WEPED FF REVIEW
Weped FF Summary
The Weped FF is a scooter made for racing and high-performance events, as well as for people who enjoy a lot of torque and acceleration. It’s more of a scooter for clinging onto than a vehicle for cruising around. With contrasting black paint, gold pins, and silver bolts, it has a very mechanical aspect, is swift, and appears to be quite robust.
It’s quick, entertaining, and not for the timid.
While the peak speed of the Weped FF does not match its acceleration, it is nevertheless capable of 55 mph. Given its 12,000 watts of power, some users may expect 60 mph, but actual speed testing using GPS indicate that 55 mph is a comfortable top speed.
The Weped FF outperforms other scooters in acceleration because Weped had to delay power output from takeoff due to the aggressiveness of the scooter. As a result, pulling away is actually possible without spinning out of control. However, once you pass 5 to 10 mph, the controllers open up and chaos ensues because peak current output can reach 200 amps.
The Weped FF is a racing-specific hyper scooter from a performance standpoint.
Top Speed & Acceleration
When the acceleration starts, the Weped will spin the wheels and lose traction at speeds ranging from 10 mph to 40 mph. You should be able to tell how powerful the motors are if an electric scooter can lose traction while travelling quickly and carrying the weight of a person and the scooter.
The combined continuous output of the controller and the motors is 7200 watts, however the actual rated power output per motor is 3600 watts. Even more astounding is the fact that the FF is just 60v! Weped sells a booster kit that raises the system’s voltage to 72 volts, enabling a maximum peak power output of 20,000 watts! that exceeds a RION in size.
Here is how quickly the weped accelerates since acceleration data are startling:
Yes, the Weped FF will unquestionably surpass other performance scooters. The data up above is an average. Make no mistake: the FF will out accelerate practically ALL current scooters. Acceleration rates will eventually depend on factors like rider weight and battery health/state of charge.
- Starting in third speed mode will overload the controllers, preventing you from achieving maximum acceleration and eventually causing the scooter to shut out.
- You should stop in first, get up speed, and then rapidly shift into second.
- It’s important to pace the FF for brief acceleration bursts because performing many hard stops and forceful accelerations continuously can cause the controls to become very hot.
Battery Life & Range
So how can you travel more than a few miles on a narrow deck scooter with 12,000 watts of power? The FF accomplishes this by utilising powerful Samsung INR 21700 batteries, which offer greater capacity than 18650 batteries. Without a doubt, the Weped’s range is still not particularly outstanding.
Real world ranges will typically be between 20 and 30 miles because the Weped is HARD to ride conservatively and has high discharge rates.
We’ve tested it, and hard, aggressive riding will drain a completely charged battery in as little as 15 miles.
The maximum advertised range from Weped is 100 km (62 miles), however in practise, even with a light rider on flat terrain, we doubt this is possible.
While we haven’t yet conducted a conservative range test, we did go on a regular scooter trip out on a warm day and were able to travel a maximum of 28 miles. This ride involved “normal” riding (a mix of short bursts and general riding). We think that a light cyclist who rides VERY cautiously could cover up to 40 miles.
Due to the Weped’s fast throttle response, which makes it extremely difficult to ride slowly, even modest throttle inputs induce abrupt acceleration, which places short, heavy loads on the controllers and accelerates battery life loss.
The Weped FF motors feature simple exteriors but ferocious internal windings. The hubs themselves are matte black and not particularly eye-catching. We’d have loved to see some branding on the motors, but I assume Weped wanted to keep everything simple. A single gold tyre valve protrudes from the hub.
The motors are 3600W BLDC hub motors, each with a maximum output of 6000w.
When you consider that just ONE motor on the FF has the same maximum output as both motors on scooters like the Dualtron Thunder or Kaabo Wolf Warrior, it should become clear just how strong those motors are.
We believe it’s preferable that the Weped does not support single or multiple motor switching.
Single motor mode would undermine the Weped’s racing heritage scooter design.
