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  1. 35 points
    The Z10 is in the house Today I received the Z10 from Chooch. I am going to give him a hard time, but only because he's causing me some unneeded work and stress. It's all in fun though, but he deserves it As you know by now, the tire valve access is via a port on the side of the wheel, and requires a long (~4-inch) valve extender to access for filling. As shown in his video, he didn't care too much for the one that ships with the wheel. So he opted to use an existing one that he had from an earlier Ninebot wheel of his. I guess he decided to throw away the one that comes with the Z10, because it wasn't in the box. And I don't have an old Ninebot wheel kicking around the house. And the tire was essentially flat because that's how he liked riding it. With my additional 55-pounds the wheel was unrideable in the flat condition that it was in. Imagine your feelings, having just received one of the coolest wheels being made, and only being able to look at it. After calling various stores I realized that I'm not going to be able to buy an extension tube locally and it could be a day before I could possibly bum one off a local rider (nobody lives nears me). But then I decided to try something ghetto. I drove to a local PepBoys and bought a pack of four 1-inch valve extenders. I got home, ripped the package open, and screwed them together end-to-end. It worked! I as able to fill the tire The air in the tire did not register on my gauge, so Chooch really likes it low. I pumped it up to 20-psi for now. Next, he didn't send it to me charged or clean. Looks like it came right from the trails. And you know those pads he taped to the shell? Well, he used Duct Tape. You now what that means right? Lots of sticky residue on the shell. So I'll be spending a fair amount of time cleaning it so it looks purty in the videos. There, I feel better now. Chooch, you owe me one Very First Impressions This is one very nice looking wheel in person, and damn heavy. When I showed my wife, her unprompted reaction was, "That's cool looking". I don't think she's said that about any of my other wheels. This wheel is going to turn heads for sure ? Last night I had downloaded the Ninebot Android app; apparently only one is used for all of their devices. Wow is all I have to say. I immediately connected to the wheel and I didn't have to create an account or give my social security number. It knew everything about the Z10 and was super easy to configure. Why can't us KingSong and Gotway owners experience the joys of an app like this? No Chinese. Just my native language. Kudos to Ninebot. Any way, the wheel is charging. After the charge and cleaning, my first ride will be a night ride. I'll try and capture all of the light affects on video. More to come of course. Tomorrow is a Demo day for anyone in Southern California who wants to see and ride it.
  2. 34 points
    This is the information we have so far: The Wheel had 7000km, in 9 months, when it was sent in for repair in late November It had sustained multiple crashes (David had written this in an earlier communication), destroyed inner-shell, chew-up motor wires, which also destroyed the controller; it was a unique specimen of a damaged Wheel. We have a good documentary trail for this repair. When it was sent back out, everything was changed except the battery pack. There was no visual indication, or other evidence that anything was wrong with the pack at that time. Assuming that it had done similar mileage over the intervening 5 months, it had then clocked up a further 4000+ km; possible subsequent crash damage? Quite probably. He had been using only the standard 2A charger with the Wheel, he has also confirmed it was not charging at the time it lit up. His therapist is another first-hand eye-witness account who can corroborate what exactly happened at the time. I will be contacting both the therapist & the NY Fire Department to assist in the investigation. At this moment, it's not clear what evidence is recoverable from the site. If one had to speculate into causation, then based on what we know from the V10F affair, if water does permeate into the cells, accelerated corrosion will cause a short between the electrodes, creating a runaway cell thermal chain reaction. Understandably David is in a state of shock & is angry, replacing the Wheel is small beans; what is important to me, is that we have a clearer picture on causation, so a similar event does not happen again. As bad as the situation is, it might have been a whole lot worse!
  3. 33 points
    After two weeks of being held up at Customs, the long awaited pre-production 18XL turned up yesterday For some context & background: I received one of the original 18L pre-production Wheels back in April; the packaging foam wasn't properly thought out, so that the power button came into contact with the foam, causing it turn on & burn-out the control-board before even taking it out of the box. This time round, KS have really taken this issue seriously, so that the foam is positioned below power button, & if it were to somehow turn on, the Wheel is shipped with the software lock enabled—they've started doing this on all their Wheels. I've now accumulated about 1000 miles on the 18L, switching from an early V10F. While discussions on the V10F are bound to bring on a fierce debate between owners, it was, probably still is, the most ergonomic & comfortable Wheel ever made, with its comparatively narrow body & large pedals, that fat 2.5" wide tire, made for a wonderful ride experience. I switched over to the 18L mainly because of the V10F's throttling on <60% battery became annoying, while of charge remaining, the 18L satiated this need to maintain a >40kph cruising speed, but it was not without some loss. Within a week of making the change, I hit an unmarked speed bump, resulting in an unplanned dismount crash... While I was wearing minimal protection (wrist-guards) it was reminder of the potential hazards of Wheeling, during the couple days of down-time pondered if some larger pedals might have allowed a surer foothold & recover from that second of air-time. I've been lobbying for larger pedals with King Song for four years, but there wasn't much interest on the their end, citing that it would 'ruin the aesthetics' & 'not requested from other Distributors'. After clocking a 1000 miles on the V10F, with the accumulated experience with this Wheel, it was evident, the significant advantages that would accrue from this comparatively small change. Undeterred I proposed that eWheels would fund the larger pedal project, the results of which can be seen below. Although only 20% larger than the original type—25cm vs 20cm—visually the new pedal simply dwarfs the original, Notice how the edges have been tapered, more oval than rectangular. These preproduction set were CNCd, the production version will using the same magnesium alloy as before, the profile does seem to be slightly thicker for greater strength & durability(?). One minor compliant, is that the grip tape pads the same as size as on the smaller 20cm pedal, would prefer that these extend to the outer edge of the pedal. The real substance of the XL is inside, the massive 1550Wh battery pack. To accommodate those extra cells, the cell depth has been raised to two cells in height, 7 cells across columns one & two, & 9 cells in column three—the pack is asymmetrical, with more cells on packed on the right side than the left. Unlike the 18L, where the pack is enclosed in a battery casing, in this sample, the battery structure is comparatively primitive, with a single layer of blue wrapping around the pack. A concern could be that the outer shell body is now in contact with the pack, where if the Wheel receives a sufficient hard side-blow, it might place stresses on the nickel plates weld joints between the cells. Is this simply a characteristics of this prerelease prototype? Will there be silicon injection between cells, as there are in other packs, to transfer the physical stresses from the conductive plates? These questions should be answered next week. Here you can see the reinforcing 18L rib has been ground down to fit the fatter batter pack, presenting a challenge to existing Customers who might be considering upgrading to the 18XL. Another enhancement to the 18L is the new cleaner looking mud-guard, it's also made of a synthetic rubber that is screwed into the shell. I'll be posting an update with some further impressions sometime tomorrow, sorry, I ran out of time on this initial report.
