Based in NYC, Kaiden is a Software Engineer who loves talking about delicious food, Thai boxing, grappling arts, and fast electric vehicles. His main go-to weekend must-haves were mouthwatering pizza, cheesy burgers, snappy unicycles, and ice-cold libations. Although lately, he’s been consuming unsalted air fryer chicken, filtered tap water, and green smoothies, walking to work because he’s in his late 30s and his metabolism just isn’t the same. He is finally accepting it.
New York City Tested
Expensive but worth it
For many people, $1,500 is a lot of money, especially in today’s economy. You might think, “Hey, I need a scooter; let’s get the best but cheapest model out there,” and there are plenty to choose from. But our mindset is different; we’re willing to pay more to get a lot more.
With the Apollo City, you’re getting a +30 mph scooter with some of the best quality, technology, and performance for any city dweller or suburban commuter. It has everything you need to run errands, save money, have fun, and get things done. Like anything expensive these days, it has high build quality and performance specs to back it up.
Powerful, high quality, fun to ride
Is it worth the price? Apollo sent is the Apollo City Pro to test
After riding this test scooter daily for 3 weeks (and counting), the Apollo City Pro has blown us away. This $1,500 scooter rocks and is VROOOMIN’s best scooter under $2,000. I know this is a bold claim, but it’s true. This scooter is well worth the money.
Apollo City Pro Electric Scooter Review
The Apollo City Pro would be a great first scooter for someone starting their E-scooter journey. It would be perfect for someone who only needs and wants one scooter in their apartment; some, like myself, have more than one.
Like many hobbies, we’ve tried and owned scooters that range priced from $300 to $5,000; the Apollo City Pro can replace them all; it’s that good. It has a top speed of 32 mph, an average range of 20-30 miles, weighs 65 pounds, and has all the power and features you’d need in New York city. It’s well built, fun to ride, and the only scooter you need.
There’s also a lower priced single motor model, great for riders who want less top speed and ride range, all while saving a few bucks on their budget. I prefer the dual motor, personally.
Performance: this scooter is great for any occasion, a little heavy but perfect for every day errands, the dual motor power is worth the extra weight. You’ll fly down the streets and up hills without problem, its quite fun.
Range: is about average for a 48V battery, there are slightly heavier 60V scooters that can go further.
Features: everything you need to ride safely on a scooter.
Chassis: great design, very unique, one of the best looking on the market. Deck is taller then others, compact and snug, feet fit perfectly for my size and build. It’s larger than $500-$800 scooters, 60V scooters tend to have a little more deck space.
Warranty: Parts and help is standard, theres a ticketing system, live chat, and call option for servicing warranty. They’re in their busiest season at the moment, response times are 1-2 days, about standard compared to the other large scooter companies.
The thing I like most about the scooter is how easy it is to use. It has a thumb throttle and a brake throttle, which makes it very easy to use with your hands; no more scooter riding hand fatigue. The dual and triple spring suspension system makes it feel like you’re riding on a cloud.
You’ll love going over bumpy ground and small curbs. Even though its 65 lbs, its still easily folded and carried by any average-sized adult.
The Apollo City Pro’s design stands out the most: it’s sleek, simple, polished, and sporty. As you zip down the main street on this scooter, by-passers will gaze at you in awe.
The brake throttle and dual drum brakes are very strong and easy to use, I prefer the regen brakes, but the dual levers are there if you need them. You’ll love using the thumb throttle to stop because it’s so effortless and super powerful, but be careful with the settings when setting up and during your first ride.
I’ve ridden both cheaper and more expensive scooters on the market, but this one is right in the middle and has everything you need for daily use, both on the weekends and during the week. People often don’t think about how much power a scooter has or its relation to how much it weighs. Weight is a huge deal if you have to carry it daily.
Too much power adds a lot of weight. Most very light scooters don’t have much power, but the Apollo City Pro is powerful and lightweight, making it a balanced scooter. Let’s look at this scooter’s awesome features, specs, and design.
The scooter’s power-to-weight ratio is what I like best about it. When you speed up, you feel like you’re flying. The City Pro has two 500-watt motors and can go up to 32 miles per hour in a blink. The scooter’s drivetrain can go up a maximum slope of 20 degrees and has three gears that limit the speed to 10, 21, and 32 miles per hour.
