I see that the discussion above is mostly centered around the Mantis, Wolf, Cruiser, Ghost, Oxo, and Phantom. As a near future buyer, quite possibly of one of these, I am close to finishing my initial version of what I believe to be a deep-dive, point by point type comparison of the 8 or 10 scooters which I see as possibilities in my price range, between $1,500 and $3,000. It includes a comparison chart, category descriptions, and discussion/commentary on each individual scooter (pros, cons, and overall assessment). It will combine the score that a scooter receives in each of 10 categories to finally assign it a comparative numerical assessment of both quality and value. I see such a tool, subjective and often inaccurate as it may be, as one more way to try and get a better idea of the bigger picture. To help with gaining a calm and measured perspective, rather than drown in a sea of brands and variables, and make a decision out of frustration or impatience.
Most of the above mentioned scooters are included, along with perhaps a few others such as a Dualtron or Vsett (I have not yet decided which Vsett, probably either the 9+ or 10+). I have designed it in a manner which allows any scooters to be substituted into the chart, in place of my initial choices. I will post it here. Justin has suggested to me that I post it as a new thread in this section, but this thread seems to be right on point in respect to the discussion issues and specific scooters.
As per the discussion above, suspension is a very big issue with me, and along with ride comfort and range, these 3 are among the 5 most important of the 10 categories I use in the comparison chart. Specifically, I have given much consideration to the Wolf suspension of dual hydraulic front shocks and spring swing arm rear vs the Oxo/Dualtron adjustable rubber suspension. The Wolf suspension seems to definitely be the way to go for frequent or heavy off-roading, but I question how close it comes to matching the other 2 in offering a pleasant road experience by soaking up road imperfections and vibration. And of course the Wolf is often criticized for not being among the better handling and more nimble road scooters, I assume due to the heavy front front suspension, and overall weight and design.
Also, I question whether the Cruiser actually does have greater range than the Wolf. Specs wise, it wouldn’t seem so, with a significantly greater watt hour battery, and 11” compared to the cruiser’s 9.3” tires. Yes, it is 50lbs heavier, but does that tilt the scale? Perhaps, but I have a strong suspicion that when real world tests are done, the Wolf is ridden with both motors and at a higher speed, in large part because among almost any tester it would probably be considered heresy to ride it in single motor eco mode, piddling along for 4 hours or so at 15 or 18 mph.