Segway F30 vs GoTrax XR Elite: Which is performing electric scooter?

F30 & XR Elite

The Segway Ninebot F30 follows in the footsteps of the original Segway, which greatly revolutionized the world of personal mobility. However, this new F series finally has a pneumatic tire system making it even more appealing. 

The GoTrax XR Elite uses the same basic design with modern electronics to make it go far on a single battery charge. Both have a raised handlebar in front and angled to give you better steering control.

Both offer a truly elevated riding experience with cruise control. They help you get places faster than you could by walking and with far less exertion. The best way to tell which is the best electric scooter is to dissect both to see what makes them work so well.

Segway F30 vs GoTrax XR Elite: A Head to Head Comparison

The best way to compare two of the better and more affordable electric scooters on the market is to break down their various systems and components. If you were to place them side by side, most people would not notice a major difference. They look sleek and fast and are built with durability in mind. 

They both have a flat deck that also holds a high-capacity battery. The wheels have a front and rear pneumatic tire with wear-resistant tread and a front end that folds to make it easier to pack into a trunk or carry onto public transportation. A small LCD screen tells you the riding status and can let you switch the riding mode to better match your needs for the moment. An LED headlight helps you to see at night. 

A dual brake system with a regenerative rear brake provides you with plenty of stopping power while helping the battery to stay charged longer. A hand throttle helps you to control the power delivery. And pneumatic tires enable the scooters to handle bumpy terrain and rough surfaces with superior shock absorption.

All in all — they are relatively similar when you look at the two and their key components. However, they do differ…

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Segway F30 vs GoTrax XR Elite: Major Differences

Ninebot F30

The most obvious differences between the Ninebot F30 and GoTrax XR Elite are the tire and wheel sizes. The Segway has large pneumatic tires, 10 inches to be exact, compared to the GoTrax XR elite tires that are only 8.5 inches, The large tires on the Ninebot F30 add up to 1.5 inches of additional travel per wheel rotation. 

Traditionally, Segway has used a solid tire in almost every one of their models. I am thrilled that they finally began making models with pneumatic tires. Segway makes killer scooters but the solid tire on other models was a turn off. It’s great they’ve decided to build a model that’s a true competitor for the GoTrax lineup.

Both scooters have a dual brake system with a regenerative electric rear brake that helps to keep the battery charged longer. Both the GoTrax Elite and the Ninebot F30 have an electronic brake up front and a disc brake in the rear.

Despite having the same power motors, the Ninebot F30 has a significantly greater weight capacity. The Ninebot can carry up to 265 pounds versus 220 pounds for the XR Elite. 

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In-Depth Comparison: Segway F30 vs GoTrax XR Elite

GoTrax scooter

There is a lot to love about both scooters. A single charge will deliver enough power to maintain exceptional speed for several hours. Regenerative braking helps to boost battery capacity by adding more power while in use. The Segway Ninebot F30 and GoTrax XR Elite run on 300-watt motors and have a high-capacity battery that takes between four and five hours to power up a single charge.

Depending on the ambient temperature, the respective batteries will propel either scooter to a speed of up to 15.5 mph with a maximum range of 18.6 miles. 

The pneumatic tires on each scooter provide good shock absorption and help to improve the overall riding experience. The scooters are water-resistant, which helps to give them better short circuit protection.

The front and rear wheels are covered by sleek fenders to help keep water off of the deck and electrical components. 

An LED light mounted to the handlebar lights the way at night. And a foldable design makes it easier to store either scooter when you are at home. 

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Who should buy the Segway F30 or the GoTrax XR Elite?

The GoTrax XR Elite and Segway Ninebot F30 work well for the same target market. That market is anyone who regularly has a long walk to get to work or school or someone who’s just looking for a fun mode of transportation.

A college student is an ideal candidate for a GoTrax Elite or a Segway F series scooter. The student could ride right up to the classroom building and either lock up the scooter outside or bring it into the classroom. 

Another ideal candidate is someone who has to park a good distance from work and has to walk several blocks to get to the office or other worksite.

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Hill Climbing Abilities

GoTrax Elite

Both scooters can handle modest inclines of up to 15 degrees. That equals a 15-foot rise for every 100 feet that you travel with the electric scooter. If you are trying to go up a steep hill, you likely will need to add some foot powder to maintain a good pace.

If the incline is steep enough, the electric motors on both scooters will be overmatched and force you to use some foot power in addition to the battery power.

Because the Segway F30 has 10-inch pneumatic tires mounted to its wheels compared to the 8.5-inch pneumatic tires on the GoTrax Elite, the F30 can get over minor objects more readily. 

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Security / Locking

The Segway uses a Bluetooth app that you download to your smartphone. The GoTrax XR Elite does not have an app. The Segway allows you to lock the scooter through the app while the XR Elite does not have a digital lock of any kind. 

