Review it – Electric scooters are growing in popularity, and the electric scooter market is expected to grow from $37 to $79 billion between 2023 and 2030. With many other companies jumping into the booming market, finding the right scooter in the sea of options can be overwhelming. Fluid has brought the Mosquito to market as an all-rounder that packs a punch in performance while being lightweight for easy portability. There’s a lot to like about Mosquito on paper, and we’ll see if you can really deliver.
What is it?
The Mosquito by Fluid is, as the name implies, a lightweight second class electric scooter. This model is a hybrid between Fluid and E-TWOW, both of which are well thought out for the development of urban transport. The design of the Mosquito has achieved a good weight-to-performance ratio, coming in at under 30lbs while providing enough length and speed to keep you mobile. Fluid has been around since 2018, and in addition to their stores in Miami, NYC and San Francisco, they maintain a social network. Alongside the Mosquito, Fluid has a wide range of e-scooters available to suit the needs of keen riders, both on and off road.
What’s in the box?
- Liquid Mosquitoes, fully assembled
- By hand
In some pictures in the entire review, you can see a mirror with a built-in handle, this is not included with the mosquito net.
|25+ mph (up to 28mph in 5th gear)
Brushless, 500W base – 700W peak
|48v 9.6ah (461 Wh)
|13.0 x 6.0 x 41.7 inches
|42.3 x 15.0 x 44.6 inches
|8″ x 2″ solid
|Time to pay
|The back drum is the back step
|Regenerative throttle braking
|Yes, the HUD version
Design and appearance
The Fluid Mosquito electric heater has a very clean design with minimal markings, and feels sturdy despite its weight. On the board where you stand there is a silicone grip cover, although I found the board to be a bit narrow as it wouldn’t allow all the feet to fit together without hanging off the board a bit. This requires an ‘aggressive’ stance with one foot forward, and your weight behind. Otherwise, the ergonomics are generally comfortable – the handle is large enough to support the palm, and the height-adjustable stem helped my 6′ frame find a comfortable height. Handy, the cruise control feature eliminates thumb pressure for long rides at a steady speed.
A screen is included, but it’s not at all friendly to direct sunlight or polarized lenses. The two most important features this display offers are speed and battery features, so you won’t have to look at it often if you’re at a steady pace. In addition, the buttons (power, settings, light, horn) are difficult to see when riding. You’ll figure out what it is after a while, but it can be slow at first.
Due to the lightweight design, the portability of the Mosquito is very comfortable. Like the front wheel, the weight is closer to the front wheel – where you find the handlebar integrated into the stem. This makes it comfortable in the hand so that it doesn’t move easily when climbing stairs, or wherever you need to climb when you’re not climbing. Folding the scooter is easy – open the safety latch, hold the fold with your foot, and fold the stem until it locks into place. The handles can also be bent along the stem to keep the profile as narrow as possible.
In terms of safety, Fluid has a thoughtful touch applied to mosquitoes. There are three brakes in total: electric, drum, and rear step. The electric brake is operated by the thumb lever on the left, and applies braking force to the front wheel. At high speeds, the brakes feel strange, so caution is advised when getting used to the brakes on fast climbs. The drum brake is a conventional mechanical system and is operated by a lever on the right side of the handlebar. Finally, you can apply the brake using the power behind the mudguard.
I usually find the Fluid Mosquito electric brake system to be able to stop quickly at low speeds, the drum is suitable for deceleration before the stop sign. You can put both on at the same time which also helps when going over 20mph. I didn’t find the need for a step back broken as much as I liked the hand controlled brakes, but they are effective and ‘good to be’ if something happens with one of the other two brakes. Applying the electric or drum brakes causes the rear tail light to illuminate or illuminate, just like in a car.
Front lights, and horns are also included. The frontal light appears to be the opposite of the dependent factor in the limited analysis. A light with a controller may be a better option if you need a lighting system to light the way. But the trumpet sounds like a fire alarm. A strong, electric sound carries well and will attract attention.
Setting up the Fluid Mosquito electric scooter is a breeze, once it arrives fully assembled. Take time with the included hex keys to make sure the bolts are tight all the way around. I found the handle brake to be a little loose in the box, but everything else was fine. Plug in the charger to turn it off, and you’re good to go! I will mention here that I found the charging times to be much better than the ones mentioned above, because I always charge from zero to 100% in just three hours instead of the five hours mentioned.
When you decide to change the speed or other settings, it is an easy way to turn the scooter off and on with the electric brake depressed. The reference to the manual is important to make sure you are in the right place, as the interface cannot tell you what you are changing beyond the codes (eg P0, P1, L5, L3).
The speed settings you can dial are: L1 = 5mph, L2 = 10mph, L3 = 16mph, L4 = 24mph, L5 = no limit.
Please make sure you have the appropriate safety equipment rated for the speed you plan to ride, and check your local regulations to make sure your riding location is legal to do so.
Fluid made a very talented person, and I did more Fun ride Mosquito last month. The scooter is very responsive, and has a little bit of kick that will make you go faster.
The ride offered by the Fluid Mosquito electric scooter is generally smooth, and the suspension designed to help keep things comfortable during gradual changes in terrain – such as transitioning from street to street. The suspension is not very effective at absorbing sharp surface changes, such as going over a pit cover. Good handling is also affected by solid tires. On smooth surfaces, it’s fine, but if the trail you’re riding on is rough, you’ll feel this vibration moving the stem. The trade-off here is that there are no tubes or tire maintenance to worry about. It is also worth noting that the tires have not been designed for anything other than the dry road. Although they had a good tread, I couldn’t get traction when I tried to leave the grassy area.
Jumping out of the way, let me just give credit to Fluid for making it easy to understand how they calculated their numbers. From their website:
In testing, I found this to be very accurate. I usually travel at L3 speed which gets me to 16mph. As a 185 lb rider, I can ride about 15 miles at an average of 14 mph, including uphill climbs up to a 6% grade. This is in line with Fluid’s point, since we can say that “good conditions” do not include mountains. Here is a screenshot of one of my test runs, which took the battery from 100 to 46%.
While riding, I was surprised to find that the running cup can adapt to the hills – both uphill and downhill. When you’re at a speed limit, you’ll hear the Mosquito apply the brakes to keep you below the speed limit you’ve set. This was nice to know that I didn’t have to monitor the brakes going downhill to keep the scooter from going faster than I wanted.
So, how fast can it go? 25+ mph can mean anything, although for me it never went faster than that. On the bedroom immediately I slowed down to about 27.6 mph, which… was fast enough for me. The battery will obviously drain quickly when pushing the scooter to its limits, but having the ability to turn it on if you need it is always nice to have. I was also impressed with how well the scooter continues to stabilize when stopped. I wouldn’t want to switch at that speed with solid tires, but on a straight shot – it felt good.
Which I like
- Lightweight, portable design
- Range and function are very good for size and weight
- Ride aids like cruise control lend to a smooth ride
What I would change
- A spacious platform for long-distance comfort
- Tires don’t give much confidence in anything but good conditions (dry, smooth road)
- Showing the quality of the sunlight, and all the requirements
There’s a lot to like about the Fluid Mosquito electric scooter, and if you’re new to electric scooters like I am, it’s worth checking out. It punches well above its weight, and delivers on its performance claims. Whether you’re looking for a commuter, or a new way to get around town, the Mosquito offers a fun ride in a svelte package.
It should not be overlooked that Fluid is based in the US, and has a network of repair shops should you need help with your scooter. If you’re near one of their showrooms, you can stop by to see their selection of scooters in person.