Macwheel MX PRO Summary
This electric scooter looks like the world-famous Xiaomi M365, but it’s not. What it is, is the worst electric scooter we’ve ever tested at Electric Scooter Guide: the Macwheel MX Pro electric scooter.
This review of the MX Pro electric scooterwill tell you six deal-breaking flaws to watch out for.
We’ll also reveal one performance test, where the MX Pro electric scooter somehow beat every other scooter we’ve tested PLUS a feature we found hidden deep in the app, that we wish all other scooters had.
Those things aside, this is a really interesting electric scooter, in a similar way to a dumpster fire or traffic accident, in that you just can’t stop thinking about how (or why) it happened.
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Our Take: The Worst Electric Scooter we Have Ever Reviewed!
The MX Pro electric scooter is a clone of the Xiaomi M365, an older but hugely successful electric scooter.
You’d think that making a knock-off would be pretty straightforward: take someone else’s design and see if you can make it cheaper, if not somehow better. But the Macwheel MX Pro electric scooterhas basically failed in every way except one (which we cover later).
Even Macwheel themselves seem to have moved on from this model, as it’s no longer available on their site. However, Amazon still sells an electric scooter called the MX Pro electrical scooter with identical specs for 375.
It sounds cheap, because it is. But this is not a great value scooter. Please don’t buy it.
If you want to buy a great electric scooter for the ultimate riding experience, with we’ll highlight three similarly priced electric scooters (i.e. still not expensive scooters) that we think are better alternatives to the MX Pro or the M365.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||7.7 seconds|
|Top speed||15.4 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||23.4 feet|
|Hill climb||22.6 seconds|
The MX Pro’s acceleration and hill climb speed are both on the slow side, but not far behind its peers, with a 0 to 15 mph time of 7.7 seconds, and an average speed of 6 miles per hour up our 10% grade test hill.
The MX Pro’s tested top speed is 15 mph. the same firmware-limited speed as the M365 and many other electric scooters of this size.
Range is where things get weird. With a real-world-tested range of 20 miles and an MSRP of just 429, the Macwheel Pro has the best maximum range per dollar of any scooter we’ve ever tested. It’s not just best in class, but best overall, due to a combination of low rolling resistance, low top speed, and a relatively large battery for the price.
Then things get weird again.The MX Pro scored the second-worst braking distance we’ve ever recorded, taking 24 ft to stop from 15 miles per hour.This is partially due to the awful tires, but also because it has just a single disc brake at the rear and no regenerative braking at all, not even a foot brake.Anything more than a mild application of brakes sends the electric scooter into a skid, often kicking out sideways.
The MX Pro electric scooter has the worst ride quality of any electric scooter we’ve tested, and there are three main reasons.
- The tires. After testing close to a hundred electric scooters, we’re used to the trade-offs. Air-filled tires have a smoother ride but can get flats. Solid tires don’t get flats but have a bumpy ride. The solid tires on the MX Pro are next-level awful, though. Your vision literally goes blurry riding it on even moderately bumpy pavement. It’s distracting and makes it hard to enjoy the ride.
- The handlebars. It has the third shortest handlebar height of any electric scooter we’ve ever tested. At 37 inch above the deck, the bars are more than 4 inches lower than the ones on the Ninebot Max, making the MX Pro electric scooter awkward to ride and downright uncomfortable after 10 miles.
- Throttle lag. Taking the last spark of joy out of the ride, there’s a significant throttle lag. At higher speeds, it can take as long as 5 seconds to reach full throttle again if you let off.
Machheel MX Pro Features
Like all M365 clones, portability is good. The handlebars don’t fold. But it’s otherwise, light, easy to fold, and compact.
One of the quirks of the original M365 was its incredibly simple display: Four dots that let you know how much battery you have left and what riding modes you’re in e.g. if you’re in eco mode.
At first glance, the Macwheel Pro’s display seems like a step up. It’s got battery level, speedometer, headlight, and mode indicators, but then you take it outside, and it’s completely unreadable even in the shade.
On the plus side, cable routing works well. And it’s not a bad-looking electric scooter.
It comes with an app, which lets you set the riding mode, turn on the headlight, lock the electric scooter, toggle between miles and kilometers, and switch cruise control on and off.
