Electric scooters for heavy adults

by Mark Jones in on February 29, 2020

Far from being toys, electric scooters are widely marketed at – and used by – adults. However, there’s no denying that the range of e-scooter models specifically designed for larger adults is limited. So what options are available, and what considerations should be made before purchasing?

Electric scooter weight capacity

All electric scooters are advertised with a maximum rider weight limit, with most supporting between 55kg – 100kg. Whilst a limit of 100kg will be enough to carry most riders comfortably, there will still be a segment of the population for whom this limit may not be suited.

Although maximum weight capacity may seem like a small detail, it should not be ignored. Pushing your scooter past its limit can negatively impact on the scooter’s performance, e.g.

  • Inability to reach maximum scooter speed
  • Limited incline capability
  • Fewer miles per charge
  • Damage to e-scooter frame
  • Increased tyre wear

Taking note of an e-scooter’s weight when making a purchase will help ensure an optimal ride, and help to prolong the life of your vehicle.

Electric scooters for heavy adults Ninebot Max G30 left
Electric scooters for heavy adults Ninebot Max G30 side
Electric scooters for heavy adults Ninebot Max G30 right

What affects maximum weight limit?

A variety of factors combine to determine the weight limit of an electric scooter. Understanding these components will help you make a more educated purchase.

Battery/motor power

Whilst weaker battery capacity and a smaller motor will make for a cheaper scooter, these options will dramatically reduce maximum weight capacity. Occasionally, electric scooters suited to heavier riders have two motors to provide additional power. A motor rated at 300W or higher should be enough.

Scooter frame

The sturdiness of an electric scooter’s frame will affect how much weight it can carry. A flimsy build will be unlikely to cope with higher loads. When buying an e-scooter with greater body mass in mind, ensure you choose a high-quality model built with strong, durable materials.

Electric scooters for heavy adults G30 footplate size front
Electric scooters for heavy adults G30 footplate size rear
Electric scooters for heavy adults G30 footplate comparison

Braking power

Given that an increased load will result in longer braking distances at higher speeds, the braking capacity of an e-scooter needs to be given a higher priority for a heavier rider. Always bear in mind that stopping distances will be affected by weather conditions, terrain, and response time – which itself may be impacted by poor light or rider impairment.

How high should e-scooter handlebars be?

It’s not just weight: height should also be factored in if you are larger. If your handlebar is too low, you will find yourself stooping, making for an uncomfortable ride. Your handlebar should sit approximately between your hip and waist. Any lower and you risk damaging your back; any higher and your scooter will be difficult to control.

Many electric scooter models feature an adjustable handlebar, allowing you to raise or lower the positioning to suit your height. However, if you find your chosen model is not adjustable, you may want to consider investing in an e-scooter handlebar extender.

Electric scooter weight

The required spec for an electric scooter that will carry a heavier adult often makes the scooter itself heavy. A larger battery and bigger motor will add weight, as will a denser or more robust frame.

You should always consider the extra weight when making a purchase. Whilst most modern electric scooters are ergonomically designed with practical folding mechanisms for your comfort, this isn’t always the case. We’d recommend opting for a fully portable model, with in-built carrying functionality.

E-scooters for heavy adults at Scooters Direct

Here at Scooters Direct, we’d suggest checking out our Segway-Ninebot Max G30. As with much of our range, the Ninebot is advertised as having a maximum payload of 100kg (15.7 stone) which would be suitable for most adult riders. However, we pushed the scooter to its limits with a 110kg rider and were impressed to find that it could handle a slightly heavier load without complaint, due to its tough construction and powerful 350W motor.

The Ninebot is also good for taller riders, with a frame suitable for adults up to 6ft 6ins and a footplate with plenty of extra room for bigger feet.

For heavier riders concerned that a 100kg limit may not be enough, the InMotion P1F Mini Electric Scooter may be more suitable. As a hybrid model, its construction is slightly different to a classic e-scooter model. However, thanks to its powerful 350W motor, the P1F has the largest weight capacity of all our e-scooters – topping out at 120kg.

Please note that the P1F may not be as suitable for taller riders; the seat post offers no height adjustment, which may be uncomfortable for the long-legged amongst you.

Still feeling unsure about the best e-scooters for heavier adults? Our team are e-scooter fanatics and will be more than happy to help you with your purchase. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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For heavier riders concerned that a 100kg limit may not be enough, the InMotion P1F Mini Electric Scooter may be more suitable. As a hybrid model, its construction is slightly different to a classic e-scooter model. However, thanks to its powerful 350W motor, the P1F has the largest weight capacity of all our e-scooters – topping out at 120kg.

Please note that the P1F may not be as suitable for taller riders; the seat post offers no height adjustment, which may be uncomfortable for the long-legged amongst you.

Still feeling unsure about the best e-scooters for heavier adults? Our team are e-scooter fanatics and will be more than happy to help you with your purchase. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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