Segway Ninebot launched a feature-rich F-series in 2021. There are three different kickscooters in the F-series: F25, F30, and F40.
I bought myself the F40 EU model and tested it thoroughly.
In this Segway Ninebot F40 review, I am going to reveal all its pros and cons and help you decide whether this e-scooter is a good fit for you.
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- Segway Ninebot F40 Overview
- Unboxing and Assembling
- Ninebot F40e Performance
- Ninebot F40 Design and Features
- Segway Ninebot F40 Review Conclusions
Segway Ninebot F40 Overview
Segway Ninebot F40e Specs
|Motor||350W Front Hub Motor|
|Top Speed||18.6 mph|
|Battery||36V 10.2Ah (367 Wh)|
|Max Range||25 miles|
|Recharge Time||6-7 Hours|
|Brakes||Mechanical Disc + Electric|
|Weight Capacity||265 lbs|
|Lights||Front, Rear, and Brake Lights|
Pros and Cons
Unboxing and Assembling
From the moment I laid eyes on the package that arrived at my doorstep, I knew I was in for a treat. The box itself was a visual masterpiece, adorned with crisp images and detailed specifications of the Segway Ninebot F40.
As I carefully opened the box, the scooter presented itself in all its glory, almost beckoning me to embark on our first ride together. But first things first – the assembly.
Contrary to what some might think, the process was incredibly straightforward. The main task at hand was installing the handlebar. I connected the wires between the handlebar and the scooter and then attached the handlebar to the scooter with 6 screws.
Next, I quickly installed the designated app, and to my delight, connecting the scooter via Bluetooth was a breeze. But what truly impressed me was the short safety video embedded within the app. After watching it, the scooter was ready for the first ride.
Ninebot F40e Performance
Speed and Acceleration
Ninebot F40 comes with a 350W front hub motor. The motor is a bit more powerful than other similar electric scooters. For example, Niu KQi2 and Xiaomi 3 have 300W motors. Also, other Ninebot scooters from the F-series have 300W motors.
Thanks to the slightly bigger motor, the Ninebot F40 has a somewhat higher top speed and better hill-climbing capability.
The scooter is able to reach a top speed of 18.6 mph. I have the EU model, which has a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). I weigh about 90 kg (~200 lbs) and it takes just a couple of seconds to reach the top speed. To be honest, it’s a sufficient speed for city rides.
Also, the F40 can easily climb inclines of up to 15%. When riding uphill, the top speed decreases, but not much. Of course, it also depends on the weight of the rider.
The acceleration of the scooter is very smooth and gradual. There is no zero-start feature, so you have to make a couple of kicks before the scooter starts accelerating.
You can choose between 3 riding modes:
In Eco mode, the scooter goes only up to 9.3 mph. Therefore, you can maximize the range.
In Standard mode, you can reach the max speed, but the acceleration is not the best. It’s the mode you will probably use the most.
In Sport mode, the acceleration will be a bit more aggressive. It’s useful when going uphill. But if you ride in this mode all the time, the battery will die quite fast.
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Battery and Range
Ninebot F40 has a battery that can contain up to 367 Watt Hours of energy. Compared to other F-series scooters, the F40 has the best battery.
The F30 has a battery of 275 Wh, while the F25 has a battery of just 183 Wh of energy capacity. It means that the Ninebot F40 has a much longer range than its smaller brothers.
Talking of which, the maximum range of Segway Ninebot F40 is about 25 miles. You can achieve that when riding in Eco mode on flat surfaces and if you don’t weigh much.
I managed to ride the scooter for about 15 miles (25 km) while using both eco and sport modes and mostly riding with the top speed. After the battery was completely empty, it took 7 hours to recharge.
The scooter has 2 types of brakes: a mechanical disc brake and an electronic brake. The disc brake is at the rear and the electric brake is at the front. You can activate both brakes simultaneously from the single brake lever on the handlebar.
At first, I was disappointed about the stopping power. I weigh about 190 pounds and it took about 25 feet to stop from the speed of 15 mph.
After adjusting the brakes, I managed to shorten the stopping distance to 15 feet. Now, I can say that the Ninebot F40 electric scooter provides enough stopping power for safe riding.
