The handlebars are built with a wide, comfortable profile that’ll suit riders of most heights, shapes, and sizes. Though they don’t fold, this isn’t an issue – most performance scooters lack this feature.
Mounted on the handlebars, you’ll find the MiniMotors EY3 display, which plays the dual role of finger throttle and display screen.
Here’s where you can grab at a glance insights into your riding mode, speed, distance traveled, and remaining battery life – but more on this in the ‘Extra Features’ section. The handlebars also play host to a set of tactile buttons, which control the lights, turn signals, and allow you to switch between single and dual motor usage.
Despite the handlebars being 2 inches shorter than the Mantis Pro and Pro SE (48 vs 50 inches), they inspire confidence while riding. The only area for improvement here is if Kaabo upgraded the grips to have a rubber profile that accounted for space to rest your palm. Instead, Kaabo equipped the 8 Pro with the same grips as the rest of the Manti lineup that take the form of rounded foam.
Consistent with both its predecessor (the original Mantis 8), as well as the other Manti models, the 8 Pro channels an understated, pared-back look and feel. Uncommon for a performance electric scooter, the 8 Pro is almost entirely black – there’s just a couple of glimmers of red, on its springs and handlebars.
Ultimately, the design of the 8 Pro plays it pretty safe. It won’t alienate anyone, but it’s not setting many riders’ hearts on fire, either.
Luckily, if you’re the kind of scooter enthusiast that needs a bit more passion and pizzazz in your palette, the Mantis Pro SE may be a better fit. It shares the 8 Pro’s robust design but adds regal highlights of gold to the handlebars and swingarms.
While those strips of undercarriage lighting or button LEDs might be the first thing you notice about the Mantis 8 Pro’s deck, it’s the matting that has me the most excited.
Like the original Mantis Pro, the 8 Pro’s deck is coated in anti-slip rubber. Offering more traction than grip tape – and being much easier to clean – this material is a great example of the 8 Pro’s build quality. Of course, some riders may find fault with the edges of the 8 Pro’s deck covering, which – because they aren’t glued down – can be liable to flap up when riding.
Fortunately, this isn’t too much of an issue. The matting stays pinned down, so I have no qualms here. In fact, this design quirk can even be a positive – particularly when you consider how easy it is to remove the 8 Pro’s battery when it’s time for repair or replacement.
Another element of the 8 Pro’s deck that underlies the quality of the model’s build is its kickplate. This is a small raised platform at the rear of the deck, which – when you place your back foot against it while riding – allows you to lean into the ride for more traction and comfort.
Typically, the number in a scooter’s name corresponds to the size of its tires – so fancy hazarding a guess at how large the Mantis 8 Pro’s wheels are?
Yep – the 8 Pro’s tires are 8 inches in diameter. In practice, this smaller, more agile type of profile gives the scooter a nimble feel that makes cornering and control a breeze. The alternative is the 10-inch profile of the tires we see on the Mantis 10 range. By comparison, the 8 Pro’s tires have a larger width (3.1 vs 2.5 inches) that lends them an enhanced contact patch. This results in greater traction and stability.
The 8 Pro’s tubeless tires are also air-filled, meaning they act as shock absorbers. In tandem with the scooter’s front and rear spring suspension, this adds an extra layer of comfort to ride quality since they help soak up the jarring impacts of rough terrain.
Build Quality & Durability
Made from a blend of precipitation-hardened aviation-grade aluminum alloy, hard-wearing steel, reinforced plastic, and grippy rubber, the Mantis 8 Pro ticks most of the boxes when it comes to durability.
Largely, this is down to the 8 Pro’s manufacturer, Kaabo. Kaabo is one of the industry’s leading forward-thinkers when it comes to performance scooters, and the likes of the Wolf Warrior range and entire Mantis line have all emerged from its labs.
The only area of build quality that lets the scooter down is its lack of a water-resistance rating. This is something most of the 8 Pro’s competitors – namely, the VSETT 10+ and Apollo Ghost – have, so the 8 Pro’s a little behind here.
