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    Ninebot ONE Z10 (also Segway PT i2SE & x2SE, S-Pro, S-Plus, Loomo, ES4, Max)

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  1. There are two "tricks" to removing the knee-bar on the S-Plus/miniPLUS. The first trick is to put some lubricant (grease) on the metal shaft *before* you attach the knee-bar. If you haven't done that, then use this second trick for removing it: slide a thin belt behind it and pull it off by holding both ends of the belt. Personally, I use the strap from a tie-down ratchet strap. JoJo's suggestion of using the Parking Stand is an excellent idea!
  2. I am somewhat familiar with the evolution and business arc of Yike Bike. I bump into the inventor at conferences here in New Zealand every year or so, and have done a bit of business with the latter owners and managers in recent years. We shared a site at a couple of trade shows in the past, and I've also had a Yike Bike for a few months and thoroughly evaluated it in urban environments across hilly Auckland - which is what you get when you build a nation's biggest city on top of 50 volcanoes, and have an ocean and a sea lapping at the coastlines on either side of this relatively narrow strip
  3. When I first saw this GoKart PRO advert, I thought that it would be powered by the S-Plus (miniPLUS), rather than the S-Pro (miniPRO).
  4. The S-Plus is very capable on hard packed dirt trails with twigs and leaves. What you need to watch out for is slippery surfaces, such as decaying leaves, wet tree roots protruding out of the ground, etc. A rider with a bit of experience can ride on shingle at speed (eg a rural driveway made out of half-inch loose stones, or similar). With experience you can learn how to approach and cross all kinds of tricky terrain :-) But the great thing about the S-Plus (or S or S-Pro) is you can always just step off any carry it across or over difficult terrain, and get back on again when it is safe
  5. Instead of buying an ESwing or *any* other low-cost full-size self-balancing personal transporter, I cannot recommend strongly enough how much better it is to buy a pre-owned Segway PT instead. On sites like eBay you can get a pre-owned Segway PT for a similar price (or less). What you get for your money is a beautifully engineered machine that is responsive, powerful and elegant. It will last for years to come, factory-level repair service is available in most countries, and it is easy to find 2nd hand replacement parts and accessories (including good, used battery packs) on eBay if your
  6. I can assure everyone in this forum that the Segway PT has *full redundant sub-systems* throughout. Any suggestions otherwise is simply wrong. I've been selling and repairing these incredibly well designed and engineering machines for 17 years, and fully redundant they most certainly are. Anyone who thinks full redundancy isn't important....simply hasn't been riding for long enough to realise how important it is. It is not a a matter of "if" a component fails, it is a matter of "when" simply because everything fails eventually....and it isn't much fun when this happens without warning at
  7. Is it possible that your ES2 is set to the 'Standard' speed mode? This is nominally 20 km/h, but depending on your weight and the terrain might maybe reach 22 km/h in some circumstances? The ES2 has three speed settings: Beginner (up to 15 km/h), Standard (22 km/h) and Sport (25 km/h). To change the setting, turn on the ES2 then rapidly press the button twice to move to the next setting. Beginner is indicated by the absence of an icon. Standard is indicated by a blue/while coloured 'S' and Sport is indicated by a red coloured 'S'.
  8. I'm going to guess the reason for Inmotion not selling into USA has to do with patent infringement. In particular this one: https://patents.google.com/patent/US8830048 In 2016 Inmotion was one of 13 companies named in the following USITC action: https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/17/us-hoverboard-import-ban/ If anyone has any update on the practical effect and consequences of the above ruling, and how it impacts on manufacturers selling devices into US, into EU, etc, I would be very interested to hear.
  9. I have the following observations about these new E2 and E3 personal transporters: (1) The main board of the E2/E3 looks identical to the main board of the miniPRO! I compared photos of each, and it appears the layout and components are all exactly the same, so either INMOTION has simply copied Segway-Ninebot's design, or they have officially licensed it. What do others think? (2) Where is the "Anti-spinning button" located on the device? I've looked in the manual, and I cannot see this button anywhere. Presumably it is down on the platform itself, rather than on the knee-steer (sinc
  10. From what I see in the video there could be several problems going on here. First, it looks to me as if the power button (switch) on the Handlebar could be faulty, or perhaps the electronics inside the Handlebar/UI is faulty? To check, you need to swap on a known-good handlebar. Second, in the video the motor control cable from the Main Board is not connected to the Motor/Wheel. Simply being disconnected will cause Error 18 (this is a Hall sensor fault, but the cause of this fault being reported could be several things.....such as not being connected to the Wheel that has the Hall se
  11. Thanks for explaining that, FreeRide. Here in New Zealand only the S-Pro is readily available, as no one seems to bother importing the S at the moment (due to its lighter maximum rider weight, lower top speed....and the smaller battery makes it less useful to fit inside the GoKart).
  12. How is the S different again (and crappy)? I'd assumed it was identical to the 2016-17 miniPRO (apart from the rebranding, of course)...?
  13. I'm sorry to hear about your accident. I've been riding self-balancing machines for 17 years now, and the behaviour that you described is just what they do the instant one wheel strikes a resistance. I can't think of a way of changing the algorithm to prevent this. From the machine's perspective, it is simply doing what it is designed to do - which is stay self-balanced, and to respond to pitch and yaw instructions from the rider. The machine cannot "know" the difference between when the rider has just struck a solid object with one wheel, and when it has encountered a resistance for whic
  14. Could the reason for this last-minute change in discount ($250 to $230), and the sudden delay in announcing the US retail price and schedule be the US President's declaration of tariffs at the US border for products manufactured in China? I'd suggest suddenly having an unexpected 25% tax (or perhaps it was a 15% increase from 10% to 25%) might upset even the best-planned announcements and roll-out schedule? If I recall earlier discussions on EUC, last year's 10% tariff had an impact on the retail prices of ONE Z10's (and presumably other devices as well). Maybe some US resident members can com
  15. Hi Alex, the big difficulty that parallel importers have is that they can't send a unit back to the original country they purchased their stock from because the capacity of the battery pack (measured in Watt-hours, a measure of the amount of energy stored in the pack) is far, far in excess of the amount permitted on planes. At best, they can sent it back by air freight with the battery pack removed and left behind in NZ. Regarding spare parts, well they can get parts by breaking down new machines apart, or buy some parts retail from US sites like More4Mini and import them...but at the end of t
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