Love the micro scooters and the Merlin is no exception! Once you try electric it’s tough to go back to kicking...
Some considerations worth knowing (that I didn’t before purchase):
It’s heavier than I expected to carry but a perfect weight while riding (a lot more nimble and mobile than the Lime and Bird scooters that have been popping up). Continuing to compare to the Bird/Lime, there is a motor whine (it’s noticeable but not annoying). I prefer this because in busy areas it’s good for pedestrian and bike awareness. A real safety concern! Wish it was in km/h as we are in Canada but that doesn’t take away from the fun of our daily “scoot commute”. I’m able to get the speedometer up to 17.4mph but the weight limit is real for those with more body mass (something to keep an eye on). Closing takes some practice.
Having used the Lime and Bird e-scooters here in Calgary, I got a taste of an easier commute. However, finding the scooters when you really need one proved to be difficult. I looked into the Micro scooters and saw the sale on the Merlin Scooter and it seemed like the best possible option.
Having ridden it for my ~3 km commute each I can honestly say this is a really well built scooter. I'm 210 lbs and 6 ft tall and this scooter has no issue hitting 26 km per hour. The battery level hits about 70% after a total of 6 kms to and from work. The folding mechanism takes some getting used to, but once you get the fact that you need to sort of jerk/push it down it becomes easier. From what I can tell the build quality seems quite solid.
My only real complaint is that my scooter was set to imperial units upon arrival and apparently there is no way to switch it over to metric. Minor inconvenience but seems like a slight oversight to me.
All around a really fun and smooth ride!
The Merlin is a shockingly great electric scooter for anyone looking to commute. It's quite light and compact given what's inside. The battery is enough to get me to work and back (about 14km with some hills) with some power to spare. The design is sleek, and looks like most of the other Kickboard line - no gaudiness here. The scooter tops out at 15 mph, which is plenty fast! The ride is smooth and responsive. Only quirks: I wish I could select automatic cruising without having to power cycle the scooter, and learning how to close it (there's a switch at the front of the board you press with your toe while pushing the handlebars forward) takes some getting used to. But, overall, it's a fabulous ride that's saving me time and gas money. Definitely try it out: you'll be pleasantly surprised!