Jeffrey Scott Will

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  1. I can elaborate on this quite a bit! So I've spent a lot of time on two personal KS wheels and tested the latest 16s as well, GW and Ninebot - on all of these I have tried the different ride modes. The soft modes are all *very* different from what Solowheel is doing. What they call soft, I would call real-time pedal adjustment. The pedals actually remain quite rigid, but the angle adjusts very slowly as you lean forward or back. To me, this alone has little advantage except maybe a little bit of added confidence in braking hard. What Solowheel is doing is adding another layer on top of that. It adjusts the angle on the fly (to a smaller degree), and then also allows a certain amount of "spring". This means you can actually rock the pedals by wiggling your feet, and it actually feels like there is some kind of very stiff spring down there, but it's all numbers of course. The effect is almost like having digital shocks. Coming from another wheel, this will immediately feel strange and difficult to manage because it's so different. But when you allow your brain and body to get into sync with it, you can understand how effective (and fun) it can be. What you find is your legs start to stay more locked in with the body of the wheel because everything stays in line with you when you let it lean with you rather than entirely pivoting at the ankle. Combining this with stellar ergonomics makes the whole experience feel incredibly floaty and comfortable. The spring + pedal adjust is tuned so that it feels like you're swinging the wheel around beneath you like a pendulum and it's bouncing off of a predefined area. I don't really know how else to describe it, but everything else feels like you're trying to balance on top of something in comparison. Solowheel feels like it's catching you. Now there is also another huge dynamic that changes a bit between different eucs - not just pedal stiffness, but balancing sensitivity: AKA how much it lets you lean. I would say King Song and Inmotion have something in common here - they let you lean a bit but still maintain stiff pedals. Gotway feels a little more rigid with a bit less lean. The most rigid and sensitive balancing I've ever felt was Ninebot mode 0. You are pretty much stiff as a board on those. Personally, I like some lean, so I like what Solowheel, Inmotion, and King Song are doing here. Half of the fun is the feeling of really pushing the wheel around beneath you when you become a really seasoned rider. What I'd like to see is Solowheel's existing unique riding style included as an option on future models so that riders can ride with stiff pedals when it's needed. Because, yes, sometimes that is an advantage. I can't say if that will happen or not, but that's my personal dream.
  2. Hey @SeattleAbarth! Cool to meet you too! I know there is some curiosity about what Solowheel has been up to, and I will do my best to share developments with the forum when I have time. To correct a few misconceptions: Xtreme with latest firmware is far less governed in terms of speed. I've clocked mine at 15mph. I know this is not the 20mph + that enthusiasts on here tend to crave, but it's certainly not 10mph. Inventist's marketing materials have been a little slow to catch up to updates. The pedals are also a bit stiffer than they were in the past. You still have the angle adjust in combination with the tight spring effect, but it's now striking balance that gives more stability while still giving you the feeling that it's catching you. The reason we still have lots of customers (especially in Seattle where we have a shop) is because we offer full service that regular folks would come to expect for something marketed as a vehicle. Full year warranty (this is not self-repair, the shop or Inventist HQ will repair for you or replaces it at no cost in certain cases), non-warranty repair service for things like tire tube change, and full training included with purchase. I totally understand why an enthusiast community such as this would care a lot more about raw specs at all costs, but you have to remember that the average Joe wanting to pick one of these up for commuting around town is going to put more value in customer support and confidence in QC, especially for something new and somewhat unknown like a EUC. Not everyone is a tinkerer. Range: Yes, current 160Wh models are a drawback in this area. Those of us riding them generally don't need more than that, but more range is certainly something I am personally making a big push for (and is in the works). However, I only advocate for more capacity up to the point that it is not negatively affecting ergonomics. Speaking of enthusiasts, though, there are plenty of us riding Solowheels! I've been at the EUC game for 2.5 years now and I started riding on Airwheel, KingSong 14c, 16b(840Wh) and have ridden many many others. They are all fun, for sure, but there is a lot to be said for ergonomics and something very deeply unique about the balancing aspects of the Solowheel firmware (especially the new version). Once mastered, you develop a much more casual riding stance and it feels more like a bouncy pendulum that you're throwing around beneath you. It's more like it's connected to your body whereas other wheels feel like you're balancing on a small perfectly flat platform with a rigid stance. The drawback is that uneven surface and drop offs take a bit more skill to manage, but like anything, you get used to it. The new version has stiffer pedals than before, and there is no issue of pedals dipping into the ground. It's certainly a matter of preference, so those who are used to "stiff" firmware are naturally going to be more resistant to this concept. But there are some very real advantages - wonderful ones that I would have trouble giving up altogether. Anyone in Seattle is more than welcome to stop by and say hi! I host fairly regular meetups on Sundays. All brands are welcome, so come and geek out with me and the rest of the crew. https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeattleEUC/
  3. Update: While we are still awaiting final staging information that will include an exact meeting location and time, I have some updates to share with you to help you prepare for this year's parade. When: Sunday June 25th, late morning thru afternoon Where: Downtown Seattle Theme: Indivisible What To Wear We will have a limited number of pride themed T-shirts available for those who need them, however we strongly encourage you to get creative with your look! Because we represent a business, we will have some signage to show the crowd who we are, but we also want to remember that we are here to represent the spirit of the event and give them a good show. Dial it up to 11 to stand out, otherwise we are perceived as "another corporate float." As you can imagine, rainbows are very popular, so you can't go wrong with that. Be bold, make it fun. There is a rumor going around we might have a drag queen among us this year.. If you have any questions about this or want to see if we have a shirt in your size, don't hesitate to contact us. The Plan Of course we will be riding our Solowheels along the route! The day begins in a designated staging area. The time spent here waiting to filter into the parade route can be the lengthiest period of the whole event, and the actual parade procession can last around an hour. The parade procession will periodically slow down to a stop which will provide us a chance to circulate within our area. This might be a good chance for groups of us to perform coordinated formations or tricks. Stay tuned for more details, and please spread the word amongst any friends that would want to ride with us! Contact me if you have any questions.
