The Ultimate Guide to Varla Electric Scooters
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Discover everything you need to know about Varla Electric Scooters in this Ultimate Guide. From performance specs to safety features, we cover it all to help you make an informed decision. Ride smarter, go greener
Alternative Varla Models
The Varla Eagle One
The Varla Eagle One/Eagle One V2.0 and Eagle One Pro are an interesting variation of something we might call a lighter heavyweight off road scooter
There are actually three versions since the Eagle One has a V2.0 option with a bigger battery. The Eagle Pro weighs 88 lbs (40 kg) while the regular Eagle Ones are just a tad lighter. All will accommodate a 330 lbs (150 kg) load capacity.
- Intended for all terrain surfaces they are all fitted with wide tires although the Pro sits on 11 inch tubeless air tires whereas the Eagle One is equipped with 10 x 3 inch pneumatic tires.
- They are both dual motor scooters with 2 x 1000W/2600W/3200W peak power levels meaning a respective top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h) for the One Pro and 40 mph (64 km/h) for the One.
- The One Pro also has a bigger battery with a 60V 27Ah pack compared to the Ones 52V 18.2Ah/20.8Ah and of course, the max range will be slightly longer for the Pro with 45 miles (72 km) vs. 40/42 miles (64/68 km) for the Ones depending on which battery version you choose.
- Dual hydraulic brake is standard for both of them which means effortless braking is par for the course.
- An essential difference in the spec list is the choice of throttle system. The One Pro has a thumb throttle whereas the One has a trigger throttle. A matter of taste that might be important for a smooth ride, depending on what you prefer.
- The V2 version also has 10 x 3,5 inch (25 x 9 cm) off road tires whereas the base version sits on 10 inch (25 cm) street tires which not all are happy with as reported further below in this blog. The Pro is probably the best sized "shod" of them with 11 inch (28 cm) tubeless street tires. But why not go for off road tires?
- The V2 and Pro also have an updated more modern looking informative LCD display with an NFC card system to prevent others from using it whereas the base version sticks to the LTO1 version.
- They differ slightly in size as well. The overall length of the Pro is 53.1 inches (135 cm) and the One is slightly shorter at 50.4 inches (128 cm). The deck sizes also differ which can have an impact when looking for the most comfortable ride. The One Pros deck is 22.8 x 7.8 inches (58 x 20 cm) whereas the Ones is 21.3 x 9.1 inches (54 x 23 cm).
- Dual shock absorption for both and independent suspension system for the One Pro is where it should be with off road surfaces in mind. However, the One Pro's ride quality is not the best in class. The choice of tires, even though intended for multiple surfaces is not up to par for off road duty. For optimal performance, you will need to change to proper knobby tires.
- The suspension system is also set up very stiffly. An adjustable system would be preferable.
- Big display (for the V2 and Pro)
- More than enough power
- Very stiff ride on anything but smooth surfaces
- Short deck
- Stem creak
- Speed wobbles
The asking price from Varla is $1399 for the Eagle One and $2099 for the One Pro.
Rider Best suited for
The One Pro is best suited for long rides with less than perfect surfaces but still mostly on city streets. The deck feels slightly short for the average sized person though and you will find your foot resting on the back footrest which it was not intended for.
The regular One electric scooter is more of an off road adventurer, that can tackle various terrain.
FAQs : Varla Eagle One/Pro
Alternative Top Choice
Varla Pegasus City
The Pegasus City Commuter is intended as a fast, fun yet inexpensive dual motor electric scooter that differs from most competitors' standard look and feel.
A big display, wide tires, thumb throttle, and some silver livery are part of what makes it a charming prospect.
- Dual motors with 500W/1920W peak power mean a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h) and a 48V 15.6Ah battery pack will be able to have an equal 28 mile range if you keep it in eco mode.
- The ride quality will be a compromise if you choose the wide solid 8 inch tires. The grip is fine on smooth surfaces, and you will never get a flat tire, but at higher speeds, and when cornering you need to be careful.
- There is an option to go for grippier puncture proof vacuum road tires, which may be a better overall choice as the dual spring suspension system is really good.
- And with the optional tires, you are looking at a much better riding experience.
- The dual spring suspension does an admirable job of making the tires work as well as they possibly can. Those dual springs together with a long wheelbase, provide one of the better suspension systems we’ve experienced, but the tires reduce the overall effectiveness.
