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  1. 16 points
    Although a comment to someone you know pretty well on the forum may be okay with them, those same comments may not seem okay to many people reading the thread. This is not the locker room in a private club, so it's easy for comments meant in a light-hearted way to be misinterpreted because the reader doesn't know the person making the post. Our forum is public, anything you post can be seen by someone doing a search or browsing through threads. We want the forum to be welcoming to new members. Comments that are disrespectful or hateful to an individual or a group may lead people to believe this is not a safe place to post. In particular, we've lately noticed several posts that have been disrespectful to women. Besides being off-topic and irrelevant to the threads where they're posted, they might lead women to believe this is the wrong place to be. This includes not only derogatory comments about women, but also videos or pictures of women where the primary focus of the following discussion is sexual. These last few months, we've seen that inappropriate sexual behavior is unfortunately very common among famous people, even presidents. That doesn't make it right, and their behavior should not be a model for us to follow. We can have great discussions without needing to alienate anyone.
  2. 15 points
    I was going to post this under the topic "Ever Buy Stuff That You Probably Don't Even Need?" But then I thought a bit more, and perhaps this is worth an "Off Topic" topic of it's own? So anyway, I recently upgraded my quad-unicycle (car), but was a bit pissed off as the dealer added their branding everywhere possible, including the license plate surround. Which provided the perfect opportunity to pimp my ride... It may never be noticed, but it's one more potential "conversation starter!"
  3. 15 points
  4. 14 points
    Involuntary Monster Snow Test Combine an important meeting in the office with a flat tire surprise on the car in the morning. Add a good portion of snow and ice plus a GotWay Monster electric unicycle as backup commuting device and here'ya go: testing the Monster in conditions, I've never tried with it before. Result: I got there in time and the Monster behaves pretty well in such weather. There's just no recipe against deep potholes filled with soft snow. Apologies for the shaky camera handling - zero degrees centigrade and the phone insists for me to take the gloves off...
  5. 14 points
    Well guys, here's the conclusion to my little Mten3 repair odyssey. I'm sorry @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer", but you're not going to get my battery pack. Thanks for the push to dig deeper into though
  6. 14 points
    I have determined why my Mten3 failed. To summarize, Gotway designed and/or provided a battery pack that is not compatible with the power requirements of the powerful Mten3 motor. Here is the video that lays it all out followed by some photographs. As I type this I feel inclined to write the battery pack off as a total loss. Considering how much a new battery pack would cost, I may have to buy a new Mten3.
  7. 13 points
    Totally unfair: My daughter at her first EUC training. Not only did she manage to ride on her own within minutes, she also looked terrific doing it (whilst I remember making a total fool out of myself for weeks in the beginning...): Ok, she mastered normal (manual? Or is it called "pedual") unicycles before. Guess, that helps.
  8. 12 points
    First EUC Milano Group Ride
  9. 12 points
    Dear EUC forum members, It has been a long journey so far, but we are pleased to announce that Uniwheel is now available to the general public. Over the past year we have been evolving as a company, learning from our initial strides into personal electric transportation. Keeping a low profile has been a difficult decision to make, but one we felt necessary as to avoid any confusion or controversy that was not reflective of goings on. So what has been happening? Developing our software – Not happy with our original software or the developments of our competitors, we decided to perfect ours. Using our own in house team software engineers we have been able to develop a far greater ride experience. And with a our team of test riders, we have been able to thoroughly review our software though thousands of miles of testing. Making sure its as safe and bug free as anything on the market. Growing up - Away from our product we have been developing and strengthening as company. From securing future supply chains to developing new product, we now have the structure and expertise to bring you new and exciting product innovations to a standard we can call Uniwheel. Getting ready for the future - As well as learning from our experiences we have been preparing for the future of electric transportation. Making innovations and product developments that capture the imagination of people, helping enhance the value of personal electric transportation as a whole. Where we are now? We understand that Uniwheel is not the most powerful wheel on the market or has the most range. But we feel it is one of the most considered toward daily use in urban environments, we see our current wheel as a city wheel, helping you join the dots of urban transport. A wheel that fits in with that environment both stylistically and functionally. Whats next? As well as focusing on the journey ahead we have had the time to appreciate the views of the current community. So in line with this, we have already made developments for the next version of Uniwheel that will address subjects such as range and speed. I hope this alleviates any suspicions or confusions you may have been having or have had about Uniwheel over the past 12-15 months. We would like to thank you all for being so patient over the last year, and we are glad to be firmly back in the community again. Regards Uniwheel team.
  10. 12 points
    Welcome! Don't worry about the scratches. Once you get good you can always replace the leg pads. For now you can clean it off and put some duct tape on it. Honestly, every one of my wheels has scratches so it was going to happen sooner or later. Yes, it can take a while to learn this compared to a hoverboard or segway two-wheeled device. Take a look at some of the video tutorials on Youtube and practice a LOT. If you actually got decent after only 30 minutes I would be very jealous. It took me about 5 days of 30-minutes-a-day practice before I felt comfortable with even basic riding, and even at that I bailed off the thing several times while doing my first longer rides at probably 5 miles an hour.
