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  1. 14 points
    A quick spin on the new Rockwheel GT16 @captainwells just received his new GT16 and was gracious enough to allow me to ride it for 6-7 miles. Periodically we ride the Southern California beach together and as I was riding out to meet him he said that he got his Rockwheel GT16 (ordered in early March) and was wondering if I wanted to see it. "Are you kidding me" So I dropped my 1300wh ACM off at his house and took the GT16 for a nice long ride down the Strand and associated paths. He rode his KingSong 16S (which I got to also ride on the return leg). These are my initial observations. I, like many people, really like the looks of this wheel. It may not be as practical in less sunny climates as Southern California due to the very exposed wheel. But it has the cool factor going on. As previously observed, the slide out mud guard also rubs on this wheel, so it appears to be designed that way. If you slide it halfway in it no longer rubs. The pedals are not floppy (@Rehab1 will like this), but they are small. On the other hand during my 7 mile ride my feet felt comfortable. My feet feel less comfortable when riding 7 miles on my KS14C. They have a soft rubber layer (not coating) that was half attached on one of the pedals. Maybe that contributes to the comfort level. But I suspect they might be very slippery when wet. Again, no problemo in Southern California Also as mentioned elsewhere, the two rubber pads are not attached on the top. They flop away from the wheel easily. Very odd. We can't see what purpose leaving them not attached could be. But they are very comfortable on the legs. My only reference for this wheel is the ACM. The GT16 weighs substantially less and looks much smaller. Yet it is a 16 inch wheel and the tire is just as wide as the ACM. I did observe that the tire tread is much less aggressive than the ACM, which isn't particularly aggressive. Relating it to bicycles, the tire looks more like a road tire (smooth tread in the middle). The power button is under the handle and below the surface of the soft top plastic. So it's fully water proof. It's location is a good thing because like many other early wheels, it turns on and off instantly at the press of the button. So you wouldn't want to accidentally bump the switch while you were riding. Most other wheels require you to press and hold for a second or two before they turn on or off. Now the fun part, how does it ride? Fast, very fast. And extremely nibble. I have to say, I loved riding this wheel. It feels like it has all the oomph (that's a technical term) of the ACM, but since it's lighter, it feels like a faster accelerator. The ACM is a 'dense' wheel and sticks to the pavement, making it feel like a very stable wheel. The GT16 does not feel like a stable wheel, but in a very good way. It handles like a 14 inch wheel. But here's the thing, and I'm not sure why this should be, but it feels much smoother than a comparable nimble wheel. When I rode the KS16S on the return it also felt very nimble, but was noticeably less controllable than the GT16. It's very responsive (no pedal dipping). Those of you who don't like the relative softness of the Gotway wheels will love the GT16. I do. We rode to the end of the beach path where there's a very steep path to the upper parking lots. It's a good test. The GT16 flew up the hill. And since there's not a lot of history with this wheel I wasn't trying to really push it. But I was able to accelerate up the hill and it felt very perky in the process. Much perkier than the ACM. We'll have to take the GT16 into the mountains to really test it's raw power, but my impression is that it may out perform the ACM. Of course I have no idea whether it's prone to overheating, or whether it's reliable. But I really like riding this wheel - it's a blast. There's one oddity that @captainwells first observed and you may be able to hear it in the video. The wheel emits the typical whine that you expect from these powerful wheels, and my impression is that it's a lower pitched whine compared to the Gotway. But, in addition to the whine there is a very noticeable crackling sound. The best analogy that we can come up with is the cracking sound that you hear from high tension power lines. We joked that we hoped that there weren't a bunch of sparks going on inside the wheel I have to say that now I really want to buy this wheel. But I'm married, so you know where this is going. I have four really nice wheels, none of which I would want to swap for the GT16. So somehow I have to subtly purchase it without making her think that I've lost my mind Does anyone really need 5 very nice wheels (I'm looking at you @captainwells)? Of course @captainwells has a lot more time on the wheel than I do, and he can talk about the app and such things. So if you have more questions he may chime in. I may let him break it in for a few weeks, and if it doesn't explode (that crackling sound) I'll most likely be pulling the trigger
  2. 6 points
    I never hear the whine anymore I just wrapped up riding the new Rockwheel, many miles. It has a nice whine too, but it's more deep throated. Film at 11
  3. 4 points
