We took the new Widewheel for a drive and it felt surprisingly different from the 2019 model - the first major difference was stability. There was no looseness in the handlebar right out of the box. Next we found ourselves pleasantly surprised with the intuitively designed display - at last, switching controls no longer requires a PHD. Interestingly enough, the 2020 Widewheel had a higher top speed when compared to the 2019 model. Lastly, the dual braking system is really the most critical upgrade, making us feel comfortable cruising at 40-45 KM/H. We haven’t done a full range test yet, but the extra 1.8aH will surely come in handy as well.
While Mercane Widewheel Pro (2020) represents a major upgrade over the 2019 model, there are a still a few considerations to keep in mind. While the handlebar feels well attached to the stem, the actual folding handle pieces absorb a lot of vibration. This leads to the screws loosening and after riding for 30 minutes, there was about 2-3mm of wobble. Always make sure to Locktite those screws before they fall out and create a safety hazard. The second is the stand, which is identical to the 2019 model. We were never fans and still think that an electric scooter with this price tag can do better. Finally - the lights, which are still made of cheap materials that they could have upgraded (we highly recommend additional lighting when riding your Mercane at night).
To conclude - Mercane have outdone themselves again! The Mercane WideWheel remains the best value for money for an electric scooter on the market. The new Mercane Pro retails at CAD $1,699, while the 2019 retails at $1,399, so you’re still making quite a big jump for that new battery pack, brake and speedometer. What’s great is that the drive remains very similar on the 2019 and 2020, giving people who are a little more price sensitive the opportunity to stick to the 2019 and still have the sheer power and comfort of the Mercane drive. The Mercane Widewheel Pro (2020) is now on pre-order for mid-January delivery, and can be reserved here.