For riders ready to tackle more hills in their daily commute, the INMOTION Climber provides plenty of stable power. This powerful e-scooter features plenty of speed while also offering responsive braking. While it's not the best e-scooter for larger riders, most can capitalize on its plethora of riding features, especially in more stable urban conditions.
10-minute tire change
Handles 36% slopes
Dual 750W motors
Weight: 45.8 lbs (20.8kg)
Range: Up to 35 miles (56km)
Max. Load: 286.6 lbs (130 kg)
Brakes: Electronic (both tires) and disc brake (rear)
Motor: Dual 750W motors
Suspension: No suspension system
Top Speed: 23.7 mph (38 km/h)
Climb Capability: 36%
Waterproof: IP56 (body) | IPX7 (battery)
Unfolded Dimensions : 45.9 x 20.1 x 47.1 inches (116.8 cm x 51.0 cm x 119.5 cm)
Folded Dimensions : 45.9 x 20.1 x 23.2 inches (116.7 cm x 51.0 cm x 59.0 cm)
Tires: 10-inch pneumatic (front and rear)
Charging Time: ~9 hours
INMOTION Climber Technical Specifications
In respect to its weight, the Climber manages to weigh slightly less at a still hefty 45.8 pounds (20.77kg). Comparatively, when tackling its folded state of approximately 45.9 x 20.1 x 23.2 inches (116.7 x 51.0 x 59.0 cm), it saves a few precious inches. But once opened up and ready for use, the Climber electric scooter measures approximately 45.9 x 20.1 x 47.1 inches (116.8 x 51.0 x 119.5 cm).
In practical use, this makes for a very familiar feeling when transporting the scooter. However, the differences become much more apparent in other areas.
Unlike the S1, the Inmotion Climber lacks any suspension system. Instead, the focus is on the dual 750W motors that allow it to tackle slopes and inclines of up to 36%. Similarly, this allows for speedy acceleration that can deliver speeds of up to 23.7 mph.
It can hit a potential 35 miles, however, this is under much more ideal, controlled settings. Specifically, Inmotion calculated this result with an approximately 165-pound rider cruising at 60% of the maximum speed while maintaining a constant speed on a flat road. Heavier riders, maximum speeds, and more difficult terrain will all lower your expected mileage.
For a heavier rider like myself in non-controlled conditions in a more rural and typically uneven area, I typically get a range between 15–20 miles. When maximizing the throttle and tackling much hillier tracks, more power was needed; I would hit a lower range threshold.
Set-Up and Maintenance Considerations for the Inmotion Climber
If you don't favor extensive assembly, the INMOTION Climber comes mostly pre-assembled. For the little construction needed, it's a very quick affair. Attaching the kickstand requires a simple alignment with two screws to fasten it in.
In comparison, attaching the handlebars to the neck takes slightly more precision. You'll want to ensure the pre-installed brake cable is placed appropriately while setting up to attach the electronics cable. Otherwise, if you fail to notice, the electronic cable secures quite tightly, so it can prove a chore to adjust.
Beyond this point, you'll need to check the tire pressure, but first-time riders should leave them a little lower than the recommended 2.5 to 3.5 bar.
Using the INMOTION App
As before, the Inmotion app won't necessarily form a cornerstone of the riding experience for everyone. While the previous design of the app leaned a bit too heavily on the underused social aspect, the newest update makes it more visually manageable. If you want to enable cruise control, lock your scooter, set a speed limiter, or check on the battery status of your Climber scooter, it's all quite easily accessible.
If you want to track ride statistics, it can also prove valuable there. However, it will sometimes reset your trip time if you don't check in with the Inmotion app frequently. It also can sometimes prove slow to update the total mileage.
For those not heavily into data tracking, you'll likely not utilize the Inmotion app outside tweaking the Climber's functional settings. The minor bugs or hiccups that can occur typically relate to the scooter needing to be reconnected.
The option to jump between multiple devices with clear naming and visual depiction also makes it a bit easier to prep several scooters or unicycles for a group.
