Varla Eagle One Pro
A brand new, all-terrain electric scooter and one of the least expensive scooters you can buy with eleven-inch tires. Varla is known for good bang for the buck, so we’re super excited to have early access to their new flagship and see how its tested performance and rides stack up both on and offroad.
When you hear Varla Eagle One, this very well-known scooter is probably what comes to mind, but the Eagle One Pro is a completely different beast, weighing in at 90 pounds and rolling on eleven-inch tubeless tires. The Eagle One Pro is Varla’s first beast scooter and comes with a battery 52% larger than the Eagle One.
According to their spec sheets, they both have the same power, but our testing revealed that the Eagle One Pro is much, much faster, but we’ll cover that in the performance section. The build of the Eagle One Pro is solid and so original that it’s almost in a category by itself. Light heavyweight scooters like the Phantom Basset, Ten Plus, and Mantis all have ten-inch tires and are under 80 pounds. In contrast, the beast scooters we’ve tested like the Wolf Kingt Dualtron Storm and Nami, all have eleven-inch tires and weigh over 100 pounds. At 90 pounds, the Egle One Pro stands almost alone with only one other beast scooter, the original Dualtron Thunder.
The stem has zero wobbles and is held in place by a type of stem latch we haven’t seen before. It spins into place and is backed up by a security pin. Our stem initially had a stem Creek reminiscent of pretty much every dual Tron, but applying a small amount of grease to the latch completely eliminates the sound. The 3.5-inch display reminds us of the ones used on the Nami and the Wolf King GT, but the numbers on the Eagle One Pros display are larger, making them easier to read.
The display has a built-in NFC Key reader, so the scooter is more Secure but takes a couple of extra seconds to turn on if you don’t feel like carrying the key with you. Some phones can be programmed to mimic NFC keys. We love the ergonomics of thumb throttles because they let you cover the brake and throttle at the same time, so you can switch from one to the other quickly. The Eagle One Pro uses the same throttle as the Nami and the Wolf King, which means it also has the same dead zone.
So here’s the best way to use it: Anchor your thumb here and then rock your thumb into the throttle like this. This stabilizes your thumb and gives you a reference point since the throttle engages right as your thumb is. Even with the housing at 40.6, Eagle One Pro’s top speed is well above average when compared to other $2,200 scooters, but if you catch it on sale, its top speed per dollar is truly exceptional.
The range is also outstanding at 36 miles, thanks to larger energy-dense two 1700 battery cells. The only scooter we’ve tested within $500 of the Eagle One Pro that can touch its tested range is the Wolf Warrior X Pro zero to 15 takes just 2.1 seconds, just two tenths behind the Vicente Ten plus the quickest light heavyweight we’ve ever.
Tested and one 10th behind the Dual Tron Thunder, A famously fast beast scooter. it’s also an exceptional Hill climber, beating the majority of similarly priced scooters up our test Hills. During my range test, it easily sustained more than 30 mph up steep inclines all the way down to 10% charge while the cable-actuated brake levers may.
Not feel as nice to squeeze as hydraulic brakes, the Eagle One Pro’s mechanical disk brakes leave nothing on the table when it comes to performance. It stops from 15 mph in just 10.1ft, tying the Visit Ten Plus and beating the Wolf King. And both the Bernie and Bernie Two Barlow designed the Eagle One Pro as an all-terrain scooter, so we decided to see where it works best on the road. Its suspension feels a little stiff for my 165-pound rider weight and a little bouncy, but in the dirt, the quick suspension and stiff Springs help the scooter handle large bumps and prevent it from bottoming out.
The Egle One Pro has huge ground clearance at 6.5 inches, the same as the Wolf King. This comes in handy when rolling over curbs or large rocks on the trail. The eleven-inch road tires do a decent job in hard dirt and gravel, and being tubeless means you’re much less likely to get a pinch flat if You hit a rock. If you spend more time offroad than on, you can double your traction in the dirt for about $100 by picking up a set of self-sealing tubeless knobby tires like the ones used on the Wool King.
On the other hand, if you’re more road-focused, I’d be tempted to upgrade the shocks to adjustable ones like the ones on the Nami to eliminate the bounce. It’s not mentioned on their spec sheet, but the Eagle One Pro has built-in steering damping. This means you’ll have to push harder on the bars when turning into corners, but the benefit is improved high-speed stability. At top speed, it’s still not quite as stable as dual stamp scooters like the Wolf King GT, but feels similar to a Dual Tron Thunder or Anami with a damper install.
While cockpit ergonomics are excellent, the deck feels a little short when you have a scooter that makes a lot of power, you need a wide stance to keep your balance. So on the Eagle One Pro, that means you’ll be using the rear footrest a lot between the heavy feel of the steering, the sporty riding stance, and the intense acceleration.
The Eagle One Pro is exhilarating to ride, but can also be a bit of a workout when you’re riding hard. When it comes to portability, the Eagle One Pro is lighter than every other Beast Scooter we’ve tested but had one odd quirk. It’s not that the stem takes a while to fold. That’s pretty typical.
It’s not that the stem doesn’t last to the deck. Beast scooters typically don’t, and it’s not that it doesn’t pass the drunk test. You won’t find a Bee scooter that does. The quirk is the unusual way you need to pick it up.
Your hand naturally goes here, at which point you’re grabbing the rear tail light. The light itself feels strong, but just to be safe, make sure to lift the scooter from here. If you absolutely had to, one person could haul it upstairs, but it’s not something you’d want to do as part of your daily commute. The headlight on the Eagle One Pro is spectacularly good at 900 headlights is about as bright as one headlight on a car and among the very best headlights we’ve seen. It’s even bright enough to use in the daytime to help cars see you coming.
As happy as we were about the headlight. Turn signals are something we’ve come to expect on a scooter of this size, and the Eagle Pro just doesn’t have them. We hope to see them added to future versions, though. Pros include big tires and big performance at a relatively small price, a good-looking, easy-to-read display, great cockpit ergonomics, and a no wobble stem with built-in damping. Cons include stiff steering under damp suspension, and the short deck is less comfortable for long rides. While you’re doing your research, here are a few other scooters with similar prices and performances. Wolf Warrior X Pro has better suspension and handling, but slower acceleration and cockpit ergonomics aren’t as good as that. Ten plus higher top speed and acceleration, but shorter range. And Wolf Warrior Eleven. Higher top speed and smoother suspension, but 18 pounds heavier and much more expensive.
The Eagle One Pro is in a category all its own. Bigger than a Vast, Ten Plus, or Phantom, but lighter than a typical Beast Scooter. Who’s it for? We think heavier riders and those who want to take it off-road will Like it right out of the box.
On the other hand, riders under 170 pounds and those who like to carve corners will find that it does some things really well but could be elevated to greatness with the addition of hydraulic shocks. But no matter which group you’re in, the Eagle One Pro’s performance is still a great bang for the buck.