    I have yet to purchase a first EUC, but I have owned a LOT of electronics. I usually buy used (don't want to suffer depreciation) and always buy what I want when I want. If it were me, I would NOT get a battery for the old NineBot, mainly because it is outdated, and as you note, a new machine with updated tech and features is not that much more. Given the option I will always buy the latest and greatest rather than renew or repair my old tech. From the financial side the course of action I would take on the numbers. - Buy a new machine, the one you want. - Sell the old Ninebot, with full disclosure about the battery getting tired, but at a severe discount to someone looking to get into a first machine, for example. If you get $200 for it, that's $200 applied toward the new better more functional machine. - Also keep in mind that generally you never get the money back that you put into repairs, upgrades, or maintenance (I consider a new battery a maint. item, not a repair). In other words, if you listed the NineBot for sale at some point and said "New battery 200 miles ago," people won't care, they still want the EUC at a good price. Paid $270 for a battery, that's your problem, they think. - Have to take into account that although getting a new battery, the unit is getting old (and worn out). I would not install a new battery on a EUC getting older by the day. This may matter to some prospective buyers who will ask "When did you get this?" When you say "three years ago," for example, many buyers will move on because that sounds like a really old machine. And if you reveal it has 1,000 miles on it, to most that sounds like it needs a proper burial, not a new battery. Bonus Tip: Where you can make LOTS of money, don't sell the entire unit. Disassemble it down to the last bolt. Then list individual parts on eBay. Since this is the Ninebot and the company seems to be dropping support, that may make parts all the more valuable. I can assure you that you will get double to quadruple the money realized on a sale of the entire unit. - Buy the new unit, enjoy it, and take your time selling the Ninebot parts on eBay or the Forums.
  4. 4 points
    Although a dated post I have some timeless shipping tips (experience gained by being on eBay since 1998). A few times over the years I have sold large vintage electronics on eBay and had to ship them (usually NYC). Some tips: - Use a very large box for shipping. The bigger the box the more padding you can use. - Make sure to use padding on all sides. Since this is more a pancake shape, your packing will be more like a clam shell. - Use two plastic trash bags. Put the naked EUC into one bag. Seal that bag tight. Use the other bag to enclose the EUC and packing. The reason for this is to protect the machine from water, rain, or even cigarette smoker damage. Considering the value I would use three to four bags. - Using your cell (mobile) take many pics of the sold EUC (including with it on and a video of you riding it), the packing material, and the EUC all packed up. If you have a current newspaper take pics with it in the background. (Yeah, just like proof of life when paying ransom). This is to support an insurance claim. Tip: If you have an original receipt or proof of purchase, all the better, but that's not necessary to make a claim. - Take a pic of the box sealed with tape and the address label. - When insuring do NOT insure for the selling price, in a way "over insure" so you can get your money and expenses back. I insure for what it would cost me to replace the item damaged or lost. - Before shipping check your shipping company's web page on making an insurance claim. See what they require in terms of proof so you have everything ready in the event you need to make a claim. (Of course save your shipping receipt, copy of the mailing label, and your pics. Keep all this in one spot in your house. Do this out of habit so you don't have to spend hours looking for the stuff later.) - Mark on all sides with felt pen or labels "FRAGILE." You can also mark "this end up." Sometimes I apply stickers that say "THIS END UP." - You can use your computer and MS Word to make your own labels. Apply to the box with clear tape. - I like to send the buyer copies of my pics showing the item carefully packed. This is helpful in deterring a buyer from claiming false damage so he can work you for a discount. If he thinks you have your sh*t together he won't try to pull something. - Like others suggested, visit your local electronics store, or even someone who sells appliances. If asked nicely they will let you pull out from recycle all kinds of quality packing foam. - Do NOT ever ever ever NEVER use those packing peanuts (aka "popcorn") That stuff is useless to perform a quality packing job. - Tape on the bag containing the EUC a sign that says "DO NOT USE BLADED DEVICE TO OPEN" - again, you don't want them slashing the tire or case, blaming you, then asking for a discount. - Repeat: The bigger the box the better. Don't try to get a box where you are trying to shape it to the EUC. A large rectangle box works well. - I don't know about your area, but here in San Francisco, California UPS has the best rates for shipping large packages. Our USPS has the highest rates. - Of course, be careful of scammers. Make sure you have cash in hand, or wait until you have cash in hand, before even thinking about shipping something. Scammers are everywhere so be careful. end
  5. 3 points
    My impressions of the GT16 were that it was fast enough for me at ~35km/h. At that speed it felt very fast and was starting to feel uncomfortable in terms of stability. That's where the ACM beats it. The ACM is a much heavier wheel so at higher speeds it feels more 'planted' to the ground. My ACM V2s can go 40km/h before that same sensation is reached. So I don't care what the real top end speed is for the GT16 since I'll never try and push it that far.
