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Best Electric Scooters for Heavy Riders

Daniel
24 July 2021
Daniel
24 July 2021

 

If you are looking for an electric scooter that’s capable of taking more weight & coping with inclines, offering adequate acceleration & being able to offer an enjoyable ride – then look no further.

 

Electric scooters have evolved massively over the last decade which is great news for riders big or small. Years ago, many electric scooters were far less capable due to less powerful motors, poorer battery performance & the fact that the scooters themselves were often very large & heavy due to sealed lead acid batteries – pair that with a single, chain driven motor & you often had scooters that could barely cope with 50-70kg of load on them.

Fast forward to 2021 and we’re in an era of high power electric scooters which have MUCH better battery technology, more powerful controllers & are far more capable of taking loads of up to 200kg. Whereas years ago, heavier riders may have really struggled to find an electric scooter that could take the weight, now pretty much any rider will find something suitable for them.

Also – keep in mind, it’s not just the loading weight we have to consider (your weight on the scooter) – we should consider the weight of the scooter and the incline capability – after all, you don’t want to buy a scooter that’ll shift you along a flat surface but not up any form of a gradient / climb.

In this review, we take a look at some of the best options of scooter for heavier riders. 

 

Best All Round: Dualtron X2

Max Load of 330 lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The Dualtron X2 is an upgraded version of the iconic Dualtron X, a legend in the evolution of scooters from toys to serious machines. This large-wheeled scooter provides stability that gives riders confidence, as well as delivering some serious speed.

Priced from £5599 ($6490)

5/5

Incline Capability

5/5

Range

4.5/5

Ride Quality

4.5/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

narobot lightning e-esooter header main image

Best Mid Range: Nanrobot Lightning

Max Load of 280 lbs (130kg) or 20 stone

The nanrobot lightning is a great mid-range scooter with a high load capacity and dual 800w motors which offers sufficient power for heavier riders without compromising on quality or cost. 

Priced from £940 ($1290)

3/5

Incline Capability

3.5/5

Range

4/5

Ride Quality

4.0/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

Best Commute: Apollo Explore

Max Load of 265 lbs (120kg) or 18.8 stone

The apollo explore is a fantastic commuter scooter, capable of a 120kg / 265lbs + load. It’s relatively lightweight, offers a super ride quality and comes with a 2 year manufacturers warranty.

Priced from £1000 ($1399)

3/5

Incline Capability

3.8/5

Range

4.2/5

Ride Quality

3.8/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

Electric Scooters for Larger / Heavier Riders – What’s Important?

When buying an electric scooter – for most people the starting consideration is budget, usually followed by speed, range and power.

Larger / heavier riders need to take into consideration that smaller electric scooters generally have much lower power outputs, those scooters are less likely to cope with inclines when being ridden by a heavier rider.

There’s also other factors such as range – a larger rider means there is more weight for a scooter to move meaning range will likely be lower where battery capacities are smaller.

There’s ride quality also, so we’ll delve into electric PEV’s that are perfect for the bigger rider.

Riders 80kg – 100kg (170lbs – 220lbs)

 

  Minimum Motor Wattage (500w)

  Minimum Battery Capacity (10ah)

  Minimum Incline Capability (10 Degrees)

  Ideally Dual Motor

  At least front suspension

  Ideally Pneumatic Tyres (not solid rubber)

 

 

Riders 100kg – 200kg (220lbs – 440lbs)

 

  Minimum Motor Wattage (1000w)

  Minimum Battery Capacity (18ah)

  Minimum Incline Capability (10 Degrees)

  Dual Motor

  At least front suspension

  Pneumatic Tyres (not solid rubber)

 

 

Scooters for Heavier Riders Who Aren’t On A Budget

Here we take a look at a range of electric scooters that AREN’T restricted by budget. This means we’ve got scooters that are suitable for heavier riders that are quick / premium, high end but also practical.

Power & Ride: ZERO 11X

Max Load of 330 lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The ZERO 11X is an iconic electric scooter. Sporting a 72v battery, and a peak power output of 5600w the 11X is no slouch. It’ll take over 150kg of loading up to 60mph. The 11x also sports a large deck, perfect for the bigger rider.