  4. 32 points
  5. 28 points
    It’s a great honor to announce that we have Ulf Scheidsteger joined our King Song team, he will be King Song Media representative on social media, mainly electric unicylce forum and our King Song official facebook group. Ulf Scheidsteger is knowledgeable about technical issues and knows well about king song wheel specs. He will follow general questions forum members have in his spare time. All the feedback he collected , will be reported to us for analyzing.
  6. 28 points
    Sooo @cloudust beat me to the punch in posting my initial impressions YouTube vid on the forums here.... the Ninebot Z thirst is real! ? LOL First, as much as I always dole praise on @Jason McNeil of eWheels.com, I must do so again: Thank God we have you in the US as our local PEV dealer and thank you for so graciously agreeing to ship this demo Ninebot Z unit on a 4-city US tour to your loyal fan customer base. Call me biased, yes, but I cannot help it: I've been screwed over by enough Joe Schmo middle man EUC sellers and cold-shoulder-go-to-your-distributor EUC co's to know not to take YOU for granted (and for those who don't know, one of my long-drawn ordeals is what led me to Jason in the first place, helping me on a wheel issue where the wheel was never purchased from Jason/eWheels). I will post as much nuanced content as I can on the Z to this thread throughout the week we have the Z here in NYC, complete with my incoherent ramblings and self-manufactured terminologies! (not joking, they really could be incoherent, I'm running on 2-3 hours sleep, neglecting my day job as we speak, each day we have this wheel... ?) Catching everyone up to speed, I'm on Day 3 (approx. 50 miles in) of extensive daily city riding with the eWheels.com demo Z10 (trying to shake off the initial euphoria, as is the case with all new wheels). And please remember to keep in mind, these are my rider biases (if you don't know of me or can't read my signature on mobile): I ❤️ big & wide wheels. Bigger & wider the better! (err, maybe not as big as that DIY 26" KS18 of past cult fame) That said, I've owned (not simply tested) almost every size, shape, and major manufacturer EUC model now (see my sig), and that's on purpose, because you'll never truly know a wheel without putting in the mileage, all models are slightly-to-drastically different. I ride daily, rain or shine. My only walking comes in the form of running 3-10 miles a day. I'm not a hill or offroad guy. I live in the capitol of Flatland City, Urban America, New York fudgin' City. Besides, @Marty Backe does a fantastic job with that on his socials. You might have read, but I have weird theories on riding on every nook and cranny of my pedals with my feet (wide, offset, edges, tip-toes) or my butt (seated, yeah!) except the standard set-it-and-forget-it parallel 11's foot positioning. I want every bit of leverage and angle of bending / carving I can get out of every wheel I ride dammit! (I also realize this is not the case with most riders on this forum.) I am not the riskiest of risk-taking risky top speed EUC riders. Yes, I do occasionally hit 30mph maxes, but the stars and the moons have to align. My average speed in this city carving stop-and-go car traffic is ~26mph, 28-30mph for passing car speed. I am 175 lbs rider weight (working on getting that back to 165 lbs *smh), so probably just a smidge under 190 lbs with backpack weight. Now,.... Let's tackle some of the heavy-hitters right off the bat, shall we? Because that's really what everyone's itching to [somewhat] resolve/inform, right? (again, all my own opinions, feel free to agree with nothing I say because I have no clue what I'm talking about ??) ===================================== PART I The Main Attraction: 4.1" Wide 18" Ninebot-branded CST Tubeless Tire Shock Absorbing? Unfortunately, not as I would have hoped ?, especially being in a pothole-infested city like NYC. It's not terrible though, and being super wide at 4.1", as long as you're not hitting the kind of bumps that make you catch small air, the overall massive dense weight of the Z10 (more on that later) will plant you to the ground in a very stable manor. Any hint of air you catch though, is met with a very solid thud (no bounce back) that if you don't cushion with your knees can reverberate up your being. Letting out some of the air did help, and as we test ride more, I will possibly try deflating a bit more to see if this gains more absorption/bounce (no, I did not measure PSI, but it felt very much like the max rated 32 or higher out of the box). My theory: the culprit here is the tire composition (yes, those who know me, know I champion this subject). Being tubeless with thick consistency (not sure how much ratio of rubber there is in there), I think it's very reminiscent of how e-kick scooter folk hate solid rubber tires for the same lack of absorption you usually get with a pneumatic air tire, especially in the absence of proper suspension. Maneuverability? This is always tricky, because my comfort with turning / carving bigger wheels is not necessarily your comfort with turning / carving bigger wheels (if you even want to take an effort to [learn] doing so). As with all bigger diameter wheels in the 18"+ tire category, the common refrain is "use more upper body to turn". Well, considering the Z10 sports now a 4.1" wide, at least ~50% wider than most EUC tires made today (Even the 2.75" wide 22" Monster tire!), you might need more than just the usual increased upper body / hip twists to achieve deep carves (obviously, body dimension/physics dependent). For me, my feet are constantly moving and pivoting, sometimes hanging off the pedal at non-traditional angles, so I can achieve deep carves on the Z quite satisfactorily (yes, albeit with more body movement). But I can see how set-it-and-forget-it, close to the shell, parallel 11 feet, "I want the wheel to turn by itself" guys will say it's less maneuverable than smaller diameter wheels. The dense 55 lb wheel weight & short stubby OG Ninebot pedals also compound this I suspect. Stability? This is where the Z10 surprised me, and in a good way, the best way! (though we heard brief early reports of this quality in passing) Quite logically, the Z10 having a wider tire, though being slightly curved and not flat (like the OneWheel tire or a car tire) gives you a wider base, which equals more stability and more distance traveled falling one direction before rider-correcting to the opposite direction. Combined with the greater mass density, which contributes to a slower initial momentum, you can really (with proper technique) control this wheel at slower speeds to the point of crawling next to pedestrians, and switching pivot axis really quickly. While in motion, the wide combined with the mass equates into hugging the road over small bumps better, only catching air for the more jagged and bigger divots (though again, the dense rubber tire composition does not absorb shocks). Think of a boulder chasing Indiana Jones or something similar (am I dating myself? Lol) Acceleration / Braking Acceleration With the Z10, Ninebot has re-introduced hardness pedal sensitivity settings again from the One 16" series days ( @Tishawn Fahie had reminded me that they had removed this for the 14" S2/S1/A1 series for some unknown reason). This time, the settings are only from 0 to 4 (as opposed to I think the 16" series was 0-10), with 0 again being the hardest response. Unfortunately, this is not the top tier stiffness/hardness of a 0-setting 16" One or 14" S2, but I would equate the 0-setting Z10 to around slightly less hard a response than a sport-mode Gotway Tesla, and comparable or slightly harder than my Ride-Mode KS18S (was that the name of the hardest KS setting? haven't opened up my crappy KS app in ages Lol - still don't want to!). However, due to the mass, to really initiate from-rest acceleration, especially uphill, you need to swing more weight force into the Z10 pedals, almost reminiscent to the way you need to really swing the sport-mode MSuperV3 pedals to initiate acceleration from rest (albeit, with more resistance to the Z, not in that glidy, floaty, effortless Gotway thing the MSuperV3 & Monster motor do). In other words, the power and acceleration in the ballpark of other 2kW nominal motor models IS there (just below the 84V Gotways), but you have to work / lean for it more. Also, interestingly, though it takes time for me to gain trust with any new wheel, so far I was not able to overcurrent/overcharge (ie. fast acceleration uphill) the Z10, whereas I was able to do so on the V10F. Braking I think the Z10 is the first EUC where you can specifically select the braking behavior, called "Assisted-braking" in the app (see my Z10 Initial Impressions YouTube below). It's just a toggle between enabled and disabled. When enabled, leaning back to brake will have little tension, more swing. I guess this supposedly "assists" your braking, but I was never a fan of that feel (see MSuperV3, reportedly SoloWheel does/did this too), so I've been constantly toggling that feature off (the demo Z10 keeps forgetting just this one particular setting for some reason; they might have fixed this in the updated FW that the NB app keeps prompting me to update too, but I have bad memories of Ninebot One 16" Firmware-gate: Faceplanting of the Ninebots a couple(?) of years back, so we'll just keep ignoring that FW prompt, thank you very much!). So with the braking 'assist' turned off, braking is sufficiently hard IMHO, and every NYC rider who's been on the Z10 so far has agreed with me, FWIW. Heaviness I brought this up at the end of my Z10 Initial Impressions vid, but the Z10 has to be (might be wrong) the heaviest 18" EUC at ~55 lbs, and not packing a very efficient battery-to-wheel weight-ratio, as my KS18S with an extra 680Wh more battery is 4 lbs lighter. This heaviness factor is both a minus (obvious lifting implications) and plus (the aforementioned grounded/planted-ness for bumps) IMHO. Walk-up apartment residents and high heighted car trunk owners beware! Not really sure why this is, but my guess is the tubeless tire & motor weight (could be wrong). Alright, gonna part-by-part more impressions/observations + video content progressively on this thread, as this short analysis got dense real quick! If you stuck by this long, your Ninebot Z thirst is strong!
