Inokim OXO Review
Last September 2018. The Inokim OX first arrived in the Philippines. There's actually an existing article about it. I initially wanted to update it but on second thought I think it deserves its own article and initial impressions.
So now it’s July 2019 at the time of writing and a full 5 months after word got out of the OXO.
The Inokim OXO is a new addition to the Inokim line of electric kick scooters. Its development was initially undertaken by the Russian dealer of Inokim to address requirements needed by their market for a more robust OX that can handle more demanding environments such as Russian winters.
When the world got wind of their developments I guess the demand for it took them by surprise as it was NOT available as a regular Inokim product and it probably overwhelmed Inokim themselves when customers asked for the OXO. In fact, prior to the release of the test rides of the unit, we had serious doubts Inokim would ever make a dual hub scooter. But I am speculating that they changed their minds as Electric Kick Scooters now are more mainstream and people are demanding more from them from mere last mile transport alternatives to full end-to-end solutions to displace traditional forms of transport.
Here are some features you’ll see on the Inokim OXO over its OX brethren.
This new module adds another controller to the OX frame enabling it to run another hub.
On the OX, what used to be a trapezoidal neck we now see a module fitted in the hole. Inside it holds the additional electronics and wiring needed to run the front hub (controller).
Inokim really did a great job. It looks stock and not a slipshod modification. It’s seamlessly fitted and solid. You can knock it with your fist and feels durable. Inokim also complies with more stringent standards for compliance with stricter laws in Europe for consumer safety (CE mark). You don’t see that kind of compliance even on Dualtron, Rion or Weped. It shows you this isn’t some Chinese factory churning out scooters and lets God sort out the casualties later.
New 1000W hub on front AND rear
On the front single side swing arm, we see the object of everyone’s desire, a 2nd HUB!
The OX had a single 800W rear hub that was good, but the OXO now sports 2 1000W hubs. If it can handle fierce Russian winters, it can handle Manila’s notorious traffic and our need to quickly sprint ahead from clumps of motorcycles at intersection stoplights which most dual hub riders know full well what we want dual hubs for aside from climbing steeper inclines without losing power.
Dual hub button
The Red Button on the handlebar is the single/dual hub button. Just because you have a dual hub scooter doesn’t mean you absolutely MUST be always on dual. Seasoned dual hub scooter riders know it’s fantastic but we still use single hub for increasing our range as well as prefer it during challenging weather conditions like wet roads where a powered front hub might mean losing traction during turns. While the OX has lots of happy riders. Those whose routes are more challenging will make it zippier.
Zoom hydraulic brakes come standard
Hydraulic brakes are now standard equipment on most electric kick scooters sporting speeds above 50kph and here we see Inokim decided on Zoom hydraulic brakes. While I would have preferred something stronger at least they didn’t scrimp because hydraulic brakes are more meticulous to install and maintain but desired for their much-improved stopping power. A must for going fast is the ability to stop even faster safely.
With EKSPH’s own Tim Vargas who I trust implicitly to ride anything with wheels on it. He took the OXO for some preliminary speed tests. Here he is going flat out;
Tim Vargas hit around 61kph on the LCD and a GPS speed of around 57kph. We expect this to go higher as we literally just rode it out of the box and haven’t really messed with the parameters or even fully charged the unit. Time was a factor because there is so little information on the OXO except in Russia. When I had a go at it, you don’t get a tire screeching demon we know in Dualtrons. Inokim is known for its smooth acceleration as safety triumphs over raw performance. This is a dual hub scooter you KNOW can go fast but will do so without requiring the skill level it takes months for a DT rider to master to ride safely. Indeed if I had to give a Dual Hub scooter to a newbie, I would choose this one if I didn’t want sleepless nights worrying if he/she crashed it and got hurt due to his inexperience.
The single-arm swingarm of the OX and OXO is one of the most unique and controversial design feature. Others may have tried to imitate it, but none have succeeded in implementing it so well. It doesn’t feel squirrely or unstable yet offers a real plus in terms of maintenance when one inevitably needs to service the inner tubes or tires. Like the OX, it’s easy to change the suspension of the OXO as all the parts and tools needed to lift or drop the scooter is included in the box.
Also of note is Inokim has a preference to use thumb style throttles similar to the Xiaomi Mijia M365 so those who prefer it will easily find it easier to upgrade to the OX or OXO.
I then took the OXO for a spin and unexpectedly had to change from doing a speed test to a braking test as a vehicle suddenly got in the way.
car suddenly came out during my speed run
If you watch the video I actually locked the hubs in the last 10 meters while maintaining control. I was able to comfortably keep the scooter upright and not fishtail. Partly experience but since this is the first time I have to give credit to a sound design of Inokim. I too was able to hit 61 on the LCD and a GPS speed of around 58kph (I weight 65 Kg).
Everything else on the OXO is the same as the OX so you get the sexy design (no imitations) and worldwide brand and industry-leading design. And since the OX has been around for a year, we have not received any serious issues with the OX frame and its reliability. Hence I expect no difference and continued good performance and support.
My only comment to Inokim if they read this is I wish they offered the OXO in a different color vs the standard OX to differentiate it. It will make it’s owners prouder to have the newer model. Also if they want to further brand loyalty, I hope they can offer a retrofit kit for OX to allow those owners to add dual-hubs as, from my inspection, the frame is the same.
I summarize my opinion of the Inokim OXO in 3 words: SPEED WITH STYLE!
It’s now available at www.streetwheels.ph and it’s SRP is P 130,000.00
Thank you to Nicko Manalo and Grace Oracion for letting us try the Inokim OXO as soon as it arrived in the Philippines!
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