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  1. No, this tire is a bit more aggressive than above. It is the CST "Surge", available from many places. Went up to the snow with the kids, today. Tire was great in powder, still treacherous in the slush. I rode some gravel roads that had a lot of wash-out and slippery spots and the tire did well. Really surprised how well it subdues wet/muddy grass. Handling is getting better for me: the key is being aggressive in the turns. Definitely makes the MSX feel more agile.
  2. So I found a 60/60 14" dirt bike tire to fit the MSX. I was looking for something more dual-sport but I settled on this one made by CST (easy to find, available from multiple sellers). I have seen on this forum and on the facebook group that someone had fitted a 2.75" tire but had to trim it. I was reluctant to do this since I was not sure if I could do this evenly enough to not effect handling. When fitted with this tire, the MSX is a true 18" wheel since the sidewalls are shorter. The tire is a bit narrower, of course, but is well accommodated in the shell. The tire is very stiff. I've had it on for a few, limited sessions. With the tire pumped to its max 30 PSI it felt way too squirrelly. I lowered it to 20 PSI and it felt much better, though still very different. Part of this can be attributed to the narrower width but most is probably due to the tire geometry. The tread wraps more aggressively and remains deep as it rounds to the sidewall. Theoretically this should provide superior cornering grip. Riding it some very muddy grass it proved to be vastly more sure-footed than the stock tire. On pavement, though, it has been an adjustment as the feel is totally different. Low-speed turning is almost no existent at this point and turning generally is difficult. With more time I found that turning was easier when under acceleration. More broadly it makes the MSX more active and, in a way, more nimble. Shock - absorption is great. Definitely a drag on speed. Certainly brings back early learning days... Going to give it some time before I make a decision. Only have one wheel so this tire has to serve on and off-road. Going to take it out on the MTB trails after it rains... IMG_6768.HEIC
  3. I’ve thought a lot about this lately @Darrell Wesh. There are two rather divergent segments in the electric unicycle world: people who ride primarily on sidewalks and parks or other isolated bike trails and those of us who ride on the road with traffic. These different use cases engender different attitudes and expectations. Not that I think that this is crucial to the current discussion here. But there have been other discussions, particularly, that point up the differences in the way we use these machines.
  4. Sure, if sliding is possible. The bulk of riding I do is on trails/road where tumbling is somewhat inevitable because of lack of smooth surface. I certainly wasn’t suggesting the type of rag doll rolling where all of your limbs are wildly rotating about. But I would rather slide tucked on my side than a “Superman” belly slide with shoulder joints in flexion. Just for clarification but I take your point.
  5. I have come to prefer a roll. All things being equal, the worst injuries are likely to come from outstretched limbs (sprained wrists, separated shoulder, fractured humerus, etc).
  6. Marty, you really are somethin’ else! I hope we go “sailing” together someday...
  7. It is true, not all of us have the luxury of buying three or four wheels at a time...
  8. Don’t know if this will help anyone else but after I installed latest iPhone update and reinstalled the app it worked.
  9. Work on your starts. Put your dominant foot on the pedal (like you were doing in the beginning with your exercises) but let the wheel lean into your shin in order to stay in a straight line with your line of sight. It will hurt like hell. Get your momentum going forward as you kick away from the ground with your left foot, bring it to the pedal, and continue to lean forward. People describe it as sort of a skateboard kick. This is IMHO an essential skill. Trying to just hop on a stationary wheel and take off is needlessly difficult and, as you can see now, potentially dangerous. I personally was never one to use a object to assist mounting, except the day I bought my first wheel and I “surfed” around our minivan. Look for control and meaningful trials.
  10. Absolutely. One of the ways I satisfy my EUC itch between epic trail rides and errands is just playing around the yard chasing the kids or doing figure 8s, etc. Learning to be loose with the wheel, being able to weight shift with the balls of your feet, is invaluable when navigating challenging terrain. Focused skills practice develops preparedness and confidence faster than merely logging miles.
  11. Here’s to the 2019 Ninebot Z with 3000W motor, higher pedals, and a 2000Wh battery!
  12. Amen! This is how hard it gets. So many people come on the forum and expect that they can be told what model is “best”. The fact of the matter is, all wheels are trade off in someway or another. As has been pointed out previously, this is one product where you certainly get what you pay for. If you buy a good quality wheel, you will not be disappointed. It’s one of those things where it’s hard to know what you want out of something before you use it. I suppose that’s why people end up buying multiple wheels. For me, range was the primary consideration. I love exploring mountain bike trails and I never want to experience range anxiety. With the added component of high top speed, the MSX was my only logical choice. Everyone ultimately has to (anxiously) decide what is best for them.
  13. When I first started out, I was riding a Gotway V2. At that time I heard a lot of comments. Now with the MSX, all I hear is “Whoa...!” as I blaze into the distance
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