  7. 27 points
    Way back in July last year, I started my own personal quest... A quest to find my next wheel! It was at great personal sacrifice that I tried every different wheel that I could find. Travelling to Los Angeles, Australia and Singapore I rode just about every model of all the major brands - and a special thanks to everyone I met up with, for both the wheels that I borrowed and the information that I was able to glean. And following this adventure, it has been a year of exciting new wheels from all of the big players! However after all of the potential, I have now (finally) confirmed my new wheel... Or rather it has been confirmed for me. Unfortunately, Mrs. TFU has advised me that I am not allowed get another wheel for myself, as I have spent all of my allowance starting up my own EUC business here in New Zealand! That's right... It has been so frustrating trying to get quality wheels in New Zealand that I have taken the leap and set it up so that they will be available for everyone! It hasn't been as easy as I had hoped, and there was a lot more paperwork than I would have liked, but everything is now in place, I am working with the manufacturers, and the first order is on the way! So, while I may not be allowed to get myself another wheel just now, I suppose I will be able to console myself with "demonstration wheels" from across the board. Other than the 2-3 Kiwis on the forum, it isn't too relevant to most of you - and it isn't quite live yet - but feel free to have a look if you're at a loose end... https://www.roll.nz/
  8. 26 points
    Too soon? Naw, it can never be too soon! Tattoo idea:
  9. 25 points
    I'm a complete newbie when it comes to EUC's but I have just learned how to ride them and now I'm hooked. It's been less than a week since I got my KingSong KS18S, but I wanted to share my experience if anyone is interested. This is a review that I wrote for eWheels since Jason has done such an amazing job helping me get the wheel I wanted. If these types of posts are prohibited please forgive me and my excitement for this new hobby/lifestyle. "Let me give you a little background. I had been using a simple hoverboard as an "assistant commuter." I would ride it from my house to a commuter train and then from there I would ride it again to work. I had done this for a year, but the reality of this being so slow for a few of the miles I was on it set in very quickly. "I was looking for other options that were all electric and also very fun. I had already been known at work and around the work neighborhood as the guy with the hoverboard and somewhat even infamous. I wanted to ramp it up a notch too with whatever I decided to upgrade to. I looked into eBikes and then saw a video on YouTube about Electric Unicycles. As soon as I saw that video, which was for a really cheap and under powered EUC, I knew that I needed to get one. I started researching what types were available, cost, power, speed, battery size, mileage, etc. "I settled on either a Gotway Monster 22 or a KingSong KS18S because of the power and mileage capability. I wanted this to be able to be a full commuter and errand runner. This would become my primary form of transportation, so it had to be top of the line! I quickly realized the price for me was high, but definitely worth the cost. I saved up what I could and even sold some things on eBay to get all the money. After watching nearly all the videos that are on YouTube about EUCs in general while the time passed, I finally found out about eWheels as the best vendor here in the USA. I also, during this research, finally decided on the KingSong KS18S, as my biggest priorities were, in this order, distance, safety, quality, and power. I've found that overall opinion out there is that KingSong, has the best safety and quality ratings of all the EUC vendors. So I ordered it through eWheels and now I just had to wait for it to arrive. "Three days! That's all it took to get from California to Utah. By the way, there's almost no one in Utah with an EUC, so I may even be the only KS18S rider in the state. That needs to change, we need enough to form a group. "So here's my experience. I had no experience on one, so it was entirely up to me to train myself. I did watch many videos of how to ride one on YouTube, but they only gave my brain the knowledge. I was VERY UNSUCCESSFUL on my first attempt. Never once though did my EUC fall or get scratched. I was extra cautious. On day two, I was able to ride it, but couldn't quite control where it went, obviously not desirable. After three days however, it finally clicked in my head somehow and WOW, I was riding an EUC. "It was actually only about 3 or 4 hours of trying to ride it as I spent mostly only about an hour each day practicing. I had no serious falls or close calls, but being tense and inexperienced had me really squeezing the EUC with my knees which caused some minor bruises on both the inside of my knees and ankles. "Once I got it down I didn't find much need to squeeze the sides unless I wanted a really quick acceleration or I was climbing a steep hill. Which this one has NO problems at all doing. I've mostly ridden it in downtown Salt Lake City and drove it up and down some really serious inclines without any problems. "I've seen some reviews both written and video saying that the KingSong KS18S is NOT a good EUC for beginners. If that's true then I'm an exceptional rider. But statistically there shouldn't be anything special about me, so I would say it's a great beginner EUC as it is a top of the line model. Which means it has plenty of power when you're trying something that you don't know that you shouldn't try as a beginner. It will NOT cut out suddenly! "I would recommend this for beginners who have never ridden an EUC, but only IF they have the budget available. "This is day four of me riding the KS18S and I already have 45 miles on it and that almost entirely yesterday's distance. This has quickly become my favorite form of transportation. "A special note about learning to ride though; if you want to learn quickly, then you will need to be in good shape. If you take it slowly then it doesn't require as much out of you physically. I use an Apple Watch to keep track of steps, movement, heart rate, etc. which I use to meet certain exercise goals. I blew all those goals out of the water while I was trying to learn it. Four times as many calories burned; three times as much movement; and twice the exercise were the results of learn this awesome machine. "The KingSong KS18S is an EUC that shouldn't be passed on if you've got the chance. I really love the distance, speed and power that comes with this alternate form of travel that has now become my favorite form of travel." That was my review but just later that day I decided to take it up the mountain beyond the Utah State Capital to some of the radio towers that are there. It was so easy to get there! I can't believe what this can do. Never got a warning beep or notification of any kind. The temperature remained great. The only reason that I didn't get to the top was that it was a spur of the moment decision and I didn't have a full battery. I only had about 20% to 30% left near the top so I decided to head back down so I would damage the battery. The regenerative braking was great as I had about 45% battery when I got to the bottom of the mountain. Here's a few of my photos from the trip. Thanks for taking the time to read this long post. I look forward to more time on my KS18S and this forum. By the way, If there is anyone in the Salt Lake City area that would like to get together for a ride, let me know. I've only seen one other EUC, not sure which, in Utah further north. And based on the Apps and people who share their locations, there aren't more than about 8 in the whole state. I love to meet you.
