Wolf Warrior X Review: 11 Things You Need to Know (December 2021) Leave a comment

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Design

Handlebars

Tall, wide, and sporting handgrips of ergonomically shaped rubber, the Wolf Warrior X’s handlebars are that rare breed of comfort and functionality. Unlike many scooters out there, the height of handlebars makes the scooter ideal for riders over 6 ft tall. They even sport a stock bar, which can be used to attach accessories – such as a GoPro or smartphone holder – to for convenience.

Front View of Wolf Warrior X Handlebars

Located on the handlebars is everything that makes up its cockpit – that is, everything you’ll need to activate and control the scooter. This includes tactile buttons for the lights, horn, turn signals – that emit light on the console so you know if they are on or not – and riding modes, as well as a pair of hand-operated Zoom brake levers, and a QS-S4 display. This latter device serves a dual purpose: it’s both a screen for your riding stats and insights about your battery life, as well as the finger throttle you’ll use to control your scooter’s speed and acceleration.

Left Side of Wolf Warrior X Handlebars

After my test rides, I can confirm that the robust handlebars lend themselves to surgical control of the scooter’s handling. There’s just something about the sweeping handlebars being pinned together by the stock bar that gives you an extra sense of stability while riding. Combined with the dual tubular stems, the X has one of the most satisfying handling experiences of any scooter I’ve tested.

Frame

In making the Wolf Warrior X and X Pro, Kaabo’s goal was to produce smaller, more affordable variants of its classic 11+ model. And, while that meant cutting back on some specs, it thankfully hasn’t resulted in the X and X Pro losing their older bro’s aggressive, awe-inspiring aesthetic.

Because, despite some minor adjustments to the 11+’s black/red color palette, the X channels the same design as its spec-greedy predecessor. It sports the same dual tubular stems present on big hitters like the Zero 11X, VSETT 11+, and Wolf King, and the same bouncy, burly twin hydraulic shocks. The result? A scooter that borrows as much from the school of motorcycle design as it does from the world of scooters.

Front View of Wolf Warrior X Frame

Fans of stripped-back, less conspicuous branding will find plenty to love here, too. There’s a small Kaabo logo on the neck and Wolf Warrior branding (complete with the face of said wolf) on the deck. It’s the perfect balance of branding– not so much that you feel like you’ve become a billboard on two wheels, but enough to show off the fact that you’re riding one of the best scooters on the market.

Deck

Despite the Wolf Warrior X’s deck shaving some width off that of the 11+, it’s still spacious and comfortable.

Wolf Warrior X Deck

The X keeps the 11+’s deck’s grippy, rubberized surface, and – despite the X cutting a smaller profile across the board – even adds around half an inch of length. This affords the deck a more streamlined, arrow-like feel that the chunkier 11+ simply can’t match.

Wheels

The X sports a set of fantastic 10-inch pneumatic tires. Smaller and more nimble than the 11-inch monstrosities you’ll see on the likes of the Wolf Warrior 11+ and Wolf King, the X’s tires are fantastic for increasing the agility of your riding experience.

Wolf Warrior X Knobby Tires

What’s more, the air-filled tires allow them to take the immediate sting out of the shocks and jolts caused by bumpier terrain. This helps alongside the front hydraulic and rear spring suspension in handling less predictable surfaces and makes the X terrain-agnostic.

Another plus is that these tires have split rims, which makes them easier to change in the case of a puncture or routine maintenance. The X also comes with your choice of street or off-road tires, meaning it can be whatever you need it to be (a high-speed, drag-racing, asphalt-scorching machine on the road, or an aggressive off-road beast).

Rear of the Wolf Warrior X

Build Quality & Durability

When you invest in a Kaabo scooter, top-notch build quality is all but assured.

And that trend holds up with the X, which – despite a couple of flaws – is a durable, dynamic, and dependable scooter. Made of a stress-tested combination of aluminum forging alloy (for the handlebars and frame) and reinforced SCM400 steel (for the shaft), the X is up to whatever challenges and environments you can throw at it.

Wolf Warrior X Durable Frame

There’s only one exception here – rain. For all the terrain-agnostic credentials its stoic frame and build quality promise, the X lacks an IP water-resistance rating. That means it hasn’t been tested in wet conditions.

The other issue here is the dual strips of undercarriage lighting – which feel fragile and ripe for replacement, even straight out of the box.