  6. 3 points
    Maybe that is the issue. The US market is very low as a percent of. Then Asian riders only weigh like 75lbs. And they dont ride like mad men because in China they will disappear you and in Singapore they cane your ass red.
  7. 3 points
    I replaced my Ninebot One E+ battery when it was around 1 year old and worked for 1000km. The thing I noticed was that it did not perform well in cold weather (sub zero degree celsius) and that the shrink wrap started to have holes in it due to the battery moving in the housing on bumpy roads. Also, I found out that the original battery had no balancer, which would cause truble in the long run when charging (over charging some of the cells). This was a major safety concern for me, so I decided to swap the battery out ASAP. I got a much better battery from a German shop (1RadWerkstatt). He uses better cells and a better BMS, including the necessary balancer circuit to make sure none of the cells are over charged. For the Ninebot One E+, his battery has 388Wh and the cells he is using perform much better in cold weather. Here is a link for reference: http://www.1radwerkstatt.de/epages/80603321.sf/en_US/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2F80603321%2FProducts%2F"15S Ninebot" However, almost another year and another 1000km later I am in the market for a new wheel and pre-ordered a KS16S. At the time I decided to swap the battery, this model was not available yet and all the 16" wheels had 800W motors, which did not sound like that big of an upgrade to me, but now that there is a 1200W and >800Wh 16" wheel, it is very tempting to just get an upgrade. Today, I am not sure if I would have updated the battery of the Ninebot, if such a wheel would have been readily available. It is unfortunate that Ninebot stopped innovation. I think they still have the best looking wheels, which are also very reliable and easy to maintain. Just compare the procedure to change the tire on a Ninebot vs. a Kingsong...
  8. 3 points
    Thanks.Tire has been ordered.The "world famous ACM2040" will soon become the "world famous ACM2040FTE". (FTE=fat tire edition).Cutting the plastic is the easy part,(have done it to numerous wheels including the ACM2040 for battery mods.
  9. 3 points
    With social media and forums, we can shut down a company if all of us decided to not support a particular brand. They better understand that. Look at united way. It is going to cost them millions to fix one bad video. I am a GOTWAY owner but I already not happy because of the stupid useless app they make for the Iphone. I already descided to try to find a different company for my next wheel I have a 14 and want a 16 or 18 with sustainable higher top speed. If I find something else comparable I will not buy. I love the ACM and Msuperv3 at 84 volts. But I find the RockWheel GT16 to be a good alternative to compare with. and if Inmotion or Solowheel descide to make a 40kph capable wheel I would try to buy from them if they can keep the price competitive. Inmotion and Solowheel look to have the most advance construction and light materials, magnets and metals. But their products are too expensive for me. I would pay more if they offered higher speeds. 12mph is just too slow.
  10. 3 points
    The plus ( + ) -sign next to the "Quote" -button is multiquote. You click it on all the posts you want to quote and then click the "Quote X posts" -button that appears in the lower right corner. Don't know how it looks on mobiles though.
