Last Updated on May 16, 2023 by Matt
In this detailed Kaabo Mantis Pro SE review, we will take a closer look at one of the best mid-to-high priced scooters in the world today, and see why this scooter enjoys such a good reputation and is beloved by its owners.
Who should buy the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE?
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is a high-quality, strong performing scooter that has practically never disappointed a single person that has tried it.
This is certainly not an entry-level scooter, both because of its price tag and its performance, although it’s still not a crazy scooter that will reach those insane 80 mph speeds.
The Mantis lies somewhere in between those categories, and as such, is perfect for your second scooter or your upgrade.
However, it will do a great job even for first-time owners that have used some ride-sharing scooters in the past and are looking for that next level, or for anyone that just wants to add a bit more spice to their rides.
Ordering, shipping, warranty, discounts
You will probably want to get the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE from Voromotors. Not will you only get the special upgraded edition (SE stands for special edition, more on the differences below), which has several important upgrades over the regular version, but you will also get the best price and delivery terms, and further, a discount of $50 if you use the coupon code escooternerds at checkout.
Also, if you order through Voromotors, you can get some great financing options.
Voromotors is one of the best brands in the scooter world today, especially when it comes to mid-price or higher-end scooters like this one. They will ship the scooter for free in the continental US, and shipping will take between 2 and 4 business days. They also ship internationally, although that can take between 10 and 15 days.
The customer support team of Voromotors is one of the best in the game, and individual members of their team even have star status in some scooter communities online.
The box is relatively big, although not too huge and bulky. The scooter has enough protective covers and styrofoam, and damage on delivery is very rare.
The box will include:
- handlebar top and four screws for securing it
- hex key
- user manual
The scooter comes almost fully assembled, and the handlebars are already connected to the stem. You will only have to:
- tighten the locking mechanism
- place the handlebar on the stem and screw on the handlebar top
- install the display
Make sure that the folding mechanism is nice and tight, and that the tires are sufficiently inflated, the battery is full, and all the other screws are tight. Also, it’s a very good idea to charge your battery fully before you ride the first time.
As usual, manuals for Kaabo scooters are clear and detailed, with lots of helpful tips and illustrations. I know that everyone hates reading those things, but I recommend at least skimming through the user manual that arrives with your scooter, chances are it will include some information for your specific scooter version that will not be available elsewhere. Plus, if you’ve never read a scooter manual before, you will learn a lot not just about the Mantis, but about electric scooters in general.
How to use, basics, folding
Powering the scooter on or off is as simple as holding the power button for a few seconds.
The scooter has 5 setting modes, and you can toggle them with the mode button. The setting modes include:
Holding the mode button for a few seconds gives you access to the scooter’s P-settings.
The scooter has 3 speed modes, and you can switch between them by pressing the smallest button with the dot on it.
In addition to the speed modes, the scooter has two additional performance settings – the eco or turbo mode, and the single or dual motor mode. The eco mode is better for longer-range rides, and the turbo mode will give you quicker acceleration and faster rides. When in single motor mode, the scooter only engages the rear motor, and in dual motor mode both motors are used.
The stem and the folding mechanism are very secure, and you need to unlock not one but two levers to loosen the folding mechanism before you can fold the stem. The hinge from the handlebar top is used to lock against the small frame on the back of the deck when the scooter is folded.
Build quality, durability
Every part of the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is of great quality individually, as Kaabo never really skimp on parts. But even more importantly, the scooter is more than just a sum of its parts – it is so well-engineered and well-put-together, that early defects are practically unheard of, and owners often use (or even abuse) their Mantises for years before they notice a single scratch on the scooter.
Every unit goes through an extensive quality assurance process before it gets shipped to you, and the packaging includes a lot of protective materials, so defects on arrival are very rare as well.
Of course, nobody can guarantee you how much any scooter will last, but I’d be truly surprised if your Mantis has suffered a serious defect in the first two to three years of usage.
User experience, ride comfort
With a strong build, great balance, large tires, and dual suspension, it’s no wonder that the Mantis provides one of the smoothest, most enjoyable rides out of all the scooters priced around the $1500 mark. The scooter is famous for several things, but many scooterists buy it precisely for its comfortable, silky-smooth rides, and that’s one of its strongest features in general.
