Glion Dolly Scooter is A Solid Competitor at $429
You can check out these very sleek Glion scooters at some electric bicycle stores in New York, like Greenpath Electric Bikes in Brooklyn. They are also sold online on both the company's site, Amazon and Walmart.
The Glion Scooter started it's life as the 'ion' scooter on KickStarter back in 2015. Reading the launch notes from the campaign, one can see that "86 backers pledged $51,827 to help bring this project to life". Now the scooter is sold on Amazon and WalMart - clearly a Kickstarter success story. At the time, the suggested retail price was $649. Today, on both Amazon, Walmart and the company's website, you can buy the Glion Dolly for $429 - a great deal ! In case you were wondering what the Dolly, stands for, it is the company's patented handle that slides into the frame of the scooter and allows it to be rolled like a suitcase.
With a 250W motor and a top-speed around 15mph, this scooter is a solid competitor in the under $500 category. Weighing in at about 28 lbs with a charging time of about 3.5 hours the scooter is a great choice for everyday commuting, or weekend fun. We would note that the scooter is a bit heavy, but, manageable for daily commutes and as mentioned, also comes with the Dolly handy luggage like handle that makes all the difference when not scooting.
The folding mechanism is a silver stamp pedal near the base of the handle-bars, and is incredibly easy to use. A quick press will either collapse or unlock the main stem, and you are good to go. In our tests, we haven't seen any deterioration in functionality. The handle-bars also collapse off the main stem, making storage and rolling, even easier.
Glion scooters also have some nice features like:
- Bright LED front and rear lights
- Handle-Bar mounted battery indicator
- electronic brake as well as a friction brake
- 8 inch never-flat honeycomb tires, provide suspension while being puncture proof
- Smooth acceleration
- Stands vertically on-end, taking up less than 1 square foot of space
The negatives are few, but, in general, we would say that the handle-bars could be a bit wider, as, one tends to grip the brake on the left handle-bar when scooting, causing the throttle and brake to be on at the same time. Some other scooters in the under $500 category, do have a smartphone App that allows for some different options, like speed modes and cruise control, but, we don't feel that this detracts from the scooter's appeal.
Let us know what you think!