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  1. 37 points
    Apologies to everyone for keeping the suspense. If you are planning on travelling to China & having access to your Gmail, YouTube, Drive, etc, the one thing you can depend on is that these sites will not only be inaccessible, but the days of circumvention through VPN is also effectively blocked across the country, making it a real pain to stay in contact with the rest of the world. On Tuesday I did a day trip from Shenzhen to Beijing in order to try out the new Z series, see if it lived up to the hype. I have to admit that with the limited evidence from the few clips floating around, I was sceptical that the Z would hold up to very high expectations. The Ninebot staff were very obliging, they not only gave me access to their R&D area, but answered all my numerous questions about every conceivable aspect of the Wheel, also allowing me to take pictures of the internals. Overall Impressions: So... the important questions that every Wheel enthusiast probably wants to know are: what is like to ride? With the ultra-wide tire is there impairment to manoeuvrability? Will it be able to cope with extreme gradients & high speeds similar to the latest generation Wheels that are marking their way onto the market? Although there was only a limited opportunity to try it out on the Ninebot HQ grounds (no hills) in freezing conditions, I am pleased to report, that to me, it is going to be a formidable new product of 2018, a complete redemption for the failure of the premature P release two years ago. I found stability at both low & high speed to be excellent. Similar to the V5F, there's a torque ripple effect at low speed, you can feel the small pulses of power. At higher speed, it feels sure-footed & completely secure. The model I tested was the smaller battery Z6, electronically capped to 30kph. I did a couple runs building up confidence to push the acceleration. On reaching the max speed there's a progressive, non-jerking, tilt-back to prevent overspeed with a not unpleasant audible warning. With the 4" tire it's to be expected that there will be a bit of reduction in turning radius over the narrow tire Wheels, in my testing this was nothing dramatic, I was able to a full circle in a less than a meter. If you're thinking about using the Z as your Hurste acrobat Wheel, then it's probably not the best choice for this purpose. I'll be posting some video clips once I've caught up on things in the next couple days. Negatives: For the present, Ninebot plan to fit the Z with the same old pedals as the E+. I'm going to try to lobby for longer pedals, if not successful, we may be getting some Custom ones C&Cd. It would seem a pity that for all the time/effort invested into this wonderful new machine, the 3 year old ones would be fitted—pedals are after all the most important element between the Rider to Machine interface. Control Board Building on the lessons learned from the unfortunate P release, the Z's control-board is massively over-engineered to take practically any load. The motor is powered by 12x ST 15180 MOSFETs (300A peak)—need to double-check the model, a search for this model is not yielding any results. There are two input wires from the battery pack that feed into primary board. As for the question of redundancy on the motor, the Engineer said that it's the standard 3 hall sensors with a single set of the wires that all modern higher performance Electric Unicycles are fitted with, so nothing special there. An independent daughter board with the BT module, inputs, LEDs connectors, control functions mounts into the power-board & is fitted with a fuse, while the primary power-board is not fused. I was told that the firmware allows a max peak power of 200A to preserve the hardware from catastrophic failure. In real-word conditions, that would be a perceptible slight dip with a 300lb load racing up a vertical cliff face. The heat-sink on the board side of the shell is simply gargantuan, it occupies nearly the full side of the inner-shell of a solid block of aluminium (40cm x 30cm x 2cm) weighing an impressive >1kg! Lighting The internal shell has two rings of LEDs that are visible directly in front or behind. Front is fitted with three very bright headlight LEDs (combined these are unquestionable the brightest on any Wheel today) & about a dozen smaller App Customizable ones for the tail light. Are there any other hardware differences between Z6/8/10 besides the battery pack size? No, it has the same board, shell & motor. Firmware settings are tweak between the variants to cap max speed depending on the battery type. Not certain if the Z6 can be upgraded to a Z10 through the installation of the larger pack. Because of wide 4" tire, will it be easier to learn how to use for new Riders? This was not a design objective for Wheel, but by lowering the pressure, it will offer a wider profile that should be more stable & easier to use. Will the trolley handle be available when the Wheel is ready to ship? Yes, I'm trying to see that it gets included as 'standard equipment' When will the Z be available? Current guidance is around the May-June period, similar release dates to the new Inmotion V10 (V8+) & KS18L Is the Wheel capable of fast-charging? Although fitted with a propriety charging connector, it will be capable of 7A fast-charging. Because of the lower voltage, total charging input power of 350W What will the pricing be in North America? Based on the expected order volumes, we're going to be placing a fairly substantial initial order, so that the total price for the Z10, including shipping, will be at around the $1550 level. View of the control-board side of the Wheel. Close up of the board Between the hex screws is the absolutely massive heat-sink. Recessed battery pack chamber fits well inside the Wheel. 51.8V (nominal) battery pack composed of 84x LG MH1 cells, 3.2Ah for a combined capacity of 995Wh. The voltage was kept lower in order to meet the potential for UL certification. As a result, there was a great deal of Engineering effort to yield high power through more current. A jet-lagged Jason with the chief Ninebot Engineer, the brains behind the Z. It's an interesting phenomenon that this project was initiated at the behest of the Engineering department, not from marketing research/