Wolf Warrior X Deck Lights

Last but by no means least, I would have liked to see a better quality battery used. It feels like Kaabo cheaped out a little on the battery to deliver a low-cost entry into the world of the Wolf Warrior line. Instead of fitting the X with high-quality LG cells – as the X Pro is – it is equipped with cheaper Chinese cells. The main pitfall here is that Chinese cells don’t hold peak performance as long as LG ones and therefore, the battery deteriorates quicker. However, it is important to note that even under regular use (say 2-3 times a week), you’ll only notice the degrading performance after a few years.

Weight & Load

The Wolf Warrior X weighs 74.5 lbs and supports a rider weight of up to 265 lbs. This is a little lighter than the X Pro, and a lot lighter than the 101 lbs of the Wolf Warrior 11+ – though admittedly, that model does support up to 330 lbs of load.

Wolf Warrior X Grippy Rubber Deck

For a lighter scooter (65 lbs), with similar specs and a cheaper price point, the Mantis Pro SE should tick all the boxes – particularly considering the whopping 330 lbs payload it can support. Similarly, the slightly more expensive VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah) – though it weighs the same as the X – offers 20 lbs more load, so it’s worth considering for heavier riders.

Folding & Portability

Though the Wolf Warrior X doesn’t sport folding handlebars (like similar models such as the VSETT 10+), it shouldn’t be too much of a concern for you. Considering the 43 mph this scooter can hit, you want as few moving parts as possible to remove the risk of handlebar wobble. Plus, let’s not forget that the X is still a Wolf Warrior model – so portability is never going to be its strong suit.

That said, the X makes some serious improvements over the folding mechanism that we saw on the 11+. With that model, the scooter extends in length while folded, rather than getting smaller (it’s also impossible to lift) – so it’s a relief the X changes things up. This alteration also means the X is compact enough to fit in a car trunk when folded.

Wolf Warrior X Folding Clamps

The dual collar clamp folding mechanism – which allows the X to hinge at the base of the stem, rather than at the neck (as in the case of the 11+) – is intuitive. Simply unbuckle the clamps, slide the locking rings up, and you’ll be able to fold the stem down. The only thing to remain aware of here is that the stem is heavy, so make sure you’ve got a good grasp on it before lowering it down safely.

Assembly

Thankfully, the X requires little assembly. You just need to attach the handlebars and tighten the display, brake levers, and scooter controls into place.

As a rule of thumb, I recommend jotting down your scooter’s serial number, checking there’s sufficient air in the tires, and charging it in full before you head out.

As always, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with the QS-S4 display, too. Make an effort to understand how to use its basic functionality and P-settings, as well as how to make the most of its array of settings.

Ride Quality

Is the Wolf Warrior X Comfortable to Ride?

The front fork hydraulic suspension, dual rear springs, and pair of 10-inch pneumatic tires all combine to make it a supremely comfortable ride.

Close Up of Wolf Warrior X Hydraulic Suspension

But it’s not just its shock-absorbing qualities that make it fun to ride. Those tall and wide handlebars, coated in ergonomically-shaped rubber sleeves for grip are ideal not only for bigger, taller riders but for comfort, too – particularly when traversing difficult terrain or hitting the top speeds the dual 1100W motors put out. Plus, the reinforced handlebars and the dual tubular stem design eliminate any form of wobble – meaning you can be sure of a secure, stable ride every time you step out.

While it’s smaller in size compared to its bigger compadres – the Wolf Warrior 11+ and Wolf King – don’t let its diminutive nature deceive you. It goes toe-to-toe with these models to deliver a like-for-like ride experience.

The X even improves on its predecessors where handling is concerned. Its narrower, more compact profile lends itself to a nimble riding experience that’ll have you cutting up the road like a skier slaloming down a slope.

Rear View of the Wolf Warrior X

Performance & Safety

Top Speed

Powered by the two-pronged approach of its dual 60V 1100W motors, the Wolf Warrior X is capable of reaching a top speed of up to 43 mph. That’s, in a word, fast – but how does the X’s top speed compare to the other scooters in its price and weight bracket?

Speed vs Price Comparison

To find out, let’s take the eight comparable models in the Wolf Warrior X’s price bracket – a $500 range, with the scooter’s $1,999 price tag in the middle – and rank them by their top speeds.

Wolf Warrior X Speed vs Price Comparison

As the chart demonstrates, the X’s top speed is unmatched by the majority of other similarly-priced scooters on the market, something we can ascribe to those aforementioned dual 1100W motors (which are larger than most others on this list). That said, there is one scooter that edges the X – enter the VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah). With dual 60V 1400W motors its top speed is unrivaled and as we’ll soon see, so is its acceleration.

