Momas Carbon Review

Momas Carbon Electric Kick Scooter Review
Momas Carbon
Momas Carbon 250 Watt Front Hub Motor
Momas Carbon Electric Scooter Folded
Momas Carbon Display Panel Trigger Throttle Grips
Momas Carbon Integrated 60 Led Headlight
Momas Carbon Bottom With Removable Handle Grips
Momas Carbon Rear Fender Friction Brake
Momas Carbon Folding Front Side
Momas Carbon Folding Joint Lock Lever
Momas Carbon Front Wheel Tire Tread
Momas Carbon Folded Deck Size With Feet
Momas Carbon Scooter Deck Size
Momas Carbon 2 Amp Charger 1 Lb
Momas Carbon Electric Kick Scooter Review
Momas Carbon
Momas Carbon 250 Watt Front Hub Motor
Momas Carbon Electric Scooter Folded
Momas Carbon Display Panel Trigger Throttle Grips
Momas Carbon Integrated 60 Led Headlight
Momas Carbon Bottom With Removable Handle Grips
Momas Carbon Rear Fender Friction Brake
Momas Carbon Folding Front Side
Momas Carbon Folding Joint Lock Lever
Momas Carbon Front Wheel Tire Tread
Momas Carbon Folded Deck Size With Feet
Momas Carbon Scooter Deck Size
Momas Carbon 2 Amp Charger 1 Lb

Summary

  • One of the lightest weight electric kick scooters I've ever tested, it's so light you can scoot around without any power and still have fun, the carbon deck and stem are also semi-flexible for comfort
  • Solid rubber tires are durable and flat-proof, the deck isn't especially wide or long but the rear fender acts as a friction brake as well as a place to hover your back foot
  • Awesomely bright and large integrated LED strip headlight, neat micro-display with clean primary readouts of speed, power level (1-3) and battery level, you get regenerative braking and throttle triggers
  • Super compact charger, removable grips (that could be easier to misplace but feel solid when twisted on), quality folding mechanism with safety pin, impressive price point

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Introduction

Make:

Momas

Model:

Carbon

Price:

$1,199 ($1,399 for 36 Volt)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada, Worldwide

Model Year:

2016

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

16 lbs (7.25 kg)

Frame Types:

Folding

Frame Material:

Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Alloy

Frame Colors:

Carbon Lace with Black Accents

Geometry Measurements:

39.75" Bar Height from Ground, 36.5" Length, 3" Ground Clearance, 4.25" Deck Height, 23" Open Deck Length, 5.5" Deck Width, 40.5" Folded Length, 6.25" Folded Width

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Alloy

Stem:

Carbon Fiber, Contains the Batteries

Handlebar:

16.5" Flat, Handles Unscrew

Brake Details:

Regenerative Motor Brake in Front, Friction Fender Brake in Rear

Grips:

Flat Foam, Black

Rims:

Cast Alloy

Tire Brand:

Rising Sun, 5.5" x 2"

Wheel Sizes:

5.5 in (13.97cm)

Tire Details:

Non-Aerated Rubber

Accessories:

Integrated 60 LED Headlight, Integrated Plastic Rear Fender with Metal Friction Brake Pad, Black Grip Tape, Optional 36 Volt Battery

Other:

0.8 lb 2 Amp Charger, ~87 Durometer of Rubber on Tires, 275 lb Max Rider Weight

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Front-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Motor Peak Output:

275 watts

Battery Voltage:

24 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

254.4 wh

Battery Brand:

LG

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

2 hours

Estimated Min Range:

10 miles (16 km)

Estimated Max Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Display Type:

Fixed, Monochrome, Backlit LCD

Readouts:

Battery Capacity (6 Bars), Speed (MPH), Power Level (1-3), Distance, Odometer, Timer

Display Accessories:

Integrated Button Pad near Right Grip

Drive Mode:

Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

16 mph (26 kph)