  2. 34 points
    No I drew that by hand. I should have stayed home after that. Unfortunately I decided to take the GW1600 out for a ride and ended up crashing. The wheel went into a uncontrollable wobble at high speed. I just returned from the emergency room. I suffered a fractured humerus that is going to require the Humpty Dumpty approach ( screws and plate) to put me back together again. My employees are terrified that I cannot work. Being the only practitioner in my practice I’m terrified as well. So this ends my riding days forever. Thank God for helmets. The extended jawline protected my face and head where I only suffered a small laceration above my eye. It has been a fun run. I really enjoyed everyone’s friendship and commerode! I just can’t put my wife, kids and employees through this again. My son was definately looking down and protected me from a much worse accident. Take care and be safe! Dan
  3. 28 points
    Since receiving the V10F about two weeks ago, I've put on 200km distance on the machine & have to confess I simply love it! One of the first things an experienced Rider will probably notice, is that between the 2.5" wide tire & high pedal height of 17.2cm (6.7"), it has the feel, & many of the ride qualities, of a 18" wheel. For additional control, hugging the sides of the Wheel with your calves feels very comfortable, probably the best ergonomics of any other Wheel. Inmotion have really pulled out all the stops, listening to their Distributors & Customers in trying to make the V10 the best possible 16" Wheel that would satisfy the demands for majority of their Customers. For years, Riders have been crying out for larger pedals, a brighter headlight, cut-off switch, travel handle, speakers (well maybe not everyone for speakers), all of these features have been crammed into a body that is only a couple cm taller than the previous generation V8. I'm inclined to believe that given the constraints of the volume that the V10 occupies, it's difficult to see, at least without some major breakthrough in battery energy density technology, or commercial room-temperature superconductors, how an Electric Unicycle can be dramatically improved based on materials that are available to Engineers today. What There is to Like About the V10F: Power: based on my limited ride time, the 2KW motor has that same effortless glide quality as the GW Tesla/ACMv2, but you do get a couple degrees of tilt-back as you approach around 35kph speed as if to remind you of your mortality. If you push beyond this, at 40kph there's a klaxon warning before the tilt-back gets more aggressive. On low battery, 40%, the speed is reduced to 35kph, haven't run it down below this yet. Tire size: one of the first things I did on taking possession of the V10F, was to take it on a gravel track. As you can see from the picture, there's plenty of clearance at the lip of the shell, but within 20 minutes, a small piece of gravel did become lodged between the shell & motor; a small stick did the job to remove it & I was back on my way within minutes. To take full advantage of the wide tire, I'd recommend riding at a lower pressure than you would do on a 2.125", it becomes much more forgiving, stable & enjoyable. Pedals Size & Height: the total surface area is 30% larger than those on the V5/V8, giving more foot support & as @houseofjob had pointed out, these are the largest pedals of any other Wheel right now! There's mixed thoughts about the rubber surface material. I've ridden it quite extensively in wet conditions, whatever synthetic compound they used still provides excellent friction in the wet, hadn't found slipperiness to be a problem. Slim Profile: another unique property of Inmotion's Electric Unicycle is the location of the battery pack in relation to the motor. On all other Wheels that I can think of (with the exceptional of the IPS i5) the batteries are installed on either side of the motor; this necessarily makes other high capacity Wheels fatter than Inmotion's design. But isn't just about the width, the location of the battery has a direct impact on stability as well. As another reviewer of the prototype has recognized, the V10F feels a much stable than other Wheels I have used. My theory is that the narrower distribution of weight will be channeled directly down to the supporting tire, which will probably mean less of the wobble effect. Super-bright Headlight: it's the best headlight that I've seen fitted on a Wheel; has a downward direction to it, so doesn't blind oncoming cyclists from afar. The Chameleon: whirling animated LEDs might not be everyone's cup of tea, for drawing attention to oneself, but in Inmotion's quest for technical