I’ve come across and tested quite a few Megawheels products over the years but the Megawheels S5 is the first electric scooter I review from the brand.
The S5 is a lightweight, simple and yet a very robust ride that provides good comfort thanks to its large size and pneumatic tires.
Overall it’s a really good budget ride and the design is unique and pleasing to the eye. The handlebar is a few inches higher than most competitors making it an ample choice for those of us who are tall.
Let’s check out what else the S5 has to offer.
So the S5 comes with a front mounted hub motor of 250W with really nice torque and acceleration, far better than many other 250W scooters I’ve tried. The motor has no problem at all pushing you up regular inclines and I even took it for a spin up in the mountains on some really steep roads, see the picture below.
I easily reached the top speed at 15.5 mph within a couple of seconds while riding on flat ground and the scooter is able to keep a decent speed going uphill too.
The scooter is powered by a 36V 5.8Ah lithium-ion battery that is said to be able to take you up to 13 miles on a single charge. It recharges to full again in an impressive 3 hours.
I averaged about 9 miles per charge with mostly full throttle and a bit more than average inclines. My kids at 6 and 7 have tried the scooter a couple of times and they could ride for what seemed like forever while in first gear.
The handlebars are a bit higher up than on similar scooters from Segway & Xiaomi making it look and feel more like something an adult could and should ride around on. It’s a tad high for my youngest who has the handlebar at eye level which is far from optimal but he’s an experienced rider so he didn’t complain once and tilted his head to adapt.
I usually help out during hills and take off because I know how much battery that might save me in the long run and it just comes naturally these days. During these kicks although they are only a few I did hit my foot on the kick stand a few times which hurt a bit and left a little scratch.
On the other hand the kickstand are really good and your scooter will be standing up where you left it. Some stands are so sketchy they tend to cave in during mild winds.
The pneumatic 8.5 inch tires give you good suspension and it rides nice even on rough roads such as gravel and dirt. Since the scooters total weight is only 26 lbs you can easily jump up and down pavements and here the wheels help reduce the pressure on the frame when you do so by giving you a softer landing.
It is equipped with a double braking system, a rear disc brake and an electric motor brake in the front. These work together to provide accurate and smooth braking capabilities. After riding for a while here in Puerto Banus where there are hills literally everywhere, and cars too for that matter, I felt that I had to adjust the rear disc brake a little since a hasty stop is always up around the corner. Took me about 30 seconds to do so by adjusting it like on a normal bike brake on the top and at the rear.
Overall this scooter rides really well and it’s fast and easy to handle. Has two different speed gears which are good if you are inexperienced or have kids. Definitely among the better choices in this price range and weight class.
Speed up to 15.6 mph
A distance of up to 13 miles per charge
250W hub motor
Weight 26.5 lbs
Ground Clearance 90mm
8.5” pneumatic rubber tires
Maximum user weight allowed of 256 lbs
Can tackle slopes up to 14 degrees
Up to 4 hours recharge time
- Sturdy structure
- Headlight & brake light
- 2-speed modes to choose from
- Large 8.5 “pneumatic tires with good suspension
- Kick to start feature
The review test data
Distance: 9 miles
Speed: 17.1 mph
Avg speed: 9.8 mph
Battery Consumption: 100% to 0%
Surface: Good surface with quite a few hills to climb
Last words of recommendation
My conclusion is that the Megawheels S5 is, within its category, one of the better scooters.
If you’re tall, don’t mind taking a few extra seconds to fold it and need not go further than 10 miles on a single charge. Then the Megawheels new s5 will provide you everything you can wish for. If you need to go further you should also read our MacWheel MX1 review.
Overall the S5 was a blast to ride and the comfort was great. A really great choice that won’t break the bank.
2 used from $312.39
- 【Long Range Battery Life】A powerful 250W motor propels the electric scooter to a max speed of 15.5 MPH. Ultra high capacity 5800 mAh LG lithium battery can support a maximum commuting range up to 13.6 miles, 5 LED battery indicators on the dashboard indicate remaining battery capacity.
- 【Portable Folding Design】 Made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, higher strength, lighter weight, weighs only 27.5 lbs, max load: 264 lbs, which can be quickly folded and released within 3 seconds, wherever you are, you can easily carry and store it.