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  1. 12 points
    With the addition of the Gotway lineup, I'm a bit concerned that number of available choices could be overwhelming, especially for new buyers. V3Pro, 4x color options V5F, 2x color options + V5Fwith 2x color options V8, just in black KS16: 3x battery options + 4x color choices & now the KS16S variant! KS18: 4x battery options ACM: up to 3x battery options ACMs+: 2x battery options MSuper 3: 4x battery options Monster 2x color options & 2x battery options L6 Scooter: 2x color options Lively Scooter, just one, thankfully By trying to keep it simple and stocking just one or two battery capacities of each Wheel type still results in 30 unique different model/color/battery combinations! Question: do you guys think that beyond 1kWh battery size that another 20% capacity is worth another 25% in cost? The reason why is because GW offer the ACM 1300Wh at a pretty decent price but the 1600Wh is significantly more expensive because the unit cell price for the Sanyo GAs is quite a lot steeper than the LGs.
  2. 11 points
    Hey dudes, I slept the pain away all day and am feeling a little better. Heres some road rash I got through my jeans. The worst pain is in my right ribcage, it got squished but didn't break. I felt it squeeze down though. I was wearing a helmet only, but thankful that I was. It could have been much worse, I am surprised it isn't more serious. I got the wind knocked out of me, it was a hard slam. Wrist guards are a good idea. It was pretty scarey. It's just so fast when it happens. You can't really do anything. This was my own fault, for sure. I usually need to learn stuff the hard way
  3. 11 points
    It's a difficult one. I agree that local Distributors need to be competitive & stay on their toes, but in some countries, especially in Europe, by being local they're at an inherent disadvantage over the Ali sellers. On imported products they have to pay 20% VAT on the product value & another 6% import duty Local Distributors typically invest a considerable amount in marketing, free samples, & product outreach To be economic on shipping, they need to commit to large quantities It's expensive to stock a sufficient quantity & variety of spare parts Warranty & support: the probability of something going wrong during the warranty period is not negligible, these costs continually erode a good chunk of the margin Even a mean slim operation with practically no overheads has comparatively high costs For a company like Inmotion, I think they want to see Distributors who have the ability to provide a minimal level of after-sales support, which means that they don't have to deal directly with end-users NOTE: it should be made clear that this measure was made on Inmotion's own initiative, probably following in the footsteps of Segway/Ninebot. I'm not aware of any specific Distributor making the demand that Ali purchased units be excluded from App access.
  4. 9 points
    It will be only a matter of time before this unicycle gets me laid as I am constantly stopped by young girls wanting to know what I am riding. So I cannot say the attention is all bad. Plus I'm good looking so they appreciate me grabbing them as they attempt to stay on the unicycle. I will say learning to ride a unicycle in the city is a great way to get over embarrassment. After falling off in the middle of an intersection for what must be the 15th time I can say I'm cool with public failure and humiliation.
  5. 9 points
    "Crossover" Returning Boomerang Just a bit of electric unicycling fun from this morning's practice session - an extension of the "returning boomerang" - where the rider takes the opposite path to the wheel with both the wheel and the rider returning to the start point at the same time. This tick could potentially be jazzed up by tumbling (somersaulting) around the circle, or perhaps performing it around something more interesting than a set of cones!
  6. 8 points
    Got my first fall a day before yesterday (jumping off at 2mph at snowy hills does not count). This was completely my fault, V8 was doing great keeping me safe for half a thousand kilometers so far, and did good this time as well. The story is I was already near home, when seen a beautiful liner moored at the pier, so decided to ride another hunderd meeters to look at it. While riding alond at about 20-25 kmh and staring around, I clached a bump and lost balance. I was lucky there was a perfect asphalt right after, and that my shoes had a hard flat sole. So I jumped of the wheel and slided staying on feet for few meters. Like on ice, but on asphalt, right And my sole melted a bit because of the friction. Was lucky not to get any injuries, as I was not wearing any protection unfortunately (forgot helmet this day). The only thing I got was ankle sprain which bothered me for a day. The irony is I was only able to ride a wheel that day, as walking was painful But riding much carefully of course. Wheel got few new scratches and a shell cracked near a handle. It seems to be a weak point of this wheel, all the little cracks were only there so far. Disassembled it that evening for the first time to make sure all the internals are on their places. Was pleased by a quality of internals of the wheel btw, and how easy it is to maintain compared to my old one. Melting the crack with lighter made it look a bit better imo. Now we're back to normal, and the lesson is learned: watch the road, not the birds. Be safe!