Screen, handlebars, cockpit
The display is EY3 LED, which is the same brand of displays used in the celebrated Dualtron scooter line. It will display the current speed, battery level, speed mode, voltage, or some of the other details like the trip distance or time depending on what you select through the mode button.
The right handlebar hosts the display along with the three buttons (power, speed mode, and settings mode), as well as the other two buttons for eco/turbo mode and single/dual drive.
The left handlebar has a light button.
Both of the handlebars host one brake lever each (as usual, the left lever is for the rear brake, and the right lever is for the front brake).
Deck, frame, stem
The scooter has a very solid and sturdy feel to it, and that’s because it’s truly reliable, made from the highest-quality materials.
The deck of the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is comfortable and spacious, with a length of 23 in / 59 cm and a width of 8.5 in / 22 cm. The rear of the deck is slightly elevated and it can serve as a footrest for longer rides. The top of the deck has a silicon mat on it to prevent slipping.
One of the biggest advantages of the upgraded version of this scooter is the reinforced stem. Stem defects were somewhat of an issue with the previous version of the Kaabo Mantis, but with the newer version, the chances for that are much lower.
The scooter has dual fully hydraulic brakes on both tires. The brakes come from Zoom, which is one of the best manufacturers of brakes for scooters, and with a dual braking system, the Mantis can be classified as a very safe scooter. The brakes are very responsive and will give you a braking distance of just a few meters.
It’s recommended to always try to brake with the front brake first, to prevent the scooter from tipping over when braking from higher speeds.
The scooter comes with the E-ABS (electronic anti-locking braking system) option, which you can turn on or off depending on your preference. I usually like leaving it on because braking is just safer with it.
Since this is quite a powerful scooter, riding without the proper scooter helmet is not an option.
Tires, wheels, suspension
The 10-inch pneumatic tires of the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE are made from high-quality rubber and provide excellent traction. Flats can happen with this scooter, but are very rare and usually easy to fix by yourself. The tires are meant for standard road usage and only have small treads, but given their diameter and the other features, the scooter will be able to handle some rides on rough terrains (I still advise avoiding that as much as possible though, you will likely want a specialized off-road electric scooter for that).
Both of the wheels have a very solid suspension system, with two springs on the front wheel, and an air shock absorber on the rear, and that’s the main reason why the scooter is capable of providing very smooth rides. Also, both of the wheels have mudguards, and even though they are quite small, they do a good job of keeping you clean.
Motor, controller, power
The scooter has two motors, each with a peak power level of 1000 Watts, for a combined peak power output of 2000 Watts. The motors are connected to the 60 V dual 27A Minimotors Controller, which is one of the best in the game.
The motors are brushless DC motors, and as usual with dual-drive scooters, they will provide excellent performance not just in terms of speed, but also when climbing or carrying heavier loads.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is capable of developing top speeds up to 40 mph / 64 kmh.
Those are its official specs.
Unofficially, the scooter has proven numerous times through several independent owner tests that it can easily reach those speeds without problems, even with heavier riders and when not riding with a 100% full battery.
The scooter needs just 2 seconds to go from 0 to 15 mph / 25 kmh.
The official climb angle of the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is 30% / 16.70°.
Unofficially, I believe that the scooter is capable of much more, and several tests have confirmed that. The scooter does come with two motors after all, and the tires provide a lot of traction, so you can expect some solid climbing overall.
The 60 Volt battery comes from LG, and that is one of the strongest sides of this scooter, as LG is one of the top 3 battery manufacturers for scooters. With a capacity of 18.2 Ah and 1092 Wh, the scooter gets plenty of range and a solid performance overall.
The charging port is located on the left back side of the deck, and it is protected by a plastic cap. As usual, the charger has an indicator light that lights up green when the scooter is fully charged and red when the scooter is still charging.
Charging the scooter should take between 4 and 5.5 hours. One owner has reported a much longer charge time of around 10 hours, but he must have probably used a slower charger.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE will give you a range of up to 40 mi / 64 km if you ride in the eco mode, and somewhere around 25 mi / 40 km if you ride in the turbo mode. These are the official ranges for the scooter, but they have been confirmed in several independent owner tests. You can probably get even more range than that if you ride in the eco mode but at a slower speed as well (one owner has reported getting around 48 mi / 77 km without even draining the battery).
