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  1. 13 points
    I was thinking about the newest ewheels coming out such as the Nikola and the KS16x and it seems to me they aren't so different from last year's offerings as to be considered next generation and should be considered as part of the current generation. So I wondered which generation of EUC are we in right now and I believe it's gen 4. I've created a table and lumped a bunch of models in the generation I believe they should be considered with each generation being separated by leaps in performance, styling, ergonomics, and other innovations. How close to the mark do you think this is? What innovations would a wheel need to be considered gen 5? Manufacturer 1st Gen 2nd Gen 3rd Gen 4th Gen Gotway MsuperV1 MCM1/2 MsuperV2 MCM3 MsuperV3 ACM Tesla MCM4 Monster MSuperX Nikola MCM5 King Song KS14 b/c KS18 a KS14 d/s KS16/16 s KS18 s KS18L/XL KS16X Ninebot/Segway One C/E A1/S1 One Z Solowheel/Inmotion Original Solowheel Solowheel Extreme V5/Glide2 V8/Glide3 V10 Miscellaneous Airwheel X3/X8 IPS 121 IPS 191/Lhotz Firewheel Rockwheel R16 Rockwheel GT16 IPS i5 IPS ZERO IPS S5 Rockwheel GT18
  2. 11 points
    New mode i added today, this goes hand in hand with my powerfull, custom headlight. Very cool at night!
  3. 10 points
    Sorry for picture spam Today's glorious, glorious ride! Join me for a tour through some south Bavarian scenery. The first location is the town of Aschau im Chiemgau. This is the river Prien running through it and the Hohenaschau castle. The rocky mountain ridge in the background on the left is the rather famous Kampenwand mountain. Leaving the town, you see its idyllic location surrounded by mountains. Don't look at real estate prices here Following the river bike path downriver... The second location is the Samerberg area, a plateau at the foot of the mountains, a few hundred meters above the flat land level. It offers wonderful scenery and therefore lots (LOTS) of tourists and tourist stuff. Slowly but bravely (with two cooling breaks) my ACM climbed up there. The roads up there are perfect and super smooth and, together with the sights, make for pure riding joy. Here's the first glance after coming up. View of some far away mountains. If you're wondering what that roofed post is, I was. Turns out, is is a small painting behind a grate. Who would have expected that? "Hier wurde Simon Schmid, Mesner von Grainbach, am 18. Juli 1704 von den Kroaten gehäutet." Here Simon Schmid, sacristan of Grainbach, was skinned by the Croats on July 18th, 1704. I'm not sure about the history of what happened there. Click the image to see the bloody details. You can find a new sight, view or other interesting thing like this behind every corner in this area of undulating hills, roads, and hiking paths. Just lovely. In the village you saw three pictures above. A bit further along the way. Animals got a nice view. Wondering what I was doing. Turn a corner for another glorious view. The dog on the left was so chill I didn't even notice it at first. Nearly every farm here has tourist rooms or, like this one, offers "vacation on the farm" where the kids can meet the farm animals and so on. An impression of the verticality (always so hard to show in pictures). Can't move 50 meters without another great new view! Continuing on my route, one beautiful spot after the other. Here we're descending back down to flat land level. This is the Inn river valley, that's why there are mountains on the other side. The valley exits the Alps to the right (North). On the way down What else can I say? A cool old farm sitting on the steep mountainside, has its own small chapel. Easier than walking down to the valley for every prayer, I guess. Note how you come through a tunnel between the house and barn (on the left) on the way down, that is awesome. They have a view! Just a few seconds further down. Jesus effigy, the steep path down, and you can see the snowy Central Alps further into the Inn valley. A public swimming lake next to the river shines in the sunlight. All the apple trees (or whatever those are) are blooming this time of the year. Now we're down in the valley and one or two kilometers further. Location #3 is the small town of Neubeuern. They've got a serious castle there. There are a ton of castles along the Inn river. Nothing better than to plop down one somewhere, call yourself a Lord, and demand duties from the trade on and along the river, that was the idea. If they don't pay up, you blockade them until they do. Too many complainers or an army marching through, hide behind your wall. Such is life as a medieval entrepreneur The marketplace to the foot of the castle is a veritable elevated keep. One road goes through it, you enter through a gateway in a wall, exit through a gateway, the church and other buildings and steep embankments form a protective wall all around. Nicely defensible. And it's not even the castle itself yet. On the market place. Nicely painted buildings, and people enjoying the sun on various restaurant terraces. A fountain and the church with a distinctive tower you can see on the picture taken from below. View into the distance through a gap between buildings. I think this is the only entrance/exit besides the two archways. The inscription on the fountain commemorates and thanks a lord of the castle. It sounds a bit sycophantic. I didn't find out who the statue on the fountain depicts. Also check out the nicely painted buildings. The exit archway and some more painted buildings. Dude's showing some ass. Maybe it is indeed the castle lord, and the inscription is highly sarcastic? Probably it is related to the water of the river, who knows. Ass in front of the castle. Some more painted detail before I leave the place. Finally, on the way home, a nice farm house. The route. Starts on the right. Hope you enjoyed.
