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  1. 14 points
    A quick spin on the new Rockwheel GT16 @captainwells just received his new GT16 and was gracious enough to allow me to ride it for 6-7 miles. Periodically we ride the Southern California beach together and as I was riding out to meet him he said that he got his Rockwheel GT16 (ordered in early March) and was wondering if I wanted to see it. "Are you kidding me" So I dropped my 1300wh ACM off at his house and took the GT16 for a nice long ride down the Strand and associated paths. He rode his KingSong 16S (which I got to also ride on the return leg). These are my initial observations. I, like many people, really like the looks of this wheel. It may not be as practical in less sunny climates as Southern California due to the very exposed wheel. But it has the cool factor going on. As previously observed, the slide out mud guard also rubs on this wheel, so it appears to be designed that way. If you slide it halfway in it no longer rubs. The pedals are not floppy (@Rehab1 will like this), but they are small. On the other hand during my 7 mile ride my feet felt comfortable. My feet feel less comfortable when riding 7 miles on my KS14C. They have a soft rubber layer (not coating) that was half attached on one of the pedals. Maybe that contributes to the comfort level. But I suspect they might be very slippery when wet. Again, no problemo in Southern California Also as mentioned elsewhere, the two rubber pads are not attached on the top. They flop away from the wheel easily. Very odd. We can't see what purpose leaving them not attached could be. But they are very comfortable on the legs. My only reference for this wheel is the ACM. The GT16 weighs substantially less and looks much smaller. Yet it is a 16 inch wheel and the tire is just as wide as the ACM. I did observe that the tire tread is much less aggressive than the ACM, which isn't particularly aggressive. Relating it to bicycles, the tire looks more like a road tire (smooth tread in the middle). The power button is under the handle and below the surface of the soft top plastic. So it's fully water proof. It's location is a good thing because like many other early wheels, it turns on and off instantly at the press of the button. So you wouldn't want to accidentally bump the switch while you were riding. Most other wheels require you to press and hold for a second or two before they turn on or off. Now the fun part, how does it ride? Fast, very fast. And extremely nibble. I have to say, I loved riding this wheel. It feels like it has all the oomph (that's a technical term) of the ACM, but since it's lighter, it feels like a faster accelerator. The ACM is a 'dense' wheel and sticks to the pavement, making it feel like a very stable wheel. The GT16 does not feel like a stable wheel, but in a very good way. It handles like a 14 inch wheel. But here's the thing, and I'm not sure why this should be, but it feels much smoother than a comparable nimble wheel. When I rode the KS16S on the return it also felt very nimble, but was noticeably less controllable than the GT16. It's very responsive (no pedal dipping). Those of you who don't like the relative softness of the Gotway wheels will love the GT16. I do. We rode to the end of the beach path where there's a very steep path to the upper parking lots. It's a good test. The GT16 flew up the hill. And since there's not a lot of history with this wheel I wasn't trying to really push it. But I was able to accelerate up the hill and it felt very perky in the process. Much perkier than the ACM. We'll have to take the GT16 into the mountains to really test it's raw power, but my impression is that it may out perform the ACM. Of course I have no idea whether it's prone to overheating, or whether it's reliable. But I really like riding this wheel - it's a blast. There's one oddity that @captainwells first observed and you may be able to hear it in the video. The wheel emits the typical whine that you expect from these powerful wheels, and my impression is that it's a lower pitched whine compared to the Gotway. But, in addition to the whine there is a very noticeable crackling sound. The best analogy that we can come up with is the cracking sound that you hear from high tension power lines. We joked that we hoped that there weren't a bunch of sparks going on inside the wheel I have to say that now I really want to buy this wheel. But I'm married, so you know where this is going. I have four really nice wheels, none of which I would want to swap for the GT16. So somehow I have to subtly purchase it without making her think that I've lost my mind Does anyone really need 5 very nice wheels (I'm looking at you @captainwells)? Of course @captainwells has a lot more time on the wheel than I do, and he can talk about the app and such things. So if you have more questions he may chime in. I may let him break it in for a few weeks, and if it doesn't explode (that crackling sound) I'll most likely be pulling the trigger
  2. 4 points
