The Segway-Ninebot ES2 vs Xiaomi M365
Posted 18th Feb 2019. Category: Product Updates.
The Segway-Ninebot ES2 and the Xiaomi Majia M365 are our two top-selling models of electric scooter - and there's a good reason for it. Both units are developed by Ninebot in a city near Bejing, China. Back in 2015 Ninebot purchased the American firm Segway Inc. and has since redeveloped the brand now offering a wider range of products while also making them more affordable under the name Segway-Ninebot.
Despite Segway-Ninebot being the development company behind the M365, Segway has an exclusive distribution contract with product development and investment firm Xiaomi. Xiaomi has branded the scooter within its Majia range of products. The Segway ES2 is supplied by Segway-Ninebot, and the Xiaomi M365 is supplied by Xiaomi.
Specifications and Performance:
In terms of specifications, both models are quite similar; both have the same top speed around 25km/h, similar battery range (ES2: 25km, M365: 30km), however, the Segway ES2 offers the option to attach an external battery to the front handlebar. The battery increases its top speed to 30km/h and nearly doubles the range to 45km. The battery is available from WalkSmart for an additional $299.95.
Acceleration, Hills and Braking:
The Segway ES2 feels more responsive in acceleration, but not by much. Going up inclines the Segway feels a bit more powerful (but again not by much). They don't go up hills very quickly and will need some assistance on steeper ones. The Xiaomi M365 has a better-braking system with a rear disk brake and a front electronic brake with regeneration. The ES2 also has a front electronic brake, yet the rear brake is a basic foot-push mechanical system.
The Segway ES2 takes about 3.5-4 hours to charge fully, yet most of the charging is done in the first two hours (up to 80%). The Xiaomi M365 takes a bit longer up to 6 hours, but again, charges quickly to 80%.
Bluetooth & App:
Both scooters have Bluetooth connectivity, where you can view speed, battery range, odometer, change some basic settings and set a lock alarm on the unit. The lock alarm will help prevent users from stealing the scooter. However, we always recommend a bike lock through the rear wheel to further prevent theft. The software lock alarm will make the scooter useless to any thief, while also sounding an alarm if moved. The front wheel is locked electronically, so it becomes unrideable.
Design wise, the scooters are quite different, the Segway ES2 has front and rear shock absorbers, yet solid rubber tyres. The solid tyres make the ride a bit harsh, but the suspension helps. The Xiaomi M365 has inflatable tyres that make the ride smoother overall, and yet it does not have any form of mechanical suspension. In terms of overall design, it comes down to personal opinion. The Segway ES2 has more design features, significantly more parts such as LED lights under the body, rear mechanical brakes and a unique but complicated folding mechanism. The M365 has been designed with simplicity in mind. It has a simple folding mechanism, much fewer parts, no suspension, and a unibody aluminium frame.
The Segway ES2 has a much more comprehensive dashboard, displaying speed, battery, mode and any errors. The Xiaomi M365 has a basic display with 4 LED's that indicate battery level, and whether the scooter is in 'Eco' mode.
The Xiaomi M365 is easier and cheaper to maintain, as it has fewer parts and a less complicated design. We recommend users service their scooter yearly to ensure it operates without interruption and to avoid future repair costs. The WalkSmart general service costs $99 and includes a full strip and rebuild, cleaning, lubrication, battery discharge and testing.
As the Xiaomi M365 has inflatable tyres, occasionally users will need to replace the tube. Unfortunately, the tube is very difficult to replace by the end user. Fortunately, WalkSmart only offers solid tyre replacements for the Xiaomi M365 for $69 per wheel. This ensures the user will never need to replace their tyre again due to a puncture. After about 1000km, the tread on the scooters may ware, and a new tyre will be necessary to regain grip.
Overall; both scooters feel very sturdy and solid while riding, they are responsive, easy to control, can handle most city terrains and be ridden in the wet (although we do not recommend this as it is easy to lose traction on slippery surfaces). Both units are the model of choice by eScooter sharing companies worldwide, because of their durability, build and value for money. As a company, both the Segway ES2 and the Xiaomi M365 are our favourite scooters; we love how excited and happy our customers get after a purchase!
Points: (Winner: Xiaomi M365 = 5pts)
Design: Segway ES2. (1 point)
Battery: Segway ES2 because of the option for an additional attached battery to extend range. (1 point)
Maintenance: Xiaomi M365, simpler design, less moving parts, stronger frame. The only downside is the tubed tyres. (1 point)
Power: Segway ES2 because of the option for an additional attached battery to increase power. (1 point)
Brake: Xiaomi M365 because of its rear disk brake (1 point)
Longevity / Durability: Xiaomi M365 as it is more durable, simpler design, stronger frame. (1 point)
Ride Quality: Xiaomi M365 because of its air tyres. (1 point)
Features: Segway ES2 because of its digital dashboard, LED lighting on the base and rear, multiple speed settings and additional battery support. (1 point)
Cost: The Xiaomi M365 is slightly cheaper in cost, and cheaper to maintain long-term. (1 point)
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