Water resistance, riding in the rain
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE seems to have no official IP rating at Voromotors, but another place unofficially specifies an IPX4 rating. While several owners have reported riding through some light rain without any problems, it’s still best to avoid riding in any wet conditions as much as possible. Also, be careful when cleaning the scooter, you shouldn’t hose it.
Lights, night rides
The scooter has LED light strips on the sides of the deck, two lights on the front of the deck, and two on the rear.
The lights are not terribly strong, especially the front and the rear ones. That is one of the biggest drawbacks of this scooter, and it makes the scooter somewhat unsuitable for riding after dark. You might want to buy some after-market lights if you plan on riding at night.
Portability, weight, dimensions
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE weighs 65 lbs / 29 kg, which definitely puts it in the category of heavier scooters.
The scooter is also not really small in dimensions:
- length: 48 in / 122 cm
- width: 24 in / 61 cm
- height: 48 in / 122 cm (unfolded), 19 in / 48 cm (folded)
Most adults will not have any problems carrying this scooter for shorter distances, but anything longer than a few dozen yards will be a problem, and people that are not very strong will also struggle with carrying this scooter as well. All in all, portability is not really a strong side of the Mantis.
Weight limit, usage by heavy adults
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is one of the best electric scooters for heavy adults in the world right now. It comes with a weight limit of 330 lbs / 150 kg, making it one of the top choices for this category of people.
Since many heavier owners have bought this scooter, we have quite a few reports of heavier riders on how the scooter performs for them, and they all confirm that the scooter carries them without any problems.
The scooter can be started just by pressing the power button, and it doesn’t have any security or locking mechanisms.
Since this is a very expensive scooter, you should never leave it outside without locking it with a strong scooter lock. I would recommend not trying to save on the lock here, as thieves will easily recognize this scooter as a premium model and do their best to try and steal it. Something like the Master Cuff Locks or the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit 14 mm should get the job done.
Problems, defect rates, known issues
The design and the execution are almost flawless, and the scooter is of such high quality, that defects are truly rare.
The biggest issue for me is the lack of IP rating. You never know when you might get stuck in the rain with your scooter, and while some owners have reported riding in the rain successfully, I wouldn’t take that risk, especially since the warranty never covers water damage. If it rains a lot where you live, I recommend taking a look at my guide on the best waterproof electric scooters.
Also, while the lights are kinda ok, I don’t think they’re strong enough for the longer night rides. They are positioned in the deck itself, which is not my favorite position for the lights to be in.
One smaller issue is that the display can’t inform you on whether you’re in eco or turbo mode, or if you’re in single or dual motor mode. You will quickly learn to tell the difference only after a few seconds of riding, but it’s still a feature that’s lacking for this scooter.
Those are pretty much all the important things that you should be aware of if you’re thinking of buying this scooter.
Accessories, customizations, gear
There are many options for customizing your Mantis, and the good news here is, they are all original and specific parts that will always fit this exact scooter. You can always take a look at some generic scooter accessories as well, but with those, there’s always the chance of some of them not fitting your scooter.
Take a look at the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE accessories at Voromotors, you will probably find everything you need there to make your scooter more personalized. I recommend the mirror, the headlight, and the handlebar extender if you’re on the taller side.
Maintenance, repairs, spare parts
The Mantis is a very high-quality scooter, so repairs are likely to not be an issue for months or even years after buying it. In case something goes wrong, you can find all the spare parts for the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE at Voromotors.
You can easily get by with a simple maintenance routine once a week as follows:
- clean the scooter with a damp cloth and some soap water (don’t spray it though)
- make sure there are no loose screws
- make sure the brakes are operational
- check the tire pressure
There is no official app for Kaabo scooters. The scooter doesn’t support connecting to it via Bluetooth.
The next best thing is the EScooterNerds Universal Scooter Helper App. Of course, this app won’t connect with the scooter either, but it will provide you with some additional helpful features such as calculators, guides, resources, tools, checklists, etc. You can find it available for both iPhone and Android.
