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The Hiboy Max Electric Scooter is the Spanish E scooter maker HiBoy’s third scooter release. Large scooter producers are continually developing and upgrading their models to stay up with the dynamism and attract new riders, making the budget pricing segment in the electric scooter sector probably highly competitive. Brands like Xiaomi and Ninebot dominate this sector, with popular models like the D4 and ES2. However, the Hiboy Max, which debuted in 2020, posed a serious threat to these models’ dominance, and it quickly gained traction among scooter buyers.

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Hiboy Max Summary:

A 350-watt front-mounted hub electric motor pushes the scooter to a top speed of 18.6 mph (29.9 km/h), which is somewhat faster than other scooters in its class. You also have the option of selecting one of three speed settings. The motor is rather strong and provides additional torque, which comes in helpful when conquering steep inclines of up to 15% grade ability. The acceleration is smooth and linear, and you may achieve top speed considerably faster than with other models of this type. A 36V, 270Wh battery powers the monstrous engine, which has a range of up to 17 miles depending on the rider’s weight, pace, and terrain. Although a maximum charge time of 6 hours is considerable, it is still within the typical charging time for scooters in this category. The Max’s twin braking system, which includes Disc braking and front electrical regenerative braking, provides substantial stopping power. Even at full speed, this braking system ensures smooth and accurate stopping with shorter braking distances.The Hiboy Max’s ride quality is above average owing to a front suspension (unusual in low-cost scooters), a larger anti-slip deck, and honeycomb tyres that provide enough shock absorption on normal city roads. The ergonomic handlebars provide you complete control over the scooter and save you from becoming tired when riding. The triple lighting system, which includes an ultra-bright LED headlight, taillight, and ambient side deck lighting, makes riding the scooter at night seem secure.

Several premium add-ons are included with the Max. It has a beautiful LCD display that is easy to read in direct sunlight. The display shows important riding information such as battery charge, speed, and Bluetooth connectivity. The HiBoy Max App, which links to the scooter through Bluetooth, is also included with the scooters.

We go deeper into the specifications review to evaluate how well the scooter meets your requirements.

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Performance Overview:

The Hiboy Max is clearly a cut above the rest of the entry-level scooters in terms of performance. The 350W motor is quick and torque, and it can easily climb a 15% grade incline. The scooter’s design can safely accommodate riders weighing up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms), which is the entry-level category’s typical weight capacity.

The Max scooter has good acceleration, running from 0 to 15 miles per hour (24.14 kilometers per hour) in around 9 seconds. However, the acceleration curve is slower than that of the Hiboy S2 and the Gotrax G4. In sports mode, it reaches a peak speed of 18.6 mph (29.9 km/h), however this may be adjusted by switching between the three modes to fit the rider’s experience or preferences.

In ideal conditions, the manufacturer claims a top speed of 17 mph, however real-world testing vary depending on rider weight, track quality, weather, and riding mode. The maximum range, on the other hand, is better than that of other similarly priced scooters, such as the Apollo Air.

The brakes on the scooter are really powerful. With a rake distance of less than 19 feet, or 5.79 metres, the Max can travel from 12 mph to a complete stop. The scooter has marginally better braking performance than comparable entry-level scooters, such as the Xiaomi Mi M365 and Razor E Prime III.

Overall, the scooter’s overall performance is satisfactory and equivalent to that of more expensive models.

Speed & Acceleration:

The Hiboy Max is a genuine speed demon, with a peak speed of 18.6 mph/ 29.9 km/h. Except when the battery is low or the rider’s weight is above the ideal, the scooter does not struggle to reach peak speed in sport mode. The Max has a peak speed of 9.3 mph (14.9 km/h) in novice mode and a top speed of 13.6 mph (21.8 km/h) in normal mode.

The Max is substantially quicker than other scooters in its class, including the Xiaomi Mi M365, which has a peak speed of 14.9 mph, Megawheels, which has a top speed of 16.2 mph, and the Razor E Prime III, which has a top speed of 18.4 mph. To put that in perspective, the Max is one of the quickest budget scooters on the market.

