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  1. 6 points
    Sorry for the delay, I had to drag myself away to get to LAX, downgrade my photos, and then find some WiFi to upload them. This first one is just to show why we should have cheerleaders at every event... And this one is especially for everyone on the ride last Saturday... P.S... They are so much better in real life - a little jiggle makes such a difference!
  2. 5 points
    My review isn't going to be a fair one since I haven't tried any of the other modern wheels. I think it was a very precise comparison by someone, that Lhotz is 10% of the KS-16S's 100%. One third more money gets you ten times the wheel. Lhotz is a mid 80's Corolla, KS-16S is a new Tesla. KS-16S tire at 4.0 bars is hugely more comfortable on bumps and cracks than Lhotz at 2.7. KS's Kenda does have a center ridge that is a bit higher, so on curves there is this slight 'oops' section where the KS seems to fall slightly on it's side. Once it wears down a bit I'm sure the cornering will get smoother. And coming from an old 2.5 inch tire there was bound to be a difference. When riding the KS I feel like I was standing on train tracks. It is so incredibly stable and smooth. I didn't think it was anywhere near possible to feel the road this differently. Going uphill it feels like I was in an elevator. It just goes up. On Lhotz I had to be careful and do these little hops even for small bumps. The same bumps disappear on the KS, and I go up in an elevator while standing on railroad tracks. The difference is so stumpious that I'm afraid if I will start to make foolish decisions on the KS. Like going up too high curbs, or trusting the KS to handle curbs I should also take part in conquering. The whining noise is bad though. I know I'm quite sensitive to such sounds, but still, at this level of a masterpiece it is an issue. I will surely see if anything can be done about it. I will definitely write a proper review once I get more mileage.
  3. 5 points
    I received my new KingSong KS-16S 840Wh yesterday. Bumpered her up and rode for about 15km. Oh dear lord.
  4. 4 points
    So I've been quite interested in seeing one of these in real life, seems pretty intuitive. 20 Mike range with 20MPH top speed. 1 hour charge? Follow mode the whole nine yards. Solid tire as well, no flats. Here is a link to the video The specs seem great and the design pretty interesting. Not sure how well the foot beds will hold up on long rides. But the 20mph and 20 mile range with the fact that is also has suspension, able to hope on off of curbs, and the follow me feature. UL certified.
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    In hopes to bring this back to the original post's intent @Catlord17 here are a few additional things to consider that you may find useful when learning: 1) Pump up the tire to a reasonable pressure, but not too much at first. Depends on your weight, of course, but a softer tire may be easier to ride at first. Make sure that the tire is not too squishy, but I'd encourage you at first to be closer to the minimum PSI than the maximum. As you get better, increase the pressure and you'll get better mileage... 2) If you're calves hurt, try stuffing socks in your socks to add padding or a cheap pair of soccer shin guards could help too 3) If your feet hurt, try a thicker soled shoe like tennis, basketball, or skateboarding shoes. The soles of running shoes tend to be a little too flexible and seem to hurt (my) feet a little more 4) Try to get your body upright and relaxed, once you get on the wheel. Most new riders fall quickly because they are already hunched over and everything is tense in their legs and they are trying to over-correct for every feeling of imbalance. At some point you will correct the balance with the wheel not your body, so for example, if you feel your body falling forward you will increase the speed of the wheel putting your center of gravity back over the wheel, rather than trying to lean back to fix it. Anyway, my goal here was to try and get the thread back on track for @Catlord17 rather than comparing the V8 and KS-16S (which for the record is still a great topic )...
  7. 4 points
    Wrote that in the separate topic, but it was declined by Eric @ IMSCV. None projects with this name exist, and I could hardly imagine a company in the middle of transferring their EUC division to Americas to spit out a new model just like that. I am pretty certain Jason is a new up and coming rep (not a fake account), but the 'news' he released were not legit and not connected. I imagine the topic was deleted by himself after I shared the link with Eric Technically true if it was indeed my whistleblowing that caused the distress
  8. 4 points
    So I watched this video. Unusually there's no riding in it. Odder still is the perspective; I strongly suspect the guy on our right is some engineer, and might be a big fan of the book, "The design of everyday things" as he talks a lot about various hardware to human interactions. It's a very interesting video, it's a different perspective. A few notes: --Why the two-wheeled V3 might as well as be classified as "something not an EUC" but why you might still buy it. --Why the Ninebot's top speed actually makes sense.