The Kaabo scooter line
The Kaabo brand is well-known for designing high-quality scooters. They are one of the first scooter brands that got famous right after Xiaomi and Ninebot, but they don’t really worry too much with budget scooters and only craft premium or power models. The Kaabo Wolf Warrior is another famous scooter of theirs that’s simply brilliant, probably their most celebrated scooter, although that’s an off-road model that’s really not in the same category as the Mantis.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs similar scooters
There are several Kaabo Mantis models that are often compared against the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE. Also, there are some other scooter brands that are often pitted together against this scooter as well. Let’s see how the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE handles the competition.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs Kaabo Mantis & Kaabo Mantis Pro
The first difference between the Kaabo Mantis and the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE is the merchants that sell them.
The scooter sold by Voromotors is called Kaabo Mantis Pro SE, while the version sold by FluidFreeRide is called just the Kaabo Mantis (or the Kaabo Mantis fluid version).
Now, the version sold at FluidFreeRide comes with two battery choices – a Base 17.5 Ah battery that has a maximum range of 30 mi / 48 km, and a Pro 24.5 Ah battery with a maximum range of 45 mi / 72 km.
The Kaabo Mantis Base version costs $1649, which is about the same as the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE (probably exactly, since you can get $50 off at Voromotors with the escooternerds coupon code). While the prices are very similar, you will get considerably more range with the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro version at FluidFreeRide costs $2299, while the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE sold at Voromotors costs $1695, and you still get basically the same range, with about 6 mi / 10 km extra range.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs Zero 10X
This is a somewhat interesting comparison, but ultimately I believe that the Mantis is a better choice than the Zero 10X for most scooterists.
For starters, the Zero 10X will cost around $350 more, while having the exact same range and top speed as the Mantis.
The biggest advantage of the Zero 10X will be the better climb angle, as Zero scooters are well-known for their climbing power, but at the same time, the Zero 10X will also be heavier, have larger dimensions, and still have a smaller weight limit.
I believe the Mantis is simply the better choice. You can take a look at the Zero 10X at Rydology if you’d like to see that scooter as well.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs Inokim OXO
The Inokim OXO is quite more expensive than the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE, typically priced around $2490, which is almost $1000 more than the price of the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE after the discount.
The top speeds of both scooters are the same. Weirdly enough, even though the Inokim OXO has more powerful motors on paper, that advantage doesn’t translate into stronger performance. The Inokim OXO even has a slightly lower climb angle.
The advantage of the Inokim OXO is in the range. With 68 mi / 100 km of range, it has almost double the range of the Kaabo Mantis Pro, while only weighing around 9 lbs / 4 kg extra.
If range is important to you, and you’re comfortable with spending that kind of money on a scooter, you will want to check out the Inokim OXO, as it’s one of the highest-quality electric scooters available on the market today. You can see my complete Inokim OXO review or check out the Inokim OXO at FluidFreeRide.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs Apollo Ghost
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE and the Apollo Ghost definitely belong in the same category of mid-priced strong performing scooters of great quality, and the differences are kind of subtle even.
The Apollo Ghost is about $100 cheaper, but it will also have around 6 mi / 10 km less range and it will be slightly slower as well.
Both scooters weigh about the same, but the Apollo Ghost can carry around 30 lbs / 14 kg less on its deck, so the Mantis is better for heavier adults.
If you want to save a bit of money and don’t mind getting less performance, you can take a look at the Apollo Ghost, it’s also a very good scooter that will perform similarly to the Mantis.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs Apollo Phantom
The Mantis is often compared against another popular Apollo scooter, the Apollo Phantom.
Apollo scooters are almost like gradual upgrades of one another, and the Apollo Phantom is more performant than the Apollo Ghost, but personally, I don’t think it does enough to justify the price difference. While I would consider the Apollo Ghost as a viable alternative to the Mantis, I think the Apollo Phantom is not really a choice when compared against the Mantis.
The Phantom will be about $200-$250 more expensive than the Mantis, while having the same range, being slightly slower, and having less weight capacity. Its only advantage might be the IP54 water resistance rating, something which the Mantis lacks, but I don’t think that’s enough.
Kaabo Mantis Pro vs Dualtron Ultra 2
I’ve seen this comparison made online several times, but I don’t think it makes a lot of sense.
The Dualtron Ultra 2 costs more than double! And the Kaabo Mantis Pro is not a cheap scooter to begin with, so comparing these two is kind of futile.
The price difference is somewhat justified, however, as the Dualtron Ultra 2 outperforms the Kaabo Mantis Pro by about 22 mph / 36 kmh in speed, which does make it a true power scooter.
