What is your e-scooter’s maximum weight load? Does it even have one? Read on to find out.
Let’s go ahead and start with the simple answer before diving into an explanation. Yes, every e-scooter has a recommended maximum weight and 100kg (220lbs) is common enough as a limit to be the de facto industry standard.
So there you have it—the maximum weight you should put on an e-scooter is 100kg.
Now let’s approach this from a few different angles.
Here’s why e-scooters have maximum weight limits
First of all, we’re sure you see the need for having some kind of weight limit, whatever it is. No matter what kind of product or device we’re talking about, things like warranties, guarantees and promises about performance are based on reasonable use of that product or device. Things designed for normal home use will fail if you use them on an industrial or commercial basis. Mass market cars are not meant to be entered in 24h endurance races. And, no, your nice new flatscreen television is not supposed to be mounted on a wall outside in your garden.
You get the idea.
In other words, there has to be a reasonable limit of the application of whatever force results in the degradation of a device. After that limit, the manufacturer is not responsible for the sub-optimal performance that is sure to result.
For e-scooters, that’s the amount of weight they carry.
This should come as no surprise because even things that were meant to carry heavy loads still have maximum capacities.
As you may have guessed by the nice, round number, 100kg is an approximate value for the weight beyond which your safety and / or the performance of the scooter is compromised. So, no, nothing is going to happen if you exceed this limit by just a bit.
However, repeatedly subjecting the scooter to weights in excess of 100kg will invariably have consequences.
Why it matters
While metal doesn’t actually stretch like fabric or rubber, certain points in the design of any scooter can bend and flex under extreme weights. Repeatedly causing these parts to bend and flex before returning to their intended shape or position can result in damage over time.
This becomes a problem when it affects a core feature of the scooter’s design—its rigidity. When the frame of a scooter is less rigid, the rider has less control and it is less responsive to subtle steering motions. A scooter that’s been exposed to too much weight for too long will invariably start to show signs of losing the proper “feel” for the rider.
On top of that, of course, are the obvious safety concerns that come with using a scooter that isn’t structurally capable of normal operation. After being stretched, bent and twisted too far for too long, a scooter won’t even be able to safely operate even when the rider is under 100kg.
Again, slightly exceeding the limit from time to time shouldn’t be a problem but regular, sustained use of your e-scooter with more than 100kg on the deck will definitely result in problems.
Keep this and other tips from our blog in mind to make sure you always have a safe ride while keeping your e-scooter in top shape.