Hiboy Max3 – One Of The Best-Balanced Scooters I’ve Reviewed

Hiboy Max 3 Review

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Quick summary: The Hiboy Max3 is a simple, light, and budget-friendly scooter, built for rides on all terrains. Thanks to its front wide pneumatic tire, combined with a rear solid tire, you can use this scooter on asphalt streets, unpaved roads, and harsh dirt tracks. With a top speed of 18.6 mph / 30 kmh and a range of around 17 mi / 27 km, it is perfect for light daily commutes.
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Hiboy Max 3 Specifications

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  • Top speed: 30 kmh 18.6 mph
  • Range: 27.3 km 17 mph
  • Motors: brushless rear DC RWD
  • Power: 350 W
  • Climb angle: 8.53 °
  • Battery: 270 Wh, 36 V
  • Charging time: 4 h
  • Avg. charging cost: US: $0.04, Canada: $0.02, UK: £0.08, EU: €0.08
  • Ingress protection (IP): IP54
  • Weight: 18 kg 39.7 lbs
  • Weight limit: 100 kg 220 lbs
  • Tire size: 10×2.6 in
  • Tire type: pneumatic off-road self-healing
  • Foldable: yes
  • Build material: aluminium
  • Brakes: double rear disk + electronic braking
  • Lights: front headlight, rear red LED lights, blue deck LED lights
  • Control: LED dashboard
  • Cruise control: yes
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Return period: 30 days
  • Folded dimensions (L * W * H): 115 * 49.5 * 46.5 cm 45.28 * 19.49 * 18.31 in
  • Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H): 115 * 49.5 * 111 cm 45.28 * 19.49 * 43.70 in

Tests and measurements

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  • Speed tests (EScooterNerds): 29 kmh 18 mph
  • Speed tests (third party): 30 kmh 18.6 mph
  • Range tests (EScooterNerds): 25 km 15.5 mi
  • Range tests (third party): 26 km 16 mi
  • Braking distance tests (third party): 5 m
  • Weight limit tests (EScooterNerds): 91 kg 201 lbs
  • Weight limit tests (third party): 70/75 kg 154/165 lbs
  • Waterproofing tests (EScooterNerds): no issues in light rain
  • Waterproofing tests (third party): no issues in wet weather

Ratings and scores

Overall score
Ranked #2 in price range $500 – $600
69
Quality & Lifespan
86
Value
97
Ride Experience
79
Speed
30
Acceleration
34
Climbing
68
Range
27
Brakes
85
Suspension
81
Portability
86
Weight capacity
60
Maintenance
54

Pros

  • good quality
  • great value
  • decent performance for the price
  • simple to use
  • good portability
  • good for climbing

Cons

  • decent but average speed
  • not good for wet weather
  • brake system could be better

When to buy

The Hiboy Max3 offers affordability and the right blend of features for those looking for their first scooter. Notably, it stands out as one of the few sub-$600 scooters suitable for off-road rides, thanks to its 10-inch front tire. For riders seeking simplicity and ease of use without flashy features, the Hiboy Max3 is an elegant solution. Lastly, its decent climb angle makes it suitable for those living on hills or navigating inclines regularly.

When not to buy

This budget commuter may not fit thrill-seekers. The combo of pneumatic and solid tires may not appeal to those desiring low-maintenance or maximum comfort. Also, this is not the ideal scooter for long-range commutes without recharge options.

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Welcome to my in-depth review of the Hiboy Max3, based on my tests and hands-on experience with it. Let’s see why this scooter caused so much ruckus in the scooter world, and whether it’s justified.

Hiboy Max3 overview

In my opinion, the Hiboy Max3 is one of the best-value electric scooters currently available.

It’s quite obvious that the big tires are the main feature of the Hiboy Max3 brand. We’re talking about 10-inch tires, bigger than most of the standard 7 to 8-inch tires found on models in this price range. This somewhat unusual feature even allows the Hiboy Max3 to handle various dirt tracks and muddy areas where you wouldn’t dare take any other scooter with a similar build.

But that is far from the only feature to take into consideration when talking about this scooter. The Hiboy Max3 comes with a great folding system, allowing you to fold the stem over the deck, lock it in place, and use the same stem as a horizontal bar to carry the scooter around. And since it’s fairly light and small, you can always take the scooter up on the train or the bus.

The design of the scooter is quite nice and very elegant. It comes in an all-black outlook, with some minor red and white details. The wires are tucked in nicely, and the deck is long and comfortable, while covered with a rubber coating to prevent slipping.

There are tons of other great features, like a handy display, angled handlebars, dual headlight, etc.

And we’re just getting started.

Basics

The Hiboy Max3 is as simple a scooter as they come. It has a pretty standard slim build, typical for the budget to mid-priced e-scooters you see everywhere around you.