  4. 9 points
    Jeremie Champagne starts with style
  5. 9 points
    I'm in Auckland for a few days, but with a wheel this trip! So I thought I'd check out some of the paths through Highbrook Park... I always forget that the sun sets much quicker when you are closer to the equator!
  6. 9 points
    BTW, it seems to be a common trait of some owners, where they take the wheel out of the box and proceed to ride without checking the tire. This is a big no-no IMHO. Sometimes the tires come with the pressure dangerously low (risk of tire/rim damage) or too high (uncomfortable or poor handling). Our wheels require very little maintenance but one item they do require is to maintain a proper tire pressure. Good luck.
  7. 8 points
  8. 8 points
    Why thank you sir! And since @tenofnine is making this a thing... I thought a horseback version might look cool too! Sorry, but I couldn't find a more manly looking horse photo... But pink unicorns are cool too... Aren't they?
  9. 8 points
    Riders on here complained 3 years ago how 18 x 2.5 wide tires were too big and bulky to maneuver. Now almost everyone and their mother on here has one 18" wheel. Now they say the same 💩 about the Z. Funny how that works. The tall KS-18S and the Z10 were the 2 wheels bar-none (out of the many I've owned) that forced me to learn/develop better technique,... technique that now allows me to better manipulate every other size EUC, not just these 2. This learning probably would have never happened for me if I didn't approach these 2 wheels with an open mind, swallowing any kind of pride/ego saying that it was the wheels' fault, not mine, .... and thus avoiding the temptation to think that my EUC technique was 'perfect', with nothing more to ever learn. There is always more to learn IMHO.
  10. 8 points
    The consensus (among those of us who talk about such things) is that every owner must experiment with the tire pressure. It can make a huge difference in how the wheel handles. Rather than me suggesting a given tire pressure, I'd rather that you experiment. Maybe this video will help (or not)
  11. 7 points
    @hirsute is back! With new videos!
  12. 7 points
    A few days ago I had this annoying experience. There's not much data - Darknessbot wasn't connected. Going for a quick snack run to the local store - or so I thought. Wearing regular jeans, jacket, wrist + knee guards and non-fullface helmet. On my KS14s voice prompts are enabled, beep alarm at 29 kph. Battery was somewhere between 60 and 70 pct - It's a 680 Wh configuration. I had no alarms, prompts or tiltback. My best guess is speed was just below 20 kph. Suddenly there was a full forward drop of pedals, I managed to raise my arms and turn my head (by instinct only) - hit the ground instantaneously. Knee and wrist guards made me slide between one and two meters. Impact on wrist + knee guards, Left hip and left elbow. Fortunately helmet / head / face did not hit the ground. In short - I'm ok - Noted, Elbow impact does indeed go through to the shoulder. The wheel rotated / bumped around the Y axis and landed in a bush. On wheel pickup It was powered on and seemed functioning. I rode the wheel home, slowly for about 1 km. So what happened?, I guess I will never know for sure. There was a small pothole, I'm not certain I hit it. I recently added new XL pedals to the wheel, new scrapes are identifiable on the pedals fronts, more on the left - matched the side where I'm most bruised - and consistent with my observation of pedal forward drop. It's been three days now and I have come to the following decision, 1. KS14s will go to service / maintenance to make sure it's internally visually ok - had it going in for a battery checkup under warranty anyways. I will not ride the wheel until this is done. 2. I will add elbow protection to my current gear. 3. I will add a jacket with D30 shoulder protection or similar and a full face helmet, before I upgrade to a larger wheel. - This decision was actually already made. I will not upgrade before the 16X has been released I think :-) - considering 16X or TEsla or 18XL atm. Below you will find pictures of, Wheel pedals, Clothes Me / Scrapes In short gear up, keep riding - and take care.