  11. 12 points
    So today after "may be" having solved my charging problems I spend my first 15 kms on my brand new Tesla. It was a fine but quite windy day, I had pumped up my tires to 43 psi for this first ride and I had recalibrated my Tesla, so the pedals are about 2 or 3 degrees tilted back, which I prefer with all my unicycles, since it gives me a feeling of more security and confidence when speeding up and cruising with higher speeds. It's just a slight adjustment however, nothing dramatic. I own and ride a Ninebot E+ (on which I learned), a KS16, an ACM (820Wh), and the MSuper V3s+ (which I ride most of the time). Now here is my first impression of my new Tesla: First of all: It looks really beautiful and shiny for a Gotway, I love the looks, but there is still room for improvement. The front with all the switches and charging ports looks ugly and they could have made it nicer with a simple bonnet like cover. The rear and side view however is rather beautiful. 2. It's very agile and responsive and it rides much more stable than my ACM. Is it as stable as the MSuper V3s+? So far I think not! And this is because today was a very windy day. I once got blown off my Ninebot E+ on a day like this in the mountains, and it was not pleasant! It seemed as if one of our mountain gods and spirits was making fun of me, blowing me off my path and I though I heard them all laughing when I landed in the ditch next to a rice field. So even now my MSuper keeps impressing me, how stable it behaves even in the strongest winds. If you consider the wind, the Tesla is not as stable as the MSuper I thought after this short 14 km trip in high winds. So the Tesla is very, very stable and solid, but the MSuper is rock solid. 3. The Tesla has lots of power and rides very smooth. 4. The battery was down to 80% (6 of 8 indicator lights) after my first 14 km. That was a bit disappointing, since I am used to riding my MSuper the whole week without charging and I never ever got down to 60% at the end of the week. I once rode the distance from Hikone to Nagahama and back, which is about 62 km and I still had 50% battery left. But for everyday cruising and commuting the Tesla should still have sufficient range. You just have to charge it every day. So no big deal. 5. Now when I got home and wanted to charge it, I had the same problem that I thought I had solved: The Tesla did not charge! I disconnected all cables again, reconnected them - green light! it did not charge. I disconnected all cables a second time, tested the batteries individually - green light! Both batteries did not charge, as they did, when I remedied this problem before. I reconnected everything again, tried to charge again - green light! The Tesla didn't want to charge. I switched the Tesla on to check the battery level (6 indicators). Just out of curiosity, I connected the charger with the Tesla switched on - RED light! It started to charge. I switched it off - Still RED light! It continued to charge and it is charging now. Since I have no idea of electronics, this behavior seems kind of magical to me and I have no idea, why it charges and why it didn't charge before. I will keep an eye on it. May be one of you has a reasonable explanation. Summary: 1. The Tesla is definitely superior to the ACM, that I own. 2. For off-road riding, long distance cruises and stability on windy days, the MSuper V3s+ plus is second to none of the wheels I own and (for now) it is in my opinion superior to the Tesla. 3. However, if I could have only one wheel, I probably whould choose the TESLA. It is stable, powerful, agile, great for performing tricks, looks beautiful and offers sufficient range for commuting. 4. But since I can have both, I will use the MSuper for touring and off-road mountain trips. I have been in the deepest woods with it where I am almost sure the Tesla could not follow ... BUT I will use the Tesla on rainy days and in urban surroundings and especially at night to show off with its beauty. It doesn't challenge my friends with their flashy fascinating V8s, but it's faster, lol! That's it for a first impression of the TESLA after a 14 km ride. (To be continued)
  12. 12 points
    I bought a electric scooter for my wife because she didn't like the euc but we want to share some easy travels. Today we ride a little and she took this video of his Xiaomi vs my Inmotion running in the jump track. I'm very impressed with the Xiaomi performance but nothing more pleasant than a EUC
  13. 12 points
    For those of you who want to experience a little of the thrill of riding a Tesla, I give this raw footage from my first ride.
  14. 11 points
    Seven riders at Salt Creek, to the Pacific Ocean, and a ridge run. @Marty Backe, @YoshiSkySun, @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer", @Sketch. Maybe someone knows how to notify Will and Sean?
  15. 11 points
    We've been running a little experiment in Tucson, Arizona, USA! @Jason McNeil @Playarider@dbfrese 3:06 "This is the best job ever!"
