Ready, set, go flying! Evercross has another beast in its series of electric scooters that is centered around adults thanks to its durability, features, and price. This is a model that isn’t for the weak of heart, while also not being too expensive compared to what’s out there. It is the Evercross S5 800W Electric Scooter.
This is a groovy-looking scooter with a design that is more robust than the company’s previous model (the H5). From the non-slip surface to place your feet on (or stand if you opt to not use the seat at times) to the quality of the metal frame and durable tires. Not to mention a really comfortable seat.
If you are looking for something that can take you places, this will definitely fill that need. From sidewalks to asphalt, to even the dirt, this model delivers.
Like the model that came before it, assembly is simple. Most of the scooter is already assembled for you. In fact, the parts it does come with only include a single bolt and it seems to be a spare. The included tools are mostly for maintenance (you’ll only use a few of them during the assembly).
Everything comes nicely tucked away in the box with plenty of foam to protect it all from damage while it makes its way to your door. You get simple instructions as well as a quick guy to run you through the few steps of building it and operating it.
Like most scooters, it folds down so that it can easily be slid into the back of a vehicle for transport. When you are ready to use it, there are just a few points that unfold and click into place. The front-side also has a locking pin to keep it all together, while the bar for the seat has a clamp.
For assembly, you start off by swinging the main bar upward and then locking it into place with the red latch. The latch is a bit easier to with than the last model and adds to both the overall durability and neat design. Then there is a side pin that locks it into place so it can’t move on you.
Then the back post swings upward and you can tighten it down using the adjustable clamp behind it. Once you have secured that, you slide the seat into place (it is already attached to its own pipe) by sliding the seat’s pole into the other. Then use the adjustable clamp there to tighten it down.
You’ll want to get this clamp as tight as you possibly can. Make use of the included tools to do this as its tightness can be deceiving. We originally thought we had it tightened beyond where we needed it by it started sliding down during our first long ride (the bumps are what got it).
So tighten this down as much as you can so that it doesn’t adjust during your ride.
Then it is time for those handlebars that are also attached to the scooter. They swing out and lock into place using a collar on each side (seen with the white arrows). These same collars slide outward to unlock the handles so that they can fold back down when you want to store or travel with it in the trunk.
Once you have done this, you use the included tools to adjust the brakes and controls to where you need them and fasten them down. This is to use-preference so they all come lose at first.
Finally, the light gets fastened on using the included tools and a bolt that is already sitting in the threads (you have to unscrew and remove it and the washers, add the light to the mix, and screw it all back down.
That’s it! A few easy steps and you are ready to go. A single person can easily do all of this in minutes. To fold it up for travel, you simply unlock the handles and swing them down, remove the seat and unlock swing its pipe down, then pull the pin and lever for the main bar and swing that down. It would then be ready to go.
Again, this a durable model. Everything from the frame to the brake system. You can see the detail in every part they used on this. Not only that but it features a great spread/balance of color across it all.
The tires are solid (not pneumatic), although they don’t ride like it. We normally push for pneumatic tires for a comfortable ride as most of your solid options are quite uncomfortable. However, the rubber isn’t overly hardened, allowing for it to still be able to absorb some of the bumps and cracks you come across.
Not only that but you have shocks on both the front and back to help absorb bumps with and the seat has plenty of absorption to it as well. Both with its own shock and soft padding. The entire experience is quite pleasant thanks to all of this.
The only thing it is missing in its design is a drink holder. A place to put a water bottle would have been nice, but now we are just forcefully looking for things to improve on (which is a good thing).
Like the H5 before it, it has plenty of lighting all around. The headlight, allows you to safely take it around at night while being able to light the way as you go. It isn’t the brightes tlight out there, but the effect is still quite noticable. Especially, when it comes to on-coming traffic of any kind being able to easily spot you.
Then you have a rear brake light to warn anyone behind you of your presence, as well as lights on all four corners of the board that function as turn signals.
That’s right, it has a turn signal. So that you can let everyone around you know that you plan to turn. Of course, this is mostly noticeable at night and they aren’t as obviously from directly behind you as they are from the sides, but the option is very nice to have.
This is also something that should be expected for a scooter that can travel as fast as this one can. If you are going 28 mph or faster down a road, you should have as many safety features as possible so that everyone else on the road can properly predict what you are going to do next (especially, since it seems that less and less people understand how to use hand signals these days).
Then the entire space between the four corner lights (running down each side) features RGB lighting that bounces between colors and patterns as you right. However, the RGB lights are turned off by default. To trigger them, you have to press the mode button. A smart decision as we felt the RGB lighting was a bit gimmicky in the last model. We feel the same with this model (or any model), but this really comes down to the user more than anything. Not only that, but when using it at night, it is more than noticable when you have the RGB lighting going.
The screen (right handle) seems to be (for the most part) identical to the last model. You have two buttons, including power and mode. The power is used to turn it on and off and the mode button switches between three modes/gears (as well as controlling the RGB lights with long-presses of it, as mentioned).
The trigger to the right is your variable speed control, taking the scooter faster the further you pull it down.