  13. 7 points
    I can picture that...
  14. 6 points
    (Long-time lurker, first-time contributor to this particular forum; be gentle.) I created my own personal EUC comparison table (inspired by the one on eWheels.com, credit to them, but which I wanted to add things to/remove things from/generally rearrange & reformat) to collect my thoughts while deciding on my next upgrade as well as for helping friends with wheel recommendations. Of course the choices regarding what was included or omitted and particularly the color coding are based on my opinion--it was originally created just for myself and not with the intention to publicly share/post, but after spending so much time on it I figured some other people might be interested to use it as a reference. I am open to discussing the aforementioned choices/opinions, but not particularly interested in arguing about them (or having to defend myself from attacks). I would particularly appreciate any help verifying/completing any of the peach-colored, question-marked entries (with sources, please). Link: https://1drv.ms/x/s!Ag0ky7mWfH9cm9dMfvYothdqZtIsdw Additional notes: While the majority of data came from manufacturer spec sheets and eWheels.com (credited above), I should also credit that just the 'year released' row (and nothing else) was pulled from electricunicycles.eu . Full disclosure: some of the store links at the very bottom of the table contain my referral id's--after all, this was partially created for me to be able to copy/paste links for my friends when discussing/recommending which wheel they should get. One can still easily use the table as a reference without ever touching those links if this matters to you.
  15. 6 points
    Phew 1000 Euros for a NB1e+?! WOW that is REALLY bad in 2019, even when it first launched I wouldn't pay that much for one. I'm sorry that you live in a place where people are trying to rip you off like that. I'd say a new NB1e+ is worth about $350-400 new nowadays (considering battery drain and ancient tech), a refurbished one is worth $250-300 and a used one is worth $200 I would highly suggest a V5F if you can get one. Up to date performance and sensors - much lighter for handling and rolling around or carrying for a petit girl, much safer firmware and battery management, has headlight and brake light. Barely not as smooth or comfortable on long rides, but everything outweighs that. I can ride the battery out (12-14 miles) before getting tired or getting any foot pain. Wasn't the case at first but you learn as you go, they both take getting used to to not have foot pain on long rides. The NB1e+ is fatter and much heavier than it seems, I'm a 175 lb dude and I hate lugging it around. It's awkward to take places, the pedals don't have grip tape AKA you're gonna slide off, it has no headlight, no brake lights that are visible from behind, mounting and dismounting can be extremely awkward when learning and with all that weight it will want to fall faster. V8 is a great choice as well in that price range, but it's heavier than the V5F but of course has longer range higher top speed, atmospheric lights, retractable trolley, etc
  16. 6 points
    But would Marty really leave home on his trusty steed without his foam finger and a light snack? (btw I'm doing this in MS paint....it is painful lol)
  17. 6 points
    The foam finger helps Marty push crosswalk buttons.
  18. 6 points
    Ok, bug found and killed Problem was related to devices with Android 7 and newer. Additionally I added better handling of priority alerts. Now if speed alarm is being spoken, if another speed alarm with higher importance will be triggered, lower priority alarm will be cancelled immediately. Please download and install new version: https://euc.world/downloads/wheellog-eucworld-2.0.26-release.apk
  19. 6 points
    Now all we need is his army of other wheels with stormtrooper designed EUC Bodyguard covers. Or a bunch of Mten3s...
  20. 6 points
    Riders @Marty Backe, @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer", @Dzlchef, @SDmike, and myself. This is the third of a four part series of videos from our 36 mile electric unicycle ride around Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, California on 4/7/2019. This episode features O'Neill Regional Park. Wheels in attendance were Gotway 100v Monster, Gotway 84v Monster, Gotway ACM2, Kingsong 18XL, and Kingsong 18L.
