Bird One Electric Scooter Review
| James Murphy
If you live in California, chances are you have seen a Bird One zooming by. The older sibling of the Bird Zero, which is Bird’s ride-sharing electric scooter, the Bird One is among the newer electric scooter models to launch onto the market. But how does the new stylish Bird One rank against other electric scooters on the market in terms of performance?
Good Range and Decent Speed
With a maximum range of 48km (30 miles), the Bird One has one of the better ranges for a commuter scooter. With a decent range, you are less likely to be left pushing your scooter home at the end of the day.
One thing to be mindful of is that although extended range is a great feature of the Bird One, the designers have not been able to reduce the charging time of the scooter. The Bird One takes approximately 4-6 hours to fully charge, so although you have plenty of riding time, you also might be spending a decent amount of time on the sidelines as you wait for your electric scooter to recharge.
Once you do get riding again, the Bird One should be able to get you where you need to go in good time. With a maximum speed of 29km/h (18mph), which although isn’t the fastest electric scooter you can get, it is still a decent option.
Nice Tech Features
The Bird One has done a good job including some valuable tech features including an in-built GPS. This system helps owners keep track of their scooters, which can also act as a theft-deterrent.
This electric scooter can also be paired with your smartphone using either Bluetooth or cellular connection. Using the Bird app, you are also able to lock your scooter remotely, so you know that your Bird One will be secure at all times.
Probably the biggest drawback of the Bird One though is the lack of comfort when riding. Although the choice of semi-solid tubeless tyres is great when avoiding punctures, it makes for a very uncomfortable riding experience, especially when travelling over uneven surfaces or over potholes. This wouldn’t necessarily be a major concern if the electric scooter has a decent suspension system to compensate, but the suspension on the Bird One is not as effective when compared to other scooters on the market.
Additionally, in order to give the scooter its impressive range, the Bird One has had to accommodate a heavier battery. Although it is common for long range electric scooters to weigh more than other electric scooters, some models (e.g. Raine One) are still able to keep the overall weight down by using a lightweight frame.
However, weighing approximately 17.5 kg (38.6 lbs), the Bird One is definitely not the lightest electric scooter you can get. This can be especially problematic if you plan on taking your electric scooter onto public transport, up stairs or you need to store your electric scooter away.
At a price of $1299 USD, the Bird One is one of the more expensive commuter electric scooters on the market. Although this price point can be justified due to the scooter’s decent range, tech features and aesthetics, some may argue that you can get more tech features and better performance at a similar price point.
Overall, the Bird One is a reliable electric scooter that will get you where you need to go. Its stylish design, which is available in three colours, is also a drawcard for this electric scooter. You can tell that the designers have invested-heavily into creating a secure, high-tech and reliable scooter. However, the lack of comfort when riding may be a major drawback. Even though this scooter has an impressive range, you may only be tempted to ride the Bird One for shorter journeys as it’s simply not comfortable for longer commutes.