Here is Varla Pegasus. Some people love it because it has solid, flat-proof tires and the best display ever. Others may not love it because of the sometimes harsh ride cornering that can get awkward and build quality that has some weak spots that you’ll want to know about before you spend $1100, we’re going to help you figure out whether you’ll love it or if you should be looking for something else first.
Summary of Varla Pegasus
Let’s start with the love them or hate them flat-proof solid tires. Being impervious to flats is a very compelling feature for some buyers. And if you want a high-performance, solid tire electric scooter, there are basically just three choices. So if solid tires are flat-proof and you never need to check tire pressure, why do some riders dislike them so much?
For one, solid tires are more rigid than air-filled tires, which can lead to a jittery, bumpy ride. Even with the best suspension being more rigid, they have less traction per square inch, which is why all three of these scooters use very wide, solid tires. This gets all of the traction back until you try to turn. Small lean angles feel very stable, but when you go into a hard corner, it suddenly feels like you’re teetering on the edge of something because you are. So be sure to practice cornering a little bit at a time. Another pro tip avoids long skids when riding solid tire scooters because the tread loses more material than pneumatic tires do. When you skid, long skids will cause flat spots that make your ride go thump thump thumping flat spots are forever.
Whether you end up loving or hating solid tires will depend on which is more important to you the convenience of no flats or the comfort and corner-carving ability of pneumatic tires. There is a lot to love about the Pegasus build quality and ride quality, but also a few things that could be deal-breakers for some riders. The suspension is very stiff. If you’re an aggressive writer like me doing a lot of hard starts and stops, you will love the suspension.
But if you’re looking for a smooth ride on average, on poor roads, the suspension is not soft enough to soak up the bumps from the hard, small diameter tires. The brakes are another love-hate story. Our rear brake was dragging when it first arrived. This type of caliper is also not as easy to adjust as other mechanical brakes because it has a very small range of adjustment from side to side.
Once perfectly tuned, though, the braking performance was incredible, tying the Phantom Ludicrous with the fourth-best braking distance ever. Varla told us that the brake tuning issue has been resolved, but as with all new Scooters, it’s a good idea to check out your brakes before your first ride.
The latch for the stem hinge isn’t our favorite type. It can be hard to open unless you have strong hands, even when correctly adjusted.
Harley has installed a nice-looking stem.
Latch at the rear of the deck, and they even give you a spare one, but we don’t recommend using it to lift the scooter. After about five lifts, our first ring failed. The latch is still handy to keep the stem from moving side to side when folded but could release unexpectedly if you use it to lift the scooter every day. The headlight is another weak spot it’s not particularly bright. The single-fastener mount tends to come loose and, even when perfectly tight, tends to rattle everywhere you go.
A little silicone applied at the opening quiets it right down, though, and a drop of Loctite should sort out the loosening issue. There are also build-quality features we love. The view from the cockpit is gorgeous all the way from the rubber deck to the super bright display, which has the easiest-to-reach speedometer we’ve ever seen.
It has larger numbers and higher contrast than anything on the market, so whether the build quality works for you or not depends mainly on how you feel about firm suspension and whether you’re comfortable making a couple of small adjustments.
The Pegasus is a dual motor performance bargain, especially when it comes to acceleration and hill-climbing ability. At this price point, none of the scooters we’ve tested come close. In fact, it’s zero to 15 times of 2.6 seconds surprisingly beats the $2,500 Wolf Warrior X Pro.
It also crushes hills, powering up our 10% grade test hill while accelerating the whole way. It reached the 200-foot mark faster than some scooters, which cost twice as much. Our only caveat is that the initial acceleration may be a little strong for new riders. It requires full concentration to avoid spinning the front tire when accelerating from a stop, no matter what gear you’re in.
New riders can switch to a single motor to avoid this, but we recommend setting initial acceleration lower instead. Since running a single motor on hills can be hard on the controller and the motor with the right p settings, we think the Pegasus performance per dollar is something everyone will love.
If you want the quickest scooter anywhere near this bargain price, don’t want to worry about getting flat tires, and are willing to make a few adjustments when needed. We think you’ll love the Varla Pegasus. On the other hand, if you want a plush ride and want to carve corners but don’t necessarily want to get to know all the nuts and bolts on your scooter, we’d recommend checking out their Eagle one instead.