  21. 5 points
    As has been discussed numerous times before in the forums, any wheel can fail at any time, no wheel or manufacturer is to be trusted 100% at all times (and numerous variations of this). We're being held from falling forwards/backwards by an intricate set up of electronics, a battery and an electric motor. Failure in any of these parts means immediate crash, and unfortunately, all of the parts can have (unforeseen) design mistakes, misbehave or fail at any given moment. Thus the general recommendation of wearing safety gear at all times. Far more often than not, the reason behind a crash can be traced to a rider mistake or environmental conditions, however, there's a (far too) high number of issues that have been traced back to design mistakes. While it was usually worse for the "no-name" small manufacturers (think a lot of dead boards / batteries / at least a couple of battery fires), of the top of my head (correct me if there's wrong information here, and also probably there are failure cases that I don't even remember anymore), these are the "big" cases I remember for the "big name" manufacturers: Kingsong Early KS's (before they even had a 16" model) had a lot of issues with overheating, luckily the wheels did have warnings for this, so riders were warned and could stop before the mosfets fried, around 2015, not sure if it was only the (old style, "tall alien-face") 18" -models, or also the 14" models KS16A's are rare, but if memory serves, the first version had issues like overheating, the B came out so fast that A's are very rare KS18's have had mainboard issues at least in the A, AY, AY+ models? A batch of KS16B's from early 2016 had a casting failure in the pedals (apparently air bubbles in the cast), causing fractures and on a few occasions, total breaking of the pedal on either side KS18L's (don't know if it also affects the XL) has (apparently still on-going) issue with the motor disengagement sensor -setup in the trolley (only happens while trolleying, not while riding?), before a few firmware updates were made, this could actually cause the motor to lock up totally (but no mosfets dying, ie. apparently the PWM was still running) and heat up the batteries, which is pretty dangerous Currently it seems that if the issue occurs, the firmware resets automatically, but it can still occur? No idea of the dips AtlasP is mentioning above, a new issue with KS18L/XL? I haven't been following the forums that much... Some earlier models had axles that broke over time (I don't remember if it was Gotway or KS or both)? On the bright side, KS16S's and B/C's were (and probably still are) the less defective wheels in general, at least the latest defect stats I saw, KS16S was leading with a little over 1% requiring warranty maintenance/replacement parts, whereas for many models of other manufacturers, the numbers can be as high as 10-20% or over. Still, as the above list shows, KS is not immune to mistakes and weird problems. And probably the defect statistics are outdated by now. Ninebot In 2015, a large amount of Ninebot One E's/E+'s (maybe C/C+'s also?) were bricked by a faulty firmware upgrade through their app As memory serves, the faulty version wasn't available but for maybe about 24 hours, yet a good number of riders had updated their wheels, killing them completely Ninebot P was a total fiasco, and was pulled from the market in months after its release, and never returned Battery fires, although rare, have been reported with E/E+'s, if memory serves, these happened during charging (faulty charger/BMS?) Ninebot One's (all models) mainboard design has been questioned by electronics professionals Although somewhat rare, there have been dead mosfets (gate voltage problems?), burned phase current sense resistors, I know of a case where the board died just by slight braking on a downhill, despite working without a hitch for four-figure number of kilometers before At least the earlier One's didn't use actual gate drivers, but a charge pump ("bootstrap") -setup in the mosfet driving circuitry, this saves maybe $1-2 per board in manufacturing, of which I've heard critical thoughts about from professional electronics designers (more than one) Ninebot Z-series has a battery drain problem when turned off (something's drawing far too much current than it should when the wheel's supposedly off), the severity of this depends on whether you have to leave the wheel stored for a longer while (like over winter here, which might mean ~6 months) Ninebot is probably the biggest player in the EUC-niche and has deep pockets and R&D budget (nowadays), yet even their products are not immune to issues. Gotway Earlier models (up to early MSuper V3's or so) had a number of issues, ranging from more-or-less random cut outs from out-of-the-blue to dying boards Some V3's died if you tried to take off from behind a twig in off-road, EUC Extreme has a video of this (or was that a Monster?) The different issues were at times so numerous that it lead to "funny" situations, apparently Gotway was changing