Segway Ninebot Max G30LP Review

Segway Ninebot Max G30LP Review

Let's take a look at a solid electic scooter for anyone seeking alternate commuting methods or a fun way to get around town.

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I recently bought an electric scooter to get around my part of town without relying on my often out of commission gas-guzzling Expedition all the time. After looking around at the usual review sites and at some YouTube videos from people that focus on electric vehicles, I settled on the Segway Ninebot Max G30LP as the model that would suit my needs the most. Electric scooter rentals can be convenient, but using one regularly doesn't make sense when owning one isn't that big of a commitment compared to gas-powered transport.

Segway Ninebot Max G30LP Review

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After posting about my purchase, I received a little bit of feedback from other Shackers interested in electric scooters so I thought this long overdue review would make for good Cortex content. First, let's get the basic specs out of the way for the Segway Ninebot Max G30LP.

  • Top speed of 18.6 MPH (real-world testing shows 18-20 MPH)
  • Max range rated at 25 miles (with real-world results of 13-15 miles)
  • 38.6 lbs total weight
  • 43.7" L x 18.6" W x 45.1" H (43.7" L x 18.6" W x 21" H when folded)
  • 20% hill grade climbing
  • 10" pneumatic tires
  • 3 speed modes
  • Daytime viewable LED status indicator, ultra-bright headlight, red tail light with brake flashing
  • Smart Battery Management System
  • Regenerative brakes (mainly useless feature)
  • IPX5 rating for water resistance
  • All metal body construction
  • Companion mobile app with ride and stat tracking, firmware upgrading, quick-lock feature, social platform, and more

With a retail price of $699, the Segway Ninebot Max G30LP is comparable to other scooters with similar specs, if not a little more expensive. There is a slightly older model of the Ninebot Max that is usually $100 more but it has a greater rated range of 41 miles, with most reviews testing it at around 25, putting it at the supposed rated range of its successor. I've found I can get between 12 and 14 miles out of the G30LP on a full charge, depending on the severity of inclines enroute, and that's using the highest speed mode. There are drawbacks of the older model, however, like a longer braking distance and a more severe power drop-off after depleting the battery, but we'll get to those soon.

I could probably push the max range of the G30LP to around 15 to 18 total miles using the slower 15 MPH limited Drive mode, and even farther with the 9 MPH limited Eco mode. I don't really need to travel that many miles in one day though, so I've been keeping the scooter on the Sport mode which tops off at around 20 MPH. It can go faster with a simple firmware hack, but I'm more than happy with its top speed out of the box and still feel a thrill when riding it over a smooth road or bumpy dirt path alike. Larger riders might feel a little squished onto the smaller deck while holding the shorter handlebars when looking at other scooters, but my average height and build fits nicely onto the G30LP.

I've put over 250 miles of riding into this scooter since I got it over six weeks ago now, and every one of them has been full-bore hard riding. Asphalt, gravel, dirt, or grass, this scooter will handle it all. I've driven it in light and moderate rain (and dried it off after arriving at my destination) with no ill-effects thanks to the IPX5 water rating. The all-metal body and solid construction of the Ninebot Max G30LP really impressed me. This thing looks and feels like a quality product and it absolutely holds up, even after all the rough rides I've taken. When compared to the scooters used by Lime that I see around town, they look like a toy next to the G30LP.

Getting back to the battery and power delivery, I've found when operating the new Ninebot Max G30LP between 100% and 65% battery capacity, it delivers the full power of the battery. At around 65% or less battery remaining, the top speed will drop by only 1-2 MPH and remains that way until the battery is on its last bit of charge. The older model will drop its top speed by 25% or more once you get to the 65-75% point on its battery from reports I've read and reviews I've watched, and that doesn't sound ideal.

The Segway Ninebot Max G30LP also has the best braking distance in its class, out performing comparable models from other manufacturers and the previous Ninebot Max alike. It can stop within 11 feet at full speed, with other scooters coming in at the 13-18 foot range. The large pneumatic tires provide a more solid and stable ride than the smaller wheels on rental scooter models, but the lack of actual shocks means larger bumps, cracks, and pot holes will shake you if you're not braced for them. The G30LP also allows for adjustable regenerative braking to supposedly help recharge the battery on long trips. Unless you are coasting downhill the entire way, this feature is literally useless and even at its most useful, would only provide minimal charge back to your battery.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the Segway Ninebox Max G30LP after really putting it through its paces. There are only two small complaints I have with this scooter, those being the flimsy charging port cover and lackluster acceleration rate, but they don't detract from the product too much, thankfully. It still feels like a fun and thrilling ride after more than a month of daily commutes, errands, and joyrides. Because electric vehicles require more care and caution in very cold or hot conditions, it's not a permanent replacement for me. Unfortunately the winters in my area are typically quite cold and snowy, so my broken Expedition will be fixed eventually for the coming season change. In the meantime, though, and when spring is upon us again, I will enjoy each ride I can take.

