Comfort and ergonomics
The InMotion Air Pro is not an electric scooter originally. However, we appreciate its finishes and the quality of the materials. The assembly does not reveal any error or wrong note. A rather sober black look, enhanced with a few touches of color and a deck covered in gray rubber.
The height of the handlebars is not adjustable and sits 104 cm above the deck, offering a comfortable riding position, especially if you are over 1.65 m tall. The design of the deck makes it short (45cm), but wide (17cm). We hold both feet there without much problem, but we should not expect to find many comfortable positions. The surface is grippy, even when wet.
The handlebar measures 45 cm from end to end. An average width, but not the one that offers the best stability. You can easily feel the direction slacken when you let go of one hand. Fortunately, the large 10-inch wheels make up for it by providing precise steering.
The handles are quite wide, offering an excellent grip. The accelerator falls well under the thumb of the right hand and is activated without difficulty. In contrast, the brake lever is a little too small for small hands, but it handles well and serves its purpose.
The large glossy surface at the top of the trunk suggests that a relatively large screen will fit there. Unfortunately, the display is ultimately small and content with little information. It shows the instantaneous speed, a battery gauge or the selected driving mode. In our opinion, there is a lack of distance traveled data, which is usually more reliable than a gauge for remaining autonomy. The screen is readable, even in bright sunlight.
The front light is well integrated into the body of the scooter, but can still be angled up or down by a few degrees. Its beam remains relatively directional and does not allow you to completely do without external lighting at night. It should be visible to other users, like the rear red light that starts flashing when braking.
The Air Pro uses the classic folding system that consists of folding the column that supports the handlebars on the rear fender. A small hook placed later makes the connection with a careful piece of plastic on the stem. Folding is simple and easy, although we regret that the whole thing remains bulky despite everything. To increase the volume, it is possible to unscrew the handles. This makes it easier to store the scooter in a car trunk, for example.
The InMotion Air Pro’s 17.7 kg doesn’t make it a particularly light model. It allows itself to be carried enough to cross a flight of stairs of one or two floors, but its size and weight, despite everything, cannot be used in these conditions. This electric scooter should be considered more in the context of complete trips than in addition to public transportation.
An InMotion app is available on iOS and Android. It provides access to additional options such as locking the scooter to limit the risk of theft, more accurate display of battery capacity or the distance travelled.
The Air Pro has 3 riding modes. The first limits the speed to 5 km/h to make it easier to circulate in dense areas. This mode also flashes the lights so that other road users don’t miss the machine. A good idea. Other modes allow you to travel at 25 km / h, but are distinguished by the speed of accelerations and the torque provided.
As always, the 500 W motor here offers a good compromise between power and consumption. The InMotion electric scooter is lively at the start, not too violent in its accelerations. It takes about 5 seconds to reach its top speed on the plateau. A speed that actually amounts to between 23 and 24 km / h – not too far from the 25 km / h shown on the screen. The covers are durable enough for the changes in the urban rhythm.
The torque of the motor placed on the rear wheel allows it to cross hills with ease. With a 65 kg pilot on his back, even the big climbs were done at about twenty kilometers per hour. Good news, the performance is maintained very well, regardless of the amount of juice available to the battery. However, we regret that the engine brake prevents you from exceeding 25 km/h down, even when riding on the coast. This causes premature braking, which is a bit strange at first.
Without suspension, Air Pro riders are happy to find a 10-inch (25.4 cm) inflatable front wheel to soften shock and vibration. At the back, the solid tire needs to be stiffer and doesn’t help with comfort. However, this choice avoids the problems of blows and therefore tire changes; an inconvenient motor wheel operation.
For braking, the InMotion Air Pro combines a drum brake on the front wheel with a motor brake on the rear wheel. This system has a certain advantage, which is that it does not lock the wheels, even if the lever is crushed. On the downside, it takes 4.5 m to come to a complete stop, which is quite high compared to the competition. Braking remains precise and the magnetic brake blends in well with the process and feels natural.