We tested a unique urban scooter Alpha atoms, which impresses with its 650 W motor and several elements that you won't find on ordinary scooters. Perhaps the most interesting of them is the integrated lock.
In the review, we will look at everything that the scooter has to offer. We will familiarize ourselves with its application, we will look at the quality of processing, performance and the overall impression of driving.
Where to buy Atomi Alpha?
If you are interested in this scooter so much that you would like to purchase it, you can do so through a reputable e-shop Geekbuying. The seller even offers an additional discount on the scooter, while there is also express delivery from the European warehouse.
Express delivery from European warehouse.
This product will be delivered to you expressly from your local warehouse in Europe. Delivery from EU warehouses usually takes 7-10 days and delivers courier. No extra charges, no customs duties or VAT.
|Dimensions in disassembled state||113.5 x 55.5 x 119 cm|
|MOTOR||nominal power 350 w, maximum power 650-700 W|
|Drums||36V / 10Ah / 360Wh|
|Maximum access||40 km|
|Charging time||6 hours|
|Tires||9" tubeless resistant to defects|
|Modes||3 (6 / 18 / 25 km/h)|
|Brzdy||rear electric and front drum|
|The maximum load||120 kg|
|lighting||front and rear brake + turn signals + ambient lighting|
|lock||through the application + physical lock|
Content and quality of packaging
The Atomi Alpha electric scooter was delivered to us by the DPD courier in a box with dimensions of 121.5 x 55 x 17 cm and a total weight of 20.5 kg. The scooter is packed in only one box, but it is made of rather thick cardboard.
Inside, it is stored in shaped foam reinforcements that protect the scooter from damage. The individual parts do not rub against each other inside, so we received the scooter in perfect condition.
In the box, the scooter is of course assembled with the handlebars removed, as is the case with other similar scooters. We also find here a charger with a European terminal, a manual, an Allen key and a pair of screws.
Folding the scooter is very easy
As we already indicated in the previous chapter, the Atomi Alpha scooter is placed in a folded state in the box. Basically, you just need to take the scooter out of the box, fix the handlebars in place and you can ride.
In the main bar leading to the handlebars, we find a cable with an end that needs to be plugged into the other end with a cable sticking out of the handlebars. The cable is long enough and is not stretched in any way, so you don't have to worry about it jumping into the inside of your pole.
After connecting the cables using the connector, we just inserted the handlebars into the bar and fixed them with a pair of screws. Most scooters use four screws that hold the handlebars from the front as well as the back. Here we only have two screws that hold the handlebars from the front. Despite this, we don't feel that the handlebars hold insufficiently.
After fixing them, we still inflated the tires, since they only had about 20 psi pressure. After that, just turn on the scooter and you can ride. No other components need to be attached.
Design and quality of workmanship
It is already clear from the design of the scooter that it is mainly intended for the city. It has smaller, 9″ wheels and a standard folding design similar to many other electric scooters. However, there are some interesting specialties that you don't usually come across.
Its dimensions when unfolded are 113.5 x 55.5 x 119 cm and when folded 122 x 17.5 x 56 cm. The weight is 16.4 kg, so it is not one of the lightest scooters, but for us, such a weight is still fine.
We had a scooter available in white, which is actually more silver, but you also have a choice of black or green, which is quite interesting.
The entire structure of the scooter is of course metal and its quality is very good. The individual parts are mostly sufficiently powerful and have a high-quality impression. The platform for the feet is rubberized, but a bit too narrow. It is only 15.5 cm wide and its edges are significantly rounded, which is not ideal for larger feet.
An interesting element is the integrated lock in the side wall of the chassis, the ambient lighting, direction indicators and suspension of the rear part are also pleasing. We will talk more about these components.
Effective ambient lighting
The target group of the Atomi Alpha scooter is obviously the younger generation, as evidenced by the unconventional ambient lighting, which is really interesting. The undercarriage lighting is nothing special, but here we also find additional lighting in the form of an LED strip on the front vertical steering column.
This strip stretches almost the entire length of the pole and, in addition to stylish lighting, it will certainly also serve for better visibility of the scooter. The overall ambient lighting, i.e. the bottom and the front light, are controlled together using the application. We cannot turn on or off just one of them, but the settings always apply to both together.
In addition to turning it off or on, we also have the option of choosing a specific color from a wide spectrum or up to 14 different effects, which are very interesting. These are different flashing effects or gradual color changes.
We can also set the intensity of the ambient lighting on a scale from 0 to 100%.
Handlebars and display
The handlebars are 55 cm wide and the rubberized grips are very comfortable to hold and do not slip at all. On the left side is the front brake lever, turn signal control and a small bell.
The right side contains only the gas controller and in the center of the handlebars we find the display. In addition to the current speed, it also displays the battery status, the status of the lights, the driving mode and the kilometers traveled. Its readability is quite good, although in direct sunlight we would welcome a higher brightness.