superiority, they've taken the stand ring & multiplied it by three, as it can be easily disabled, what's there not to like about this! Beauty Contest Winner?: there's no denying the power that the aesthetic quality plays in a Buyer's psychology when making a high-valued purchasing choice, especially first-time owners. Minor Annoyances & Issues on the Prototype V10F : Amount of Travel in the Handle: for me, this is the single most significant technical problem on the V10, there's way too much lose movement in the handle. Although it's identical to the V5, because the V10F is almost double the weight, when you're handling it on surfaces like carpet, it's hard to have firm control of the Wheel's direction. Technique of Wheeling it backwards helps, but Inmotion need to fix this for mass production, a couple washers might do the trick, haven't had a chance to test this out. Default Speaker Volume too Loud: because the speakers are so powerful, it doesn't appear that Inmotion adjusted the configuration to account for the more powerful speakers. At least on the prototype, the alerts are piercingly loud. You can use the previous version of the App to reduce the volume of these alerts. Default Pedal Pitch Angle: although the App represents pedal angle as being 0°, you can see a slight backwards inclination, this is evidenced when the Wheel is placed against the side of wall you get a significant amount of motor whine. In the App you can readjust this, found the sweet spot to be 3° forward. Width of the Self-Standing Support Struts: the self-standing supports on the V8 were a nice extra touch, you have this too on the V10, but the dimension have not been scaled for the larger Wheel. It is not yet certain if this is improved on the production shell mold. Side Padding Adhesive: given assurances that this has been changed on the production Wheels, but in my prototype, the pads kept falling off, had to resort to gluing them permanently in place. Charging Port Flap too Tight: I found that if the flap is fully closed, it can be difficult to pry it open without the use of a tool, the quality is really great, better than previous V5/V8 designs, but the practicality of opening it can be a challenge. Difficult to Fold Pedal Down with Foot: If you loosen the small tightness screw it's easier to undertake, but because of both the curvature of the pedal edge & where the shell meets the pedal, it's not easy to get a foothold to push the pedal down from the upright position. Getting a grip around the handle is manageable. Even though it's compact, at touch above 20kg, it's heavy & feels heavy too! If you're planning on carrying this up a couple flights of stairs during your morning commute, you'll need train up to be in a fit state to carry it. You can see how bright even the rear brakelight is. There's a high-def speaker fitted front & back (two for stereo). Notice the small arch support, standing upright on anything but perfectly flat surface is going to be unstable. Renders always look gorgeous!
  4. 26 points
    With the introduction of the eScooter sharing craze, trade has surged from what was a very robust early year, to the current level, where it's difficult to satisfy demand & keep up with all the communications. I've opened up a new service center in Tucson, Arizona, with two very capable full-time employees (another one will be starting before the end of the month), who will be taking on many of the post-support functions I had been struggling to keep up with. My apologies to everyone who not received the usual level of service recently. As of today, the graphic below is the expected delivery timeline for the four new Wheels making their way out of the R&D departments, to the assembly line for mass production, & eventually to our Customers hands/feet: Gotway MSuper X: despite being the last manufacturer to release details of their new MSuper X, current guidance is that they'll be the fist company to start production of the new model in volume. We have an initial order of 50x of these, consisting of a mix of the 'batteryless' type (to use your existing ACM/MSuper packs from, priced at $1070), 1300Wh ($1600) & 1600Wh ($1900). Gotway have an excellent track record for getting their new products out-the-door in time, it's very probable these will be in the hands of preorder Customers in late June. King Song 18L: KS are running few weeks behind from their original estimates. From what I gather from my internal sources, they've finalized the product, with manufacturing set to commence over the next few weeks. KS has very kindly sent over an early release sample, expected to arrive this Tuesday. The 18L will be available in either the same black matte finish as the 16S & a glossy white. Inmotion V10F: Inmotion were the first out of the gate, but it's been difficult to obtain any meaningful supply of the V10F. Since putting down the deposit on March 15th, we've only been able to secure 30x of these until mid-June, then another 4 weeks for shipping. Ninebot Z Series: probably the most eagerly anticipated, Ninebot have not done a very job to get this Wheel out in time for the warmer weather. Based on our historical sales, I'd estimate that seasonality accounts for >60% of purchase factor; miss this narrow summer window & Customers will hop onto other Wheels. I'm embarrassed to admit that the Z10 has been sitting around for four days. Wanted to keep it looking pristine for a photo shoot with the V10F & 18L. Planning on doing a comparative review late next week,.