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Written Review

The Momas Carbon is one of my favorite electric scooters… not because it’s super fast or powerful or even especially comfortable. It’s actually on the slower side of most newer electric kick scooters I test with a max speed of ~16 mph. The motor operates at an efficient 250 watts and there’s no suspension or inflated tires to take the edge off of cracks and bumpy roads. Instead, what you get is an extremely light weight, quiet and surprisingly cush ride that won’t get flats and doesn’t rattle or feel loose. It’s the kind of scooter that’s fun to actually kick around because it only weighs ~16 lbs. I’m starting to think someone on the Momas team just really likes the number 16? Anyway, the price tag of ~$1,200 is much lower than I was expecting given the unique all-carbon deck and stem and this is a company with an established track record in the scooter space, offering the very popular standard Momas for just under $900 but exactly twice as heavy ~32 lbs. You’ve got a lot of choice with this brand and both units look cool but I’m a big fan of the new display and integrated light on the Carbon… both are very bright and well-designed.

Charging the scooter is pretty easy, there’s a plug near the top of the stem, just below the handlebars facing the deck. When you fold the scooter this port ends up facing the ground so you might need to tip the thing sideways a little to plug in but from there it’s fairly protected. Unfolding can be a little messy (I’m guessing) because after a while you’re probably going to have some dust and maybe even water underneath and that’s where the little lever is to unlock it. Thankfully, the folding down process is much cleaner. There’s a pin to release on the right side of the folding mechanism and then another latch that you can activate with your foot. Once folded, the long carbon stem acts as a sort of handle and inside is where the batteries are all stored. It’s a beautiful designed product with woven carbon patterns covering most of the frame and a few black Aluminum connectors and some plastic coverings. The motor is built into the front wheel and there are plastic covers on either side protecting the axle and wires running from the controller and battery. If you tip this thing, the bar ends might smack the ground but they are plastic and all of other sensitive bits seem well protected too. It’s a sleek, thin looking product that almost seems delicate at first but upon closer inspection, is pretty well thought out and durable. The rear wheel is one of my favorite design elements because it’s hollowed out with a cast bladed rim inside and a thin rubber tire surrounding. This tire cannot get flats because it’s solid and it acts as a secondary brake if you step down on the rear fender. This sort of friction braking has been popular on traditional kick scooters for years and will always work no matter if your primary brake, a regeneration system built into the front motor, is turned off. Again, the scooter can be used fairly successfully with our without power and it’s just so quick to accelerate when kicking and easy to lift when transporting that it’s a joy to use for me.

So comfort is something I always consider with kick scooters and part of that has to do with deck size and the rest is about the grips (how wobbly they are) and the actual wheeling and riding comfort. The Momas Carbon is slightly below average on some of these points but the trade off can be worth it. The deck isn’t huge but you get the fender as a sort of gentle resting spot. The wheels are hard but the carbon deck flexes enough to sort of act as a suspension. The grips feel very solid and because they screw on instead of folding up, they don’t rattle around or feel jittery the way many other products do. I really like them to be quite honest but would worry about misplacing them once taken off… so be mindful. There’s no height adjustability in the stem but that goes back to the solid feel of the handle bars, there aren’t any shaky parts on this kick scooter and since the top speed is slightly lower, it just feels more solid than competing offerings. No, it doesn’t accelerate as quickly, especially for larger riders like my friend Sam who weighs ~250 lbs. We actually tested this kick scooter alongside other more powerful models at his shop in Fullerton. There are trade-offs but I still came away impressed. The model we tested offered a more basic 24 volt battery but you can pay $200 extra and get a more zippy 36 volt model. Both have three levels of power to choose from using the display pad and are activated with a little trigger throttle on the right. Everything is so custom looking at the cockpit and I really like that. The triggers match and are symmetrical, the display is compact and tight, the light is built right into the stem and runs off the main battery as mentioned earlier. It’s just a sweet ride all around. The one area it’s really lacking is with a tail-light. Consider using a helmet with integrated light like the ones from Torch that Sam was demoing or using a little USB light on your backpack or belt to stay visible.