But I should also note that the culpability here doesn’t rest solely with the 8 Pro, but with Kaabo. IP water-resistance ratings are missing from the entire Manti range, as well as across some of the Wolf Warrior models. With that in mind, it’s worth avoiding wet weather.
Weight & Load
The Mantis Pro weighs in at 60 lbs, which – considering the specs and features it offers, and the overall performance it delivers – is about what we’d expect.
It’s lighter than its Manti siblings such as the Pro (65 lbs), and even the feature-light Mantis Base (61 lbs). The 8 Pro also cuts a slimmer figure than all the scooters I recommend as alternatives, including the Apollo Ghost (64 lbs), Mantis Pro SE (65 lbs), Wolf Warrior X (74.5 lb), and VSETT 10+ 20.8Ah (79 lbs).
Of course, a lighter frame typically means less load-bearing capacity*, and the Mantis 8 Pro conforms to this logic. Just as it’s lighter than all its closest rivals, it supports less rider weight than them, too. Capable of shouldering a payload of 265 lbs, the 8 Pro loses out to the Mantis Pro SE (330 lbs), Apollo Ghost (300 lbs), and VSETT 10+ (285 lbs).
*The golden exception to this rule is the EMOVE Cruiser. It weighs 52 lbs (8 lbs less than the Mantis 8 Pro) but can support an almost industry-leading 352 lbs of rider poundage. It also has an awe-inspiring 62 miles of range and a similar top speed to the 8 Pro, as well as being available for a huge $600 less. Food for thought?
Folding & Portability
If you’ve ever owned the Mantis Base or Pro, you’ll have no trouble getting to grips with the 8 Pro’s folding mechanism – it’s the same.
Like those models, the 8 Pro doesn’t sport folding handlebars, but its intuitive, reliable folding mechanism more than makes up for that omission. The contraption relies on a couplet of quick-release buckles, paired with a locking ring. To fold the 8 Pro, simply loosen the buckles, and shift the ring upward to disengage the stem. Unfolding it is equally easy – just reverse the process by sliding down the locking ring and tightening the levers to secure it.
While the 8 Pro’s relatively heavy 60 lbs weight and sturdy, stocky frame mean it’s unlikely to ever be mistaken for a commuter scooter, it still has some portability credentials to be proud of. For one, the stem locks into the deck via a small hook below the handlebars. This helps ‘lock’ the scooter in place when it’s folded, and makes lifting and transporting it a cinch.
As is the case with the rest of the Manti models, the 8 Pro requires little assembly. The manual covers everything in-depth, but I’ll summarize the key steps below:
- Unbox the scooter
- Unfold it, and secure the stem by fastening the folding mechanism.
- Affix the handlebars to the top of the stem (it arrives loosely connected via some cabling), and screw the metal plaque over the top of them, utilizing the four screws provided.
Then, you’re pretty much good to go. I just recommend checking the tire pressure, and charging it before you hit the road.
Is the Mantis 8 Pro Comfortable to Ride?
Looked at in isolation the Mantis 8 Pro is comfortable to ride. There’s no stem wobble and the wide handlebars give you a sense of security and stability.
What’s more, the front and rear swingarms effectively handle the impact of less hospitable terrain, while the increased traction of the compact tires assists in your ability to carve corners. Plus, characteristic of the Manti line, the wide deck, coated in a rubber matting offers plenty of grip for enhanced control when executing sharp turns or hitting top speeds on the straights.
I admit, though, I would prefer the 8 Pro to sport the hydraulic suspension setups of the VSETT 10+ and Wolf Warrior X models. Its overall shock absorption and comfort levels are good, but not excellent. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is firm and 10 is super soft, the shock-absorbing abilities sit around the 5 mark.
In comparison to the rest of the Manti lineup, the 8 Pro matches all models for ride quality.
Performance & Safety
The Mantis 8 Pro has a top speed of up to 33 mph. But how does the speed fare when we put it to the test against the other scooters in its price and weight classes?
Let’s find out.