  11. 3 points
    And hopefully not arcing between the motor wires. That would eventually take a toll, and cause a major failure in the future.
  12. 3 points
    Here is that it looks like and some of what i had to go though.. lol
  13. 3 points
    Well I am a step closer... I'm taking delivery of a blue Monster tomorrow. I also opted for a fast charger (although I initially ordered the wrong one. I didn't read that the 10amp one needed the wiring messing with) and MSuper V3 pedals to replace the standard Monster (also ACM) ones. I'm not overly keen on my ACM pedals as the grip is rubbing off? so the MSuper pedals, with rubber grips too, will provide better grip I reckon. Ian has inflated the tire and charged it slightly but I'll probably whack it on the fast charger before I do my first trial. I can't wait to get out on it!!
  14. 3 points
    Here you can see one that had crimped connectors(not damaged a bit) and where the wires melt.... And the hill was btw inside the GW recommendations :-) can't it also be a personal experience to have read a lot about certain failures and recommend by this knowledge? I guess different opinions are much wanted in Forums.... And yes....every brand has it's own Problems. Some are more or less actual...some others are even not any more existant and have been fixed. So perhaps best would be to buy one of each wheel brands...than you have the best of all worlds
  15. 3 points
    The pedals are thin, not small I would say. If you measure them against MSuper pedals, the length is the same, but the MSuper pedals are ~1/2" wider. 3 weeks of riding my GT16 in quite a bit of rain in NYC, no issue with slip. The pedals, due to being thinner and rubber I believe, do a pronounced V, more so than any other EUC brand, which wedges your feet to the machine more. My GT16 is long presses for power on and off, actually one of the longest of all EUCs I've bought. And I've tested pressing mid-ride, the GT16 does not shut off. Dunno if @captainwells's GT16 is different. Very subjective, must be a first ride thing. Riding for 3 weeks solely on my GT16, can't say mine feels not stable; feels plenty stable here. And nimble is relative. My GT16 feels like a regular 16", not as nimble as my 14" V5F+, especially due to the GT16's 49lbs 39lbs. And yes, the GT16 is very smooth. It has a rubbery like resistance to the drive, but not in a V8 way, more buttery. Yes, the GT16 is a hard response, just softer than a Ninebot or InMotion. The GT16 actually goes the other way, the pedals tiltback more than they dip, which is great for turns, but the rest of the time, they almost feel like speed warning tiltback if you didn't know any better. 3 weeks all over NYC, no issues yet (my tiltback and alarms are at 40kph, and I am 79kg. Most Asia faceplant reports seem to come from heavyweight riders going uphill FWIW. The crackling might be debris. The GT16, due to not a lot of tire clearance, tends to pick up a lot of debris going through the tire-case crevice. Personally, I love the rocket type sound when pushing the GT16. On the flip side, it can be on the louder side when rolling in a quiet building..
  16. 3 points
    Hi guys, here is an old pic of our happy French riders
  17. 3 points
    Hi, one of my first rides in the Nature with my X3... It took my only about 8km's - but its pretty nice to checkout if i can handle it. Yuo can see - its not pretty warm in April in Germany !
  18. 3 points
    @Hunka Hunka Burning Love likes to poke fun which is good and is something I have been accused of myself.I guess you could call it "KARMA".
  19. 3 points
    If you are testing GT16, I would like to share some comments I read from Chinese GT16 riders: 1. It is a nice wheel, 2. except that it's tilt back speed or warning is fixed by speed, not relative to battery levels. For example, GW gives warning beeps when power usage is 80+% of what the battery can provide. GT16 does not give such warnings. So, the rider has to reduce speed, not relying on the beeps or tiltbacks, when the battery is <60% full. As a result, there were some bad faceplants already. Marty may take a look at whether GT16 provides over-power warnings.
