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    Mten3, MCM5, 2 ACM2's, Tesla, Nikola, MSX, KS18XL, Z10, Monster

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  1. Hey, great to hear from you Nick Welcome to the Nikola club I'm sad that I still only own 84-volt wheels, but I am getting the 126-volt Nikola. Right now the plan is for Gotway to send me one of the first working wheels. Just need to wait I do hope you're fully happy with the Nikola even though it has it's faults. I still love mine and haven't changed my opinion. My ACM2's still work great. Unless you really need the cash, just keep it
  2. So @Nick McCutcheon has a Nikola now. He's been rotating thru quite a few nice wheels this past year. Not really a long ride yet all you guys are carrying backpacks. What's in those things
  3. You use the LED lights at night at which point you can't see the wood grain. During the day you just see black accent stripes.
  4. How tall are you? Anything is doable of course, but I have to believe the bigger the guy, the bigger the wheel for total body comfort. And I know for a fact that the bigger wheels have beefier axles which has to be a good thing when pushing your level weight around. No?
  5. Superb As someone who enjoys woodworking, I particularly like this. And nice touch with the black accent in the middle. It's all about the details. I think a channel for the LED's would look great, but it would have to be implemented with the same eye towards detail, and that might be difficult to pull off. And you must also be a woodworker because like all good woodworkers, we insist upon telling everyone of our mistakes - I never would have noticed the wood grain offset.
  6. You did see that he's 2-meters tall and 104kg in weight? Would you really recommend the Tesla or MCM5
  7. Even with padding, I'd be a little concerned about the Monster surviving the learning process. But over the years I've observed that people have successfully learned on every wheel conceivable, including wheels that I've specifically recommended against as first wheels. So I no longer advise against any specific wheel. I continue to recommended that people get the best wheel that they can afford as their first wheel. That's what I did and it worked out great for me. If you buy the best then you have a wheel that you won't outgrow. You may still want to buy more wheels, but it won't be out of necessity. The Monster is a great wheel for robust guys such as yourself. It's called the Monster for a reason Just pad the hell out of the wheel for the first month of use - until you've stopped dropping it.
  8. I believe Jason is going to respond to this sub-thread. You may be right regarding the pedals, but I wouldn't put any money on it for reasons that I explained above - pedals can be customized for specific resellers that buy large quantities of wheels.
  9. I don't think it's quite so black and white as you portray it. For example, Monsters originally (and maybe still do) came from the factory with the smaller ACM pedals. Jason had Gotway install the MSuper V3 pedals on his Monsters. So depending on where you bought your Monster you would have different pedals. Same thing could be happening now but instead of MSuper pedals he is having Gotway install Nikola pedals. I absolutely do know that EWheels gets Gotway (and KingSong) to deliver wheels with various modifications that the rest of the world (or other American dealers) won't get. Are you aware that Gotway is now producing black Nikola pedals? So I think you're being a bit hyperbolic with your conclusions and recommendations (junk, buy from China, etc). Of course you're free to express your opinion and I'm actually glad you're doing so here, publicly and not in private messages to potential customers. At least then some of your accusations can addressed and or refuted. I will agree with you that anyone who buys a Monster V3 should be getting a virgin wheel from Gotway unless specifically told otherwise. I knew EWheels was re-purposing the batteries and motors from New V2 stock and this was known to customers. I didn't know that some customers were not aware of this. I wonder if said customers really weren't informed of the practice? But again, I'm with you if this is true. However, I don't think the practice equates to selling "used junk" as new, but I would expect to get a price break for such a wheel.
  10. In the first video link I was verbally reading my speed, so I know I wasn't going 15-mph Unfortunately, in the above video I can't see whether the mic is outside or inside my shirt I'm going to do a little test just for you, as I'm curious myself. I've only done overlays with my Sony X3000 and it uses the camera GPS which doesn't seem great. Do you have any specific overlay technique (for Android) that I can try?
  11. I used those for changing the Mten3 tire, but otherwise the 4-inch ones that you find in any bicyclists repair kit have worked for me on my 16 and 18 inch EUCs. Those large ones, designed for tubeless tires, have to be used carefully with tubes because they make it easier to rip the tub while using them.
  12. I really wonder if you just need a better mic. Here I'm riding my Monster at 25-mph and talking, and the mic is clipped to the outside of my shirt. Unless we have different ideas on what is "unusable", I think this sounds great with very little wind noise. And here's another section where I'm talking and certainly going faster than 20-mph
  13. You're funny In all honesty, it appears you have the cash. Just jump in and change the tire. If somehow (I can't imagine how) you royally screw it up, just buy a new wheel. Oh, and I'm pretty sure @eddiemoy is also not lacking for cash, so I doubt $100 is much of an inducement
  14. Now that you've been indoctrinated and are a certified trail rider, I hope to see you are more rides in the future
  15. You counted 20 in what timespan? He had the video playing in high-speed mode, in case you didn't notice There is a separate 360 competition thread. Anything posted here does not qualify. The competition is over as soon as I beat @pico
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