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Inmotion V5F+ review

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Did already anybody drive the V5 in the rain? In germany it´s raining since days now without a break. Well I am getting nervous with my milage hanging around at 155km... What about the sealing of the V5? 3 days left for till my trip to sardinia - I don´t want to risk the health of my wheel by driving it in exessive rain so close to my holidays!

But there are some Ingress portals which I should fill up with XM :P Still need some portal keys for remote maintenance...

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5 minutes ago, Fahrtwind said:

Did already anybody drive the V5 in the rain? In germany it´s raining since days now without a break. Well I am getting nervous with my milage hanging around at 155km... What about the sealing of the V5? 3 days left for till my trip to sardinia - I don´t want to risk the health of my wheel by driving it in exessive rain so close to my holidays!

Well IM wheels are classed at IP55 (Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction, limited ingress protection) so unless you'll drive it through the deep large puddles or river ford you shall be OK. Though I'd probably try to make some "rain coat" for it from some sturdy clear soft plastic (like the one used on covers for baby prams). Get the larger sheet(s) of it, cut to size and heat-join the edges to create slip-over sleeve. You'll still have some water sprinkle coming up the casing from the spinning tire but that's low pressure and most of the falling rain water will get deflected by the cover. 

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12 minutes ago, Fahrtwind said:

Did already anybody drive the V5 in the rain?

IP55, (protected against dust and low pressurewater jest from any direction - limited ingress possible) suggests rain should be OK but not deep puddles. When I reviewed my test ride of the V5F+, the one thing that occurred to me after I wrote it was the touch on/off switch. How well that does not see water on it as it being touched would be my main concern. Hopefully it either has no effect or the firmware will not shut down if the wheel is actually moving?

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2 minutes ago, HEC said:

Well IM wheels are classed at IP55 (Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction, limited ingress protection) so unless you'll drive it through the deep large puddles or river ford you shall be OK. Though I'd probably try to make some "rain coat" for it from some sturdy clear soft plastic (like the one used on covers for baby prams). Get the larger sheet(s) of it, cut to size and heat-join the edges to create slip-over sleeve. You'll still have some water sprinkle coming up the casing from the spinning tire but that's low pressure and most of the falling rain water will get deflected by the cover. 

HEC, the water thrown to the inner casing by the spinning tire is my biggest worry! If you run fast on a wet street with little puddles, you get jets of water. The area where the two half of inner shells connect is an area where water could enter the casing, right? Time will tell. A tear down after some weeks in winter time will show up problems with leaks.

The protection bag I own is also a little protection against rain...

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4 minutes ago, Keith said:

 How well that does not see water on it as it being touched would be my main concern. Hopefully it either has no effect or the firmware will not shut down if the wheel is actually moving?

No it does not shut down while there is any kind of balancing activity. Sometimes I leave a foot on the pedal an tried to switch of the wheel. With some light movements you are not able to switch of the wheel off wether by wheel button nor the App power button. I guess rain won´t be able to shut down the wheel as well...

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11 minutes ago, Keith said:

How well that does not see water on it as it being touched would be my main concern. Hopefully it either has no effect or the firmware will not shut down if the wheel is actually moving?

Apart of not being able to switch off the wheel while in move / use the switch requires actual finger to be present and water droplets will not activate the sensor.

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I also drove in rain recently and everything was fine. Touch button works even when wet and water doesn't shut the wheel down. As others pointed out, it cannot be turned off while driving which makes lot of sense. Imagine driving to tunnel trying to turn lights on without stoping and suddenly it shuts down because you left your finger there just a second too long.   

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That low angle perspective gives the illusion of higher speed [peril] than at head height, good for videos... 

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On 8/3/2016 at 9:42 AM, Fahrtwind said:

Did already anybody drive the V5 in the rain? In germany it´s raining since days now without a break.

Living in Luxembourg, so same rain here. After riding in the rain I found the most problematic is how to hold the umbrella sufficiently ahead of you so you don't get soaked at 20-25kmh. Otherwise I had no problems!! :-) 

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I wonder, does Inmotion app show accurate mileage? It says I already have 348 Km. I mean it might be possible, I drive it every day, but it still seems like a lot.  

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Is it possible to increase the top speed to 27 or 30 kph in the newest firmware? I'd like to have a litte more cruise speed without tiltback for commuting, I guess it would kick in later with the higher top speed?

(I haven't installed the app on this phone yet but it asked for all kinds of permissions, why does it need all that access, inmotion must be collecting who, when, where and how their wheels are being used?)

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So since yesterday i'm also a proud Owner of a V5F+.Ordered from @Jason McNeil on Saturday.Perfect and very quick Service.Great...I directly charged it for a first ride,

but when the charging was nearly finished, we got a Thunderstorm and lots of Rain until the Night .:(

So today is the Day....or not...because when i finished Work it starts raining again and still is raining.........:(:(

I did just some short tryouts last night and this morning and the Wheel feels great already.So hopefully tommorow will be my Day for a long Ride......:D

 

 

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I started with about 40 psi (35-45 is printed on the tire) but a week ago I pumped it to 75 psi and at first it felt  hard but now I got used to it and using my knees better to absorb shocks, I'll probably keep it around 70.

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21 minutes ago, nomad said:

I started with about 40 psi (35-45 is printed on the tire) but a week ago I pumped it to 75 psi and at first it felt  hard but now I got used to it and using my knees better to absorb shocks, I'll probably keep it around 70.

70?! That sounds extreme......

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7 hours ago, Paddylaz said:

@Fahrtwind @Rehab1 @houseofjob etc, what psi do you guys roll (literally) with? 

Hi @Paddylaz I'm using 40 PSI and it feels good .

And happy happy , we got 2 dry Days ,so i could try my new Baby....

Yesterday 23km on Roads and today 18 km in the Woods.The Wheel feels really good . I only had the Problem with hurting Feet .Yesterday much more than today.

Like when you just start EUC riding.I don't have this with the NB1 anymore so i think i need to get used to the Paddles.

 

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@Paddylaz I am using 40 Psi also! It feels comfortable for me on uneven ways with stones and roots. Currently I am driving on Sardinia. You don't want the tire to be pumped up too hard on these streets!

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