Why We Find It Both Stylish and Nifty
Tell us that you’ve never seen a Bird One e-scooter before, and we probably won’t believe you.
The One is everywhere. Trust us, we’re not exaggerating.
It’s one of the most widely used e-scooters all over the world. After all, its original purpose is to be a scooter-for-rent, which is why it’s available in over 100 cities spanning across five continents.
To expound further, Bird is a scooter rental service accessible through an app. This generated eco-friendly ideas amongst environmentally-sound government officials. They began promoting this personal form of transport as it does an awesome job of decreasing traffic and pollution.
If anything, we should be thankful to the company for bringing e-scooters into the spotlight, so there’s no way that we’d leave it out of the top five scooters on our list.
The best part is that Bird very recently entered the world of e-commerce and began producing e-scooters for personal use. They’ve released three commercial versions so far: Birdie, Bird Air, and the Bird One.
However, we’re only looking into the Bird One in this article.
The Bird One Specifications
Scooter Weight: 17.5 kg
Maximum Weight for the Rider: 100 kg
Maximum Speed: 15.5 miles per hour
Range: 25 miles
Engine Power: 300 Watts
Average Charge Time: 6 hours
The Bird One Design
We find the Bird One’s design to be sleek and completely stylish. In one look, you can easily set it apart from other e-scooters.
To some, the design is rather basic, but that’s the core of Bird’s aesthetic. They don’t make e-scooters with protruding wires like the Xiaomi 1S. Instead, they whip out robust and sleek models that catch attention.
Another reason this model is highly popular is because it comes in eclectic colours, such as Electric Rose or Dove White.
Fans of pastel shades won’t have to settle with matte grey and shiny black e-scooters. However, you can still get the cult classic colour Jet Black if that’s how you roll.
What’s more impressive is its sturdiness. It’s built rock solid and you can see it right away from the design and material choices. After all, Bird started out with one goal in mind: to create a robust scooter that can survive the daily abuse that comes with ridesharing.
The only downside to this is it doesn’t fold, so it scores low in portability. It stands upright, secured with four bolts.
But to be honest, if we’re made to choose between safety and portability, we’d choose safety every time. That’s what you get from the Bird One, and over 30 quality certifications back it up.
The Bird One Features
At the centre of the handlebars is a panel with the e-scooter’s logo and name. According to Bird, it’s also home to the scooter’s brain. It’s responsible for linking your vehicle to your phone and gives you app access.
And we have to tell you, The Bird One’s app features are profound and superlative. After all, Bird is originally a software company, and their expertise definitely reflected on the Bird One’s app.
Expect easy set-up, track location, remote locking, update, and even diagnose system issues through the app. No other companion app can offer these varying services.
The Bird One also has IP34-rating, so the e-scooter is protected from water sprays coming from different directions.
Now, on to the flaws.
When it comes to illumination, we find the headlight lacking. It’s not enough to light your path, but it signals other people that you’re incoming.
Lastly, we’d like to talk about the large semi-pneumatic tyres found at the scooter base. They may not ride smoothly as full-blown pneumatic tyres would, but they’re more puncture-proof.
The Bird One Performance
You’ll need the app to turn your Bird One on. This can be tricky because it doesn’t always work on the first try. However, once you’ve got it, it’s a smooth sailing ride after that.
Going up is easy, and gliding through smooth terrains is just sublime. However, when you hit uneven grounds, you’ll undoubtedly feel the impact.
One other flaw is the lack of a display panel. You’ll have to look at your phone to see the rate you’re going or the current battery life. This can be a nuisance and quite frankly, puts the rider in danger. It would be best if you had your eyes on the road all the time.
The Bird One’s top speed is 18 mph or 29 kmph, and it only has a single speed setting. Therefore, it’s more fuss-free. Although, this can be an issue for newbies who will need some getting used to before riding this fast.
The semi-pneumatic tyres provide additional stability to support its speed, but they make for a bumpy ride, as we’ve mentioned before.
The Verdict: Why We’re Giving It A 4.0
At the start of this read, we raved about the overall design of The Bird One. We’re also taken with the simply incomparable connectivity features. Add to these the impressive range and performance.
If you’re looking for a sturdy two-wheeled vehicle, this has got to be it. Geared with certificates to boot, you’ll never feel safer.
However, we have several issues with it.
First, it isn’t portable at all. You’ll have to go the extra mile to make it fit inside your car, and you better have enough space in your home or garage for storage.
There’s also a boatload of features missing from it as a consumer vehicle, which we guess results from using their rental model as the benchmark.
At its core, the lack of display panel and folding mechanism thwarts the Bird One’s potential. And with the price tag attached to it (roughly £1000), you’d think they make an extra effort to cover all the bases.
We highly recommend it to:
- People who like to travel in style
- Individuals looking for a long-lasting e-scooter