  9. 4 points
  10. 3 points
    Hello for everybody This is a especial day, i am ordering may Kingsong 18S 1500w/1680wh, from Rockwheel Store in Aliexpress. I am very happy and hope that everything goes well.
  11. 3 points
    No 3rd Party app can change the settings...darknessbot can do for some wheels but not Gw initial pairing with gyrometrics can be tricky.... in the settings menu enable "enable test mode"....(iphone settings) then in the options in gyrometrics enable "debug server"...and do a "run" ...then it should find your wheel and after that everything works fine!
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    A few negatives though: After the first ride my sand coloured pants were stained orange from the KS logo in the side pads. I ended up rubbing the logo off entirely with electronics cleaner (running out of IPA atm). Surprisingly the rock hard side pads also softened up as a result. They were so hard by default that I had big problems getting on without support because of the sheer pain on my shin. Pedal tilt is strange. If calibrated to horizontal, the pedals will tilt and stay tilted forward already at medium speeds. If calibrated 4 degrees backwards, the position at speed is good, but it will tilt back too much when going very slow. Bad for offroad. The manual is in Chinese, but using a live iPhone camera translator I was able to get a glipse. Nothing useful. I'm still at loss on what each of the button does in various situations. When charging, press both to see side lights (battery level), while the front light can be turned on with either button. These should all be covered in a user manual. The frame creaks quite a bit. Doesn't represent the quality of the wheel properly. Will seal it properly some day.
  14. 3 points
    I received my Ks18S yesterday, also :-) yip...oh dear Lord...brings it to the point! The "S" Versions are really a freaking drive experience!
  15. 3 points
    Sorry Marty but it did not work as planned. I tried!
  16. 2 points
    Look what the mailman brought us today. A brand new KS14S from KingSong, where the S stands for Sport. This is the latest Electric Unicycle from KingSong and I’m pretty excited as one of the first to review this unit. Let me know what you think about KS14S?
  17. 2 points
    My wife's KS 16S arrives Monday. It will be fun to compare her wheel with my ACM 1600 now that it is back together again.
  18. 2 points
    I like Cyclemeter (for bikes) which I have installed on my iPhone. It gives me much more information than your typical EUC app (except for internals like battery power). For internal data and logging, I use Darknessbot. Here is a screen shot from Cyclemeter:
  19. 2 points
    I bought one of those, but it ended up dying after a couple of uses. Hopefully yours will last longer. I ended up getting a small borescope / endoscope that has a USB connection that you can use with your phone or laptop. I think mine might be 5.5 mm in diameter as it's pretty small. I got some soap stuck in my ear, and it was bothering me so I used my scope to see where it was located and scooped it out with the included small picks. Quite handy! http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5M-5-5-7mm-Android-Endoscope-Waterproof-Borescope-Inspection-Camera-Lot-FE-/232241997854
  20. 2 points
    Tried my hand at some organ harvest... I mean component salvaging today: Some gate drivers, AtMega328's, whatever the USB-interfacing -chip in Arduino Nanos is, current sensors, some SMD-power resistors, a couple of crystals... large caps. Blew off (by accident) some smaller components (I think they're 0402's, the really tiny ones in the middle), just tossed them as I can't solder them anywhere Mostly this was just practicing using the hot-air for desoldering. Not sure if the components actually survived, although after initial trying with different nozzles, air flows and temperatures, I got pretty fast at it (10 seconds of heating before getting a *QFP-chip off), the components usually still got pretty hot. Couldn't get the large (and dead) ARM-chip off the Firewheel-board, I guess it's glued there in the pick & place -phase. Also picked up the USB-microscope today, it took its sweet time to arrive (usually registered mail arrives in about 2 weeks, this took something like 4-5 weeks). It's not very good, they claimed it's 2MP, so FullHD-resolution, when in reality it's 0.3MP (640x480). Not unexpected, as it was so cheap If there is an actual zoom, it seems to be controllable only by the software, which of course doesn't run on Linux. Didn't try the thing with its own software on Windows, since it's meant to be used by the soldering station anyway. I can somewhat adjust the zoom by moving the microscope up and down on its stand (which is a bit flimsy, but "stable enough" plastic jig), and while definitely not high-end, it's not actually that bad for the price (11.85€ / about $13.50 with shipping): Close up on some 0402's Farther away... the lights are glaring off the board & coating. About as close as I could get. The component size is about 1mm x 0.5mm (0.04 x 0.02 inches). So it looks like I can zoom it to show roughly about 2 x 3mm area, which should be plenty. This is about as far as I can get. Tried also the "calibration ruler" that came with it, a thin plastic strip with some lines and widths marked on it: Again the lights are glaring from the plastic surface. A close up on 0.076mm line Close up on the text on different surface. So, not that bad all in all, a more "proper" microscope would have cost easily 10 times more, and I think I will mostly use this to read small texts off the components and maybe when soldering some tighter pin-pitch chips and smaller than 0805's. Another thing that passed my mind was that I could make a stand of my own with a stepper-motor controlling the height (like a simple linear actuator) and make it easier to adjust (the roller used to move the thing up and down is pretty tight), but not sure if that is necessary, at least as long as the original stand doesn't break