  5. 26 points
    Here's the promised video. I bought along a Drone, it made it 10' in the air, then immediately received a warning that all of Beijing, 6,490 sq miles is a no fly zone, so much for that plan! This from the country that gave us DJI.
  6. 25 points
    Definitely don't want you to be stuck without a wheel, and you shouldn't have to be repairing a brand new one, so we are gonna make it right. Just got off a chat with @Bobwheel and we'll hook you up with brand new V10F - it will leave the factory in a day or two to be air shipped to the states. We will email you with more details in the next day or two once we have tracking and ETA.
  7. 24 points
    ACM 1600.i was still in shock last night. Hard to type with one arm so I’m going to keep it short. The ACM was running strong. No alarms occurred but it suddenly went into an uncontrollable wobble. Slight at first but within 2-3 seconds it became was all over the place. I tried slowing down and it just became worse and then I just lost control. My helmet’s face guard hit first and then my left should. Extremely dissy with adrenaline flowing lime crazy I uprighted the smashed up ACM and road it back to my truck 1/4 mile away. My nurse wife was horrifed and put steri strips over my gash about the left eye. Xray results: comminuted fx left humeral head, avulsion fx along greater tuberosity, superior subluxation of the articular humeral head and widening of the acromioclavicular joint. Sorry I have leave right now but thanks to everyone offering their wishes.
  8. 23 points
    We've taken back the broken V10 sample and diagnosed it, here is what we found and going to do: 1. Problem: The battery BMS was broken because of water went inside the battery cells pack. Actually this sample was one of the very first prototype which didn't have a decent waterproof protection with the shrink wrap of the battery cells. It had been used for the V10 official video shooting in LA and the demo ride in Seattle, and it's raining during 3/19-3/22 when we shot in LA. 2. Solution: For the mass production available for customers, we've a sealed shrink wrap and went through the IP 55, so it's already not a problem now. Here are some photos:
  9. 22 points
    I received my sample V10F tonight from Inmotion (thank you @Jeffrey Scott Will). I have it for a few days and I'm going to try and get some good riding in. Tomorrow (Friday) morning it's heading to my mountain proving grounds. Excited to see how it handles tough hills. Most of my commentary will be in the form of videos that I'll post here. So far I've only filled the tire (nice valve access) and took it for a short spin down the street. Very favorable first impressions. The pedals are insanely large (in a good way), and very high. My model has clearly been used, and the pedals have lots of scratches. I'm wondering how the hell they got scratched up because you can take steep/sharp turns on this thing and it doesn't seem possible to me that they can hit the ground The headlamp is impressively bright. I'll test more, but my sense is that the throw isn't quite as far as the new Gotway headlamp, but the V10F headlamp throws a much wider and smoother light. So everything in front of you and to the side is brightly and evenly lit. The Gotway light is more intense but not nearly as pleasant. After I feel more comfortable I'll test it at full speed to see if it provides safe illumination for high-speed night riding. Very nice so far. KingSong needs to up their game here. One last initial observation: the motor is loud. It certainly doesn't have the annoying high pitched whine of the 84-volt Gotway wheels, Rockwheel, etc. But it's not nearly silent like the Tesla. It's a pleasant sound, but people will certainly hear you coming. I'm putting feelers out, but does anyone here know where I can get the compatible Android app? The Play Store seems to be a bust
  10. 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:
  11. 21 points
  12. 20 points
    @maltocs reminded me of the Mount Wilson Toll Road (a dirt trail) that climbs 4600-feet through the Southern California skies and ends at the Mt Wilson Observatory, home of the 100-inch Hale telescope. So this page documents my little adventure to and from this mountain. I hope you like the story
  13. 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.
