How do FLJ S8 vs. Fluid Freeride Horizon stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the S8, manufactured by FLJ, versus the Horizon, manufactured by Fluid Freeride. We’ll take a deep dive into the specs of both brands, to help you decide which is better depending on your needs, and what you will mostly be using your electric scooter for.
Electric scooters are all about ease of use, versatility and convenience. They are designed to make urban commuting easy, which makes their weight one of the key characteristics to take into account.
The FLJ S8 has a total weight of 121 lbs (55 kg), whereas the Fluid Freeride Horizon has a total weight of 40 lbs (18 kg). Both models are quite heavy, neither is a good option for a commute where you’ll need to carry your scooter.
Equally important when considering the ease of your commute is the folded dimensions of the electric scooter, as these make a huge difference when transporting or storing the scooter. FLJ S8 folds down to 56.69" x 12.2" x 22.83", and Fluid Freeride Horizon folds down to 38.6" x 7.1" x 14.6".
Of course, convenience and portability is only one part of the puzzle. It is important to know how an electric scooter actually rides, and whether it will be able to handle your specific commute.
If your commute is a hilly one, then you’ll want to pay careful attention to the motor power, as this is key in getting you and your scooter up hills.
FLJ S8 has a motor power of 3200W, versus Fluid Freeride Horizon’s motor power of 500W. Both models are good for hills, as both have enough power to take on any inclines you are likely to encounter.
FLJ S8 has a top speed of 53 mi/hr (85 km/hr) versus a top speed of 25 mi/hr (40 km/hr) for Fluid Freeride Horizon. So if you are looking at long, flat stretches on your commute, and if speed is your thing, then FLJ S8 is the best choice.
When it comes to distance travelling, however, then the range of the electric scooter is going to be a key factor. FLJ S8 has a range of 50 miles (80 km), while Fluid Freeride Horizon has a range of 20 miles (32 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. FLJ S8 has a battery capacity of 1750 Wh, and Fluid Freeride Horizon has a capacity of 499 Wh.
An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. FLJ S8 has a maximum rider weight of 440 lbs (200 kg), while Fluid Freeride Horizon can support a maximum weight of 264 lbs (120 kg).
Now onto safety. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of an electric scooter, and may be the only difference between a safely completed journey and a trip to the emergency room. There are a number of different brake options available for electric scooters, all of which have their respective pros and cons.
Disc brakes have the best braking power, give excellent control and perform well in all conditions, although they do require maintenance, and are usually the most expensive. Foot brakes are lightweight, simple, and require no maintenance, but tend to perform poorly when compared to other types, are slower to activate and need a specific riding position. Drum brakes are also low maintenance, and better performing, particularly in wet conditions, but are heavier and complicated to disassemble.
Both electronic brakes and regenerative brakes add no extra weight at all, and require no maintenance, but again both types produce less effective braking performance, and can be prone to failure. Regenerative brakes can also fail to work when the battery is fully charged.
FLJ S8 has Disc brakes, and Fluid Freeride Horizon has Drum brakes.
When it comes to tires, there are two options, pneumatic or solid. Pneumatic tires are more comfortable, but can burst if punctured by glass, thorns or nails. Solid rubber tires however are far more durable (and puncture-proof) but will give a more bumpy ride.
FLJ S8 has Pneumatic and Fluid Freeride Horizon has Pneumatic.
Suspension can also help achieve a smoother ride, and although not all electric scooters come with suspension, many models come with front or rear suspension, or both. FLJ S8 has Both, and Fluid Freeride Horizon has Both, making both fairly comfy rides.
These days, plenty of electric scooters come with built-in lights. Options vary with lights available at both front and back, just front lights, or just rear lights. FLJ S8 comes with both lights, and Fluid Freeride Horizon comes with both lights, so both are suitable if driving after dark and safety are high priorities.
The final thing to keep in mind is the warranty. This protects you in the unlikely event of a fault with the electric scooter. FLJ S8 comes with a 1 year warranty, and Fluid Freeride Horizon comes with a 90 days warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of FLJ S8 Vs. Fluid Freeride Horizon. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of FLJ S8 and Fluid Freeride Horizon, and helps demonstrate which electric scooter will best suit your needs. Whichever scooter you pick, remember to always be safe, and have fun!
Side By Side Comparison Chart:
|FLJ S8||Fluid Freeride Horizon|
|Top Speed||53 mi/hr (85 km/hr)||25 mi/hr (40 km/hr)|
|Range||50 miles (80 km)||20 miles (32 km)|
|Weight||121 lbs (55 kg)||40 lbs (18 kg)|
|Rider Weight||440 lbs (200 kg)||264 lbs (120 kg)|
|Tire Size||11.0 inches||8.0 inches|
|Battery (WH)||1750 Wh||499 Wh|
|Recharge Time||Up to 12 hours|
|Lights||Both Front & Rear||Both Front & Rear|
|Frame Material||Aluminum +iron|
|Standing Dimensions||55.51" x 24.02" x 50.0"||42.5" x 23.2" x 46.8"|
|Folded Dimensions||56.69" x 12.2" x 22.83"||38.6" x 7.1" x 14.6"|