The thumb push throttle is used to accelerate the vehicle. The Max also has two different beginning options: a total zero start and a kick-to-start. You shouldn’t expect much thrill from its linear and non-jerky acceleration. The Max accelerates slower than other models, such as the Hiboy S2, and reaching peak speed in sports mode may take some time. Overall, for an entry-level scooter, the peak speed and acceleration are rather good.

The Hiboy Max has a 15 percent grade ability rating. The Max is the best hill climbing scooter in its class, according to many hill-climbing test results, outperforming the Ninebot ES2, Apollo Air, and GoTrax XR. Please keep in mind that hill climbing is influenced by a variety of factors,

Battery & Range:

The Hiboy Max is powered by a 36V 270 Watt Hour Lithium-Ion battery with a range of 17 miles. However, this is the range claimed on paper, and it can only be attained with a fully charged battery, lightweight riders pedaling on flat ground, and favorable weather. In reality, you should expect a range of 10-15 miles in real life. The scooter, in particular, has regenerative braking, which transforms braking power into extra battery power, giving you a bit more range.

The battery takes 4-6 hours to completely charge, which is below average considering the size of the battery and the amount of miles you can get on a single charge. Before it needs to be replaced, the battery can last up to five years. This, however, is contingent on how well you maintain the battery. Don’t overcharge or undercharge the battery to extend its life. Also, only charge the scooter when the battery is low on power, as continuous charging might harm the battery.

Lights:

The Hiboy Max has a triple lighting system that includes LED headlights, taillights, and side deck lights. One of the greatest lighting sets you’ll find on a cheap scooter is on the Max. The headlight is built-in and set high on the handlebar, allowing for complete sight. Unlike most cheap scooters, which feature either low-mounted or dull headlights, you won’t need to attach an extra headlight.

A huge taillight that also serves as a brake light can be found at the back. The taillight flashes to indicate impending traffic when the rider uses the front brake. The side deck illumination is an always-on, ambient blue LED strip that cannot be modified. It improves visibility and gives the scooter a more premium appearance. The Max’s App or a button on the LED panel may be used to turn on/off the scooter’s lighting system.

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Motor Configuration:

A 350W brush less motor is built into the front wheel of the Hiboy Max. The Max operates admirably and has a lot of torque. The motor accelerates smoothly and silently, and it feels far more powerful than its rated capacity. It’s worth noting that front-wheel-drive scooters have inferior traction and handling when compared to rear-wheel-drive scooters.

Construction & Quality:

The Hiboy Max is well-built, with excellent stability and sturdiness even at fast speeds on fairly uneven terrain. HiBoy’s characteristic matte black finish completes the streamlined design, giving the scooter a luxury feel. The lightweight aluminium alloy frame is strong enough to endure the elements. The steel steering column is durable and provides excellent handling. The cables on the scooter are routed inside to match the scooter’s basic style.

The reinforced fenders are composed of PC-ABS, which means they will survive longer than conventional plastic fenders, which are prone to cracking. The rubber handlebar grips provide excellent grip when cycling. A rubber coating on the deck provides a comfortable posture for riders as they speed down the riding course. The battery is housed beneath the deck, which lowers the center of gravity and improves ride stability. When parking or charging the scooter, a kickstand is attached to the deck, giving the required stability.

In conclusion, the construction is well-executed, with a build quality that is comparable to other expensive entry-level scooters.

Suspension & Comfort:

A suspension system on a cheap scooter is uncommon. The Hiboy Max distinguishes out from the crowd because it has a front shock absorbed that absorbs the impact of riding over potholes and bumps while reducing vibrations. The suspension is rather simple, consisting of a spring between the stem and the front wheel. While it isn’t the most flexible or effective suspension on an electric scooter, it does provide some dampening.

Portability:

To collapse the stem towards the deck, simply step on the folding pedal between the stem and the deck. The scooter folds up into a little package that can be handled with one hand. As a result, it’s a good travel and commuting buddy.

However, the Max is very long (113 cm) and has a non-foldable handlebar, making it unsuitable for commuting. This means it won’t fit comfortably next to you on a bus or train. It will, however, fit in the trunk of a car and in small areas in your workplace or home. Some users say the folding lever is stiff, while others say it’s fine—it appears that riders have mixed feelings about it. Overall, the Max collapses into a tiny package that can be transported over short distances and stowed in tight locations.

