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  1. 7 points
    Me before a ride I took this past Sat. It was 35F that day so I had some cold weather gear on.
  2. 4 points
    The problem with axle is well known. King Song replace all axles with 10 mm narrowing for pillar to 12 mm. All King Song unicycles from begining of 2017 have 12 mm axles. We had two warranty services related to the axle. One in KS14D and one in KS16. We replaced axle to 12 mm together with new pillar (12 mm hole). We can replace axle together with new pillar for 140 Euro (+ around 25 Euro cost of transport in EU).
  3. 3 points
    Welcome to the forum @e.motion! The S2 is the "oldest" wheel, has imho just something about 500W (did not find the motor power while googling)? But it could have be the smallest and lightest euc of your selection? ( Also not really sure about this). One can also break ones teeth and chin with 20 km/h ?. (1) For safety motor power is important (the 3kw advertised for the ks14d is just wrong). A nice overview of the capabilites can be found at https://airwheel.ru/2017/10/27/test-monokoles-na-dinostende/. The less capable a wheel is, the easier one can overlean it and risk a faceplant! But what i remember from the forum reports, there were not much probs reported from the S2 - just quite recently some battery probs... Reaching just about half the advertised range is quite "normal" for all wheels - with some hills it can get even less. The advertised ranges can eventually be reached by weighing 50 kg and driving slow on a flat road... For off road driving a 16 inch wheel should be the better choice! You did not mention range you'd like to go between recharging - quite an important point! If one likes EUC riding, normally one tends to go longer and faster - so the first wheel will be to weak within a couple of weeks/months... Especially bicycle riders which overtake one all of the time are very annoying ?. To "prevent" this 30-35km/h max speed is very nice. For kingsongs top speed can be reduced (tilt back and alarm speeds can be adjusted freely), imho also the "hello kingsong" message can be turned off for all kingsongs by now... Imho one of the nicest allround wheels by now is the ks16s ... But costs again more than your choices so far... There were also some other "beginners choice" topics here recently to gather some information, and of course many wheel specific reports/discussions... Edit (1): the only real protection here is a safe helmet with chin guard (or maybe get some intense parcour training a couple of years before ?)
  4. 3 points
    Please wear a helmet and protective gear, such as knee, elbow and wrist guards. Once you start gliding for more than a few feet, you will fall. Also, the grass hides surface irregularities, so don't be lulled into a false sense of security. My only faceplant (12mph or so) happened in the grass when I was learning, and it took a few months for all the pain to finally go away.
  5. 3 points
  6. 2 points
    For a starter EUC, I think you should get a cheap but reliable one. After some beatings, you know where you want to go next.
  7. 2 points
    @e.motion Welcome... As i would not advise to buy an S2, as it is quite slow, nonetheless a small tip: In the moment it is a available over ebay germany for about 369 - 399 Euro. Not bad as a starter wheel. But again, i would like @Chriull , recommend a Ks16s, also.
  8. 2 points
  9. 2 points
    I wonder this guy could ride one if he bolted his ladder onto an EUC...
  10. 2 points
    Protect it well if you don't want to get it scratch. You will drop it many many times. After protecting, get over to the other side of that fence and try it on the grass. You will hop on and off endlessly until you finally learn to hang on it and go an inch, then a foot, then more and more. Protect the ankles, the wheel tend to bite there when you're first learning and jumping off.
  11. 2 points
    Back to the discussion about a backpack that fits the IPS i5 --- I got mine in the mail today, and it's a good fit! This: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H85NOS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 In case that link doesn't work for you, the name of it is "High Sierra Access Laptop Backpack", and I got it from Amazon for just over $50. A couple of caveats (of course ... !): (1) The EUC fits in the main compartment only. In fact, while there's a separate top zipper for access to a laptop, and an interior panel to separate out a laptop, it's really only one space from the top, and only the main compartment is wide enough, and only the main compartment zipper opens wide enough. Yes, the panel does expand some, and I didn't actually try putting it on the other side of it, but I think it really belongs in the main space in the pack. Interesting to me is that it just barely fits vertically, whereas I had been more concerned about the width. But it fits, and with no struggle. Well, and of course the main compartment will get dirty, especially since the way it fits in is with the wheel down. Unless I try to somehow line the pack with a big plastic bag or something, but I suspect that would be too much of a hassle. (2) This pack has one of those sort of minimal waist belts. With 17.3 pounds of EUC and on occasion perhaps other stuff in there, plus the weight of the pack itself, a real waist belt would be nice. I can get some load transfer onto my hips from the minimal waist belt on this pack, but at least for me (a relatively long-in-the-torso person), I can only do so by loosening the shoulder straps so much that the pack seems to hang sort of unnaturally low on my back. So kind of a trade-off there --- to get a long enough pack with a decent waist belt, I would certainly have a pack that was larger, and possibly heavier. This pack, btw, weighs 2 pounds 13.2 oz, which is just over 2.8 pounds, or just under 1.3 kg. Overall it's a nice fit, doesn't stick out (horizontally projecting away from my back) too much, and in basic black it's fairly subtle. It has multiple other smaller zippered spaces to put things in and keep separate from the EUC. And a nice comfy grab handle on top. So --- nothing's perfect, but for a pack to carry the i5, this ain't bad.