  10. 24 points
    I was on my second 22-mile Tesla range test of the day (video tomorrow) when I ran into a divot in the path. In hindsight it seems like what happened to @Rehab1 just happened to me. I had checked my speed (via the Pebble) just moments before, so I know my speed was ~18-mph. The wheel wobbled for a split-second before I was thrown off. No time to take even a single partial step. BAM! I was immediately hitting the cement, and damn did it hurt. Took probably a couple of minutes before I could ever so slowly raise myself. Everything below my waist was a non-issue (thank you kneepads). My wrists are great (thank you Flexmeters). Unfortunately I have not been wearing elbow pads for a long time, thinking they don't really come into play much. Was I wrong. My leather jacket is toast (or at least now it's a dedicated riding jacket). As the picture below shows, my elbows is trashed. Tore some good amount of skin from my fingers. The helmet did it's job (see the heavy scratching. My riding glasses tore a bit of skin around my nose. But my right shoulder took a major impact. I'm hoping nothing is broken (no sharp pains), but it's swollen now and I don't have great movement. I'll add some additional thoughts later, but typing with one hand is a pain in the butt. Somehow the Pebble watch got a good scraping
  11. 24 points
    Out of the blue my wife approached me today and said she wants to see if she can learn. I'm rather amazed at this turn of events. She's not the athletic type and has felt she doesn't have the greatest balance (but rode bicycles as a kid). I tell her like I tell other people, that if you can ride a bicycle you can learn to ride an EUC. I guess seeing me ride all the time over the last couple of years has started to rub off on her. She says she'll never do the kind of riding that I do, but likes the idea of doing little rides together, maybe at some local parks. I think she just likes the idea of getting out of the house more, and some outdoors time with me I'm very excited, I just hope that she can pick it up. I'm going to take the training very slow, but fortunately she has me to teach her. Now I'm debating what wheel. I'm thinking for the very beginning baby steps I'll use the cheapo generic wheel. I would be holding her, etc. Then transition to another wheel. I'm leaning towards the Z10. If she actually sticks with it (a big if), then maybe get her Glide 3 / V8. Lots of time between now and then to figure that out. I'll keep you appraised of what happens here.
  12. 23 points
    Hey guys, Another shameless promotion of my first ride with the 17" Gotway Nikola prototype!
  13. 23 points
    Went out for a night ride the day before yesterday. I've become very fond of riding at night, when the city is completely deserted. It's nice to be able to focus on my riding and on progressively taming the 18XL. I still struggle a bit with things like accelerating on wide curves (large roundabouts, for example), and get speed wobbles, wobbles when accelerating hard, and when braking (except power braking). I was out for a couple of hours, mostly practising hard acceleration, braking, carving and slaloming: I'm really starting to enjoy having to put my weight into it, it's very different from the V8, which I can just effortlessly "flick" from side to side. Also did some off-roading, which was great fun, as the paths I took are usually plagued with people walking their dogs, forcing me to limit my speed drastically. T'was fun to push the envelop and get high on the adrenaline Sidenote: @Marty Backe, I'm following your advice and using a flashlight for night-riding: the 18XL has a great headlight, but when accelerating, braking or on pitch black trails, it isn't enough. The flashlight works like a charm, and is a much simpler solution than the DIY inventions I tried to attach a bicycle light to the wheel or my helmet. I initially thought it would be tedious to be holding the flashlight all the time, but have grown used to it, and can easily turn it on or off depending on visibility, resting my arm. It also comes in handy when approaching an intersection: I put it on strobe mode to give drivers plenty of notice of my impending arrival before we cross paths, and so far, I'd say it's prevented several mishaps with cars ( @Smoother can attest to the fact those don't tend to end well...) Anyway, before I go off on another tangent, mid-ride I took a break, and realised I could have unlocked the max. speed to 50 km/h several weeks ago. So, I unlocked it (had to try 3 different versions of the KS app...but that's a different story) and started leaving my "speed comfort zone" so I can gradually overcome the wobbles (they tend to start at about 35 km/h). I noticed that I instinctively grip the wheel when accelerating hard and when I reach a certain speed, so I worked on relaxing my stance. Had a few close calls (the kind of nasty wobbles that make you consider bailing), but managed to control them. Then, on the last stretch before getting home, I pushed myself one last time, and....I was managing! Faster and faster, no wobbles, complete control of the wheel, feeling confident and....suddenly I'm airborne and sliding along the pavement. I was so focused on my riding and maintaining control of the wheel that I didn't even see the speed bump 100m (330 ft) from my house, which I ride past at least twice a day...I checked WheelLog, and since most the ride home was either off-road or accelerate-wobble-slow down, the trip's top speed (43,8 km/h) was, beyond a doubt, the speed I was going when I saluted the pavement. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to think. I landed on my right side, and based on the scrape marks on my elbow guards (and lack thereof on my wrist guard), it appears my right wrist didn't even touch the ground and all my weight landed on my elbow (perfect recipe for a nasty shoulder injury). I'm glad I was wearing sturdy skateboard-style protections and not something like G-Form Pro-X's under my clothes, 'cause even with the skid plate and thick padding, the ol' elbow was sore for a while. Aside from that, I had some tingling in my left fingers, which scraped against the pavement (might consider getting some leather gloves...don't fancy road-rash...) and a nasty hit on my lateral malleolus (bottom of the fibula). An odd place to take a hit...but a good argument for wearing high mountain boots when riding; loosely laced, to not hinder ankle movement, they do provide protection for a part of the body I'd never even considered might be affected in an EUC crash. I rode away from the crash a bit shaken and with tingling fingers, but that's about it. It was the next day when I found myself limping and with a fairly sore shoulder (not a nice feeling when you've already dislocated that shoulder twice in the past). Gearing up saved the day. Inspecting my gear later, my helmet doesn't have a single scratch, but if my head had hit the ground, it would have been from the ear downward, so anything but a full-face helmet would have been as good as nothing at all. Looks like my backpack absorbed part of the hit too, as there's a tear on the side (if it hadn't been for the backpack, that would have been my side scraping against the asphalt). Am no longer limping and my shoulder is only slightly sore, so I consider myself pretty lucky (I fell in a straight line; I could have landed on the curb, slid into a parked car, etc.). The 18XL got a couple of ugly scars, and I ripped the side pad in three different places (almost pulled it off entirely). The factory adhesive is strong stuff, just pressed on the pad for a few seconds and it stayed in place, so I reckon I'll order a replacement but leave it as is until it's beyond recovery. I can't help but remember some advice given by @Mono, I think it was, on inattention being one of the no. 1 causes of EUC crashes. I was almost home (which is when we tend to pay less attention), the streets were deserted, there were no pedestrians, cars, dogs or other "mobile hazards", and due to excess focus on keeping the wheel stable at speed, I wasn't paying enough attention to the road in front of me. In retrospect, I'm glad this happened late at night and the obstacle was a speed bump and not a person (although I wouldn't have pushed my limits like that in any other circumstance; then again...you never really know when/where someone might jump out in front of you...) On the other hand, since I moved recently, it took me a a while to locate and unbox my protective gear, so for a over a week, I'd been running errands on the wheel, on a daily basis, with no protections at all. Granted, I was extra cautious and didn't take any risks, but accidents can happen when you least expect it so...no more of that nonsense. If it hadn't been for protective gear, this would have been a nasty fall (although another small lesson I've learned is that no matter how much protection one wears, there's always going to be some part of the body that's unprotected, so I guess the risk of accidents and injuries is something one just has to accept the moment he hops on a one-wheeled fracture machine) Over and out
  14. 23 points
    I'm back with part 2 of my comparison review of the Gotway MSX vs Kingsong 18XL! Took them out to the park to do some off-roading. These things are tough...
