Weekend Cruising on a Mercane Widewheel Pro Electric Scooter

The Mercane WideWheel Pro electric scooter has had some major upgrades from the 2018 and 2019 models to resolve some problems.  The 2018 and 2019 models had some problems with metal fatigue of the scooter structure which led to the failure of the stem and swing arms.

A failing brake caliper was also a problem that caused recalls of the previous versions of the WideWheel models.  With upgrades to the brakes, the aluminum alloy structure, and the design, the issues have been resolved.

The new Pro version has dual disc brakes, thicker, stronger aluminum alloy parts, and a larger battery pack.  Also, an LCD was added as well.  With the 4″ wide polyurethane foam-filled airless tires and stiff suspension, the scooter is fun rather than scary to ride at top speed on smooth, dry roads.

However, the tires can be a problem in wet weather, slipping on wet pavement, but they will never become flat and are wide enough that the tires will not get caught in a crack or seam resulting in a tumble. 

The suspension does not make it a nimble scooter, making it hard to turn in fast curves but is pretty stable when going straight on smooth roads at fast speeds.  This scooter was not designed for off-road conditions.

Introduction

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Introducing the Mercane WideWheel Pro electric scooter; The suggested use of this electric scooter is cruising around the neighborhood, weekend cruising, and running errands.  Daily commuting can be done but weather, road conditions, and the weight of the scooter have to be taken into account.

Electronic Details

There are now two Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) Hub motors that have a nominal output of 500 watts each.  They can provide a top speed of 26.7 mph (42.97 kph).

The Li-ion battery is rated at 48 volts with amp hours of 15 ah.  The watt-hours have been upgraded to 720 wh.  Charge time for this battery is 6 to 8 hours and the estimated range this battery provides is 19 to 31 miles (29 to 50 km) depending on speed.

A backlit, grayscale smart LCD is attached to the handlebars and displays speed, mode, Mph / Kph traveled, and battery level in both bars and volts. Two drive modes are available, the battery saving, low-performance Eco mode, or the high-performance Sport mode.

Scooter Details 

This electric scooter’s total weight is 54 lbs with the frame material being made out of a black and grey aluminum alloy.  Geometry measurements are 43.1″ x 25.6″ x 43.3″, folded 43.1″ x 8.6″ x 16.1″(1095mm x 549mm x 1100mm, folded 1095mm x 218mm x 409mm).  The maximum load this scooter can hold is 220 lbs. (100 kg).

The handlebars have anti-slip handles, front and rear brake levers, a throttle lever, LED display, headlight, and bell.

The front and rear suspensions are 4 individual alloy forks with strong steel springs.  The brakes are front and back 120mm mechanical disc and electronic brakes with Avid BB7 brake calipers.

The wheel sizes are 8″ x 3.9″ (20.3cm x 9.9cm) and the tires are polyurethane foam-filled airless tires incapable of becoming flat.

LED head, tail, brake lights, and a bell are installed as well.  

Accessories available to be purchased with the Mercane WideWheel Pro scooter are a Thousand Helmet for $89, a Bern Brentwood 2.0 Helmet for $70, and a chain lock for $160.

Observations

This electric scooter is designed for on-road use rather than off-road.  The tires and suspension make road irregularities and wet pavement difficult to navigate.  And, also, the frame would probably not be able to stand up to the rigors and abuse of off-road use.

The dual motors push the scooter to a maximum speed of 26.7 mph and help in gaining acceleration 0 to 15 mph in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 20 mph in 5.2 seconds, and 0 to 25 mph in 8.4 seconds.  Steep hills are not a problem and braking performed great on this electric scooter.

“The Pro took 10.8 seconds, at an average speed of 12.5 mph to top out on our standardized hill test (200 ft vertical climb, 10% grade, 165 lb rider).”

“During our braking tests, the Pro came to a stop from 15 mph in a mere 12.5 feet. We consider anything under 15 feet to be an excellent result.”

Pro

Safety issues that plagued the older model WideWheels are no longer an issue with new upgrades.  The scooter structure got a thicker stem, neck, and fork to combat metal fatigue. The introduction of dual braking to create redundancy increased safety in the event of a braking failure.

Because the wide tires are polyurethane foam-filled rather than air-filled, a flat can’t ever occur.  The widened tires provide stability and tracking on smooth pavement and won’t get caught in cracks and seams.

Because this electric scooter is powered by 2 motors that are 500 watts each, steep hills are no challenge for this scooter and acceleration is better than most scooters.

Cons

The Mercane WideWheel Pro scooter is relatively heavy at 54 lbs.  This makes carrying the scooter indoors or upstairs a chore.  If the plan was to do a daily commute with it and carry it to the office, this may be difficult to do for some people.

As there are pros with this type of wheel, there are also cons.  The wide wheels do not do well in wet weather pavement riding because these types of wheels cannot gain traction and tend to slip.  If the intent is to do a daily commute with this scooter, the weather would have to be factored in.

The front light is bright at close distances but when riding fast in the dark, it’s hard to see far enough ahead to avoid hazards.  Additional lighting may have to be purchased depending on needs.

For more information or to purchase this scooter, visit our Mercane WideWheel Pro page.