Unagi Model One (Dual Motor) Review – Hands-On Testing

Unagi Model One Review

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Quick summary: The Unagi Model One is a slim, lightweight, electric scooter made for the urban environment. It’s powered by dual 250W motors that have a combined power of 1000W. The scooter features a 72000 LG battery with a range of 15.5 mi / 25 km that is fully charged in 4 to 5 hours.

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  • Great quality to price ratio
  • Very light and portable
  • Great for commuting
  • Cool looks
  • Good water resistance
  • Great brakes


  • Average performance
  • Not the best option for heavier people
  • Range could be bigger
  • Small solid tires, mediocre ride comfort

When to buy

The Unagi Model One is perfect for those who love a modern, minimalist aesthetic and a stylish, sleek design. Its portability makes it a great choice for commuters using public transport. If you prefer low-maintenance options, especially avoiding flat tires, you’ll appreciate the convenience of its solid rubber tires, which need minimal upkeep.

When not to buy

This isn’t the best choice for lengthy commutes or rugged terrains, and it may not thrill experienced riders. If you’re planning extended rides, explore other, longer-range scooters. Due to its lack of suspension, it’s also not suitable for bumpy roads, and its lower power limits it to urban use only.

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In this article we will see how Unagi has creatively mixed performance and aesthetics together to deliver the Unagi Mode One, one of the sleekest electric scooters I’ve ever tried.


Unagi Model One Specifications

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Top speed32 kmh
Top speed20 mph
Range25 km
Range15.5 mi
Motorsdual hub BLDC neodymium magnets
Power500 W
Climb angle15 °
Torque32 Nm
Battery302.4 Wh, 33.6 V
Battery typehigh quality + smart BMS
Charging time5 h
Ingress protection (IP)IP54
Weight13 kg
Weight28.5 lbs
Weight limit125 kg
Weight limit276 lbs
Tire size7.5 in
Tire typesolid honeycomb
Foldable handlebarsno
Build materialaluminum + magnesium alloy + carbon fiber
TerrainsCement, tarmac, no more than 2 cm stairs, no more than 2 cm bumps
Brakesdual electronic + rear foot, 4m braking distance
Shock absorbersno
Lightsflush-mounted 47 lumen LED front light and a rear blinking red LED
Controldigital LCD
Speed modes3
Warranty2 years
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)96 cm * 42 cm * 38 cm
Folded dimensions (L * W * H)38 in * 17 in * 15 in
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)96 cm * 42 cm * 110 cm
Unfolded dimensions (L * W * H)38 in * 17 in * 43 in
Deck dimensions (L * W)19 cm * 5 cm
Deck dimensions (L * W)7 in * 2 in
Ground clearance8.3 cm
Ground clearance3 in
Deck to handlebar height96 cm (est)
Deck to handlebar height38 in (est)
Rider height152-198 cm
Rider height60 – 78 in
Adjustable handlebarno


The Unagi Model One is a slim, lightweight urban electric scooter with one of the sleekest modernistic designs you have probably seen so far. The scooter looks like a prop of a futuristic movie, strongly resembling the aesthetic approach of many modern technology brands, such as Apple and Tesla.

It’s a slim, portable electric scooter, with a neat, uncluttered design made for those who appreciate minimalist aesthetics.

The scooter is great for beginners, as well as people who need a reliable vehicle they can take anywhere. It is charged quickly, requires almost no maintenance, and has a strong metal build that will last for ages.

Unboxing and assembly

Unagi Model One unboxing

The scooter came in a standard box, roughly the size of the folded scooter itself. Inside you will find all the essential parts:

  • scooter frame
  • scooter handlebar
  • user’s manual
  • charger

Since the handlebar is boxed separately inside the package, you will need to attach it yourself before riding. All you will need to do here is simply connect the cable of the handlebar to the frame, and mount the piece onto the stem.

I’d also recommend to charge the battery fully, and check the breaks before you are ready to go.