  15. 22 points
    17 inches650 wh / 84 V / NCR18650 PF1300 wh / 84 V / NCR18650 PF1600 wh / 84 V / NCR18650 GA Fotos on spoiler.
  16. 22 points
    City night ride. Strap on your headphones.
  17. 22 points
    No more rumors. Here's the real thing: https://youtu.be/ZhCCMtfBqSk Also, gotta give a huge thanks to @Jason McNeil from eWheels and Kingsong for allowing me to do a KS16X GIVEAWAY! Someone's going to win a $2000 wheel... TLDW: The Kingsong 16X is one of the best off-roading wheels and makes a solid city commuter. It's street performance is very solid, off-roading is amazing. The only drawback for speed freaks will be the top speed, 45kmh (28mph).
  18. 22 points
    My son Matt honored me with a birthday gift a few months before he died. Low on money he somehow found a copy of an old Rare Earth song 'City Life' that I really like and then recorded it on a CD for me to listen to in my truck. Best gift ever! Every time I play it I think of him. Matt went riding with me today with this song in my head so I decided to make a video. Love you always buddy!
  19. 22 points
    The First Mountain Stress Test A long video, but I have a couple of time markers early in the video if you just want to skip to where it crashes and burns I provide some of my observations in the video, but the biggest take away is the lack of low-speed torque. Under all but the most severe conditions the lack of torque is not noticeable. But when you throw in steep inclines it comes to the forefront. This is still an amazingly powerful wheel. As I say in the video, the Z10 makes me less impressed with the high voltage wheels, particularly what Gotway is doing. I'm not a power and/or motor engineer, but I think the Ninebot engineers are aptly demonstrating with the Z10 that with good engineering you can make a powerful wheel with relatively low voltages. Perhaps with Gotway, chasing the higher voltages is a cheap way to get the power if you don't have the engineering talent BTW, Jason (EWheels) gave me explicit permission to try and over-stress the Z10. I wouldn't do this to your wheel if you loaned me one, promise
  20. 22 points
    Here is my thread covering my thoughts about the Z10 as they develop. I received the wheel yesterday and took it out some last night. It is a very "dense" wheel. It almost feels like a Monster was hit with a shrink ray that kept the weight but knocked a third off it's size. The look and feel of the wheel in person is impressive and measures up to what I have seen in pictures and videos. The fit and finish seems top notch and what I have come to expect of a Ninebot product. Wide is a recurring theme when I describe the wheel. Not only is the tire almost motorcycle looking in width, the pedals, which have been touted all along as being Ninebot One knock offs feel much wider than I recall. Even my big size 13 feet had extra space to move in and out, more so than I do on my Msuper style pedals which surprised the hell out of me. I was very nervous hopping on for my first ride which was able to do pretty quickly since Chris was nice enough to send the wheel with a full charge on it. The first few minutes in the driveway were very similar to what I remember when I first rode the Monster. Body movements that would turn my other wheels did not have the same effect on the Z10. As Chris mentioned several times, going straight on the Z10 is extremely easy because of the fat tire, it just wants to stay upright. Despite the different physics and geometry of the wheel within a half hour or so I felt much more comfortable as my body learned what does and doesn't work pretty quickly which I talk about a lot in the video. As far as power and braking I have zero complaints. Acceleration and braking was smooth and predictable. Keep in mind my other wheels are a 67V Msuper V3 and an original Monster but with that background, the Z10 felt just fine to me initially and even better once I started leaning more to bring on the power more rapidly. The wheel cruises at speed easily. My top speed during the ride was over 25mph and it obviously had a lot more to give if I asked it to. So I will expand on this as my experience continues. I have a very busy two days ahead of me with me traveling all around the county trying to test the wheel in various situations. Yes, the swamp will be one of them.