Both motors are operating right out of the box, however we assume there is some clever current distribution going on because the FF is able to spin the front wheel while controlling the back wheel.
The FF’s motors are bigger than most typical hub motors. Unlike other electric scooters where the hub motor is installed into the rim (making them removable), with the FF, the hub motor IS the entire size of the inner wheel rim, taking up the entire hub diameter.
Construction & Build Quality
The Weped FF is built with rigidity in mind. It was created with racing and ultra-high performance runs in mind. The Weped FF is made of machined metal and is coated in a semi-gloss black paint. The frame’s structure has a very mechanical appearance, and many of the frame’s components are bolted together, creating several joints.
Although we are dubious about this setup’s long-term dependability, it looks and feels fairly solid right out of the box. The stem is a very strong twin column, criss-cross shaft reinforced component that bolts onto an innovative cantilever-style front suspension (front to back).
The scooter’s twin column, curving neck, which connects the deck to the steering column, is fastened to a level surface with two big 16mm bolts. The scooter’s overall steering and front suspension setup is extremely rigid, which reduces travel and the scooter’s capacity to skip when leaning.
A sizable solid steel pin with a gold surround and inner button located at the base of the steering column can be released to allow the steering column and stem to be folded down. We discovered that everything had been manufactured with extremely fine tolerances, reducing any chance for play.
The main deck is made of a very sturdy cast box that houses the batteries and controllers and has a bolted-on bash plate and heat sink at the front bottom side, which faces the front wheel. On our model, we were dismayed to discover that sealant had been applied (Very haphazardly), which isn’t something we’d anticipate from a scooter costing more than £4,000.
It’s interesting to note that the scooter has two intake fans on one side and two extraction fans on the other. This is VERY uncommon and seems to be found only on a select few Weped scooters. The Weped is completely impractical to use in ANY off-road / field application where dust and dirt could get sucked in (yes, there are mesh filters but they won’t stop dust). These fans help to draw cool air in to cool the controllers while extraction fans on the opposite side help to dissipate heat. The Weped has no IP rating and no water resistance due to its exposed fans.
There is no branding on the grip tape, and the top of the deck is plain.
There is a WEPED logo in the middle of the deck on either side, which flashes different colors. This can be turned off from a handlebar button, but there is no way to alter the colors, unlike the Dualtron Thunder, which has a remote control that can alter the color and functionality of the stem lighting.
The distinctive rear folding system of the Weped is located toward the back of the deck.
Once more, this is one of ONLY a handful of electric scooters on the market that allows you to fold the wheel, arm, and suspension in the back. Again, the building is quite sturdy and straightforward. Just below the top of the back of the deck, there is a sizable hinge bolt, and at the bottom is a retractable steel pin. The entire rear arm and suspension can fold down onto the deck along with the wheel when the pin is removed.
Because it reduces the scooter’s length by more than 15 centimetres, the Weped FF is incredibly portable.
This makes the scooter MORE transportable and allows it to fit in nearly any car trunk.
But the scooter’s two tiny roller wheels that are fastened to the side of the deck come with the disadvantage of portability. When the scooter’s rear is folded, the deck can drop to the ground. However, the wheels provide a little amount of clearance, making it easier to manoeuvre the scooter and preventing scratches or other damage to the underneath.
The FF’s side-mounted wheels aren’t particularly beautiful and are a slight letdown.
Although the wheels seem out of place, they have a purpose.
The folding mechanics on the scooter do not work well together when it is fully folded, making it difficult to pick up and move around.
We were unable to insert the pin so that you could lock the handlebars in the downward position when the Weped rear wheel was folded up and the handlebars were folded down.
This implies that you cannot pick up the FF; the only thing you can do is raise it from underneath, which is exceedingly awkward due to the FF’s low ground clearance.
Although most people will need to hoist it as a pair to get it into a car boot, the compact form the scooter takes means someone with a good degree of power won’t find it too tough to lift from below.