But this simplicity and very standard appearance are, in fact, the best sides of the scooter. It is just so convenient and practical while still delivering all you can ask from a vehicle of this type, that it’s an instant favorite for the value hunters out there.

Unboxing and assembly

The scooter comes folded and nicely packed in a cardboard box, which also includes:

  • a charger
  • an Allen wrench
  • a user manual
  • an air pump
  • 4 extra screws

There’s a small assembly step that needs to be done before the scooter is ready to ride. The handlebars come dismounted from the stem bar, in order to fit the scooter into a small box that’s easier to carry. You will need to attach the handlebars, position them in line with the stem, and tighten them using the screws provided in the box.

You probably won’t need to charge the scooter before riding, as it usually comes precharged with a full battery. You can check this by turning the scooter on right after assembling it. The battery level, which goes up to 4 bars, will be shown at the bottom of the screen. If the battery is empty, then you can plug it in and wait for a full charge before riding.

Intended use

Hiboy Max3 folding

Anyone aged 16 to 60 can ride this scooter. Even though using the Hiboy Max3 is quite simple, it is rarely advised for people under the age of 16 to ride it.

Thanks to the upgraded off-road front tire, the Hiboy Max3 can be used on various terrains, on both paved and dirt roads. The experience probably won’t be at a level of a quad bike, but it’s still a huge upside compared to other budget scooters. Most models below $1000 can not endure even a mile on off-road terrains.

The folding mechanism is another great aspect of this scooter. It uses a one-step folding process, with a single clip found at the bottom of the stem. You just unclip it, lower the stem bar onto the deck, and then lock it in using the extra clasp placed near the cockpit. Once the stem is lowered down, this extra clasp will fall onto the scooter’s deck and lock in it. You can then use the horizontal stem as a holding bar when carrying the scooter in your arms.

Build quality

Over the years, we kind of got used to cheap scooters being semi-reliable and with a very wobbly design. It’s a sacrifice you would have to make if you wanted to get an e-scooter on a budget.

But that is not at all the case with this model.

Although it showed both some weak and strong points, I still found the Hiboy Max3 to be a scooter designed to handle harsher conditions. It is made for pretty much any type of terrain, so you would expect nothing but excellence from its build.

Design and colors

The Hiboy Max3 has a very simple, straightforward design. A slim elegant stem, wide off-road tires, and a deck wide enough to fit your feet comfortably, but not too wide either.

Its appearance is very classy, as it comes only in black color design with little to no details on it. There’s a red-and-white Hiboy logo on the stem, another matte-black logo engraved on the deck, and that’s about it. The scooter will just blend in any environment and attract no attention, perfect for people who just want a regular, good ol’ reliable commuter.

The best detail of the Hiboy Max3’s design is its wire management. This is one of the rare scooters that has its wires completely tucked into the frame. Many models almost pull this off, but still leave a bit of wire at the bottom and on the front. But with the Hiboy Max3, the wire braking and throttle wires are gone as soon as they touch the stem, and only come out way behind near the rear wheel.

Materials

The frame of the scooter and the basis of the handlebars are made of aluminum, so they are about as durable as you can expect in this price range. The mudguards and controls in the cockpit are made of plastic instead, as is the case with almost any other scooter, while the deck and the tips of the handlebars are coated with rubber covers for better grip.

Performance

Hiboy Max3 guy standing on deck

There are some interesting upgrades in the performance levels of the Hiboy Max3, compared to its previous version. The speed level is roughly the same as the Max2 model, but the range and ride experience are vastly improved.

Speed and acceleration

With a tested top speed of 18.6 mph / 30 kmh, the Hiboy Max3 is pretty much a regular city commuter. In my experience, the scooter reached this speed easily and quickly, even on half a battery.

This model, just like its two predecessors, was built purely for light multi-terrain use at a modest speed level.

Motor, power, and climbing

Hiboy Max3 throttle control

The scooter uses a single motor placed inside the rear wheel. The motor has a power of 350W, a standard output for any scooter in this price range.

This type of motor can handle any smaller hills you typically encounter on your city rides. The hill climb rate of the Hiboy Max3 is 15% or around 8 degrees. It’s not the best climb angle out there, but still, a decent one that can get you around town.

There’s also an integrated cruise and speed control, enabled with a button from the cockpit. The speed control consists of three ride modes, locking the scooter’s top speed at different levels depending on your current preference.

Batteries and range

Hiboy Max3 battery and charging port

The Hiboy Max3 has an official range of 17 mi / 27 km on a single charge. My range tests mostly confirmed this (around 15.5 mi / 25 km while riding fairly slow).

It is powered by a 36V, 7.5 Ah Li-ion battery that takes around 6 hours to fully recharge.