After you’ve set all of this up, you are finally ready to ride the scooter outside.

Folding and unfolding

Unagi Model One folding mechanism

Out of all the innovative features Unagi has come up with, their new folding mechanism is probably the one that deserved the most appreciation in my opinion.

The Unagi Model One uses a one-click folding system, which consists of a simple hinge mechanism mounted in the bottom part of the stem. In order to fold the scooter down, you just click the button that is popping out of the stem and the scooter folds down onto itself in a matter of seconds.

This method was not only quick but very easy as well, it required nowhere near as much effort as most of the lever-based folding systems found on other scooters do.


Although the Unagi Model One looks like the most typical urban commuter, it can deliver a great and fun ride.

Speed and speed tests

Unagi Model One speed test

Officially, the Unagi Model One can reach up to 17 mph / 27.3 kmh while ridden in urban areas, on paved roads. I was able to reach this top speed without an issue every time.

While riding, you can customize the power output of the motor by setting it to one of the three riding modes, each with a different top speed:

  • eco mode- 11 mph / 17.7 kmh
  • standard mode – 13 mph / 20.1 kmh
  • sport mode – 17 mph / 27.3 kmh

The most fascinating part here is the acceleration. The scooter could reach its top speed in around 5 seconds on a straight road, making it quicker than most scooters with similar weight that I’ve tried.

However, the top speed officially advertised by the brand is not even the final form of this scooter.

The Unagi Model One also has an additional secret mode that, when enabled, can get the scooter up to 20 mph / 32 kmh. In order to enable this mode, all you need to do is press the button in the center of the LED screen in front of you 10 times while holding both of the throttles down. After you hear three beeps, the mode is turned on and you can now use the true full potential of the scooter.

You should also be aware that riding in this mode will decrease the maximum range of the scooter by a lot, down to around 60% of its originally advertized mileage. Chances are, you will not ride in the fastest mode at all times because of this, or at least not at the fastest speeds.

If you’re a high-speed lover, take a look at my list for fastest electric scooters where you’ll likely find something to your preference.

Motor and motor tests

Unagi Model one motor

The scooter has dual 250W motors mounted in each wheel, that have a combined max power of up to 1000W.

This type of motor is not made to reach some insanely high speeds, but its design is instead focused on functionality, efficiency, and stable long usage.

But don’t let this sway you away, the Unagi Model One has more than enough power to provide a quick ride on par with any other scooter in its price range.

Climbing angle and climbing tests

With its powerful torque of 32 N.m, the scooter can easily handle inclines of up to 15 degrees.

In my opinion, this is a decent climbing angle, but if you live in a hilly area or often commute uphill you’ll need a more powerful scooter with a higher climbing angle.

So, feel free to check out my list for best scooters for climbing hills.

Range and range tests

A moderate ride with a fully charged battery usually got me up to 15.5 mi / 25 km of range on the Unagi Model One.

It’s not the greatest range out there, and is probably one of the biggest sacrifices you are going to have to make if you choose to buy this scooter. In order to fit the battery into the thin deck and not let it overshadow the overall sleek design of the scooter, Unagi has opted for a more limited battery.

Note that this range will also largely vary based on the riding speed, mode, terrain, and the rider’s weight, so make sure to often recharge the scooter when you plan on going on longer rides.

If you’d like to carelessly ride your scooter on longer distances, check out my list for best long-range electric scooters.

Batteries and charging

Unagi Model one charging part

The Unagi Model One features a 72000mAh LG lithium-ion battery mounted in its deck. The battery has a 33.6 V, 9 Ah power output, and can be fully charged in around 4 to 5 hours.

The charging port is a standard USB type-A port and is placed on the rear left side of the deck, which is another atypical feature of this scooter. The port is additionally covered with a small rubber cap on top of it, protecting it from any water or dust intake.