Notice the length difference between the Weped FF and the Bronco 11 xtreme when compared in this image.
Additionally, the FF features collapsible handlebars that are free to move about because, like before, there is nothing to latch them to.
What is then our general opinion of the design of the Weped? It’s a very solid, rigid-feeling scooter that doesn’t feel lacking in any way. Unlike the ZERO 11X, which had recalls owing to frail frame components, you feel sure when travelling at speeds of 50+ mph that you won’t experience suspension, stem, or component failure.
It looks that the FF uses high-quality parts, including bolts.
The frame’s sections are all tightly assembled with precise engineering and seamless connections; none of them have any play.
The construction quality is excellent, and the frame is innovative. Weped has added what appears to be a military port to the deck of the scooter; this is the only component of the scooter that is military green. The charging port lid is reminiscent of an army water bottle top. It unscrews to show a charging port that is not typical. The unique port, though, is a bit of a turn-off. If you damage the part, you’ll have to obtain a replacement from Weped, which, for some people, could take a while depending on where in the world you are. The cap creates a tight seal to keep dirt and dust out, which is wonderful.
The FF includes a special adapter that fits its port and enables charging with a regular GX16 charger, but you must use the adapter to do so. This was done on purpose since conventional GX16 ports cannot handle HIGH currents, which the FF and other models require to enable booster packs that connect directly to the port.
If we were being extremely picky, we would mention the poor silicone application surrounding the deck as well as our dislike for the handlebar grips and voltmeter. The voltmeter and throttle feel low quality for what is supposed to be a high-end scooter, and the handlebar grips are really flimsy.
Have you ever heard the phrase “What Suspension”? Well, you don’t really get suspension with the Weped FF. It DOES have suspension, but it has very little travel and is rather stiff right out of the box. The last thing you want on a racing scooter like this is for the wheel to lose traction.
On conventional scooters, suspension cushions the rider from bumps, uneven terrain, drain covers, etc. However, on anything with a high power output, you want to keep the wheel as close to the ground as you can.
The FF was built by Weped to accelerate swiftly. Soft suspension would make it more difficult to ride, in addition to the fact that the wheels would simply lose traction.
The FF’s front has an inverted front suspension system with just one strong spring. Two smaller, stiffer springs are located beneath the folding mechanism on the back of the FF.
When riding the FF, you will be aware of all the potholes and uneven surfaces, and you will eventually tyre of holding on.
You can travel anywhere with the FF (on paved or asphalt surfaces), but don’t expect a comfortable ride. The FF is actually designed for the track.
On flat surfaces, the FF’s ride quality is good, but regular riding on roads can rapidly wear you out. It can be very exhausting to cover any distance on the FF due to the rapid acceleration and push down
thumb throttle, which make it difficult to maintain a steady speed on the Weped. Add to this the highly bumpy ride on hard terrain.
With the FF, you can really lean into curves, and on flat ground it’s wonderful. It feels incredibly tight and sharp.
However, daily driving isn’t really comfy. It’s not fantastic, but it’s also not bad.
Unless you chance to live somewhere with exceptionally smooth roads, the FF isn’t suitable for lengthy endurance cruises. Riding the FF can be uncomfortable because the UK has many potholes and subpar road surfaces on half of the country’s roadways.
The FF has the same setup as the majority of other performance scooters: front and rear hydraulic NUTT brakes on 160mm rotors. The rotors appear to be Chinese or unbranded, but the brakes are quite conventional.
Even though NUTT is a little-known brake producer in China, the quality of their products seems to be average. Nevertheless, the “out of the box” braking is generally extremely good.
We would have loved to have seen a Magura scooter at this pricing point, but it appears that Weped put more money into the motors and battery.
Regenerative / assisted electric braking is NOT included with the FF; only hydraulic brakes are used.
On the FF, the scooter’s modest weight and tight suspension let us to stop very swiftly.