  21. 2 points
    That's weird. Mine came with firmware 1.00, and I haven't noticed the pedals tilting forward, except at a start of a fast acceleration (middle stiffness), but since I had so much time in between wheels, maybe I just haven't noticed it and just got used to it right away? Definitely not going to be updating if that's a "feature" of 1.02
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    With respect, "several" implies more than one...and there are most certainly more than one wheel affected by bad voltage readings on the mainboard. Also note I specifically say there are many more KS wheels out there than Inmotion and so you expect to hear more "bad press". I do try to keep things in perspective. I'm not trying to dump on KS wheels. I very much considered the 16S. I love the fact that they try to provide performance and range but also put greater emphasis on safety than their main competitor, GotWay, who make some incredibly high performance wheels but at a price or reliability and safety. That's the cost of running at the 'bleeding edge', and it isn't for me. The V8 indeed had a disappointing flaw of the 2.15 tire rubbing the shell. I believe that this was largely a failure on the part of Kenda though for producing wheels out of tolerances however you are right they Inmotion should have allowed a little more room between tire and shell. This latest batch has the 1.95 tire originally seen on the prototype and the issue should be resolved. If only all design issues were so easily fixed. A scraping tire will not however result in an unexpected tiltback through inaccurate voltage readings or an unridable wheel that skips and judders due to motor/hall sensor issues. For me, as a new rider who has an emphasis on safety over speed or range, I want a first wheel that I can feel confident in. It is not unfair for anyone who has read posts about these problems to go with a seemingly more reliable brand and to state the reported failures as a reason for their decision.
  24. 2 points
    I can't figure this one out. I have been looking at my wattage on my KS14c and my MSuper V3s, and the trend seems clear; the faster I go up a hill (not accelerating but staying at the same speed) the more wattage I use. However... I did get my KS14c to overheat twice. I started at the bottom of the hill at the same temperature, I went up the same hill using the exact same path. --Going uphill quite slow (~6 mph), I used less wattage but the wheel overheated and kicked me off about halfway up. --Going uphill much faster (~10 mph) used up more wattage BUT the wheel overheated and kicked me off at nearly to the top. I will say going uphill at higher speed is scary as hell, and that is where my 100kg makes that a pretty bad idea. The wheel kept skipping, surging, falling behind then catching up. It doesn't do that going slow.
  25. 2 points
    This is how rumours get going around :-) I have seen at maximum 1 or 2 of each with those probs ...not several. Would be the same as : 50% of Inmotion users have Problems with their tire scrapping at the shell (...just my 2 Cents ;-) )
  26. 2 points
    Hey. See my quoted post above which explains my reasoning. Much the same requirements as you really. The KS 16S was tempting but I'm glad there were none available for 5 weeks which nudged me back to the V8. There are some posts here now about a few people with motor issues in the 16S. I've also picked up on some posts about firmware going out before apps could work fully with them (not 16S but other models). Now I'm seeing posts about bad voltage readings on the mainboards across multiple models and several people are affected. This can result in inaccurate overcharge or low battery reading which can cause unnecessary tiltback and I wonder if it could cause a cutout. I think there are more KS owners than Inmotion ones so it isn't unexpected to hear of more problems just because there are more out there. In the end though I think the V8 is a solid wheel that is built well and has very conservative limits set that can only mean a safer wheel. The specs of the V8 meet my needs 95% of the time. The range is the biggest bummer. I picked up a fast charger to help alleviate that in the situations I see it being a problem. Oh and if you really think you want a V8 don't deliberate too long if ordering from @Jason McNeil at eWheels. This shipment is his last where the V8 will be branded "Inmotion". Future ones will be branded "Solowheel" and there are hints the price will be hiked (for no real reason). Do a search to find what little info we have on this.