  14. 20 points
    My first YouTube video, shot on iPhone X with DJI Osmo Mobile 2 enjoy ?
  15. 20 points
    Congratulations, you’re the fastest euc rider in the whole hospital Glad to hear you’re alright.
  16. 20 points
    I agree that the company is too tight for the information about V10, and I am little upset too. The reason we do this way is: We want to keep our engineer and manufacture teams away from distracts from dealers and customers. You may doubt it when you see it, but here is why we think in this way: 1. We have gone through lots of experiences that we announced the product before we get full ready to for sales, and we thought everything should be okay, and we didn't give ourselves too much redundant time. But there always were unexpected problems came up, like some vendor failed to deliver, some parts not meeting the quality standard, some mould got broken and needed to refine, some new bug found in last minute, even the electricity got cut off for consecutive 2+ days in the industrial park... Actually InMotion's engineer team maybe is already the most experienced team in this industry, but we still can not predict everything, and make things right the first time. The physical products is more tricky than developing an App, we can't fix the problem by just updating the backend firmware, it may take us more than 4 days by just replacing some plastic shells if the color is not accurate. 2. We used to announce the new models in a very tight schedule, and then all the dealers and customers come to the company, pushing to deliver, and then they engineers and the quality managers are threatened by sales reps and all levels of managers of the company, and then they need to do some compromise because they have to take lots of pressure to ship out the products asap. The result normally was: The first several batch of products are not ideal, and then we need to accept lots of complaints and return and repair, and then the reputation of this new model was ruined, and customers got very mad, and then the hard work of all the team for the past whole year was wasted, and everyone felt frustrated. 3. We have made lots of retrospects and decided to learn from the failures, and we made a rule inside the company that: If we don't have stock in the warehouse, we shouldn't announce anything officially. A perfect plan is not enough, only the physical product stock makes sense for us. We need to create an better environment for all the team to focus the quality to avoid the same failure to happen once and once again. 4. We know there are lots of perceptions that most Chinese products and not well designed and manufactured, and Chinese products are named as knock off and low quality in general, and we feel very bad with that. We don't want to disgrace the country's reputation by our products, and we are trying to improve it from ourselves. It may not be the ideal way to balance customer demand for information and our internal progress, but unfortunately it's the best way we can come up for now. 5. There is lots of things needed to be improved for InMotion, and we are far from good enough. Most of what you said in this forum make sense for us, but it may take us time to execute them all. Apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate for all your patience!
  17. 20 points
    Sunshiny Day today for me!! Thanks everyone for all your kind wishes! I'm very stiff but still vertical.
  18. 20 points
    This video was taken back in October, during the last day of the Hong Kong Electronics fair. On the last last day, I realized I hadn't any video content from the visit, so asked permission to recruit one of the King Song Riders from the show, & trek out to find somewhere fun to ride. It started with a few hairy moments, when we had to traverse a single narrow lane access road from the airport with trucks passing within inches from us, the rest of the adventure has been recorded for your viewing pleasure
  19. 19 points
    Inmotion is loaning me a V10F (thanks @Jeffrey Scott Will) to test & review. I like to think that I'm thorough and objective. If you have specific questions I may be able to address them in my video review. Ask away, but please be reasonable. Don't ask me what the torque response is like when climbing a 21-1/2 degree incline Your questions can help to keep me from forgetting anything important or useful to you. Unfortunately, as it stands right now I'm only going to have the wheel for one day. So no comparitive range test or other thorough tests will be possible
  20. 19 points