  20. 3 points
    It was a little chilly at the beach today so the clothes had to stay on. Plus it wasn't my wheel so that may have been a little awkward BTW, how exactly have I now been branded as the naked wheeler when it was @Hunka Hunka Burning Love that started this
  21. 3 points
    Try riding without the suit and cape and maybe your hearing will revert to that of a mortal.
  22. 3 points
    It won't keep me from a wheel, but it does get annoying after a while, even when sitting idle. I guess I hear it easier than some others, because it does grind on my nerves a bit. But, like I say, I prefer the noise over having another lesser wheel.
  23. 3 points
    Fine is relative. I don't think it is the same "fine" as before the accident. Not if you try to push the limits.
  24. 3 points
    Hello all, I've been involved with Solowheel since late summer 2016, but I've had a lot on my shoulders and haven't had much time to be active in these forums like I used to be. I'm going to try to change that. Currently I'm spending most of my time working on the retail/service/community concept locally here in Seattle. It keeps me pretty busy, but I'd like to start reaching out to the online EUC community more. Specific things like future product development, I won't be able to comment on unless I am given direct permission, but I recognize that many of you have been kept in the dark for some time now, so I'll do my best to shed some light on things.
  25. 3 points
  26. 2 points
    Don't get me wrong - I want Gotway to thrive and become a world leader in EUC making. I don't want this to turn into a Gotway bashing thread, but I think their reputation will continue to suffer if they don't step up to the plate and improve quality control, beef up design elements, and support their customers. I am dying to buy an ACM16 due to the Gotway King of Naked Backward Riders , but at the same time I don't want to be the guy who has an intermittently functioning wheel or one I cannot turn off straight out of the box unless I have some solid warranty support behind it. I love the fact that Jason McNeil is carrying Gotway as he's got a solid rep. I think Gotway needs to develop an improved company mission goal that they can aim for. They already have leading edge products in terms of abilities, but they need to back them up and adopt a higher quality product ideal and a upper level customer service model. Maybe their current methods are fine for the Asian market so they don't feel any need to improve things. I suppose if the majority of my market customers don't care that much about warranty or quality, why change for a small number of westerners? Sometimes it can be all about perspective.
  27. 2 points
    This might need to be moved to the Off Topic Overload, Reptiles, etc thread: It's kind of mind-boggling how a company can sell products that cost thousands of dollars and offer very limited warranty support. Who does that? Gotway doesn't mind selling directly to customers, but they don't seem to want to support them in a timely manner. Maybe they figure that the less expensive sales directly to customers doesn't include any warranty if purchased directly from the factory? I guess they are selling well enough that they don't need to have a good direct sales reputation? I think it boils down to this: Warranty support costs them money out of pocket to mail out replacement parts. It also costs time to pay staff to deal with customers, or it diverts them from other money making tasks. If they offer limited to no warranty support they save on bottom line costs. They made the sale already so why make an effort after the fact. They have that distance advantage and no real fear of any reprisals. Only their rep is on the line, and people still seem to be buying their wheels up left and right regardless. Saving a few dollars here on warranty support, but losing customer faith in the company in the long run is quite short-sighted. It could just be the way business is done in China as they seem to build extravagant buildings but then let them fall in disrepair with no maintenance. If I ever buy a Gotway in the future, it definitely would be through a dealer rather than directly from the factory as I'm not that much of a gambling man. I like to save money, but I can also see how a penny saved can become a pound foolish.
  28. 2 points
    https://www.amazon.com/16x2-125-Inner-Tube-Tire-Electric/dp/B00CCJM4HE/ref=pd_sbs_468_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00CCJM4HE&pd_rd_r=0JBZTDZJTZZ49SDV1PBQ&pd_rd_w=rcor1&pd_rd_wg=iJHa3&psc=1&refRID=0JBZTDZJTZZ49SDV1PBQ The inner tube didn't work because the valve was not bent the right way but i just used the original tube that was on the ACM and so far so good. Also, not sure how you're gonna cut out the inside plastic parts but i used my dental lab handpiece with a 1" diamond coated disk http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marathon-Dental-Lab-Electric-Polishing-Micromotor-N3-35K-RPM-Motor-Handpiece-/400904118090?hash=item5d57bf5f4a:g:lA8AAOSwuxFYs9fX Something like this ^^^ Enjoy
  29. 2 points
    Maybe @captainwells's GT16 travels back in time. Would explain the crackling sound.