The app also has a navigation function consisting of a route map but no turn-by-turn instructions.
We found one shockingly advanced feature hidden deep within the app. It will estimate the electric scooter’s remaining range based on rider weight.
If you enter your rider weight, including the weight of any gear you wear, the number it comes up with matches the RG range test result to within a tenth of a mile.
Every electric scooter should have this.
If you like to ride without pulling out your phone, here are the functions you can access with the main power button, including a couple that aren’t documented in the manual.
Power Button Functions
- 1 long click: turns power on or off
- 1 short click: select riding mode (not documented in the manual)
- 2 short clicks: turn the headlight on or off
- 3 short clicks: select mph/kph
- 5 short clicks: selects zero-start, or kick-to-start (not documented in manual)
Unlike the air-filled tires on the M365, the MX Pro’s 9 inch diameter tires are “solid rubber.” The plus side is you’ll never get a flat tire, but they have an unforgivable flaw, and that’s tire wear.
After just five hard stops, the rear tire on our scooter developed flat spots from skidding, causing noticeable vibration when riding. Once you’ve got flat spots, they never go away.
You know that sound when you realize you’ve grabbed the worst cart at the grocery store? Our Macwheel MX Pro electric scooter made that sound non-stop and did so right out of the box.
You can fix the sound by tightening the stem latch, but it’ll come back because even though there’s a locking screw, every time you open or close the latch, it turns the head of the adjuster bolt.
When we unboxed the electric scooter, the only thing keeping the stem from folding while riding, was a little latch on the stem.
So if you hear this sound, it’s the electric scooter telling you to stop and adjust your latch immediately.
Safety-wise the lighting is typical: a high-mounted headlight, fender-mounted tail light that blinks when the brakes are applied, and it has the standard side reflectors front and rear.
However, considering the janky stem-latch, poor braking performance, and low overall traction, the Macwheel MX Pro gets a D-minus for safety.
Macwheel MX Pro Electric scooter: Review Conclusion
The Macwheel Pro is really not an electric scooter we would ride for fun. But utility-wise, it does have one use case: if you absolutely had to cover 19 miles in one charge and had a budget of around 400, the MX Pro electric scooter might literally be the only choice.
But given any other set of circumstances, it would be our last choice and only marginally more fun than walking.
Macwheel MX Pro Electric Scooter: Technical Specifications
|Folded dimensions||42 by 17 by 19 in|
|Motor power, continuous||350 W|
|Top speed||16 mph|
|Battery capacity||360 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||4 to 6 hrs|
|Max rider weight||220 lb|
|Brake type||None Disc|
|Tire type||8.5 in Solid Solid|
|Built-in lights||Front Rear|
Macwheel MX1 Review: Not Xiaomi M365 but Actually Good
Xiaomi M365 is one of the most popular electric scooter in the market, and it has tons of copies varying by just a few little tweaks, but they don’t have the ability to compete against M365 because they don’t have enough power or range. But Macwheel MX1 is the only worthy competitor of M365.
It has the potential to stand alongside the Xiaomi M365.
So, let’s review this copy of M365.
In a hurry, read this short overview stating the pros and cons of Macwheel MX1.
- Firm body
- Wonderful design
- Wide and balanced deck
- Comfortable and unique tires
- Bright front light
- Lightweight and portable
- LCD is not bright
- Brakes are not good at high speed
- Mentioned range is not easy to achieve.
- Huge charging time.
Macwheel MX1, the M365 alternative, is priced at 379; although the price is 20 less, the performance is quite similar.
Macwheel MX1 – Unboxing
Nothing extraordinary with the unboxing and the experience. A simple khaki coloured box with MX1 scooter, charger, 2xwrench, user manual and a warranty card.
No assembling has to be done as the scooter is intact upon arrival. Simply unfold the scooter, and you are good to go.
Design and Construction
Macwheel MX1 is an exact copy of M365 with few tweaks like tires, name, and a few other things.
The scooter has a beautiful ergonomic design with a vibrant orange accent. All the footings and handles are textured for optimal grip and footings. The folding mechanism is well-designed and built.