At the end of the day, which scooter you get will really depend on how you intend to use it. With a scooter like this that might not be as comfortable going over lots of cracks and isn’t as powerful or fast as many other electric kickscooters you might wonder if it’s worth the money vs. just getting a cheap, light weight unpowered scooter? As someone with sensitive knees who tends to go further to catch busses and trains when I’m traveling, this is a really sweet option and one that is so beautifully integrated that people might not even know it’s electric. That means less hassle getting on the bus, carrying it into the office etc. It’s small, it looks professional and it’s still way easier than kicking for several miles. If you have huge feet and weigh a lot this might not be the product for you but as a smaller guy at ~135 lbs it felt just right for me.

Pros:

  • Amazingly light weight at just ~16 lbs… the Momas Carbon body is made predominantly from woven carbon fiber including the deck and stem (which houses the batteries)
  • This thing looks like an unpowered kick scooter because the motor and battery are so well integrated and it performs like one too because it’s so light, you can kick and get pretty good performance without even turning it on (great in case you run out of battery)
  • The rubber tires are solid so you don’t have to worry about getting flat tires or maintaining a set pressure for maximum rolling efficiency, they just are…
  • The grips unscrew and completely remove from the scooter which makes the thing super compact when folded but also less wobbly when the bars are in place, many folding-bar style kick scooters feel wobbly
  • I really appreciate that both grips unscrew by twisting forward (the thread on the right one is reversed) this is designed to make sure you don’t accidentally unscrew them while riding as you bear down for balance
  • The deck is actually somewhat flexible, one of the neat qualities of carbon is that it dampens vibration (at least on bicycles I’ve tested) and I feel like this results in more comfortable riding here even though there’s no suspension built in
  • Offers two braking systems which combine for “all wheel braking” to stop you faster, the front motor will use regeneration to slow you down when you press the left trigger and the rear skid plat fender uses friction when you step on it… very cool, you can still stop even if regen isn’t working!
  • The charger is super small and light weight… easy to fit into your backpack or even a pant pocket if you have cargo shorts or something similar, makes topping off at work or a friend’s house easy
  • Two-part folding design is extra safe, you have to twist a safety pin on the right then you can use a foot to unhinge and fold the bar down towards the deck
  • The Momas Carbon features one of the coolest looking, brightest integrated lights I’ve seen on any kickscooter! You will definitely be seen, at least from the front
  • The main stem bar piece stays straight when it’s folded so you can actually pull it along like a little dolly and it will “skate” behind you, this means you don’t have to lift it if you don’t want
  • It just looks really cool with the carbon lace layer and black finish, even the alloy cast rear wheel looks nice and futuristic compared to thicker, plastic rattly stuff that’s cheaper
  • The display is pretty intuitive and well laid out considering it’s small and tightly integrated, I love that it has six battery bar segments and three levels of power for slow or faster riding
  • Because this kickscooter uses a gearless direct drive motor it runs extremely quiet but there is some cogging… that slows you down just a little (as shown on video) but gives you the regenerative braking
  • There are two versions of the Momas Carbon and for an extra $200 you can get the more powerful 36 volt version that could be better for climbing and heavier riders

Cons:

  • The stem doesn’t get higher or lower but that results in a nice solid feel, for people who are extra tall or short this might not feel quite as comfortable (one size fits all here)
  • As mentioned in the pros, the grips actually unscrew and while that works alright for compact storage it can result in lost parts… there’s just no easy way to attach or stow and keep track of those bar ends once you’ve taken them off unless you get a bag
  • Not a major con here but given how nice the headlight is, would be nice to have some sort of rear facing light as well… though it might be positioned way down low, just clip a rechargeable light to your backpack or helmet
  • Given that the main stem part stays facing straight down when you fold the scooter, the charging port ends up facing down as well and can be a little difficult to reach to plug into, thankfully the unit is light so you can just prop it up or roll it sideways for a moment
  • In order to unfold the scooter you seem to need to use your hand to unclip near the head of the deck and this is where dust, dirt and water will be as you use the thing so your hand may get a little dirty
  • The display unit seems to be always backlit and it’s very bright, I could see it being a little distracting when you ride at night, would be nice to adjust down the brightness (not sure if that’s possible)
  • You can’t really take the battery pack out of this scooter (except with some work for replacement) and that means the entire thing might need to come inside to be charged… thankfully it’s light and small but that could bring dirt inside, the flip side is that if you leave it out in the heat or cold the batteries might wear down quicker or not hold as much of a charge (specifically in extreme cold weather)
  • The top speed on this e-kick scooter is a bit lower at ~16 mph but given the tiny wheels and lack of suspension that works out alright, it might also help to extend your range a bit not going so fast
  • Extremely well priced considering how nice the display is, the light, the carbon fiber body and the folding mechanism, I was really surprised and impressed with the ~$1,200 price point
  • This is not the most powerful kick scooter, the motor wattage and battery voltage are both limited, I heard the torque might be as low as 7 Nm and even though the official word is max weight of 275 lbs I think it’s probably best suited to lighter riders or those who don’t mind kicking along a little on steep hills

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Matt
9 months ago

Looks like rebrand of existing scooter. Anything unique about this one? Can you review some of the branded models? thx.

Court Rye
8 months ago

Hi Matt, it seems like many scooters, bikes and even some skateboards are being sold direct unbranded these days but I'm usually not able to find those for review (and can't afford to buy them then sell at a loss just to do a video etc.) the unique qualities about this branded Momas one is that it probably uses the most recent technology or design and comes with support and the ability to buy in person and try first if you live near a shop. Sometimes it seems like the older generation of products or some rejected designs will sell for less online. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what else might differentiate this? The price still seems great to me :)

Robin
8 months ago

It looks like this is being sold as the "Stealth Scooter" in the UK: https://www.stealthscooter.co.uk/ I couldn't find Momas available over here.

Court Rye
8 months ago

Cool! Thanks for adding this Robin. I've seen different scooters, bikes and other products rebranded in different parts of the world before and the Stealth Scooter does indeed appear to be the same hardware as the Momas Carbon. Hopefully your comment helps people who might be looking for a review of the Stealth Scooter find this page so they can learn more. Many times I think the manufacturer in Asia will make business deals with local distributors for specific geographic markets. Are you thinking about getting this scooter?

Joe
6 months ago

Hi there! Have you had any contact with MOMAS regarding this scooter? They seem to be way behind in production and have gone silent. Pretty strange.

Court Rye
4 months ago

Hi Joe, I haven't heard any updates recently but another backer reached out with some concern based on crowd funding comments... Hope they get it figured out, feel free to post updates here.

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doodoo lau
2 months ago

this scooter and the swagtron are basically just rebrands of shitty "carbon fiber" chinese electric scooters. Dont waste your money, will barely give anything more than 5 miles IF you are lucks. Average will probably be 2ish miles. Im returning my swagtron in a couple days. Its nice and all but man, that battery life is simply garbage

TheIcemanModdeler
2 months ago

You need to do more reviews man, there are better scooters at similar prices than what you have shown on you're channel, scooters like Dualtron , Speedway and TNE just to name a few.

jonyboyishere
3 months ago

300 bucks on amazon unbranded

jscricca
3 months ago

BUYERS BEWARE!

My scooter actually died after 2 miles of use. Somehow I was lucky enough to get Will to fix mine, but when it arrived back, the front light stopped working. I struggle to get more than 3 miles of range. Many backers are getting ignored by Will and/or his staff after issues with their scooter.

If you read through the comments on the Indiegogo campaign you can see it all. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/momas-carbon-electric-scooter/x/15214001#/

I would ask that you please update your review and warn potential buyers. I don't know one satisfied backer on his campaign and countless have asked for refunds. We all feel taken advantage of and lied too. Worst of all, Will simply won't respond to his backers.

