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  1. 4 points
    I bought the Monster because I was told it is a good off road unit. It is and it isn't but that could be said for any machine. On the road it is smooth and delightful to ride and will handle any standard hill engineered to drive on. Off road in steep terrain I have found a couple of spots that it just didn't cut it and it wasn't able to climb. I haven't given up just yet as I am not entirely sure if it is the Monster's weakness or my ability to ride it. Downhill, I did try it down some hills that I had to use my hands (and almost knees) to crawl up. Any steeper and they would have been free fall (which I did unintentionally try for short distances:-) The Monster is pretty good at downhill. In mud and soft terrain the Monster is probably better than any other EUC out there but it is still point loaded on one wheel. Unless you go really fast, you can sink really deep:-) Did you notice that the Monster is heavy? Try pulling it out of the mud. Anyway, the top section is hollow and mostly isolated from the remainder of the wheel. The components seem to be hot glued but I doubt that is very effective. The inside of the handle was almost entirely dry. It appears that the sides are where most of the water gains access. I had water all over my control board, so yes I feel very lucky I didn't face plant even more often. The board appears to silicon coated or something similar. I was surprised to see the water coming in through the sides as I had ridden the Monster in fairly heavy rain 15km each way every day for a week when I was in Vancouver and had no issues. I think what happens is that the case flexes under duress and has a different modulus of elasticity then the side panels. This in turn will slightly open and close little gaps around the panels which if timed poorly allow water to get in. This is my theory anyway. My inability to turn off the unit is probably from water in the switch which doesn't seem very water tight. Once it dried all was well. I ended up taping around all of the joints to ensure I have a better seal going forward. I would say the Monster is mostly splash proof now as long as I stay away from the power button. I may tape some cellophane over it later to help that out. I do really like this EUC and hope that it survives my trials.
  2. 3 points
    For no specific reason I investigated the number of posts per month under the different brand names over about the last three month of 2016 (2016/09/05-2016/12/24) and about the first three months in 2017 (2016/12/24-2017/04/11), all of them but Rockwheel went down during this time. Gotway: 699, 359 (51%) Kingsong: 314, 198 (63%) Inmotion: 227, 182 (80%) Ninebot: 157, 134 (85%) IPS: 56, 38 (68%) Solowheel: 7, 2 (29%) Rockwheel: 7, 27(386%) any other: <7, <9
  3. 3 points
    My whole body is starting to stiffen up as I type this Unfortunately there's no video. I was cruising with my Monster to some good tunes on a very nice curvy sidewalk. Probably 15mph max - the tunes were definitely pumping up my speed There was an outside curve that had hedges pruned right up to the edge of the sidewalk. You know where this is going right Just as I was thinking my speed was a tiny bit too fast for the curve and the bushes seemed like they might juuuuust brush my feet - Bam! The left pedal caught, the wheel stopped, and I flew off the right side, twisting as I caught some air. Landed on my right and slid on the adjacent dirt/grass very hard. Kind of knocked the breath out of me and for a couple of seconds I thought that this might be the fall where I break something (something personal, like a bone). I lay there for 15 seconds and then slowly started moving, not wanting to injure something worse in case I was broken. After about 5 minutes of very slow movements I was able to climb back on the Monster (which seemed to be unscathed) and limp home. My right hip, groin, ribs, arm, and shoulder feel like they participated in a Monday Night football game, without my permission. The one positive take away is the reaffirmation to wear full protection when I'm going to be out riding fast. In this case I was wearing a long sleeve shirt, gloves, elbow and knee pads, and my helmet (which I wear even when I'm not going fast). Tomorrow is not going to be fun
  4. 3 points
    https://discord.gg/GJTHZ3r What is Discord? It was originally meant for gamers and real-time voice-chat however it has become very useful for everything else and for text chat purposes as well. For our purposes it's basically "IRC for the 21st century" (as @esaj put it) for euc discussion. It's a real-time group text chat that is "cloud-based" so that you can log on anytime and still see the message history on what you missed while you were offline. The @mention system works wonderfully and the private messaging system works great too. Just click the link at the top to get started. Be aware that, like anything new, it takes time to get the ball rolling with activity. Be the early-adopter and "roll the ball" (I mean wheel). Click this link to go straight to the channel. Thanks to @freetheoranges for suggesting to set up a Discord channel for this forum.