  16. 11 points
    I'm going to use this thread to document my experiences with the Tesla. Hopefully it'll be mostly Triumphs, but with me there may be a failure or two down the road I begin with a stroll through a local park, taken from my first day ride with the Tesla
  17. 11 points
    To share some stats on current 'reliability' (term 'failure-rate' would be more appropriate) of the current Tesla production run, of the 20 Wheels we received a few weeks backs, when powered on the first time, two of the boards fried immediately—one is left wondering if the factory was bothered to do even a rudimentary power-on testing before shipping. An autopsy on one of these boards has some pretty extensive carnage, to not one, but two MOSFETs!! Notice the discoloration to the thermal label sticker. IMO Gotway have several engineering problems that they have to address to prevent further damage to their reputation in this unsustainable cycle of release, repair, repair: 1) make changes to the firmware that caps peak power preventing errant output from physically destroying the hardware, 2) improved MCU control (get rid of the 12MOSFET design) 3) implement fuses which do not blow under normal operation, 4) add reverse diodes on the charging inputs. Visiting the Gotway factory a couple times over the years, the impression one is left with on each visit, is that this is a group of very young (average age 21), motivated, hard-working people, but haven't yet fully appreciated that the status quo is no longer an option. There has to be an understanding that it's in their own vital interest to recognise the limits of their areas of specialisation, where they don't have the requisite skills/experience, & the necessity of bringing in outside expertise. Prevailing forces against change is that they, first, probably don't know where to reach out to (no Google in the Middle-kingdom), these companies tend to be pretty hermetic. Secondly, saving-face is all important: the board Engineer doesn't want to admit to his boss there's serious gaps in his knowledge, & he needs help by a subject matter authority. Credit to @Joey Serrin for the pictures & step-by-step removal guide. Joey put together this helpful step-by-step for removing the board. As it's tucked at the top of the Wheel, it's a bit more complicated to extract than on the ACM, MSuper & Monster.
  18. 11 points
    @LanghamP It's not clear why the forum is 99% male. It could be that this is just something that men are dumb enough to try in that classic "hold my beer" sort of way. However, if I were a woman coming into the forum, read your posts, and thought it was the general sentiment around here, I don't think I would dare make a post.
  19. 11 points
    After ~150-miles of riding the Tesla I finally took it out to my local proving grounds where I can overheat or stall any wheel. Here's Part 1 of the test
  20. 11 points
    HOLE EEE COW. I just took my GW Tesla out for a spin as it's 12°C with the snow melting away in most spots, and coming from a Ninebot - it's like what I would imagine driving a Posche or Ferrari would feel like as compared to a Honda Accord! I tried to reach the DDDDD warning beeps, but I could hear no such thing. 36 kph is plenty fast, and the thing has more speed to give? It's hard to imagine leaning forwards any further. I guess I have to work on my faith in Gotway before I try to get up to 50 kph as the wind blast, watching the road conditions, and keeping the sphincter clenched kept me pretty occupied just sneaking up to 35. My battery was only at 7 lights as I didn't want to wait further so maybe it was wise to not push my luck on my maiden, virginal Gotway journey. I hope @KingSong69 doesn't mind me piggybacking on his thread as I thought it would be redundant for me to make a new one. I had Gyrometrics running just in case my body was found in a ditch with the wheel nearby for the forensics people to study. Air pressure at 57 psi felt fine for me, and going over bumps it did feel more cushioned. Maybe it's the additional weight or the tire, but the ride feel is good. Riding super slow, there's a wobbly toddler approaching, was fine. I'd just hate to lose control and drop the wheel having it thrash out of control near someone or a car so I was careful. The wheel is pretty quiet... just a slight hum that is noticable when riding and idle. I heard the fans turn on at the end of my ride briefly when I had it propped against the wall to drip water off the pedals. Pedal feel seems just like my Ninebot, and I tried to pretend I was still riding it. Reality slapped me in the face as the normal tiltback at 22 kph was gone, and I never heard any beeps while riding. It was like a breath of fresh air! The shin pads though on the Tesla kept digging in making it hard to find a comfortable stance. The Ninebot pads just fit right so you have good control. In terms of agility, I'm more comfortable on the Ninebot, but it's still too early to tell. The Tesla feels wider, bigger, and taller which it is so it could take some more time to get used to. Main thing is the top of the Tesla pads digging in isn't very comfortable, but people say that goes away after riding a new wheel for a while. I wish it wasn't there from the get go! Trolley works well. I almost forgot it was there! It helped to roll over some dicey ice patches. Pedal grip tape is great even when wet. Braking from medium speed is good. I had it on medium pedal hardness setting, first two alarms off, third set to 48 kph I think. The higher speed capability is nice as a reserve, but I found myself riding around 25 kph mostly and kicking it up over 30 kph just to test the speed. I found that you have to lean quite a bit to increase the speed up, and over 30 kph it just seems a little frightening to lean even further. Overall, man, if you ride a Ninebot, get yourself a Gotway Tesla (or KS16S), and say goodbye to the tiltback and range anxiety. I can't see myself riding at 45/50kph unless in short bursts as it's just too scary. I had some newb wobbles on the Tesla over 25 kph which I haven't had in ages on my other wheel. The fear of falling (thanks @LanghamP) really kicks in the self-preservation instincts. It was cool though being able to match the speed of cars passing by. They must be thinking whaaaaaat? Definitely the Tesla is a grin machine, but I think I need some more protective gear like a chin bar helmet and some padded riding pants. Main complaint was the top of the side panels bothering my calves. If they could have made a parabolic indent at the top to slope in, it would make a huge difference. Legs just aren't straight up and down flat. The muscle bulges and curves out. Oh well the speed on tap makes up plenty for that shortcoming. And does it ever do that. Very solidly.
