I myself am not much of a thrill seeker, which is why when I hopped on this e-scooter made by Canadian mobility company, Apollo, aptly dubbed the Ghost (now you see it, now you don’t), I was completely and wholly out of my element.
In the broad spectrum of fast-moving vehicles, 34 mph might not set any world records, but if you’re unfamiliar with e-scooters, believe me when I say it feels a lot faster on a seat-less deck with 10-inch wheels than it does in a car. Simply put, Apollo’s Ghost really rips, which while jarring for me, means it’s actually doing its job.
Thankfully, the Ghost is fairly well equipped to not only hit high speeds, but to handle them once you really get moving.
The adjustable dual-spring suspension and wide deck make for a relatively cushy and smooth ride while the base model’s mechanical disc brakes succeed in decelerating without being too overbearing. If you’re really worried about decelerating on a dime, you can purchase an upgraded Ghost with full-on hydraulic brakes instead for $1,700.
As fun and functional as the Ghost is to ride, I did experience some hiccups. Directions for the fairly minor assembly required upon arrival weren’t exactly detailed, so it took some guess and check to assemble the stem and handlebars. Apollo is, however, gracious enough to provide a large multi-size hex key if you don’t already have one.
A collapsable stem is great for storage purposes (especially if you’re not exactly flush for space in your apartment), but the collar design, at least during my riding experience, tends to lead to a little wobble.
While riding, I found myself having to tighten the collar and ensure the Ghost’s stem doesn’t collapse mid-journey — not exactly a concern you’d want weighing on your mind while cruising at nearly 35 mph.
That being said, even at $1,500, the Ghost still delivers a lot of perks for the value, especially when compared to other high-speed scooters in the same class, which can end up costing $2,000 or more.