Waterproofing and riding in the rain or snow

The Unagi Model One comes with an IP54 rating. This means that all its parts are protected from any smaller water splashes from any angle, but not from longer exposure to rain or snow. I rode the scooter through rain several times, and the only issue I noticed was the tires being slippery, which I expected.

It’s not the end of the world if you get stuck outside while it starts raining, and you will be able to safely ride the scooter home. Just try to keep these situations to a minimum and thoroughly wipe and dry the scooter once you get back.

Ride experience

Unagi Model One test drive

With the lack of suspension springs and full-rubber tires without air tubes in them, riding this scooter was only possible on straight roads and city streets. I didn’t even think about riding it off-road.

The rides were bumpy at times, especially on unsustained roads, so you will want to avoid any potholes, bumps, and especially dirt tracks.

Also, keep in mind that it’s battery and range are limited.

I’d say that this is a great scooter for city commuting and urban environments, perfectly suitable for those who prioritize aesthetics and portability.

Unagi Model One vs other scooters

Let’s see how the Unagi Model one compares to other scooters.

Unagi Model One vs Unagi Voyager

Unagi Model One vs Unagi Voyager

Both Unagi scooters excel in being lightweight, yet they diverge in key aspects.

The Voyager claims the range throne, covering up to 25 mi / 40 km per charge, leaving the Model One trailing at 15 mi / 25 km.

Despite this, the Model One maintains its crown for portability, tipping the scales at a slender 28 Ibs / 12 kg, just a shade lighter than the Voyager’s 29 Ibs / 13 kg.

Power and speed are the same, both maxing out at 20 mph / 32 kmh.

In terms of added features, the Voyager introduces a built-in Bluetooth lock and a quicker charging time of 3 hours, contrasting with the Model One’s 5-hour charging duration.

Ultimately, your choice depends on your priorities: opt for extended distance with the Voyager or prioritize ultra-portability with the Model One.

Unagi Model One vs Ninebot Max

Unagi Model One vs Ninebot Max

One of the biggest competitors to the Unagi Model One on the market is the Ninebot Max – the most praised scooter in this price range. Coincidentally, the two scooters cost basically the same, which made the competition between them even bigger.

Like yin to yang, the Ninebot Max comes as the polar opposite of the Unagi Model One in terms of design. Unlike the futuristic slim white approach of the Unagi brand, the Ninebot Max has a darker bulky design with a thick deck and stem. Its size can sometimes make the scooter harder to carry but with a weight of around 42 lbs / 19 kg, it’s still manageable by most adults.

With a 350W to 700W peak motor power, the Ninebot Max has a pretty modest top speed of 18 mph / 30 kmh.

But the aspect where the Ninebot Max wins the most is its range. Its 36V 15.2 Ah battery grants up to 40 mi / 64 km range, more than double what you get with the Unagi Model One. This makes the verdict between the two models quite clear – unless you care about looks and are attracted by the clean Unagi design, the Ninebot Max is one of the best-value scooters you can get at the moment.

Build quality

I found the build quality of the Unagi Model One to be its strongest sides.

The design team behind the Unagi Model One has truly delivered one of the sturdiest, most stylish electric scooters.

They’ve put just as much thought into its durability too, combining only the finest materials in order to make sure that the scooter will last for ages. This was arguably my favorite part about this scooter.

Design and colors

Unagi Model One blue deck

The scooter has an ultra-slim build, with clean lines and a straightforward design without a single out-of-place detail that might clutter the surface. It has no wiring on the outside, as all the wires are neatly tucked inside the stem bar.

Its bright and clean colors, mainly the white and matte black variation, give off a strong futuristic feeling, making the scooter look like some contemporary art piece and not just a simple commuter vehicle.