You can see from this video, how I tested and adjusted the brakes:
Ninebot F40 Design and Features
Frame and Deck
The frame of the Segway F40 is made from durable steel. It seems very strong and it can withstand a payload of up to 265 pounds.
When riding with the scooter, you don’t hear any rattling from the folding joints.
The scooter weighs just 35 pounds, making it one of the most lightweight electric scooters on the market.
The deck provides plenty of room. You can easily fit your feet however you like. Also, the deck has nice rubber on it, which provides a good grip underneath your feet.
Additionally, there are integrated fenders on top of both wheels, so your clothes remain clean even if the road is dirty.
Although the handlebar is not collapsible, I would still classify the Ninebot F40 as a very portable electric scooter.
As mentioned above, the scooter is quite lightweight. So everyone can carry it for a couple of flights of stairs.
Additionally, the scooter has a simple folding mechanism. When folded down, the F40 fits easily in most trunks.
It literally takes just 3 seconds to fold the scooter. There is a very smart way to lock the handlebar when it’s folded down. A hook on top of the rear fender attaches perfectly to the bell on the handlebar.
Also, the folding mechanism is strong and reliable, so you don’t have to worry that the scooter folds itself down while you are riding.
F40 Wheels and Tires
The Ninebot F40 e-scooter comes with 10-inch wheels and pneumatic tires. Tires have an anti-skid feature that provides good ride quality on smooth terrain.
However, since the scooter doesn’t have suspensions, it’s not good on the bumpy road. Although these tires provide much better ride quality than solid tires, don’t even think of going off-roading with this scooter.
The handlebar of this Ninebot scooter is comfortable. Nothing fancy there and not many buttons. Just a braking lever, a bell, a display, and a thumb throttle.
I really like the grips. They don’t move around and they provide a good grip.
The scooter has all the necessary essentials including the lights.
It has a bright LED light at the front and a red light at the rear. You must manually turn them on from the display. However, the brake light works all the time even if the main lights are turned off.
These lights provide enough illumination for riding in the dark. Also, you are well seen by others.
Is Ninebot F40 Waterproof?
Segway Ninebot F40 is not waterproof and it is not advised to ride with it in the rain.
However, the e-scooter has an official IPX5 water-resistance rating. It means that the scooter can handle some low-pressure water jets. So, if you get caught in the rain while riding, you are not instantly in trouble.
Just make sure to get in a dry place as soon as possible.
Does Ninebot F40 Have an App?
Ninebot F40 has Bluetooth connectivity and an app for Android and iOS.
In the app, you can see the remaining battery percentage and mileage. Also, you can set the energy recovery strength.
If the scooter needs an update, this can be done through the app. Additionally, you can turn the scooter into walk mode.
Overall, I really like the ride quality of the Ninebot F40.
The riding is really smooth. You can hear only the sound of wind in your ears (and the quiet buzz of an electric motor).
I feel very comfortable on the deck and the handlebar height is exactly right for a man of 6’3″.
However, if the terrain is bumpy, the ride quality decreases significantly. So it would be best if you had smooth asphalt for this electric scooter.
Segway Ninebot F40 vs MAX
Therefore, the Ninebot Max G30P can ride up to 40 miles, while the maximum range of the F40 is just 25 miles.
Also, the Ninebot Max is somewhat heavier than the F40.
The price difference is about $200. So when deciding between those two, you must evaluate how much range you need.
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Segway Ninebot F40 vs Xiaomi Pro 2
- Both are lightweight
- Same range
- Both have a disc brake + electronic brake
- Same dimensions
- F40 has a more powerful motor (350W vs 300W)
- Pro 2 has a longer charging time (9 hours vs 7 hours)
- F40 has bigger wheels and tires (10″ vs 8.5″)
- F40 has a higher payload capacity (265 lbs vs 220 lbs)
If both scooters are similarly priced, I would prefer the Ninebot F40 over the Xiaomi Pro 2.
Segway Ninebot F40 Review Conclusions
Riding with the Ninebot F40 is definitely a pure joy.
It has smooth acceleration, sufficient top speed, and good stopping power. Also, the design of the scooter is neat and modern.
If you have good roads in your neighborhood and your daily commutes are within 15 miles, Ninebot F40 would be a strong choice.