  12. 2 points
    I have several euc’s.. but really when it comes to that last mile I bring an electric skateboard. I take a train all the time to Eastern Long Island, and ride in the dark to a beach house.. it’s a 4 mile trip and it’s much easier on a e board for me. I use a board that weighs 11 lbs. and hits 15 mph. It fits very easily on the rack on a train. My Mten is twice the weight and just not worth it..
  13. 2 points
    Still, carrying around 22 lbs is not ideal IMHO, and I regularly lift FWIW. Adding a trolley makes it way better. The 800W nominal motor makes cracks and appropriate-sized potholes/divots (you obviously need to be vigilant for larger ones) no issue on mine on the crappy streets of NYC, especially after "upgrading" from the stock tire to the better alternative Mini Pro 70/65-6.5 tire. Rough roads and skateboard wheels don't mix IMHO. While I was never an excellent skateboarder, my daily commute at one point before EUCs used to be kick-pushing a Nickel board on 78mm wheels with a pretty hard duro rating. Tires to me are way better to navigate crap streets and rough terrain. I believe the main gripe about the Zboard series is that your feet/stance needs to be in pressing distance of the pads, which was the same issue with the Gotway e-board (which had even tinier buttons). You might want to check out the upcoming StarkBoard (17 lbs), which instead employs a gyroscope, much like our EUCs, so you are not limited to one particular stance. Maybe@Tishawn Fahie can chime in as he shot this StarkBoard demo below (and owns a Zboard as well): Coolness factor aside, the best compact, lightweight e-kick scooter is probably still the Fastwheel/Kuickwheel F0 (see here and here), coming in at 21.6 lbs, though you do sacrifice top speed (17mph) and uphill torque (most likely needs to kick-push start).
  14. 2 points
    Your English is fantastic! I also think that the padding on the Tesla is too hard. For now, I'm sticking some 1-inch soft foam in the bottom of my pants to protect my shin. Helps a lot.
  15. 2 points
    My understanding is giraffe unicycles are significantly easier to balance up to a certain point than a normal (non-chain) unicycle, because the torque is less and the top (the rider) moves slowly. You can verify this by trying to balance a long stick versus a short stick, and you can verify the torque (but not the horsepower!) is much less by pushing down the side closer to the fulcrum point of a seesaw versus the outer side. All this doesn't matter too much, since dropping from a height is going to hurt or possibly kill you.