    I recently got back from a short 4 day visit around the Shanghai area. The first port-of-call was the IPS office in central Shanghai: I was greeted by Yueyue, (the sales contact) & Zhangxin, who runs the R&D Operation. During our ride from airport, Zhangxin told me about the absurd restrictions that Riders face in China, mainly in the cities of Beijing & Shanghai, where one is permitted to ride a 300kg lead-acid battery Scooter on the pavement, but the moment you're caught using an Electric Unicycle, you face an immediate fine, possible confiscation & the traffic warden will take a picture of you so that on the subsequent occasion you're catch, the case goes to court. And these are THE two cities in China most plagued by congestion. Anyways... the reason this is relevant, is because Zhangxin uses depends on an Electric Unicycle to commute with, in spite of the repressive anti-EUC regime, so a big kudos to him—at no other factory that I'm aware off, do the Sr. Management rely on Wheels to get about. They gave me short presentation of their new 14" Wheel, which will be complementary addition to the I5, known as the S5—pictures to follow in a few weeks, when it's officially announced. For those wanting to have the 'Safest Wheel', or one that might meet a future European criterion for safety, this may be the Wheel for you! Single Wheel but with two completely independent motors Dual battery pack (consisting of 32x (total) 21700 cells) with separate inputs to the board A board that is fault-tolerant & can take a single MOSFET failure, because the two motors are working independently of each other Magnesium alloy shell that's built like a tank, 3.5mm thick, vs. 1.5 on the i5 Probably the best App of any Wheel manufacturer, no social non-sense just what you need for configuration the Wheel & viewing vital stats What's particularly cool about the S5 interface, is that because the redundant systems run completely independent of each other, the power, battery, range stats are shown on two columns, you get a complete insight on what's going on inside I think it's quite an attractive Wheel, think of the I5, but thicker with tastefully furnished LED strips running vertically on each corner There's supposed to be other advantages to having a dual-motor, increased torque over a range of RPMs (presumably because the combined stators are wider) & a greater efficiency Weight is around 15kg, considering all the built-in redundancy, this is quite an achievement Then there's the BMS: this thing has temperature sensors, each of the cells voltage is monitored separately in the App, also incorporates a lot of scenario protections for reducing the risk of fire or other mishaps
  21. 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.
  22. 19 points
    Finally uploaded it. My custom euc design. tested in snow.
  23. 19 points
    This is mainly still from the lingering effects of the month long Chinese New Year; I have one order from Mid-December which has just left Hong Kong. We had relied on consulting the Delphic Oracle prior to putting in factory orders; to my surprise she's not infallible, her consultancy rates are Olympian, so I might start using maths instead to try to predict demand. Current Stock: Solowheel G3/Inmotion V8, plentiful. Recently discounted the Wheel to $899 including the protective cover as a bonus King Song 14S, medium. Expected to sell out within the next 30-45 days King Song 18S, low. Half-a-dozen of the 840Wh types remaining in stock Gotway MTen3, low. Will be sold-out by the beginning on May Gotway ACMv2, medium. Expected there would be a gravitation towards this model over the Tesla, since you're get quite a bit more bang for your buck In Transit, Making Landfall 1st of May: King Song 16S, low. Predicted that the V10/V10F would make the 16S a hard sell, surprisingly 16S is still shifting well King Song 14D, high. Ordered a lot of these as our 'entry' level Wheel IPS i5, high. These will be available in a couple new color options, updated firmware with higher 23kph top speed Production Completed, Expected Arrival 2-3rd Week of May: Gotway Monster 100V, low. When I placed the order there were only 5x Boards available to buy Gotway MSuper 2000W Red/Blue, Medium. New(ish) MSupers in Red & Blue shells, 1600Wh capacity only. Gotway ACMv2 Blue, Medium. Special 'Marty' edition of the ACM in blue, 1600Wh capacity only. Gotway MCM5, low. Initial test run to get Customer feedback of the new MCM5, highest 650Wh capacity only. Inmotion V10F, none. All of these initial 30x pcs have been presold. In the planning/preparation stage: Gotway MSuper X, medium. Deposit placed for the initial production run Inmotion V10/V10F, medium-high. Large order placed in the expectation of the seasonal demand surge that's approaching MTen3, medium. Top up supply going into the spring-summer months. Ninebot Z, unknown. Might be shipping out during the 1st week of June. We're trying to secure enough for the preorders King Song 18L, unknown. Could be shipping out within a week either way of the Z Uncertain Future: Gotway Tesla. Will there continue to be demand for this model when there's the ACMv2 & V10F? I could be wrong, but the Tesla now sits awkwardly in the center between these 16" models. If you want the maximum power/range the ACMv2 gives you the highest spec on a 16;, if it's the aesthetics & reliability that are the most important, then the V10F will probably be higher demand. KS16S. When the V10/V10F production gets under full-steam, I sense that the KS16S is going suffer most, I could be wrong, but this is my sense. Other Product: on the Scooter front, we're going to be bringing in the new Dualtron 3 series & Speedway Vs. Also have a pretty cool 15kg/35lb, 20mph folding eBike coming online in the next month.
