In this VSETT 10+ review, we dive into an all-new electric scooter that is the much-anticipated successor to the Zero 10X, an extremely popular dual-motor scooter known for excellent build quality and high-speed stability.
While we expected (and it delivered) adrenaline-pumping performance matching the very best Light-Heavyweight scooters, its staggeringly good ride and build quality was surprising.
With so many state-of-the-art features, the VSETT 10+ makes the Zero feel ancient.
It’s not only a beyond-worthy-successor to the 10X, but a solid contender for Light-Heavyweight Champion of the World.
|Tested top speed: 43.3 mph*|
|Tested range: 33.6 mi*|
|Weight: 80 lb*|
|Max rider weight: 290 lb|
|Water resistance: IP54|
|Hydraulic rear shock (superior ride)|
|First stem ever to receive an A++|
|Sub-par throttle ergonomics|
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Our Take: Within one block, we knew the ride was next-level-awesome
Dual-motor, 10-inch “light-heavyweights” are such an important category of scooters, that they often end up representing their entire brand.
Sure, there are bigger faster beast-scooters like the BURN-E, the Dualtron Storm, or the Wolf King, but like a Ferrari, they’re expensive and the weight of beast-scooters can make them hard to live with on a daily basis.
On the other hand, Light-Heavyweights like the VSETT 10+ are the Porsche 911’s of scooters. Not too heavy to use for everyday transportation and so fun to ride, half of the time you’ll find yourself riding for no reason at all. These are the scooters that make your daily ride so good you might even consider scooter-monogamy.
VSETT spent two years taking the 10+ from blank slate to production. The big changes are motors spec’d for 40% more power, and a 22% bigger battery, but the small improvements are everywhere you look. For example, the rubber-covered turn signal switches built into the grips are the best we’ve ever seen.
Performance-wise, it’s all (and sometimes more) than you could ask for; with hill climb times matching the fastest 60 V production scooters and beating the heavyweight Wolf Warrior 11+.
With initial acceleration turned all the way up (P12 = 5), power delivery to the front wheel can even be a bit too much! Dialing P12 down to 4 or 3, however, delivers the perfect mix of punchy acceleration and control.
Speaking of control. That’s where the VSETT really stands apart. From the wonderfully stiff stem, taut suspension, to the easy-to-modulate brakes, its solid build taunts you to go faster.
At 80 lbs it’s not ultra-portable but is just light enough for most adults to lift by themselves. While it’s not easy to fit in most trunks, unlike beast scooters, you can find a way to transport it with a car if you really need to.
All together VSETT has delivered a gorgeously well-constructed scooter, and you can feel the solid build immediately, the first time you ride it. Add in industry-leading turn signals, headlights that are more than twice as bright as before, and a battery larger than all of its peers, and it’s clear why the 10+ has so much buzz surrounding it.
Now that light-heavyweight scooters are all so fast (that speed is no longer king) this category of scooters has become an arms race of ever-improving features and ride quality, and we couldn’t be happier.
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Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders? -Yes.
With a max rider weight of 290 lb, the VSETT 10+’s maximum carrying capacity is lower than its predecessor’s 330 lbs, but still a solid choice if you’re within the weight range.
The 40.8-inch tall handlebars are well-suited for someone that’s taller. It’s got ample hill-climbing power and the suspension has plenty of spring to keep it from bottoming out during normal riding.
Our only caveat would be that if you have larger feet, you’re likely to end up with your big toe over the charging port. We don’t think there is any risk of damaging the port from riding this way, but having a charge port under your toe is a feeling that will take a little getting used to.
Considering how good the rest of the ride quality is, this is certainly not a deal breaker for us.
VSETT 10+ Review
Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||1.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||2.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)||3.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 30 mph)||5.3 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 35 mph)||7.2 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 40 mph)||10.3 seconds|
|Top speed||43.3 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||10.1 feet|
|Hill climb||7.5 seconds|
The VSETT 10+ launches like a beast, tying the Wolf Warrior 11+ and the Wolf King to 15 mph. The older 10X being quicker-still due to its lighter weight.
The VSETT 10+ also punches above its class in hill climb. Beating the Wolf Warrior 11+ up the 10% incline test hill, and tying the fastest production 60V scooters ever made.
Here’s one myth that we’ve thoroughly busted: it’s not as fast as you think.
A wildly optimistic speedometer coupled with less-than rigorous testing by various sources has resulted in claimed top speeds of 50 mph or more. Our speedometer also hit an indicated 49 mph, during our back-to-back two-direction 0.5 mile speed runs.
However, the data from our Vbox data logger (which was using 9 satellites at the time) tells another story. Sustained speeds from the South-bound and North-bound speed runs averaged together (to cancel out any effect of headwind) came to a repeatable 43 mph in top performance mode, with boost engaged.
So, top speed is lower than we thought it might be, but still more than enough!
Despite having motors specified for 1,400W each, it turned in impressive range-test results at 33.6 miles in max performance mode. The VSETT’s exceptionally large battery means more freedom to tap into the available power without suffering from range anxiety.
With a tested braking distance of 10.1 ft, the VSETT 10+’s brakes deliver outstanding emergency stopping power and are very easy to modulate.
Our scooter arrived with VSETT-branded Zoom hydraulic disc brakes, where others have reportedly shipped with Nutt hydraulic brakes. We expect that stopping power with the Nutt braking system would be as good or better than the Zoom brakes.
Ergonomics of the close brake-to-throttle angle was not great with Zoom brakes because of the larger brake master cylinder, but should be noticeably better with Zoom brakes. This one is also not a deal breaker for us, though the Nutts would be all around nicer to have.
With a single hydraulic/spring shock at the back wheel and spring-only suspension up front, the overall ride quality is outstanding.