It’s important to note that the scooter shouldn’t be stored for long periods with a full battery.

Weight limit and usage by heavy adults

The scooter has a weight limit of up to 220 lbs / 100 kg. It can handle even heavier adults without a problem, although you might notice a slight drop in its performance as the load gets bigger.

The most notable drops are with its range, which slightly decreases as you overload the battery, and the hill climb rate, which as a feature itself is heavily influenced by the size of the load the scooter carries.

Features

Hiboy Max3 display

The Hiboy Max3 comes with an impressive list of features:

  • low weight
  • partial water protection
  • dual brakes
  • front and rear lights
  • elegant, V-shaped cockpit

Weight, dimensions, and portability

As you can probably judge by the pictures, the Hiboy Max3 is not a gigantic heavy scooter. The whole vehicle weighs around 40 lbs / 18 kg, a relatively small weight that most people can lift if needed. I found this parameter of the scooter to be quite pleasing, as it made the scooter very easy to carry around.

The stem also locks into place when it’s folded, making the scooter much easier to hold in your arms.

Portability is almost never an issue with light commuters like this one, but neither is storing it. The Hiboy Max3 fits into any trunk or pantry, no matter how small, as its dimensions are:

  • folded: 45.1 × 19.5 × 18.3 in / 114.6 x 49.5 x 46.5 cm
  • unfolded: 45.1 × 19.5 × 43.5 in / 114.6 x 49.5 x 110.5 cm

Waterproofing and riding in the rain or snow

Riding in wet conditions is not recommended with this scooter, and you should probably avoid using the Hiboy Max3 when it’s raining. That said, I did try the scooter in the rain a few times, and didn’t notice any issues.

The brand also suggests avoiding puddles, wet grass, and similar wet surfaces. Even though the scooter has a waterproof rating of IP54, this only applies to the metal frame. Water splashes can still damage the electronic parts, especially since both the motor and the battery are placed at the bottom of the scooter.

Brakes

The Hiboy Max3 uses a dual braking system in its design, comprising an electric brake and a disc brake. The electric brake is integrated into the motor on the front wheel, while the disc brake is found on the rear wheel.

Both brakes are activated with a single lever placed on the left handlebar. This leads to a quite smooth stopping, and you will have no trouble with losing balance when making a sudden stop as the two brakes work simultaneously and in sync with each other.

Tires, wheels, terrains, and environments

Hiboy Max3 rear wheel

The tires are arguably the most outstanding feature of the Hiboy Max3. Typically, a scooter will always have two identical types of tires on its wheels.

But here we have a different case.

While the rear one is a standard, 10-inch solid rubber tire, the front one is a pneumatic self-healing off-road tire with a lot of suspension in and of itself. The Hiboy brand has experimented with many different tire models and combinations so far, and they ended up with this unique combo that provides the best of both worlds – ride comfort and very little maintenance.

This means that you can pretty much ride the Hiboy Max3 in all kinds of terrains, not just city streets, but you’ll also rarely deal with a flat tire throughout the year.

Suspension

Unfortunately, the scooter has no built-in suspension system and only relies on its pneumatic tire for all shock absorption needed during the ride.

This isn’t a very surprising turn of events, as the Hiboy Max3 is, after all, a budget option. Still, this is something you might want to consider if you are looking for top-level riding comfort, in which case you may want to check out my guide on the best electric scooters with suspension.

Lights and night use

The Hiboy Max3 comes fully equipped for a night ride with its complete lighting package. The scooter has a dual LED headlight on the front, and red brake light on the rear, activated whenever you press the brakes.

The headlight is turned on and off by double pressing the “power” button on the display at the front, and it illuminates the road up to 23 ft / 7 m. Depending on where you live and the road conditions nearby, this might not be enough for the safest night ride ever. But, it’s enough to signal to people around you when you are closing in, which is always better than riding in complete darkness.

Cockpit, handlebars, controls

Hiboy Max3 steering wheel

This might come off as completely subjective, but I love the cockpit design of this scooter!

The steering wheel is shaped in a “V” form (an upside-down “V”, to be more precise), and is very handy with its easy throttle control and display awareness. The handlebars are mid-sized and angled toward the rider, providing a much better grip than the typical straight and long handles do.

This also helps reduce the scooter’s width, without sacrificing control.

As for other features, the Hiboy Max3 does come with a ring bell, a single brake lever, and only one button for the whole screen.

All setting are set up with this one button. You press it once to turn the scooter on. Once it’s turned on, you press the button again to go into higher gear, double-press it to turn the lights on, and that’s it. As simple as it can be.

Problems, issues, and downsides

While I generally like the Hiboy Max3, I did notice a few problems and downsides.