As for your three modes, each one controls the overall speed of the unit. Gear one will get you to about 15 mph, while gear three can take you much faster. The specs claim around 28 mph as the top speed (third gear). Although we found this not to be so true as we were able to take it around 30+ mph going up a slight incline (slower on more noticable inclines), while taking it 40 mph coming back down. I’m sure you can easily take it much faster going down a steeper slope, but at some point you have to be reasonable about your safety as well as that of those around you.
So yes, this model is incredibly fast. The previous model was fast too. This one simply takes it up a notch when it comes to its brilliant design. It looks much nicer now and the top of the board features a much better plate design to keep your feet in place with.
It claims you can go up to 25 miles on a single charge, although like the speed, this is heavily dependant upon how you use the scooter. If you are constantly flying around in third gear at top speeds, you may not get 25 miles out of it. We noticed a bar drop the screen within one to two miles as we were torturing it. So like most electric anything (scooters, bikes, cars, etc), the battery life can be all over the place depending on how you ride it. If you ride on nothing but evenly flat ground (no inclines at all) at moderate speeds, you can likely get a lot of mileage out of it on a charge. We have continued to ride around on it ourselves for a few days now and haven’t had to charge it yet. In fact, someone has it right now on a Starbucks run and I do believe is still showed around half a charge (maybe slightly less).
Below the screen is a keyhole where you can hard disable the scooter by locking it out completely and walking away with the keys (it comes with two). This is a useful feature to have to protect it against children and guests playing with it unsupervised. Also an additional deterrent for thieves, although you should always make use of a lock if you plan to leave it outside anywhere.
The left handle has the rest, including an on/off switch for the lights, a left/center/right switch for turn signals, and a red button for the horn (electronic beep sound that is constant for as long as you hold it down).
Depending on how you fasten it all down, everything is typically easy to get to during your ride and there is no guessing what any of it is for.
It comes with all of the tools you would need to maintain it. Like anything else with moving parts or something you can put through various levels of abuse, there will be times where parts need to be maintained, things become a little loose, or you simply have to change something out (which should mostly only be the brakes).
You don’t get a little pouch to store the tools in this time though, so you’re on your own with that one. You might want to buy a cool pouch that wraps around the seat post to store them in. There are various options available at bike stores. However, if you aren’t rough with it and only take it short distances, you may never need to keep the tools on you.
A few things to improve on
The previous model had some scraping coming from the front brakes. The company had to point out an adjustable bolt that was a little hard to get to by coming through the other side and through the spokes to get to it with the Allan key. This model also experiencing some scratching from time to time but it doesn’t seem to be nearly as bad as the previous model. So we haven’t even bothered to adjust that bolt this time around. It also is impossible to get to coming through the spokes this round, so you will likely have to remove the front tire to adjust it (if it ever becomes necessary). So this affected the score a little.
As with the last model, the LCD display isn’t as easy to read in the daylight. Inside or at night it is more than readable. In fact, it is fantastic. But in broad daylight, you do have to get close to it at times, or read it at just the right angle. It’s not terrible, but it does take from the user-friendliness a little (just a little though).
It would be nice to know when the turn signal is running. Others can see the lights fine, but from sitting on the bike, you can’t tell without looking down (which is not so safe if you’re in motion). The switch is a basic switch that slides left or right to trigger the signals and there is no sounds or anything else to remind you that they are running (like you have in a vehicle). In other words, it would be nice to have some kind of soft beeping sound to let you know they are running. In case you forget to turn them off. I say this because, so far, everyone who has ridden it has left them running a number of times and don’t notice it until they went to enable one of the signals again (or one of us points it out).
That’s it! There is a some resonation noises at times coming from the front tire/brakes when traveling at 40 mph, but I don’t think that counts. Maybe one simply shouldn’t travel at 40 mph since that is far beyond what it is rated for anyway. So this didn’t bother us at all.
Some final mentions
The charger (brick) does get quite hot while the scooter is plugged in and charging. It doesn’t feel like it is dangerous as many of these bricks can get pretty hot (including laptop chargers). However, it would be wise to keep it out of the sun or away from any other heat sources just to be safe.
The new S5 800W scooter is perfect for adults and offers a lot of speed and it handles very (even in turns). It stops well two thanks to have brakes both front and back (as it should have, of course). This model also has a decent charge to it, although we still have to put that through its tests. If we find anything wrong with battery life, we’ll come back with an update. For now, though, it seems to be doing just fine since we have done nothing but stress it out as much as we could.
We even took it through some of the flat sections of surrounding deserts around the office here and it seems to keep up on those paths just fine. I wouldn’t take it down a mountain or do anything else extreme with it, but general dirt paths seem to be just fine. We even took it through a packed-in rock bed to get to a sidewalk and it seemed to do ok. Those wide tires really help with this.
This scooter is incredibly fun and only had a few recommendations by us for improvement (front brake noises, screen readability, and turn signal notifications). Leading to a high score from us in the end. This is another great model from Evercross.
- Maximum incline: 30 degrees
- Maximum load: 200 kg (440 lbs)
- Tires: 10″/Solid
- Weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)
- Motor: 800W
- Battery: Rechargeable lithium battery
- Charging time: 4-7 hours
- Maximum speed: 45 km/h (28 mph) [depending on various conditions]
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