The 11X offers the best performance for money.

Read the full ZERO 11X Review

Priced from £2600 ($3570)

5/5

Incline Capability

4.2/5

Range

4.1/5

Ride Quality

4.5/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The ZERO 11X:  A Scooter for Everyone

The 11X is a fantastic electric scooter that offers the perfect combination of speed, power and rideability with budget. It’s cheaper than most of its contemporaries in the same power class such as the Dualtron Thunder, Dualtron Ultra 2 and Kaabo Wolf King.

Larger scooter riders will find the 11X great to ride, primarily because it has a robust feeling double stem, offering reassuring firmness when riding. Alongside the double stem, you’ll find an ultra long and modest width deck, making standing & finding the right riding position a doddle.

Big riders won’t feel much power lag thanks to the 11x’s power delivery, nor will they struggle to ascend hills or even tackle some off road trails. 

Whilst the recommended load limit is around 150kg, we’ve spoken to riders 170kg+ who have been riding their 11X for more than a year with no issue.

Power & All Terrain: Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11

Max Load of 330 lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 is an incredible bit of kit, sporting a strong, durable frame, elevated ground clearance, 2 powerful 1200w BLDC hub motors and a large 35ah battery. For the larger rider, the wolf warrior offers both on and off road durability.

Read the full Kaabo Wolf Warrior 11 Review

Priced from £2099 ($2880)

5/5

Incline Capability

4.4/5

Range

4.1/5

Ride Quality

4.6/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The Kaabo Wolf Warrior:  All Terrains Conquered

The wolf warrior was one of the first electric scooters to go all out on off road capabilities. Offering a strong frame, fantastic ground clearance, off road tyres and a dual stem, the wolf warrior is a scooter that’ll tackle anything you throw at it. Whether you are looking for something fast to commute on, something to wheelie, jump or burn across country fields, paths and green lanes – the wolf warrior is the solution.

Bigger riders will enjoy the wolf warrior – mainly because it’s very firm and offers a solid ride thanks to a strong dual stem setup. The deck is also of sufficient size for a larger rider to find their footing for a comfortable ride position.

The Wolf Warrior also features a rear footrest, so it’s easier to lean and put more weight on the back of the scooter – which will come in handy across bumpy/rough terrain.

Heavier users will enjoy peak power of over 5000w and plenty of torque thanks to the wolf warriors dual 1200w motors – this means’ it’ll also sail up most hills without any problem. 

The general build quality is very good, the construction is good & even bigger riders will enjoy how well the wolf warrior soaks up uneven terrain thanks to the dual shock suspension.

A photos of the Dualtron Ultra 2 electric scooter standing up

Power & All Terrain: Dualtron Ultra 2

Max Load of 330 lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The Dualtron Ultra 2 is a premium scooter with a premium price tag. Whilst the value for money isn’t as good, the scooter itself is. Wearing the Dualtron badge – you know the quality is there. With huge power of 6.6kw – the Ultra 2 will take even the biggest rider almost anywhere with ease.

Read the full Dualtron Ultra 2 Review

Priced from £3280 ($4500)

5/5

Incline Capability

4.5/5

Range

4.0/5

Ride Quality

4.7/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The Dualtron Ultra 2 – Durable & Very Quick

The Dualtron Ultra 2 is the second in the Ultra line-up from Minimotors Dualtron Brand. The Ultra 2 sports 2x BLDC hub motors with a peak power output of 6.6kw – which makes this one of the most powerful scooters in the line-up for heavier riders. Riders weighing between 100kg – 150kg will find the Ultra 2 fantastic to ride thanks to the larger deck and angled rear footrest. 

The Ultra 2 offers a fantastic ride thanks to bigger wheels, firm suspension and a ride height clearance of over 5″. 

Tall riders may find the lower stem height a tad awkward, but most riders will find the stem height ok. Bigger riders may not find the stem as durable as the twin stem scooters such as the 11X or Wolf Warrior, but, Dualtron have strengthened the clamp so most riders shouldn’t have any issues.

The ULTRA 2 shines when it comes to speed and power output, it also has a 72v battery with a huge capacity of over 2500wh – so riders will find the range of 50+ miles useful for longer runs.