The exceptional stability is something you’ll notice within one block of stepping on-board and remains stable up to at least 40 mph (indicated).
The rear shock provides enough hydraulic damping to help the scooter feel planted. Over-all suspension is very good and is achingly close to great. We’re excited about what riders might be able to do with aftermarket shocks.
VSETT 10+ Features
At nearly 80 lbs, no “Light-Heavyweight” scooter in this class is ultra-portable.
The VSETT 10+ fails the trunk test, but, if your car has a pass-through, or rear seats which fold down, you’ll still be able to make it work.
A few upgrades to portability vs the 10X include a better rear grab handle, a stem to deck latch and a far less frustrating stem folding mechanism. Be careful when picking it up again though, as the stem-to-deck-latch tends to come loose.
Normally I’m not a fan of yellow and black but this gorgeous cockpit might just convert me.
The swept-back handlebars look great and are super comfortable on long rides, but we found that the handlebar folding mechanism won’t stay fully tight for more than a couple of miles, even after we gummed it up with blue Loctite.
The looseness isn’t really noticeable during the ride, and it’s certainly not unsafe, but you may feel it when parking the scooter. The standard-sized handlebar mount also makes it easy to swap out the bars for mountain bike handlebars if you don’t need the portability.
The palm support, locking end caps and ergonomic shape make these grips some of the best ever. This is good, because, unlike other scooters, you can’t really change them. You see, they also contain your turn signal switches! another outstanding, first-ever feature. They click to let you know you’ve turned them on and they self cancel after 30 blinks.
The “EY3 Faux” display is easy to use but seems out of place on such a modern-looking scooter. It’s also one of the things that got a little worse vs the 10X because it’s difficult to read in bright sunlight.
When combined with Zoom brakes, it also makes your fingers do an awkward 75 degrees split to reach the throttle while also covering the brakes. The 10X throttle and brakes, on the other hand, can both be covered with a more comfortable 45-degree split, due to the combination of the QS-S4 and lower profile, Nutt brakes.
The NFC key is cool, if a bit gimmicky, and since you’re unlikely to leave a scooter this nice outside, is probably most useful for preventing your siblings or housemates from joyriding your scooter. You can program it to turn on with the tag from another scooter, or your credit card.
However, our favorite technique of all is to just stick an NFC sticker in your phone case and program the scooter to recognize that.
We’ve heard it be programmed to open with just a cell phone, but weren’t able to get it to work with an iPhone 11 Pro.
The VSETT has noticeable lighting-upgrades relative to the Zero 10X, most notably: turn signals that are so easy to use, that we actually used them. The signals themselves are exceptional. The front deck lights and tail lights each blink 30 times when activated, and then self cancel.
They’re also clearly visible from the side of the scooter. Overall, this is the best implementation of turn signals we have ever seen on a scooter.
The headlights are activated by holding the + button for 3 seconds and are more than twice as bright as the 10X. The lights are low mounted and you can’t aim them, but are still suitable for riding at a careful 20 mph at night. Any faster, and you’re going to need to mount an accessory light.
The tires are the same size and nearly identical tread pattern used by other late-model light-heavyweights like the Phantom, but with different branding, and a softer tread compound.
The profile of the tires is nice and blunt on the sides, but a little pointy in the middle, which speeds up steering (which it doesn’t need).
The recommended tire pressure in the manual is “use what’s written on the tires” which is 50 PSI.
Running the tires at 50 PSI feels a bit stiff, and the consensus tire pressure used by riders seems to be settling in at 45 PSI. (All of our testing is conducted at manufacturers’ specified tire pressures)
The deck is one of the prettiest we’ve ever seen but could use more grip at the edges and is distractingly short.
At 18.0 inches from charge-ports to tail, usable space is 1 inches less than the 10X and one of the shorter decks found on a scooter with dual motors.
This means any time you’re using max throttle, you either need to have your rear foot on the exceptionally nice rear footrest, or be holding on to the bars for dear life. But if you like to ride with both feet on the deck 100% of the time, the short deck will take some getting used to.
We appreciate that the charge ports were put up top, to prevent crash damage, but would have preferred them pretty much anywhere else.
It measures 7.8 inches wide by 18.0 inches long and feels very comfy while riding.
Since the folding hook is on the fender, you’re not losing any deck space with mounting screws, hooks, charging ports, or the like.
Seriously though, this is one of the cleanest, coolest-looking decks ever.
Overall fit and finish is stunning. Riding them back to back, the Zero 10X looks and feels like it’s from a different decade. But then… it actually is.
With the exception of the throttle, the VSETT 10+ has a very cohesive design.
You can tell all of the parts were designed by the same team, or possibly the same person, unlike so many other scooters which look like every part came out of some random bin.
VSETT 10+: Review Conclusions
The VSETT 10+ is achingly close to great.
The build quality is as good as it gets, on par with Inokim and Dualtron. It’s definitely a worthy successor to the Zero 10X, a scooter that was known for excellent fit and finish, and one of the most stable rides.
All together, The VSETT 10+ so clearly out-classes the Zero 10X that the existence of the Zero 10X (60V) on the new scooter market no longer makes sense.
So not only would I choose a 10+ over a 10X, but if I owned a 10X, I’d most likely sell it and buy a VSETT 10+
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VSETT 10+ Technical Specifications
Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.
|Folded dimensions||51 by 10 by 22 in|
|Motor power, continuous||2800 W|
|Top speed||53 mph|
|Battery capacity||1536 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||6 to 12 hrs|
|Max rider weight||290 lb|
|Brake type||Disc (Hydraulic) + Disc (Hydraulic)|
|Tire type||10.0 in Pneumatic + Pneumatic|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|