- Dual disc brakes might need some fine tuning upon delivery but once sorted they are effective.
- Although Varla Scooters probably intended the Pegasus as an inner city commuter, it is a tad big even when folded and the stem is not the easiest to unlatch.
- Once folded it measures 25 x 48 x 20 inches (63 x 122 x 51 cm) and although the stem latches onto the deck the handlebars stay out. And it does weigh 66 lbs (30 kg)
- The big informative LCD display is one of the best features though. Easy to read even in bright sunlight.
- Reasonably priced for what it offers
- Good top speed
- Impressive dual suspension system
- A bit heavy
- Build quality feels slightly haphazard
- Not the steadiest ride at top speed
The asking price from Varla is $1099.
Rider Best suited for
Daily rides on flat surfaces but not the best option for a long distance daily commuter. Think more fun ride toy.
FAQs : Varla Pegasus City
Alternative Top Choice
Looking to go minimalistic, The Wasp is a Varla scooter that is not only cheap but also very compact.
- This is a single motor front wheel driven electric scooter with 350W/500W peak power output at disposal.
- The top speed is 16 mph (26 km/h) and the range from the 36V 7.5Ah battery pack is a claimed 19 miles (30 km). And those stats tell you a lot that you need to know about the Wasp and its intended use.
- If you are a taller person, the Wasp will seem like a kid's scooter and will probably not be an option.
- The 6 inch (15 cm) wide deck sits very low making it easy to handle and gravity stable. It is also fitted with 8.5 inch pneumatic tires and a rear independent suspension system but you wouldn't know that from riding it.
- It has a quick clever folding system making the whole process as easy as it should be on this type of e scooter.
- Pull a security pin, tap your foot on the latch mechanism and it folds and clicks onto the rear fender. After all, folding and unfolding easily is a must for this type of commuter.
- It weighs 33 lbs (15 kg).
- A rear disc brake and front e brake will provide stopping power sufficient enough for the speed of the Wasp.
- A big LED display and an IP54 rating are nice features as well as the indicators at the tip of the handlebars. Not very visible in daylight but more so in the dark.
- Thumb throttle
- Quick folding system
- Very light, easy to carry
- Too small?
- Feels more like an electric scooter best suited for kids rather than adults
- The rear suspension system not really helping the ride
The asking price from Varla is $599.
Rider Best suited for
The beginner city commuter who doesn't need long range and wants to keep it in budget, or for your kids as a first scooter.
FAQs : Varla Wasp
Alternative Top Choice
The other option of Varla's entry into e scooter "budget world" is the Falcon which is a step up from the Wasp in performance but also in price although not by much.
- The Falcon looks cool and Varla has clearly opted for a more interesting and better looking design than is usual in this segment, with the red (or blue) color scheme parts of the suspension mimicking the bigger Varla Eagle brothers and a slightly angular approach to the styling.
- The Falcon is also a front wheel drive single motor scooter which means that grip is slightly lacking when going uphill and on gravel. Although it climbs better than similar more expensive scooters.
- With a 500W/700W peak power output, it has a top speed of 22 mph (35 km/h) and a 25 mile (40 km) range from the 48V 10.4Ah battery.
- A bit unusual at this price level is the front and rear full spring suspension set up which performs decent enough to help the ride. 9 inch tubeless tires also help with shock absorption.
- Thumb throttle operated it rides steady and feels solid enough. An interesting difference is the feel of the handlebar which is thicker than usual and integrates all wires within.
- The single rear disc brake and the slightly edgy e brake are not the best in class. An additional front brake wouldn't hurt the overall braking performance.
- Easy to fold and carry as it weighs 50 lbs (22.7 kg).
- It is slightly bigger than the Wasp and offers more performance at only $300 more in asking price.
- Great looks
- Easy and fun to ride
- Decent range
- Stem could be a couple of inches taller
- Braking system lacks a bit of power
- Display hard to read in sunlight
The asking price from Varla is $899.
Rider Best suited for
Everyday commuter, looking for a slightly higher top speed than the lowest budget scooter and riding mostly on flat roads. Although it will accept some gravel and less than perfect surfaces.
FAQs : Varla Falcon
Alternative Top Choice
Common problems, maintenance, and repairs with Varla scooters?
