COMPARING THE XIAOMI PRO 2 WITH THE NINEBOT MAX G30
Written by Ed Wiles, Scootered Founder
The Xiaomi Pro 2 and the Ninebot-Segway Max G30 are two popular e-scooters in a similar market space but just how do they compare and, if you have the money to splash out on one, which should you buy? This brief guide will give you the details to help you choose between the two scooters, focusing on the similarities and differences between the Xiaomi Pro 2 and Ninebot-Segway Max G30.
The first thing you may notice about the Pro 2 and Max G30 is that they actually look very similar. This is because both are manufactured by Ninebot and based on the original Xiaomi 365 Pro. For instance, the battery is housed in the base of both scooters, they both have a top speed of 25 km/h and three riding modes. Their LCD displays are also the same, being based on the original M365 Pro. The dash shows your speed, battery level and mode, as well as things like bluetooth.
The Pro 2 and Max G30 both have pneumatic tyres, a mechanical brake controlled by a bike-like brake lever on the left-hand handlebar, a built-in electronic brake (to stop the scooter exceeding the top speed) and an accelerator switch/button on the right-hand handlebar. The Pro 2 is on the left and the Max G30 is on the right in the image below.
The main difference between the Xiaomi Pro 2 and the Ninebot-Segway Max G30 is the range (distance it can travel on a single charge) and, consequently, the weight/size of the scooters. The Pro 2 has a range of 45 km, while the Max G30 has a range of 60 km. In order to facilitate the extra range, the Max G30 needs a larger battery, which is perhaps the main reason for its extra weight: the Pro 2 weighs 14.2 kg, while the Max G30 weighs 18.7 kg. The 4.5 kg difference in weight is, to me, significant: it makes the Max G30 less portable, meaning it is not really suitable for carrying on to public transport (or up steps).
The next difference, physically, is found in the tyres: the Xiaomi Pro 2 has 8.5 inch tyres, while the Max G30 has 10.5 inch tyres. This makes the ride on the G30 slightly smoother on rougher ground. Both scooters claim to have improved durability and resistance against punctures, although Ninebot's claims regards the G30 are bolder in that respect. The colouring are slightly different, with the Xiaomi having red trim and yellow reflectors, and the G30 having yellow trim and both red and yellow reflectors.
And that really is pretty much it. As you can see, there are more similarities than differences between the Pro II and Max G30; and you can just think of the Max G30 as a Xiaomi Pro 2 with an extended range and greater size/weight. If you are considering these scooters, you may also want to check out the very good Ducati Pro II Evo, which is reviewed here.
SPEC COMPARISON TABLE BETWEEN XIAOMI PRO 2 & NINEBOT-SEGWAY MAX G30
|Max G30||Xiaomi Pro 2|
|Size - Unfolded||117 x 47 x 120 cm||113 x 43 x 118 cm|
|Size - Folded||117 x 47 x 53 cm||113 x 43 x 49 cm|
|Weight||18.7 kg||14.2 kg|
|Tyres||10.5 inches||8.5 inches|
|Output||350 Watts||300 watts|
|Range||65 km (40 miles)||45 km (28 miles)|
|Max Climbing Angle||
|Waterproof||IPX4: splash resistant||IPX4: splash resistant|