How do Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric vs. Minimotors Speedway 5 stack up?

electric scooter comparison Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric
Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric
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electric scooter comparison Minimotors Speedway 5
Minimotors Speedway 5
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The electric scooters we have head to head here are the Glider Cadet Electric, manufactured by Gotrax, versus the Speedway 5, manufactured by Minimotors. 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 Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has a total weight of 26 lbs (12 kg), whereas the Minimotors Speedway 5 has a total weight of 70 lbs (32 kg). Both models are quite heavy, neither is a good option for a commute where you’ll need to carry your scooter.

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.

Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has a motor power of 100W, versus Minimotors Speedway 5’s motor power of 1600W. Minimotors Speedway 5 is good for hills, as it has enough power to take on any inclines you are likely to encounter.

Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has a top speed of 11 mi/hr (18 km/hr) versus a top speed of 40 mi/hr (64 km/hr) for Minimotors Speedway 5. So if you are looking at long, flat stretches on your commute, and if speed is your thing, then Minimotors Speedway 5 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. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has a range of 7 miles (11 km), while Minimotors Speedway 5 has a range of 75 miles (121 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then Minimotors Speedway 5 would be the better choice.

Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has a battery capacity of 100W, and Minimotors Speedway 5 has a capacity of 1400 Wh. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric will recharge fully from empty in 8 hours, and Minimotors Speedway 5 will take 4 - 13 hours to fully recharge.

An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has a maximum rider weight of 119 lbs (54 kg), while Minimotors Speedway 5 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.

Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has Caliper breaks, and Minimotors Speedway 5 has Disc breaks.

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.

Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has Pneumatic and Minimotors Speedway 5 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. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric has None, and Minimotors Speedway 5 has Both, making ${model_two} the comfier ride.

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. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric comes with none, and Minimotors Speedway 5 comes with both lights, so Minimotors Speedway 5 is 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. Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric comes with a 90 day limited warranty, and Minimotors Speedway 5 comes with a 6 months warranty.

And there you have it, a full round up of Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric Vs. Minimotors Speedway 5. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric and Minimotors Speedway 5, 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:
Gotrax Glider Cadet Electric Minimotors Speedway 5
Top Speed 11 mi/hr (18 km/hr) 40 mi/hr (64 km/hr)
Range 7 miles (11 km) 75 miles (121 km)
Weight 26 lbs (12 kg) 70 lbs (32 kg)
Rider Weight 119 lbs (54 kg) 264 lbs (120 kg)
Tire Size 8.5 inches 10.0 inches
Tire Type Pneumatic Pneumatic
Motor 100W 1600W
Brake Type Caliper Disc
Battery (WH) 100W 1400 Wh
Recharge Time 8 hours 4 - 13 hours
Suspension None Both
Lights No Lights Both Front & Rear
Frame Material Aluminum Aviation grade 6082-t6 aluminum alloy
Standing Dimensions 29.5" x 7.6" x 22.64" x 48.03"
Folded Dimensions Not Foldable 46.46" x 20.47" x 48.03"