Needed a quick way to get around Dunedin and this scooter does the job great. Climbs hills like its nothing and handles great. Highly recommend the suggestions made bellow regarding lights, valve extensions and puncture proofing this scooter. Cheers for the advice!
Purchased in November 2021.
The review by Pete here was an amazing help for narrowing down to options to two (Vsett 9+ or Zero 10X).
A test ride at ESS quickly confirmed that the Vsett 9+ was the scoot for me.
It have now been 6 months, and I have now done just over 1000km so feel enough time has passed to give a fair review.
First off, the team at ESS have been amazingly helpful. I have had a couple reasons to have to pop back in to see the team and they have been great every time. 100% recommended ESS.
Onto the scooter.
* I use this purely to commute to/from work (15.5km round trip). I live in Auckland and now feeling far more confident on the roads, I stick only to Bus lanes or the road (I prefer to leave the footpaths to those on foot).
This scoot can absolutely hit speeds fast enough to keep up in traffic (would recommend plenty of safety gear though if hitting those speeds).
* I choose to start (and stay) with dual motor and at 3rd gear so I can control speed with throttle alone, but the switching from single/dual and through the 3 gears is very easy while riding if you want.
* The folding handlebars are quite handy to help make the scooter a bit smaller to fit in the boot of my car easily (Mazda 3). And the folding mechanism is very sturdy.
* It is light enough for me to be able to pick up, but not too light that it feels flimsy in any way.
* The height and shape of the handlebars are really ergonomic. I’m 177cm tall and it feels perfect for me.
* Suspension is amazing. It was the deciding factor between the Vsett and the Zero 10X for me.
* Having never had any need to be mechanically minded, let alone changed any type of tyre I was concerned if I should even attempt such a thing. However, as explained below I gave it a go. They is a great video on YouTube and while I wouldn’t call it a piece of cake, it certainly wasn’t a big deal.
* The Mechanical breaks for me are sufficient. Hydraulic breaks sound more involved for maintenance, where as these are easy to change the brake pads and adjust if needed (again great videos online for those who are like me and have no idea).
* While I know it is not water proof, I have been caught in a few light showers now and ridden on wet roads a number of times now. The ESS team add sealant to help waterproof a little more. So far I have had no issues with water getting in.
* Plenty of ability to adjust setting to suit your ride style.
The ‘Could be better’
* The lights are ok to make you more visible during the day, but do nothing to light your way. I purchased two lezyne lights online from a store overseas when on special. These don’t require a specific mount as they come with rubber mounting band that fits down the narrow gap at the very middle of the handlebar. The other is mounted sideways on the locking mechanism so it is low enough to not be at eye level with traffic and can shine far enough forward to light my way if I leave home before the sun comes up.
* The handlebars could be better. There is a known issue with some Vsett folding handlebars that become loose overtime. You can tighten the small bolt when it loosens, but my experience is that the bolt is soft metal so strips easily. This was one issue I went to ESS a couple times for. It never got any worse than a slight wiggle, but it doesn’t feel great to know it wobbles a bit I’d you are traveling at speed in traffic.
* Tyre punctures. Not an uncommon issue with scooters, but is particularly common the rear tyre with Vsett as the standard tyres seem to be of a less than idea quality. That being said, the team at ESS replaced my first two flats at no charge as they were due to faulty tyres. At the third flat (averaged one a month or one every 100km), I decided I had had enough of this and learned to change my own and upgrade to a better tyre. Pumped in some Armour Dilloz tyre sealant (American brand that seems to be all the rave online for scooters). Have yet to have a 4th flat. Money well spent. And as Pet said get a pack of 19 mm valve extensions, PLU number 130230, from Supercheap and you will not lose any air when you remove the pump after inflating.
* The mudguards do ok when the road is only very lightly wet. Anything more than that and it’s like they aren’t there at all. 1st (and last) time that happened, by the time I got to work the back of my pants were drenched all the way up to my back! There are what appears to be decorative holes in the mudguards. Putting some black tape across the holes in the rear mudguard has fixed this issue.
* The horn is not great. But I don’t use it so it’s not an issue for me.
Just like Pete, the 10+ would have been overkill for me.
I love my Vsett 9+, and 100% recommend the ESS for all sales and service needs.
The staff at ESS are friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly, customer oriented. I arranged to come and view some scooters. David had a range of scooters ready for me to test ride. This is the type of acknowledgement that sets ESS apart from other shops. It is a pleasure dealing with Jonno.
I settled on the Vsett 9+ . Here are my thoughts - in no specific order.
Very well made. A compliant suspension. Very quiet motors. Acceleration is linear. Deck, although it looked small at first, is a good size unless you are wearing Size 12's. The cable mechanical braking is adequate although there does not seem to be a need for hydraulic brakes. The batteries are A class - so it should have a long life. The lighting is adequate for day time but I bought an 1800 lumen (debateable) Newboler light with a nice stem mounted bracket so that it does not clutter the handlebars from AliExpress) The stem locking mechanism is the rave at the moment - and not unjustified. The tuneability of the scooter is a great feature. I pumped 60mL of Muc Off Sealant into each tube and hope this does its job. The scooter is very nimble and easy to ride due to its light weight, wide pneumatic tyres and adequate power. Switching from single to dual motor mode does become addictive and gives a very brisk ride when used wisely. I use the dual motor function primarily when going up inclines. I am satisfied with my purchase. The Vsett 10+ would have been overkill for my needs.