the motor/mainboard designs so often that they couldn't themselves figure out which mainboard design would work with which motor, like the case where they couldn't produce a new mainboard for EUC Extreme because they didn't know what would work with the motor his wheel had (but this seems like a thing of the past) This timeframe (about 2014-2016, maybe early 2017 on some cases) is the reason for the "bad" reputation of Gotway Somewhere around 2016/2017, the motor powers had got so high, that the currents could overheat and melt the motor connectors/wiring, leading to a number of dead boards (the motor phases would short circuit, causing a bridge shoot-through in the inverter half-bridges), usually when climbing steep hills Some earlier models had axles that broke over time (I don't remember if it was Gotway or KS or both)? Gotway manufacturing/quality assurance still is somewhat dubious, but they have improved a lot over the last couple of years. There's no doubt that Gotway is (and always has been) the speed/power -king, and most of the issues seem to be a thing of the past. Inmotion Only case that comes to mind is the (very serious) case of lacking waterproofing on early V10's last year that lead to the batteries catching fire by themselves There's a thread about a battery fire in the Inmotion-section that started by itself in the middle of the night, the wheel wasn't even being charged As far as I know, Inmotion did a recall (at least in US) of all the affected wheels / shipped protective casings for the batteries for DIY install Inmotion's quality record in general seems to be good, except for the early V10's. I don't recall ever seeing much DOA reports or failures during riding, but I haven't been following on Inmotion that much anyway. As above shows, no manufacturer is perfect. Despite KS being the "lead" in quality control (at least on the surface, and at least on the current KS16-line) doesn't mean that their wheels won't fail, and despite past problems with Gotways doesn't mean that their wheels are going to explode in your face if you look at them the wrong way. It doesn't take but a single faulty component to cause a serious crash in the middle of the ride, and that could happen to any wheel at any time, so gear up. And never ever leave your wheel charging while you're sleeping or away. EDIT: Reading this back myself, it does give a bit negative image of the wheels in general (maybe). Keep in mind that vast majority of riders won't encounter any hardware problems and vast majority of crashes are inexperience, rider mistake or unforeseen environmental issues. Likely the amount of crashes caused by actual hardware failure is the minority of crashes. Typically, if the hardware fails, it will do so very soon after getting the wheel out of the box, if you've been riding yours for a month or two in varying conditions, the hardware is most likely just fine. Personally I've had a Firewheel mainboard die on me (likely the step-down circuitry failed and fried the MCU) and crashed due to a wrong kind of BMS cutting all power in downhill (my own fault as I didn't know better back then and the guy who built the batteries for me had never worked with devices having regenerative braking, on the other hand, it did point me to the path of starting to learn electronics, which I think is a good thing in the end, I now design my own circuits, and was recently hired to do some professional work in the field on the side of my actual day job ).
  22. 5 points
    Its so calm around here now during easter. best time to ride here's x3 monsters, flying through. its heavily edited from 4.5 hours trip into 7.xx min
  23. 5 points
    the ninebot one series isnt even worth mentioning in 2019 lol.. and 1000 euros is absolutely laughable, i can get a gotway tesla for that price.. its worth maybe 200 euro, i wouldnt even consider it as a training wheel unless you could find a used one for pocket change to use as a beater wheel.. get a v5f, v8, ks14d, mcm4 or something similar.. v5f for less than half the price has a bigger battery, bigger motor, higher top speed, trolley handle, is lighter and thinner, and safer.. wherever they got 1000 euro from is absolutely criminal.. i paid 600 CAD for one new almost three years ago lmao
  24. 5 points
    Buying a 2nd hand wheel as your first might not be a bad idea, you'll save money and if it's already scratched a bit, you won't feel so bad when it (probably) hits the ground during practice
  25. 5 points
    This is what I’m trying to describe. Below is a picture from the front of the Z10. The green is the contact patch. The red is the rest of the tire. They don’t touch the road unless turning. If you can imagine hitting the red part on a surface crack,it will turn the wheel like hitting a pedal on something. This should only happen with immovable objects. Pebbles should have little effect I would imagine. I think folks just need to understand some things affect this wheel a lot more because the red sections are so much bigger. More chance to catch on something.