We have a reservation perhaps only with the design of the display and the surrounding glossy frame, where fingerprints are captured. This combination in a triangular element with a deeper-set display looks a little strange.
Performance, driving modes and driving comfort
So let's go to the most important part, which is performance and driving comfort itself. The motor has a nominal power of 350 W and a maximum power of 650-700 W (manual says 700 W, website 650 W). It is located in the rear wheel and is extremely quiet.
The maximum speed it can reach is 30 km/h in Sport mode. However, this speed needs to be enabled in the app. Otherwise, only the traditional maximum speed of 25 km/h is available. The remaining Eco and Normal modes offer speeds of 6 and 18 km/h.
We would like to draw attention especially to the suspension, which is in the rear, in front of the rear wheel. This is surprisingly extremely good and effective. Its stiffness is set perfectly and we have to admit that it is one of the best-tuned suspensions for city scooters.
As for the braking system, we have a front drum brake and an electronic E-ABS brake. The efficiency of the drum brake is not the best and we generally do not like this type of brakes on scooters. In addition, the electric brake does not engage too noticeably. The scooter would definitely deserve better brakes.
You can find the Atomi application in both Google Play and Apple Store. We use Android and the app is kind of low in the search results after searching for Atomi. But we can also get to it by scanning the QR code from the manual.
Connecting the scooter is very easy. Just turn on Bluetooth, search for nearby devices, and the app will find the scooter immediately. Subsequently, after clicking on the Add button, everything will happen automatically until the initial screen is displayed.
It displays the scooter, battery status, run or trip and several settings. These include the choice of driving mode, locking the scooter, controlling the lights, ambient lighting, cruise control or starting from scratch.
In addition, there is also driving tracking on a map with route recording or more detailed information about the battery. The application runs reliably, but has a few bugs. The total mileage of the scooter shows meaningless information, since we only traveled a little over 25 km with the scooter, but the application shows a total of more than 200 km.
Another problem is the recording of the route on Google Map, which does not work well at all. The route shown consists of several straight lines that pass through buildings and cross streets.
Battery and range
Atomi Alpha works on a 36 V system with a 10 Ah battery. This indicates a not very good range, but the manufacturer indicates a relatively realistic range of around 20 km per charge. The maximum range should be 40 km, but of course only in ECO mode under ideal conditions.
We tested the scooter during the winter at a temperature of around 7 °C and tracked the distance covered using the Atomi application, another Runkeeper application, and also on the scooter's display. We drove in Košice on sports mode with a maximum speed of 30 km/h. We did not limit ourselves in any way and drove at maximum speed wherever possible.
The Atomi application measured us 15.6 km, Runkeeper 13.6 km and the scooter 15 km. We trust Runkeeper the most for this.
After a test drive in the streets of Košice, the application showed us the remaining battery capacity of 36%. The range of 20 km indicated by the manufacturer is quite realistic, but if we wanted to go further, we would have to reduce our speed to 25 km/h or use a weaker mode.
The battery takes about 6 hours to charge and the charging port is nicely hidden behind the kickstand and rubber cover.
Integrated lock and turn signals
The lock integrated in the lower platform of the scooter is really a very unconventional and interesting element. The metal cable is 70 cm long and is hidden under the cover, from where you can simply pull it out, thread it around the bike rack and lock it into the chassis. A numerical code consisting of three dials is used for unlocking.
There are thus 1000 different combinations of the numerical code, which is great, but the steel cable alone does not represent a very high level of security. It is very thin, so it is not difficult to cut through it quickly.
The preset numeric code is 000 and the reset button is used to change it. The principle is the same as with other number locks, so you can set your password by switching this button, which you then confirm by returning it to its original position.
Another interesting feature of the Atomi Alpha scooter are the turn signals. They are located at the back on both sides of the rear fender. They are quite visible and are turned on by a two-button switch on the left side of the handlebars.
You can easily and quickly take down the scooter in case you need to transport it. It folds using a lever with a safety lock in the folding joint, which, by the way, also hides the cabling.
When folded down, you can see the cables in the joint, which we personally like a lot more compared to other scooters where the cables are routed on the outside where they can get in the way.
After folding, the hook on the handlebars is secured in the hole on the rear fender and the scooter can be easily carried. The main bar is quite thick though, so it's not ideal for smaller hands.
Atomi Alpha: Final Evaluation
The Atomi Alpha electric scooter is a very interesting novelty with several elements that you cannot normally find in electric scooters in this category. It has turn signals, ambient backlighting with an LED strip also on the main rod leading to the steering wheel, and an integrated numerical lock with a steel cable.
The power is provided by a 350 W motor with a maximum power of 650-700 W and a 36 V / 10 Ah battery. You will also be pleased with your own application, display and very good rear suspension, which works really well. Thanks to the suspension, overall driving comfort is at a very solid level.
The negatives include a drum front brake that could be more efficient, an average battery and a relatively narrow foot platform. Overall, however, we were very pleasantly surprised by this scooter and we definitely rank it among the best urban scooters we have had the opportunity to test.