  21. 22 points
    Just got back from a run to the grocery store. Took my Tesla. I was cruising on the sidewalk, probably 12 to 15-mph, along the town center area with lots of parking lot entrances off the main town road. As I approach one of the entrances I see a car come from behind and proceed to turn into the entrance just as I'm about to cross the entrance. Hmmmm. I immediately take evasive action, but I'm limited because of how fast I'm traveling. I'm trying to turn enough to miss the corner of the car, but not so fast that I'd lose control of the wheel. It's all happening in slow-motion now. Somehow I miss the bumper by literally 6 or so inches, and the car has now stopped (so at least I won't be run over) as I continue past the hood. My next nemesis awaits me. Since the car essentially pushed me off my sidewalk trajectory I now find myself heading straight towards a 4+ inch tall divider. Images of @Shad0z's broken collar bone flash through my mind I'm still traveling fast and my instinct tells me that it's going to be impossible to stop. As I'm coming to this conclusion I've already initiated a braking motion and somehow simultaneously I manage to jump off my moving wheel and continue running, hurtling over the divider and coming to a stop on shaky legs. I hear the Tesla crash behind me. I turn around and walk back to the Tesla, managing a John Wayne swagger the best that I can. You know, like no big deal, I do this all the time. Meanwhile the people in the car are staring out their windows, mouths literally agape , thankful that they didn't hit me and simultaneously wondering what exactly they missed hitting. I could see their mouths forming the words "I'm sorry". I chalk this near miss up to a combination of them not paying attention to the sidewalk and me not riding defensively enough. It was literally the fault of both of us, I believe. Definitely provided my adrenaline rush for the day And the Tesla was great, turning off nice and fast. If I was on my old ACM it would probably still be dancing away
  22. 22 points
    I just had to contribute to this. Recently my niece got married, the groom’s family own a Manor House that is older than the USA and with its own church ( see below - the Manor House is on the right). See also https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teffont_Evias . I’m sure @Hunka Hunka Burning Love Will quickly spot, under “Notable People” that there used to be the kind of parties he is always hoping to get invited to ?! As you can probably imagine this was quite a wedding with quite a big guest list. As a result the car was parked quite a long way away. During the reception I needed to fetch something from the car. Well the KingSong was in the trunk, it was a long walk back and I was in a hurry - there was, clearly, (I mean obvious to anyone surely?) only one thing to do ?. They say a picture is worth a thousand words - well - How much my wife agreed with my decision is, I think quite clear:
  23. 21 points
    I know this will come as a surprise to some of you, but I'm burned out on Gotway. Their perpetual sloppiness in manufacturing and non-responsiveness to community feedback has finally convinced me that KingSong is the only way to go from here on out. Fortunately I have the KS14S and KS18XL. I'm going to buy two KS16X's and will outfit one of them with a knobby tire. This will allow be to sell my two ACM2's (what a relief to finally dump these turds). Hoping that 2019 will be the year that KingSong releases a Monster killer, then I can get rid of the Monster too. I'll probably keep my remaining Gotway wheels, mostly to loan out to visiting riders from out of town. Sorry to disappoint my fellow Gotway wheel owners, but I have to be honest to the community.
  24. 21 points
    Hi 👋 🤗 Thank you all so much🙏🏻. I want to say a big Hello from riders from Vladivostok👋 I do not speak English and will use a translator, so I apologize in advance if the translation does not sound very correct🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Thank you for inviting me. This is unexpected. I am very happy to meet many friends here. When I bought my first wheel, I had a lot of questions. I didn't have anyone to ask. In Vladivostok such monowheels were not. It's great that there is such an opportunity to communicate between people. Thank you very, very much.😊🌸🌺🌼
  25. 21 points
    Few impressions after 200km on KS-18L I got this wheel a week ago and unfortunately it was a rainy week and I had to leave for the weekend without the wheel. That means I only rode it for just over 200 km and only today I made a longer journey including some off-road. At first I had trouble controlling the wheel as I never rode 18” or larger wheel for more than few hundred meters. I was used to Mten3 as it was my only wheel for past few weeks (previously I rode KS-14C for few thousand km). The difference is huge, it is entirely different style of riding. At first, I was so disappointed with acceleration and braking. This wheel behaves like a fully loaded cargo ship compared to mten3. But I got used to the bigger wheel and todays ride was exhilarating! If you push this wheel with your calves as well as with feet it can climb or go down any hill. I would sooner start worrying about enough traction than power. The high speed riding feels very comfortable and stable. This wheel eats up kilometers like nothing. The wheel has generally great build quality. It feels better than my father’s Inmotion V8 in this regard. However, when unpacked one of the side cushions was already slabbing and one of the screws holding the mudguard wasn’t fastened. I could fix both things in a minute but it was disappointing none the less. If we are already talking about bad things… The lift-up cutoff is sometimes not working well. I mean most of the time its fine but like one in ten lift ups start good but after time while lifted the wheel activates. This is very annoying as the wheels starts spinning and beeping loudly – not good when arriving home late at night… It also sometimes turns off for a split second while standing or atleast I think that is what it does - the wheel beeps and jerks a little. Fortunately cut-off functionally is disabled entirely while the wheel is in motion. The lift-up freewheeling speed is 68 km/h while fully charged and 51 km/h while not rideable anymore due to low battery. I rode it for about 70 km on a charge today. It was mixed street/off-road ride including steep hills and I weigh 80 kg. Max speed tested 40 km/h. It has pretty loud high frequency whine but otherwise its quiet. I did not experience tilt-back because of low battery like @Henrik Olsen maybe because I stopped riding sooner as I hate the beeps. But the tilt-back caused by approaching set top speed is gradual so I think it is well implemented. My FW version is 1.03 and there is currently update offered in the app, but I am hesitant to go trough with it. I have not figured out how to turn the USB ports and Bluetooth speakers on without turning on the whole wheel (no second button like on KS-16) but just laying the wheel on its side while on works. There is nice effect of equalizer visualization while playing music but it does not adjust to the volume so with low volume it doesn’t work. The wheel also turns on Bluetooth for the app and for the speakers while charging so you can check the charge level while charging from your phone. So far neither the official app or WheelLog are ready for 84V KS so they show the right voltage but wrong battery %. In conclusion I am very glad I now own KS-18L and Mten3 as these two wheels complement each other. KS-18L is awesome long range powerful wheel for trail and fast long rides and Mten3 is the most agile tiny power house and is super fun for goofing around and technical riding (had a blast on it on singletrek). Now some multimedia (not @Marty Backe quality but hopefully useful, I just used my phone and had to hold it in hand as I have no tripod nor selfiestick): Trail riding Low battery behavior Weird light-photoresistor feedback loop Looking down the valley I just came from Dual charging while turned on KS-18L having a rest while a boat does the work
  26. 21 points
    ... sorry for dragging my feet on this last vid. Turns out teardown vids are really tough to try to make not boring *smh....
  27. 21 points
    My neighbor give me one little magpie fallen from his nest. Now I training him to fly with the help of the EUC
  28. 21 points
    Greetings all - I was also able to play around with the Ninebot One Z 10 - thanks to @houseofjobs! I dont believe in reviewing a wheel I dont own especially when you only have it for a couple of hours but here's my first impression video. Thanks!
  29. 20 points
    There is a development update to report; they will be using a new 2200W motor, using a different PWM waveform, to try to match the silent & instant responsiveness of the Gotway controller. Tina says this is not expected to delay the production, currently still on target for next month, however, the demo Wheel is delayed until month's end now.