  16. 2 points
  17. 1 point
    So today after "may be" having solved my charging problems I spend my first 15 kms on my brand new Tesla. It was a fine but quite windy day, I had pumped up my tires to 43 psi for this first ride and I had recalibrated my Tesla, so the pedals are about 2 or 3 degrees tilted back, which I prefer with all my unicycles, since it gives me a feeling of more security and confidence when speeding up and cruising with higher speeds. It's just a slight adjustment however, nothing dramatic. I own and ride a Ninebot E+ (on which I learned), a KS16, an ACM (820Wh), and the MSuper V3s+ (which I ride most of the time). Now here is my first impression of my new Tesla: First of all: It looks really beautiful and shiny for a Gotway, I love the looks, but there is still room for improvement. The front with all the switches and charging ports looks ugly and they could have made it nicer with a simple bonnet like cover. The rear and side view however is rather beautiful. 2. It's very agile and responsive and it rides much more stable than my ACM. Is it as stable as the MSuper V3s+? So far I think not! And this is because today was a very windy day. I once got blown off my Ninebot E+ on a day like this in the mountains, and it was not pleasant! It seemed as if one of our mountain gods and spirits was making fun of me, blowing me off my path and I though I heard them all laughing when I landed in the ditch next to a rice field. So even now my MSuper keeps impressing me, how stable it behaves even in the strongest winds. If you consider the wind, the Tesla is not as stable as the MSuper I thought after this short 14 km trip in high winds. So the Tesla is very, very stable and solid, but the MSuper is rock solid. 3. The Tesla has lots of power and rides very smooth. 4. The battery was down to 80% (6 of 8 indicator lights) after my first 14 km. That was a bit disappointing, since I am used to riding my MSuper the whole week without charging and I never ever got down to 60% at the end of the week. I once rode the distance from Hikone to Nagahama and back, which is about 62 km and I still had 50% battery left. But for everyday cruising and commuting the Tesla should still have sufficient range. You just have to charge it every day. So no big deal. 5. Now when I got home and wanted to charge it, I had the same problem that I thought I had solved: The Tesla did not charge! I disconnected all cables again, reconnected them - green light! it did not charge. I disconnected all cables a second time, tested the batteries individually - green light! Both batteries did not charge, as they did, when I remedied this problem before. I reconnected everything again, tried to charge again - green light! The Tesla didn't want to charge. I switched the Tesla on to check the battery level (6 indicators). Just out of curiosity, I connected the charger with the Tesla switched on - RED light! It started to charge. I switched it off - Still RED light! It continued to charge and it is charging now. Since I have no idea of electronics, this behavior seems kind of magical to me and I have no idea, why it charges and why it didn't charge before. I will keep an eye on it. May be one of you has a reasonable explanation. Summary: 1. The Tesla is definitely superior to the ACM, that I own. 2. For off-road riding, long distance cruises and stability on windy days, the MSuper V3s+ plus is second to none of the wheels I own and (for now) it is in my opinion superior to the Tesla. 3. However, if I could have only one wheel, I probably whould choose the TESLA. It is stable, powerful, agile, great for performing tricks, looks beautiful and offers sufficient range for commuting. 4. But since I can have both, I will use the MSuper for touring and off-road mountain trips. I have been in the deepest woods with it where I am almost sure the Tesla could not follow ... BUT I will use the Tesla on rainy days and in urban surroundings and especially at night to show off with its beauty. It doesn't challenge my friends with their flashy fascinating V8s, but it's faster, lol! That's it for a first impression of the TESLA after a 14 km ride. (To be continued)
  18. 1 point
    If you went on a cruise ship would they let you bring your wheel? I can see myself doing laps around deck between ports...
  19. 1 point
    Thank you! Great idea. I probably try this trick with some leg warmers. Might look a bit more fashionable ?. I am sooo vain ...! ?
  20. 1 point
    Wheels are not very configurable. They are just a wheel than balances upright, and it is up to you to make them move by pushing them over. Some allow you to change their pedal firmness, but that's about it. Even though the tech is complex, wheel functions are extremely simplified compared to any other motorized transportation.
  21. 1 point
    I break out in a sweat just looking at that. The torque required to maintain balance is SIGNIFICANTLY higher so you'd better not lean forward aggressively. Maybe height will become the new one-up brag like speed. If you thought skidding to a stop from 30mph was bad try hitting the pavement square on from 10 feet.
  22. 1 point
    Very strange charging behavior that you've been experiencing, but at least you can find a way to charge it. Agreed, on very windy days the heavier wheels are best. The Monster is impervious to all wind And I think I agree with you regarding usage. I don't anticipate taking the Tesla into the mountains - it's too pretty. Instead I'll take the MSuper or ACM, both of which are tanks (and have much better battery range). The Tesla looks to be a great road machine.
  23. 1 point
    good work @Marty ! I share the info on the french forum. Concerning me, I plan to do what you did in prevention. I'll do it at the end of this week. I can not do it now, so let's keep our fingers together so it does not burn during the week. @jbwheel, Je pense que cette réparation est nécessaire pour sécuriser nos Mten3.
  24. 1 point
    That would depend on how fat the unicyclist is!
  25. 1 point
    I finally received my Soloshot 3. I'm still playing around with the settings but it followed me great on this test run.