The Monorover R2 is just one of the self-balancing boards sold in the United Kingdom. It can be found through Amazon, eBay, the Monorover website, and several other sellers. However, before purchase, be sure to check out the tip on authorized sellers toward the end of this review.
Some of the features and specifications of this board include:
- 20 km of travel at full battery life
- 18.39 centimetres x 17.6 centimetres x 58.6 centimetres
- Weighs 10 kilogrammes
- 15 degree maximum riding angle
- Reaches speeds of 12 kilometres per hour
- 7 inch tires
- Black in colour
- Two motors
- Double-balancing system
- 360 degree turning capabilities
Though the Monorover R2 swegway was not the first to come out with self-balancing skateboard technology, it has been able to stand out above many competitors in the same price class. It does have some disadvantages and areas where it could improve, but considering some of the boards are close to £2,000, you are getting a great deal with this self-balancing scooter.
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Target Riding Group, Weight and Age Range, and Pricing
The Monorover R2 excels in this category because they appeal to users young and old, with many different body types. The company does not recommend use by anyone under the age of 14 or over the age of 45, without assistance from someone who is experienced in riding the self-balancing board. It also has an impressive weight limit of 100 kilogrammes, especially considering it is a plastic board with other hardware. As an added bonus, the Monorover R2 is less expensive than some of the other models of Swegway boards that are available.
Simplicity of Use
The simplicity of use varies from user to user. Some are able to learn how to use this board in just 20 minutes, while it takes others hours to adapt to it. Fortunately, you can have a friend or family member assist you with balancing until you are ready to attempt to balance on the Monorover R2 by yourself. Another thing to note is that this board takes a lot more leg muscle use that many users expect. If you don’t have strong leg muscles where you need them, you may end up with sore legs until you adapt to using the Swegway.
The board comes with a remote that has four separate button. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to understand how to use the remote as it is not labeled. The manual is also very hard to understand, as it has been translated from Mandarin to English in a very poor manner.
If you have not learned to balance on the board, you should practice either inside or on flat concrete pavement until you feel confident in your ability to use the board. One thing that was mentioned by several riders was that the wheel sometimes jerks. This can be troublesome if you are cruising down the road, so be sure to wear your safety gear!
While you should wait until you can balance well to take it out and about, you must be very confident with your ability to ride the Monorover R2 before tackling bumps, curbs, or any other small obstacles that may come in your way. The reason for this is that it becomes significantly harder to balance when going over such obstacles.
As far as the ability to ride up inclines, theMonorover R2 can do so up to a point. After the self-balancing scooter has reached the 15 degree angle, you will fall off of the board if you attempt to tilt anymore. One great thing about the ride quality is the turning capabilities. The 360 degree turning feature works in very tight spaces, making even the smallest turns a possibility.
The battery life of the Monorover R2 is somewhat disappointing, especially because it is so unpredictable. This scooter comes without any type of power indicator to let you know the charge of the battery. At the time of purchase, this self-balancing board is supposed to last 2-3 hours, or 20-30 kilometres on a full charge. This is true in some cases, however, the lithium ion battery wears out with time. Therefore, as you use your scooter and re-charge the battery, the battery charge may be shortened until it gives out altogether. The lithium ion battery is replaceable but it is rather unfortunate that it is so hard to determine when it will need replaced.
As far as durability, the Monorover R2 comes up rather short. A lot of this is due to the plastic components. The wheels scratch very easily. You should not expect them to remain scuff-free as soon you take them across a paved surface. They also heat very easily as they are ridden across hot concrete. The plastic outer shell also leaves a lot to be desired as far as scratch resistance.
Another thing to mention is that the board is not waterproof. When it is introduced into a wet environment, even if it is the sidewalk after it rains, the self-balancing board will automatically shut down.
The safeguards in place on the board are designed to protect the individual components, not the rider. One thing to consider is that the self-balancing portion of the device will shut off automatically if you exceed the speed limit. Unfortunately, this often causes riders to fall off. For this reason, it is best to wear a helmet at all times when using this board.
Warranty and Selling Information
Before concluding this review, there are a few things to mention about the warranty and sellers. The authentic Monorover R2 does offer a 1 year warranty on parts, however, only when this board is bought from authorized sellers. Because it seems most of these boards have been manufactured in China, there are many unauthorized sellers. This can be quite confusing, especially if you do not know what to look for in a genuine board.
Fortunately, the Monorover R2 has compiled a list of authorized sellers. You can also find a list of known unauthorized sellers on their website. Keep in mind that many of the defects that customers have mentioned were caused by purchases from unauthorized sellers, and further disappoint is felt when the self-balancing board cannot be returned or replaced.
Overall, the Monorover R2 swegway has a lot of great features. This is especially true considering its price, which is significantly lower than a lot of other self-balancing Swegway boards in the UK. For the most part, the Monorover R2 offers quality features. In addition to be suitable for a wide range of riders, the board offers a fun, smooth ride once you get the hang of it. It also offers a high quality ride and the Monorover Company backs their confidence in their product with a one year warranty, which they make it easy to obtain by including a list of sellers.
The three negative features of this product include its lack of a battery indicator, poor battery life, and plastic components that scratch rather easily. Another downside is the long list of unauthorized sellers that are selling lower-quality boards under the Moreover name, though this is not the fault of the company. Overall, the Moreover R2 does not disappoint.