  21. 11 points
    Unwinding with a Mavic and Mten3 tonight.
  22. 11 points
    Uhhmmmm.... Actually rode like this for about a kilometer to the garden waste disposal site. When you go above 20 kph with an empty wheelbarrow, it becomes quite bouncy.
  23. 11 points
    I regularly get tired of explaining in the Russian forum - what's the difference why the wheel broke? This is the marriage of the manufacturer. If it's a lot - the manufacturer sucks. I honestly sold both RockWheel and two years of GotWay, but I was very tired of the delirium that occurs with the GotWay. Even riders in the Russian Federation already understand that GotWay makes a disgusting quality. You, the majority, living in a civilized Europe or America - continue to argue with the fact that it will do so. No, it will not. The manufacturer must be responsible for its quality. His marriage and low quality can not be covered - "but he makes fast wheels." So what's the difference how a beginner "burned" the tester? That's for me personally no. This is the marriage of the manufacturer. I am the exclusive distributor of Inmotion and Kingsong since the summer of 2016, but I continued to sell GotWay so that the riders had a choice. And regularly argued with Inmotion and kingsong because of this. They forced me to refuse, but I resisted and sold. But what I was shown sales in 2017 - I was shocked. Here are the statistics. So do not do business. This is a complete absurdity. 33%. Claims, refunds, a blow to my reputation. I do not care about the reputation of the GotWay. But almost every breakdown in the Russian Federation was brought back to my reputation as a seller. You can try as much as you want to protect a low quality, but it will not get any better from it, unfortunately. Next, I drop out of the discussion, since you are not my sales market and convince you of the obvious to me is not very interesting. Also, my English is not so good as to communicate with you on equal terms and give arguments.
  24. 11 points
  25. 10 points
  26. 10 points
    As first documented here, my EWheels 84-volt Fast Charger failed. I located a more robust version of the component that failed and fixed the charger. Here's a video of the process in the unlikely event that someone else has the same failure and finds this topic. At the time of the failure @Jason McNeil told me that there had been a few other related failures. That was a month in a half ago, so there may have been more by now. If you're reading this and didn't get a replacement charger and are interested in repairing yours, this video may be of interest.
  27. 10 points
    The Tesla to me offers more stability at higher speeds. It makes me feel safer. And I love riding fast. I had a few high speed falls (not accidents) with the ACM, loss of control, no fault or malfunction of the e_horse, purely my riding mistakes and also nothing serious since I know how to fall from snow boarding and Aikido and other crazy things I do, BUT (I must say) I feel a little safer on the Tesla in direct comparison to the ACM. The Tesla is just very smooth, sports car compared to SUV kind of thing. No scratch yet on the Tesla! 👀🍀 Furthermore, I wouldn't or better I haven't and I probably won't ever take my Tesla into the mountains and near off-road trails, 'cause I do not intend to scratch it. That's why I bought the Tesla in the first place: to have something shiny and beautiful, patchinco-parlor-like-blinking-thing to show off with in the parks and in the city. 🙃 The Z10 that I will buy next I will definitely scratch up immediately, because I intend to ride it off road. Not so the Tesla! The ACM is a tank (as Marty once wrote) and I love riding it on mountain trails. BUT if I wouldn't care for scratches like with all my other unicycles I definitely would prefer the Tesla to the ACM even in the mountains and on off-road trails, because it is really powerful. Now, since I have none of the newer 84V ACMs and have not rode my Tesla off road, I can not really compare my Tesla to the latest ACMs regarding the off-road performance. I am sure the ACMs have improved over time as well. Now for tricks and spins and very slow speed riding the Tesla is almost as good as the V8 regarding agility and far superior to the rather clumsy ACM. It is better than the V8 and the ACM for backward riding since it is more stable. I don't know if you have seen my two clips posted under "Tesla vs. my other EUCs". Compared to the ACM the Tesla is very reactive at slow speeds. And of course I love the handle as you can see in my clip. Now to your last question: Do I favor the Tesla by a wide margin? Definitely yes! It is an impressive upgrade in comparison to the older 67V ACMs. If you do not care about scratching it, it's the perfect all-rounder. For me, who intends not to scratch it, it is my choice for the city and for strolls at night. For long distance touring and deep mountain tracking it is for now the MSuper V3s+. And if I had to have only one wheel, my choice would be the larger MSuper and not the Tesla, simply because of the range and the superior off-road capabilities. But that's because I live in the country side. If I lived in Osaka or Kyoto it would probably be the Tesla. I am not sure if that answered your question, but if you have more specific questions don't hesitate to ask. 🇯🇵
  28. 10 points
    Very pleased to hear you are, for the most part, unscathed. I have to disagree with your friend though. Helmets provide protection through many ways, one is deformation which decelerates your head over a longer period of time reducing the peak force delivered. Just because the chin bar of a helmet extends 2 or three inches in front of your face normally does not mean it is that far away as it absorbs a faceplant. Non downhill rated helmets like the Bell may actually deform enough to touch your chin when you look at the test videos. I would be inclined to believe years of crash testing and medical results over your friends advice unless he has some credible relevant education and professional experience to back it up. Glad you are still with us to ride again.