The Unagi Model One comes in several different colors:

  • white
  • moss (green)
  • blue
  • matte black
  • scarlet fire (red)


The Unagi Model One has one of the most unique combinations of materials I have managed to encounter in an electric scooter. The materials used to manufacture the scooter are:

  • aluminum, for the chassis
  • carbon fiber, for the stem
  • magnesium, for the handlebars

It’s common to see aluminum in budget and medium-priced scooters, as it has proven to be one of the best materials for the frame. However, Unagi has opted to go for the even sturdier magnesium, making the parts that you control very light and easy to maneuver, without sacrificing any quality (and probably improving it).


Here is a quick rundown of all the features found on the Unagi Model One electric scooter.


Braking with this scooter is a piece of cake. There are dual electronic brakes mounted on both wheels that fully stop the scooter in 5 – 8 meters if it runs at the highest speed.

The breaks are equipped with an ABS system and provide smooth stops without gliding.

Additionally, there is a foot brake on the rear wheel, at the far backside of the deck, which has been put there in case you need to come to a complete stop in a matter of seconds, or if some of the other brake malfunction.

Tires and wheels

Unagi Model one tire and wheel

In order to trouble the rider with as little maintenance as possible, Unagi has put one of the most unique types of tires on their Model One scooter.

The scooter features full 7.5” solid rubber tires, safe from any punctures or flats. You won’t ever need to worry about the tire pressure since there’s no air tube in the tires.

The tires also have multiple air pockets placed all around the wheel which provide shock absorbance and a smoother ride experience. This is also known as the “honeycomb” tire design, and it provides an excellent balance between ride comfort and tire durability.

The only thing you will have to watch out for is the damage to the rubber. While the tire cannot be punctured or deflated, it can still be worn out or torn apart by negligent rides. In case part of the rubber tears apart, you will have to order a new tire to replace the damaged one.


In order to keep the design uncluttered, the weight small, and the overall design as minimalistic as it can be, the brand has opted to go without suspension on this model.

This does make the ride experience less pleasant, but the air pockets found on the tires make the situation a bit better. Nonetheless, you will want to avoid any potholes or bumpy roads, as you will definitely feel their impact on your ride.

Lights and night use

Unagi Model One lights

Riding in the night with this scooter will be as great as during the day, thanks to the bright headlight placed at the top of the stem. The light will illuminate the road ahead for up to around 30 ft / 10 m.

On the backside, you will find a blinking LED light, as well as two reflectors placed at the rear side of the deck that will signal people behind and around you of your presence.

Screen, handlebars, and controls

Unagi Model One display and handlebars

The Unagi Model One has one of the best-looking cockpits ever designed. It’s the epitome of the futuristic design and looks like some steering wheel of a spaceship.

Everything on it is smooth, symmetrical, and conveniently placed in reach of your thumbs. In the middle, you will find the bright screen that displays the current riding mode, battery level, and speed at which you are going.

Right beneath the screen are the two control throttles. The one on the right is the motor throttle, while the one on the left is for the electronic brakes. Above them, besides each handlebar, there are two buttons – one for the horn, and one for the switching between modes.

Deck and standing surface

Unagi Model One deck

The deck, although thin, is quite sturdy and almost unbreakable thanks to the machined aluminum it is made of.

In order to prevent sliding and keep your feet stable, Unagi has put embedded silicon on the surface of the deck. This surface is a bit better than most rubberized grips found on other scooters but will require a bit more maintenance and regular cleaning in order to wipe off the dust from it.

Weight, dimensions, and portability

folded Unagi Model One

Besides its style, the one thing the Unagi Model One definitely has going for it is portability. The scooter weighs just around 26.5 lbs / 12 kg and is among the lightest dual-motor scooters ever made.

With the one-click folding system, anyone will be able to quickly pick up and carry the scooter around. The light frame and compact build frame make this vehicle barely heavier than a couple of grocery bags.

Once folded down, the scooter has the following dimensions: 37.80 in x 16.54 in x 14.96 in / 96 cm x 42 cm x 38 cm.