  7. 8 points
    I've taken a bit of time and drafted this technical drawing showing how it all works.
  8. 8 points
  9. 8 points
    I had a funny situation while riding this week I was going downhill narrow street and there was a guy going uphill in his car. When he noticed me, he smiled, put his arm out of the window and we 'casually' high-fived Totally made my day
  10. 8 points
    Before placing my first GW order, I asked my rep for more information & what was done to solve it. The unofficial response is: "The wire soldering failures has been solved, we changed the connectors before Chinese New Year, and handled it with cold pressing techonology to stop it go off again. " There does seem to be something of a tradition with insufficiently tested early model GWs, where the bleeding edge is quite literally that!
  11. 7 points
    I ordered a blue monster from Dion at Myfunwheel.biz, package came yesterday, upon anxiously opening the box, took off the charger then the top cover and to my surprise I notice it was not blue, it was purple!! So I proceeded to take it out of the box and let me tell you, the purple looks sweeeeett hahaha. It looks way better than the few pics that's on the net, I really, really like the purple. I haven't noticed anyone on the forum that has posted a purple one so just out of curiosity does anyone have a purple monster or know someone with a purple one?
  12. 7 points
    To all interested.... On the French Forum there has been an Analysis by a Technican of urban360(reseller GW France) which indicates that this wiring failure could happen to ALL Msuper's Versions, ACM and Monsters(First Batch Monsters) because all this wheels use the same Kind of connector.... So my advice would be (in a short) to check this Connection by optics and pulling, and/or if there is just a bit oxidization to see, or there is the slightest doubt in the connection to Change(repair) it! I guess this evening i will do it myself for my V3.... Original thread here, translated by Google: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=fr&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.espritroue.fr%2Ftopic%2F2074-rappel-monoroues-gotway-pour-contrôle-et-correctif%2F%3Fpage%3D5 The technican also made a Video how to fix the failure.... For me absolutly annoying is that GW itself has not needed it to say just one word to the defect...not here, not on the FB Gotway Group, None!
  13. 6 points
    Electric Unicycling is just about fun... Bought a broken Airwheel Clone for 30 bucks with broken battery. Though I could use the charger for my Kingsong. Just for fun I put in some drone batterys (4 LiPos 4S) which is Unicycle voltage. Then I gave it to my friend who never was on a EUC before. Immediatly he got hooked:
  14. 6 points
    Bummer! Yep...been there ...done that with my ACM in the first hour. It hurts!! First your want to but just think what fish stories you can tell your friends: "a crocodile jumped out and grabbed it" or "my pit bull used it as a chew toy". Maybe airbrush over the area to conceal the scratches
  15. 6 points
    Wow, that's painful to see. You're the second person in so many weeks that have had a freak fall where the wheel does one of those crazy spin-outs. @TremF messed up his Monster in a slightly similar way. I know we like the idea of having pretty looking wheels, but I think it's the nature of the beast that no matter how careful we are, you're going to lose-it eventually and it's going to get banged up. From a short distance away nobody but you will notice it, and certainly the vast majority of people who've never even seen one will notice - they'll be distracted by the bigger picture of a guy going down the street on one wheel But my condolences anyway
  16. 6 points
    Of course I can only offer one mans opinion (mine), but I am now opting for the largest capacity that I can get. This is because I love to ride long distances and not have to be wondering if I have enough juice to make it - range anxiety. Many people are buying the MSuper V3s+ (1600wh), but Gotway sells a 1300wh version too, right? Is the price difference between those two the same as the ACM? Maybe the ACM is unique in that because of space limitations they needed to go with the more expensive cells, whereas the MSuper has the space to use regular cells? I'm pretty sure I'm going to upgrade my 820wh MSuper to the 1600wh version. I won't buy the 1300wh one. Maybe for the enthusiast wheels, offer the highest capacity for each voltage version - just a thought. When someone is considering the very expensive high end wheels, they are probably more willing to pay the premium for the extra capacity. I'll close by saying, "Choice is a wonderful thing"