Speed vs Price Comparison
When we compare the Mantis 8 Pro with the other nine comparable models that sit within its $1,749 to $2,249 price range ($250 on either side of the 8 Pro’s $1,999 price tag), the scooter places poorly. Along with the fellow 33 mph top speed of the VSETT 9+R, the 8 Pro sits joint-second from the bottom, beating out only the paltry 28 mph pace of the INOKIM Ox Super.
The reason for the Mantis 8 Pro’s lackluster performance is that its dual 48V 800W motors are much smaller than its similarly priced peers. The VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah), for instance – the leader of the pack – has dual 1400W motors, which pack close to double the punch of the 8 Pro’s.
Along with its dual 35Ah controllers, the VSETT 10+’s fiery motors not only deliver a top speed that’s 52% greater than the 8 Pro but an acceleration rate that’s almost a third (30%) faster – but more on acceleration later in the review.
Of course, if the eyebrow-raising $2,199 price tag of the VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah) is a little beyond your budget, there’s another strong option at the summit of the rankings above – the Wolf Warrior X. Ideal for those looking to buy their way into the quality and durability of the Kaabo line – but for less cash – the X takes everything the original Wolf Warrior 11+ does so well, and improves it.
And, despite the X’s slimmer frame, smaller tires, and more nimble profile, it doesn’t sacrifice power. The X’s dual 60V 1100W motors provide far more power and torque than those you’ll find on the Mantis 8 Pro. The best bit? The X costs the same as the 8 Pro – meaning your money goes further.
Speed vs Weight Comparison
Now, let’s assess the Mantis 8 Pro against the 10 other models that also occupy its 55 – 65 lbs weight class (that’s 5 lbs either side of the 8 Pro’s 60 lbs bulk).
Here, the 8 Pro places smack-bang in the middle of the rankings, sharing its top speed with the entire VSETT 9+ lineup. Below the 8 Pro sit the pair of INOKIM Ox models, while above it, the Apollo Ghost’s 34 mph pips the 8 Pro.
Sharing the spoils of first place, however, are the rest of the 8 Pro’s extended family – a lineup consisting of Manti models that include the Pro SE (24.5Ah), Pro SE, Pro, and Base. Now, while all of these are excellent scooters in their own right, I’d opt for the Mantis Pro SE 24Ah. It beats the Base for acceleration, and not only matches the original Mantis Pro for performance but delivers an impressive litany of new features, too.
Ways in which the Mantis Pro SE improves on the Mantis Pro include:
- Turn signals
- A bright headlight
- Gold trim
- Improved motor buttons
- A reinforced stem and a stronger bolt to prevent stem wobble
- Thicker motor depth and longer bolt length to eliminate shearing
After all, that ‘SE’ stands for ‘Special Edition’ – so it’s no wonder there are so many extra benefits on offer. It is worth noting, though, that the Pro SE (24.5Ah) is $300 more than the Mantis 8 Pro. But, if you wanted to save money you could opt for the Pro SE (18.2Ah) – which costs just $1,799. With this model, you get all the same benefits but a reduced 5-10 mile range.
Make no mistake – when it comes to acceleration, the Mantis 8 Pro is one rapid machine. It’s able to hit 15 mph in just 2.4 seconds and get up to 25 mph in 5.2 seconds. Yet, while that’s quick, the 8 Pro fails to match the dizzying heights of acceleration that its closest rivals offer.
|Scooter||0-15 MPH (Seconds)||0-20 MPH (Seconds)|
|VSETT 10+ 20.8Ah ($2,199)||1.7||3.6|
|Mantis Pro SE ($2,299)||2.0||4.1|
|Wolf Warrior X ($1,799)||2.2||4.7|
|Apollo Ghost ($1,699)||2.3||5.3|
|Mantis 8 Pro ($1,999)||2.4||5.2|
As you can see, it’s the seemingly unstoppable VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah) that hogs the limelight, with a blistering acceleration rate that’s – on average – 30% faster than the 8 Pro. The 10+’s dual 35A controllers and pair of 60V 1400W motors afford it with a best-in-class acceleration rate, while its ‘Sport’ (a.k.a. Turbo Boost) button allows you to inject 5Ah more power for two minutes of rocket fuel. The closest thing I can compare this to is the nitrous oxide boosts that you could give your car in the classic Need for Speed series of PlayStation games – only with the VSETT 10+, it’s real life.