  30. 2 points
    I didn't have a scale, but there's no way that the GT16 weighed that much. Sometimes the spec's that you see on web sites are pulled out of someones butt
  31. 2 points
    That is not true. read the regulations. Basically it is simpler to ship with batteries installed. The rules basically say that it needs to be robust enclosure and that packaging need have cushioning and strong box. also batteries need to be at below 30% charge. if you send batteries alone it have more restrictions. specially battery packs. “Rigid” Packaging (Effective January 1, 2016). The updated regulations specify that “strong rigid outer packaging” must be used for batteries that are shipped alone or in or with equipment when meeting the requirements of Section II of Packing Instructions 965, 966, 967, 968, 969, and 970. The Packing Instructions also specify acceptable materials for such packaging (e.g., fiberboard boxes, plastic drums). Battery Powered Equipment (Effective January 1, 2016). The Regulations include special packaging requirements to address the potential risk of transporting hover boards and other vehicles containing lithium batteries. Under Packing Instruction 952, battery powered equipment and vehicles that may be handled in different positions must be secured in a strong, rigid outer packaging and “be secured by means capable of restraining the vehicle in the outer packaging to prevent any movement during transport that would change the orientation or cause the vehicle to be damaged.” Updated Packing Instruction 952 also forbids the transport of vehicles containing “[l]ithium batteries identified by the manufacturer as being defective for safety reasons, or that have been damaged, that have the potential of producing a dangerous evolution of heat, fire or short circuit…” Lithium Ion Batteries Packaged Alone (Effective April 1, 2016). Lithium ion or lithium polymer cells and batteries packaged alone (i.e., without equipment) may not exceed a state of charge of 30% of their rated design capacity (under Packing Instruction 965) as determined by the guidance and methodology in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, 5th revised edition, Amendment 1, Section Shippers may ship lithium ion or polymer cells or batteries with a state of charge greater than 30% only if they have received approval from the State of Origin and the State of the Operator. As these small lithium battery-powered vehicles do meet the definition of “vehicles” as set out in Special Provision A21, and as they are powered by a lithium ion battery then the correct classification for these small vehicles is UN 3171, Battery-powered vehicle and therefore must be packed in accordance with Packing instruction 952. There are a number of important considerations with respect to the use of UN 3171 for these small vehicles, as follows: 1. the assignment to UN 3171 does not provide for any exception from the full application of the Regulations, i.e. there is no exception for vehicles that contain lithium ion batteries that do not exceed 100 Wh. 2. the net quantity required on the Shipper’s Declaration for UN 3171 is the net weight of the complete vehicle. There is no limit on the weight of a lithium ion battery in a vehicle or in a package and there is no net quantity difference between passenger aircraft and Cargo Aircraft Only. 3. If the lithium ion battery is removed from the vehicle and packed separate from the vehicle in the same outer packaging, then the classification becomes UN 3481, Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment and Packing Instruction 966 applies. Recommendations In locations where these devices are readily available and being consigned as cargo, operators should engage with freight forwarders and their cargo ground service provider to clarify the classification of these small vehicles and the additional considerations that apply. Forwarders should be encouraged to reach out to shippers of these products to ensure that the shippers are made aware of the classification requirement as UN 3171. You can contact the IATA Dangerous Goods Support team if you have questions or concerns that may not have been addressed in this document at: dangood@iata.org. lithium-battery-vehicles-cargo.pdf
  32. 2 points
    Right now I would settle for floppy pedals!
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    You could maybe try @Linnea Lin Gotway, but if Jane sold it to you she might be responsible for after sales support. I would be careful not to do too much until they can confirm the problem and authorize any tinkering unless you feel confident there is not much to lose in proceeding. Maybe take some video evidence to show them if they do contact you. They did eventually help @Kevin Grandon with his ACM shell issues a while back, but you might have to be persistent though. Check all lengths of wiring for any pinches or breaks especially the thinner ones for the sensors. Verify connectors are sound and seated correctly. With all the goop everywhere it might be tricky to verify connection continuity.