  17. 6 points
    Nothing not to get. North American EUC sales is a blip compared to Asian or European sales. Just launch any of these EUC apps, like the InMotion app, that will show you geo-located riders across the globe. Asia and Europe will show proliferations / seas of dots, while a populous country like the US, at best, has a handful of freckles in the major coastal city centers. Gotway answers to power distributors with financial weight, most with brick and mortar stores, who send their representatives to Shenzhen, carrying fielded user complaints. I have never seen or heard of a brick and mortar EUC store in North America. Plus, what most don't consider: Most of the key people at a small mom & pop EUC co are not going to be able to have meaningful conversations in English. Only the international sales reps like a Jane Mo or Linnea will somewhat be able to relay the message, but, as in any business, things get lost in translation, especially if you are not able to speak directly to the source (ie. engineers, higher ups) China is not a free democracy like a US; censorship is real! Most likely, international Gotway reps can even access a site like this via VPNs. Count in the difficulties with English, and you can understand the lack of presence on a forum like this.
  18. 5 points
    I was riding around in a parking garage in a hotel last night and notice this sketchy hillbilly chasing me. I was freaked out. Turns out he was filming me because the euc was blowing his mind. We ended up having a beer by the pool. Nice guy
  19. 5 points
    Reason is that the developers do not ask for the necessary Android authorizations in 6.0, you need to set them manually. Go to "App permissions" and grant the Kingsong App "storage" and "GPS" permission. GPS permission is necessary for Bluetooth connection (I don't have time yet to explain this further), and storage permission is necessary for being able to do a successful firmware upgrade, if you want to do so at some time.
  20. 5 points
    Ride the hell out of it and buy a new case when you get all super good
  21. 5 points
    It was the Monster that made me capitulate, it's motor magnetic force was too strong
  22. 5 points
    Als begeisterte Fahrer eines elektrischen Einrads habt ihr Euch vermutlich schon mal Gedanken um die rechtliche Situation in Deutschland Gedanken gemacht. Fakt ist (leider), dass alles, was per Motor betrieben wird als KFZ gesehen wird. Und wenn dieses KFZ zudem schneller als 6 km/h fährt, benötigt es ein Nummernschild. Dies ist die vereinfachte Variante. Da ich seit einiger Zeit mit dem E-Longboard eine ähnliche Situation habe (das Gerät fährt 38 km/h) und mit Team Blau bereits einige Katz & Maus-Spielchen hatte (die Jungs tun nur ihren exekutieven Job und können ja nix für die veraltete Gesetzgebung) möchte ich gerne mein Wissen teilen. Das Problem besteht im Grunde ja darin, dass der Gesetzgeber eine Pflichtversicherung vorschreibt, die Versicherungen diese aber (noch) nicht anbieten. Im Gesetz steht jedoch auch, dass eine Versicherung euch einen Versicherungsschutz für ein KFZ gewähren muss (Kontrahierungszwang, https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kontrahierungszwang) sprich, wenn ihr ein Fahrzeug habt, welches als KFZ deklariert wird, muss euch die Versicherung auch einen entsprechenden Versicherungsschutz anbieten (siehe auch § 5, Absatz 4, http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/pflvg/BJNR102130965.html). Die meisten Versicherungen werden versuchen sich aus dieser Pflicht zu stehlen indem sie erwähnen, dass dieses KFZ keine Zulassung hat - jedoch ist dies so nicht vom Gesetzgeber vorgesehen und damit keine Ausrede. Wir hoffen ja alle, dass ab 2016 auch elektrische Einräder europaweit zugelassen werden, bis dahin hilft hoffentlich folgender Artikel: http://www.elektro-skateboard.de/forum/szene-talk-63/rechtliche-auseinandersetzung-1396.php Tipp: Schreibt an eine Versicherung, per Post, ohne Angabe von Telefonnummer oder E-Mail und bittet um eine KFZ-Versicherung für euer Einrad. Bewahrt das Ablehnungsschreiben in jeden Fall auf!
