Hi, I'm Zulix.
I recently became aware of EUCs after falling down a YouTube rabbit-hole doing research on the OneWheel. I say "become aware" when I should say "become obsessed." For months, I've been watching every YouTube vid I can find, reading articles, and I've just found this forum, which seems like it will be a great resource as well. EUCs seem just better in every way to the OneWheel, except maybe in the initial learning curve learning to ride. I've decided I'm going to get one. But at their prices, it's a significant chunk of change for me, so I'm agonizing over getting the right wheel.
I live in Springfield, Missouri. There is no EUC community here. There's not really any PEV's at all in my town. I think I found an article in my local paper from about a year back about a lady who rides one here, but I've never seen her. There's one older lady in my neighborhood that rides a hoverboard occasionally to the nearby gas station, but I've never really spoken to her, as she gives off a super-methy aura. So I've never seen an EUC in person, and sadly have no way to try one to see if I'm going to like it before pulling the trigger on one myself.
So, given that I'll be taking a chance I won't actually enjoy it once I get one, I figure it's best to start small and not go for the top-of-the-line models right away - Limit my loss if I end up not being as into it as it feels like I will be. I'm 6'0" and weigh about 220lbs. I fluctuate, but 220lbs is about where I cap out, and I figure it's best to budget for the worst-case. Most of the less-expensive starter wheels (KS 14D, Inmotion V8) either cannot support my weight, or I'm on the very top end of what they can handle, leaving not enough wiggle room for safety gear and carrying stuff with me (I intend to commute to work and run errands with my wheel, so I wanna leave room in the weight-budget for me to carry maybe 30-40lbs of stuff). So the lower-end is out, just `cuz I'm a larger guy. Probably best, because I'd like a wheel with room to grow into if I like the hobby before I have to buy another one.
So I'm mostly eyeing the mid-range wheels, the Inmotion V10F, The King Song 16s, and the Gotway Tesla. All more than I'd like to spend on an experiment I don't know if I'll love or not, but better than plunking down $2000, then not liking it. If I like it as much as it seems like I will, I might save up for one of the big fellas.
I've learned that KingSong throttles your speed with a whole half of your battery remaining, and I don't like the vocal warnings KS wheels give. I'd rather beeps, or better yet, sounds I could set up myself. And throttling at 50% seems way way too early. I understand it's for safety reasons, but I'd rather the wheel stay at peak performance as long as it can. The KS wheels all seem the strongest on paper, but those two items turn me off to the whole brand. Inmotion, very few people talk about. The community, at least on YouTube, seems to favor KingSong and Gotway. So Gotway seems best to me.
I'm leaning towards the Tesla v2. It has the most weight support in its price range, decent range and speed, what looks like Gotway's only tolerable trolley handle.
What do you guys think?