When it is unfolded, these dimensions go up to 37.80 in x 16.54 in x 43.31 in / 96 cm x 42 cm x 110 cm.

The scooter can easily fit into any car trunk, or smaller storage unit, and is easy to store when you don’t plan on using it for a longer period. You will only need to remember to fully charge the battery whenever you plan to store it for a couple of weeks or months since it can wear out faster if it’s left empty and unused.

Weight limit and usage by heavy adults

You will be surprised to know that despite its size, the scooter can comfortably carry up to 275 lbs / 125 kg of weight on its deck. That weight limit has been tested and proven, so people that weigh close to it should not suffer a terrible drop in performance.

If you need a big weight limit, just to be on the safe side, you can take a look at some other options from my list of electric scooters for heavy adults.

Problems and tradeoffs

The Unagi Model One is a great scooter, but I found some drawbacks you should be aware of if you are considering buying it.

In my opinion, one of the biggest downsides of this scooter is its battery.

The max range presented on the website is only achievable while riding on eco mode. Using the scooter on sport mode, and riding at the highest speed all the time will only get you around 9 mi / 14.5 km of range. With a relatively fast 5 hours charging time, this issue is not that notable if you can simply recharge the scooter in your office or at a place you are staying for a few hours. But if you have nowhere to recharge it, then you might end up without enough battery to take you back home.

Furthermore, the front motor has a lot of resistance which is not allowing you to push the scooter far when the battery dies. Riding the scooter yourself without using the motor will be pretty hard.

Another problem is the lack of suspension. The air pockets on the tires do not cover nearly enough for the lack of shock absorption. As a result of this, the ride experience is a lot less pleasant than with most of the other similar scooters.

Experienced riders, who’ve already had their fair share of riding an electric scooter and are now looking for something more thrilling will also not see much benefit from the Unagi Model One’s performance. This scooter has a fairly low power level, and can never be ridden outside of urban areas. You should definitely check out some of the more powerful electric scooters if that’s your thing.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the tires are pretty small, which can make the rides quite unstable and uncomfortable. With a diameter of 7.5”, the tires of this scooter are definitely on the smaller side, since most of the tires even on budget scooters are 8.5”.

If you are on a lower budget, and can’t quite afford to spend around $1000, there are many other great choices that can fit your budget. Check out my guide for the best electric scooters under $500, as I believe you will find some of the scooters there just perfect for your budget and needs.

Accessories and customizations

There is a large number of custom-made accessories for the Unagi scooters, and you will probably find at least one or two of them that can be quite useful or solve a problem for you (the carry satchel and an extra light are some of my top recommendations).

However, the assortment of custom-made accessories for this scooter still doesn’t include all the possible options. To see the complete palette of all the possible options, check out my guide on the best electric scooter accessories.

Further, even though the scooter is not too expensive, you will still need to make sure it doesn’t get stolen when you leave it outside. See my guide on the best electric scooter locks for the best options for your budget.

And, finally, even though the scooter is far from a strongly performant model, it’s still highly recommended (or even required by law) that you wear a high-quality electric scooter helmet at all times while riding.


Unagi Model One electric scooter

The Unagi Model One is the perfect scooter for those who love a modern minimalist aesthetic and are looking for something elegant and stylish to ride on. The scooter has one of the sleekest designs in the industry, and the brand is rightly called “The Apple of electric scooters”.

People that often use public transport and want to be able to take the scooter on with them are also a type that will appreciate the portability of the Unagi Model One.

Another type that will find this scooter convenient is those who don’t want to deal too much with maintenance, especially flat tires. The solid rubber tires require almost no maintenance at all, and you will not have to fix a flat ever again.

Finally, I would recommend the Unagi Model One to anyone who can afford the price tag it has, and wants to buy a high-quality electric scooter for the urban environment that will serve them for a long time.

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My name is Matt Trajkovski. I love electric scooters, and electric vehicles in general. I like doing a lot of 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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