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  1. I powered on my Minipro today to find that it leans forward at an extreme angle, all the time. It seems to think it’s level. I tried the posture recalibration but that only calibrates the steering, so was no help. And I tried the ‘power on while inverted’ trick and it had no effect. I vaguely remember the early IOS app offered a tilt re-calibration tool which is no longer present. When I add steering input the vehicle levels out, but when going straight it rapidly resumes a fully tilted forward attitude and is unrideable. Has anyone had this issue or am I the lucky first person to discover it?
  2. I know I'm late to this thread but I wanted to welcome Jimmy to the EUC community. I have been watching your OW vids for about 6 months - Slydog's too. And I enjoy them. It's great to see you try out the EUC life. I rode electric skateboards for about a decade, from the early days when they were lead acid powered, heavy beasts that broke down every few months, to later lithium powered sleek machines. I worked with one of the leading electric skateboard brands for a few years. I was there when the first carbon fibre boards were being developed with batteries built into the decks - such exciting times. Then I discovered the joy of self balancing vehicles. And yet oddly, the One Wheel never appealed to me at all. Only when I found your vids and Sly's vids last year did I begin to see them as something that might actually be a lot of fun and something that might give me a more realistic 'snowboard on land' experience than the electric longboards. Before seeing those vids I thought One Wheels were kinda silly and didn't realise they had such a dedicated following. I think I just didn't understand the concept properly and so I ignored them. Now I would consider buying one some day if they refine them a bit and maybe make them a bit lighter and more compact. Like a Pint with more power and range. However, I am seeing them cut out more often than EUCs and that makes me nervous (as if I wasn't nervous enough doing 30kph on an EUC already). Maybe it's just my perception but I feel like I have seen a lot more over-lean cut-outs on the OWs than on the EUCs. In my mind, mechanically speaking it makes sense as with feet out that far from the motor's axis of rotation there is more leverage, so the motor has to work a lot harder to keep you up when you put some serious weight on the edge of the board. On an EUC you're directly above the axis of rotation. I absolutely love the feeling of riding my EUC - when I carve, it feels a bit like skiing without effort. But when I watch you and Sly carving around I feel like that would feel even more fun - like snowboarding (which I find a lot more fun than skiing). Also, I imagine it feels a bit like riding a hoverboard ('Back to the future' style) and may fulfil my fantasy of that. I haven't read the whole thread but I imagine you got a few "EUCs are better than OneWheels" comments, which on an EUC forum is to be expected. You know, like the iPhone versus Android thing. I am thinking personally, having one of each would be the ideal setup. EUCs for range, portability, easier to physically carry or trolley around in places where we can't ride them) and perhaps a bit less likely to cut out. Then the One Wheel for a greater thrill of riding (for those who like snowboarding and longboarding). I'm sorry to know that Sly hurt himself. I fear the same thing happening to me some day. The way he rides through busy traffic is a thrill to watch but I worry for him and fear he'll get some permanent injuries or worse. It's not so much his skill I worry about (as he is good at this!) but the technology cutting out and getting him killed. He takes a lot of risks out on the road with busses and cars all around him. I think at his age he doesn't have the wisdom to see how dangerous that is on a self balancing device that can cut out without warning and throw him under a moving SUV. When I was his age I was popping wheelies on superbikes, racing dirtbikes and landing 12 foot power kiting jumps. But I learned that bones can break and some of them can hurt for the rest of your life. When I think of all the risks I took when I was in my early 20s it's almost a fluke that I'm still alive and able to walk. Now I take much fewer risks. I have been saying on this forum since 2017 that we need better failsafe technology in these machines so we can start to (almost) rule out the possibility of software bugs or electrical failures ending our lives without warning.
