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Welcome to another edition of Ride Review! My name is Tyson Roehrkasse and today I'm showing you Varla's Eagle One V2.0, a high performance electric scooter equipped to handle both off-road riding and city commuting with ease. You can see all of our Varla reviews here. The Eagle One V2.0 is equipped with dual 1,000 watt motors that have a combined peak draw of 3,200 watts, with combined output of 76 newton-meters of torque, making this scooter a hill climbing monster! That power is also useful on city streets where you can safely keep up with traffic, at least up to the top speed of 40 mph (64 km/h), and the high deck makes it easy to see over the tops of cars in all directions. While it does fold down for easier transport and storage, it’s far too heavy to be considered portable or convenient, tipping the scales at 82 lbs (37 kg). 

The V2.0 is the second generation of the Eagle One, Varla’s first - and most popular - electric scooter. Released four years after the original, V2.0 brings a number of upgrades and quality of life improvements, and while you can still buy the original it’s definitely worth the extra $200 to get V2.0. Here’s everything that has changed:

  • The headlight is repositioned high up on the handlebars, providing much better illumination and making it easy for vehicle drivers to see you. It’s also incredibly bright! 

  • There is now a latching mechanism for securing the scooter in the folded position. 

  • The tires are half an inch wider (now 3.5 inches) and have more aggressive tread for better traction in off-road environments. 

  • The display is upgraded, showing more detailed information and supporting NFC lock/unlock functions, making it harder for someone to steal. 

  • The deck is one inch shorter… which I don’t love, but it still feels long enough for my big feet and Varla has an extra-wide 14” deck as an optional upgrade. 

Varla markets the Eagle One V2.0 as an off-road scooter, and it does admirably thanks to the powerful motors and dual coil swingarm suspension, but the off-road ride comfort could be improved with larger diameter wheels. These 10 inch ones are simply too small to roll over things easily, which means noticeable amounts of vibration still get through to the handlebars and deck. 

Where this scooter really shines is high speed on asphalt; I was shocked by just how good the Eagle One V2.0 feels at 40 mph! Typically scooters with this wheel size feel a bit squirrely at high speed, so why doesn’t this one? The extra wide handlebars certainly help, the steering column is incredibly sturdy with no noticeable frame flex, and there’s also significant steering damping. This adds resistance to the steering column so it’s harder to turn side to side, effectively eliminating the speed wobbles that typically start happening around 30 mph (48 km/h). Most scooters require manually installing an external steering damper to achieve this, so I love that Varla has it covered right out of the box. 

I’m also a fan of the included accessories for the Eagle One V2.0. As mentioned above the headlight is awesome, and the taillights are solid as well with bright brake light activation, and there’s also running lights on the side of the deck for extra visibility. There’s a flick bell for alerting other riders of your presence, and Varla even includes three sets of extra deck grip tape - all different styles - so you’ll be set for many miles of riding. Really the only thing that’s missing here are turn signals, hopefully Varla will add them for the next generation!



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Reasons to Buy the VARLA EAGLE ONE

  • Incredibly powerful dual-motor drive system is thrilling to ride, with a top speed of 40 mph (64 km/h)

  • Sine wave controllers provide an excellent ramp-up of power for smooth and satisfying acceleration

  • Off-road capable with high torque, premium dual suspension, high ground clearance, and integrated fenders

  • Steering column is extremely sturdy and internally dampened which provides stability at high speed

  • Excellent lighting: powerful front & rear lights, brake activation, running lights on the deck

  • Folds for storage and transport with a secure latching mechanism

  • Premium hydraulic disc brakes provide smooth stopping power

  • NFC keys for convenience and anti-theft

Reasons Not to Buy the VARLA EAGLE ONE

  • It's big and bulky with a curb weight of 82 lbs (37 kg), making it difficult to transport and store even when folded

  • While it's quite competent off-road, the 10" wheels are too small; they have a high attack angle, which means they don't roll over obstacles very well (Varla's Eagle One Pro has 12" wheels and does much better in this regard)

  • The battery is not removable without the use of tools, which means you have to lug this monster scooter inside to charge it

Bottom Line

The Eagle One V2.0 is a thrilling ride, with dual motors for satisfying acceleration and monster hill climbing capabilities. It's huge and heavy and thus not a portable commuting solution; this is designed for adventure riders and ready for both city streets and off-road trails. With many improvements from the previous version of the Eagle One, it will likely continue to be Varla's most popular e-scooter.

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Review by Tyson Roehrkasse
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Tyson Roehrkasse is a technical specialist who has worn just about every hat there is in the IT and software development fields. He began working with PEVs in 2018 as a developer for Electric Bike Review, and immediately became obsessed with learning about e-bike technology. He soon began creating his own reviews on the EBR platform and to date is the second largest contributor of review content there. After a five-year tenure with EBR Tyson moved on to work with other companies in the industry, building websites for other reviewing companies and e-commerce platforms for EV manufacturers. He also continued working as a freelance reviewer, eventually partnering with the Micromobility Industries to produce reviews and other content for their partner site, Ride Review.

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Frequently Asked Questions - VARLA EAGLE ONE

What kind of brakes does the Varla Eagle One feature and how do they improve safety?

The Varla Eagle One features dual hydraulic disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) which offer reliable and precise stopping power.
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How does the lighting system in the Varla Eagle One enhance safety?

The scooter is equipped with integrated front and rear LED lights, a rechargeable USB headlight, and mudguards with red reflectors to ensure excellent visibility for the rider and surrounding traffic, enhancing safety during rides.

Can you tell me the price of the Varla Eagle One electric scooter?

The Varla Eagle One electric scooter is priced at $1699.

What is the maximum load capacity of the Varla Eagle One?

The Varla Eagle One has a maximum load capacity of 330 pounds.

What is the Varla Eagle One and who is it made by?

The Varla Eagle One is an electric scooter designed for a powerful and versatile riding experience, both in urban settings and off-road. It is made by Varla.

What type of terrain is the Varla Eagle One suitable for?

The scooter is suitable for all kinds of terrains, including dirt trails, rocky paths, urban commuting, and off-road adventures thanks to its rugged design and off-road tires.

How long can I ride on a single charge with the Varla Eagle One in eco mode?

With a 946Wh battery, the scooter can achieve up to 40 miles of range in eco mode.

What are the options available for upgrading the Varla Eagle One?

Upgrading options include a seat that transforms it into a moped, a handlebar bag for storage, and off-road tires.

How long does it take to charge the Varla Eagle One, and is there an option for faster charging?

The typical charging time is not specified, but an optional second charger can cut charging time to 4-5 hours.

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