  29. 10 points
    Trying to work with GW on improving reliability on two technical fronts: up-rated IRFP4468 MOSFETs & the use of 60-80A fuses. The absence of fuses in their Wheels, as Marty has recently encountered with his MTen3, is not satisfactory. When the Wheel is in a jam, without any current throttling programmed onto the firmware, the battery will throw everything it has at it, with the inevitable outcome of either, 1) destroying the MOSFETs, 2) ruining the battery pack, or both, it's completely unnecessary. With a 20S6P pack, that momentary peak burst of power could well exceed 10KW, way beyond the survivability threshold. For the next order requirements, I've insisted that a fuse be added. Trouble is that I'm getting some push-back, GW Engineer's aren't convinced; apparently the Korean Dealer had GW do a limited run with an embedded board fuse & they encountered some cases of it blowing under 'normal operation'. From the picture, this looks to be a 48A (?), probably it needs to be up-rated to a 60A or 80A fuse, there's no good technical reason why the correct rating can't be fitted, with the desired function of sacrificing the fuse rather than having something more catastrophic happen. Remember the bad firmware GW put out in June? The purpose of that change was supposed to better manage the Current, with the intention of lowering the incidence rate of board failures. As sophisticated as the current roster of Wheels are today, taking the longer term view, the industry needs some fresh-blood competition, probably Engineered Outside of China to create a Wheel that is built with fewer compromises.
  30. 9 points
    Here is what i have so far of the new Tesla Unboxing Part 2 of the unboxing Outside pics Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr Some side by side to the Ninebot for size comparison Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr Untitled by Jen Wells, on Flickr so far pros/cons cons: the leg pads do hurt after a while because the battery protrusion is a little wide at the top the original charger takes 8 hours to fully charge the trolley handle is a little bit flimsy the rear has no rear facing tail light no auto off switch when lifted off of the ground you cannot change the actual color pattern of the ring lights Pros: the raw power of this wheel is ridiculous, hill climbing feels unlimited the top speed is also ridiculous and the power makes the speeds feel super locked in and in control you can fully adjust tilt back/alarm by farrrr the quietest and smoothest wheel i have ridden (cant even begin to explain this) the weight of the wheel makes a 16" tire feel very very stable and it really does absorb sidewalk cracks better than even my ks-18 the fact that it DOES still have a trolley handle the headlight is even brighter than the ks-18 (really nice) lights look amazing!! and even the ring light is bright and has a good brake light system. the battery light is great to see while riding the over all visual of this wheel is the first wheel that really looks top notch, it does not have that toy-ish feel or look I cannot stress this enough, the way it rides is 100% perfect in my opinion, it is THE do it all wheel. you can go far, turn sharp, go fast, climb hills, walk next to it, throw it in a smaller shopping cart, really anything. other thoughts: if you like stiff responsive pedal feel than this is your wheel, but not if you like the soft mushy solowheel feel. in the end I could not be happier and this thing blew the doors off of my expectations.