Utilizing the Climber's Wheels and Brakes
With the Inmotion Climber, there's quite a bit of focus on its 10-inch pneumatic tires. These provide the necessary grip and the power for a variety of terrain. The Climber won't be useful in off-road conditions, but it was still able to handle smaller sticks, pebbles, and other small tufts of grass.
Unfortunately, the Climber isn't equipped with the dual-shock absorption system of the S1 scooter. This means you'll feel everything on bumpier parts of your ride. While it's much less of an issue when speeding along flat surfaces, you'll want to be more mindful of your route.
For the tires, Inmotion has also included two free inner tubes with a suggested ten-minute quick interchange of the tires. There was no need for this type of maintenance during testing; the included wrenches and ease of access due to their modular design and split-rims offer a quicker removal.
To help with safety, the Climber features electronic brakes on both tires. The rear tire also features a disc brake; the Climber boasts that the braking reaction time can be within 0.01 seconds. The Inmotion Climber delivers an overall smooth braking experience, but newer riders may still find the electronic brakes a bit jarring.
Letting the Climber naturally slow down with a gentle brake application suffices in most cases. Thanks to the responsiveness of the motors, this also allows for effortless speed adjustment when handling turns.
Tailoring Your Inmotion Climber Ride Experience
As with Inmotion's other electronic scooters, you'll want to toggle between the three driving modes on the scooter. This can be done by double-tapping the single main button on the scooter or when connected to the Climber via the Inmotion app. Each of the three modes has potential speed restrictions to fit various riders.
Pedestrian mode offers a max speed of 4mph and flashes both the headlight and rear brake light as you ride. For newer riders, it also serves as a practical entry point to initial maneuvering the scooter and getting a feel for what riding feels like without fear of going too fast or facing the actual danger of falling off. For those looking to navigate through crowds or otherwise not alarm anyone being approached by an e-scooter, it's also a handy mode to use in a public setting.
The standard Dynamic mode handles speeds up to 15mph. While it offers a well-rounded speed for those not looking to maximize the Climber's powerful motors, there's some trade-off to this mode. While tackling a steeper incline with my higher payload, the capped speed would make it more of a struggle for the Climber to ascend under my payload and would result in a much lower speed as the slope evened out.
More experienced riders will likely want to swap to the Sport mode which achieves speeds of up to 23mph. The added power can significantly increase the climbing potential for heavier riders while allowing for a more smooth, seamless ride. Also, for those looking to capitalize on the quick acceleration to truly feel the power of the motors, it's quite thrilling when gliding along a smooth path.
For nighttime or dusk riders, the Climber features a single bright light. It's never blinding; it's sufficiently bright even during early dusk. This can also be activated via the single control button or the Inmotion app.
Transporting the Climber Electric Scooter
When considering your use case for the Inmotion Climber, there's still some weight to the scooter. While it's easier to carry with two hands, it can be held one-handed for short distances via the scooter's mast. However, you'll want to lift appropriately to avoid any potential muscle injuries.
Like with the S1, it can fit easily into most car trunks. However, it also worked fine in both a mid-sized sedan and a compact car's back seat. So depending on where you can offer space, the Climber can go with you nearly anywhere.
INMOTION Climber Battery Life and Charging
As with any electronic scooter, different elements will impact your overall battery life, such as the rider's weight, ambient temperature, speed, and travel surface. The 533Wh battery capacity of the Inmotion Climber is sufficient for short commutes, but you'll want to do some testing to ensure it'll cover the necessary distance for longer ones.
The Inmotion Climber takes between eight and nine hours to charge fully using the included 2A charger; though users will soon be able to purchase a faster 5A charger if needed.
The AC adapter allows you to see the charge status of the scooter via a simple red or green light. You're also free to power on the Climber during this time to see the battery bar status via the control panel screen.
As such, it's best practice to charge the Inmotion Climber after any lengthier commute. For shorter rides or recreational excursions, you can typically forgo charging for two to three days while still having plenty of battery life. As a bonus, the Climber scooter features a user-friendly rubber flap for its AC port, making the after-charging experience much safer without worrying about the port being impacted by a careless seal.