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Merits Pioneer 1

Manufacturer: Merits

Model: S235

Msrp: $2,198.00

Availability: In stock

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A portable scooter with an incredible combination of specifications!

Travel Range Up to 15 Miles per charge

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Overview of the Merits Pioneer 1

Overview of the Merits Pioneer 1 three wheel scooter

The Merits Pioneer 1 mobility scooter model S235 is for those that need the combined features of a high weight capacity of 300 lbs, the largest battery size, a high three and half inch ground clearance and a great turning radius of 27 inches.

It is uncommon to find a scooter with these top level features and one that is so reasonably priced. 

Highlights of the Pioneer 1 Travel Scooter

  • Very tight turning radius, especially for a 300 lb capacity scooter
  • Standard 22ah batteries gives maximum distance for a travel scooter
  • Excellent leg room
  • Comfortable 17" x 16" seat
  • Carpeted deck helps keep feet from sliding
  • Disassembly for compact travel

Summary Specs of the Merits Pioneer 1 Portable Scooter

  • Top Speed: 4 MPH
  • Driving Range: 15 Miles
  • Ground Clearance: 3.5"
  • Turning Radius: 27"
  • Carrying capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Heaviest Part: 42 lbs. 
  • Total Weight: 130 lbs.

Ideal uses for the Pioneer 1 model S235

  • Easy ride over uneven ground with higher ground clearance
  • When you need to negotiate tight spaces
  • Those needing to sit for longer periods of time
  • If you do not need a service warranty

Details and Specifications for the Merits Pioneer 1

Merits Pioneer 1 Model S235 Specifications
Model Number S235
Weight Capacity 300 lbs.
Maximum Speed Up to 4 MPH
Ground Clearance 3.5 in.
Turning Radius 27 in.
Overall Length 44 in.
Overall Width 23 in.
Tire Size Front 8"
Tire Size Rear 9"
Tires Pneumatic or Solid Solid
Suspension NA
Weight Total wo Batteries 101 lbs
Weight Total Including Batteries 130 lbs
Weight Heaviest Piece When Disassembled 42 lbs
Drive System Type 210W
Drive Train Motor Voltage 24
Seat Type Compact foldable molded plastic
Standard Seat Back Height 15 in.
Standard Seat Depth 16 in.
Standard Seat Width 17 in.
Standard Seat Weight 28 lbs
Basket Tiller-mounted basket std.
Battery Requirements Qty 2
Battery Requirements Volts 12V 22AH
Battery Requirements
Deep cycle
Battery Recommended Formulation AGM or Gel cell
Battery Charger On or Off Board Offboard, 3 Amp
Range Per Charge Up to 15 Miles
Body Colors Red, Blue.

Manuals and Videos for the Merits Pioneer 1

Owners Manual   Owners Manual Link

Warranty for the Merits Pioneer 1

    18 Month limited parts warranty on electronic controller and drive train component
    Six Month Battery Warranty

Customer Reviews

Great idea, but unfortunately poor design. Cannot recommend
Review by HappyB
I have used a mobility scooter to get around for about 15 years. I am very active and work full time, so my scooters are very important. I purchased the Pioneer1 because I was looking for a smaller scooter (I have the Pioneer9 due to durability and travel distance and especially like the front metal bumper which protects the fiberglass shroud from breaking when pushing doors open).

Given my experience with the Pioneer9, I did not hesitate to purchase the Pioneer1 which I bought for it's compact turning radius and it's ease of use as home and work.

One year later, I am sorry to report I cannot recommend this scooter. The front structure of the scooter and how the shroud fit cause the shroud to start breaking apart after just a couple of months of use and I have had to replace the shroud twice in 12 months. At a cost of over $200 per shroud and then the cost to have it installed, the maintenance cost for this scooter cause it's value to be not acceptable. (Posted on 5/6/2015)
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