  35. 2 points
    According to the visual, there is no need to open this type of charger because NINEBOT seems to work now with a new manufacturer. And you can forget the possibility to adjust output voltage for this "new" charger model (maybe this model is cheaper to produce than the "old" one) I have open many chargers in order to see if output voltage is ajustable, but only this type of charger (with sticker code starting XV-000000000000000 and with 4 screws with easy access) have a potentiometer and can be adjusted.
  36. 2 points
    The following people received Day 3 rewards: @freetheoranges @ramma @Paddylaz @bTomLotus @RobValley This "incentive program" has ended.
  37. 2 points
    The KingSong 16S is fun. My first wheel was a Ninebot One E+. I always had the ride at the firmest setting. Since then, most wheels feel mushy, especially GotWay. The KingSong 16S (and the older KingSong with firmware 1.25) have a really firm ride that I appreciate. I'm not a big fan of pedal dipping. I also like the trolley handle, built-in lights and Bluetooth speakers on the KingSong 16S. That said, for my typical use case my favorite wheel is currently the 84v 1600Wh GotWay ACM 16. The acceleration and hill climbing ability are second to none and it's a really fun ride. It's really heavy which wouldn't be great for lugging around. But all that weight at such a low center of gravity contributes to a really stable ride, especially at speed. I need more time with the Rockwheel GT16, but we may have a new king of the mountain (climbing).
  38. 2 points
    We need non-lobotomized product planners. I'd be happy with the lack of 110% obvious oversights. But if you have a spare $10M lying around, give it to me and you get a German manufacturer (will also take any more spare money).
  39. 2 points
    I'll be posting a short video later today along with some observations.
  40. 2 points
    The grey one sticks out so you can put your foot on it when kick starting the minipro.
  41. 2 points
  42. 2 points
    Ha Ha! Or a curb feeler.
  43. 2 points
    I have a fire blanket and extinguisher (suitable for electric fires too) in the room in which I charge the minipro - which has the kitchen at one end and a lounge at the other - the fire equipment was always there for kitchen use. When I wrote "unattended", like others above, I don't mean I sit and watch it, but I am in the house and awake. If I did sit and watch it, I think I would be asleep after about 2 minutes of watching that indicator flash! I don't claim that my way of being careful about charging the minipro is necessarily rational - it's just what I feel comfortable doing (with a 16 year old dog in the house and a family member with severe disabilities). Likewise, I wouldn't use a non-Ninebot charger - even though 3rd party chargers may actually be perfectly safe - just my personal choice.
  44. 2 points
    The raised spoke is the tracer round.
  45. 2 points
    HUGE outer shell of KS18 keeps me away from it... With refined, much smaller KS18S with the shape of KS16 / KS16D - I would consider it strongly... Maybe next year, as I have ordered KS16S for now... On the other hand I see no need for speeds over 30-35 km/h now, mainly due to the safety issues. My current KS16 for my type of use is just perfect... I had never encountered low range issue so far, so the only drive to go for KS18S would be bigger wheel for added safety on bumpy roads...
  46. 2 points
    New Ks18s Information for speed: Speed after normal KS unlocking procedere: 40kmh! Speed allowed after 1000Km ( in words: Thousand) ..... 50kmh! This Full speed is allowed down to 40% batterie....if that percentage is reached a speed reducement sets in, which gets more by more depleting batterie...i dont have exact numbers for that..... I guess with this much kilometers before max speed is allowed KS wants to be sure to have a very experienced rider on the Ks18s.. Otherwise same. info as before...new board, new motor, 1500Watt, speach or beep warning like ks16 etc etc.... This 50kmh may sound silly, but is a info from a official KS description of KS18s - for pre-orders of their sellers.... Now it even worries me more that they did not design a 14d/16 like shell for the 18....as that would be a sales magnet with that abilities!