Probably the biggest tradeoff on the Hiboy Max3 scooter is the lack of a front brake. In fact, the scooter only has a rear disc brake and an additional electronic brake in the motor, but both of them are activated using the same lever. While this does make riding the scooter a bit easier, it’s far less practical and makes the braking distance much bigger.

Another issue many users have reported with the Hiboy brand is their slow customer support team. Contacting the brand about a defect or ordering a spare part can take up to a few months, and it’s only done via email, as the brand doesn’t have an operating phone number in the USA or Europe.

Furthermore, while the reported top speed of the Hiboy Max3 is set at 18.6 mph / 30 kmh, it’s almost impossible to reach that speed if you weigh anywhere over 160 lbs / 72 kg, even on a flat road. The scooter can handle people weighing up to 220 lbs / 100 kg, sure, but don’t expect to go over 15 mph / 24 kmh unless you’re on the lighter side.

How does the Hiboy Max3 compare to other electric scooters?

The Hiboy Max3 is a very popular scooter, and it is often compared with many other big names in the e-scooter industry. There are a couple of other hugely popular alternatives on the market right now, so it would be good to check them out and see what they offer before making the final choice.

Hiboy Max3 vs Hiboy S2 Pro

side view of the Hiboy S2 Pro with a seat

Hiboy S2 Pro, the unofficial “cousin” of the Max3, is the best-selling e-scooter from the Hiboy brand. And just like the Max3, it is an upgraded version of its predecessor, the Hiboy S2. This scooter costs around $650, slightly higher than the Max3.

The Hiboy S2 Pro is still a budget pick, with many of the same features as the Hiboy Max3 and only a couple of minor differences. It has roughly the same performance, with a top speed of 18.6 mph / 30 kmh, and a range of around 26 mi / 42 km, albeit with slightly worse climbing abilities.

The main difference between the two scooters comes down to the rear suspension of the Hiboy S2 Pro, the two solid honeycomb tires, and the fact that it can be ordered with a seat, unlike the Hiboy Max3 which is a standing-only scooter.

Now, some of these things are an upgrade, while others are not so much. But if you don’t mind the higher price and the differences in cockpit design and tires, I would say the Hiboy S2 Pro is a bit better fit if you don’t mind rides that are a bit bumpier but would like to avoid the risk of flats.

See my review of the Hiboy S2 Pro if you’re interested.

Hiboy Max3 vs GoTrax G4

lower view of a person riding the GoTrax G4

The GoTrax G4 is one of my top budget-friendly picks for a very simple reason – it is the safest, most theft-resistant budget scooter available right now. It costs around $680 and has two locking features, which is about two more than what most other scooters in this price range have.

This scooter is not much different from the Hiboy Max3 in terms of performance, but it does come with a removable battery, and two self-regenerating tires filled with anti-puncture slime. All of this, coupled with its two locks – a digital one and a combination lock with a built-in cable, kind of make it a much better deal for its price.

Of course, the GoTrax G4 does cost about $100 to $200 more than the Hiboy Max3, but if this isn’t a huge hit to your wallet, and you are concerned about theft, then you can check out my detailed review of the GoTrax G4.

Verdict – should you buy the Hiboy Max3?

I would definitely recommend the Hiboy Max3 as a great buy to many different types of scooterists.

The Hiboy Max3 would be a great buy for anyone on a tight budget, as it is, after all, a pretty decent and affordable scooter. Even more, it would be perfect for beginners. It doesn’t have too much power, so you can start things slowly, but it also has the right combination of features if you are not yet sure what type of scooter you like.

Another great reason to buy the Hiboy Max3 is that it’s probably the only scooter under $600 that can handle off-road rides. Its front 10-inch tire allows the scooter to ride over any type of terrain, paved or not, which is not something you see every day in this price range.

I would also say this scooter is the perfect buy for any calm riders out there who just want something simple and easy to use. Many users are tired of the flashy features that scooter brands use to compensate for weak releases. If you are one of them, you would absolutely adore the simplicity of this elegant vehicle.

And last, but not least, the climb angle. If you live on a hill, or regularly commute through various inclines, you would be fond of the decent climbing abilities of the Hiboy Max3. Granted, it’s not the best climb angle out there, but this scooter can easily handle most hills that other cheap scooters would probably struggle with.

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I am Matt Trajkovski, the owner and main editor of EScooterNerds. I love electric scooters, and electric vehicles in general, and I’ve been involved in the industry for more than 10 years. I enjoy testing, reviewing, and research on various electric scooter models and brands, following our proprietary rigorous editorial and testing process developed here at EScooterNerds, looking for great value and performance, both through data and experience. All of the content published on this blog goes through a rigorous review and editorial process, and our product reviews not only include the hands-on experience of our own team members, but the experience of our audience members as well. My goal is to provide you with the best information about electric scooters possible. You can see all of my posts in my articles archive.
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