Speed vs Weight Comparison

The Wolf Warrior X – along with its upgraded counterpart, the X Pro – also proves itself a strong contender when compared to the ten other models that sit 5 lbs on either side of its 74.5 lbs of weight (69.5 lbs to 79.5 lbs).

Wolf Warrior X Speed vs Weight Comparison

With their respective 43 mph top speeds, the two Wolf Warrior models share second place in the velocity stakes, with the entire VSETT 10+ line claiming joint-first. Each sporting 50 mph top speeds and dual 1400W motors, there’s little to differentiate these models in terms of pace – but plenty to set them apart when it comes to battery size (and, therefore, range). Let’s do a quick comparison.

Scooter Battery Mileage
VSETT 10+R ($2,790) 60V 28.0Ah 74
VSETT 10+ 25.6Ah ($2,390) 60V 25.6Ah 66
VSETT 10+ 20.8Ah ($2,199) 60V 20.8Ah 52

As you can see, the Wolf Warrior X isn’t quite able to compete with the VSETT 10+ range when it comes to speed or mileage. However, it’s worth remembering that this is a comparison based on weight, rather than price – and that even the cheapest entry into the VSETT 10+ range will cost you $200 more than the Wolf Warrior X (for the most expensive, you’re looking at a massive $791 more).

Still, for those whose budget can stretch a little, the VSETT 10+ 20.8Ah version is an excellent option – particularly for those looking to grab a slice of the power the VSETT range has to offer.

Acceleration

Despite the Wolf Warrior X’s blistering performance in the Speed vs Price comparison above, its acceleration rate isn’t quite as dominant. Compared to three of the top scooters I endorse as alternatives, the X (along with the X Pro) is the slowest off the mark.

Scooter 0-15 MPH (Seconds) 0-20 MPH (Seconds)
VSETT 10+ 20.8Ah ($2,199) 1.7 3.6
Mantis Pro SE ($1,799) 2.0 4.1
Wolf Warrior X Pro ($2,395) 2.2 4.7
Wolf Warrior X ($1,999) 2.2 4.7

The Mantis Pro SE, another popular scooter from Kaabo, is a great alternative when it comes to acceleration. It’s 9% faster to 15 mph than the X, and 13% quicker to hit 25 mph – and, as a bonus, offers all the build and ride quality we’ve come to expect from Kaabo.

Wolf Warrior X Acceleration Comparison

For the best acceleration rate in the Wolf Warrior X’s niche, though, it’s not a Kaabo model hogging the headlines – it’s the VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah). Beating the X to 15 mph by 0.5 seconds – and to 25 mph by 1.1 seconds – the 10+ maintains a 23% faster acceleration rate, which makes for class-topping torque.

Maximum Mileage

Capable of reaching up to 40 miles off a single charge, the Wolf Warrior X totes an impressive range.

But just how impressive does that look when we assess it alongside the remaining models in its price and weight classes? Let’s dive back into our comparisons to find out.

Mileage vs Price Comparison

When up against the eight models in its price class, the Wolf Warrior X yet again proves its worth, holding its own against the majority of its competitors.

Tied with five other models – that encompass everything from the Mantis Pro SE to the Apollo Phantom models, and the Mantis 8 Pro and VSETT 9+R – the X loses out only to the Herculean range of the INOKIM Ox Super, EVOLV Pro Plus, and the VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah).

Wolf Warrior X Mileage vs Price Comparison

Built with the endurance of an Ox, the INOKIM Ox Super, unfortunately, comes saddled with the sluggish speed of its bovine namesake. Despite sporting a range that’s 40% greater than the X (equivalent to 16 more miles), the Ox Super suffers from a much slower acceleration rate. It also has a few design quirks that make it less desirable, such as a hard, plastic deck that offers less grip. Its redeeming asset, though, is its sublime ride quality.

For all these reasons (bar the last one), I’m reluctant to place the Ox Super – and its single 800W motor – in the same league as the Wolf Warrior X.

With all that in mind, the VSETT 10+ (20.8Ah) is a fantastic alternative if maximum mileage is what you’re after. (It’s in a completely different league to the EVOLV Pro Plus – hence why I recommend it as the best option).

Mileage vs Weight Comparison

Returning to the ten other models in the Wolf Warrior X’s weight class – that’s all the scooters that sit within 5 lbs either side of its 74.5 lbs bulk – there’s a shock in store.

Wolf Warrior X Mileage vs Weight Comparison

Because, unlike in all the previous comparisons, the X falls short of the competition. It ties for last place, ensconced at the bottom of the rankings alongside the Apollo Phantom, Varla Eagle One, and EVOLV Pro. But hang on – if the X has let us down here, which scooter can we rely on for mileage?

