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I've been riding my msuper daily for 6 months, putting 2000km on the odometer. The only issue I ran into was the pedals coming loose after about 1000km - it took a few hard falls which probably caused/worsened the issue, as well as breaking some screw mounts and cracking a side panel. I confess I rode it with the telltale wobble for several hundred km before deciding to open it up and see if I could do something about it, creating much more of a mess for myself than if I'd done something sooner. The nuts and shims were loose and rusted, and the axle was slightly rounded where the shims grip it; I cleaned everything off and put it back together encased in JB weld. - no problems since. I used 2 part 5-minute epoxy for the cracked side panel, and sugru to fill in some chipped-away bodywork. Zip ties account for the fact that a couple of the screw mounts and half the handle were damaged in crashes, and help to take strain off those that remain. Patched up as it is, it still runs like new. I added grip tape to the pedals which made a dramatic improvement in handling. I designed and 3D printed a clip-on fender for it to address the exposed wheel, and now I feel like Mary Poppins when I glide along with an umbrella. I started with the generic airwheel knockoff that everyone here is familliar with, and immediately fell in love with EUC's in general. It took me a few days to learn, and I had bruised shins for a solid month while I learned to ride smoothly. I upgraded to an msuperv2 with 850wh within 2 weeks, and started using it as my daily commuter - about 5km miles each way. Depending on my route, I'll go up capitol hill, which is about 300 meters of 6% grade which the msuper effortlessly devours, along with the 8% grade hill my house sits on. I get 3 days of commuting plus short errand runs before the charge drops to 30%, which is where it starts to feel "mushy" and gives me warning beeps as it stumbles over bumps that it normally pops over. This gives me about a 35km useful range with another 10km in reserve riding conservatively. I'm 190cm tall/80kg and ride pretty aggressively, with hills, lots of slowing down and speeding up to pass people without scaring them, and lots of taking off hard from red lights to try and beat the next one; so I'm very impressed with only having to charge it for ~4 hours every 3 days. Given the amount of space in the electronics "bulkhead," I'd like to try and build in a USB port or even a 12V cigarette lighter socket that I could run an inverter off of. Six months in, I still get comments every time I take it out. I work in downtown DC, and see plenty of tourists. My favorite is gliding by a convoy of segways on a tour of DC, momentarily hijacking everyone's attention from their tour guide. I saw someone roll by on a ninebot while I was at work one day, and just yesterday had my first mutual encounter when I passed an ACM going the other direction in the bike lanes. By its rider's face, he was as excited as I was! I've gotten only 2 negative comments, "It's a sidewalk " , which confused me because there were cyclists going by in both directions and the guy only took issue with me, and "you're gonna kill someone," which kinda bugs me because that someone would most likely be me. Otherwise, just curiosity and fascination, especially from kids and tour groups. Cops have never had any issue with it, just curiosity and the occasional nod. Sugru, not the battery liner showing: With the fender: The milestone!
I've done it! My wheel is finally being used as intended as my means of getting to and from work. No falls or unwanted step-offs for the whole journey. I got off once by intention to cross a busy bridge (4km into the journey on the charts) with a narrow sidewalk. When things get narrow I still get wobbly so this was a good move for now. A mistake here means a 6" drop into a busy road with little room for drivers to avoid me. The only other times I stopped was for a crosswalk signal (7km into the charts) and another crosswalk near the end. I used some street furniture to keep balance as I waited so no need to put my feet on the ground. The first 4km was on quiet roads (the high constant speed section in the charts), the rest was on waterfront mixed use paths (the variable speed middle bit), dedicated bike paths (last high speed section) and USF SP campus (final variable speed section). This is my first long ride and I have to say everything is pretty much perfect even with the oppressive heat and humidity (Feels like 97F, 36C, 74% humidity). My research on my gear really paid off. The Giro Switchblade was supremely comfortable and felt like my old motorcycle helmet on my head rather than a bike helmet. It inspired confidence and I loved it. It was not hot at all which was my hope given that I'm just standing around on my EUC rather than pedaling up a mountain like many of the previous helmet reviewers who complained of heat are. I wore all my G-Form protective compression gear (shorts, shirt, elite knee and elbow pads) and with my work clothes over the top you could only just see the elbow pads poking from below my rolled shirt sleeves. I was a little sweaty when I arrived but much better than expected and most of that came from the few minutes I was outside work in the heat with no airflow over me. The G-Form gear is highly breathable and ultra comfortable. I forgot I had it on. The Flex-meters were also very comfy. I will review the G-Form gear one I have had a bit more time with it but so far...5 star for comfort, certified protection, and breathability. Started 8:37 AM Ended 9:06 AM (erm late!) Conditions: 86F (30C), Feels Like 97F (36C), Humidity 74% (WTF!) Total distance: 8.74 km Max Speed: 20.37 kph (tiltback currently set to 20 kph) Average Speed: 15.53 kph Start Voltage: 84.24v, 100% End Voltage: 80.73v, 87% Max Wheel Temp: 37C Here are some graphs of the journey. One peak on the power chart exceeded the Y axis boundary (7km into the charts). It went up to 1200W briefly. This was just after I pushed off of a lamp post I had been using to support me waiting for a crosswalk signal and I lost balance a little as I got started causing a sudden movement that the wheel compensated for by exceeding nominal output. What has impressed me most is the battery consumption. I admit I'm only running at 2/3 max speed and my journey is very smooth with little change in speed once I'm cruising and with no hills at all but 13% consumption for a 9km journey is wonderful for a V8. This is of course my first ride of many and I expect real usage to be more than this (note the first portion of the journey the wheel was over 84v so reading 100% for a while). Huge thanks to @palachzzz for producing a version of WheelLog for InMotion wheels. Being an Android user I was pained that I would miss out on detailed metrics and wonderfully this version appeared right before I was about to start using my wheel in earnest. Anyway, I really must do some work. Who am I kidding. I'm way too high!
