Your brakes are the most important safety feature of your electric scooter. A good set of brakes can be the difference between a fun ride and a trip to A&E.

With some of the amazing capabilities, motors and speed range of modern electric scooters, it’s important riders get familiar with their brakes and how they work.

So let’s jump right into the two types of brakes you’ll find on REEL electric scooters...

First up is the Performance Scooter. Our green machine has a rear disc brake for precise stopping capabilities and a reliable riding experience. So how does a disc brake work?

A disc brake consists of a metal disc called a rotor. This is attached to the wheel and spins with the electric scooter wheel. When you pull on the brake lever, it activates a component called a calliper which surrounds part of the rotor. The calliper pinches the spinning rotor with brake pads, causing friction that slows the wheel to stop.


  • Excellent braking power and control.
  • Lightweight braking system.
  • Easy to adjust and maintain.
  • Performs well in both wet and dry conditions.


  • May require occasional adjustments and maintenance.

Next up, the Performance+ Scooter. This monster of a scooter is an explorer’s dream, with an enclosed drum brake and inflatable tyres, you can go off the road effortlessly. So how does a drum brake work?

A drum brake is fully enclosed inside the wheel hub meaning it’s protected from the environment and can sustain harsher weather conditions. The brake works by the enclosed brake pads pushing outward against the braking surface, this creates friction which stops the scooter.

Similarly to the disc brakes, a drum brake is activated by a cable-actuated hand lever. They generally require less maintenance but are more complex to self-adjust.


  • Low maintenance.
  • Good braking performance.
  • Great performance in wet conditions.
  • Fully enclosed in the wheel hub.


  • Heavier braking systems.
  • Checking your brakes

As good practice, you should check your brakes on a regular basis to avoid any accidents when you are out riding. Generally, a disc brake requires more maintenance so needs to be checked or adjusted to maintain its working order.

A good way to make sure your brake is working properly is to take your scooter for a test ride and get familiar with how they work, the feel of them and your stopping distance. By doing this you'll be able to self-diagnose when something might be wrong with your brake, or if they need adjusting before taking them on a long journey and getting stranded!

Which would you choose? Both offer fantastic braking abilities but are designed to fit two different types of scooters and riders. The disc brake is perfect for the everyday commuter that wants a lightweight option, and the drum brake is ideal for the adventurous rider. Shop our scooter range here.