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Ride Quality:

The ride quality of the Hiboy Max is rather ordinary, neither too poor nor too nice. The riding quality is subpar when compared to other scooters in its class, such as the GoTrax GXL commuter scooter and the Xiaomi Mi M365. This is mainly due to the stiffness of the small 8.5-inch honeycomb (solid) tyres, which don’t provide enough impact cushioning. The performance of pneumatic tyres may have been significantly better.

Furthermore, despite the availability of front suspension, it does nothing to compensate for the tiny solid tyres in terms of providing smooth and comfortable rides. On smooth asphalt, pavement, pavements, or city street terrains, the ride will still be enjoyable. The Max may not be the ideal choice for pleasant riding on tough terrain.

Furthermore, the 19.7″ x 5.7″ broad foot space provides ample room for comfortable riding and is slip-resistant for optimal stability even in rainy circumstances. The handlebars are also covered in soft, grippe rubber, ensuring that your rides are as relaxing as possible. The modest handlebar height, on the other hand, does not provide a comfortable ride for anyone above 6 feet tall. The Max’s bell and the triple lighting system give enough safety for pleasurable night riding.

Braking:

The electric scooter has a dual braking system (E-braking and Disc braking) that provides a short braking distance of less than 19 feet at 12 mph. The scooter has an electronic thumb brake on the left handlebar and a rear disc handbrake on the right. The Max’s dual braking system, like that of all Hiboy scooters, may be actuated independently of one another.

Most budget scooters combine many braking systems into a single control, but the Max is unique—another feature that makes it a strong contender for the finest budget scooter on the market today. Using electronic braking on its own has the extra benefit of extending range due to its regenerative nature.

However, it is advised that the various brake methods be used in tandem for effective and safe stopping. Overall, the front electronic brake and rear disc brake are really effective, allowing you to come to a complete stop in a matter of seconds and over a short distance. Even when riding at high speeds, you can be confident of safety with such stopping strength.

Tyres:

The Hiboy Max is equipped with a set of 8.5-inch honeycomb (solid) rubber tyres that provide enough grip on most urban terrains. The solid tyres, on the other hand, are rigid and give little cushioning. This degrades the ride quality because you’ll be subjected to bumps and rubbles. With such tyres, the Max should only be used on well-kept city streets or smooth pavements.

The perforations (honeycomb design) were supposed to improve the tyres’ shock absorption capabilities, however they fail miserably. On the plus side, the scooter’s tyres don’t need to be replaced because they don’t become punctured, which is a significant benefit over other cheap scooters. On the other hand, the 8.5″ don’t have enough ground clearance.

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Controls & Display:

The Max has a plethora of controls, providing you complete control over your scooter. The bell and electronic thumb brake are located on the left handlebar, while the acceleration thumb throttle and rear brake lever are located on the right handlebar.

The scooter also has an LED dashboard in the middle of the handlebars, in addition to the well-designed controls. The LED display is bright and simple to see, and it gives you detailed information about your riding metrics. The speed, speed mode, light status, Bluetooth signal, and 4-bar battery level indicator are all shown.

You may also manage numerous components of the bike from the dashboard. You may, for example, select your chosen metric system (mph or km/h) and one of three riding modes (Beginner (blue icon), Normal (yellow icon), or Sport (red icon) (red icon). The oblong-shaped LCD display looks upscale and is extremely bright, providing full sight even in direct sunlight.

The scooter comes with an associated app, the HiBoy Max App, which is accessible for both Android and iOS. The app connects to the scooter through Bluetooth and includes a variety of functions that allow you to tweak a variety of performance parameters. You can do the following using the app:

  • Switch the scooter on and off.
  • Choose between a zero or a kick-start start.
  • Examine the battery’s capacity and voltage.
  • The scooter must be locked.
  • Switch the lights on and off.
  • To maintain a consistent speed, use cruise control.
  • Examine your available riding modes and speeds.
  • Find out about error and warning codes.
  • Get in touch with customer service.

