Apollo Air 2022 review: Reliable but quirky

Honestly: I don’t like using scooter apps. Just give me all the controls on itself. Sure, it’s nice to be able to control regenerative braking and top speed through an app, but most of the time, it’s annoying. Thankfully, the Air paired with my phone quickly, I activated top speed, max regen brakes, and I was happy on the road and hit about 19 mph thanks to the 500-watt motor. .

you are suppose hit 21 miles per hour, and you probably will. As a 6’4″ tall man, I’m slightly over the Apollo Air’s stated payload capacity of 220 pounds. In terms of range, I’ve covered about 13 to 15 miles across New York City. Although on one trip as I traveled from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, across the Manhattan Bridge and back, I found myself warming up to take the last few blocks, I’m sure most people can make it. nearly 20 miles if not more, though Apollo’s 31-mile claim feels like an extension to anyone.

Dual front fork suspension and air-filled 10-inch tires provide a smooth ride. I barely felt the bumps and pits on the road. And I rarely have to use the front drum brakes — regenerative braking is usually more than enough to bring me to a halt. In the moments when I needed to stop, the brakes came into play.

Acceleration is not great on this scooter. When the light turns green and I press the gas with my thumb, Air moves over the asphalt like reeds in the desert. It took a while to build to its full speed. On inclines (like all bridges in Brooklyn) expect those speeds to drop to somewhere between 11 and 14 mph. It’s just not capable of climbing slopes easily.

On the ride back home with my friend, who is using a Niu scooter, both of our rides left about two juice bars left. Even so, he was still running at the advertised 20 mph, and I was stuck at about 14 mph. For some reason, I noticed the Apollo sometimes slowed down considerably when it dropped to two bars. That is a changeable thing.

It’s a perfect way strong scooter, but my biggest problem with it is that it costs $1,200 (usually “discounted” for $999). I had a much more enjoyable experience with the Niu, which weighs just over 5 pounds, goes up to 20 mph, and accelerates quickly. Both handle tilt quite similarly. However, the New KQi3 Pro cost $799. That’s a huge price difference.

Taurus has one Wider dealer and service network, so it’s easier to fix any problems that may arise. Apollo has five service center in usa. I’d say Apollo’s customer service is better, but I found a complaint About experience deal with both brands. If you have a lot of money to spend on a scooter, I recommend you step up Mini 4 Pro Speed ​​Track ($1,049). It has a slightly more reliable range and speed, and is also light and easy to fold.

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