  47. 2 points
    Just chiming in about the Scorpion since I've now spend a decent amount of time (2 weeks) riding one all around Seattle as my daily driver. While the design is not my favorite visually, ergonomically, it's very good. Like the Xtreme, it has nice large pedals that have a slight angle to let your feet sink into comfortably. The body has a more outward curve so it allows more play and maneuverability with less leg lock-in while at the same time spreading out the pressure against your legs and you feel absolutely no pressure points while riding. The only other wheel I've ridden that feels better when ridden is the Xtreme. Performance - well, if you haven't ridden a Solowheel, especially a newer one, then you're not really going to fully understand how fundamentally different they ride compared to anything else. This is not a slam to the competition, as many of these issues are trade-offs. To write it off as "soft" is to miss the added dimension this style of ride offers. It's nothing like the soft mode manufacturers like KS, GW, NB offer in app. Think of it like a tight spring that reacts extremely quickly. You can flick your ankles and feel it. In the newest version of firmware it has been tuned for maximum stability for handling bumps and hill climbing, but still offering just the right amount of tension in that "spring" to lean with you when you want it to - like braking. It's intelligent enough to adjust on the fly as your speed changes and the whole experience is very fluid and stable. The overall effect of this style of firmware is that the rider becomes very casual and relaxed with their riding stance and style. It feels like the wheel is a part of you as opposed to trying to stay balanced on top of a tiny little flat platform. This is a huge deal to me, personally. With the amount of times I spend mounting, dismounting, dodging, power breaking, this is where Solowheel shines. All these high speed performance EUCs feel like you are driving in 5th gear all the time in comparison. Also notable, it's now faster with no more artificial early speed tilt back. I clocked 13mph, but I'm unsure where the limit actually is because I don't really like to push limits like that. Slower than the speed demon EUCs, yes, but for a versatile city commuter, it doesn't feel held back. Hill climbing is good, and my commute makes for a proper test. No issues there. Range - well, this one is obvious. This version is not for long range commuters! But for those who don't need range, it is nice to have a light weight wheel that doesn't feel bulky. And for air travelers, you can easily check this as baggage without a hassle - this is a legitimate reason for having a smaller battery pack, but I do look forward to more options for those who don't need to fly with their wheel. Features - the headlight is a welcomed addition. Its sufficiently bright for lighting up the path in front of you. The handle is also quite nice. It has a slightly awkward lock/unlock system with two different releases, but it works well enough. And the kickstand is icing on the cake. The things I would like to see changed: the magnetic charge port. It's the same one used on the Xtreme. While neat, it's not necessary like on a laptop, and it only adds potential points of failure if you don't have it securely seated or the tiny pins get corroded. The design looks a tad toylike. Not up to the high bar set by the Xtreme. The tire is 16 x 1.95, so a tad thinner than most 16" EUC tires including the Solowheel original. Its actually quite fine after extensive testing, but I'd rather have something beefier like 16 x 2.125. In conclusion, I will say that overall it's a really good, versatile option for someone living and working in the city. In practice, the experience of riding this thing around is very good - a total joy. There is no aspect of the wheel that you are trying to "fight" the whole time. It's just a really satisfying ride. FULL DISCLOSURE: I sell this thing! but I have no problem pointing out its flaws among the positives. I've owned and ridden a ton of other wheels, so I do have a good frame of reference (check my profile). I got involved professionally after riding and buying an Xtreme.
  48. 2 points
    Are those padded shin guards that you're wearing? (By the way, nice riding.) Allen
  49. 2 points
    Yes indeed , I use it every day , KS18A , 1200w 1360wh , will modify it today adding extra batteries ontop and a power plug , longest trip in 1 day was 70 km
  50. 2 points
    This is actually my doing. I've been talking and working directly with my representative and his team for the past couple of months. But I've only been talking about it within dbfrese's thread on his efforts in Arizona. I will definitely keep everyone on here up to date on the process especially when/if I get to ride inside the Texas State Capitol.