  30. 20 points
    Impressions After 3-Days & 90-Miles I love this wheel Focusing on the negatives first, the wheel clearly is lacking in low-speed torque (I don't know if there's such a thing as high-speed torque). This only manifests itself when you are climbing a steep incline, slowly. In the vast majority of my time riding this wheel I have never felt the wheel to be lacking in torque, power, speed, etc. So yes, I will not be grabbing this wheel when I anticipate doing some steep climbing. Most of the real steep climbing that I do is during testing or when I feel like experimenting when out and about. So in my opinion the lack of low-speed torque is a niche issue. But it's there for sure. Once I settled on ~35-psi for the tire pressure, the wheel has performed just as I would have hoped, It has superb traction that matches any other wheel I have. The ride is not too hard - feels like my other wheels (I like a firmer ride). Tracking also matches my other wheels. It purrs when encountering sand pockets. I recently turned off brake assist and I feel like the traction going down steep inclines is better. I will know more when I take it to the mountain proving grounds for round two. This wheel is a blast to ride as I experienced a little of everything today in my 38-mile range test. I absolutely love the low-speed handing. Considering the massive tire on this wheel, the Z10 feels closer to a 16-inch wheel. It feels closer to my ACM than the MSuper. Doing tight 360's and backward spins on this wheel is a real joy. Nothing like the more cumbersome MSuper and much more relaxing than the twitchy Tesla (or even ACM). It really does remind me most of the Mten3 in terms of low-speed handling. I am really stoked that I'm going to own one of these in the next month or two (hopefully with a working sound system). Again, except for the torque issues that occur in niche conditions, the Z10 feels like a very high performance wheel, but one made in Germany instead of China (I hope that analogy translates well).
  31. 20 points
    It's Kuji here. I used to roll with the guys in SF, but moved to China about a year ago to work with Ninebot to follow my passion. I'm an entrepreneur who is just obsessed with self balancing vehicles. Things at Ninebot didnt pan out as i had hoped, but my obsession with electric unicycles hasn't been fazed. I figured id show off my first piece of work on reviewing the new inmotion v10F. I dont have any background making films, but I figured id give it a shot and start making videos about self balancing vehicles, electric things, and seeing where this takes me. It's less than 5 minutes long, super dense, hopefully entertaining and funny. It covers about 80% of what I feel about the V10F after riding over 500km on it. I figured id post it in 'general discussions' rather than specifically in the inmotion category since i think this video would appeal to all electric wheel riders. Since this is my first video, it would be SUPER appreciated if you 'subscribed' to my channel... More to come! I hope you guys like it! Here's the video:
  32. 20 points
    To get all "scientific", you exceeded the speed where the battery voltage is not enough to cause a large enough current to flow through the motor. The faster the motor spins, the larger voltage the motor itself generates. Yes, an electric motor is also a generator, if you spin the wheel by an outside force, it generates a voltage that could be used to power other equipment. When the battery power is used to spin the motor, the motor still produces its own voltage, this is called back-EMF (back electromotive force). For an electric current to flow, there must be a voltage difference. Once the motor spins fast enough to produce a back-EMF equal to the battery voltage, the current can no longer flow. Current is what creates the torque of the motor, so at that point, there's zero torque on the motor, and it cannot accelerate to keep you up when you lean forwards. Actually, it will happen before the 0-torque point, there might be torque "left", but not enough to keep you upright when trying to accelerate, or you just hit a bump or whatever which would need a higher torque momentarily to overcome, but there's not enough "buffer" left. The lower the battery voltage goes (the more empty the battery), the lower the speed where this occurs. There are lots more detailed threads spread across the forum in case you're interested in the more "techy" details.
  33. 20 points
    My first YouTube video, shot on iPhone X with DJI Osmo Mobile 2 enjoy ?
  34. 19 points
    Good guess! But no. The champion of the 2019 Electric Unicycle Grand Prix held in Oakland, Calif. on Saturday is Freeman Murray, riding with unmatched skill and speed on a Kingsong 18L. Freeman was able to consistently carry the most speed through the slalom and was the fastest rider all day. We ran heats of five laps around the course, expertly and generously organized by @Kai Sosceles, to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. Freeman ran a 2:57.76 in the five-racer final to take home the title and a $250 cash prize. Little old me had to push my MSuperX as far as I could to finish less than three seconds behind Freeman in second place with a time of 3:00.65. It was a pleasure to buy a post-race round for some of my fellow racers with the $150 I took home for second. Third place (a Kingsong 18XL) got $100 and was just two seconds behind me, so I needed every bit of everything I had. The winning and prizes was very cool, but the most important part of Saturday was 1) it was 100-percent safe, with zero injuries or serious crashes and 2) amazing fun for all. All riders rode within the capabilities of themselves and their equipment, and everybody shared a special moment highlighting all the best things about our weird little hobby. I'll put up a few videos here, I'm sure there will be more to come as everyone processes their work. But I'll share my favorite quick story from the whole event: About 90 minutes in, during a break in the racing, an East Bay Municipal Park District police officer pulls into the parking lot. Walks up to us, friendly but serious. Kai explains what we were up to, and then the officer tells us that electric vehicles are not allowed on part of our course (the back stretch, a shared bike path). He told us he was going to check some regulations in his car, so we waited. As we wait, another officer pulls up, and we're thinking we're shut down for sure. After a few minutes of discussion, the officer walks back over. He tells us: "So, we had some busybody, umm, citizen, call in and report you guys, because they weren't having as much fun as you were. And, we're going to leave now." And they did! He smiled, went back to his car, and they drove off. We finished the final heats after the tacit approval of some very cool cops! Final heat, raw 360-degree video:
  35. 19 points
    Our CG animator just completed this disassembly clip for the 18XL. Intention is to serve a couple different purposes, showing how it's put together, for ordering parts, also I think it looks rather cool . The number next to the part descriptions will be the SKU/part number codes.
  36. 19 points
    Im from Russia, where vodka, bears and good english everywhere
  37. 19 points
    @Liamfind, it's always great to see some involvement at the Manufacturer level. Before moving onto a new product, I think Inmotion should first focus on improving the V10/V10F to make it a Best-of-Class product that it deserves; it's 95% of the way there for hardware, but needs some inexpensive tweaks, that your Customers have been requesting for months. Both King Song & Gotway have been pretty good with Continual Model Improvement, but we haven't seen much of this practice at Inmotion. Handle Play: the external handle mount is fine, keeps the internal space available for the ~1kWh battery, but the 5cm of play in the handle, going all the way back to the V5F days (more than 2 years ago), is completely necessary & is a real problem with a 20kg Wheel. The folding hinge joint needs to be retooled with smaller tolerances to eliminate this play. Reducing Speed Throttle at <70% SOC: a battery of ~1kWh provides plenty of surplus power all the way down to 3.2-3.3v, a chief compliant among V10 Customers is that while it's great to have 40kph cruising speed, this performance is available for only 30% of the total capacity of the pack. It seems the Engineers have not taken into account the capabilities of the hardware in the V10/F for programming the throttling levels. On machines like the Gotway Tesla, other manufacturers have demonstrated that it is possible to provide Customers with longer high speed cruising duration, without sacrificing safety. Controller Performance: Gotway have introduced the HY MOSFETS with the TO-247 packaging, which has a huge heatsink. The empirical evidence from veteran Riders, like @Marty Backe, is that these boards are almost completely immune to over-heating & have an incredibly high reliability rate. The V10/F is one of the most susceptible machines to overheating, this greatly limits it's utility for hill climbing & operation in environments with high ambient temperatures. Waterproofing: no doubt you're aware of the deficiencies in this area on the early V10Fs & the toll it took to the reputation of the product & cost to the distributors performing the recall. Any details you can share on what improvements have been made at both the organizational level & technical changes to prevent this from ever occurring again would help to restore some trust in the Company. Sensible Spare Parts Pricing: as a Dealer, charging nearly $200 for a replacement controller makes it extremely difficult to offer onsite spare parts service for Customers. While many of the parts prices are inline with what other suppliers charge, there needs to be some rationalization for certain parts.
