Prime-Day-2023-Update: The Segway Ninebot Max G30D II costs until 12.7. for Prime Day 2023 on Amazon only 665 euros. The e-scooter is only that cheap a few days a year. If you look at the price trend over the last few months, you can see that buyers usually put well over 700 euros on the table for it.
Segway improves on the very good, but no longer available G30D Max (test report). Its successor, the Segway Ninebot Max G30D II (sometimes also referred to as the G30D 2 Max), comes with a new bell and lamp, for example. But the new version is not better for everyone. For example, the steering rod has shrunk a bit. In addition, Segway eliminates the lever for the electric engine brake. However, this hardly harms the great overall impression, as our test report shows. The Segway Ninebot Max G30D II even made it to first place in our top 10: The best e-scooters 2021 from 300 euros in the test and our best battery list: These 5 e-scooters go the furthest.
design & processing
If you don’t look very closely, you could quickly confuse the new Segway electric scooter with the old one. That’s not bad, as the older model already looked optically mature. The handlebar is now a little shorter. We wouldn’t have noticed that. With a height of 186 centimetres, it is ergonomically appropriate to drive.
You can see the biggest difference on the handlebars themselves. There is no longer a classic ringer in the form of a bell. This time a ring bell is used, which slides from the right side to the left. It works well and looks nice. We did not notice any rattling while driving, as described by some users. On the right side there is now a hook for the folding mechanism instead of the bell. The water protection class has been improved. Now there is IPX5 protection for the entire body and IPX7 protection for core components.
Again there is only one handbrake on the left side of the handlebars. It triggers the mechanical brake on the front wheel and the electric motor brake on the rear wheel at the same time. It can be fine-tuned. In the event of emergency braking, however, drivers should always lean backwards with their body weight, otherwise the e-scooter could tip over.
Unfortunately, Segway has rationalized away the lever for directly controlling the electric engine brake. We see that as a clear step backwards. Many drivers prefer the engine brake in everyday life because it works without losses and only use the mechanical drum brake in more extreme situations. However, it should be said that this usually drives many hundreds of kilometers before the brake pads have to be replaced. Small optical detail: The throttle grip now has a yellow grip, on the G30D Max it was still blue.
Segway Ninebot G30D II Max in pictures
Segway Ninebot G30D II Max in pictures
The front light is also new. It is now more elegantly integrated into the frame. However, just like the light of the predecessor, it cannot be varied by the user in terms of the emission height. This is a pity. Because even if the light shines extremely brightly and is suitable for driving at night, it would have liked to emit a little higher to illuminate even more of the road or path.
There is also a change to the rear light, but this is primarily of an optical nature. So now the upper quarter is no longer white-transparent, but the rear light is red throughout.
The Segway Ninebot Max G30D II takes a step forward in terms of the folding mechanism. According to some reports, the safety hook on the predecessor broke from time to time. That shouldn’t happen so quickly with the new Segway e-scooter. Because this time the safety hook is integrated directly into the lever and looks much better processed.
Similar to its predecessor, an eyelet on the handlebars snaps into a hook on the rear fender. The e-scooter can be lifted by the folded handlebars to be carried. There is little fun when carrying it, after all the e-scooter weighs about 19 kilograms as much as its predecessor.
The same rear wheel motor works in the Segway Ninebot Max G30D II as in the predecessor. You can ignore that, as the 350-watt motor is one of the strongest we tested. At the highest acceleration level, it quickly reaches the maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour with a driver’s weight of a good 80 kilograms. Even heavier drivers should accelerate quickly. However, the maximum weight must not exceed 100 kilograms. At 20 kilometers per hour, it is slightly faster than its predecessor, but does not reach the permitted 22 kilometers per hour of e-scooters other than 2021, such as the Epowerfun EPF-1 (test report). If you want, you can use apps like ScooterHacking Utility increase. However, this is not allowed in Germany.
Driving itself feels just as good as its predecessor. The Segway Ninebot Max G30D II is excellent on the road thanks to its high weight, low center of gravity and very good tubeless 10-inch pneumatic tires. A small extension hose is included. If you want to pump it up without effort, you can use an electric air pump (comparison test).
The large battery and the maximum number of kilometers that can be reached before the electric scooter has to be connected to the mains again is still a parade discipline of the Segway e-scooter. Fortunately, Segway doesn’t cut corners and installs the same massive 551 watt-hour battery as its predecessor. The G30D II is also flexible when charging, after all it has a built-in power supply. That’s why it only comes with a simple, two-pole cold device cable. This is particularly interesting for all those who want to charge their e-scooter on the go. You are not forced to carry around a heavy power adapter with you safely. Optionally, however, owners can buy an external power supply, which then charges the Segway Ninebot Max G30D II a little faster with about six hours.
Segway again promises a maximum range of 65 kilometers – and again does not reach it. As with the predecessor, we get about 40 kilometers during the test drive. This is still a top value, which is why the G30D II is also in first place on our best battery list: These 5 e-scooters go the furthest.
The E-Scooter G30D II currently costs at least 730 euros. However, the price history shows that it already changed hands for 620 euros. Here it is worth setting a price alert on Geizhals, for example. The also very good predecessor G30D should also be observed. Although it is officially no longer sold, it may occasionally be on sale.
The e-scooter was kindly made available to us by SIP Scootershop.
The Segway Ninebot Max G30D II is more of a facelift than a successor with many new features. Because most of it has stayed the same. That’s not bad at first, after all, the predecessor was the best e-scooter on the market for its purchase price. What has remained is the high-quality workmanship, which has even been slightly improved in terms of the folding mechanism and the light. The driving characteristics are also comparably good, even if some will miss the separate, direct electric motor brake. The battery was already fantastic on the predecessor – and still is. Not only the range is convincing, the possibility of charging the e-scooter without a power supply is also good. All in all, you can grab the G30D II just as easily as you did the G30D before.