Heavier riders needn’t worry about scooter handling here, the Ultra 2 has a really good setup & cartridge suspension that allows custom cartridges, allowing riders to tune their suspension depending on their weight and ride style. The ULTRA 2 is also a reliable model that’s a popular choice amongst Dualtron enthusiasts. 

A photos of the Dualtron Ultra 2 electric scooter standing up

Nuts Performance: Bronco 11 Xtreme

Max Load of 330 lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The 11 Xtreme from Bronco Motors is one of the best scooters we’ve tested to date.  This insane scooter has a power output of over 8.4kw! It’ll transport even the heaviest of riders up to 60mph with no effort.

Read the full Bronco 11 Xtreme Review

Priced from £3699 ($5080)

5/5

Incline Capability

4.6/5

Range

4.6/5

Ride Quality

4.7/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The Bronco 11 Xtreme – Xtreme By Name & Nature

If you thought the Dualtron Ultra 2 sounded powerful with a 6.6kw output, well, the Bronco 11 Xtreme is just an absolute machine churning out over 8.4kw between its 2 hub motors. The 11 Xtreme will handle riders big or small – with a maximum loading weight of over 150kg, the Bronco is well suited for larger riders.

What sets the Bronco apart from many e scooters is the way the scooter puts the power out. From a distance you could mistake it for a Dualtron Thunder. However, the Bronco is well ahead in terms of power delivery and ride quality. 

So, if you weigh 100kg, 120kg, 150kg, even 160kg+ the 11 Xtreme will propel you up to 60mph with ease. Lighter riders are likely to achieve speeds of 65mph-70mph whilst heavier riders will find the speed will likely top out at 60mph.

The 11 Xtreme has a nice sized deck and really good ground clearance. It’s not suitable for off-road use, but it’ll deal with roads & paths with ease. 

Bigger riders will benefit not only from the power but also the fact that the range with general riding will exceed 40 miles & ECO mode will also manage to shift heavier riders with no impedance. 

The Bronco also sports configurable suspension, rear air shock suspension and front adjustable spring – perfect for soaking up paths, uneven roads, bumps & more.

A photos of the Dualtron Ultra 2 electric scooter standing up

Fantastic All-Rounder: Dualtron Storm

Max Load of 330 lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The Dualtron Storm is one of the first off-road scooters from the Dualtron Brand. The storm offers the perfect combination of power and durability backed by quality from an established scooter manufacturer. The storm will cope with riders weighing 150kg + both on and off-road.

Read the full Dualtron Storm Review

Priced from £3499 ($4810)

5/5

Incline Capability

4.3/5

Range

4.3/5

Ride Quality

4.7/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The Dualtron Storm – A great all-rounder!

The Dualtron Storm was Dualtrons real push into the hybrid scooter market (on and off road capabilities). The storm was designed and built to be rugged & to offer better on and off road compatibility. The storm features a reinforced steering clamp, a removable battery, an uprated controller that’s moved to the footrest.

Bigger riders will appreciate the Storm’s improved lighting & built in indicators as well as a wider deck. 

Everything about the storm is bigger including the swing arms, battery capacity, deck and even the wider kickstand.

The Dualtron Storm will easily handle riders of 100kg – 150kg with no struggle – like the ULTRA 2, the Storm is 72v with over 6kw of power split between 2 motors.

The removable battery means the scooter is lighter to carry if the battery is removed, it also offers convenient charging if users wish to undock it from the scooter to take inside.

A photos of the Dualtron Ultra 2 electric scooter standing up

Cheap Scooters for Heavier Riders Who Are On A Budget

Here we take a look at a range of electric scooters that AREN’T restricted by budget. This means we’ve got scooters that are suitable for heavier riders that are quick / premium, high end but also practical.

Mercane MX60 electric scooter

Fantastic Design: Mercane MX60

Max Load of 286lbs (130kg) or 20.4 stone

The Mercane MX60 is a fantastic-looking scooter with a reasonable price point and sufficient power even for larger riders weighing 120kg+. With an architectural frame & removable battery, what’s not to love about the MX60.

