Using a 120mm disc brake, the mantis 8 provides riders with the confidence that they are in control. With front and rear disc brakes, you will be able to stop safely in an instant.
How do electric brakes work on a scooter?
Electric brakes reverse a circuit, which creates resistance in the motor. The motor is right inside the wheel so that resistance translates into braking power. And since the motor is the brake, dual-motor scooters can have two electric brakes whereas single-motor scooters can have only one.
Are these electric brakes any good? They’re good for reducing speed and avoiding wear on mechanical brakes, but they’re not very powerful. So Kaabo Mantis 8 uses both electronic and mechanical braking systems, which makes the brakes very reliable.
Mechanical Disc Brakes(120mm)
When pressure is applied, in the case of an electric scooter by pulling on the brake lever, a piston pushes a brake pad outwards toward the rotating disc that has calipers attached to them, creating friction that slows the vehicle down.
As we know, disc brakes are considered the best for maximum performance and they are being used almost exclusively on everything with wheels today. But some new smaller cars still have drum brakes on the rear wheels. Since the majority of the braking power comes from the front wheels, it is considered sufficient with drum brakes in the rear since they are cheaper to manufacture and still do their job.
Mechanical Disc Brakes Advantages
- - They are lighter than drum brakes
- - They cool better since the disc is exposed to air
- - They don't fade as much as drum brakes under heavy braking, so they offer better resistance
- - The pressure distribution is more evenly spread
- - They self-adjust
- - They are easier to replace
- - Excellent braking power
- - They are good in both wet and dry conditions
- - They are easy to maintain and adjust
- - Hydraulic disc brakes have phenomenal braking control
Mechanical Disc Brakes Disadvantages
- - They are more expensive than drum brakes.
- - More pressure needs to be applied to stop the vehicle.
- - Disc rotors can get contaminated. F.e example if some degreaser hits it. This results in squeaking and less bite when braking and requires cleaning them as well as changing pads.
Are disc brakes better on electric scooters?
Disc brakes are the best choice because they’re extremely powerful but also have good modulation. They’re exposed to the weather, but it’s not a problem thanks to strong clamping forces and water-shedding rotors. They’re easy to adjust or upgrade, and bicycle shops can help if need be.
How to brake with an electric scooter
Proper braking technique for a scooter involves shifting your entire body’s weight to the back, including bending your knees slightly and leaning back with your buttocks a bit, almost like you’re preparing to sit down. You can also pull on the handlebars a bit to slow down even quicker. When braking that way, the scooter loses acceleration and momentum the quickest, without losing balance at all.
Kaabo mantis 8 has brakes on both wheels, you should try using the rear brake first, and use both brakes only if you want the shortest stopping distance. In general, you should not brake with the front wheel brake first, or solely with it, as that increases the chances of your scooter tipping over, increasing the risk of an injury.
How to adjust my disk brakes?
Cable disk brakes may need to be adjusted as they get older.
If you start hearing some friction or rubbing sounds coming from the wheel, the brake disk may be rubbing against the pads or the wheel, and it may be time to adjust your disk brakes.
Adjusting the brakes will typically involve adjusting the position of the brake pads with an Allen key until they no longer touch the disk.
In most scooters, you will not need to disassemble the brake. See this video for a great walkthrough.
When should I replace my brake pads?
As a rule of thumb, you should measure the thickness of the brake pad with a caliper. The brake pad should be at least 1 mm thick. If it’s smaller than that, you should replace it. Also, consider replacing the pads if they look too old or worn out. Kaabo presents customers with a pair of spare brake pads. See this video for a great walkthrough.