Hello everybody! I was recently introduced to the forum by @Marty Backe through his you tube channel (thank you!) and I've been reading posts like crazy . A little bit of background about me. I live in Arlington, VA (about 15 min away from Washington DC) and I'm a college student and a business owner of a pet sitting company (https://www.idogdc.com/). I'm interest in finding a more efficient way to move a lot around the city from house to house for work than a car and to combine/substitute it with the metro (subway) as its not very reliable and moving through the city by car and finding parking can be a nightmare. 1. Do you think this is the most efficient way to travel around the city from client to client without having to require a car and the hassles that come with owning one?? (gas, insurance, parking, tickets...) 2. How long did it take you to learn how to ride it? I'm a pretty thin but tall guy at around 6'4" and even though I only weight 180 lbs (approx. 80 kg) I'm looking to bulk up and start eating a bit more healthy after I'm done with school and I'm aiming for the 190 - 200 lbs mark, so the more power the better (I'm looking for something around 50 miles). My shoe size is a 11-12 so again the bigger pedals the better. I narrowed my initial search to the V5F+, V8, ACM and the MSuper V3. First impressions are that the Gotway products look a bit more rigid overall without that flimsy plastic in the body and pedals of the Inmotion that even though I looks nice seems to be a scratch magnet (correct me if I'm wrong). Between the ACM and the MSuper V3 I'm pretty undecided. On one hand the "extra" wheel of the MSuper looks like would be more comfortable and better with pod wholes and in a straight line but its not necessary for moving around the city. The bigger wheel also adds extra weight (don't mind it much) and limits the maneuverability that seen to be better on the ACM, although the built in trolley for the MSuper is a plus! The bigger pedals are a big positive in the MSuper. The ACM body seems to be better against scratches and in my opinion is more visually appealing, that being said how easy is to paint them, specially the horrible red accents on the MSuper? I've seeing videos and the mods and paint jobs of some members but I'm not sure how different it would be for each unicyle. 3. Which one rides better and which one would you recommend me to best fit my needs?@Carlos E Rodriguez and a lot of people recommended the ACM in a previous post (copied here as well) and I know @Marty Backe loves his ACM but he recommended the MSuper for me, thoughs? 4. How would you describe the ride? From the outside it looks like a mix of skiing and biking 5. What seller do you recommend? Thank you in advance guys!!!
Just saw a super inspiring video of 'barefoot' Ted (the ultra-marathon runner) about eWheels: He talks about re-imagining the future of urban transportation. This is what I have been thinking about a lot recently; the amount of cars and big roads is just crazy. Even if all cars would be electric, it still has such a profound impact on how a city looks and how we get around (and traffic jams are not solved by electric cars). I would love to see cities to be more friendly for EUC's instead Imagine, smooth dedicated asphalt paths with bridges and tunnels so there will be few traffic stops -- actually, in Holland there are already many of such bicycle lanes. The EUC though is special, because as Ted says in the video, given its limited speed an maneuverability it fits the human body well and you get the 'flow' -- and if you have flow, you feel happy Here in Washington state, 90% of the electricity is from water dams so the use of a EUC has such a tiny impact on energy compared to any gasoline car. Anyway, just some thoughts -- would love to hear the opinion and vision of others.