  38. 19 points
    I have great news for all. I didn't expect this, but @Jason McNeil of ewheels.com contacted me and suggested that I continue maintaining WheelLog, in turn he offered to me access to Kevin Cooper's account in the Play Market, with the possibility of publishing WheelLog. Thus, all subsequent WheelLog updates will be distributed through the Play Market. Thanks Jason ( @Jason McNeil), thanks Kevin ( @JumpMaster), it was really surprising. 2.0.16: - Fixed reconnection to Ninebot Z, and some more bugs with it. 2.0.17: - Added GPS speed, heading, altitude to logs (now you are able to see how GPS far from reality, or.. ) 2.0.18: - Added Solowheel Glide 3 support 2.0.19: - Roll back of battery percents to official formulas (I'll return to this question when I figure out how to do it better) You can find new version in Play Market. Source code was updated: https://github.com/palachzzz/WheelLogAndroid
  39. 19 points
    Provided by a Customer in Seattle. After the initial shock he walked away, I think it's okay to have a good laugh.
  40. 19 points
    Just had a wipe-out, second day on the 18L—it's the third 18L in existence (one of the prototypes)—with the power on during shipping incident & swapping out the board. Circumstances: I was bombing along at max speed 40kph, an unmarked speed bump maliciously popped out of in front of me. Had 2 seconds of air time, classic hands-in-front to save myself posture, wrist-guards saved my bacon, very minor knee scrape, otherwise pretty good shape. I know it's a debatable topic, but I'm so glad we've been shipping wrist-guards with all the Wheels, knowing that at least one part of your anatomy is impervious to danger & can take the brunt of the impact, can really make a difference in outcomes.
  41. 19 points
  42. 19 points
    I went to Copenhagen to pick up my brand new Kingsong KS18L Electric Unicycle. In this video, I unbox, unlock and share my first impression of KS18L after taking in on its first ride.
  43. 19 points
    Looks like a great ride. I'll have to come down and conquer that mountain some time. How much elevation total you think? After doing questionable things on EUCs for a few years now I've started to record some of the things that I do. Still not great at holding the camera while doing these, but will get better in time.
  44. 18 points
    Brandon's (6 years old) instructional on how to do tricks on an EUC. Also, we just realized Coronado Beach in San Diego is an EXCELLENT beach to actually ride on the sand. The hard packed sand part of the beach is SUPER wide.
  45. 18 points
    Hi Guys, Thank you for all the well wishes. It means a lot. You guys can also be very funny - you know who you are. I've had some good laughs this morning. I just got up from a 10-hour recovery sleep My shoulder appears not to have gotten much worse if any from how it was feeling last night. And there is zero bruising although the whole area is swollen. It's Sunday and I don't want to mortgage the house by going to the ER. I'll see how I feel Monday and may go to the doctor. I do weight training every week so my shoulders/arms have a fair amount of muscle and I think that really helped to survive the crash. Based on the (assisted) range of motion that I have, my gut tells me that I haven't damaged anything, but I've certainly stretched all kinds of stuff My arm is basically useless, but I can type and stuff once I've lifted my hand to the proper spot with my other arm. This crash is the worst I've ever experienced. It feels like my first true faceplant since there was zero sense of running anything off. All my other crashes have involved a tiny bit of stumbling running before hitting the ground. This was an instant rotation to the cement. It really scares you into not wanting to ride fast. I now know that ~20-mph is kind of survivable. But God knows what would happen at 25-mph, or greater. I will always wear elbow pads in the future since I now have empirical evidence that they do play an important role during a faceplant. Maybe not in other crashes, but faceplants YES. Knee pads are critical. My wristguards saved my hands/wrists big time. I'm so glad I never ride, regardless the distance or type of ride, without my wristguards. Although I bled a lot, after cleaning up, I only have one bandage on each hand, covering a small area. Ignoring the possible damage that could have occurred without the guards, I would have had incredible amounts of roadrash. As I mentioned in a different thread, my wife showed in interest in learning to ride, manly to be able to spend a little more time with me. She had no true passion to learn. I'm ending that experiment and she's OK with it. The thing is, I can take risks, but it scares me to think what would happen to her during a fall. She's older than me (65) and not physically fit. We'll just take more walks together I wasn't filming during the crash, but was carrying the 9-foot selfie-stick. I found it about 20-feet in front of me. Miraculously, the undamaged lens did not hit the ground. But the case has lots of new deep scratches everywhere. This camera has taken a beating No @Rehab1, I don't think the asymmetry of carrying the stick helped me at all. I think the body asymmetry stance still helps in a running type crash, but I now know from personal experience that an actual faceplant involves no running. It's a simple rotation to the ground. My Tesla survived the crash like a champ. It rolled down a 20-foot embankment and sat there beeping at me (was it laughing at me? ). I rode it 10-miles home. In broad strokes, our wheels are amazing machines. Very robust. Sorry not to personally address all of your comments, but I've read everything and have enjoyed your sense of humor. Makes me happy.
  46. 18 points
    This was funny. Flew by him. He stopped me just to ride.
  47. 18 points
    I was trying to make the One Z turn better, naturally I pump up the tire pressure very high. It does improve responsiveness and agility, but it is very stiff, feel like riding on a rim painted black on the edge... Now I find my self enjoying a low pressure setting a lot more, I was curious about how the tire look with different level of pressure, and made this video.
  48. 18 points
    Ride yesterday with @houseofjob& @Tishawn Fahie
  49. 18 points
    Riding my usual 2 mile route home, very familiar route. Around 6PM so light still out and wheel suddenly cuts out at around 15 mph. Immediately face planted, some people drag me out of the street. Luckily was wearing a helmet and no severe damage to my body. Broke my fall with my hand and not wearing wrist guards although I was wearing gloves, a hoodie, and jeans. I have really bad road rash on my face, scrapes, laceration on my lip that will require 2 stitches. My wrist is in A LOT of pain...they will x-ray and I am really hoping no fracture. Fortunately no broken bones other than potentially my wrist. I will keep you updated. Feeling really frustrated but also feeling incredibly fortunate, I was overall very lucky and it could have been so much worse. I was also wearing safety glasses so that protecting my eyes otherwise they would also be messed up. Maybe I'll post some photos when I get home if I'm not feeling shy. I had a Inmotion v10f coming in next week...now I don't know if I can keep it. Stay safe out there guys.
  50. 18 points
    Hopefully I extinguish the fire before someone flames me. Impromptu, quick, no gear slow ride to test out a drone update before mowing the lawn. The drone followed me at the close proximity and altitude I was attempting to accomplish with no tree crashes.
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