We have mixed feelings about the portability of the Weped FF. On the one hand, the scooter’s wheelbase is reduced by the folding rear wheel, which is fantastic because it allows the FF to fit in virtually any car boot (unless you own something like a smart car). The side-mounted wheels on the scooter make moving it around a breeze.
BUT, and this is a major BUT, none of the folding mechanism latches to anything, so, folded down handlebars? Well, the rear folding mechanism does not lock, and you cannot lift the FF by the handlebars when it is folded.
So, is the FF okay if you live in a flat? yes.
Will it be difficult for you to live up a flight of stairs? yes.
Can you lift it into a car by yourself if you want to? Yes, although it will be challenging to raise alone due to the lack of a locking mechanism.
Anyone who lives in a flat or a penthouse can use the FF due to its size, but whether you should depends on whether you can carry it up a flight of steps or if you have access to an elevator.
Lights? So forget about the Weped if you’re searching for anything to use at night. It just has side RGB LEDS and a pulsating back brake light; it has NO front lights.
Except for a button in the cockpit that turns the side deck LEDS on and off, there is no out-of-the-box lighting and no lighting controls.
If you add your own illumination, you can use the Weped at night, but don’t anticipate to be able to readily connect to its electricity.
Since the FF doesn’t have suspension and is more difficult to ride, it’s probably not a smart idea to ride at night unless you live in a city with constant lighting.
The stock radial tyres that come with the FF are somewhat sticky and do manage to provide SOME traction, but overall tyre performance won’t be spectacular unless you replace to sticky tyres or PMT slicks. In fact, we advise switching to slick tyres if you want to get the most out of your FF.
When you accelerate quickly, the stock tyres have trouble maintaining traction; most of the time, they just spin and spin.
This will result in a MUCH shorter tyre lifespan than typical scooters, which have trouble wheelspinning.
The tread depth will disappear before your eyes as you transfer rubber to the road at an alarming rate on the FF since its tyres spin for a longer period of time than those on most other scooters.
The FF’s deck is not spectacular, but for a race scooter, does it really matter? The deck is actually quite little; in comparison to comparable performance scooters like the Dualtron Thunder and Bronco 11 Xtreme, it is actually just over half as wide.
There won’t be much room for positioning in a “stance”.
Although not excessively narrow, the deck’s width is in doubt.
There are no logos, patterns, or insignia on the grip tape.
Only a small border around the top of the deck is left as exposed metal; otherwise, more than 90% of the deck is covered in grip tape.
Additionally, don’t expect to put one foot too far behind the other; while there is a footplate with two rubber regions, it doesn’t create for comfortable foot placement.
Controls & Display
You shouldn’t anticipate the FF to have a speedometer, battery indicator, or P settings because there isn’t a control panel (LCD display) on it. There is no panel like on the majority of other scooters, therefore manipulating the controllers directly is required.
However, a voltmeter IS present.
The quality of the integrated voltmeter, which also includes a key and throttle, isn’t very good.
The voltmeter is reasonably accurate, so while you’re riding you’ll have some idea of the battery’s state of charge (SOC). However, like most scooters, when you apply a load the voltage will dip or sag, making it difficult to understand a true reading unless you come to a stop and wait for the reading to go to where the true reading would be.
There is some battery sagging allowed by the FF (allowing the reported voltage to dip below the cut off point).
Overall, the Weped FF’s cockpit is fairly basic, as you might expect from an electric scooter used for racing.
We could discuss the Weped FF’s intake and exhaust fans, which immediately rule out using WEPED FF + WATER unless you want to risk damaging the controller, causing a short condition, and maybe corroding components inside the deck. The FF is not water resistant and has a 0 IP certification.
To be truthful, the FF is difficult to ride on dry surfaces; nevertheless, on wet surfaces, the wheels will merely be unable to obtain any grip.
If it starts to rain when you are outside with your FF, stop right away and turn the scooter off.
When the ignition is ON, the fans operate continually, thus even if you stop riding, the fans could let water into the scooter.
Therefore, the FF is probably not a suitable scooter for you if you live in a damp climate.
