Kaabo Mantis King GT Electric Scooter Review

Kaabo Mantis King GT Electric Scooter Review

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The Kaabo recently released the newly refreshed and highly upgraded Mantis King GT and it is a beauty! The Mantis King GT got a major overhaul in design and some key upgraded features which makes it a super versatile electric scooter and a contender for one of the best scooters of 2022. I have fallen in love with this stunning scooter and the ride quality is top notch.

If you are looking for a scooter with the latest and greatest technology, the Mantis King GT should be on your radar. In this review, I will tell you what I love and hate about the Mantis King GT.

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What I love about the Kaabo Mantis King GT

  • Adjustable hydraulic suspension
  • Dual 30 amp sine wave controllers
  • TFT LCD display
  • Robust and quick folding mechanism
  • Controllable LED lights
  • Hybrid tires
  • IPX5 water resistance rating
  • Two chargers
  • M16 3-pin charger
  • Pin code to lock the scooter
  • Thick silicone deck with a sweet design
  • Locks into place when folded
  • Ability to adjust power delivery to motors
  • Fast and smooth acceleration
  • Two charge ports on the neck
  • Looks sleek and unique
  • Wider handlebars

What type of suspension is on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT features dual adjustable hydraulic suspension which is important if you like to ride on various terrains.

You can adjust the rebound to be slow for speed runs on smooth pavement, and fast for offroading. The suspension feels great and I love how I can adjust both suspensions in under 5 seconds.

I especially like how stiff the suspension can be adjusted to because even though the NAMI has adjustable hydraulic suspension, I think the suspension on the NAMI is still too soft in the stiffest setting.

I prefer scooters that come with adjustable suspension because it allows me to ride whatever terrain my heart desires.

Kaabo Mantis King GT Adjustable Hydraulic Suspension

What type of controller does the Kaabo Mantis King GT have?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT has dual 27 amp sine wave controllers.

Sine wave controllers make the Mantis King GT easier to control at lower speed and deliver strong power smoothly to the motors.

The acceleration curve on the new sine wave controllers is way better than the previous Minimotors controllers.

Kaabo Mantis King GT side profile horizontal

Most scooter controllers use square wave technology, also known as a trapezoidal wave.  Sine-wave creates a more rounded wave that is a lot quieter when ramping up speeds.  Sine wave controllers are also used on the Bronco Xtreme 11 Sport, NAMI BURN-E MAX 2, Kaabo Wolf King GT, and Fobos X.

For more info on how sine-wave controllers work, check out this article from electricbike.com

Sinewave Vs Squarewave

What type of display is on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT features a 4.2 inch TFT LCD display.

TFT LCD displays are more expensive than traditional LCD screens, but the quality of the image is far superior. You can easily read a TFT display in direct sunlight while an LCD display gets washed out and is hard to read.

The display on the Kaabo Mantis King GT and Wolf King GT are the best displays I have tested and reviewed. I love how crisp the display looks and the colors pop.

Kaabo Mantis King GT TFT LCD Display

What kind of folding mechanism is on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT uses a robust hook latch with a rotating safety mechanism we have never seen before.

Kaabo Mantis King GT Safety Latch

I like how quickly you can secure the safety mechanism compared to the VSETT 9+ and VSETT 10+. The hook latch looks similar to the VSETT 9+ and VSETT 10+, but there are key differences. For example, on the VSETT scooters, the threaded bolt can get cross-threaded if you don’t pay attention. The safety mechanism on the Kaabo Mantis King GT simply rotates until it engages into place.

I started to notice a little play in the stem after 50 miles which were caused by the two bolts becoming a little loose after some aggressive riding and testing. If you have a little play in the stem, tighten the bolts on each side of the latch to give it a snug fit.

Kaabo Mantis King GT Safety Latch and Folding Mechanism

How do you control the deck lights on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The RGB hue deck lights are controlled by a mobile app. You can adjust the colors, and you can adjust them to be solid or in different patterns.

Some of the colors are incorrect in the app, so mess around with the different buttons to find the color you want.

Click here for the Android app that controls the deck lights.
Click here for the iPhone app that controls the deck lights.

Kaabo Mantis King GT lighted deck and 160 mm brake disc with hybrid offroad tires and safety latch

What type of tires is on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT features 10″ x 3″ hybrid offroad tires.

Previous Mantis verisions had 10″ x 2.5″ street tires. The extra 1/2 inch adds more stability when riding at higher speeds. I love the hybrid knobby tires with rounded profile because I can ride streets and offroad trails without having to do a tire change.

The hybrid tires combined with the adjustable suspension allow me to ride whatever terrain my heart desires.

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Kaabo Mantis King GT Hybrid Offroad Tires lighted up

What is the water resistance rating on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT has an IPX5 water resistance rating.

IPX5 means the scooter can resist a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray. I like that it has some type of water resistance rating, but ride it in rain at your own risk. We do not know of any scooter dealer that covers water damage.

Kaabo Mantis King GT out in the grass

What type of charger does the Kaabo Mantis King GT have?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT features M16 3-Pin chargers.