I want to start by saying...I don't use the word ...Awesome. ..lightly when I describe my experience in dealing with Jonno Leonardo at the Electric Scooter Shop. His knowledge, customer focused support is second to none.
I spent about six months researching escooters, speaking with many businesses and watching hours of YouTube reviews on all different makes and models. I chose to deal with the Electric Scooter Shop to purchase x2, VSETT 9+. One for my wife and myself.
As far as writing a review on the Vsett 9+, the review submitted by "Pete" on the "20.10.21", absolutely nailed it. Many thanks Pete, I couldn't have said it any better myself.
I have ridden 165km to date on various terain...cycleways, grass, shingle and mountain bike track where the Vsett 9+ really suprised me in its capability to handle the rocks with its dual motors and suspension. The steam locking mechanism is the best!!!
All in all, the Electric Scooter Shop and the Vsett 9+ has TOTALLY EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!! and I thank them for that.
From a 70yr old, who is experiencing a huge Fun Factor in his life 😄
Take care out there.
OK. So I've had my Vsett 9+ for a few weeks now. Long enough to have done a couple of hundred km and have my first puncture. This is a long one, but if you're serious about buying the right machine, I hope this helps.
What I've liked so far.
1. The suspension. It's pretty good in most situations. It copes with some decent size lumps and bumps and soaks up a heap of jarring and vibration. An amazingly smooth ride after riding a no suspension scooter.
2. The ergonomics. I've found it very comfortable and controllable as an average height 86kg adult. The swept handle bars and ergonomic grips are great.
3. The rear footrest. Good for control and under acceleration off the mark.
4. Some colour. It's not all black! Makes a positive change.
5. Indicators. Easy to use and I've been told that they are actually pretty effective and quite visible. I like to use them at roundabouts in particular.
6. Speed. Gotta love overtaking cars when you're riding in the cycle lanes :-).
7. Brakes. I have yet to need more. No doubt hydraulic would be bigger and better but so would the price be.
8. Horn. Loud enough to be useful but probably not offensive, unless you're a cyclist and don't like getting dusted by an E scooter. Snigger.
9. The electronic menus. Read the better than average manual and they all make sense. Essential items.
10. The tyres. Great grip in the corners. Can't comment on their performance in really wet conditions yet though.
11. Split rims. YES! After 4 punctures in the Xiaomi 365 front wheel, I can't say enough nice things about the people who opted for split rims on the Vsett. So easy to fix a puncture. I got a pinch puncture from riding with too low tyre pressure on the rear.
12. The single/dual motor select button. It's right there under your thumb and you can actually see and feel which mode you're in, even with gloves on. Sweet as.
13. Mudguards. Despite the criticism from Wrong Way in his YT review, they do actually keep the crap off your face and back.
14. The charge ports. Personally, I don't find I stand on them, particularly if I'm intentional in my foot placement on the deck. They won't end up as a pretty shower of sparks if you do happen to toss your scooter down the road at 40kph. The caps work just fine. Good solution Vsett.
15. The folding stem clamp. Although there's some slight creaking now (seems common but harmless), the system inspires real confidence.
16. Size. I bought this with commuting on public transport in mind and I feel that it's pretty compact and easy enough to heft around, given the level of performance.
17. The handy little multi tool which Vsett include. It's small and compact, but will do things your fingers won't when you're 15 km from home. Keep it.
18. Electric Scooter Shop after sales service. I had a problem with a badly manufactured rear tyre but the team at ESS had a replacement out to me in record time; no questions or hesitation. I did a DIY change due to being level 4 at the time, so that's another reason I love the split rims. Thanks for the brilliant service and communication guys. Much appreciated.
Things that Vsett could work on.
1. Lights. The only major weakness I've found so far. I found the standard lights are quite good for visibility, but the front ones are totally inadequate for your own forward vision at night and are mounted too low. I bought a good accessory bar for the handle bars on AliExpress and fitted a Rockbros R3-1000. Surprisingly, the ring mount for the accessory bar fits neatly centered under the clamp for the scooters handle bars. Front light totally sorted. While the tail lights give good visibility at night, I'd like to have seen a larger tail light with a flashing function for day riding positioned higher up. I'm working on a 3D printed mount to accommodate a brighter tail light on the back edge of the foot rest to augment my helmet light.
2. The green locking collars on the handle bars. They do back off just slightly after a short time riding. Barely noteworthy though.
3. The rubber boots over the nuts on the swing arm pivots. One of mine was squashed out of shape on arrival and has since found a new home somewhere. They aren't very secure and probably need a dab of silicone sealant inside to secure them better.
4. Inner tube valves. Just get a pack of 19 mm valve extensions, PLU number 130230, from Supercheap, before your machine even arrives. This will help to preserve your sanity. The way the too short valves are placed makes it a near impossible to pump the tyres accurately to the recommended pressure. Maybe the pros have a way but it drove me nuts. See point 11 in the positives section ;-)
5. The digital display. Yeah, not easily seen in the daytime.
6. Watering eyes. I need better sunnies to keep the wind out of my eyes at these speeds. Nice!