  31. 9 points
    I started to compile a list of riding skills that I myself found somewhat relevant for safety. I have been practicing all of these (and many more which didn't make it to this list because I do not deem them relevant enough for riding safety). The bad news: lack of riding skills is IMHO not the most important safety concern. The greatest safety hazards as far as I see it are speed (in combination with potholes, hidden corners, the natural power limits of EUCs, etc.), overconfidence, lack of knowledge of EUCs capabilities, fast moving heavy objects like cars, and complacency. Now let's go to the meat, a listing of relevant skills with a few tips: Beginners: a learning belt is of good use to prevent the wheel from running away hitting and getting between the legs after hopping off getting lots of scratches (not a safety concern though) relax, remain upright, look ahead (not down), avoid to fully straighten the knees avoid using the arms for balancing, instead twist the wheel left-right to balance and use the feet to control the wheel important: be always mentally prepared to hop off when hopping off, focus to stay away from the wheel. The wheel may hit your legs and this hurts and can lead to (usually minor) injuries or it can be a stumbling block to fall over learn to brake Intermediate, learn and/or practice to: brake hard, I haven't yet stopped to practice emergency braking almost every day minimise arm movements and let the feet do all the control of the wheel and balancing instead; this means to give leverage to use arms in a critical situation when they may be really needed be mentally prepared to run off and away from the wheel (without a learning belt) avoiding to let the wheel hit you or get into the way between the feet after separation; I am not exactly sure how to practice this intentionally, but I usually lose the wheel a few times during a single play-around session (on loose ground), which gives practice in a relaxed setup put, at the same time, almost all weight to the tip (the ball) of one foot and to the heel of the other foot; this is a first step to freely position the feet on the pedals while standing with one leg on the ground, "lock" the wheel with the other leg; in this position, move the wheel anywhere around with the loose leg, also further away from the supporting leg thereby spreading the legs and distributing weight to both legs keep the upper body vertical; lean forward (and backward) by bending the knees (and moving the hips slightly forward and less slightly backward), not by leaning the upper body most important: keep the knees soft; soft knees are our suspension and allow to negotiate anything unexpected on the ground (bumps, holes, slippery spots) and go over curbs of 3-4" relatively easily (depending on wheel size); I manage 5" curbs on a 16" wheel with this technique. Keeping the knees soft enough needs quite some practicing, unfortunately. go over speed bumps with soft knees such that the upper body doesn't move vertically at all; fixate a point with your eyes to know whether your head has moved most important: acquire the reflex to bent the knees in any critical situation; many if not most critical situations can be saved this way; when separating from the wheel, the body should always be low enough that the heels of the feet can touch the ground instantaneously; flying in the air means giving up almost all control over the further course of events, being closer to the ground means to have a larger area available where to firmly place the next foot turn the head into any possible direction, include up, and keep it there for a couple of seconds; look anywhere, including and in particular behind or nowhere (closed eyes) Advanced, learn and/or practice to: dismount effortlessly and smoothly (with bent knees); ideally, the mental effort to dismount is small enough to never be tempted to hold onto something for dismount avoidance fully relax the arms; like when walking, the aim is, for example, to be able to effortlessly take sunglasses out of their case and put them on while riding brake hard on a downhill slope move/position the feet freely on the pedal while riding while driving moderately slowly, touch the ground with one foot also putting weight on the ground foot; the ground leg must always stay away from the wheel to not clip the leg with the pedal; keep the body low enough such that the heel can reach the ground; easier to begin while riding a curve ride down stairways; when on stairs keep ground contact as long as possible, think of each stair as a bump, think of skiing mogul, apply a (slightly) tighter grip on the shell as usual; start with 2 stairs, then 3... turn the hip, like for sitting down to the side; mastering this move gives more leverage to look anywhere around and behind and to take tight turns riding backwards, at least a little. Start by moving one inch backwards after braking to a full stop and increase the distance gradually. I always practice both sides, left and right, when applicable. Of course many of these could in principle be combined, showing that the movements have become automised. Many combinations I am not capable of doing (I can't climb a larger curb with closed eyes or run off the wheel while putting on the sunglasses Based on my experience and on reports of many others, clipping a curb or a wall or anything on the ground with the pedal or the foot is one of the main reasons for unexpected falls of more experienced riders. I started to experiment practicing this situation, but can't say for the moment whether this is likely to be of any help.
  32. 9 points
    Absolutely, for the moment, this phenomenon does appear isolated to Teslas taken out-of-the-box. With Gotways, I'm reminded of the opening lines of Anna Karennia "Happy Wheels are all alike; every unhappy Wheel is unhappy in its own way." ACMs are the most problematic Gotway Wheels, axles failures, body shell bolts getting loose over time, axle nuts , occasional board blow-outs, frequent innertube failures, screws holds getting stripped. Plus the melting wiring problems on the earlier vintages. I can't commend Linnea highly enough in trying to work on our behalf on getting improvements pushed through; the poor girl is caught in the proverbial rock [of eWheels frequent demands] and-a-hard-place [Gotway Engineering intransigence]
  33. 9 points
    Well, I fell for the 2nd time in almost 2 years and I'm ok, thanks to full gear, bike jacket etc. I did not hear the alarm because of the noise from cars around. The cut out didn't happen because of speed but due rough pavement, was smooth at one point and than few patches, bumps and Msuper v3s couldn't hold me upright. It was in the evening and street lights were not enough to see. Couple of things I wanna ask or discuss: my face hit my left arm and thats what protected my face from major injury I think (Ive mentally practiced that if I would to fall, arms go in front of me at slight angle, with full gear my arms would take most impact and protect my face). Talking with a friend about full face helmet he brought very good point, if you hit face first, there would be major strain on your neck or worse. The front of full face helmet extends forward a lot and would apply major pressure on you neck. 170lbs., Msuper V3S 1300 battery, had about 80% when left for 15km/ 9.5miles. speed around 45km/h or 28 mph (I have gone 53km/h or 33 mph before). Now I need full case, front light and handle? where can it be ordered? thanks.