The one thing that stands out concerning Varla scooter issues is connected to the Varla Eagle One version.
This is a very popular scooter and has a lot of reviews on YouTube. This means that a lot of feedback is at hand and when many report the same things, one might suspect a pattern.
Since the Eagle One is not exactly a budget scooter. Retailing at close to $1400 this scooter's owner can not be blamed for expecting a relatively high quality.
So here are the 6 most reported issues that might be good to know if you have your sights set on a Varla Eagle One.
- For such a scooter where off road riding freely is the idea, rear fenders get some feedback being short enough to splash your back if you are riding in moist conditions.
A slightly longer fender would do the trick. They are a bit of rubbish quality as well. Well designed fenders must be a relatively easy part to get right no?
- Sometimes at top speed, a wobble can occur. Hua...This is a fast scooter. An aftermarket high quality dampener might be needed to get that smooth ride you want.
Make sure that you have the correct PSI as the front tire also has been reported to wobble in some cases. Under 50 PSI is recommended. In some cases removing it, deflating it, and then putting it back properly can also rectify this problem.
- The Eagle One comes with tires that are prone to puncture if you are riding off road or on other bumpier surfaces. Replacing them for better ones is the only option. Or buy the Eagle One Pro which has all terrain tires of better quality. A flat tire is always a bummer.
- The front motor cuts out or turns on and off. Apparently turning the handlebars around might damage the front motor wire harness which sits exposed rather than being a sealed system. The motor can start to vibrate violently before shutting off. Check to see if the cables are damaged or disconnected if you should have this problem. If the problem is still there, then there is an issue with the power supply to the motor.
- The scooter not turning on is another issue reported. This might be due to not understanding how to maintain a battery properly as other scooter's owners also complain about this. So it's a common theme.
First is the question; "Why is my scooter not charging"?
Turning your charger on gives a green light. You connect it to the port but it doesn't change to red as expected. What's going on? Maybe the battery is charged enough or it might be a faulty battery management system or the battery's lifecycles are up.
Storing your battery properly during the winter season is a must in order to maintain the battery in the best shape. At least once per month, you should charge your battery to 50 or 75%.
And try keeping it in a warm place if possible. Even more expensive scooters not turning on is a common thing.
To read the instruction manual is important as it can be as simple as some scooters do not like when you are charging it, you turn it on to check the progress. The BMS might not be designed for that. Sometimes the BMS shuts down if you ride below a specific voltage. This is to protect the electronics.
- Bent rotors is the last one. Hitting a pothole can apparently bend the rotor. Better quality rotors for such a fast scooter is a must.
Our Alternative Top Choice
If you are willing to splash out around $2000 then we think we have a great alternative with the Wolf Warrior X.
Not only is it slightly more powerful but it also has that motorcycle style double front stem and phenomenal suspension which means riding safer is ensured. It also costs less with an asking price of $1999.
The one thing you won't get is the smartphone styled display but you still get an LCD display.
And remember, it was voted best off road in 2022-2023.
Why do we only sell Kaabo, Nami, and fluid scooters?
Let's be honest. There's no such thing as a bulletproof scooter. It might be possible to build such a scooter but the question is how much that would cost and would someone be willing to pay for it in the end?
After all, the whole idea of the electric kick scooter is for it to be a practical problem solver that is also "green" when on the road.
However, as is the norm with such trends, the variety is already quite broad, and the various scooters you can get range from very cheap to eyewateringly expensive. A powerful scooter will usually cost more than its lesser equivalents.
And as a retailer, the question is; "Which ones should we focus on and which ones do we believe are better than most other scooters?" The answer will always be a combination of factors. If speed was the only thing that mattered, i.e. the higher the speed the better, then it would be easy. But there is a bit more to it than that.
In other words, build quality, performance, safety, and reliability in a price worthy package is where the sweet spot lies.
It is for this reason that we have partnered up with Nami, and Kaabo, as well as carry our own fluid design.
Based on customer feedback, extensive research, and rigorous testing we do believe we represent the best the market has to offer. Everyday normal use is the best test and the brands we represent get very positive feedback as far as that goes.
This might change as manufacturers develop in various directions. Sometimes in a good way while other times the opposite. If that happens we need to stay on top of that and adjust accordingly.
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