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  1. Broken Motor Axle

    Or buy a new motor with the hub and wires already on it. If you are paying shop time for labor you'll be way ahead with a new motor. Just make sure that the motor is compatible with the existing board. The replacement motor they sent was not compatible with my one year old board so I had to replace both board and motor.
  2. Iwant to travel thousand of miles by unicyle

    Coast to Coast on a wheel! I want to do it. Good route planning, a support vehicle, and a couple long range wheels is all you need. Could be done in a month. Has anyone done a coast to coast yet? If not it's a matter of time. Sponsor me.
  3. Burning Man and Wheels

    I am back and both the wheel and I are alive. Well aged, but alive. First a couple of observations. This was an amazing year for playa conditions. The surface was smooth almost everywhere. Even the dust berms where only as bad as freshly shifted flour. Anything with wheels had no problem going most anywhere. Another observation, one wheels dominated the electric wheel count. Not surprising since they market for soft and dusty conditions. The big fat wheel is not the way to go though. It's a dust plow and I have seen plenty of them nose down and toss the rider. As far as the number of electric unicycles present, very, very, few. I only saw one ninebot once around a plug and play camp in the city. There were a few various brands around the airport. In my mind I can't imagine getting around burning man on a bike anymore. I went down every street a couple of times and all over the deep playa. It was a hot year and the wheel did great. I wouldn't think any wheel would overheat because it's so flat. Here are my thoughts for future years for typical conditions: A 14 inch wheel is probably to small. Rutty roads need a bigger wheel. 18" is ideal. A useful range of 20 miles between charges is plenty. A high top speed is not that important. Anything faster than 10 mph is frowned upon and not necessary. Think of it as riding around a busy city plaza with pedestrians and bikes everywhere. EUC's will ruin Burning Man next year. Pics coming soon.
  4. Burning Man and Wheels

    That dust is truly bad news and I've had bikes ruin their bearings after only a week. I'll be taking my KS14C 640WH wheel. A bit small but lots of range. It's my extra wheel that I just rebuilt. Crossing my fingers that it makes it. Should be a good playa year with smooth surface most places. I don't expect overheating to be a problem. Temps in the 80s mostly and no hill climbing. Personal mobility devices have always been allowed. Historically they've been the tiny chainsaw scooters. No, I don't ride slow. I always wanted to learn to ride a manual unicycle. To damn hard though. Circus camp gives lessons all week, maybe it's time. As far as being distracted, it's only for a couple days. After Tuesday you stop noticing the naked yoga classes across the road. My camp is running a generator. They won't miss a couple amps. Charging shouldn't be a problem. I'll come back with a report on how it went, if I survive.
  5. Burning Man and Wheels

    This is Burning Man.
  6. Burning Man and Wheels

    I will be bringing one of my electric unicycles to Burning Man this year. I've been 8 times but I have never actually seen one there. I know that there are a few that have made it to Black Rock city. Looking for some first hand experience on how it worked out for you. I'm am most interested in how they do toward the end of the week when the dust gets deep. Did you keep riding or did you give up? Any lasting effects with the dust. Be glad to meet anyone out there for a ride.
  7. KS16S vs KS14C initial impressions. NOT a review.

    It is definitely challenging to start up on any degree of incline. Once it gets going there is plenty of power. It is like taking off in 3rd gear. Had a chance to try out a couple other brands. The 16" V8 does not have a sluggish start or any of the 18" Solowheels I was able to try. Turn up the initial starting torque. Starting on your tiptoes with a full lean while you wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, it's starting to move, glad I didn't tip over, now it's rolling, is not a good thing. I let a couple experienced riders try the 16S. 'Once it gets going...' Is a comment I heard more than once.
  8. KS16S vs KS14C initial impressions. NOT a review.