The first gear is “eco-mode,” the second gear is “comfort mode,” and the third gear is “sport mode.” I always leave the scooter in sport mode, and it’s a lot of fun to go over 20 mph on it any day. The steep incline of the Queensboro Bridge from Queens to Manhattan is no problem for the Apollo City Pro.
- Top Speed: 32 mph
- Ride modes: eco, comfort, sport
- Gradient: 20 degree climb
- Motors: Dual 500W
- Brakes: Dual drum + regen brakes
- Tires: 10 inch front and rear
The dual 500W motors make short work of these hills. You won’t need to go faster than 20 mph in New York City. Anything faster is not safe in the bike lane. I ride the City Pro to work, the grocery store, and the gym. It’s a fun and light scooter that gets me where I need to go daily. If you need to carry the scooter up a flight of stairs, you don’t have to worry about being able to lift it.
It has a simple folding system and handles on the back deck. Most of the time, I ride between 10 and 20 miles per hour, and its been an absolute blast on the City.
I can’t push the scooter to its top speed unless there is a safe stretch of road. The streets in New York City have been so crowded lately that you don’t need to go that fast; 15 to 20 mph is plenty.
When riding the Apollo City Pro, you’ll have to get used to the thumb throttle and brake throttle, which are practical but give the scooter a completely different feel.
It took me about two days to adjust, but now that I have, I don’t want to ride in any other scooter without thumb-style throttles or brakes. The Apollo City Pro moves pretty quickly. I recommend that most riders set the scooter in kick-start mode; it’s much safer, so you don’t have any whiskey throttle accidents. I’ve had a few close calls in the apartment and the elevator.
The 48V 18AH (864 WH) 21700 lithium battery that powers the Apollo City Pro gives it a maximum range of 38 miles. From what we’ve seen, electric scooters usually get about 40 watt-hours per mile out of their batteries, which is about 60% of their advertised range.
Based on how we ride, we get about 20 to 30 miles of range per charge. Please keep in mind that some days we ride fast and some days we ride slow. Your rating range will change based on your weight, the weather, and the road conditions.
- Battery Pack: 48V 18AH 21700 Lithium Battery Pack (864WH)
- Max Range: 38 mile
- Charger: 54.6V 3A
- Charge Time: 6 hours
- Features: short circuit protection, overcurrent protection, double protection from overcharging, temperature resistance, undervoltage auto-sleep protection
The Apollo City Pro has everything you need for your daily commute. It’s hard for us to ride 20 miles daily in New York City, so the scooter’s range will always be okay for our needs. The Apollo City Pro is great for quick errands, getting to and from work, and your weekly activities.
You will have a great time riding the Apollo City Pro; I’d rather take the scooter than a car, subway, bus, or cab any day of the week. If you ride the scooter daily, remember to charge it when you get home or in the morning before you start your day.
This will help keep your scooter charged if you need to go somewhere quickly. If you’re going to the store to get food, the scooter’s battery will be more than enough to get you there and back.
The Apollo City Pro has a lot of features and technology that set it apart from its rivals. I’m having so much fun with the scooter that I only use the throttle, the regenerative brakes, and the headlights every time I ride it.
I only have to do that when I’m riding the scooter, even though Apollo City has a lot of hidden features that are ready to be used and can be very helpful when you need them.
The Apollo City has turn signals, dual drum brakes, a display, a mobile app, and easy stem system for folding. I don’t use these features every time I ride; I’m more of a “gas,” “ride,” and “brake” kind of guy. But some people do, and the City Pro’s features put it head and shoulders above the competition.
In the scooter business, newer models are starting to have many of the same features and technologies as cars. Manufacturers of scooters make more than just the main motor, controller, and battery. People in the community who ride scooters want more from them, and Apollo is one of the few scooters that is leading the way.
- 500-lumen headlights, brake lights
- integrated display (ride stats, ride modes, battery, odometer)
- turn signals
- bike bell
I applaud the City Pros’ simplicity; it’s a stylish, clean, minimal, and sporty electric scooter. The compact size, hidden wiring, clean lines, and curves make for a practical scooter. The City Pro has an integrated display handlebar, an easy-fold stem, a spacious yet narrow deck, and triangular side arms. The City Pro follows a similar design pattern, though the chassis’ round corners and smooth shapes are outdated.
The Scooter has an elegant and refined appearance; it’s simple and enjoyable. I’ve gotten a few compliments from curious shoppers at Costco who are drawn to the finish of this scooter. The chassis is made of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum and comes in gray with an orange accent. It also has some of the best-looking geometry on the market.