The range of the Dualtron Ultra is probably its biggest advantage. With 87 mi / 140 km of range, it has more than twice the range of the Mantis, and that’s where it justifies the price difference.
Kaabo Mantis Pro vs EMove Cruiser
In my opinion, the biggest challenge for the Kaabo Mantis Pro comes from another mega-popular scooter sold by Voromotors, the EMove Cruiser.
Both scooters are similarly priced, with the EMove Cruiser being around $200 cheaper.
The biggest advantage of the Kaabo Mantis Pro comes from its dual motors, which give it a top speed that’s about 12 mph / 20 kmh higher, better torque, and better acceleration. Those are not trivial advantages, and the Mantis is the definite winner for anyone looking for more performance out of their scooter.
The EMove Cruiser, however, has several strategic advantages that I believe make it a better choice for several large categories of owners. It has quite a lot more range (22 mi / 36 km more), it has an IPX6 water resistance rating (the best in the world actually), and it weighs significantly less, making it a much better commuter choice.
If you’re after raw performance, stick with the Kaabo Mantis Pro. However, if you’re after a more regular type of scooter, go for the EMove Cruiser, which is also one of the best mid-priced scooters in the world. In fact, in my personal opinion, the EMove Cruiser is the single best electric scooter in the world right now. You can see my complete EMove Cruiser review or check out the EMove Cruiser at Voromotors.
Kaabo Mantis Pro SE vs Varla Eagle One
These two are practically the same scooter. They cost the same, have the same speed, the same range, weight limit, tires, brakes, suspension… pretty much all of the important things are the same.
The Varla Eagle One has an IP54 ingress protection standard, while the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE has an unofficial IPX4 standard.
The Kaabo Mantis Pro SE will weigh about 11 lbs / 5 kg less, which is probably its biggest advantage here.
The Varla Eagle One will be a better climber, on the other hand, and that will be its major advantage. So, in essence, if you liked the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE, but you’d like a bit more climbing power, check out the Varla Eagle One at the official Varla store.
User reviews, owner reports
The Kaabo Mantis Pro has always had a passionate user base, and that base has been steadily growing over the years because of the scooter’s great quality and performance. The scooter enjoys a very positive view in the scooter community, and is one of the most in-demand mid-price scooters ever made, something that we can easily notice by how often the scooter is out of stock.
Price, value for money
Typically, the Kaabo Mantis Pro costs $1695, but if you use my coupon code escooternerds for a $50 discount, the price goes down to around $1645.
That still makes it quite an expensive item, but for the vast majority of owners, those have been money well spent, as the scooter is of excellent quality in general, performs at a level just below the most powerful scooters, and yet it’s still a great choice for more casual riders as well.
Overall, considering everything you get from the Kaabo Mantis Pro, we can easily say it’s a solid value for money (probably not the best value, but still pretty close).
Is the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE right for you?
If you’re tired of your Xiaomi or Ninebot and want a much more exciting scooter, then the Kaabo Mantis Pro SE will be the perfect choice for you.
Also, if you’re not looking to spend several thousand dollars on a scooter, but you still want top-level quality, you will find the Mantis to be an excellent pick.
If you’re after that next-level performance, but you’re not ready for the racing scooters yet, or you simply like to continue riding comfortably but on a much more fun vehicle, then you should definitely take a look at the Mantis.
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Kaabo Mantis Pro SE Specifications
|Top speed||64 kmh|
|Top speed||40 mph|
|Motors||dual drive hub BLDC|
|Climb angle||16.7 °|
|Battery||1092 Wh, 60 V|
|Charging time||5 h|
|Weight limit||150 kg|
|Weight limit||330 lbs|
|Tire size||10 in|
|Trunk or basket||available|
|Brakes||dual hydraulic Zoom|
|Shock absorbers||front spring + rear air|
|Lights||front + rear + deck|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||122 cm * 61 cm * 48 cm|
|Folded dimensions (L * W * H)||48 in * 24 in * 19 in|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||122 cm * 61 cm * 122 cm|
|Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)||48 in * 24 in * 48 in|
|Deck dimensions (L * W)||59 cm * 22 cm|
|Deck dimensions (L * W)||23 in * 9 in|
|Deck to handlebar height||100.3 cm|
|Deck to handlebar height||39 in|