Well, the obvious answer is the monstrous 74-mile heights that the VSETT 10+R can hit. Its Herculean range is almost double what the Wolf Warrior X provides. Plus, there are a bunch of other added benefits that buying into the VSETT range offers, though be warned – the 10+R’s $2,790 price tag won’t suit bargain hunters. For those on a more restrictive budget, the 20.8Ah version of the VSETT 10+ ($2,199) is more affordable – and just as powerful as the 10+R – while still delivering 12 more miles than the X.

Similarly – if you like the cut of the X’s job, but want more range than its 40 miles – the X Pro is a logical alternative. It keeps all the design you’ve fallen in love with on the X, but the Pro’s larger 28Ah LG battery serves up a huge 50% more range (60 miles, to be precise).

Hill Climbing

The X is like the precocious youngest sibling of the Wolf Warrior family – and it’s not content to let its bigger brothers have all the fun.

Because, despite sporting smaller dual motors than the 11+ (1100W, as opposed to 1200W), and having inferior build quality to the X Pro (such as its cheaper Chinese battery cells, rather than the Pro’s LG ones), the X is still able to rival those two scooters when it comes to hill-climbing performance.

Wolf Warrior X Rear Motor

Like the X Pro and 11+, the X can crunch hills of up to 35 degrees, which means you can take on even the most challenging terrain with confidence. (For perspective, New Zealand’s Baldwin Street – the steepest in the world – has an incline rate of 34.8 degrees. The X has it beat.)

The only comparable scooter that can climb hills faster than the Wolf Warrior clan is the VSETT 10+. Those dual 1400W motors aren’t just for show.

Shock Absorption / Suspension

Oh, and it’s not just the X’s hill-climbing chops that go toe to toe with the more premium models in the Wolf Warrior family. The X sports the same front fork hydraulic suspension that you’ll see on both the X Pro and 11+ – and that’s very good news.

Wolf Warrior X Fork Suspension

As I explored in my review of the Wolf Warrior 11+, that model’s level of suspension is topped only by some of the electric scooter industry’s most powerful players. So the fact that this is matched by the X – a scooter that shaves an enormous $1,000 off the 11+’s asking price – means you’re looking at an absolute steal.

And that’s just the front. The X also sports the dual polyurethane springs at the rear, which enable it to deliver a versatile, comfortable ride – even on more aggressive terrain. The X even comes with a choice of street or off-road tires, allowing you to further customize it to the type of terrain you’re targeting. Of course, the X’s off-road credentials do have their limits. The X’s tires aren’t as big as the knobby brutes you’ll see on the Wolf Warrior 11+, and – due to the design of the X’s rear fender – they can come into contact with the fender when you take on more ambitious jumps.

Braking

The Wolf Warrior X draws its stopping power from a pair of hand-operated Zoom brake levers, coupled with a hydraulic disc braking system.

Close Up of Wolf Warrior X Disc Brake

Hydraulic brakes offer the best performance available, and for a scooter of the X’s price, they are what you should expect to find. After all, 50% of all similarly-priced scooters are equipped with hydraulic braking setups.

In addition to the above, a regenerative brake – which is also fully adjustable – recycles wasted energy from braking, funneling it back into the battery. This not only aids in stopping power but is more energy-efficient. There’s also an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that prevents your brakes from locking up, thereby preventing injury.

In practice, all that adds up to the X being able to come to a safe stop in 3.0 meters from 15 mph. This is on par with all the scooters that I recommend as alternatives, so it’s unlikely to factor into your decision-making process too much.

Wolf Warrior X Kickplate and Rear Wheel

It is worth noting, though, that the X even manages to edge its premium, spec-rich big bro when it comes to stopping power. Because it weighs a whole 26.5 lbs less than the Wolf Warrior 11+, the X’s trim build (and the laws of physics, of course) means it can come to a stop in a shorter distance.

Charge Time

As I noted earlier, the X – courtesy of its 60V 21Ah battery, and cheaper Chinese cells – offers the least range in the Wolf Warrior lineup.

However, every cloud has a silver lining – and here, it’s that the X also offers the fastest charging time in the Wolf Warrior range. You can get it fully juiced up in as little as 11 hours, or 5.5 if you plug in another charger.

QS-S4 Display & Throttle For Customized Performance

Bolted onto the right-hand side of the handlebars is the QS-S4. This device offers up insights into your speed, riding mode, and distance traveled, both on your current trip and all time. And, in the absence of a dedicated voltmeter, the QS-S4 keeps you posted about how much gas in the tank you have left via battery bars.