  3. I do love a nice, minimalistic e-bike. That's a particularly nice example of one. I converted a mountain bike and a street cruiser to electric a few years ago. But they were far from being 'throw them in the back of the car beside the groceries' devices. Yes, the tiny size and weight of EUCs make them so practical, considering how far they can take us, and how quickly. I have not yet had a fall. I guess I have been lucky, after riding these self balancing things for 2 years as my most often used form of transport in my locale. My EUC has enabled me to cut down how often I use the car quite dramatically in the warmer months. But damn, one battery failure, mosfet failure or software bug could put me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. There must be a way to prevent this. I remain hopeful that one of us, or someone much smarter can think up a solution within 5 years. I feel like I'm on a ticking time bomb when I ride at any speed greater than a light jog. I see plenty of people on this forum wreck themselves and I'm hoping not to add to the statistics. Now that I have upgraded my wheel to 30kph and often ride at around 25kph, I know a cut out is going to hurt a lot and may leave me unable to do a lot of important things I need to do.
  4. That's one of them. There was another where we discussed having a little wheel in front. I think I photoshopped a concept. If I find that thread I'll link it.
  5. A year ago, or maybe longer, I started a thread in which we discussed redundancy ideas, ie. mechanical or electrical devices that could keep us upright in the event of a power system failure. Nothing really practical was determined. Today I see EUCs are being built to be increasingly larger, increasingly faster and to have much more range. Many of you ride on public roads in and out of traffic. But I still don't see any evidence that the face-plant risk has been addressed by way of a failsafe mechanism. We are still at the mercy of the onboard computer, batteries and electrical components on every ride, trusting and hoping that one of the scores of components won't fail. I think in time, every wheel will eventually fail and cut out unexpectedly. I enjoyed a decade of electric skateboard riding without an electrical failure causing me injury because 4 wheels provide exceptional protection in the event of a power failure and the board just comes to a stop. EUCs are so much more enjoyable, comfortable and practical as a mode of transport for me. But the constant fear of it cutting out makes me feel that in a few years I will probably retire from EUCs before I acquire some permanent injuries or death when the power system fails, unless the safety can be improved in that time. I know some of you work in the EUC business and some of you are engineers that work in somewhat related fields. The OneWheel has a couple of options that help slightly in the event of a cut-out, such as 'Fangs' or additional wheels/sliders out in front that at least give the rider a chance to stay upright when the power goes, until they can jump off safely. Is there any progress being made at finding a fail safe solution for EUCs?
  6. I agree with much of what you wrote. No matter what vehicle, tool, device we are talking about, there are always a minority of stupid people that will use it inappropriately and hurt themselves. This does not mean we should ban EUCs, cars and butter knives. It doesn't mean we should not look for ways to improve our wheels or get the most out of them by doing things like removing software performance limitations after careful analysis and testing. Alcohol kills and hurts a shocking number of people every day and is guaranteed to damage the human body with every sip and yet it is not banned. If we look at the statistics and understand just how destructive it is, it would make more sense for alcohol to be banned before EUCs. If we look at how many people ride EUCS and what percentage of them have died as a result, it is very low (perhaps 0%). If we look at what percentage of them have had their health, relationships or lives irreparably damaged by EUCs it is also very low. Alcohol is good for social settings for those who cannot enjoy life without having their central nervous systems chemically supressed, but it's a carcinogen, it damages human tissue, is addictive, increases road accidents, violence, depression, aggression, career damage, relationship problems etc. But we are free to guzzle it by the litre and let society deal with the destruction. The UK and other countries moving towards banning this kind of personal transport, including electric kick scooters, skateboards and such things is such an odd decision that could only come from politicians and civilians who have little understanding or experience of this mode of transport. The data contradicts this decision. Sadly, many things that are banned in society are banned by the same clueless people.
  7. Have you seen any examples of this issue you are concerned about? If you have, please share as the more data we have on this the better. I haven't yet heard of any crashes caused by this speed hack. I have put a lot of kilometers on mine since the mod and I'm happy to report no incidents, bugs or failures so far. If you live in London, from my understanding EUCs are already pretty much banned there anyway.