  34. 9 points
    That was during the halcyon honeymoon period with Inmotion back way back in early 2016. Until then Inmotion were dead set on using the 2.2Ah Samsung 22P cells, because the price was only $1.7/cell, as opposed to $3/cell of the 3.2Ah LG MH1. My prime argument for using the superior cells was that the utility factor would be greater than the incremental extra cost. These discussions/requests eventually lead to the development of the V8 several months later. Obviously Inmotion had some very talented Engineers, & credit belongs to them for producing this very successful Wheel, but based our many dialogues, I do believe I was strongly influencing factor to pushing the company in this direction. So how ironic is it now, that I'm the only Distributor in the World now debarred from selling either of these Wheels, despite the involvement in bringing them about... From: Jason McNeil Date: 2016-02-26 03:42 Subject: V5 Needs an Update [JM]Hi, I understand about the cost difference but fail to grasp why you guys don't think the performance and capacity increases are worth it? As possible alternatives to the 30q, can we look at the LG MH1 or MJ1 as well (both very good cells)? What about the other technical questions? Let's get this project underway! Jason Any feedback from the other message? [JM]The single Wheel market is desperate for a decent & reliable 16" Wheel along the below specifications, is something like this on the Inmotion development roadmap? 16" diameter Wheel Weight of 12kg max Between 40-60 cells within the Wheel housing At least 800W sustained power rating Maximum speed of 25kph out of the box, which can be unlocked to 30kph after customer signs liability waiver, etc... [INMOTION] Dear Jason, Sorry delay reply,for your V5++ project suggestion is on our inner tech discussion. Details please see my reply in red below. -----In our mind,we think this will be a new model design,instead of just be extended on current V5. For V5,we think there just can be changed different cells to increase battery capacity,to increase range,but can not change any power issue,for the same motor limited. So,to ensure the V5++ can be achieved,there just can think about cells exchange now,so how about your idea? And for your suggestion above,actually,we will have a new big wheel model (16 inch wheel) on design,and which should be released soon in 2016,so your suggestion will be considered in this new model.
  35. 9 points
    I wish Sweden had a semi-CA/FL-style climate There are, as everywhere, pros and cons living where I live. The greatest downside being the dark and wet winter half of the year. Taxes are high and there are some problems of getting our money's worth from them. Still and all, I think quite a few of you would be amazed during the summers here... Part of it is that we have a very low population density, which means there are vast areas where you can go for miles and miles without seeing a living soul. Part of it is what is called "allemansrätt" (all mens rights), which means that there are very few areas, roads, woods, coastlines and so on, that have a "no trespassers" sign all over them. Basically you can't throw people off your land, unless they disturb the wildlife or vegetation, litters or in general make a nuisance of themselves. Or to be more precise, you can - if the land in question is within your immediate perimeter and they being there invades your privacy. It's a bit like the whole bloody country is a 17300 mi2 large national park... with 100000 lakes - most of them easily clean enough to swim in, quite a few of them clean enough to drink from. This is an old tradition, spanning half a millennia back in time - and we kind of take it for granted. Swedes visiting abroad may look rather stunned when someone tells them to bug off, when all they did was some trekking in the woods... There are even rules regarding building all the way down to the waterfront, just to avoid the hedging in of the coastlines. While I find the implicit conflict between private property and public privileges interesting, this is something that actually works here. Damn, now I long for summer... I live in the centre of Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden. On my wheel I can reach this place in about 20-25 minutes.... Another 5-10 minutes, and I can be here, trying my luck with my fly-rod.
  36. 9 points
    Lately I've been enabling the Maximum Current alarm in my WheelLog app. I have it set at 90 amps (for my Tesla). When the current demand exceeds this value I get a vibration buzz on my wrist. This has been very educational in learning about where my wheel demands power. When starting from a stop and going up a steep incline - buzz. Probably to be expected. But most interesting to me is when it occurs at high-speed. If I'm riding > 20-mph (32-kph) hit a small bump or drop in the road I will often get the buzz. This is telling me that there's an increased risk of a wheel problem occurring (I'm riding a Gotway folks ) when hitting obstacles at high speed. At lower speeds I never get the alarm to trip. So this instantaneous feedback mechanism has been invaluable for learning the potential limits of the wheel. Now, when I'm approaching a little tiny drop in the pavement when traveling very fast, I will slow down a bit to avoid the power surge. It's all about increasing my safety margin and avoiding potential face plants. Something for you Gotway riders to consider. I love the WheelLog / Pebble combination.
  37. 9 points
    The following EUC Mobile App comparison was commissioned by eWheels.com in an attempt to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major EUC mobile apps available today. [edit: this comparison was mostly focusing on Main Page Dashboard layout/ergonomic strengths and weaknesses, hopefully pointing out where key important metrics and buttons were missing and relegated unnecessarily to secondary screens / menus]
  38. 9 points
    Part 2 of my Gotway Tesla mountain stress test
  39. 9 points
    Deer Island Boston has a nice bike path along the shore. I took a 15 mile ride through Winthrop to get there today on my Gotway Monster which turned 1,016 km today. 11-30-2017.