  27. 2 points
    ONLY compared to the age old IPS Lhotz and Zero. I'm under the impression that from these new powerful wheels the KS is the quietest. And I truly am quite sensitive for sounds. I wear earplugs every time I go to a larger grocery store. The noise wears me down quite fast. Exactly. It is important to mention every time I talk about the KS, I can ONLY compare this Tesla to an 80's Corolla! Edit: Actually I don't think I should write a review on the 16S at all. It would serve no purpose other than to derail people trying to decide what to buy.
  28. 2 points
    The Lhotz is very quiet, nearly nothing to hear at all. i can only speak for the 18S...yes its whining is a bit louder than my older Ks18, but in the end you have that whining sound on all KS and GW wheels...i dont hear it anymore when driving.
  29. 2 points
    I guess they have the same motor(internally), except the 18" has a bigger rim. They share almost the same mainboard as well. This is even true for 22" Monster. Therefore small wheels have more torque while big wheels have more speed.
  30. 2 points
    Couple or three things I think are helpful. Stiff soles are a must for longer rides. I worked my way through various running shoes with little success. Finally tried my Keen brand hiking boots, and they are clearly superior for riding. They have a very stiff sole, and also come up high enough so as to protect the ankles from the dread pedal-bite. The other critical thing is to keep your ankles flexing. You can't just plant your feet with locked ankles and expect them to be happy. Practice supporting most of your weight on one foot while you lift the heel of the other one and flex that foot forward. And/or lift the toe of the unloaded foot and flex it backwards. The key is to get some flex in those ankles. Lastly, taking the occasional break to rest your feet isn't a mortal sin.
  31. 2 points
    Next time you should all just meet at the TK and plan your round trip from that starting point! Hmm then again you might not want to leave for the ride so maybe that no worky...
  32. 2 points
    Yep. .. I'm never washing it again! Actually, I was playing to see how much grunt it has, so was mucking around in Photoshop, and I realised how well this picture works too...
  33. 2 points
    Quite quick with the Photoshop there @Rehab1 - however there is a collection of (as yet) unreleased photos that make the effort totally unnecessary... But thanks for the thought. Not having one with me, it took some time to explain what an EUC was (and there was no opportunity for any "hands on" coaching). But once they understood it all - particularly the part about me coming halfway around the world for a ride to finish at TK, and how everyone bailed early (and @Hunka Hunka Burning Love who didn't even show up) - after that they were up for all of the photos I wanted... @Marty Backe - next time, include this in the agenda as a finishing point, and the heat won't put off anyone!
  34. 2 points
    Not a bad idea, but I doubt worth it. Even if I could make one in, say, 20 hours, it would be 200 hours of work to do 10 pieces. The components and materials aren't that expensive, probably around 15€ total, but shipping from Finland to abroad is relatively expensive, even for the smallest packages it's between 23€ and 41€, depending where it's being sent. That's for "normal" packages, Express is more expensive, starting around 40€. So just to break even, I'd have to charge between about 35€ and 55€ for each, and more to make any profit out of it. Around that price range, you can get a new quality commercial pedal from eBay or such, cheaper for used ones. Guess which one people would buy, a proven, well-known pedal from a bigname-manufacturer like Boss or Ibanez, or a home-made pedal from some random guy?
  35. 2 points
    I'm just trying to antagonize him so he'll ride his Uni up here and go for a ride with me
  36. 1 point
    hahaha @ the customized sounds.
  37. 1 point
    @steve454, @radial I always wondered how forum contributors would get the other members names to appear after the '@' symbol. Today I learned that the possible other forum matches appear in a pull down table as you type @radi
  38. 1 point
    How about Angela Gheorghiu or a Pandora channel or Peter and the Wolf ?
  39. 1 point
    Confirm the same problem. Not yet solution available, waiting for an update...
  40. 1 point
    18S obviously. Nearly twice the wattage and speed. Same form factor.
  41. 1 point
    I just remembered, @esaj created some Ninedroid apps available in the download section. Might be an option to have, I think I will download one to my phone later.
