Segway ES1 Review – Digging deep into Ninebot’s electric scooter

The Segway ES1 also known as Ninebot Segway no 9 is the first electric scooter to come out since Ninebot bought up Segway and rebranded into “Ninebot By Segway” around 2015.

It is a successor to the Xiaomi Mijia M365 which Ninebot helped Xiaomi create.

So, let’s dig deep and see what the ES1 has to offer.


The ES1 is equipped with quite a lot of great features and the specifications of the scooter are solid. By the first touch you can feel that quality wise, it’s a Segway product.

It has a built-in so-called hub motor of 250W which can reach a top speed of up to 12.4 miles per hour. You can limit the speed by holding the on/off button to set it in economy mode, normal or sports mode, or if you want you can set an exact speed-limit within the mobile application.

The lithium-ion battery powering the scooter promises a distance of up to 15.5 miles before having to recharge it for around 3.5 hours. It’s features and looks are almost the same as its bigger brother the ES2 which has a 15.5 mph top speed and some other minor things like led lights, brake light, and a rear suspension.

If you feel that 15.5 miles aren’t enough. Then you can also purchase an additional battery that can be mounted on the scooter frame. By mounting the add-on battery pack, upgrading it to an ES3, you can reach distances of up to 28 miles on both the ES1 and the ES2. On the ES1 you also get an additional 3.1 mph in speed performance giving you the same top speed as the standard ES2.

To think about; If you want the extended range and are considering buying the extra battery pack, the only difference between the ES1 and ES2 is the rear-shock, a brake light, some led-lights, and top speed/torque. If you want to compare all Segway electric scooters side by side, check out this comparison table.

Reminder: As with all electric rides the max distance and top speed measured by the manufacturer is under perfect conditions. Something you rarely come across in real life.

8.8 Total Score

The ES1 from Segway is a good scooter out of the box. But with the add-on battery pack, you can get even more out of it. I love the idea of being able to buy extras for an extended distance and to increase its top speed. This makes it target a larger audience and it is a good quality product with many good features.

  • They’ve stopped using inflatable tires and are now using hard rubber tires which is a nice design move to remove the dangers of getting a flat while riding
  • Sturdy and quality built
  • Wheels have a good size making them tackle smaller bumps and stones without any issues
  • The mobile app is a great addition
  • Ability to buy the extra battery pack to increases the scooters distance, speed, and acceleration
  • Good ground clearance
  • They should have used a rubber handle grip instead of foam for increased durability
  • You get about 10-12 miles out of it at best
  • The shock absorption wasn’t as good as one would have wanted
  • The rubber on which you stand on is gray and dirt and dust visually disturbs its otherwise flawless design
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Riding experience

The riding experience of the Segway ES1 is similar to both the Mijia M365 and the ES2 although a tad slower. As I told you above the distance in real life differs very much depending on riders weight, surface, and incline. I would say that the medium distance you are going to get will be around 7-11.5 miles on a single charge. If you decide to get the extra battery pack I could see it going an additional 5-8 miles (19.5 miles).

It can handle minor bumps and the large wheels can take on the occasional small stone and pothole without no major concerns. I do however feel that the front shock isn’t helping too much. It might reduce some of the shaking ridings on uneven surfaces but I can barely feel the difference with or without.

It has a moderate speed and the acceleration in sports mode are decent. The Segway electric scooter feels sturdy and quality wise I have nothing to complain about except the foam grips which I can see getting destroyed over a couple of months of usage. The second issue I had was that the color of the anti-slip foot mat was light grey. Dirt is very visible on it and can ruin its appearance a bit. Other than that it comes with a ground clearance around 73 mm which is higher than most electric scooters, but you should still be a bit careful when jumping off the curbs.

The folding mechanism has been designed to eliminate pressure in the front of the scooter while you carry it at the handlebar. It clips onto the mudguard/back-break covering to ease pressure and avoid any damage to the folding mechanism itself caused by carrying it. You as an end consumer might not see this as groundbreaking but for an enthusiast, as myself, I know firsthand that the folding mechanism can get loose over time which in return makes the handlebar feel shaky and unstable.

Also read our review of the Glion dolly, another electric scooter that is great for both adults and teenagers.

Features of the ES1

  • The main feature, in my opinion, is the ability to customize and keep track of your riding with the mobile application
  • A led-display showing you which speed your riding in, how much battery is left, and which of the 3-speed limit modes you are using at the moment
  • Bright headlights that aid you and increase not only your vision but makes you much more visible to other pedestrians
  • Two separate braking systems, a foot break in the rear, and a second electronic brake mounted on the handle
  • Hard 8” and 7.5” rubber tires
  • A lot of built-in protection features such as overcurrent, over-charging, and while braking or pushing the motors too much it’ll slow itself down in order too cool off
  • It has a folding mechanism so it can be easily folded together and carried around in one hand with its 11.3kg or just to stove  it in a closet
  • Front shock absorber which makes riding on uneven surfaces or the occasional small pothole smoother
  • Instead of using grip tape they’ve gone with anti-slip rubber which can easily be cleaned off and doesn’t have to be changed every other month

Our review test data

Runtime: 1 hour and 12 min

Distance reached: 8 miles

Top speed: 13 mph

Avg speed: 6.2 mph

Battery consumption: 100% to 23%

Mode used: 35% Standard & 65% sports mode

Surface: Uneven roads with minor elevation

Last words of recommendation

I would recommend the Segway ES1 for adults and teenagers around 14+ years old who want to add some fun to their commute. It is sturdy and well built leaving you as a parent with no concerns about safety. There are two brakes in case one would mess up you always have the other. Would work perfectly as a commuter scooter and with the extra battery pack available you can even extend its range from shorter- to longer commutes. There are some neat features to this electric scooter but nothing groundbreaking other than the folding mechanism. And if you think about it, that’s kind of sad. However, a reliable and trustworthy scooter that will take you from point A to point B without any problems.

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  1. Great scooter and after we had a problem. Segway stepped up and repaired it. We needed to request a few boxes since they were getting stolen but they sent them no problem!
    Fixed the broken scooter under warranty and returned it quickly. Super satisfied.

    Thanks Segway, Matthew Padon

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