Atomi Alpha Review: Pretty but Flawed

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The venerable kickstand will not be fairly as outdated because the wheel, but within the 12 months 2023, you’d suppose we’d have it down pat. Sadly, that’s not the case. The Atomi Alpha electrical kick scooter hails from a comparatively new model, Atomi, and it has one of many worst kickstands I’ve had the displeasure of utilizing out of all of the escooters and ebikes I’ve examined. Yes, this factor has toppled over greater than I’d prefer to admit. 

It’s a disgrace, as this is among the prettier scooters I’ve seen, particularly within the pine inexperienced colour. It’s received a stunning strip of LEDs on the middle stem and on the underside of the deck so that you stick out like a neon signal to close by visitors. The colours are additionally customizable, which suggests you don’t should seem like a gliding gaming PC. When I arrived residence with the scooter glowing a deep teal, my neighbor squealed, “That’s so cool!” Frankly, that’s not a time period I typically hear after I’m using an electrical scooter. I simply want it labored higher. 

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The Alpha comes principally assembled out of the field; you simply want to connect the handlebar with the offered screws and plug in a cable. It’s fairly simple to fold up, too—push down on the latch on the base of the stem, carry the stem down, and use the hook on the left handlebar to connect it to the rear mudguard and hold it fastened. 

As this hook is on the left handlebar, the stem isn’t parallel to the deck within the Alpha’s folded state. Instead, it hangs off just a little to the aspect and takes up extra width than most different scooters. I’d have most well-liked it folded parallel to the deck just like the Niu KQi3 Max I’m presently testing, but this can be a nitpick. The Alpha weighs 36 kilos, typical for a scooter on this class. I didn’t discover it difficult to hold up and down my flight of stairs as a result of the stem isn’t tremendous thick, so it’s simple to get a very good grasp on it. 

It comes with a bell put in and a headlight, although I couldn’t actually see a lot with it. I additionally don’t just like the charging port location. It’s hidden away the place the kickstand rests, so I typically needed to get low to the bottom to seek out the port and plug it in. Atomi additionally contains an built-in mixture lock on the other aspect of the deck so that you don’t want to hold round your individual, but I don’t suppose it might deter a decided thief. Don’t retailer this scooter exterior; fold it up and take it inside or put it in a safe storage in case you can. 

You can’t regulate the peak of this escooter, but with my 6’4″ body, I didn’t discover the handlebars too laborious to succeed in. What was tough was studying the LED show. It’s angled fairly low—clearly meant for shorter riders—so I steadily crouched simply to see the display screen (please don’t attempt to image this). 

The energy button within the heart is what you’ll use to cycle between velocity modes, of which there are three. It’s actually squishy, so push it laborious to show it on. One faucet will activate the headlight. You’ll have to make use of the Atomi app to regulate the RGB lights on the scooter, but with it, you’re in a position to nail down the precise colour you need, select completely different lighting scenes, and tweak the brightness. 

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