The Mosquito is a compact, lightweight electric kick scooter that is sold by Fluidfreeride, a company that was started in early 2017 by their passionate and helpful founder Julian Fernau. It is one of four scooters in Fluidfreeride’s lineup that is aimed at creating a curated selection of scooters for every need. This particular scooter is perfect for simple commutes or ‘last mile’ journeys, as well as travelling around a city or town. It is minimalist without cutting corners, and is transportable without being flimsy. Let’s get into our Mosquito review!
Despite being a smaller scooter, when unfolded, the Mosquito’s dimensions are 39.4” x 14.7” x 43.7” which worked fine for a 6’0” tall man both in terms of stem length and deck space. I can even see them being comfortable for someone up to a couple inches taller than that. This is a responsive and fast scooter, with a top speed of 20MPH and a 15 mile range. The rubber tires will get you over any small cracks and bumps with the help of front and rear suspension. It has an aluminium alloy frame which makes the entire scooter sturdy and reliable. The Mosquito is feature-filled, with aspects such as front and rear lights, three gears to choose from and an edgeless LCD display.
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|39.4” x 14.7” x 43.7”
|43.7” x 7.9” x 13.4”
The edgeless LCD display is really the centrepiece of this scooter. It is well lit and provides your speed, the battery life and the gear you’re in. It was a perfect size to glance at while riding, and is very easy to read.
Additionally the Mosquito has two buttons, a thumb throttle and an electric brake. This is largely how you will interact with the scooter, with a simple touch power button directly below the display, and a button below that which acts as a light switch and a gear changer between the three available gears.
The Mosquito charges via an easy to access USB port on the stem of the scooter, this can also be used to charge any device you would like while on the go, namely a phone.
The battery is situated in the steering tube, and the hub motor in the front wheel, which means you will be able to spin the stem 360°, and there are zero wires on show leading to a very pleasant design.
Design and Build Quality
As previously mentioned this scooter is 39.4” x 14.7” x 43.7” when unfolded, this is its only size as the stem is not adjustable. I don’t see this as much of a problem as it is a good size for a range of heights, and the lack of moving components adds to the manageable feel. The deck is wide enough for your feet to feel comfortable and not cramped. At a folded size of 43.7” x 7.9” x 13.4”, I found this very easy to pick up and carry, and this is even more straightforward when incorporating a strap to sling over a shoulder.
The frame is aluminium alloy and overall the scooter feels very safe and sturdy, the only components that shake slightly are the handlebars. The battery fits safely inside the stem without making it looks strangely bulky, and the handlebars are comfortable and cushioned.
The folding mechanism is simple and intuitive, it requires pulling out a safety latch and then simply stepping on a red lever. When it is folded you will be able to fold the handlebars in to save space. The unfolding mechanism however required some fumbling to get into position and it did not feel very natural but ultimately does what it needs to.
Performance and Range
This scooter is pretty speedy, and instantly zips off when you push the thumb throttle, with a noticeable difference in acceleration between starting in gear one and starting in gear three. The 300W motor does a great job, and I feel like it makes a difference when compared with the 250W motors that often comes with these super portable commuter scooters.
During our speed test on flat ground, we managed to get up to a maximum of 18MPH in gear three in around ten seconds. This is a pretty reasonable top speed reached considering some scooters can only reach about half of their claimed ‘top speed’ on a good day. On the other hand, if you take this scooter downhill, you will easily go well above 20MPH.
The stopping power of the electrical brake is powerful and reliable. However, going at this scooter’s top speed, the electrical brake can start to feel a bit too jumpy, if you want to avoid this the less powerful mechanical foot brake is a useful tool to slow you down to a relaxed stop.
The 6” wheels are small yet thick and sturdy, and are rubber (airless) anti flat tires, which means you won’t have to carry extra tubes or a repair kit with you, however this takes away from any cushioning air-filled tires would’ve provided. This is not too much of a problem though as this scooter has both front and rear suspension, which works relatively well over cracks, however any large cracks or bumps are quite jarring and you would probably need to upgrade to a more substantial scooter if you wanted to solve this problem.
The LED headlight is wide and bright, and I was very pleased with the night-time visibility it provided. Whereas the solar powered rear brake light positioned on the tail end of the manual brake – though it is a nice touch – is far more dim, and almost feels like it is running out of battery.
What We Like About the Mosquito
- Responsiveness – There are a lot of knock off companies out there that can’t deliver on their promise to provide you with a powerful yet compact commuter scooter. Fluidfreeride is not one of those companies. Regardless of what gear you start in, the Mosquito can respond at the touch of a button and get you up to a respectable speed impressively quickly.
- Features – Among other things, I love the bright headlight, the clear display and the handy USB port which doubles as a phone charger.
What We Don’t Like About the Mosquito
- Tail light – In terms of night riding you want to feel confident that you can be seen, especially if you are interacting with cars. Ideally, the tail light would be brighter when braking.
- Awkward Unfolding – I personally couldn’t manage to get the hang of unfolding the Mosquito as quickly as I would have liked. It often took me a few tries to get it right.
Ultimately the Mosquito is a great effort, and hits the nail on the head in many ways. The performance is impressive, and the varying speed levels put you in control depending on your comfort level or how late you are to work. The dimensions and deck size are comfortable for someone standing at 6’0” tall. Features such as the crisp, edgeless LCD display and USB charging port elevate it to a modern level. There is room for improvement with the unfolding mechanism, and the tail light could be a little brighter, and I wouldn’t recommend this scooter for anyone who knows they will be travelling on roads with substantial cracks or bumps. However, I would still consider the Mosquito to be a great purchase at a great price and absolutely ideal for short city commuting.
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