  5. 3 points
    So my Monster took a bit of a beating this weekend. I had a goal to make it to a radio tower at the top of a mountain behind my place. This is a 400m meter climb over some questionable roads but I had it in mind that we would do it (that is me and the Monster). I had tried to get there last weekend but ran into to much snow so ended up turning around. When I returned I found my rear lights no longer worked. As I didn't have time and the Monster was still functional I left it. So this weekend I took the Monster for another assault at the hill. This time success. 10km and 400m very few tumbles for both of us and 28 minutes to success. It was a nice sunny day so I figured I would I tackle the next level take the mountain bike trails back. I wish I had filmed it as it was a series of tumbles and nail bitting down hills. At times I was leaning so far back to slow down that my heals were hitting the ground behind me. I managed to run an couple of freshets and cross a few swamps. Both my self and the Monster were covered in mud and I am not sure what else by the time we hit the bottom an hour and a half later. So I went to shut the EUC down for a well deserved rest and scrub down but it didn't want to shut off. I didn't matter how many times I pushed the power button the Monster had turned into the energizer bunny and it just kept on going. Eventually I just lifted it up and let it free wheel until it auto shut off. So then it was time to dissect and investigate. It turns out that water is able to enter the Monster from many cracks and crevices. I am sure that that was the cause of the shut off issue as I found droplets of water throughout the inside of unit. I have since dried everything, reassembled and taped off all seams. Rear lights still don't work (dealer is working on that with me) but I was very happy with the assembly of my unit (Dec 22 2016 run). All cables and connections were tight and no indication of overheating. One cable had been pinched but this was an easy fix. Anyway some of the pictures are below for those that may be interested:
  6. 3 points
    Amazon ... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0147XEH4K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. 3 points
    If something isn't quite right with a purchase, definitely file a dispute before the deadline. I'd give the seller a chance to remedy the problem, but don't become complacent and forget to file. Also don't cancel the dispute until the issue is resolved. Some sellers will pester you to cancel the dispute, but don't fall into that trap as I believe you cannot reopen the dispute if needed. Submit all video and photo evidence so it is on record. Maybe see what a replacement charger purchased from ewheels would cost including shipping and suggest as an option that the seller refund you the cost to buy a replacement charger locally. Make sure the wheel itself is functioning 100% because you don't want to be preoccupied with a defective charger issue, complete the dispute, and then find out there is something wrong with the wheel.
  8. 2 points
    Hi, I received my v8 that I ordered during the aliexpress 7th anniversary sale. The problem is it won't charge. I've tested in multiple outlets giving it a few hours on each, but the charge isn't going up (on the display or the inmotion app). I've never had to do more than ask sellers on aliexpress to update tracking or confirm shipped, so I was hoping others might be more familiar with the process, and when to move from taking with the seller to filling a dispute. The seller has been responsive up until I provided pictures of it not charging in multiple sockets. Now they seem to be recommending I have it looked at by an electrician. I think there's 15 days from receiving the item to file a dispute, so I'm not too rushed. Shipping it back is not really an option money wise(crazy expensive for the weight from the US). If they want to ship a replacement charger or something it could use up the dispute timeframe quite easily. It sounds like disputes are somewhat like eBay where it's better to file right away, since any chat outside the dispute isn't considered. Is that right, or is it okay to give the seller a few days to come up with a solution? Any advice or experiences would be great. Thanks! Edit - Found a multimeter and the charger brick is just dead, so at least it's not the whole wheel!
  9. 2 points
    Speaking of going up an incline. The video I link to below is well worth watching. Sorry it is Facebook and I can't help that. The individual testing the 16S goes down an very steep slope and then incredibly he goes all the way up the slope again. He estimates a 30 to 31 degree slope. The thing that is extra relevant to this discussion is be sure and look at his feet. He is literally standing on his toes (balls of feet) on the front of the pedals with his heels not even touching in order to get the power he needs to move forward. I thought it was odd when I saw it, but it goes to what @Trucktent is reporting. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingsong/permalink/1233254950083876/ (The video really is worth a watch. Impressive climb.)
  10. 2 points
    Not any practical number to even care about. Them lights are using like ~3W (give or take a watt). Same thing has been discussed earlier around Ninebot One EUC (don't know if I can findt it right now) and measurments were presented there. Consumption was too low so I've never cared about that since.
  11. 2 points
    I personnaly have no experience with an Dispute, so i can not say anything about doing it directly or to wait till the end of time.... But i also would give the seller a Chance before disputing.....how else can he have a Chance to help you? Also: To the Charging: Did you plug in the charger into the wallsocket first -before pluging it into the wheel? For some wheels this is a really important step..... Also i remember i read about some V8 Charge Problems before...perhaps @Jason McNeil has some insight or some tips?
  12. 2 points
    kingsong is doing all, To make their wheels more secure and safer... They use the best Mosfets and boards...thick wires and have a mich better quality than GW... unfortunatly most buyers just and only look out for the best performance...and that's what GW delivers...
  13. 2 points
    I may buy a V8 for errands around town or a little fun night riding. But otherwise I'm firmly embedded in the Gotway camp. My criteria for a wheel is simple At least 30 miles on one charge A minimum speed capability of 20mph A motor powerful enough to climb steep mountain trails Gotway currently has three wheels that meet my criteria, and I own them. KingSong technically meets them, but just barely. I like to be able to ride at 20 - 23mph and still feel like I have margin. Gotway consistently ticks all of my checkboxes. I don't know why KingSong doesn't make any performance wheels that match Gotway. I wish they did.