Please re-review or update your review of the scooter now that the final product is out. Given all the backers' experience and review, I don't feel you should recommend go anywhere near this product.

Thang Nguyen
3 months ago

It's just a re-branded Chinese scooter, nothing new. You can find many versions of this scooter on Aliexpress. And don't buy stuff on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, lots of re-branded Chinese products and scams while legit ones are not fully tested. The only electric scooter I have trust in is the E-Micro One from Micro. It's expensive but Micro is a trusted brand with great customer service. You don't wanna spend 1000 bucks on a scooter and then don't know what to do when customer service is non-existent.

Liviu Squinky
4 months ago

wow an e twow scooter wich is romanian

TheIcemanModdeler
4 months ago

What's you're opinion on the Eon scooter from the Indigogo campaign?

Kurt V.
6 months ago

Hello Electric Ride Review,
I have bought the next generation version of this scooter off AliExpress. It really performs well. I have been able to drive about 14 km and I still wasn't out of juice. The top speed is a little exagerated. I get about 21 to 23 km/h on a flat surface, not 25.
If you want to see the review of the aliexpress scooter, just search for scooter zello. It will bring you right away to the review. It is made by the same manufacturer of momas.

Claire
7 months ago

Yes but how much do you weigh? You never tell us! 🙄

Claire
5 months ago

Alex Ford I know! I was joking. 🙄. My family laugh every time he says it.

Alex Ford
5 months ago

0:34 He says it literally right at the beginning of the video...

Casparos McCarry
7 months ago

This looks EXACLY the same as the Monorover R4, which one is the knockoff?

Richard Chua
6 months ago

Both are knock including Air Bike. Original is Zero Zoom SG scooter... Now, the Zero scooter has version 2 which now have 450 watts motor etc.

Tommy Lamm
7 months ago

It looks identical to the Swagger scooter at bestbuy.com. ..but it's double the price! Why is it so much more expensive? I'm thinking they're made in the same factory with different badges.

Kalvin One
8 months ago

you always have the best reviews ! thanks !!

MAsterTroll
8 months ago

which has the longest range and minimalistic design and can accommodate a 250ilb rider.

VeraMeat
8 months ago

It's still on indiegogo.com for less then half price for a couple more weeks!

Cr125stin
8 months ago

I always wanted a go motorboard! When I went to buy one they where discontinued. This thing blows it away and this is way less than the go motorboard was back in the day

Bob A
8 months ago

Looks like a winner Court. Great review. I think these are going to sell big time!!

kmxtornado
8 months ago

Is this out already? I see an Indiegogo campaign. A 36v version is available but only $15 cheaper? Sounds questionable.

Luna Cycles
8 months ago

right on Court ...great review..... i love i the wholle thing with hand weights......the good and the bad.. love it....

Akram Alsheikh
8 months ago

would you please do review on this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LDPT33U/ref=pd_sbs_468_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YK5F42TWP0DZC8CG956H

Akram Alsheikh
7 months ago

+net200777 oh I see

MAsterTroll
7 months ago

This is the same scooter except is has a a very small battery. You would be likely to get 5 miles. However you can take on planes.

kmxtornado
8 months ago

I was waiting for this one! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together! Much appreciated.

Bruno M.W. Bloch
9 months ago

I bought this one. Own it for about 3 weeks now and really love it. Very light and nice performance. Acceleration and electric breaking is impressive. I also own two K2 that were mentioned. Wish those were powered. That would be the perfect electric kickboard.

son T
4 months ago

Bruno M.W. Bloch Thanks for the fast response. I just got my scooter recently called Swagtron $379 at best buy

Bruno M.W. Bloch
4 months ago

Both, whatever has the smoother pavement.

son T
4 months ago

Bruno M.W. Bloch cab you ride it on the bike lane ? Or the side walk ?