  42. 1 point
    Hallo zusammen, ich bin seit einem knappen Jahr jetzt hier anonymer Mitleser und dachte mir, dass es langsam Zeit wird einmal Hallo zu sagen. Ich komme aus Hannover und mache seit August 2016 die Gegend unsicher, angefangen mit einem Ninebot One E+, bin ich jetzt bei einem Kingsong KS16 gelandet. Wir sind hier in Hannover auch ein kleineres Grüppchen welches sich ab und zu zum Fahren trifft. Eventuell ist der ein oder andere hier auch im Forum aktiv. Ich habe auch schon vieles zur "Legalisierung" unternommen, habe Kontakte beim Nds. Verkehrsministerium und auch beim TÜV gewinnen können. Zuletzt durfte ich an einer kleinen Anfrage an die Bundesregierung mitwirken, von der wahrscheinlich hier kaum jemand etwas mitbekommen hat, jedenfalls wurde es hier noch nicht gepostet: http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/18/128/1812897.pdf Bis Ende diesen Monats muss die Antwort der Bundesregierung vorliegen und mit dieser Antwort wollen die Abgeordneten der Grünen dann Pressearbeit machen. Also dann auch weiterhin eine unfallfreie Fahrt und vielleicht sieht man sich ja mal auf der Straße, mindestens bei der Skate-by-night Hannover, denn da ist immer einer von uns vertreten ;-) Beste Grüße Patrick
  43. 1 point
    It looks like IPS i5, i5+ lacks water proofing. Has no at all. Stator looks attached to shell, so we have no parts which would cover inner space of the motor. It's exposed to water and you'll have big risk of ending up with short circuit after getting into rain. Fix me if I wrong, please.
  44. 1 point
    Thanks, but still long ways to go and lots of stuff to learn On this particular piece, I'd say something like 30 hours to make it, starting from modifying the original design last Tuesday/Wednesday-night and putting the last potentiometer knobs on at the Friday-evening. But, since it's based on a couple of earlier designs (that were never encased, but made first onto breadboards and then with milled boards) and lots of trying things and measuring on breadboards and reading about the stuff, I think the total's somewhere in three-figure amounts of hours for pedal circuits alone. Unfortunately, I have no recordings of this pedal, I got it made about an hour before I had to leave, and still had to do other stuff before leaving, so I didn't have much time to try the finished pedal and didn't do any recordings of earlier testing. If I do a second one (or MK3 ), I'll try to make some recordings.
  45. 1 point
    The active ankles are noticeable on my feet, but I deal with any slight discomfort because they allow me to play sports that I would otherwise have to play at half speed because of the fear of re-injuring. I was not aware that you could remove any part of the bottom, but the foot plate that you stand on is pretty essential and bascially keeps the sides rigid and only moving on the pivot point by your ankle. Sorry if I'm misunderstanding the part you are talking about removing... I use them interchangeably on either foot. No offense intended @Dingfelder, but @kasenutty that is funny and the illustration was spot on For what it's worth, I think anyone that is (or has been recently) purchasing a new EUC, is in a similar boat...we've all been waiting forever or have received units that are faulty. Unfortunately I think that we are all beta testers so some extent. I'm pretty sure that @Dingfelder already said something similar (if not exactly the same) to this already...
  46. 1 point
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  48. 1 point
    Thanks @Keith. I didn't know you could hide a thread. Interesting. I figured that once a conversation started only Mods could remove it. At least that was how it was when I moderated 10 years ago! I agree that having a rep form Inmotion was/would be very cool (especially as my V8 is on order). There did seem to e a lot of new info in his limited posts. Maybe Inmotion was OK with it but Solowheel freaked out. Who knows? Come back Inmotion dude! We'd like to have you around once your knuckles have healed.
  49. 1 point
    Need I say more? Just ask my wife.........................................
  50. 1 point
    It's not about not "allowing it" - it's more about lack of resources to develop the updateable FW or even at least half decent mobile apps ... Most of the current EUC manufacturers including GW are ran more like Mom's & Pop's shops than real company with all departments fully staffed with qualified personnel. You can see the "assembly lines" are just a few shelf in some crappy old warehouse, minimum or none QA, only basic own development, using cheap sub-par parts originally intended for another purpose and so on If GW can't get something simple like the cover screws right I'd not expect them (nor want) to venture into for them unexplored waters of FW updates