  8. "Of course?" Is there some evidence you're aware of for the claim that riding at 2-4kph over the stock limit dramatically increases risk of failure due to the wheel not being able to cope with this increase? Anecdotes of failures on older models do not prove that the most recent Segway branded models are not built with safety in mind. The Tesla Model S is built with great safety in mind and has been proven to be one of the safest cars on the road, but we can point to incidents in which they have crashed. I rode the E+ for a year and put so many kilometers on that thing without issue. Gotways have a bit of a bad reputation for failing due to inadequate wiring gauge and perhaps other build quality issues. But they are super popular wheels anyway and some people are riding them at 50kph - something I would never think about doing on any self balancing device. I may be wrong but I don't think you own a Segway S1/S2 and I don't think you have any experience at all with this firmware mod, or running an S2 at 2-4kph higher than what it was built for. Higher speed equals higher risk, yes. But I think your scare mongering is a bit over the top. Every time you get on any EUC there is a risk that the technology may fail you and you may have a very bad day. I personally don't believe an increase in speed of 2-4kph pushes the wheel beyond its limits, particularly for light weight riders or increases my accident risk enough to make a big fuss about it.
  9. I agree with you that there are some unknowns and more speed equals more risk. But do you really think an occasional use of an extra few kph over the stock S2 makes so much of a difference as to dramatically increase risk? I am cruising along at about 25-26kph comfortably and when I do push it slightly higher I accelerate very gently and back off the moment the beeps start. Factors such as rider weight, wind and incline should be considered too, as they make a considerable impact to what the wheel can cope with and so max speed, aggressiveness of acceleration and riding style must be adjusted accordingly. My weight is about 68kg and I feel confident in my wheel carrying me at 26kph while having enough reserve torque to keep me up should I hit a bump. We are talking about only a few kph more than the wheel's stock firmware is set to. And we know the Segways are built with safety being high on the priority list and that they are conservative with their speed limits.
  10. What was the ambient temperature you were riding in? EDIT: Never mind, I see you're in LA so it's not a cold weather issue. Where I am it has been sub zero for months and riding in that yields shorter range.
  11. I think a safe way to look at this firmware hack is that it allows us to cruise at around 26kph without tilt-back or beeps. To ride it at 30kph most of the time is too risky for me, personally. We know the S1 (two battery version) and S2 are capable of 26kph as Segway sells the same hardware in Europe with that speed limit, but they restrict it to about 18kph for North Americans. So I see no reason why it is not safe to ride these at around 26kph when the hardware was designed for it, with the luxury of being able to occasionally speed up closer to 30 for overtaking cyclists on the path, provided the battery is above 80% charge just to be a bit more cautious. That's the way I'm approaching this, anyway.
  12. I was able to take my upgraded S1 out for the first test ride on a stretch of road without snow. It's amazing. It goes right up to 30kph and then a very rapid beeping begins. I didn't feel any tilt-back before 30kph or at 30kph though. Maybe it's there but too slight to notice. So it feels a little scary when those beeps happen but no tilt-back. Do you know what would happen if I were to keep riding at 30kph or push it further? Does tilt-back happen eventually or are we supposed to just slow down at the moment we hear the beeps?
  13. Thanks to MRN76 for making this App. In my experience updating my S1 to an S2 took only a few seconds and added an extra 8kph to my top speed. Upgrading to firmware 7.6.0 for a top speed of 30kph was more difficult with my phone and took 13 attempts (which all took over 30 minutes each) but it worked in the end. I believe that not everyone has this problem and that it may depend on the phone that is used. If anyone is having the same issue I recommend you to keep trying. Even if it seems like it is never going to work, it probably will after enough attempts. Thank you once again for the work that went into this mod and for the fact that it doesn't require us to take apart our wheels and modify the hardware.
  14. I have read the whole thread. The information is scattered throughout this thread. It would be great if someone could do as I mentioned in my previous post so that there are clear instructions laid out all in one post.
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