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  1. I remember reading a while back that the "comfort mode" is actually just a straight up newer and improved mode. People were having trouble climbing up certain hills and complaining about the handling until Inmotion released it.
  2. I've been riding my Ninebot minipro for a little over a year now and recently encountered an issue with a knocking/thumping sound coming from the right side wheel. The sound is pretty loud, happens about once per revolution, and you can actually feel it in your feet when riding. I dug around and I believe it's the same issue that's mentioned in this thread: I never did see a detailed solution posted so I figured I'd document what I did to fix my wheel. First off, the sound seems to be due to the wheel being slightly loose on the axle. As shown in the video in the other thread, if you pull/push on the broken wheel it should move slightly. On the good side the wheel is very tight and does not budge. I disassembled my wheel by first popping off the 4 tabs on the plastic wheel cover, unscrewing the screws beneath, and then removing the plastic wheel cover. Underneath is a black metal disk that covers the coils/hub motor secured by 6 screws. The black metal cover is also what holds the wheel on tightly, and ideally should also be pressing tightly on the bearing beneath. For some reason my cap wasn't doing that. I also noticed that my bearing was very tightly stuck on the axle, in fact I wasn't able to dislodge it at all. I suspect it might have gotten pressed down by half a millimeter. I don't have pictures but there are a few floating around on the internet in various disassembly threads: https://forum.electricunicycle.org/topic/5474-ninebot-mini-motor-problems/ Anyways, what I did was unscrew the cap and put a thin ~35mm bushing into the cap so that it presses firmly against the bushing again. If you're having trouble getting the cap off with the screws unscrewed, try lightly tapping the cap to rotate it. Once it's rotate a few degrees you can pry it off with a screwdriver under one of the wings. For the bushing, I actually just took some measurements with a caliper and just cut a ring out of an aluminum can. Kind of ghetto but it solved my problem. I suspect dislodging the bushing from the axle and reseating everything might have worked too, but I wasn't able to do that. With the bushing in place, I screwed the cap back on with some loctite. If you're having trouble seating the cap properly, loosely seat all 6 screws and slowly tighten them in 1 turn at a time. Hopefully this helps someone, my Minipro was practically unrideable before but now it's perfectly good again.
  3. mythe00

    INMOTION V20 ??

    I wonder if they could find a way to build some suspension into the wheel itself. On some wheels like the KS18xl there is room between the hub motor and the outer rim which is taken up by spokes. Maybe they could put in a layer of softer material there, like a ring of polyurethane or something.
  4. It's common for bicycle wheels to require trueing, which is basically adjusting the spokes so that the wheel is perfectly straight and round. You can still ride a bike with untuned wheels though, it wouldn't wobble like crazy or anything. I don't know if there's any way to true a hub motor wheel, but it seems like that's what you're looking for.
  5. Airline policy regarding Lithium Ion batteries is pretty strict as those are very common unlike unicycles which TSA may not have seen before. You can't check in Lithium Ion batteries as luggage and you can only have batteries under 100wh in carry on. So unless you're leaving the battery at home and have a spare battery at your destination or you mail the battery, there's no way to fly with a EUC.
  6. The unicycle just spins the wheel to keep you balanced, that's all. It's the same as a regular unicycle or popping a wheelie on a bike, except that the computer is calculating the amount of spin needed with the help of the gyroscope sensors.
  7. I think it might be because EUC's are relatively expensive and that acts as a bit of a gateway to age groups that are into the hobby.
  8. There have been a lot of novel suspension designs in many recent electric scooters, it would be nice to see some of them make their way to unicycles too. The introduction of suspension has definitely been a huge plus on skateboards, scooters, and other similar electric devices so I don't see why not unicycles. Air filled tires can only do so much.
  9. I learned the basics of going straight and turning in 3 hours. My only prior experience was with a Segway Minipro which helped for getting used to the forwards/backwards tilt control but not for balance. The next day I totally thought I was good to ride to work but that wasn't the case at all. The learning curve is both steep and quite long, there are a lot of elements like the wheel behaving differently at low/high speeds that you don't consider. It's been a few months for me now and I still feel like there is a lot to master.
  10. Looking for recommendations for knee and elbow pads that I can easily strap on over pants, NOT the kind with a sleeve that require you to slip on. So far I'm only aware of the TSG Force pads that attach in this way, any suggestions for other brands?
  11. These kinds of tires have been around for a while, they're extremely common in the shared bikes in China and you even sort of have then in the form of runflats on cars. The harsh ride isn't worth it in my opinion. It really doesn't take that much time to keep your tires inflated and flats have been extremely rare for me. The harsh ride is very noticeable and it's something that your knees will feel every day. I switched out the runflats on my car first chance I had and despite the fact that it seems like a good idea on paper, I've yet to meet anyone who likes their runflats. They always just end up being expensive with a harsh ride and never used.
  12. I own an E+, it's my first EUC and I picked it up used off craigslist for under $300. Now that I've been riding for a bit and looking for an upgrade I can't imagine paying around 1k for one. The design is dated and there are so many things lacking. The Ninebot One S2 is a direct upgrade and better in every single way, aesthetics included. There are added modern features such as a lift sensor and actual battery display. While the E's scorpion tail handle looks cool in pictures it's not very practical. Even looking at the power button on both devices, the E+ looks like they had a surplus of red push buttons so that's what they used. The renders online do look very good but the actual device is not so stunning. If you really like the Ninebot I'd at least get a S2. For $500, which is roughly what they go for in the US, I think the S2 is a decent buy. Otherwise my personal recommendation, keeping aesthetics in mind, would be KingSong. Their build quality is top notch, the way their unicycles ride is typically considered more refined than Gotway/Inmotion, and I think they have some of the best looking devices. The trolley handle is also super useful, slinging around even a 25lb wheel gets tiring really quick. I'm currently considering upgrading to a 14d because I don't need anything bigger for my commute, but I'm waiting until I'm more comfortable on my e+ to see if I want something bigger/faster.
  13. Well, In case anyone was interested or is facing the same issue, I contacted Segway support and it seems that there's a defect with my device. The SKU that appears in my app when connected to the device does not match what is printed on the device or on my warranty sheet. Segway told me that the SKU was some "initial sku" that was supposed to be overwritten at the factory but for some reason wasn't. I'm going to just be returning the device for a replacement.
  14. Both of the tutorials were completed and show up as completed in the app. I've now driven nearly 3 miles and when I try to turn off the limit it still gives me the message "For your safety, this feature is only available after you have ridden over 1km"
  15. I have a new Ninebot Mini that has been giving me some trouble, I was wondering if this behavior was normal or if there was something wrong with my unit? I've charged the unit, connected it to the phone app, and went through all of the tutorials. My questions are: 1. The unit beeps steadily whenever I am standing on it. Is that normal for the first 1km of riding? I've already connected to the app and the max speed is 10mph. 2. I cannot remove the speed limit even though I've ridden well over 1km 3. After exceeding the speed limit a few times and getting warnings the max speed has now dropped down to 2.5mph I've read that the mini will sometimes penalize your max speed if you go over the limit too often. Is this somehow preventing me from completing the 1km tutorial? How long does the penalty last? Also is the beeping normal?
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