The throttle sits on the correct handlebar, and also you gently push it down as you kick off to get the 350-watt motor going. When it hits the six-second mark, you’ll hear a beep (it’s noisy, keep in mind?), which signifies that the cruise management has turned on. Which means you possibly can go away the throttle alone and easily fear about braking. It’s a pleasant contact. (When you don’t launch the throttle after the primary beep, the X8 simply retains … beeping.)
It’s good to not have to consider pushing a throttle, particularly since braking isn’t so simple as urgent the brake lever on the left handlebar. This disc brake works in tandem with an digital brake and the foot brake. You activate the latter together with your foot by pushing down on the rear mudguard. It’s not the strongest brake system, however I by no means discovered it onerous to come back shortly to a full cease.
So how’s the experience? It’s effective on well-paved roads, however the slightest crack, the smallest pothole, the tiniest rock, feels such as you’re getting bucked off a bull. Critically, you possibly can really feel each bump within the street with the 10-inch rubber tires. This was a nightmare after I by accident drove onto a milled street. I felt like each pedestrian was interestedly watching me battle to remain on the X8 because it bucked and snorted away.
There are three completely different experience modes (or “gears”) you possibly can select from that regulate the scooter’s velocity: Eco, Newbie, and Sport. You toggle by them through a button, however seeing as Newbie capped me at round 9 mph, I simply left it at Sport. On this mode, I normally hit round 19 mph, which is ideal for dense city environments with numerous pedestrians and visitors lights. Something extra may be overkill except you’ve bought lengthy stretches of roads (and extra beneficiant velocity limits).
The X8’s velocity could also be cheap, however acceleration will go away you wanting. Too many instances did I watch others on scooters, bikes, and automobiles shoot previous me as quickly because the visitors gentle hit inexperienced. It additionally struggles up small hills—it’ll climb up them effective, however solely at 11 or 12 mph.
Driving the X8 will not be as comfortable as pricier escooters I’ve tried, however I’m completely satisfied I can fold this factor up in seconds and carry it right into a retailer with out a lot effort. That alone makes up for a lot of its flaws.
The one grey space? Slidgo is a brand new model beneath Adorama, and the retailer is new to the e-scooter area. You solely get a one-year guarantee on the X8 and a six-month guarantee on the battery. Adorama has a customer support group you possibly can attain out to in the event you encounter a difficulty, and the corporate says it gives substitute components, however it doesn’t have its personal service heart.
When you do not thoughts taking an opportunity on the model, you’re in an space with good roads, and the locations you journey to normally aren’t far, the X8 is a stable method to get round. My 8-mile spherical journey to an ice cream store was completely gratifying, aside from after I yelled “Jesus” whereas going over a pothole.