Electric scooters are growing in popularity, and for the first time, we’re seeing a divergence in the products available. While all scooters were essentially the same in the early days of their popularity, manufacturers have started carving out their niches, whether it be all-out power like Innokim or something more portable that’s easier to carry on public transport.
When it comes to portability, the Mycle Cruiser Pro and its sleek frame are hard to beat. It’s much narrower than most alternatives we’ve seen at Tech Advisor, making it easier to carry and store in the boot of a car or a hallway cupboard – but there are trade-offs to be had.
The question is, are the trade-offs worth the portable design? Keep on reading to find out.
It’s at this point we want to note that electric scooters are currently illegal to use on public roads and pavements in the UK, and can only be driven on private land. We cover the current UK electric scooter laws in more detail separately for those that want to find out more.
Design and build
- Much more portable than most alternatives
- A narrow footboard can make it hard to stand on
- Relatively lightweight at 15kg
The Mycle Cruiser Pro sports a fairly standard electric scooter design, complete with handlebars, a nicely embedded LED display, a grippy footboard, and the ability to fold down from its 1200mm height down to just 480mm, making it a doddle to fit in the boot of a car or carry onto public transport.
It’s one of the easier electric scooters to fold down too, with a quick-release mechanism on the stem allowing the bike to fold and clip into the rear mudguard in around 10 seconds. Reassembly is just as fast too; you simply press the mudguard release, lift the stem into place and secure it with the quick-release mechanism.
But where the Cruiser Pro really differentiates itself from the competition is its width. It’s easily one of the narrowest, most streamlined scooters I’ve tested, and it makes all the difference when it comes to carrying and storing the scooter. It doesn’t take up anywhere near as large a footprint as the Ninebot Max G30, that’s for sure.
There is a downside to this design choice though; the footboard is narrower than some might like at just 155mm wide, and depending on how big your feet are, they can hang off the sides – my size 11s (UK) certainly did during testing.
- 300W motor isn’t as powerful as the similarly-priced competition
- Lacklustre acceleration
- Solid wheels mean you feel every bump in the road
Striking a balance between form factor and performance, the Mycle Cruiser Pro doesn’t have the most powerful motor around at 300W. That comes in slightly lower than cheaper electric scooters like the 350W Carrera Impel is-1, but it’s still more than enough for short-term journeys, offering a nippy experience that’ll get you from A-B.
There are three speed levels to choose from, allowing you to customise just how much power you get when you push the throttle, which makes it easier to navigate uneven terrain or remain safe when used in populated areas.
- Decent 25-mile range (though can vary)
- Relatively fast 3/4-hour charge time
Despite the comparatively slim and lightweight nature of the Cruiser Pro, it still boasts a decent range and quick charging times. At its heart you’ll find a 36V 10.4Ah (374.4Wh) battery that Mycle claims can achieve up to 40km (around 25 miles) on a single charge – although you likely won’t get that while hitting the 15.5mph top speeds.
Instead, that range is likely linked to usage in the slowest gear, also known as the eco mode. But with that said, I’ve managed to ride around 5-6 miles at fairly high speeds with only a slight dent in overall battery life, indicated by the centrally mounted LED display.
Of course, e-scooter battery life can depend on all kinds of factors including rider weight, speed, incline and even temperature, so performance may vary.
The Mycle Cruiser Pro comes in at £399 and is available to buy directly from the Mycle website and Amazon in the UK. The benefit to being a UK-based company is that orders should arrive within 3 working days, and it’s much easier to claim the 12-month warranty than those ordered from abroad.
The price tag puts it in line with the Carerra Impel IS-1, complete with a bigger 350W motor and built-in security features, but it’s much heavier and doesn’t go quite as far as the Mycle. It all depends on what’s most important, performance or lightweight design.
Read More: https://www.techadvisor.com/review/mycle-cruiser-pro-3814955/