Razor is an electric scooter company primarily known for making kickscooter for kids. Now that electric scooters for adults have taken over streets all over the world, the twenty-year-old company is releasing new models for grownups. We’ll take a look at the Razor EcoSmart SUP and see if it’s big wheels can outrun the competition.
Razor EcoSmart SUP Review
Take off the basket, get rid of the seat, and change the placement of the battery in the Razor EcoSmart Metro and you’ll get the Razor EcoSmart SUP. Everything else is pretty much the same – a steel frame with a wide bamboo deck and 16-inch pneumatic tires. If you like watching guys on YouTube mod their Razor kickscooters but don’t really plan on doing it in real life, this scooter can be a good buy.
Razor has made electric scooters for adults in the past but the technology is primitive. Unfortunately, the EcoSmart SUP is no exception. There are no lights, reflectors, and cruise control. It weighs a whopping 28.51 kg. It’s not foldable. You have to manually turn it on using a switch at the side of the deck.
The Razor EcoSmart SUP does solve the common problems of your commuter electric scooter – unreliable folding mechanism, small wheels, and not enough foot space on deck. But in return, you have to accept certain trade-offs – it’s heavy and needs several aftermarket accessories on top of a bike helmet.
Speed and Range
It has a 350 W rear-wheel drive motor which claims to have a top speed of up to 25 km/h and a maximum range of 19 km in a single charge. You can make the most out of these features if you’re riding on flat surfaces. Otherwise, expect to get two-thirds out of these specs.
It’s an exact fit for the speed limit in most states where electric scooters are legal. The range is enough for a short round trip. However, this is easily outperformed by the electric scooter Xiaomi in Australia.
The Xiaomi M365 has a tested speed of 26 km/h and a range of 23 km/h, which is just right for a roundtrip commute in the city. Combined with better tech, it’s pretty hard to beat. The Xiaomi electric scooter has become the benchmark for budget e-scooters due to its popularity. Discerning commuters looking for a last-mile solution wouldn’t be switching anytime soon.
As expected because of its big wheels, the Razor EcoSmart SUP is a comfortable stable ride. It does not have a suspension, but the 16-inch wheels compensate for that enough.
Unfortunately due to its low tech features, you’ll have to settle for less. The twist-grip throttle is easy to get used to, but it’s not convenient. It has a lead-acid battery, which is known for its affordability but short lifespan. It doesn’t have redundant braking systems and basic safety features. You won’t be able to ride this at night in some states until you buy the proper accessories. Electric scooter laws require a bright headlight, red tail light, and a reflector to the back.
Is it worth buying the Razor EcoSmart SUP?
Since making its debut in 2018 thanks to e-scooter sharing companies such as Lime and Bird, the Electric scooter Xiaomi in Australia has gained a lot of popularity from budget-conscious buyers. The EcoSmart SUP retails for US $499.99 on the Razor website, which is roughly $690+ bucks here, placing it squarely in the budget price range with the Xiaomi M365 electric scooter.
- Heavy-duty steel frame
- Nostalgia factor
- Big wheels
- Stable ride
- No lights
- No cruise control
- Manual acceleration
- Manually switched on
- Does not fold
- Lead-acid battery
The Razor EcoSmart SUP is good for riding around the suburbs but not for commuting in the city, especially if you need a compact last-mile solution.
You can get a lightweight, portable commuter electric scooter at the same price. We recommend the Go Trax XR Ultra, Mearth S, and Segway ES2 as alternatives.