  24. 19 points
    Some impressions from today's ride. Nice weather - clear sky, sunny and warm up to 15°C, just a little windy, but nice views! 68km (says the wheel) / 60km (says the GPS), and battery from 100% down to 11% Here's the route, it starts at the right. Read the circular part clockwise. Bike paths along a river pretty much all the way to where I turned around, then a little detour north along some hills, and then back to and along the river. View from the hill where I turned around (all photos are from the way back). Hard to see with the shitty phone camera, but very nice views of the snowy mountains. Deer in an enclosure. A bee got into my collar while riding and stung me (guess it didn't get out due to the wind and got desperate). Quick diagnosis photo I made, as I was worried the entire bee would still be attached. You can see the leftover stinger. Nice views on the way back along the hillsides. Tiny, scenic village. Horse farm with horse bust Purple spring flowers. Fantastic colors, wish my phone made better pictures, looks much nicer in reality. Pond with a view. More mountain views. Weihenlinden church (just some random church along the way, but nice ensemble). More mountain views. Back at the river. Mainly photographed this for the colors. The sign and memorial cross tells us not to swim here, as some 14 year old boy died here in 2016. Spring! New housing along the river. River path.
  25. 19 points
    Hey Everyone! I got my 1020 Wh Tesla today from @Jason McNeil at http://www.ewheels.com ... thanks Jason! Opened it up, charged it up and headed out the door for my first range test! As I expected, I got 29.1 miles before the wheel was no fun to ride anymore (constantly beeping around 8 mph). I weigh 205 lbs and was expecting to get about 30 miles based on an average cruising speed between 22 - 25 mph, so the Tesla lived up to my expectations. I came back home, charged the wheel back up in about 2.5 hours with the 5A fast charger (thanks again Jason) and took her out to see what she could really do. I experienced a motor cutout at 34.3 mph when I was about 11 miles into my ride. Admittedly it was completely my fault for pushing the wheel to it's limits, but I have to be honest, the Tesla rides so smooth and has so much power, I didn't even notice I was going that fast! I was wearing a full face helmet and didn't hear the beeps and because I disabled the pedal tilt back (again my fault) I didn't have any other indication from the wheel I should slow down. So, I'll probably re-enable the pedal tilt back when I'm wearing my full face helmet, since clearly I didn't respect the beep because I didn't hear it. With full protective gear the tumble I took at full speed didn't feel like much at all. I got back up, dusted myself off and aside from some superficial scratches on the shell of the Tesla, some scratches on my wrist guards, and a rip in the elbow of my lightweight motorcycle jacket, there was no other damage! Honestly, based on some of the horror stories I've read on various forums, I was expecting to find the Tesla shell cracked and laying in a dozen pieces on the side of the road ... but I was pleasantly surprised, and extremely relieved! The Tesla still rode great and I made it back home cruising around 25 mph with the wheel riding rock steady the whole way back. As far as first impressions go, the Tesla is amazing! I found myself typically crusing around 25 mph, which after a few short minutes once I got the wheel dialed in, didn't seem fast at all. The ride was so stable (no wobble) with so much available power even in the high end of the speed range, that 25 mph seemed like a leisurely, casual ride and I didn't even notice I was going 34.3 mph until I was sliding across asphalt. Soooo ... my lessons learned from today (1) The Tesla is amazing (2) You can't respect the beep if you can't hear it (3) full protective gear is your friend! https://photos.app.goo.gl/DGI8C9BDYPBSYpva2 https://photos.app.goo.gl/bKdjj9k1GxljxMlv2 https://photos.app.goo.gl/RgOqkJ6h5qIRlZ693 https://photos.app.goo.gl/ElJgTuESdaUCUvhG2 Happy Riding! Chuck McLean