    Although a dated post I have some timeless shipping tips (experience gained by being on eBay since 1998). A few times over the years I have sold large vintage electronics on eBay and had to ship them (usually NYC). Some tips: - Use a very large box for shipping. The bigger the box the more padding you can use. - Make sure to use padding on all sides. Since this is more a pancake shape, your packing will be more like a clam shell. - Use two plastic trash bags. Put the naked EUC into one bag. Seal that bag tight. Use the other bag to enclose the EUC and packing. The reason for this is to protect the machine from water, rain, or even cigarette smoker damage. Considering the value I would use three to four bags. - Using your cell (mobile) take many pics of the sold EUC (including with it on and a video of you riding it), the packing material, and the EUC all packed up. If you have a current newspaper take pics with it in the background. (Yeah, just like proof of life when paying ransom). This is to support an insurance claim. Tip: If you have an original receipt or proof of purchase, all the better, but that's not necessary to make a claim. - Take a pic of the box sealed with tape and the address label. - When insuring do NOT insure for the selling price, in a way "over insure" so you can get your money and expenses back. I insure for what it would cost me to replace the item damaged or lost. - Before shipping check your shipping company's web page on making an insurance claim. See what they require in terms of proof so you have everything ready in the event you need to make a claim. (Of course save your shipping receipt, copy of the mailing label, and your pics. Keep all this in one spot in your house. Do this out of habit so you don't have to spend hours looking for the stuff later.) - Mark on all sides with felt pen or labels "FRAGILE." You can also mark "this end up." Sometimes I apply stickers that say "THIS END UP." - You can use your computer and MS Word to make your own labels. Apply to the box with clear tape. - I like to send the buyer copies of my pics showing the item carefully packed. This is helpful in deterring a buyer from claiming false damage so he can work you for a discount. If he thinks you have your sh*t together he won't try to pull something. - Like others suggested, visit your local electronics store, or even someone who sells appliances. If asked nicely they will let you pull out from recycle all kinds of quality packing foam. - Do NOT ever ever ever NEVER use those packing peanuts (aka "popcorn") That stuff is useless to perform a quality packing job. - Tape on the bag containing the EUC a sign that says "DO NOT USE BLADED DEVICE TO OPEN" - again, you don't want them slashing the tire or case, blaming you, then asking for a discount. - Repeat: The bigger the box the better. Don't try to get a box where you are trying to shape it to the EUC. A large rectangle box works well. - I don't know about your area, but here in San Francisco, California UPS has the best rates for shipping large packages. Our USPS has the highest rates. - Of course, be careful of scammers. Make sure you have cash in hand, or wait until you have cash in hand, before even thinking about shipping something. Scammers are everywhere so be careful. end
  3. 3 points
    Here you can see one that had crimped connectors(not damaged a bit) and where the wires melt.... And the hill was btw inside the GW recommendations :-) can't it also be a personal experience to have read a lot about certain failures and recommend by this knowledge? I guess different opinions are much wanted in Forums.... And yes....every brand has it's own Problems. Some are more or less actual...some others are even not any more existant and have been fixed. So perhaps best would be to buy one of each wheel brands...than you have the best of all worlds
  4. 3 points
    The pedals are thin, not small I would say. If you measure them against MSuper pedals, the length is the same, but the MSuper pedals are ~1/2" wider. 3 weeks of riding my GT16 in quite a bit of rain in NYC, no issue with slip. The pedals, due to being thinner and rubber I believe, do a pronounced V, more so than any other EUC brand, which wedges your feet to the machine more. My GT16 is long presses for power on and off, actually one of the longest of all EUCs I've bought. And I've tested pressing mid-ride, the GT16 does not shut off. Dunno if @captainwells's GT16 is different. Very subjective, must be a first ride thing. Riding for 3 weeks solely on my GT16, can't say mine feels not stable; feels plenty stable here. And nimble is relative. My GT16 feels like a regular 16", not as nimble as my 14" V5F+, especially due to the GT16's 49lbs 39lbs. And yes, the GT16 is very smooth. It has a rubbery like resistance to the drive, but not in a V8 way, more buttery. Yes, the GT16 is a hard response, just softer than a Ninebot or InMotion. The GT16 actually goes the other way, the pedals tiltback more than they dip, which is great for turns, but the rest of the time, they almost feel like speed warning tiltback if you didn't know any better. 3 weeks all over NYC, no issues yet (my tiltback and alarms are at 40kph, and I am 79kg. Most Asia faceplant reports seem to come from heavyweight riders going uphill FWIW. The crackling might be debris. The GT16, due to not a lot of tire clearance, tends to pick up a lot of debris going through the tire-case crevice. Personally, I love the rocket type sound when pushing the GT16. On the flip side, it can be on the louder side when rolling in a quiet building..