Read the full Mercane MX60 Review

Priced from £1600 ($2200)

4/5

Incline Capability

3.4/5

Range

3.6/5

Ride Quality

4.0/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The MX60 – A Stylish, Nippy Scooter

We like the Mercane MX60, and whilst it’s performance isn’t anywhere near some of the scooters above, for a mid-range (budget) scooter it still packs 2.4kw of power which is more than enough for a majority of riders. We picked this, even though budget wise it’s at the upper end of the budget listing – we think you get a great deal for your money with the Mercane.

Whilst it will set you back a cool £1600 or $2200, it features a stylish frame, rubber lined deck, removable battery, powerful front light and dual suspension.

It’s surprisingly light and capable and, it’ll carry riders up to 130kg, although in our tests it coped well with a person weighing 162kg. Performance deteriorates when riders over 150kg use the MX60, predominantly in range and incline capability.

If you are a larger adult rider and want something that’s capable, stylish and well built look no further – the MX60 is a great scooter.

Make sure you opt for the 20ah battery over the 10ah battery – the 10ah battery is just no good, even for lighter riders.

Mercane MX60
Mercane MX60 electric scooter

Simple Yet Capable: Nanrobot D4+

Max Load of 330lbs (150kg) or 23.5 stone

The Nanrobot D4+ falls under the £1000 mark but offers a maximum load capacity of 150kg. The 2x 1000w motors provide enough power to move even heavy adults. The scooter offers dual suspension, adjustable stem height and a bright front light. In fact – you get quite good value for money. 

The only area we felt let the D4+ down was the design.

Read the full Nanrobot D4+ Review

Priced from £999 ($1370)

4/5

Incline Capability

3.5/5

Range

3.0/5

Ride Quality

4.0/5

Heavy Rider Suitability

The D4+ – Practical, Cheap But Not A Looker

Let’s be fair, the D4+ is a great scooter in all purposes, it has enough power for most riders – even those who are larger, and it features doubled up front suspension, rear suspension, adjustable stem and a nifty adjustable front light, all for £999. But, from a design point of view it looks like it belongs to a cheaper range of scooters.

It’s a great scooter at the price point and for riders at 150kg (330lbs) of weight, it’ll get you around, even up inclines – although the motors will peak at 3kw when pushed.

It’s a 52v scooter with a 23ah lithium battery, so for most riders, you’ll average around 20 miles on a charge (Real world).

The deck and scooter itself are of sufficient size for a larger adult to find a comfortable riding position.

The dual front suspension is great but we found the ride quality to be something that could be improved.

Mercane MX60
Mercane MX60 electric scooter

Community Questions

Here we answer some of the most commonly asked questions in the scooter.guide community. Feel free to join in and leave any questions or feedback that you may have!

There are quite a few scooters that fall into the same upper end weight loading capabilities. Some of the highest capable scooters for weight bearing include:

  • Dualtron X and Dualtron X2 at 150kg (330lbs) or peak loading up to 170kg (375lbs)
  • Qiewa QPower (claimed) at 300kg (660lbs) although this is unconfirmed
  • Qiewa Q1Hummer (claimed) at 249kg (550lbs) although this is unconfirmed
  • Nanrobot RS7 3200 (claimed) at 180kg (397lbs) although this is unconfirmed
  • Bronco 11 Xtreme at 150kg (330lbs) or peak loading up to 195kg (confirmed)

Which electric scooter can hold the most weight?

If you ride an electric scooter and you weigh more than the scooters rated load capacity then you risk serious harm or injury. Scooters come with a maximum load limit – this is what the manufacturer deems to be a maximum load weight before you begin to compromise the integrity of scooter parts.

Overloading your scooter could cause any number of issues including but not limited to:

  • The fracturing of the scooters frame
  • Failure of suspension components
  • Excess loading of the motors
  • Excess loading of the controllers
  • Overheating
  • Premature wearing of parts
What happens if I weigh more than what my scooter is rated for?
Author:
Daniel Foley

BIO: 

Daniel is an avid scooter fan who has owned and tested over 50 different scooters. Part time scooter enthusiast & part time SEO specialist.  Daniels favourite scooter is the Dualtron Thunder.