Water Resistance:

The Max features an IP54 water-resistance rating, which means it can withstand water sprays from any direction. As a result, it may be used in damp situations like light showers and puddles. However, because solid rubber tyres have poor grip in wet circumstances, you wouldn’t want to ride in the rain.

Deck:

The Hiboy Max deck is longer and broader, allowing riders to stand straight and easily rest their feet facing front while riding. The deck is a little broader than a typical budget scooter, and it’s also coated with rubber matting for added stability.

Overall, the deck is grippe, comfy, and large-shoed riders can use it. When charging or parking, a kickstand is mounted to the deck to support the scooter and prevent it from tipping.

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Reliability:

The Hiboy Max is unquestionably dependable and will meet the majority of your riding requirements. It has a modern look and feel to it, as well as a high build quality that will last a long time. Furthermore, it outperforms comparable scooters in the mid-range price category, offering you a lot of bang for your buck. If you’re a techie, you’ll like the companion app, which allows you complete control over the scooter. You won’t be too concerned about being caught in mild rains because to the IP54 water-resistance rating.

Warranty:

The electric scooter is covered by a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Only the original owner is covered by the guarantee, which is restricted to manufacturer’s faults. Customers who purchased the scooter directly from Hiboy or Hiboy approved retailers such as Amazon and Walmart are also covered by the guarantee. HiBoy’s customer service is excellent, and they will promptly respond to your questions or handle any issues you may have with the scooter. Even better, customer service is available through the Hiboy Max app.

Known Issues:

The Max has significant faults, despite its good performance.

  • Cruise control is the main problem. After 8 seconds, the cruise control system engages automatically, and the user cannot remove it using the mechanical brake. The electronic brake is the only method to stop it; press the electronic brake first, then the hand brake. This has been described as difficult by several users. You’ll want to disable cruise control via the App until you’re comfortable with the dual braking system to prevent this needless confusion.
  • Another issue is that the taillight only turns on when the electronic brake is used. When you use the disc brake alone, you won’t be able to warn other road users that you’re braking, which is quite dangerous.
  • The scooter’s suspension is loud and rattly, and it isn’t particularly effective.
  • The locking clasp that permits the stem to fold is rather stiff, and engaging it requires a lot of effort.

Maintenance:

Like any other PEV, the Hiboy Max requires little upkeep. Its sturdy tyres are puncture resistant, so you’ll never have to patch a puncture or increase pressure after a lengthy period of parking. For best operation and lifespan, you should do the following simple routine maintenance on your scooter:

  • Clean the scooter on a regular basis.
  • Brake screws should be tightened on a regular basis since they tend to loosen.
  • Do not use corrosive detergents or other chemicals to clean the scooter.
  • Before storing the scooter for an extended period of time, make sure it is fully charged.
  • To charge your scooter, only use the approved charger.

Is this Electric Scooter value for money and is it worth buying?

Customer concerns regarding the Max’s inflexible folding method and poor suspension system, on the other hand, cast doubt on its suitability as a commuter companion. The scooter’s safety is jeopardized since you can’t turn off cruise control using the mechanical brake, which lengthens the time it takes to stop in an emergency. The brake lights are also not activated by the mechanical brakes.

The Hiboy Max is an excellent purchase for those who want a little more zip from their scooter than the Xiaomi M365 provides without having to pay Segway’s exorbitant rates for its Ninebots.

Specification: HIBOY MAX REVIEW

Type
Suitable For

Adults

Performance
Motor

350W

Max Speed

18.6 MPH

Range

17 Miles

Charge Time

4-6 hours

Single-Charge Mileage

19 miles

Suspension

Front shock absorber

Braking System

Rear disc braking and front regenerative braking system

Tyres

solid tires are 8.5” wide and are anti-slip

Battery

270wh

Hill Climbing

15%

Design
Scooter Weight

34 lbs

Max Load

220 lbs

Lighting

Ambient Side Deck Lighting, LED headlight, taillight

Product Material

6061-T6 Aviation Grade Aluminium Alloy (Frame), Steel (Shaft and Deck) PC-ABS (Fenders and Covers)

Water Resistance

IP54

Extra features

Cockpit, Mechanical bell, Portability

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