Similarly, the Mantis Pro SE and Wolf Warrior X also outstrip the 8 Pro for acceleration – though this is no surprise considering that both models boast larger, more powerful motors than the 8 Pro.
Moving further down the list brings us to the Apollo Ghost. Despite the Ghost offering slightly more speed than the 8 Pro, its acceleration rate is virtually identical. To be more specific, while the Ghost is just about quicker to 15 mph, the 8 Pro reaches 25 mph faster – though it’s unlikely that either of these disparities will be noticeable in practice. If you end up choosing the Ghost over the 8 Pro, it won’t be for the former’s acceleration rate – it’ll be for the $300 less it costs you to buy.
Mileage tends to be one of the strong points of the Manti line, and the 8 Pro doesn’t disappoint. Capable of reaching as far as 40 miles off a single charge, the 8 Pro can, quite literally, go the distance – but how does it stack up against the competition?
Mileage vs Price Comparison
Returning to the 10 models in the Mantis 8 Pro’s price bracket, the scooter shares its 40-mile range with the majority of the pack. Evidently, 40 is the ‘magic number’ when it comes to scooters in the 8 Pro’s bracket: it’s a range the Wolf Warrior X, the Apollo Phantom, Mantis Pro SE, and VSETT 9+R all share.
Of course, that means that if you want a scooter that goes the extra mile you’ll need to look at the top contenders.
On paper, that’s the INOKIM Ox Super. After all, that 56-mile range is impressive. It’s also one of the most comfortable scooters I’ve ever tested. However, it comes nowhere near its rivals where speed is concerned. Thanks to its single 800W motors it feels sluggish compared to models like the Mantis 8 Pro. So, if going fast is just as much of a priority for you as going far, then the Ox Super isn’t the scooter for you.
That leaves us with just two models – the EVOLV Pro Plus and the VSETT 10+. Of these, the 10+ wins hands down. It’s more powerful, built better, and delivers tenfold more value than its EVOLV counterpart – in addition to an almost identical range. For this, we can thank the VSETT 10+’s battery. With 1248Wh vs the Mantis 8 Pro’s 1176Wh, the 10+’s battery stores 6% more energy than the Mantis 8 Pro, which equates to 12 more miles of range.
There is one consideration here, though. Because the 20.8Ah model is the entry point into the VSETT 10+ lineup, the quality of its battery isn’t up to the standards of that range’s more premium models. The 10+ (20.8Ah)’s battery relies on Chinese-produced battery cells, while the 8 Pro utilizes cells from LG or Samsung. As a result, the 10+’s peak battery performance won’t last as long.
If this is the kind of thing that will weigh on your mind, I suggest opting for the 25.6Ah variety of the VSETT 10+, instead. It uses similar LG cells as the Mantis 8 Pro – providing enhanced battery performance – although it’ll come at a cost. The 10+ (25.6Ah) model costs $2,390 – almost $400 more than the 8 Pro. It will give you 26 more miles though (66 in total).
Mileage vs Weight Comparison
The Mantis 8 Pro’s performance across our comparisons so far has been profoundly middle of the road – and that trend continues when we weigh it up alongside the 10 other models in its 55 to 65 lbs class.
Here, the 8 Pro just about snags a spot in the top half of a table that’s again characterized by a plethora of Manti models. And once more, it’s the INOKIM Ox Super at the table’s summit – though as I mentioned, it’s not the best option because of its single motor, which equates to a slower top speed and acceleration.
Eliminating the Ox from contention leaves us with the 45-mile ranges of the Mantis Pro and Pro SE (24Ah). Of these, the Pro SE (24.5Ah) would be my top pick. Not only does it match the original Pro for cost, but it also buttresses the frame with several improvements to the original Pro’s build quality. These patches include a reinforced stem, thicker motor depth, and longer, stronger bolts to prevent shearing.
