with hands on the smaller side will find this a little uncomfortable over prolonged periods.
The steering column locking system also poses some safety concerns in our minds. The manufacturer boasts a one-step fold design and, in our opinion, the time savings aren't worth the loss of peace of mind thinking about the machine folding up on you while riding. Most models have a redundant "safety latch" that visually displays that the steering column is secure. That said, we did not experience any failures in this Hiboy's folding system.
We look at value as a ratio of the performance (as compared to similar products on the scooter market) and cost. By this standard, the Hiboy MAX is a good value. The machine costs considerably less than others in the class and yet has some of the best performance stats of the lot.
In this review of the Hiboy MAX electric scooter, we made an in-depth analysis of the range, power, ride, braking, and portability of the machine. Above is a detailed account of the tests that we ran this product through and how it lined up against the class of scooters overall and in specific categories like top speed and hill braking. As a last consideration, we assess the value of this product, which we consider to be quite good. All in all, this machine delivered a very respectable performance at a price that many can easily swallow.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer
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