  23. 4 points
    You just need to retrofit one of these to your EUC... In fact, if you connect in 3-4, you would never need to recharge your wheel at all!
  24. 4 points
    Actually, I am rather confident @Cryptonitor already knew this. He probably just made that "calculation" up for entertainment purposes, or to provoke some German smartass like me to correct him
  25. 4 points
    Hi. I am developing the world's first OpenSource firmware/technology that drives the electric unicycles (the commercial ones, like MicroWorks, GotWay, etc). I am in a phase that I need to implement the balance algorithm and I need your help. Can you guys please look at the video and try replicate with your EUCs and confirm if you maintain a constant forward tilt the speed increases gradually and to maintain the speed is needed to be stay on vertical position (or very near)?? @Hunka Hunka Burning Love @lizardmech @esaj
  26. 4 points
    I had 4 XT60 Ports in Series, with 4 4S Batterys ... which where not all the same Capacity. So 2.2Ah, 1.8Ah, 1.3Ah and 1.3Ah, so the whole pack Capacity orients on the smallest pack which brings us only to about 78Wh which can be used. But he is a light rider and i was surprised we got upto 3 3/4 Miles - 6km Range when we came down to 3.3V Cell Voltage of the smallest pack. Now he said he still has laying around a lot of big 2.2Ah 3Cell Lipos from Drone flying, so we did another Mod and "upgraded" to 5 Ports in Serie, with a shortage Plug to bridge one port to still be able to ride my 4 cells. The Idea behind the 5 Port is now that we put 4 3S 2,2Ah + 1 4S 2,2Ah (16 Cells) which should bring us then to original pack capactity and it still should fit in the battery compartment as the 3S Packs are a little smaller. The XT60 Mod is already done - waiting that he comes over with his 3S batterys to do a new range test. Below pictures of the new mod and the 4S Lipos we rode in the video. The bridge Plug is for riding a 4S Configuration
  27. 4 points
    KS16 wheeling around Helsingor doing sample footage with my Samsung S8+.
  28. 4 points
    I've read that if you give your mini love, support, encouragement, and a stable home life, it will be less likely to run away.
  29. 4 points
    Ouch, man. The first are always the worst. A pristine vehicle is almost a burden because of all the tension until you get your first heartbreaking dings and scratches. It can be a relief to get it over with, like your first fart in front of a new girlfriend. Well, now you can get on with riding it and not being as scared. The EUC, I mean.
  30. 4 points
    Since she's my teenage daughter, I guess the question of upgrading is up to me—I'll be paying for it! This was literally her fifth day of riding. Amazing how fast she picked it up. I made myself wait four months before I upgraded from that Airwheel X3 to an Inmotion V5F. This ride alone made it worth every penny, so I can heartily recommend making the upgrade as soon as you can!
  31. 4 points
    I suspect this forum tends to be biased towards torque and travel distance -- i.e., larger battery capacity and motors, thus fat and heavy. I personally set priorities of (1) carry-ability (thus my choices of IPS Zero and Inmotion V8), (2) torque, and (3) minimum travel of 20 miles. The larger Gotways and KS's are I'm sure wonderful to ride, but they are noisy compared to the V8 (and especially Zero which is dead quiet), and they are fat and heavy, so a bit of a chore to carry. The V8 is slim has the "defeat" button under the handle, and a trolly handle builtin, so even at 30 lbs is very carry-able. I also think the larger the wheel, the more difficult that they are to turn and manipulate at low speed. The beauty of the Zero is that it is very flickable; you can 180 without being particularly good. That said, it is best for flat surfaces, and I would not take the Zero off road. Just my personal biases, but these probably will dictate future purchases.
