Segway Ninebot Max G30 – Review

Here, we’re going to cover our comprehensive review of the Ninebot Max G30. We’ll go through each and every single thing that you should know about this particular scooter. We’ll give you a detailed walkthrough of every feature and specification, but we’ll also step back for the big picture. This scooter offers numerous results and advantages for those who own it. By reading all of this, you should find out quickly whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

The Ninebot Max isn’t like the scooters that have come before it, and yet, this scooter has quite a bit of ‘experience’ behind it. It’s learned a lot from both the successes and failures of popular and market-tested scooters, including the Xiaomi M365 Pro, as well as previous Ninebot models. We stock the Ninebot here and have a wide range of other escooters.

Segway Ninebot Max G30 top down
Segway Ninebot Max G30 – Specs at a Glance
  • Water Resistance – IP54
  • Max Rider Weight – 100 Kg
  • Weight – 20 Kg
  • Range – 30 km*
  • Tested Top Speed – 35km/h
Kugoo G-Max – Features
  • Great Quality Chassis
  • Brushless 500w Motor is Powerful
  • Decent Battery Life
  • Rides well on a Variety of Road Surfaces

Overview Of The Ninebot Max

There are quite a few owners who love the Ninebot Max, and a big reason behind this is its simplicity. The team responsible for this scooter obviously made some savvy choices in specializing the scooter so it benefits many users and owners.

Potential owners really only need to answer one question for themselves? Would they sacrifice a bit of portability in exchange for proven quality and serious range? Any scooter choice involves some kind of tradeoff, but anybody okay with that particular tradeoff is likely to fall in love with their Ninebot Max.

This particular scooter has a distinctly favorable position, and it just is more privileged than any other scooter model in history. It has the best of both worlds at hand, in how the previous Ninebots and the Xiaomi both influenced its design. There simply isn’t another scooter out there with so much wisdom and insight built into it. Other Ninebots and the Xiaomi have sold millions of units. Ride-sharing companies have also used millions of them. That all gives the current Ninebot Max tremendous advantages over previous models.

There’s no doubt that the Ninebot Max happens to be a great escooter, definitely one of the modern greats that is still rather economical for most consumers. This Segway release is a genuine commuter scooter featuring versatility, a full feature set, durability, and quality. It also avoids a majority of issues that haunt other scooters.

Segway Ninebot Max G30 display

High-Caliber Build

When I first look at the Ninebot Max, I do see the Xiamoi influence in its build. It’s only natural to think of them as the same. Still, in terms of overall strength and size, the Ninebot Max happens to be bigger and stronger. The build quality certainly reflects all of this. This isn’t a small scooter, regardless of how it looks to the human eye.

Many of the Ninebot Max parts are robust and big. The stem is a part that typically suffers the most from bumps and vibrations, but it’s really thick on this one, more than capable of withstanding serious punishment. Fortunately, the tires are also bigger, meaning they’ll offer serious shock absorption for you and your scooter.

The Ninebox Max is predominantly made using aluminum alloy. Auxiliary parts are also made using silicon, rubber, plastic, and steel.

Segway Ninebot Max G30 – Ride Balance, Stability, And Quality

The Ninebot Max offers serious ride quality, far superior to any scooter in the sub-$1000 market segment. This happens even though it doesn’t have any suspension when it’s just out of the box. Still, you’ll only feel the biggest holes, cracks, bumps, and road imperfections.

There are two reasons for this.

First of all, something different from the Ninebot ES line is that the Ninebot Max uses pneumatic, or air-filled, tires. These are a lot better in terms of absorbing shock, meaning your rides are going to be more table. The tires are also designed to be self-healing, making them less vulnerable to flats as compared to conventional pneumatic road tires. They can sustain small punctures as large as 6 mm.

Secondly, the new Ninebot Max comes with 10-in. tires, whereas the majority of similarly proiced scooters come with 8.5-in. tires. That might not sound like a lot, but there are serious differences in balance, stability, and smooth riding.

It’s my opinion that the Ninebot Max forged boldly ahead in places that the Xiaomi M365 Pro held back. I’ve had a Xiaomi in the past, and while I liked it, I often believed that had the tires been larger and less prone to going flat, I would have loved it twice as much. The Ninebot Max features tires heavily, which deals with a frequent pain point of Xiaomi owners, being flat tires. The rides are also more likely to be carefree gliding. Nice job, Segway.

The ride smoothness is certainly a huge feature of the Ninebot Max. Having said that, the control and turning are rather awesome in their own right.

When you ride this scooter, you’re going to notice how the noise is rather quiet.

Segway Ninebot Max G30

Cruise Control

Not only does the Ninebot Max feature cruise control, but you can turn this on and off using an app on your smartphone. Activate by holding your throttle while riding at a particular speed for a span of 10 seconds.

I would assume many of you already know this, but just in case you don’t, once your scooter is in cruise control mode, there’s no need for you to hold your throttle any longer. The scooter keeps riding along at a consistent speed. You can stop your cruise control by activating your brake.

Daily Usage And Riding Experience on the Segway Ninebot Max G30

I’ve gone through quite a few user reports focused on the Ninebot Max, and one word that comes up frequently is ‘fun’. Users have called this particular scooter ‘a hoot’, ‘a blast’, and even ‘a joy to ride’. Numerous parents tout how their kids can’t seem to get enough from it.

I’m not surprised. The Ninebot Max represents the modern generation coming from the Ninebot and Xiaomi lineages. It’s got the lowest defect rate, far fewer flats, much broader range, and the features and power offer users seriously fun rides.

