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    LA EUC Limbo Game from Flyboy's perspective. Cameo's from @The Fat Unicyclist @Sidestreet Reny and many others! Thanks @who_the for the photo.
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    From today's ride around Southern California From left: @YoshiSkySun, @M22 Mark Chanya, @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer", @Dave U, @Mark Lee, Brian (@Dave U's son), Ken, @Coastal Rider, and me
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    I figured I would get some real miles on both wheels before I post any thoughts on either. Nikola has 680 miles, Monster has 420. Find myself riding the Monster for longer distances but less frequently, Nikola for shorter, multiple distances. I did have a seat on the Nikola for a while, but with the Monster, it became redundant to use it. Riding weight 185 lbs, 177 lbs naked. Intro: Consider me one of the lucky Nikola 100V owners. Have not had a single issue since I received this wheel, rides perfectly, never had to open this wheel up for any reason. Got this wheel as fast as 39 MPH before the 5-beeps kicked in, and contrary to popular belief, I can hear them just fine even at that speed. Range figures constantly pushing 30+ mph with hard acceleration and cruising will be around 35-40 miles down to 20% battery. Nikola Plus 100V 1845Wh PROs: - Acceleration is sublime. There is nothing quite like it on the market. - Very durable shell. By many accounts, that shell has been proven to take a beating without cracking in most cases. - Cushioning for a 16 inch wheel is impressive. I would say it isn't much of a difference from my old KS18S that I sold. - Extremely nimble wheel, can turn 90 degrees on a dime and do tiny circles with no effort while waiting for cars to pass at intersections. - Stock paper speakers extremely loud, albeit of poor quality. For my needs (listening to sports radio, GPS directions) it is absolutely perfect. Nikola CONs: - Feels unbalanced. There is always a sense of myself wanting to compensate to my right a bit, but I've gotten used to it. Compared to wheels such as KS with their flat pedals, there will be somewhat of an adjustment period. - This unbalanced feeling will also lead to brake wobbles for the inexperienced. I find myself one-foot braking or going into a full on squat if an emergency braking maneuver is needed. The standard lean-back stopping method will undoubtedly lead to wobbling. - Starts feeling a bit unstable at speeds over 35 MPH. It's nothing you can't adjust for, but out of the box, you will notice this and lack a bit of confidence in your riding. - Trolley handle. Would it have killed Gotway to have a locking mechanism? Need to velcro strip the inside of the trolley so it won't go flying when you undoubtedly drop your wheel. - Angled pedals. This is a pro or con depending on your preferences, but I find my flat feet in constant pain when I ride this wheel for extended periods of time. I have to carve just to keep the pressure off my feet with a pigeon toed stance. - For as durable the outer shell is, it is also a scratch magnet. Anyone who makes custom wraps for these wheels will make a lot of money. (hint hint) - The tire could be a pro AND a con. For as soft and cushiony it is, it also has very poor tread life (estimated around 1500 miles) and replacing the tire is not exactly user friendly. Intro: I had the DOA Monster V3 2460Wh burnt in transit. I finally got it up and running, and it's had a fair share of issues even after the fact. 3D printed fan bracket broke (used gorilla glue and foam to secure it), axle nut came loose (used loctite red to secure it), pedal nuts becoming loose (used loctite blue). Mechanically it rides fine and has been reasonably reliable otherwise. Fastest speed recorded, 39.1 MPH, afraid to push the 5 beeps for any reason; although I'd love to join the 40 MPH club! Range figures are about 50-55 miles down to 20%, hard acceleration high cruising speeds. Just this weekend I did a 42 mile ride with 30% battery remaining. Monster V3 100V 2460Wh PROs: - EXTREMELY stable wheel. Although it is of a narrower width than the Nikola 16x3, the contact patch is much larger, which will help the wheel track straight with greater stability at higher speeds. It is amazing how you're going faster than you're feeling, almost car-like in that sense. - Best seated wheel on the market. I can easily stop the wheel seated in comparison to my 18S which wasn't nearly as easy to stop while seated. - Although it has the exact same pedals as my Nikola, the pedal angle is flatter which means greater comfort. It is an absolute pleasure to ride this wheel long distances with no fatigue. - Really eats up uneven roads and smoothens them out (very important in NYC). - Same speakers as the Nikola, my opinion of these are the same. Monster CONs: - Maneuverability. Given the size and weight of this wheel, quickly maneuvering it in tight spaces and even simply carving can be a high effort task; you really need to put your body into some of those turns. Maybe it's for the best, I can stand to lose some weight! - Dead stop acceleration. Anyone coming from a quick and nimble 14 or 16" wheel will quickly dislike the Monster and the effort it takes to torque this wheel. It is very possible to move the Monster quickly (both seated and standing) but it is something you will really have to dedicate yourself to learning. The key is to really bend into the wheel instead of doing the moonwalker lean (which won't end well). - Shell durability. Although from multiple user accounts, the materials used on the Monster V3 shell are significantly improved over the V2, there are still some weak points that need to be reinforced and protected. The plastic housing that is connected to the outer shell by a single Philips-head screw is brittle plastic, and if the wheel is dropped on its front, that is the first component that will snap. Inner shell corners, especially at the top need to be reinforced to prevent cracking if and when the wheel is dropped. Given I have dropped this wheel while handling (not riding) the contact points mentioned are what took the impact, and with the proper cushioning at those points, no damage occurred. - No trolley handle. Perhaps next year? - Useless rear taillight. Easy to miss for other motorists. Needs to be more obvious and brighter. - Poor fan placement on V3. Not sure how well it will dissipate heat in the worst summer days. Summary: With these two wheels, I'd say they are on opposite ends of the EUC spectrum. One accelerates quick, can turn on a dime with no effort but twitchy (like a sports car). Another is heavy, stable and comfortable (like an SUV). They are two different wheels for two different purposes, and the reason I own both is one wheel can compensate for the deficiencies in the other. If I HAD to choose one wheel over the other? It will depend on your priorities. For me, I'd take the Nikola if I could ONLY have one wheel. However, read through my thoughts on both wheels and decide which would work best for you!