  32. 3 points
    No need to beat around the bush, @Slaughthammer, why not tell us what you really think!?!?
  33. 3 points
    Silly question, from the image the plastics don't look cracked. Try taking the side panels off, you may find it'll go back together. If you need a video of how to take it apart, try this one....
  34. 3 points
    Losing weight would be a good idea, if possible EUCs are surprisingly weight sensitive, both in terms of performance and (more importantly) safety. Think of them like helicopters - very weight sensitive, and if you're suddenly demanding more than they can do, the consequences are NOT GOOD AT ALL. 120 kg is the official upper limit for most wheels (this may not be a conservative limit, as it's from China) and you're 125. @Trey Lewis said it very well what's up. The big worry is you can more easily overstress the wheel. If you do that beyond what it can balance, you must necessarily fall. Think for example you're emergency braking but the wheel can't keep up and suddenly "slips" away from below your feet while you're leaning back, bad fall. Don't let that push you away from EUCs. They're fantastic little things Obviously, get one of the stronger wheels and enjoy! Just be careful because you're in perpetual "more than what it's meant for" mode and you will have to be more careful on what you can and can't do unless you want to crash because of the much lower safety margin. You can roughly say, wheel stress is proportional to weight (because so many quantities like torque, momentum, kinetic energy are proportional to mass), so if you're 80 kg and at 2/3 (67%) of wheel utilization (good safety margin), in the same situation at 120 kg you're at 100% and have no margin! Less weight should also give you quite steep and notable performance improvements. It's crazy what the difference in range and (safe) max speed is between 60 and 80 kg, for example. So sorry for the preaching, but this is a wonderful hobby and you really do benefit impressively from lower weight here. The stronger wheels would be Gotway and Kingsong models 16'' or more, >1000W motors.
  35. 3 points
    At least in Sport-mode, the Firewheel had very small deadzone, but it was there. I'm pretty sure that if keeping it level, it would continue turning at the same speed (not slowing down). Don't have a wheel to test with right now... From what I understand, you're basically describing a "PD"-controller/-loop (a simpler form of PID, without the integral). The letters come from words Proportional, Integral, Derivative. Proportional is the "immediate" error of the system (ie. offset from 0-degrees, what you propably meant with A, wheel is tilting back or forth), integral is the accumulated error over time (for example summing the errors over time, maybe with some filtering, to get the accumulated error) and derivate measures the rate of error change (dA/dt as you described it). There were some links to sources of different balancing unicycles/robots/whatever in the Firmware-thread. One of them described an unicycle (at least I think it was one of the unicycles, maybe the MIT-guy?) using a PD-loop for balance control.
  36. 3 points
    $#§% I'm 5 minutes too late.
  37. 3 points
    Hopefully Emma upgrades to a better wheel soon. I never really see myself going out on rides like this with my Airwheel X8.
  38. 3 points
    As I have mobility issues the EUC has been my version of a mobility scooter. I commute to and from work, ride to the shops, visit friends/family and go on general rides around my town, along the canal and around a nearby lake and reservoir. I tend to stick to the pavement but on quiet roads where the path is high or busy I have ridden down the road until I could find a low/quiet section of pavement again. I have been seen by many Police officers as the drive past or stop at a crossing while I ride across. I have also seen a few on foot and have spoken to them. I have been asked if I enjoy riding and when I mention my mobility issue they think it's great I have found a way to get out and about still and say take care as we part. Only one PCSO stopped me once mentioning that people on his route had complained about cyclists on the path (not me because in my 9/10 months riding I have always been courteous and there have been no incidents) and threatened to fine me if he saw me again. I asked him to check on the legality and get back to me with a definitive yes or no and he hasn't. As I don't drive so the EUC saves me my weekly bus fare and also enables me to get out and about any other time I want, which helps mentally as being stuck in previously was driving me mad, so it's definitely cost effective for me.