QS-S4 Display

The QS-S4 also doubles as a finger throttle – although somewhat to my chagrin, I was hoping to see the new thumb throttle design that the Wolf King GT flaunts.

Moving on to the more customizable aspect of the QS-S4, you can adjust the strength of the regenerative brakes, toggle the ABS setting, battery saver modes, and alter its max output. You can also switch between immediate and kick-to-start acceleration, and even personalize your display with your preferred modes of distance (miles or kilometers).

Despite the QS-S4’s excellent levels of user-friendliness and reliability, I still tend to prefer the MiniMotors EY3 display on scooters of the X’s caliber. The QS-S4 display does serve as your personal mechanic, though.

Via a set of error codes (which you can decode via the scooter’s manual) the display lets you know when there’s an issue with your X. These allow you to self-diagnose and isolate the fault and then address it before it worsens.

Tactile Buttons For Scooter Controls

On the handlebars is a set of terrifically tactile buttons. Now, while that may barely seem worth mentioning, it’s a relative rarity among scooters of the X’s ilk. Many scooters rely on the same standardized sets of dull, uninspired buttons, which – in addition to being boring to look at – can also be unintuitive to use.

Wolf Warrior X Scooter Controls

As well as making a clicking sound when you push them, some of the X’s buttons also light up when they’re activated This means it’s easier to get a sense of whether or not you’ve left a turn signal on and gives you more control over your cockpit.

A quick rundown of the buttons:

  • The buttons on the panel to the left of the X’s handlebars activate its light, turn signals, and horn.
  • To the right are buttons to toggle between the scooter’s riding modes – the speed-limiting but range-preserving ‘Eco’, and the no-holds-barred, full-throttle nature of ‘Turbo’. There’s also a button that allows you to toggle your usage of the dual motors.

Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals, and Controllable RGB Undercarriage LEDs

To the seasoned scooter stalwart, Kaabo and build quality are synonymous. But one thing they seem to do particularly well – especially on the Wolf Warrior models – is lighting. Exhibit A? The Wolf Warrior X’s headlights.

Wolf Warrior X Headlights

Perched between the dual pistons of its tubular stem, the X’s headlights – which have been snatched straight off the stem of its big brother, the 11+ – are some of the brightest you’ll find in their class. Sat about halfway up the stem, the headlights are intelligently located. They’re high enough to offer good range and visibility and manage to sidestep the design flaw of the low-mounted headlight of the VSETT 10+R.

That model’s headlight – which is embedded lower down, over the front suspension – shimmies up and down when you’re riding over bumpier surfaces.

Moving down the X’s frame, you’ll see a strip of customizable, color-changing RGB lighting lining each side of the deck. To personalize this palette to fit your tastes, simply download Kaabo’s app, which will allow you to mix and match your LEDs to your own colors, styles, and patterns from your smartphone.

Wolf Warrior X Deck Lights

While the effects and designs you can produce are admittedly cool, it’s hard to shake the sense that this LED strip lighting feels low-quality, and prone to breakage.

Bringing up the rear is a set of turn signals – which also double as hazard lights – as well as a fender-embedded tail light that flashes with the brakes.

Wolf Warrior X Tail Light

All in all, it’s a stellar LED setup, which – considering that lights are usually one of a scooters’ weakest points – is saying something.

Motorcycle-Grade Horn

There aren’t a huge amount of scooters that can lay claim to motorcycle-grade horns. But get the list together, and it reads like a cabinet of the electric scooter industry’s most powerful players: the Zero 11X, Wolf King (and King GT), Wolf Warrior 11+ (and X Pro), NAMI Burn-e Viper, and the VSETT 10+R and 11+ models.

Wolf Warrior X Motorcycle-Grade Horn

Well, to that esteemed list we can also add the ear-screeching horn of the X. Its loud 105-decibel honk is great for cutting through the noise and letting bigger vehicles know you’re there. Depending on your state’s laws and regulations, a horn may also be compulsory – so it’s certainly handy to have at your fingertips.

Choice of Street or Off-Road Tires

Customizability is what separates a ‘good’ scooter from a ‘great’ one – which is why I’m such a fan of the Wolf Warrior X’s interchangeable street and off-road tires.

Slipping on the chunky, knobby off-road tires – with their thicker treads and more robust design – will help you navigate the more treacherous terrain of forests or trail paths. Similarly, swapping back to the urban tires – which, thanks to their split rims, is a refreshingly simple task – equips your X for optimal performance on the compact asphalt and concrete surfaces of the city.

Wolf Warrior X Tires on Dirt Track

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