  4. Just to clarify: the WA state law allows us not only on sidewalks, but also residential streets. Bike lanes are more of a grey area. Lots of us ride there with not much balking from cyclists though, and most will agree we should ride where we match speed with others.
  5. Just a reminder for those in the PNW! We are starting to get a good local response for interested riders. Be sure to add yourself to the email list so we know what to expect as we plan. I Want To Ride With Solowheel Seattle In the 2017 Pride Parade!
  6. Hey Vik. Inventist hasn't always done a stellar job of maintaining their website, as you can see! The Scorpion is currently available through their dedicated official US retailer (Solowheel Seattle), which brings me to your next point: I'm not employed directly through Inventist. I run the retail side of things in Seattle where we have a brick and mortar shop. Does that make me biased? Well, it depends on how you look at it. If you've been around for over a couple years and check my history and profile, you'll find I've ridden most of the major wheels out there, and spend my first year riding Airwheel and King Song (14c, 16b) exclusively. I actually switched to Solowheel as my daily driver well before I even knew there was an opportunity for employment. As far as Solowheel's future, I guess you'll just have to stay tuned as it doesn't sound like you'll take my word for it. There is a lot in development as you'll find out before too long. P.S. I sold out of the first batch of Scorpions, but it can be ordered direct from us (shipped directly to customer) before we get the next batch in our store. Sorry I've been swamped! I'll be back with the goods ASAP.
  7. Just FYI: WA state has had a law specifically covering EUCs since summer 2015, and it allows us on sidewalks and residential streets. For those looking to do something similar in your state use this an an example! http://app.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Session Laws/House/1884.SL.pdf
  8. Inventist quotes up to 12mi. For my city, I am setting expectations a little lower due to our topography. I'll take some photos for you comparing them to the other Solowheels tomorrow.
  9. Solowheel Seattle is organizing what we hope will be one of, if not THE largest group rides in the US. (Have any of the regional groups attempted something like this yet?) This will be our second year as a contingent in the Seattle Pride Parade, and let me tell you, last year was incredible. Pride celebrations in Seattle are among the biggest events in the city year round. We are talking half a million spectators cheering as you ride down the middle of 4th Ave in downtown. If you've never been to a pride parade before - rest assured straight allies are extremely welcome. You will see lots of families/kids in the parade and also as spectators- it is considered a family friendly event by Seattle standards. Mostly, the spirit of the event is about being comfortable with yourself, being accepting of others, and most of all: celebration. Our budget is mostly spent on the entry fee, so our impact will be in number of riders, not a decked out float. I would like to encourage riders to join us not just from the Seattle area, but anyone who can make travel arrangements as well. All you need is a EUC ( Solowheel brand not required ) and an open mind! I will be posting more details as they are available, but if you are interested and would like to join us, please sign up in the following link so I can get you on the event email list: I Want To Ride With Solowheel Seattle In the 2017 Pride Parade!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. This was way too much fun this year:
  13. Hey there! Where did you hear Solowheel stopped their weekly meetups? We still meet every week, Sunday at noon. The shop is on Westlake now. I'll be there this week.
  14. @Rakesh Shah Who was your seller? What you show in your video is definitely not a Solowheel. It looks like a generic wheel. Are you using "solowheel" as a general term for electric unicycles?
  15. I already own the KS16 (two or so weeks of riding now) and honestly the performance was really really similar in the conditions we were riding. Very similar ride mode response and pedal stiffness. Similar feeling of power and acceleration. It was easy for me to keep up with him. The thing we all noticed was that the ACM had a subtle but noticeable smoothness especially when accelerating. I've heard it said before and I can add to the consensus there! It was a total pleasure to ride and would be very happy with it had I chosen it. However, if I had to decide all over again I'd still pick the KS16. That trolly handle is a godsend, and I never want to resort to tacking I something ugly. The KS pedals are a little better, and so are the lights. Speakers aren't a big deal. I'd enthusiastically recommend ACM to anyone leaning in that direction though.