The second security layer is a lock. You have to buy one as an accessory so that you can secure your scooter to a bike rack or other solid object. 

The Bluetooth security lock makes the Ninebot F30 the clear winner over the XR Elite. It could warn you right away if a thief takes your scooter and could make it nearly impossible for them to ride because it’s been locked digitally. The XR Elite doesn’t have a digital locking function.

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Brake Performance

Segway F30 brakes

The foot has been the traditional brake system on virtually all kick scooters since they first were made. But the Segway F30 and GoTrax Elite greatly improve upon foot-stopping with a dual brake system that you activate with a single lever mounted to the handlebar. 

Both use a regenerative electric rear brake that has a disc and helps to keep the battery charged longer. The Segway and the GoTrax both use an electronic brake in the front of the scooter.

So, from a stopping perspective — both of these scooters are tied.

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Acceleration & Maximum Speed

GoTrax vs Segway acceleration

When it comes to performance, the scooters are very closely matched. They can handle the same inclines of up to 15 percent grades. They accelerate up to 15.5 mph and deliver identical ranges of 18.6 miles. 

The only real difference in acceleration and maximum speed would depend more on your size and weight. Wind direction and speed also could affect speed and acceleration to a very significant degree. 

Despite having identical performance numbers, the Segway Ninebot F30 is the clear winner due to its higher maximum load capacity of 265 pounds versus 220 for the GoTrax XR Elite.

GoTrax Elite
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Convenience and Portability

Both scooters are relatively light and are very portable. A folding mechanism makes it very easy to break them down quickly from their riding position. The Segway weighs just over 33 pounds while the GoTrax comes in at just under 32 pounds. 

The folding design of each makes them very easy to pack into the trunk or rear seat of your car. If you use the city bus or a municipal rail system to get around, they can stow away right next to you. Because it weighs less and is generally the same size and has a similar folding mechanism, the XR Elite wins based on its slightly lighter weight. 

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Range Testing: Best Long Range Electric Scooter: Segway F30 vs GoTrax XR Elite?


Both scooters offer identical travel ranges of 18.6 miles. And with a top speed of 15.5 mph, that means you could ride either scooter for about 1.25 hours between charges. Identical maximum speeds and operating ranges make it important to look at the ride quality.

GoTrax Elite

The Segway rides on 10-inch pneumatic tires that offer superior shock absorption compared to the GoTrax which has an 8.5-inch pneumatic tire system. The better wheel and tire combination puts the Ninebot F30 ahead of the XR Elite when it comes to long-range scoots. 

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Build Quality & QA

Build Quality

Both scooters are manufactured with durability in mind. The batteries have short circuit protection so that they can deliver a good charge for rear-wheel drive scooters. The riding decks, steering system and wheels are all made from superior components to help you get safe rides for many years. The greater carrying capacity of the Segway Ninebot F30 makes it a clear winner over the GoTrax XR Elite.

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Pricing and Value for Your Money

The price and transportation value that both scooters deliver make them among the best values in any class of electric vehicle. Each is priced at an entry-level and protected with a manufacturer’s warranty to virtually eliminate any buyer risk. So you get a great value with either one. 

The GoTrax is the better value with a significantly lower price than still delivers the same performance as the Segway. 

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Bluetooth App

The Segway is the clear winner because they have a Bluetooth app that integrates well with your cellphone and is connected to the security system. GoTrax doesn’t have an app which I think is huge missing, not only for this particular model but for GoTrax as a brand.



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Final Words

Electric scooters like the Segway Ninebot F30 and the GoTrax XR Elite represent great transportation values. They provide owners with safe rides and very affordable transportation that can help them to cover more ground with less effort. When long walks are the norm, the Segway Ninebot F30 comes across as the superior choice but at a much higher price.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers!

Best Long Range Electric Scooter: Segway F30 vs GoTrax XR Elite?

The Segway rides on 10-inch pneumatic tires that offer superior shock absorption compared to the GoTrax XR Elite which has an 8.5-inch pneumatic tire system. The better wheel and tire combination puts the Ninebot F30 ahead of the XR Elite when it comes to long-range scoots.

Who is the budget friendly?

The GoTrax is the better value with a significantly lower price than still delivers the same performance as the Segway.

What's best for the heavy riders?

Despite having identical performance numbers, the Segway Ninebot F30 is the clear winner due to its higher maximum load capacity of 265 pounds versus 220 for the GoTrax XR Elite.

Who provides the best service in speed?

When it comes to performance, the scooters are very closely matched. They can handle the same inclines of up to 15 percent grades. They accelerate up to 15.5 mph and deliver identical ranges of 18.6 miles.

The only real difference in acceleration and maximum speed would depend more on your size and weight. Wind direction and speed also could affect speed and acceleration to a very significant degree.

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