  5. 3 points
    Hi guys, here is an old pic of our happy French riders
  6. 3 points
    Hi, one of my first rides in the Nature with my X3... It took my only about 8km's - but its pretty nice to checkout if i can handle it. Yuo can see - its not pretty warm in April in Germany !
  7. 3 points
    Fine is relative. I don't think it is the same "fine" as before the accident. Not if you try to push the limits.
  8. 3 points
    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.
  9. 3 points
  10. 2 points
    Right now I would settle for floppy pedals!
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  12. 2 points
    You could maybe try @Linnea Lin Gotway, but if Jane sold it to you she might be responsible for after sales support. I would be careful not to do too much until they can confirm the problem and authorize any tinkering unless you feel confident there is not much to lose in proceeding. Maybe take some video evidence to show them if they do contact you. They did eventually help @Kevin Grandon with his ACM shell issues a while back, but you might have to be persistent though. Check all lengths of wiring for any pinches or breaks especially the thinner ones for the sensors. Verify connectors are sound and seated correctly. With all the goop everywhere it might be tricky to verify connection continuity.
  13. 2 points
    According to the visual, there is no need to open this type of charger because NINEBOT seems to work now with a new manufacturer. And you can forget the possibility to adjust output voltage for this "new" charger model (maybe this model is cheaper to produce than the "old" one) I have open many chargers in order to see if output voltage is ajustable, but only this type of charger (with sticker code starting XV-000000000000000 and with 4 screws with easy access) have a potentiometer and can be adjusted.
  14. 2 points
    The following people received Day 3 rewards: @freetheoranges @ramma @Paddylaz @bTomLotus @RobValley This "incentive program" has ended.
  15. 2 points
    The grey one sticks out so you can put your foot on it when kick starting the minipro.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    Ha Ha! Or a curb feeler.
  18. 2 points
    I have a fire blanket and extinguisher (suitable for electric fires too) in the room in which I charge the minipro - which has the kitchen at one end and a lounge at the other - the fire equipment was always there for kitchen use. When I wrote "unattended", like others above, I don't mean I sit and watch it, but I am in the house and awake. If I did sit and watch it, I think I would be asleep after about 2 minutes of watching that indicator flash! I don't claim that my way of being careful about charging the minipro is necessarily rational - it's just what I feel comfortable doing (with a 16 year old dog in the house and a family member with severe disabilities). Likewise, I wouldn't use a non-Ninebot charger - even though 3rd party chargers may actually be perfectly safe - just my personal choice.
  19. 2 points
    The raised spoke is the tracer round.
  20. 2 points
    HUGE outer shell of KS18 keeps me away from it... With refined, much smaller KS18S with the shape of KS16 / KS16D - I would consider it strongly... Maybe next year, as I have ordered KS16S for now... On the other hand I see no need for speeds over 30-35 km/h now, mainly due to the safety issues. My current KS16 for my type of use is just perfect... I had never encountered low range issue so far, so the only drive to go for KS18S would be bigger wheel for added safety on bumpy roads...
  21. 2 points
    New Ks18s Information for speed: Speed after normal KS unlocking procedere: 40kmh! Speed allowed after 1000Km ( in words: Thousand) ..... 50kmh! This Full speed is allowed down to 40% batterie....if that percentage is reached a speed reducement sets in, which gets more by more depleting batterie...i dont have exact numbers for that..... I guess with this much kilometers before max speed is allowed KS wants to be sure to have a very experienced rider on the Ks18s.. Otherwise same. info as before...new board, new motor, 1500Watt, speach or beep warning like ks16 etc etc.... This 50kmh may sound silly, but is a info from a official KS description of KS18s - for pre-orders of their sellers.... Now it even worries me more that they did not design a 14d/16 like shell for the 18....as that would be a sales magnet with that abilities!
  22. 2 points
    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.
  23. 2 points
    Are those padded shin guards that you're wearing? (By the way, nice riding.) Allen
  24. 2 points
    Yes indeed , I use it every day , KS18A , 1200w 1360wh , will modify it today adding extra batteries ontop and a power plug , longest trip in 1 day was 70 km
  25. 2 points
    This is actually my doing. I've been talking and working directly with my representative and his team for the past couple of months. But I've only been talking about it within dbfrese's thread on his efforts in Arizona. I will definitely keep everyone on here up to date on the process especially when/if I get to ride inside the Texas State Capitol.