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    Excellent job Mr and Mrs Rama Douglas and everyone else involved! You should be extremely proud!
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    Awesome footage and recap of the LA EUC Games by 👽 Rides...
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    Smart riders gear up. The others we refer to them as “scar addicts” and “over-enthusiastic skin donors!”
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    Damn man. Sorry to hear. Glad you made it out 100% okay and hope your wheel is fine too. I saw that you were at around 80% battery. ~79v. At that battery level I can just reach 48kmh with my riding weight of 69kg. Then I am on soft tiltback. I have also pressed medium-aggressively at this speed to provoke the 4 beep / 88% alarm. I see that your watt numbers at the beginning of the ride are a bit higher which looks more normal. I feel that the 16X constantly throttles as we are riding and I wonder if it throttling in the middle of the acceleration/lean that you were doing. Even at very low voltage when I was playing around I never felt close to an overlean but I am a pretty small guy. This is very worrying though... and that was a nasty fall that just came out of nowhere. You should try running your 16X down to low voltage say for instance 20% battery or 67v. At this battery level you will be limited at 30-34kmh and maybe then you could look closer at the tiltback / soft tiltback / hard tiltback and make sure that it is working correctly. If you haven't already. Seems like you didn't have much margin before the overlean and the whole point of 1.07 is keeping power in reserve to avoid this kind of scenario. Good job taking it like a champ! Looked for a muscle-arm emoji but couldn't find one! You know what I mean though.
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    Here is the video of our group ride in Loveland, Colorado. 21.7 miles, 70° at the end. Today it's snowing.
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    Here's a magnificent video (not mine) of a Nikola 84V ride in Faroe Island (apparently the guy got stopped by a police officer and almost got fined - EUCs are illegal in Denmark).
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    Aka the Marvel cinematic universe meets DC comics! We've got Marty Batman (or Backeman) , Spidey-Tim and... @Dave U, you need a red attire with some gold accents on it so Iron Man can join the EUC-vengers!
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    Even that 1/1000th of a second is too much risk for me... If something fails, I want to have my hands at the ready. As a side note, recently I have been testing out some GyroRiderz Gloves (instead of Flexmeters) and they stack up really well! I took them to LA too for more feedback... I need to get a review out soon to let everyone know what we found...
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    As a parkour practitioner I have to disagree. One of the first things we learn is how to fail as safely as possible. Yes, we're thinking of all the moves we want to execute. However, at least for me, what I have in my head and what happens are not always the same. Unless I have practiced it dozens of times. And in order to practice, I have to fail and get better. Which means that I should always be prepared to adapt to what is happening. If I want to do a 'precision' (jump and land on the balls of my feet) across a huge gap onto a wall on the other side, I will run fast towards the gap, and jump across. If I don't make the distance I will likely transition into a 'cat' where I land with my feet against the wall and catch the top with my hands. If I would jump too far I would transition into any kind of vault and go past the wall. It's about reaction time, split-second decision making and always knowing where your body and center of gravity are, which is to some extent, trainable. And yes, some people jump around on rooftops where there is no room for such error, but be assured that they all practiced these moves to boredom close to the ground. Having said that, it's all nice in theory, but I did break my wrist and elbow last year in a move gone wrong. Point being, I agree with some people that training can help, and parkour experience can be useful. But there's always, parkour or EUC-wise gonna be a moment where good ol' Murphy is going to bring you down to earth in quite the literal manner.