Solid construction is one of its selling points. Macwheel MX1 has an aluminium construction that can carry over 120kg, while the net weight of the scooter itself is only 13 kg. This pretty much defines how solid the body is.
Macwheel MX1 – Specifications
Macwheel MX1 – Specifications
- Motor: 350W
- Max Speed: 25km/h or 15.6 mph
- Battery: 270Wh
- Range: 30 km or 18.6 miles
- Body: Aluminum
- Brakes: Front and Rear
- Dimensions: 41.3 x 17.3 x 45.3 inches
- Weight: 12.86 kilograms
- Max Carrying Capacity: 120 kilograms
- Suspensions: Front
- Wheels: 8.5 inches non-pneumatic foam-filled tires
- Gears: 3 gears system
- LCD Display: Yes
Macwheel MX1 is a functional electric scooter with many good features.
The Handlebar: On the handlebar, we have break livers, bell and LCD. The display is well visible in low light while struggles in bright daylight. We can control the LCD with a single button. Textured handle grips are comfortable and grippy. Bell placement is excellent; it doesn’t affect the aesthetic of the scooter.
Then we have the Deck; it is sturdy and well balanced and gives you plenty of room to stand; moreover, the footing is grippy and comfortable. A solid aluminium deck has good ground clearance and can easily climb pavements and small hurdles.
The third thing is the Brakes, they are good at slow speed, but at maximum speed, the braking distance is a lot. MX1 has a dual braking system, a disc brake on the rear tire, while an E-ABS brake on the front wheel. The rear brake is not tuned upon arrival, so it’s better to check before going on a ride.
Macwheel MX1 – Foam Filled Tires
Now the tires, Macwheel has strangely comfortable tires. The non-pneumatic tires are usually hard, but one on MX1 are soft and puncture-proof thanks to its foam filling. It also has a steel wire for extra support for the tire.
The folding mechanism is solid and does not start to wear off after a few kilometres like M365.
Lastly, we have some extras like bright front light, rear reflectors and a kickstand. All these things might not look helpful but has their own valuable functions depending on the situation.
Macwheel MX1 – Performance
The maximum speed of MX1 is 25km/h, which is pretty good for a 350W motor. The front-wheel encompasses the motor.
Solid MX1 is powered by a 270Wh battery which provides 15 to 16 km in third gear and a bit more on second gear. The mentioned 30km range is achievable in ideal conditions only. The high-capacity battery takes about 5 hours to get charged.
Two things affect the comfortability of an electric scooter, the tires and the shock absorbers. Both elements are present; it has a single shock absorber on the front. MX1 has 8.5-inches non-pneumatic foam-filled tires for extra comfort. The tires’ performance is better than the M365, and maintenance cost is lesser as the tires are puncture-proof.
Macwheel MX 1 is quite safe to ride; it has a dual braking system with front and rear light. The brake on the front is E-ABS which electrically stops the motor, while the rear tire has a disc braking system. over, the scooter also has a bell.
Macwheel MX1 – Folding Mechanism
The scooter is pretty portable; it has a robust and smooth folding mechanism that makes the scooter easy to carry. over, the lightweight adds to the portability of the scooter.
In the front wheel, we have a 350W hub motor. The powerful motor can accelerate up to 25 km/h and can incline 14° slopes. Unlike M365, the power deliverance is constant across the battery life, while on M365, the power delivery is like it’s in economy mode when the battery reaches 50%.
Under the deck, we have a high-capacity 270Wh battery with an incredible range of 30km. The range is not as good as M365, but still, it’s pretty good. The charging time is 5 hours, which is significantly high.
We have 5 LED indicators for the battery.
Macwheel MX1 – Drawbacks
The scooter is excellent, and an exceptional performer with a comfortable riding experience, but the MX1 needs a few improvements.
- LCD is not visible in daylight.
- The braking system struggles at high speed.
- The cruise function cannot be turned off.
Well, that’s pretty much it with the review of Macwheel MX1. The scooter has a decent range and speed with incredible design and overall construction. over, we will recommend the scooter when you are buying it at the right time because the retail price is 380, which 20 less than the M365, while at the right time, you can get the scooter for 100 less than M365.
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