  39. 2 points
    I don't know, My MSupers have taken quite a battering. One of them bounced 3feet in the air this weekend
  40. 2 points
    So my wife insisted I go to the urgent care place last Saturday after last week's EUC-football debacle. She insisted I broke a bone, but they took x-rays rays and initially said that everything looked ok, giving me gloating rights all week, despite persistent pain in my wrist. Well, the clinic called back today, and the radiologist's report says I indeed have a fracture of my scaphoid bone. My wife actually CHEERED, being overjoyed at the news that she was right all along. We went back, got a heavier duty brace for my wrist. Now I just have to let it rest for a few weeks while it heals. Here's the radiograph. You can see the hairline fracture through the large bone in the lower right hand quadrant of the photo, about ⅔ of the way up from the bottom of that bone. My first break in 56 years!
  41. 2 points
    The Huntington Beach area is amazing for rides, or at least it was when I lived around there. You can go from Santa Monica through Huntington and Newport Beach on bikes and I suppose on EUC's, though I left before there was such a thing around. But the long long walk goes basically from L.A. proper down to the nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon ... perhaps past, I can't remember. I did it on rollerblades way back in the day. You'll find yourself cruising through the happy, casual whimsicality that can only be found in beach communities and nowhere else,which is just wonderful. The freshest air in the vast smoggy vicinity, that wonderful relaxed beach mood, all the high school prom queens from all over the world who come to try out the dream of Hollywood mixed with all the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren of all the high school prom queens for a hundred years before them, churning out more and more beautiful children who made ever more beautiful, beautiful people in a culture in which being beautiful is a very big thing indeed and the pressure is always upward .... Tell him, if he doesn't know the area: Prepare to be amazed. To have your head turned around every day as if that were something that happened to everyone everyday everywhere. It's intoxicating, dangerous, confusing. Much worse if you're a young man.
  42. 2 points
    @Marty Backe I was able to make the sale to a nice guy today. He is from Washington State, but is working in Huntington Beach for 6 months. Bought the wheel to learn on and have done fun while he's here. I told him to check out this forum and to look for group rides once he feels proficient. I'm getting closer to buying a new wheel. I'm leaning towards the ACM, but the 1600 Msuper is tempting.
  43. 2 points
    Tried with Freeman A4H and it behaves the same. With small constant tilt it slowly accelerates and when put into neutral position it keeps the speed or sometimes slowly decelerates but that might be because it wasn't leveled precisely to neutral. The bigger angle the faster acceleration.
  44. 2 points
    Yep, this. Thats kinda what I wanted to say. That could actually be a surprisingly powerful motivator - instead of losing weight for health or vanity, lose it so you can buy and use your dream euc!
  45. 2 points
    Here in Germany it is only permitted with 18KmH with handlebar, registration and insurance to drive. With this change, however, it is only possible to drive with the kneebar, in addition, the insurance expires upon manipulation of the speed (> 18KmH). The police pulls ninebots, which only go with kneebar immediately from the traffic. I have it back because I drive with the handlebars much safer and I do not want to do anything illegal! In other countries, of course, the legal issue may be different. Switching the two magnets is really easy. Greetings Donald
  46. 2 points
    Ninebot one E+ does not behave that way. It shuts off at less than 10 degrees forward tilt with no load. Like if it bumped you off and it was flying through the air. Good luck implementing that into the software. I hope I do not get sued for divulging trade secrets.
  47. 2 points
    That's why I have the EUC now, for fun. And the MiniPro is the sensible, boring workhorse for getting things done.
  48. 2 points
    Put a self destruct mechanism. And then buy a EUC.
  49. 2 points
    Maybe I'm not understanding what you wrote, but I can't imagine how that would be possible even if I wanted to
  50. 2 points
    yes, i was close to tears! i'm glad i'm not the only one - well, not glad that a lot of us have smashed up our wheels - but i appreciate the solidarity