The Pro SE also ups the style factor to go along with all that substance. It jazzes up the original Pro’s unambitious color palette with accents of gold and introduces a transcendental blue to its dual stripes of deck-embedded LED lighting. It also benefits from turn signals and a high-mounted headlight.
Thanks to its pair of 800W motors, the Mantis 8 Pro can tackle hills of up to a 30-degree incline rate. This impressive output is on a par with several of the 8 Pro’s fellow Manti models and outshines similar models such as the Apollo Ghost, which meets its match at slopes of 25 degrees.
If you want to race up hills faster than the Mantis 8 Pro is capable of, two of the scooters I recommend as alternatives – namely, the Wolf Warrior X and the VSETT 10+ – are both excellent picks. Equipped with the motors and torque to subdue slopes of up to 35 degrees, both these models will handle pretty much whatever you see fit to throw at them.
Shock Absorption / Suspension
When it comes to suspension, the Mantis 8 Pro keeps it simple. Its front and rear springs accompanied by its swingarms goes back to basics with a classic design that’s engineered to be effective across both urban environments and dirt paths.
Though the 8 Pro hasn’t been built specifically for challenging off-road circuits – for that, you’re better off opting for the similarly priced Wolf Warrior X, which offers interchangeable off-road tires and superior dual stem hydraulic suspension – it still provides good shock absorption on dirt roads and forest trails. Of course, that’s helped by the pair of 8-inch pneumatic tires, which do their bit to insulate your wrists and ankles from the jarring effects of less predictable surfaces.
Ultimately, the Mantis 8 Pro’s shock absorption package is effective. It’s similar to what you’ll find on the Apollo Ghost, as well as fellow Manti models. I even prefer this setup to the quadruple spring combination found on the Apollo Phantom.
However, for the best suspension – and, the best ride quality – in the 8 Pro’s class, you have a couple of options. For one, there’s the VSETT 10+’s magnificent mix of a front spring and adjustable rear hydraulic coil-over-shocks. Alternatively, there’s the aforementioned Wolf Warrior X, which – in its mirroring of the burly hydraulic setup of its big brother, the original 11+ – offers some of the most durable, dynamic suspension going.
The pair of brake levers activate the Zoom hydraulic discs over the front and rear wheels.
These do a fine job and ensure you come to a safe, secure stop in just 3.4 meters from a speed of 15 mph. While the 8 Pro’s braking performance aligns closely with the average of its price and weight classes, it’s still worth mentioning that – if you want the most effective braking setup – all the scooters I recommend as alternatives offer shorter braking distances:
- VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah) – 3.0 meters
- Wolf Warrior X – 3.0 meters
- Mantis Pro SE – 3.0 meters
- Apollo Ghost – 3.2 meters
That said, it’s worth mentioning that – when we widen the net out to all the models in the 8 Pro’s price class – just half of these scooters have hydraulic braking systems. Thankfully, the 8 Pro is one of them.
The 8 Pro also comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system. This neat extra feature – which you can always turn off via the EY3 display – helps prevent your scooter’s brakes from seizing up. Ultimately, this stops you from skidding and spinning out when braking aggressively and it goes a long way to help you avoid injuries.
The Mantis 8 Pro takes 12 hours to reach full charge. However, this is if you use the standard charger that is included. If you decide to upgrade to the fast charger ($129) you can get back out on the road in 6 hours.
The relatively lengthy charging time isn’t helped by the fact that it has just one charging port. This is in contrast to scooters with similar spec sheets, such as the dual port-equipped Apollo Ghost, that can charge faster.
EY3 MiniMotors Display & Throttle For Customized Performance Configuration
Unless they have unique displays – like the NAMI Burn-e Viper or the Wolf King GT – most scooters will have either the QS-S4 or EY3 display. These standardized devices double as both a finger throttle and a screen for communicating key info about your scooter’s health and remaining battery life, as well as your key riding stats.