    I just rode 30 miles today. I climbed a bunch of hills. Still have plenty of range left in the battery. my initial impressions haven't changed much. The 16S rides much stiffer then the 14C but I'm getting used to it. Things I don't quite like is that it starts and accelerates slowly compared to the less powerful 14C. It does not like starting on inclines. Hopefully the sluggish starts will be addressed in upcoming firmwear updates. There is not enough peddle input. Going up a hill requires aggressive forward lean, to the point you will nearly fall off to maintain speed or accelerate. Same on your heels going downhill or when breaking. I am able to compensate by forcing the body of the wheel forward or back by squeezing my legs, but that is a lot of effort. It climbs well after you adjust your riding style to use the clamp of death to force a lean. The 16S travels distance much better than the 14. Better on nearly all terrain. Very stable at speed. Tilt back is not concerning when it happens. I am liking the 16S much better the more I ride it.
  9. King Song 14C 800W 680Wh - Broken

    I just installed a new motor and am waiting on a new 40 amp fuse to see if all is good. Hope I can avoid replacing the motherboard.
  10. King Song 14C 800W 680Wh - Broken

    I just got a replacement motor for my 14C. The axle looks the same as original in material and fabrication. I will be doing a dye test to check for cracks. Plan to repeat crack check every few months. Another thing I've heard is that there was a recent wiring change to accommodate a circuit board update. Make sure the motor that's shipped connects to the board you have. Otherwise you will have to update the circuit board too.
  11. KS16S vs KS14C initial impressions. NOT a review.

    The 14C peddle side slope angle measures about 10 degrees, the16S measures near 7 degrees. Both are fairly pronounced. The KingSong's have a stiff ride. More responsive but harder on the lower legs. After you toughen up its no longer a concern. The only other wheel I have ever demo'ed was a SoloWheel. It felt like somewhere between skiing deep powder and dancing on a waterbed. Weirdly comfortable but not quite right.
  12. I just got my KS16S up and running. These are my initial impressions of the KS16S as it compares to my KS14C. I've only put a couple miles on the 16 so let's not call this a review. A little background. I rode the 14C 800 watt motor with 640 watt hour battery a few thousand miles in the last year. I commute with it 25 miles a day most days. I use it for errands. I almost forgot how to walk. It did most everything well. Some things not so well. It was a little small for the rougher sections of the commute and tended to overheat on the hills. If it didn't break I would still be ridding it. The 16S rides like a KingSong. Most of the difference is just because it's a bigger wheel. The 16S is a lot heavier than the 14C. The 16 weighs 37.2 lbs on my bathroom scale vs 30 lbs for the 14. It turns tighter then expected. At angles the 14 would scrape peddles the 16 still clears the ground. The 14 is still way more maneuverable as expected but the 16 is no slouch. I keep expecting to drag a peddle and have to step off but it hasn't happened yet. The 14 peddles are notoriously slippery. The 16 peddles have grip tape to the other extreme, might as well be Velcro. You have to lift your foot completely off to reposition. I didn't notice much difference in the feel of the padding. The 16 is wider but it doesn't feel that different from the 14. Cons so far and these may change as I gain experience on the 16: peddles feel too short. Riding up or down a steep slope feels like I need more peddle or I am going to tip off the front or back. I feel I need more leverage to stop and go; Perceived lack of torque. The 16 had problems starting up a hill that the 14 could easily start up on. Once going the 16 with 1200 watts easily powered up what the 14 struggled with. The bigger wheel is more stable at speed. Bad sidewalks are so much more rideable. Curbs with the bigger wheel do not feel easier to yet. Overall I think I am going to like the 16S for commuting.
  13. KingSong KS 16S

    That was the solution. Thanks.
  14. KS16S Serial Number Issue

    First of first of all thanks to user May for the contact email for KingSong support. flora@szkingsong.com was the support contact for KingSong. This contact is not listed anywhere I could find. All communications was in English over the WeChat app. Flora's English is better than mine. She should write the user manual. I was sent an android app and instructions in word format. The app is in Chineese. Thankfully the instructions are in English. Flora stated the iPhone app is buggy and that they are working on it. Screenshot of the app. . The line starting with KS16... is the serial number field. You want to change this to match the serial number sticker on the peddles of your wheel. I can't read Chineese but it looks like you can change more than the serial number field. Screenshot of the instructions. The app searches for and connects to the wheel. You must connect through the app. Just follow step one instructions. I have not been asked by KingSong to keep the app private. The fix is being pushed out to affected distributors to send to those needing it. Hopefully it is a small number. I don't know if the app can override speed settings to stupid levels or cause it to brick so I am reluctant to be responsible for the wide distribution of it.
  15. KS16S Serial Number Issue

    All fixed. Thanks KingSong. You need a special app to set the serial number. I will be posting a follow up with the steps it took after I get back from my first ride.
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