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    KS14D's have the thin, high side pads, while these KS14S's in your picture have the bigger side pads. Both use the same 67V GX16-3 chargers in your picture. Perhaps the battery packs fell out of cell balancing between packs(?). Haven't heard of any issues with firmware regarding these wheels off late, but I imagine KS has slowed down with firmware updates to these older wheels now (like they did with my former KS18S), so I imagine the latest and greatest is fine to update to. I'd just make sure the firmware wheel model matches with KS14S.
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    Nice pose! Initially it looked painful as the outfit’s black groin region camouflaged the padded seat.
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    I had a wire get loose in my Nikola and fried the board while I was riding, luckily only at 8mph and I was fully geared. So my failure rate is 1 in 5600 miles. Mechanical and electrical equipment will fail, it’s just a matter of when so you should be prepared to hit the ground and “survive” when it does.
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    65° was just a panic reaction after Gluegate.
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    I've experienced the benefits of safety gear and I've been seeing it too. Just the other day @Dave U had a serious fall yet absolutely nothing happened to him except for ripped clothes and damaged gear. Every time this happens it reaffirms my choices in safety gear.
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    The Wear OS application is ready and is currently undergoing final testing before being published. It will be available on Google Play store along with next update of EUC World application, which will be released later this month.
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    I have thought of being cl4-trp (From borderlands) for halloween. I think that would be really cool. Just need to hide my legs . For those of you who don't know the game borderlands....
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    I definitely can't top that! The two reactions I get the most are "super cool" and bewilderment. I think watching somebody ride one looks like some kind of magic trick. It doesn't look possible. I know that was my reaction when I saw a you-tube video of one for the first time. A few months ago, I was coming back from a ride. My car was parked at a Whole Foods market. A dad and his son, the kid looked like around 10 years old were getting in their car. I went my on my 18XL, and the dad said "Come over here!" I rode by a couple times and showed them how it worked. The kid thought it was super cool. Last night I passed some bicyclists and they called out "cool lights!" I was on the Nikola+. I've gotten lots of "Wow! Cool!" reactions from kids, or one day a "you're so cool!" out a car window. But I think the best reaction is when somebody stops me and demands to know what it is and how it works. I was riding by a Starbucks and some guy asked me to stop and then quizzed me for ten minutes on how it worked, how fast you could go, range, how hard it is to learn ... everything basically. LOL.
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    I agree with everything @Mono is saying. If you put your left foot on, and have the right pedal right next to your right foot, then you can have a little push-off just to get the wheel rolling. And part of "pushing off" is putting pressure on the left pedal, so the wheel is getting some "go forward" input. You don't need a huge push off. But at the same time, if the wheel is stationary when you bring up your right foot, then it takes a while to get the wheel up to a reasonable speed to be able to balance it. So, a little push-off is the best approach I think. And you can cheat a little and actually have your right foot farther forward of the pedal (as Mono is suggesting) to get a bigger push off. The downside of doing that it if you're not careful, you can bang your right foot with the pedal. The mistake my wife makes, is she puts her right foot BEHIND the pedal and tries to push off, and she's way off balance because now that foot is then trailing way behind. Left foot on pedal Lean the wheel inwards with your knee Right foot next to (or slightly forward of the right pedal) Lean forward and do a little push-off Bring up the right foot You want to accelerate to a reasonable balance speed as soon as possible.
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    Didn’t I foresee this a while back? Luckily I still have the promo poster!
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    An amazing amount of footage was shot. Trust me, you don't want to see a bunch of raw footage. Expect some cool videos, but editing is time consuming process.
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    Batmobile Stalled
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    I took @Mark Lee up and around Overheat Hill today (everyone's wheel survived). Gorgeous scenery today as a storm system was entering Southern California (first rain in 6-months). And here we are celebrating the climb to the top of Overheat Hill
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    I’ll try, Smoothly mounting and dismounting with control is the most important thing to me going in a straight line as slow as an elderly person walks so that when you ride near people you can do it in control. I practiced entering a parking space and turning around in it staying between the lines handling elevation changes- nothing extreme, bumps, speed bumps, keep those knees bent. It depends on where you ride, I was able to ride in fairly open areas with no cars or people when I first learned. Once I learned to mount/dismount easily, I started exploring the world and the challenges of riding an euc in it. If you live in a hilly area, you might want to get a retractable dog leash in case the wheel gets away from you. Keep it at speeds you can handle and keep an idea of what can happen to others if you lose control.
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    One can only dream @meepmeepmayer on my ACM2 and @mrelwood on my MSX with his modified pedals in South Cali with Marty and the gang... The legend is TRUE South Cali women are Gorgeous... Hint @Hunka Hunka Burning Love... Oh we won't need any music... all the cursing in international language on Marty's trails will be Music to our ears LOL...
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    If you only knew how hard this makes it to drink a beer while riding!!!
