So I've owned the 18xl for an entire month now. In those 31 days, I've learned a lot about this wheel.
The power, distance on a charge, speed, and control are amazing on this wheel. I've already covered 1578km/980miles in the first 31 days. I use this as my primary mode of transportation, so this makes sense. I don't ride trails very often, just ride this to the store, to work, to church, or to meet up with friends. I do go for rides just to go for a ride, as I love the feeling. Distance is great, I can go to work, take an hour lunch, sometimes just riding around for that hour, back to the house that evening and still have a charge to go somewhere else and back home. I'm glad the top speed is 31mph as I'm able to use neighborhood roads and other roads that are not as full as traffic as much as possible to get around. I rarely go slower than 20mph. The last thing I need is cars passing me on a road because I'm holding up traffic. Instead, I can keep up with the normal flow of traffic and safely get to where I need to as if I were a bicycle or another vehicle.
The control on this wheel is amazing. I've not had a single crash going fast on this wheel. The only time I've crashed was playing around on a walking trail and going around a muddy curve. The tire is so wide and the wheel is so steady that it just rolls right over any cracks, small potholes and such. Again, I use this on the streets only where I live so I'm not whipping it around, changing lanes or anything of that sort, I'm just riding it as if it were another vehicle in the flow of traffic. It stops quickly if needed, and it does such a good job of keeping you steady on the wheel.
The original charger takes forever to charge it. I've plugged it in all night before and still haven't gotten it to a full charge. I'm thankful for the speed charger when I need a quick recharge to go back out. I try to use the original charger whenever possible and only use the speed charger when needed for a fast charge. Hopefully, I will preserve the battery life on this a little more by doing so.
The pedals are huge! Which is great because I ride in whatever shoes I have on, wedges, flats, tennis shoes, boots or heels. I don't get as fatigued as I used to on my previous wheel which was a concern for me. I was afraid that the longer times on the wheel would just kill my feet lol. Glad it's not the case.
I learned the hard way that you want to set it down with the mudflap up when not using it. The mudflap finally fell off this week. @Jason McNeil do you keep mudflaps in stock for the 18xl?
Overall I really LOVE this wheel. I have been considering the Gotway Monster for the extra battery life. I'm not so sure I'll get it now. Maybe wait until KingSong makes an upgrade to an even longer lasting wheel. This wheel is super sturdy and easy to control. So glad I purchased it.