For general info I'm 96Kg (211lbs), 192cm (6'3") and aged 56. I was looking for an inexpensive wheel that would allow me to learn and hopefully still be moderately useful after I'd actually learnt to ride. I didn't want something expensive because I'd likely be crashing a lot and there was a decent chance I wouldn't be able to master it. The V5f looked ideal and the cheapest deal I could find was from GearBest in China however I had to wait 8 weeks for it to arrive. This is obviously way more frustrating than ordering locally and getting your wheel the following day and I admit I found it very hard waiting. I'll also admit I'd forgotten to mention the new arrival to my wife so, when it did arrive and she had to sign for the package, her only comment to me was "an electric unicycle? really?"
I'd been shown the basics of riding 2 months ago by @Wonderwebb but now, 2 months later, it appeared I'd forgotten everything. It took me a good hour to cross the tennis court without falling down. Another hour later and I could circle the court without stopping but I was so knackered I had to stop anyway. You fall a lot while you're learning and it's knackering on you and on the wheel. Luckily I'd ordered a protective cover and some extra foam padding for the wheel. The protection helps but you still end up with scratches on the wheel and scars all over yourself. I think this is fairly normal though. If you're just beginning and someone suggests you spend your money on a fast expensive wheel then just smile at them and walk away.
On the 2nd day I could consistently circle the tennis court without waving my arms about. I also found it important to practice going round in both directions otherwise you end up with hangups about being able to go one way but not the other. On the 3rd day I actually looked like I knew what I was doing and quite a few people stopped to ask about the wheel. I also added stopping quickly at specific points before continuing on with my circuits. On the 4th day I practised doing smaller circles ie doing a circle on one side of the tennis court before going back and doing the same thing on the other side - that might sound like large circles but it felt god awful tight to me. On the 5th day I could do complete turns within a service box and ended up doing figure eights going from one box to the other. Things were going well so I went for a maiden voyage down a quiet road in the neighbourhood - I managed to get all the way down the road and was half way back up when I ended up having a speed wobble at the heady speed of 7 mph. I decided I needed more time on the tennis court and needed to learn how to rearrange my foot positioning so they weren't stuck in whatever random position they ended up in when I boarded. That was pretty much what I did on day 6 though I also managed to do really tight circles by having one pedal nearly touching the ground and altering the weight on the higher pedal to adjust my speed. Instead of resting on day 7, I went back out on the road again to visit a friend who lived a mile away. The foot position practice must of helped because I had no issues on the roads or the speed bumps or the little ramps as you change between road and pavement. I did feel very vulnerable when cars went past though. It was also weird because every single car that passed me also stopped to ask me about the wheel - this in turn meant I had to practice my standing starts,
In case you're interested, practising turns on the tennis court for 40 mins and then going for a 2 mile ride took up 20% of the battery. If you weigh less than me then obviously you'll go further. When I can ride a bit more efficiently then I figure I'll probably be able to get close to a maximum of 14 miles range on the wheel - that probably translates to half that if you don't want to worry about speed limiting etc. I could of bought a wheel with a larger battery (mine's 320mwh) but that would of cost more and added to the weight. Currently, this wheel seems quite capable of accelerating me up gentle inclines to reach speeds that are faster than I want to go. I haven't tried going up or down steep hills yet. I currently top out at about 12mph but this will probably change going forwards. I definitely need to practice doing turns on road cambers but mostly I just need to get more confident when I'm close to moving cars.
This is a review so I'll mention the little issues I've had. One footplate doesn't seem to stay up all the time - I'm sure I just need to tighten the screws on the pedal but I haven't got round to sorting it. If I come off and don't pick the wheel up immediately then the wheel seems to need turning off and on before I can use it again - am I missing something? I should also mention that pumping air into the tire isn't easy with a standard pump and you really need to get a flexible valve extender but I think this is true with all wheels. The valve on my wheel is positioned alongside a wheel bolt which adds to the difficulty. There's a flap on the wheel that folds up to make access to the valve easier, it works well but I've bust one of the little catches that hold it down - my own fault and the flap still fits flush.
Conclusion: I'm now 2 weeks into owning the wheel and I'm very happy with it. It's been great to learn on and quite useful for getting around the neighbourhood. Perhaps I'll need something better in a few months but I want to wait until I'm better on this wheel before upgrading. I haven't heard any beeps from the wheel as I ride so I guess I'm not near it's limits yet though I want to use an app to confirm that. I did demo the wheel to a friend and he was very impressed as I rode up and down in front of his house but then perhaps he was just being polite. The biggest advantage of a smallish wheel is that it's quite incognito so I can take it into coffee shops etc and no-one notices. Overall, I'm very happy with the wheel and I seem to be getting better with every ride.