The Apollo City Pro may be the most beautiful scooter on the market, with the best finish and is pretty sleek. What are your thoughts on Scooter’s extraterrestrial design? This scooter is from another era or even a different planet. The scooter designs are compact and straightforward to use. The Scooter’s regen brake, thumb throttle, and simple stem make it easy to use and ride.
The triple spring suspension makes rough terrain enjoyable, especially on the rough streets of New York City. Many roads in New York City need to be repaired; fortunately, Apollo City can make the streets a little more bearable daily.
Tall guys, rejoice! The stand may appear a little tall at first; it took some getting used to, but in retrospect, the stem is the perfect way to accommodate the market’s taller riders. It’s an excellent option for big and tall folks. The deck appeared to be a little narrow at first, but after a few weeks of use, it has the perfect length-to-width ratio to fit snuggly in the office or living room when I get home.
- Weight: 65 lbs / 29.5 kg
- Max load: 265 lbs / 120 kg
- Materials: 6061 Aircraft grade aluminum
- Suspension: triple spring system
- IP Rating: IP56 water resistance
- Tires: Self Healing tires
- Kickstand: Strong and easy to use
- Carrying handle: can place feet for position and easy to use when needing to lift scooter
- Mudguard: the look great and block water and debris on the ride
- Mobile App – Navigation, scooter registration, security passcode, performance settings, firmware updates, ride modes, cruise control, ride statistics, ride history and more
Near perfect, but some small issues
As a reviewer, if I only had one scooter to choose from at the time of writing, I would go with the Apollo City Pro for my daily needs. The scooter outperforms more expensive models on the market in terms of performance, build quality, and features; it checks all the boxes.
We’ve tried out scooters that cost anywhere from $300 to $5,000, and we’ve decided that we want one that’s light, strong, and stable, but also feels comfortable on uneven ground. The Apollo City Pro has the elegance, muscle, and technology to be one of the market’s most competitive $1,500 scooters.
Defects, Warranty and Customer service
Is it a worthwhile option? I believe so. You could use the scooter for both daily riding and weekend cruising. We only had this scooter for a few hundred miles, so we can’t say how it will hold up in the long run. Overall, the scooter is well-built and well-thought-out. Here are a few things some may notice or call out about the scooter:
- Deck space: If we could make design changes, we may look for more deck space; not critical, but more expansive decks are always nice to have; it does come at the sacrifice of cost, but it could also introduce more battery.
- Height: If you’re much shorter, the stem might be too tall for you; most average-sized adults should be fine. We didn’t notice any design flaws or defects; the scooter is well-built out of the box.
- Mobile App: One thing to note is we had trouble connecting to the mobile app at first and weren’t able to unlock the top speed; we reached out to Apollo’s customer service and were able to troubleshoot the app’s permission settings over a call. Email Response time was a little delayed, but they are in Black Friday promotion season so things can be hectic behind the scenes for their biggest sale of the year.
- Charger: We received the charger a few days after the scooter arrived, the scooter had plenty of battery to last us until then
- Bike Bell: The bike bell is excellent for bike lanes and pedestrians; we wish there were an option for a louder electric horn; you can always buy a separate one and attach it to the scooter
- Power: Some riders may want more power, speed, and range at the cost of portability, price, and weight; the Apollo Pro will fit their demand and is currently in production!
- Phone holder: we have a phone holder that fits traditional bike handlebars, the City’s handlebars are built into the display. We reached out to Apollo about possible options, a wider grip holder may be necessary, more to come on this.
Based on our previous experiences with expected build quality and materials in other scooters, the chassis of this scooter is robust and has no build or ride-feel issues.
If you’re looking for a high-speed monster that can travel more than +60 miles on a single charge, this isn’t the scooter. The scooter is ideal if you need a powerful, lightweight scooter to get you to work, pick up groceries, and run errands daily.
If you’re choosing between a $500 and a $1,500 scooter, the extra $1,000 will make a big difference, comparable to the difference between a bottom-shelf spirit and one with a top-shelf label. It’s worth the extra money for people like us.
Apollo started out as a distributor of high-quality electric scooters, but quickly grew into a company that offers other ways to get around. Apollo was dissatisfied with the sea of shoddy-built e-scooters and the few scooter-sharing options available.
Apollo set out to show that electric scooters are superior, more practical, and environmentally friendly so that commuters don’t have to sacrifice. Additionally, they are far more enjoyable than any other short-distance means of transportation.
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