The brakes of your dual motor electric scooter are a significant consideration prior to purchasing your e-scooter. Dual motor electric scooters are famed for being super-fast. Usually, most high-power electric scooters are dual motor electric scooters.

What makes dual motor electric scooters special?

Dual motor electric scooters are powered by two motors; one on the rear and one in front. Every electric scooter is powered by a motor. For other electric scooters a motor is either on the front or rear wheel, for dual motor electric scooters a motor is on both.

What’s a motor? Why are they significant? 

Dual motor electric scooters use modern motor designs. All motors are DC motors, these motors convert electrical energy through their mechanical frameworks to locomotion in e-scooters. Simply put, they cause motion in the wheels of any electric scooter.

The power of a motor is significant, as is its type of engine. There are brushed DC motors, and Brushless DC motors. Brushed DC motors lose a lot of power as friction or heat and make noise. On the other hand, brushless DC motors are more efficient, lose less power as heat, and feature ultra-modern technology. Brushless DC motors are either hub motors (motor is in the hub of the wheels) or hubless motors. Hub motors are either geared or gearless (each of them has pros and cons).


The different types of brakes used for dual motor electric scooters

Dual motor electric scooters either use mechanical or electric brakes. Mechanic brakes are either disc, foot, or drum brakes while electrical brakes are strictly regenerative brakes. Dual motor electric scooters often have a mix of both electric brakes and mechanical brakes. It’s also common to see a mix of two mechanical brakes. Very few dual motor electric scooters use regenerative brakes for both front and rear wheels.

Mechanical brakes

As was already said, there are many different kinds of mechanical brakes. There are foot brakes, disc brakes, and drum brakes among them. Let’s talk about each one in detail and figure out which combination is best for your dual-motor electric scooter.
Shall we?

Disc Brakes

This brake system has a rotor, calipers, and brake pads, just like the name says. The rotor is a metal disc that goes on the wheel of an electric scooter. When you press on your electric scooter’s brakes (usually with a hand lever like on a bike), the calipers squeeze the rotor with brake pads until your dual-motor electric scooter stops.

There are different kinds of disc brakes based on how they pinch. There are cable-controlled, hydraulic, and semi-hydraulic discs. Hydraulic disc brakes use a fluid-filled system to move the calipers that pinch the wheel of your scooter. The more force you put on the brakes, the more grip they exert on the wheel and the faster your dual-motor electric scooter stops.

The semi-hydraulic scooter works in the same way, but you use a different tool to stop your ride. A cable connects the brake lever to the calipers that are attached to the rotor. When you use the brakes on your two-wheeled motor scooter, this cable is connected to a piston that squeezes the wheel.

Disc brakes that are controlled by a cable are the last type of mechanical brakes for electric scooters. It has cables like the semi-hydraulic brakes, but this time there are no pistons. When the brakes are used, the cables get shorter. This turns on the calipers, which squeeze the wheel and bring it to a stop.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are built into the wheel itself. There is a cable that goes from the brakes to the hub of the wheel. This cable moves pads that stop the wheel. 

This means that they can work in both wet and dry conditions. Drum brakes usually lose their effectiveness when they get too hot inside, but this rarely happens with dual motor scooters.

Overall, drum brakes aren’t as good as disc brakes, but they’re much easier to maintain. If you need to fix or take them apart, it can be hard to do. Compared to disc brakes, drum brakes are heavy.

Foot Brakes

With this brake system, your foot would have to work a bit to stop your scooter (just like the name suggests).  Fenders with hinges are attached to the back tires of foot brakes. To stop your scooter, you must first get your feet ready and then press your feet on the back tire. Voila! Your e-scooter decelerates. 

Foot brakes are pretty simple and light, and they don’t need routine maintenance. But overall, the performance is bad, and it gets worse when it’s wet. Aside from having to ride in an uncomfortable way, e-scooter riders can quickly lose their balance in a bid to decelerate their dual motor electric scooters..

Electric Brakes

Regenerative brakes work in the same way that electric brakes do. The difference is that they don’t affect how much your scooter’s battery is charged. Instead, the button or lever shorts out the motors, which slows down the scooter. Some scooters’ electric brakes are a push-and-pull button or a lever.

This brake system weighs nothing and needs no maintenance, just like regenerative brakes. They can’t be counted on and usually do a bad job. By “poor performance,” we mean that there is a low chance of getting quick stops.

Regenerative brakes are closely related to electric brakes. They use electrical charges to stop the motor of an e-scooter from running. After each successful brake cycle, the electric scooter’s stores energy used to decelerate, and uses it to provide boost when the rider accelerates. 

Most dual-motor scooters don’t use regenerative brakes alone because they aren’t reliable or effective on their own. Instead, they use it with other brakes that are stronger and work better. 

Regenerative brakes don’t work well and aren’t very reliable. There is also a chance that they won’t perform optimally when your battery power isn’t “well charged”. You can use a button or hand levers to turn on the regenerative brakes.

Geared or gearless hub motors and brakes. 

The distribution of motors around electric scooters accounts for how much traction you get during rides. Averagely, the rear tires bear more weight than the front tires. 

Many high-powered dual motor electric scooters use gearless hub motors as opposed to geared hub motors. Geared motors are light-weight, accelerate faster, but they wear and tear easily. Gearless hub motors are heavy-weight, and their acceleration builds up slowly because they do not use geared systems to change their speed.

How does this affect your brakes? Gearless motors use regenerative brakes. Through regenerative brakes they get boost for succession acceleration after deceleration. 

Which brakes are best?

Dual motor electric scooters use either mechanical brakes or both mechanical brakes and electric brakes. For mechanical brakes, the best brake is the hydraulic disk brake. It works well, is easy to maintain, and easy to use. Compared to the others, when you apply the brakes, it gives you a strong and steady squeeze.

If you can’t get hydraulic brakes or can’t afford them, semi-hydraulic brakes are the next best thing. It has a fairly strong and steady grip on the wheel of your scooter. Cable controlled disc brakes are not a good option for your dual motor electric scooter.


Mechanical brakes (disc brakes) are the best for dual motor electric scooters. If your dual motor electric scooter doesn’t use a hydraulic disc brake, you must be prepared for the cost of installing hydraulic disc brakes. Ensure you perform routine maintenance on your disc brakes to maximize their potential during rides.

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