This is one of the second of two scooters I’ve trialed (unofficially) the past month and also from the same manufacturer. Along with the City Cruiser 6.5 inch Self-balancing scooter, I also put a slightly larger board through its paces. I believe the other board had 8.5″ wheels, but I’m not 100% sure, so don’t quote me on that. In any case, they were definitely larger wheels, attached to predominantly the same board.
Hence, this review will be based somewhat on my thoughts and opinions from my previous test-run. On the whole, I was pretty impressed with the capabilities of this hoverboard’s bigger brother, so I’d expect the same kind of power and performance from this. Perhaps, with the slight exception of more limited capacity with tricky terrain.
Take a look at the City Cruiser 6.5″ Hoverboard and you can’t help but it impressed by the way it is put together. It looks the part, comes from a brand with a solid reputation and has impeccable feedback online.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t always add up to the board you’ll want to spend your money on. In this review, I’ll take a look at the ins and outs of what really matters. Again, somewhat in comparison to its slightly more sizeable sibling.
- 1 Main Unit (scooter).
- 1 Charging Cable/Plug in Adaptor.
Features- City Cruiser 6.5 inch Hoverboard
- According to the manufacturer, this hoverboard has put together using the highest quality materials, with a scratch and fade-resistant finish to keep it looking outstanding indefinitely.
- Every City Cruiser 6.5″ Self Balancing Scooter in this model was put through thousands of intensive safety tests and the board was awarded the world-renowned UL 2272 safety certification. All of which adds up to peace of mind for riders and parents of riders online.
- The board features impressive-looking 6.5″ wheels, which are powered by a pair of cutting-edge motors under the hood. The manufacturer states that the maximum speed of the board is 6mph, which is a little on the modest side compared to some of its closest counterparts.
- Suitable for adults and children alike, this hoverboard has a maximum load capacity of 198lbs and can carry riders up slopes of up to 10 degrees. From a full charge, the board is good for a range of approximately 6 miles – again, relatively modest.
- A series of bright LEDs make for a safer riding experience during darker conditions, while the all-terrain tires are great for dealing with slightly uneven and rough surfaces.
My Experience with City Cruiser 6.5 inch Hoverboard
The thing that impressed me most about the 8.5″ version of the City Cruiser was its capacity to deal with varied terrain. The manufacturer may have got a little carried away with its claims (images of snow, ice, sand, etc.) but it certainly did the business where most everyday surfaces were concerned.
With the City Cruiser Hoverboard, I was interested to see whether the small wheels would affect the Experience. In short, the answer was yes, and no. Right off the bat, this isn’t the kind of board I’d trust for an off-road jaunt of any kind.
Then again, the same can be said for just about any 6.5″ self-balancing scooter on the market – it’s not what they’re designed to do. So instead, I focused on its all-round performance on smoother surfaces. There’s no denying that the general power, performance, and maneuverability of this self-balancing scooter are all decent enough.
It’s an extremely stable board to mount and dismount, you get the feeling of total control from start to finish, and it looks great. It’s also ideal for adults and kids alike, so it’s a great toy for the whole family.
On the downside, the top speed of just 6mph feels a little sluggish at the best of times. It’s more than fast enough for younger users, but I think I’d find it a little boring after a while. Likewise, a maximum range of 6 miles isn’t really enough for me but is more than enough for most kids.
Especially given the relatively fast charging time – somewhere in the region of 3 hours. In any case, it was (and is) essentially the same board I tried out a while back, only with slightly smaller wheels. So it’s not that I was disappointed – more a case that I already knew what to expect from it!
- Decent power and performance
- Ideal for kids and adults
- Competitively priced
- Extensively safety tested
- Quality materials and construction
- Generally good value for money
- Top speed a little sluggish
- Limited range of 6 miles
This is another one of those boards where your satisfaction (or otherwise) is all down to your initial expectations. Compared to its bigger brother, the answer is yes – the City Cruiser 6.5 inch Self-balancing scooter is a little more limited when it comes to the kind of terrain it can deal with. But at the same time, it’s also significantly cheaper.
For this kind of money, you’ll only ever looking at an enjoyable piece of kit to be used purely for fun and games. If you’re on the market for a serious machine for your daily commute and more important journeys, you’ll need to up the ante price-wise. Hence, the City Cruiser isn’t going to blow you away, but it still delivers on the most important fronts for a highly competitive price.