But in the electric scooter industry, not all display screens are equal. And, when it comes to style, durability, and the breadth of customization on offer, the EY3 is far superior to the more basic QS-S4. It’s made by MiniMotors, after all – the same company responsible for producing the Dualtron line – so would we expect anything less?
With the EY3 display, you can view your speed, riding mode, and distance traveled (both on your current trip, and all-time). Via a series of error codes, it’s also quick and easy to diagnose any issues with your scooter and get them sorted out before they get worse. Better still, the luminescent screen – which glows brightly to ensure visibility at all times – is robust and reliable, and suits the 8 Pro’s dark color scheme and vaguely menacing design.
Finally, no discussion of the EY3 display would be complete without paying lip service to its P-settings.
P-settings represent a deeper layer of customizability. While you probably won’t need to play with them on a day-to-day basis, these settings allow you to personalize your ride. Some of this functionality includes:
- Turning the E-ABS (electronic anti-lock braking system) on or off, and adjusting the strength of the regenerative braking system.
- Toggling the auto-turn-off feature, along with a litany of other battery-saving modes and functionality.
- Setting the max power output to your liking, and selecting either kick to start or instant throttle-based acceleration.
Getting to grips with the full gamut of the EY3 display will take some time – particularly if you’re a scooter newbie. But it’s worth doing, and the results – a Mantis 8 Pro that’s completely yours and tailored to your unique specifications – speak for themselves.
Tactile Scooter Control Buttons
There’s something about tactile buttons on a scooter that I just love – and who wouldn’t? These buttons are big, intuitive, and make a satisfying clicking sound when you depress them, so they’re super easy to use.
The bank of buttons on the left includes switches to turn on your lights, turn signals, and toggle between the dual motors.
Pressing this last button allows you to ride either with both of your scooter’s motors engaged or just the rear one. Both approaches have their benefits:
- Using both motors will allow you to hit the upper limits of the 33 mph speed, and enjoy the thrill of its surface-scorching acceleration rate.
- Utilizing just a single motor will cap your speed, but ensure you’re able to reach the lofty heights of the 40-mile maximum range.
The button bank also offers plenty for the aesthetes out there. Unlike the cheap-looking, gimmicky red and yellow buttons on the handlebars of the original Mantis Pro, the 8 Pro’s control panel isn’t just nice to use – it’s nice to look at, too.
The only issue I have with them is that, unlike their counterparts on the Wolf Warrior X, the 8 Pro’s buttons don’t light up or stay depressed when active. In the beginning, this can make it a little tough to understand which features are on, and which aren’t – though it’s something that you’ll get used to as you become more comfortable with the scooter.
Button Lights, Deck LEDs, & Turn Signals
Unfortunately, Manti scooters typically fall prey to one of the most common design pitfalls in the electric scooter industry – ineffective lighting.
Let’s start with the most glaring omission – the headlight. Just like on the original Mantis 10, the 8 Pro is missing a headlight and instead opts for a pair of deck-embedded button lights. Unfortunately, button lights are a poor substitute for a powerful headlight – particularly those of the uber-bright variety we see on the Wolf Warrior X – and this lets the 8 Pro down. Consequently, I’m unable to recommend the 8 Pro for night riding, and you’ll have to strap on some additional lighting if you have any hopes of visibility after dark.
Of course, being unable to see far at night doesn’t necessarily mean anyone will have trouble spotting you – particularly when we consider the deck lighting. In addition to the button lights (the front pair are white, while the rear are red), the 8 Pro follows the lead of the rest of the Manti lineup with under-deck swag lighting. Again, this doesn’t hold a candle to the customizable RGB lighting of the Wolf Warrior X, but it’s better than nothing and looks fantastic.
Finally, there are the turn signals. While these are always an excellent addition, there’s no denying the fact that the 8 Pro’s have plenty of room for improvement. Mainly, I’m referring here to the lack of any way of knowing if the turn signals are on. No light or icon flashes up on the 8 Pro’s display, nor any audible beeping. To check, you’ll have to either stoop down to look at them or simply wing it and hope for the best.