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    Maybe last commute of the season, -5 celsius.
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    I initially bought my V8 for last mile commuting. On the third day I decided to try doing the whole 18-20 km (depending on the route) on my wheel, and I haven't looked back since. Although I have to admit I've been eyeing more powerful wheels, mainly for safety and range. Commute is about 60% off-road, 10% cobblestones and brick roads, and the rest is regular blacktop. I only mind the limited speed of the V8 on the latter. Especially as it's autumn now, I don't drive as fast on the off-road with wet leaves and mud. Despite the limited speed on the V8, my commute time is lower than when taking the bus and most days I'd also be slower taking the car. And it's just so much fun! I love the feeling of gliding and carving through the fields and forests so much, while enjoying seeing squirrels, pheasants and kingfishers on the way.
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    MSX Views Thinking about upgrading the stock tire to something that can tackle the trails.
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    I am just getting excited for my new MsuperX 100volt that will be at my house Tuesday. I am coming up from a KingSong 14C, so this will be a huge improvement and I am very excited about the bigger pedals. By the way, shout out to Jason, he was kind enough to talk to me on the phone to help me decide between a Kingsong 18 xl, 16x and msuperx.
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    A Wheeler Pro interviewed in the 19/20 of 14/11/2019 on France 3 Paris Ile de France (French news broadcast) Subtitles available in FR and EN
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    I think it looks awesome! Looks to me like @Rama Douglas rubbed off a little on you at the LA EUC Games.
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    The ubiquitous term used most commonly has been "wheel" ("wheels" for plural) for years now.
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    Rode to Brussels last Friday to pick up my @GyroRideRz gloves. Which turned into quite the challenge as I forgot to charge my phone, and therefore was out of GPS/Navigation after about halfway. Luckily I had memorized the route sufficiently to only mildly get lost. I arrived ten minutes before closing time and the good people of Vandenborre Mobility were friendly enough to let me charge my wheel enough to limp to the train station afterwards. On Saturday I did a nice little ride from Lier to Antwerp to cheer on my gf and her rugby-teammates. On the picture below I just arrived while they are doing the pre-watch warm-up in the far distance.
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    I don't think so, the KS pedal hanger design is really simple for changing out the motor, just the two hex screws at the top.
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    If one rides backwards on the streets, and then reverses the footage, it probably would make a cool video, with rider appearing to move normally, but pedestrians and cars moving backwards. Somebody has to do it first!
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    If you are already hitting max speed and wanting more at 36 miles, you may as well get the fastest thing out there, my 16x is more than fast enough for me but I'm not a speed demon, surprisingly, I'm leaning towards more off road riding anyways. I know I'm new (90 miles so far) but please be careful, I see a lot of these guys make it look so easy and think, I can do that, but in reality, if I got in a bad situation at 30 mph, I'd be screwed and on my head before I knew it...
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    @Alien Rides Wow that is a fantastic video! And some really nice long moving shots! Amazing event as well.
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    Comparing the V8f specs from https://personalelectrictransport.co.uk/shop/electric-unicycle/inmotion-v8f-electric-unicycle/ with the V8 specs from https://www.inmotionworld.com/product/electric-unicycle-inmotion-v8 Model V8f V8 Top Speed 35 km/h 30 km/h Range 55-60km 45-50 km Slopes 30° 25° Battery 518Wh 480Wh Temperature -10℃/+60℃ -10℃/+40℃ Max Load 120kg 120kg Charger Input: AC 90~240V Output: DC 84V @ 1.5A Input: AC 100~240V Output: DC 84V @ 1.5A Rated Power 1000W 800W Pedal Height 155mm 151mm Tire 16*2.125 in 16*1.95 in Weight 14.5 kg 13.5 kg
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    To be fair by the time Marty went down it was end of our Day 3 ride. Our legs were on auto mode. Most of us sorta had feelings below our knees. Marty was on Tesla skinny tire, would it made a difference on 3 inch tire? IDK I don't think anyone else went down on 3 inch tires on that ride. It's combination of situations we just can't cross all the T's dot all the I's. WEAR YOUR PROTECTIONS...
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    I should think any pebble watch should work and be okay. I personally use pebble time and I also have pebble steel which I've also set up as a back up as well. @Seba has a tutorial video which shows the steps to take to set the pebble watch up, I followed the video and it was easy to understand and get going. That's the link for the video below, hope it helps.
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    The big downside to the Nikola is that Gotway changed the overheat temperature from 79-degrees (all previous wheels) to 65-degrees, which I think is pathetically low. You being in Florida, this is a problem. People are adding additional fans in the wheel to help with this, apparently Gotway has returned to exposing the heatsink to the inside of the wheel shell (exposed to outside air. If using WheelLog I would set a temperature alarm to ~62-degrees so that you have a warning that it's about to overheat.
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