  40. 9 points
    I'm a safety nanny! I'll own that. When I fell after trying to traverse a melting ice rut onto another piece of ice at 1 kph, the keys in my pocket ripped my pants and left some superficial scratches on my leg. I could see how a phone would crunch or bend exposing some sharp pieces. I guess everyone has their own level of safety/risk acceptance so to each their own of course. Some people ride Mten3's without any safety gear at all while others go all out after a bad experience (looking at you @YoshiSkySun). We in the safety parade are very empathetic people for the most part, so we try to remind others what might happen to them just in case they forget or don't know about the dangers. People are free to pick and choose and let karma take its course, or heed the wisdom of others who have experienced it first hand.
  41. 9 points
    SOOOO, some semi good news I hope! I just bought my EUC! couldnt give up this deal!! I am super excited to get it, make my mistakes and start learning! Any advice on the first MUST-Do's upon picking up a new EUC? I went with the NINEBOT E+, got an amazing deal over at new-egg, someplace I never thought would have any promotions or discounts but I think I did well....what are your thoughts guys? what can I expect? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7YS6FA2259&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-MT+-+Vehicles+%26+Transportation-_-9SIA7YS6FA2259&gclid=CjwKCAiAo9_QBRACEiwASknDwU3I40Afc09G5n4VI5s0vwfnV37a1_pX9HNU-B5_QucxbRhpOfb8TRoCP1cQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  42. 9 points
  43. 9 points
  44. 9 points
    Thanks to everyone who has supported me and my crazy-too-many EUC videos, I have achieved a critical mass that allows me to own the Electric Unicycles channel on YouTube. I've wanted that name and have been somewhat surprised that it hasn't already been taken. Now when I'm out and about riding my wheel and people ask questions I'll be able to tell them to go to http://youtube.com/electricunicycles Over time I'll make it look prettier and provide additional links that may be useful to newcomers. I want to continue publishing videos that attempt to convey the fun and thrill of our sport.
  45. 9 points
  46. 9 points
    OK, I have since more closely inspected the two cells and the damage appears to be localized to the plastic. I've measure the voltage on both packs and they are the same. Sooooo, I just soldered a piece of 12 gauge wire onto the tabs, and the solder seems very secure. I think I'll add another wire as you suggest for redundancy Folks, I'm going to try and put this wheel back together!
  47. 9 points
    I finally received my Soloshot 3. I'm still playing around with the settings but it followed me great on this test run.
  48. 9 points
    Everyone, thank you very much for your replies, concerns, suggestions, etc. I really appreciate the sentiments that you've expressed. I'm leaning towards throwing the battery pack away. With my naked eyes I could not see some of the damage, but when reviewing the macro video shots I can see that at least one of the cells is damaged and that there is battery 'juice' near the burnt strip. These battery packs are highly manufactured, and I don't think that I want to trust my body riding on a wheel where I've hacked it back together. Maybe I would attempt a repair if I had the requisite knowledge and experience, but I don't. The construction of the battery case and battery pack is actually impressive - somehow I doubt Gotway actually makes these because they look too good. It's the lack of system design that placed too much of a load on the battery. As @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer" says, there are all made like this one. We all know the difficulties of attempted communication with Gotway or Chinese resellers. It's the risk that we take, or at least I'm willing to take to experience the joys of wheels such as the Mten3. I do not think that the battery pack itself is defective, but Gotway's system design is lacking (to say the least). They should engineer a wheel such that the battery pack is protected by either a fuse or a more sophisticated power electronics design. @eddiemoy, I've said this time and time - it's not blind loyalty to Gotway. It's my desire to experience wheels that exist no where else. Please direct me to where I can buy an alternative to the Mten3. If there were actual comparable wheels but of higher build/design quality than Gotway, I would not buy a Gotway wheel. This is why I own a KS14S and not the Gotway MCM. @Duf, please don't be down on the Mten3, or consider it a safety hazard. I put mine through amazing stresses with all of the heavy reversals (my videos only showed a tiny fraction of what I've done). This was a case of me causing extreme power demand from the battery. Because of Gotway's poor system design, the battery failed instead of the MOSFETs. Normal riding at speed does not require huge power demands. I will either purchase a new Mten3 or battery, but I will have an Mten3 in my life. I love this wheel. @Rehab1, Gotway may "owe me one", but I think we both know that they will probably never get this feedback or do anything about it I'll send this info to the Green Traveling shop, but that's pretty much a black hole (I assume). I'm still Gotway's biggest fanboy, but I'm never going to keep from exposing crappy design or manufacturing from the light of day to protect their (or any company) image. I buy all of my products so I owe nobody preferred treatment. I'm always dubious of 'reviews' by people who are given products. In case there's any doubt, everyone still needs to buy an Mten3 to experience the joys of this wheel But I sure wouldn't mind if KingSong released a 10-inch wheel
  49. 8 points
  50. 8 points
    Introducing the new Gotway Monster EXTREME (not really)