The generations of Xiaomi electric scooters follow and look alike. The Scooter 1S takes the features of the Mi Electric Scooter Pro which itself took those of the M365. Xiaomi has therefore renewed a sober design, mixing plastic and dark aluminum. The finishes are still of a good standard overall and Xiaomi has, it seems, managed to eliminate some shortcomings of the previous generations, such as the game that appeared in the stem.
The dimensions of this Mi Electric Scooter 1S are generous. The height of the column supporting the handlebars is not adjustable and will suit users between 160 and 190 cm. The top for its part offers sufficient surface to comfortably wedge both feet. Only very large feet will be able to feel cramped there. The 1S is certified waterproof to IP54, which guarantees it survival even in light rain. The front and rear mudguards are useful in these conditions and protect from projections.
The handlebars are wide enough for comfortable riding and good stability while riding. The handles are covered with rubber, ideal for a good hold of the frame, even in wet conditions. The brake lever on the left is used to activate the jaws which bite the disc of the rear wheel. The bell – now compulsory according to the Highway Code – is also placed to the left of the handlebars. However, it is a little harder to reach without moving your hand, which is not the safest when riding. The throttle trigger falls easily under the thumb of the right hand.
At the top of the gallows sits a small rudimentary screen. This gives information on the speed, the available battery capacity and the chosen driving mode. These, 3 in number, can be changed by pressing the single button twice. A button that also allows you to start the Xiaomi scooter and activate the front light. The latter is less directive than on the Pro model that we tested, which offers better visibility at night. A rear light is also available. The red leds start to flash when braking.
The weak point of Xiaomi electric scooters appears when folded. Indeed, only the gallows can be folded down, simply certainly, but the whole remains bulky. It would have been nice to be able to fold up the handlebars to gain width. With 12.5 kg on the scale, the Mi Electric Scooter 1S is lighter than its Pro cousin (14 kg). This remains an important weight that should not be neglected, especially if you want to climb a few floors with the machine in hand. It is quite easy to grab the scooter by the stem once it is folded up and secured by the bell to the fender. Scooter 1S cannot be rolled in the stowed position while holding it by the handlebars. This model lends itself more to journeys exclusively by scooter and much less to multimodal transport combining cycle paths and train, for example.
To comply with French law, the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S is restricted to a maximum speed of 25 km / h. This speed is reached in "sport" mode, while it is limited to 20 km / h in "standard" mode and 5 km / h in "pedestrian" mode. The latter is to be selected in case of traffic on a sidewalk – if such a practice is authorized by the rules of the municipality. The Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S is not the most agile of scooters. Its large turning radius prevents too tight turns. Under these conditions, driving at low speed on a sidewalk that is a little crowded with pedestrians is not easy.
However, you should not be in a hurry to reach this maximum speed with the 250 W motor (500 W maximum). Allow about ten seconds to enjoy the cruising speed of the 1S on the flat. The whole thing lacks nervousness overall. A slight latency on acceleration is felt, which makes you lose reactivity in the phases of change of pace.
The motor lacks torque compared to that of the Mi Electric Scooter Pro. As soon as you reach a hill, even a slight one, the speed drops from 3 to 5 km / h when the battery capacity is greater than 50%. Once below this bar, the loss of speed is even more important. On the flat, the Scooter 1S no longer reaches its maximum speed and tops out at 23 or 24 km / h.
On the other hand, with its disc brake placed on the rear wheel, the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter 1S is quick to stop. Launched at 25 km / h, it takes 3 meters to come to a complete stop on dry pavement. The disc is bitten with force, which blocks the rear wheel. The correct position should then be maintained to prevent the rear wheel from driving sideways. An engine brake is also available. It is linked to energy recovery when the accelerator is released. It is possible to adjust the intensity of this braking via the Xiaomi application.
The inflatable tires of the Mi Electric Scooter 1S are able to properly mitigate the small bumps of a cycle path. The absence of a shock absorber is felt when passing over a boat, a pothole or a paved road. The 8.5 inch wheels ensure correct stability to the machine.