Previous Mantis scooters used GX16-3 3pin chargers. Most electric scooters use GX16-3 3pin chargers which is notorious for arcing. If you aren’t paying attention when putting the charge port in, you can hear a pop which can damage the charge port.

M16 3pin chargers have raised plastic to isolate the pins and prevent arcing. The charge ports are conveniently placed on the neck of the scooter so you don’t have to look under the deck to line them up. The charger ends fit snuggly into the charge ports and there is no need to screw anything on to secure it.

Kaabo Mantis King GT M16 3pin charger

How long does it take to charge the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The Kaabo Mantis King GT takes 8 hours to charge from empty to full.

It comes with two 1.5 amp chargers but if you only use one, it will take 16 hours to charge.

Kaabo Mantis King GT Control Module and Zoom Brake Levers

Can I password protect the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

Yes you can!

I love being able to password protect my scooters. It allows me to run in for a quick errand and not have to worry about someone blasting off on the scooter. I can run after a thief if they try to wheel it away with no power.

However, a thief can always pick it up and throw it into a vehicle, so make sure to lock it up for extra security!

Jimmy loves password protection because it can prevent his kids from taking off on a high-powered scooter without his permission.

Kaabo Mantis King GT Rear Tire

How wide are the handlebars on the Kaabo Mantis King GT?

The handlebars on the Kaabo Wolf King GT are 26 inches wide. On previous models they were 24 inches wide. Wider handlebars add to the stability of the scooter.

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Kaabo Mantis King GT top profile

What I hate about the Kaaabo Mantis King GT

  • Dead zone on thumb throttle
  • The display is wrong when showing volts
  • Turn signals are low and could be brighter
  • The display has no memory of the last setting
  • The folded locking clamp slaps against the steering pole
  • Front light is not bright enough for safe night riding

My biggest issue is the dead zone on the thumb throttle. The first 1/3 of the throttle stroke gets zero response from the scooter.

Kaabo Mantis King Thumb Throttle

The other major issue is the display does not show the correct voltage. The voltage is about 2 volts off so make sure to account for that so you don’t end up out of battery and stranded.

Kaabo Mantis King GT side profile

The display has no memory of the speed mode you last used. The Kaabo Mantis King GT will always start in mode 0 and single motor each time you turn on the device. I like to ride it fast and in dual motors, so I have to press the (+) button five times and hold down the (+) button for three seconds to engage dual motors every time I turn on my scooter for a ride.

Kaabo Mantis King GT folded

The turn signals are low and not that bright, so they are hard to see during the daytime. I wish they would have used brighter LEDs to compensate for them being so low.

Speaking about lights, the front-facing light is not bright enough for safe night riding.

Kaabo Mantis King GT Turn Signal Indicators

One minor issue is the small metal folded locking clamp near the handlebars used to lock the scooter when folded will slap against the steering pole when riding.

I tightened it up and could never get it to stop moving. Adding a piece of furniture felt underneath it will resolve this issue.

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The pros outweigh these few cons, and I absolutely love the Kaabo Mantis King GT!

Click here for the current pricing on the Kaabo Mantis King GT.
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Kaabo Mantis King GT Safety Latch and Folding Mechanism

Final Thoughts

The Kaabo Mantis King GT is more than just an incremental upgrade from previous versions of the Mantis. It builds upon an established platform, but makes huge leaps in improvements.

The Kaabo Mantis King GT is easily my favorite Mantis scooter I have tested and reviewed. I love riding it and it has become my new favorite scooter to take out for a quick cruise.

The versatility of the Kaabo Mantis King GT makes it great for commuting, street riding fun, and off road trails. It’s nimble and easy to navigate in densely populated areas like Downtown Denver.

I love the ride and the design is stunning. The acceleration curve is the fastest we have tested on any Mantis models. I would definitely spend the extra money to get the Kaabo Mantis King GT over previous models.

Our unboxing and first impressions video

What’s new on the Mantis King GT compared to previous models?

  • Adjustable hydraulic suspension
  • Dual 30 amp sine wave controllers
  • TFT LCD display
  • Robust and quick folding mechanism
  • Controllable LED lights
  • Hybrid tires
  • IPX5 water resistance rating
  • Two chargers
  • Two charge ports
  • M16 3-pin charger
  • Pin code to lock the scooter
  • Thicker silicone deck
  • Slightly wider deck
  • Ability to adjust power delivery to motors
  • Two charge ports on the neck
  • Wider handlebars
Kaabo Mantis King GT Silicone Deck

Kaabo Mantis King GT Pricing, Coupon and Discount Codes

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If you enjoyed this review, check out some other comparable escooters that we have reviewed:

Kaabo Mantis V2 – The previous Mantis with sine wave controllers.

Eonmotors Blade X Pro – Another 10 inch scooter with sine wave controllers.

Limited Edition Blade 10 Pro – Another 10 inch scooter with sine wave controllers.

Mantis Pro SE – A special edition gold version of the Mantis.

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