So, first things first - my wheel history: KingSong 16B, 16S, 18L, 18XL, 16X.
Now, to an unbiased review
I got it today, courtesy of eunicycles.eu. I am grateful to Richard for entrusting me with this brand new EUC.
So, straight out of the box with 47% battery as indicated in the app (4 bars on the wheel display). Shocks pumped to 170 (I'm about 100 kg). We didn't play with the negative chambers.
Very, very solid build with quality materials. It has the sort of design that grows on you. I love the kick stand, it's integration and descreetness. Handle - not so much (more on that later). I still consider KS18L/XL and 16X "the handlebar kings". Great pedals - large comfortable and gripped. Wonderful front and back lighrs. But you know all that already. So, moving on...
As with any new EUC I needed a moment to adjust but once that happened, oh man, I just loved it (default settings - comfortable commuting mode). I took it to all those city streets and routes I hate going through due to their surface quality (potholes, bumps, uneven conditions, etc.) and it handled them great. Some off-road trails as well - not bad, although (if I remeber correctly) the ride was a little bit smoother on S18. Pleasant surprise - riding through gravel was unusually enjoyable nad troubleless. Back in the city (maybe due to its and my weight combined) the ride seemed more stable than on S18. It's important that on both wheels the suspension does not disconnect you from the road, so you still "feel" your ride. I expected more responsivness after watching the reviews but maybe the lack of it resulted from choosing the commuting mode.
THE FEATURES AND SPECS
Finally someone got the lights right DLR, full beam, front, back. IMHO V11 is the current "light king" (although I miss the side leds and hope they will be available at least as an option). I love the battery bar display which is clearly visible while riding. Despite I don't use them a lot I miss the speakers (again - hope they return as an option). Very surprisingly I didn't notice the weight... I was expecting something noticeably heavier than my XL but somehow it felt similar (maybe due to its relative "thinness" and "smothness" which make carrying it more comfortable). Handlebar - just ok - I'm 185 cm tall and if I ware even one cm taller it would sit too low for comfortable trollying.
Now everyone is waiting for these Sooo... according to the app I did 20 miles on it before I got tilted back in this famous InMotion trademarked way ("overload, please get off" - however the tone of voice was nicer than on V10). And it wouldn't be a problem but... it came slightly unexpected due to several reasons: 1) The bars on the top battery display went down one by one in regular intervals except this radically changed with the last two instances (I mean once only one was left I was expecting some time (or miles) to pass before getting the blinking "reserve mode") but it took maybe 1 mile and I had to get off and was never to go back on, and I was in the middle of the trail which meant 3 mile walk home, by the river, accompanied by thousands of mosquitos..... 2) There were no other alarms or tiltbacks to inform me that I'm doing my final mile. All my KingSongs let me know well in advance that I need to plan my safe return, Here - suddenly the situation is getting critical. And, while V11 did not limit my speed in any noticeable way till the end (which was great) the only and final tilt back came very suddenly at considerable speed and thus resulted in almost a crash (as we all know breaking while you are being tillted back is tricky). This has to be fixed because it's simply dangerous. So now I'm an expert on trolleying V11and I can tell you again that this handlebar is just about ok for my height and I can also tell you that it was more comfy for me to trolley it with the engine off than on. The wheel was more stable this way.
I love it and I am seriously considering not returning it (sorry Richard ;). Everybody says there is no perfect wheel and I agree. But this one is pretty close to it, especially if you are a city commuter. Of course we need more miles on it as a community but at the moment it's difficult for me to hide my enthusiasm.
Eunicycles.eu is planning a demo event in Wroclaw, Poland soon (if not tomorrow - check their FB). So if you are currently nearby and you love EUCs then you should consider participating.