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Pros

Extremely solid build quality

Great power management

Superb braking distance

Very capable top speed

Adequate max range

Super bright head and tail lights

Cons

Regenerative brakes are mostly a useless selling point

Charging port flap stays closed during maybe 1 out of every 10 rides

Acceleration rate could be a tiny bit snappier

The smaller profile compared to other models might be a little cramped for larger riders

A little more expensive than competing scooters with similar specs

From The Chatty
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    August 25, 2021 12:44 AM

    What's up with those blasted scooters everywhere, who rides those things?

    Read more: Segway Ninebot Max G30LP Review

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      August 25, 2021 12:45 AM

      Attn: baconisgod, here's my impressions on that scooter... only a month later :)

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        August 25, 2021 8:25 AM

        Great review, I ended up going from the E22 to that exact model as it had more of everything - power, braking, lights, etc. I am 100% satisfied with it, it's a really well-rounded scooter and a great deal too. I do wish it went like two or three miles an hour faster but 19mph is fine with me.

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      August 25, 2021 1:29 AM

      Awsome! Great review, I’m also using a e-scooter (M365) for going back and forth to work/gym. Its a perfect vehicle type for these short intracity travels. Im also happy with my scooter, its really sturdy and feels like it really can hold its own any any conditions. However the range and the slope performance is slightly underwhelming so I’m going to swap to higher capacity battery and beefier motor in the coming weeks.

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      August 25, 2021 1:47 AM

      They are cool af. I would totally buy one if I had the cash. I rent them to get around town quite a bit.

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      August 25, 2021 3:47 AM

      If I still lived in an urban area I’d get one of these in a heartbeat. Seems like it would be easier to manage in a crowded area than a bicycle. Unfortunately I’d be dead in a week where I live.

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        August 25, 2021 4:11 AM

        Yeah I rent them quite a bit it is way more convenient than my bike a lot of the time.

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          August 25, 2021 8:37 AM

          Not sure if it's is common knowledge, or what your situation is but here in Seattle the city limits the speed of the rentals, so actually using a legit scooter is a totally different experience - everything is better, it's night and day.

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      August 25, 2021 4:21 AM

      awesome review, thanks for sharing!

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      August 25, 2021 8:38 AM

      I hate their implementation but they're nice when you're a tourist and want to get somewhere faster than walking and don't want to deal with a taxi or subway.

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      August 25, 2021 8:40 AM

      Wife and I both have scooters that we ride around the neighborhood, take to the store, ride to dinner etc

      Mine - https://phatscooters.com/products/phatty-big-wheel-electric-scooter

      Hers - https://fluidfreeride.com/products/horizon-practical-allround-electric-scooter-for-commute

      Hers is a lot more portable but mine has a trunk that can hold 12-packs, glass beer bottles etc.

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        August 25, 2021 11:04 AM

        LOL yours is bordering on a normal scooter, the kind that have been popular in Europe for decades. .

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          August 25, 2021 11:36 AM

          I've owned several gas scooters, Yamaha Zuma 125, Honda Big Ruckus 250. I don't really want something that can do road / highway speeds anymore. 20MPH and bike lanes / neighborhood sidewalks is fine.

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            August 25, 2021 11:57 AM

            I can't wait until silent electric motorcycles are mainstream. Probably wont be until I'm retired but I'm just so sick of exhaust and engine noise.

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              August 25, 2021 11:59 AM

              Oh don’t worry the government will mandate that have noise makers probably. The ones they want on electric cars are louder than most gas engines. It suuuucks.

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      August 25, 2021 9:47 AM

      i've used them. i work in the downtown area and i dont wanna walk. they are fun!

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      August 25, 2021 9:59 AM

      bought a gokart pro during amazon prime
      it was marked down so that was nice.


      it’s sooooooo soooosososo much fun.

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      August 25, 2021 10:48 AM

      I was using them before covid after getting off the subway to skip a bus ride home - turned 45 minutes of waiting for a bus and sitting on an awful stinky bus intil 5 minutes of joyful riding.

      I actually miss that, though I don't miss going to work at all.

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      August 25, 2021 11:05 AM

      Rode my wife’s ebike to work today. Cruised along at 17-22 mph while not breaking a sweat. That was on the medium setting. It’s cheating but a lot of fun. If I’m still road riding but can’t keep up the effort I’d love a road ebike just for a little assistance with these SW Wisconsin hills.

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