What is the Stigo?
The Stigo is sturdy and stylish at the same time. A simple twist of the handlebar throttle and the Stigo will glide you forward with ease. Do not be mistaken; riding on the Stigo barely produces any jerkiness that is synonymous with many other ebikes available in the market now.
If you want a smooth pleasant ride, it cannot get any better than this. The main display integrates a speedometer, which is neatly placed just below the handlebars for the rider to view easily. The saddle has a leather feel to it which doesn’t bring your rear any numbness after long rides. Your feet should feel comfortable on the fixed pedals, and although the Stigo feels small sometimes, you will hardly feel any soreness on the knees.
As with the regulation in Singapore with ebikes, one must wear a helmet while commuting on it. The brakes work beautifully, though it feels like it could be better placed at a higher position -nearer to the handlebars. This may prove to be a problem for those with shorter hands or smaller palms, as they feel that they need to exert an additional stretch to reach the brakes. The honk button tends to be easily applied on, which sends a very audible warning to those around. Cars and pedestrians alike will be alerted to your presence though on numerous occasions, the unseasoned rider may hit on it unintentionally initially.
The battery life of the test Stigo we received lasts approximately 20-25km for a full charge, and if you intend to do more than commute that final mile which we would very much love to do, there is larger battery model that will last you 35km. That will lift the rider’s concern of having to turn back before you get left stranded with a motionless scooter. The only improvement I would suggest is to include the estimated distance left on the Stigo’s dashboard so that the user can have a better estimate of how much further they can go.
Encounters with passersby would often bring curious stares, and many actually stopped for a quick chat to know more about this unique scooter. Well what is not impressive about the stylish design of the Stigo right? Even we were in awe of the engineering marvel when we first laid eyes on it. The pedestrians on pathways are usually friendly and willing to compromise the Stigo within reason, with some very narrow roads being a bigger obstacle for a smooth ride rather than the pedestrians. On the other hand, there are more frequent incidents of cyclists being less accepting of the Stigo sharing the pathway with them.
Pedestrians tend to be more willing to keep to the left and let the Stigo pass, if the width of the pathway permits. On the other hand, many recreational cyclists are often not as gracious as the pedestrians but understandably so as they have the ability to roll quicker hence it is only fair if scooters do give them the right of way.
The Stigo is taller but slimmer than the regular foldie. The similarity between the two lies in their functionalities. Both can be used as an alternate means of transport to work. However, with the Stigo, one can do away with the perspiration and effort for one to get to their destination. It is always more troublesome to have to take a quick shower at the workplace if one is to avoid looking disheveled at the start of the workday. With the Stigo, it is a breeze for one to get to work without a hint of perspiration. The Stigo also encourages one to be more adventurous as the effort from pedaling on a foldie can be used instead on enjoying the ride.
The only downside is once again, the maximum mileage of a fully charged Stigo. With the foldie, one can venture as far as one’s legs permits, while how far the Stigo can go is strictly restricted to the battery life of it.
The Stigo is roughly of the same weight as the foldie. However, one advantage of the Stigo is that you do not have to carry another lock, as one needs a key to start it up, while with a foldie, you would very much likely have to bring another chain-lock to prevent a quick ride off.
As the Stigo is quite slim, it really is no problem to maneuver even while one is pulling it around. It hardly affects or hits any other persons in its upright position. It can also stand upright on its own, which means one do not have to purposely look for a wall or fence for it to lean on while the Stigo is not in use.
While the Stigo is a refreshing way to commute, one cannot bring it up on trains during the peak hours, only until recently (01 Dec 2016). With the relaxation of the rules for such vehicles on the trains recently, it only increases the convenience of pulling a Stigo around, and the practicality of riding the Stigo to work if one’s work place is really far away.
Overall, the Stigo is a very useful and beautiful machine. If one is looking for a good alternative to commute, the Stigo could be a very good acquisition. In fact the most enjoyable factor has to be that initial thrust that puts a smile on your face and gets your adrenaline pumping.