Commuting With The Ninebot Max

Commuter needs are easily broken down along three lines:

1) Commuters needing to cover serious distance

2) Commuters needing to carry scooters through various transportation modes

3) Commuters needing both

The insane range of the Ninebot Max will appeal to group one. Group two might not like how much it weighs. Group three might still adore it, since serious range can be more essential than portability if you need both at the same time.

In short, this scooter can be a smart move for many commuters. Having said that, it might not work out well for commuters if their regular trip has a heavy last-mile set of circumstances, where they might need to physically carry their scooter for a stretch.

Lifecycle

The Ninebot Max can often go for quite a few months free of any individual major defects. Some online users say they pay no attention to it, and their scooter keeps running efficiently.

As stated previously, the NineBot max learns quite a bit from the mistakes of its progenitors. This current iteration represents serious craftsmanship in the category of affordable scooters. We can expect this scooter to uphold a while, given that. Owners are reporting that this is in fact the case.

Waterproofing, IP Ratings, And Riding In Precipitation

One of the Ninebot Max’s biggest wins is the IPX5 water protection standard. Some crucial components go a step further and are IPX7 for even more waterproof protection.

That sort of IP rating isn’t perfectly waterproof, of course, but there’s still lots of protection from water. In fact, it’s one of the more water-resistant scooters you could find on the current market. It’s high enough that weak water jets from all angles won’t really get to it. You should have no trouble riding this scooter through snow and rain.

Scooters have many crucial components often susceptible to water. These include the screw holes, brake cable, the batter, and the charging port. These are well secured strongly against water ingress.

This has been strongly confirmed by both user tests and reports. Many Ninebot Max models have gone through puddles, snow, and rain. In my own research, I’ve only noticed a single defect reported from water damage. That’s impressive considering the number of reports and rides this scooter has collected.

We can safely assume that in practice that the Ninebot Max handles wet environments and rain really well.

Having said that, riding through rain and water is against the manufacturer’s recommendations. Segway warns against it, despite the sufficiency of the IPX5 standards. If you don’t have any choice but riding in the rain, you might be safe taking that risk. Just remember that any electronic device has risks in terms of water damage. Also, the scooter’s warranty doesn’t cover water damage. So heed caution and avoid riding in the rain whenever you can skip it.

Segway Ninebot Max G30Acceleration, Speed Tests, And Speed

The Ninebot Max has an official top speed coming at 18.6 mph, or 30 kph.

This speed has been confirmed by many speed tests, even in cases of the rider being near the weight limit. The max top speed Ninebot Max users get, short of unlocking a top speed, tends to be 19.5 mph, or 31.4 kph, and this is when going downhill slightly.

There’s something really important to consider here, and that’s how the Ninebot Max can go much faster. Owners who install the custom firmware can get up to speeds of 24 mph, or 38 km, under certain circumstances. Down below, we’ll look at how you can unlock your top speed.

Your scooter will likely be sold ready for your nation’s particular traffic laws. In a handful of European countries, the top scooter speed is only 15 mph or 25 kph, meaning scooters sold there might be set for those speed limitations.

Like most other escooters, the top speed you can get will go down as the battery is drained. The top speed might be only 15 mph or 25 kmh if the batter is close to empty.

Acceleration is rather good. The scooter needs about 4.5 to 5 seconds to get to the top speed, when the battery is charged fully and you have Sport mode engaged. Lower speed modes have slower acceleration.

Charger: Fast/Slow Charging

The battery has a specific charge time of 6 hours. That lines up with user-reported charge times in the real world, ranging from 5 up to 7.5 hours.

There are two charging ports on the scooter.

One of them is for fast charging. You can do it with the 3-Amp charger out of the box. What’s different from many scooters is how the charger is really just a cable without the brick thing. That particular part was built directly into the actual scooter.

That decision has both pros and cons. It’s certainly an advantage in how you just need a single cable and no bulky charger. On the other hand, the weight of the charger is now included with the weight of the scooter, and it wasn’t light to start with.

Additionally, should that part break down, you’ll need to go inside the deck of the scooter. Alternatively, you’d need to visit a repair shop, rather than get a new charger.

This is how the Ninebot Max’s other charging port comes into play. You can use a conventional charger to charge your scooter if the built-in charger winds up breaking down. It’s not nearly as fast, but it does work.

It’s a clever solution, to be sure, although a normal, conventional, fast-charger might be simpler in terms of engineering, as there would be more simplicity and not as many moving parts.

The charging port has protection, thanks to a large cap featuring rubbery parts to plug into the charger holes. That’s effective at protecting the shole scooter from water and liquid ingress.

Portability, Weight, And Dimensions

The Ninebot Max comes in at 42 lbs or 19 kg.

Many adults will find this weight hefty yet doable, especially when they take into account what they get from it.

It’s not high on portability compared to other scooters. This sort of weight will be overly cumbersome for some owners.

When folded, the scooter is 45.9 x 18.6 x 21.0 inches, or 117 x 42 x 53 centimeters for length x width x height. It’s not small, but still regular. The center of gravity isn’t exactly in the middle of the scooter stem, and yet it’s not overly awkward for carrying. Still, some users will still have issues with that weight.

The benefit is better build quality and ride stability, and you rarely get both of these simultaneously. The big issue here is the battery weight, but that’s also what gives the scooter its long range.

Having said all that, if your highest priority is portability, or the 42 lbs or 19 kg of weight is too much for you, then you might want to look at other models.

This concludes our review of the Ninebot Max scooter. Hopefully, this information and analysis helps you know whether or not this model is right for you.