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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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/
  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. 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.
  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. 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:
  8. 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
  9. 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
  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
    My neighbor give me one little magpie fallen from his nest. Now I training him to fly with the help of the EUC
  12. 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!
  13. 21 points
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 20 points
    My first YouTube video, shot on iPhone X with DJI Osmo Mobile 2 enjoy ?
  17. 20 points
    Congratulations, you’re the fastest euc rider in the whole hospital Glad to hear you’re alright.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  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