I’ve had my scooter for 3 months now. I waited for a long time to review it, because I had some self-created service issues, and I wanted to get everything wrapped up. So I have hundreds of miles driving the Mantis (I’m on a new mini-motors speedometer, new mileage, lol).
I spent a substantial amount of time considering scooters and companies, with customer service being a priority, and I decided FFR & the Kaabo Mantis were definitely for me. And after purchasing, I am extremely happy that I chose them.
First thing: read the Owner’s Manual thoroughly. Make sure you read the part about the sensitivity of the brakes, and starting on 0 or 1 for EBS. Read the part about not getting too high on the scooter, especially if you have a high center of gravity. If you haven’t guessed by now, I ended up with some damage to the scooter and FFR really helped me out. They have great communication, great customer service, and they really came through to resolve the issue.
The Mantis is crazy. I never thought that I would have to tone this thing down, but if you don’t have the open lanes of Florida or California, driving this thing through curvy, tight, hilly streets at 35+ can be a little scary at times. But when you’re on straightaways, it is a blast to open up. I’m 6’3, 225, and I’ve hit 42 mph before. 37-39 is pretty typical for max speed. But for the most part, 30 is a great speed to drive it when unconstrained, and 25 is plenty of fun too. Even eco at 20 MPH is a good cruising speed on curvy bike paths.
It’s been said in many reviews, but this scooter requires a lot of responsibility. I am an aggressive car driver, but I’ve learned some caution driving the Mantis - things like being careful around people with kids and pets, especially in neighborhoods. It’s very, very easy to get flying and suddenly be moving too fast into the wrong area. And stopping times from high speeds - be aware of cars/trucks pulling out.
Any negatives? I would have liked a tire that was a bit tougher, but I guess this one for smooth roads makes sense. I might change those out. The scooter though is a 10/10, and the customer service matches. One of my best purchases.
Side note: I wear glasses, and there’s a little rear-view mirror that fits on the eyeglasses-arm, bike peddler, which you can buy on Amazon. Does the trick.