  14. 2 points
    My handle also broke on an impact in a similar spot as you said it is not the most robust case. There are no hidden screws as such. I just removed the side panels, unplugged the batteries (too much unbridled energy to free by accident) and removed them. It is not really necessary to pull the batteries if they are glued down but it does make it easier to deal with. There are screws on both sides of the top handle that need to be removed and I pulled the inner case on the none control board side ( there are a pile of screws holding it on the pedal but they are easy to get at. The two halves slide together and are easy to slide apart. Removing the little corner tabs gave more access to the inside of the handle. It took me a couple of hours from start to finish as I was looking for any signs of faults in connections and wires. Have fun
  15. 2 points
    I would be very nervous about riding my Monster down such steep hills. With other wheels, not such a problem if you lose control. But with the Monster, it weights so much and is not constructed out of the most toughest of plastics, it doesn't do well when it hits the ground hard. Thanks for the pictures. From a previous crash where the plastic insert in the handle popped out, and the light panel is loose, I need to remove the outer shell to see how I can re-secure things. Do you have any advice for separating the two halves of the shell? Just remove the visible screws and that's it?
  16. 2 points
    There's a saying on this forum somewhere that goes along the lines "there are only two types of EUC rider - those that have already fallen off, and those that are going to fall off". Welcome to the rather non-exclusive club, hope you heal up soon!
  17. 1 point
    There is a similar topic on the Russian EUC forum, and it is gaining popularity due to the frequent contributions of outstanding EUC artist - @Дед62. I got his permission to re-post his work here in the hope that it may inspire other artists and will extend the gallery of our favorite gadget. I believe you will enjoy this creative work. Feel free to post in this topic any other image which you consider to be relevant to "EUC art" Happy EUC Sailor Tricks With Violin Taxi Winter Evening With The Wheel Ambulance Delivery Battle of Kulikovo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo) Parade Beach Towing Services Man and His Friend Icarus Bogatyrs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Vasnetsov) comments from left to right: - ... what a mess... - ... and where is your power plug, Popovitch? ... - ... mongols fricking stole it again... Medieval Tournament London 1920 The Moving Guy Burlaks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barge_Haulers_on_the_Volga) all praises go to @Дед62
  18. 1 point
    oh for sure - nothing beats common sense and safe practice
  19. 1 point
  20. 1 point
    Does the LED in your charger shine in red/green color when you plug it in (without V8 connected)? Or does it stay unlit? In my V8, the charger works even if I plug in the charger to wheel first and then connect the mains plug. I usually do this on my e-vehicles to prevent sparking in the charge connector.
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    Now I know what happened. The name is not good. It suggests connotations of fire. After the hoverboard fires, maybe they changed the name or went out of business. IPS seems a good name, after you research it. Intelligent something something. That is my problem with IPS. I can never remember what all the letters stand for! They seem to make good wheels, but geez. Gotway seems good at first glance. As does Kingsong. Ninebot sounds futuristic, but is ambiguous. Inmotion is a good name.
  23. 1 point
    I think makes sense to be latched only!! This way the signal may have less noise than other way.
  24. 1 point
    like on all wheels the packs are configured in parallel...and so charge parallel. have to be so, cause the voltage of different packs is not allowed to be different, so that you can not charge only one! you can use a charge doctor with to inputs, to use 2 chargers, or just use a self made parallel connection, which puts 2 chargers together, and then use 2 "paralleld" chargers. or even more.... and like said ...all KS and Gw wheels are with thick enough wire, to stand a 5 Amp charge.....only if you go higher the charge wires in the wheel have to be changed.
  25. 1 point
    Welcome! Riding EUCs is amazing but the manufacturers specifications are far from reality... Personally I wouldn't recommend the V5F+ over 80kg, I think it won't be so strong for you.. You need more power at the bare minimum 800W preferably 1200W or more. I have this wheel since July I'm about 70kg and if I put on a 10kg backpack it starts to feel a bit weak. I would call it a comfortable 20 km/h cruising speed +/-3 km/h (tiltback is agressive from 23-25 km/h, alarm goes off at 25 km/h). I get about 30km range down to 25% battery level, I don't ride below that if I can help it. I can go 35-40km max but then I ride carefully the last 5-10km. In lower temperatures lithium batteries will give you less range, it drops off pretty fast below 5°C. Also as the batteries age some capacity will be gradually lost over time. The range for your weight will be less and it's winter soon.. It's a great high quality wheel but I think for your weight it's lacking power and range. If you can hold out a couple of months the Kingsong KS16S is coming out it should be great with 1200W. If you can't wait the current KS16 is a good option too with a good internal trolley handle solution. And price should be lower as the new model will take over soon. Gotway ACM is another option with more power and speed but trolley is not great.. Inmotion V8 is a very nice wheel but range for your weight is lacking and I think it's a little too tall (can't fit under the legs on the train). There's also the new KS14D but again the range will be lacking and from what I saw the trolley on it seems a bit too short, it seems designed for the shorter chinese and kids if they don't improve on that part. That's my shortlist of the more portable wheels... For all EUC specifications don't count on getting much more than about 50% range and 80% speed from the stated values. Of course for a first wheel you can get something cheaper.. Riding these things might not be your cup of tea. But pretty much everyone who goes for it loves it! However the high end models have a steep price tag. Wheelgo is a great european reseller highly recommended by the way also Speedyfeet very popular. Most riders who get a cheap wheel then upgrade after a couple of months already, so in my opinion get something good from the start and have a nicer experience. Whatever you ride stay around and wear protective gear!