Reliability, Warranty & Customer Support
We haven’t owned the FF long enough to determine its true reliability, but we will undoubtedly return to it in the future and update it when we’ve put some miles on it. However, based on our investigation and online trawling, the FF seems to be a reasonably dependable scooter.
Although there are occasional online concerns, the overall dependability is not in doubt.
Reliability is a two-way street, as it is with MOST electric scooters, and that’s why
a. It is dependent on the scooter’s quality and
b. It depends on the scooter’s use, maintenance, location, charging cycle, and other factors.
There is NO reason why riders shouldn’t be able to easily obtain 5,000 miles of trouble-free riding for the majority of individuals who take care of their Weped (excluding basic maintenance such as tyre changes, brake pad changes etc).
There shouldn’t be anything to go wrong as long as the FF is used in dry, dust-free environments, is charged and discharged correctly, is kept far away from moisture, and is stored at temperatures that promote battery health.
As there is essentially no suspension for dampening, using the FF off-road will place a greater strain on the frame and impart more loads on its components. Using the FF off-road is risky because: (a) the wheels could spin more readily on grass, breaking traction and causing the rider to fall off; and (b) the rider may lose control of the vehicle if they hit a bump, rock, or hole due to a lack of clearance.
The fans are the Weped FF’s main point of weakness because whatever they inhale is likely to collect inside the deck. Dust, mud, grit, or water entering the deck will drastically shorten the scooter’s lifespan.
The intake and exhaust fans will be damaged by dirt and dust, and if they stop working, the FF’s controllers will become much hotter. As you may expect, electronics that become overheated do not survive as long.
We were unable to learn much about the controllers of the FF. We are aware that the FF’s decks contain two separate controllers. They appear to be Chinese controllers without any branding (these may just be custom controllers direct from Weped themselves). The typical controllers can handle a peak output of 100 amps per controller (200amp combined).
Unfortunately, the Weped FF’s controllers are simple to overload. The handlebars have a mechanical 3 mode button that lets users choose between mode 1, mode 2, and mode 3.
If you go out and overload the controllers while you’re away from home, the Weped FF will fully cut out from a soft start and you’ll have to push it back home because this can only be fixed by charging the scooter.
They have metal casings and use a combination of passive cooling and fan induction to remove heat (and to protect the mosfets).
The FF requires only minimal upkeep. The advantage of electric scooters is that they have less moving parts, no chains, and other components that can break down than their gasoline-powered counterparts (gopeds and petrol scooters).
The Weped FF’s primary maintenance requirements are as follows:
1. Being aware of tyre changes and pressure
2. Brake linings
3. Keeping the inner deck, filters, and fans clean (yes dirt and dust will be sucked in and not all of it will be pushed back out via exhaust fans)
4. Inspecting bolts and checking sure nothing is loose
1. If the fans cease functioning, they must be replaced since the Weped’s controls become heated.
2. Over time, certain Weped users have observed steering head bearing flex or play.
3. Controllers are prone to overheating and cutting out; they cannot be restarted without connecting the scooter’s charger.
Is this E-Scooter value for money and is it worth buying?
Therefore, in our opinion, the Weped FF is a fantastic scooter with tone’s of power that will test even the most seasoned riders. The scooter’s maneuverability and incredible acceleration turn it into a true racing machine.
Whether you should purchase it actually depends on your unique preferences.
The FF is not a scooter made for lengthy journeys, and it struggles on subpar road conditions.
With no speedometer, no lighting, a small deck, and a propensity to try and throw you off when you push the throttle, it’s not really practical either. It’s definitely not a good scooter for individuals who want something rapid but can also be used as a cruiser.
The Weped FF is most definitely appropriate for thrill-seekers, competitive people, and people who enjoy racing.
We adore the FF; it’s undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable scooters we’ve ever ridden.
If you want something quick, nimble, and simple to transport to a track, it’s DEFINITELY worth getting, even though we think the pricing is a little expensive for what it is.
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