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  1. BTW, Master @Seba, how is the expedition going? Ony 5 days left right? Enjoy the last few days of your epic journey!!!
  2. Even switching from an IM V8 to a KS18XL felt like learning to ride again, @shellac. Many of the dynamics I took for granted had to be tweaked, adjusted or relearned entirely. But give it time and you'll adjust. Also, be patient, the Z10 isn't for everyone and is notorious for being a love it or hate it because it's turning dynamics are different from all other wheels. Once you get the hang of it you'll love it though!
  3. Guys, mods have issued repeated warnings (directed at no one in particular) to keep the discussion civil. I like to think we're pretty permissive in terms of understanding how discussions we're passionate about can easily become heated, but at this point, we're having to hide posts due to outright personal attacks and disrespect to other users. We've been very patient, but are going to start issuing warnings involving temporary content moderation if this doesn't subside. Please show some restraint and keep things civil. Also, these are exciting times for EUC enthusiasts...two new wheels with suspension and a new EUC manufacturer! We should be rejoicing! Wait, forget that, people are insulting each other over all three of those too... Maybe we should all take a few steps back, breathe in deeply a few times, switch off the computer and go for a ride on our wheels instead of arguing about them with strangers on the Internet Here's some motivation (the dancing an romantic music aren't mandatory but surely won't hurt)
  4. Can't be on the app side, if nothing has been changed. And server-side, I've been using it daily with no issues. To those having issues with tour recording, you can always have the app create logs instead and then create tours from your logs on euc.world
  5. I ordered a Bohn Armor All-season Airtex riding shirt, which should do well in hot Spanish weather, but it's stuck at customs and custom's website is even buggier than the KS app and won't allow me to attach the invoice, so it looks like it's going to be returned... If anyone knows of a similar product, that's equally cool, that can be ordered from the EU, I'd be very grateful. I'm wondering whether the Lazyrolling performance hoodie would be cool enough for Spanish weather
  6. I definitely don't ride the same with gear as without it. At the very minimum, I'll throw on wrist guards and knee guards even to go run a few quick errands around town. If I'm in a hurry and don't have time to gear up, my max. speed rarely exceeds 35 km/h and I'm hyper aware of the ground and the coarse surface of the asphalt. I work at home, typing all day long, so like @seage, if I mess up my hands, I'm screwed: as a freelancer I get no disability pay... The rest probably boils down to the amount of sports injuries I've had in the past: 3 shoulder dislocacions, 2 different instances of cracked ribs, broken bones, a head concussion and more sprained everythings than I can count. I thank my choice of low-risk hobbies: snowboarding, surfing (you wouldn't guess that's how I got the concussion), rock-climbing, canyoning, MTBiking, skateboarding, rollerblading (skatepark), hockey on rollerblades... But the more than impact, it's this very vivid image of the sandpaper-like surface of the asphalt grating against my hands that I can't get out of my mind when not wearing wrist-guards. Must have to do with a fall on a 49cc dirt bike I had at age 17, doing about 70 km/h...in the middle of summer, wearing shorts...literally grated the skin off the full length of my right calf, hip, palm and elbow. Spent the whole summer wearing jeans so my mom wouldn't discover the worst of it I've walked away entirely unscathed from the few mishaps I've had on my wheels, including a 43-44ish km/h spill on asphalt where I failed to notice a speed-bump, a 35 km/h spill on a dirt road with plenty of small stones encrusted into the ground (my elbow guard actually slid up my arm so I did ended up with some abrasion there) and rolling over the hood of a car that ran me over an a zebra crossing. In all of those instances not being geared up would have made a massive difference in the output. My helmet has yet to touch the ground, but it's a game of Russian roulette I'm not to keen on playing... So do I ride faster and take more risks when fully geared up? I do. Am I perhaps a little overconfident? Maybe a bit, but because I know I'm protected, but not excessively so, I'm also aware of all the body parts that aren't protected and the parts that can't be protected not matter what you wear. But I personally find that I'm a better rider when geared up than without gear...I'm confident and sure of myself, not doubting myself, riding the way I should; whereas without gear I have about the same confidence as if I walked into the local supermarket butt naked. I'm too vigilant, too tense, and that doesn't make for good (or fun) riding. And even if I do ride faster and occasionally indulge in a little adrenaline rush, I don't think it's to the point of being reckless, which is something I'm very pleased about. Even fully geared, I rarely push it to 50 km/h, partly because I'm not used to riding at that speed and know my control over the wheel in the event of a mishap won't be up to the task, and partly because I don't like riding the wheel at or near its max. speed, I like to have the peace of mind of plenty of safety margin, so 46 km/h is about as fast as I feel comfortable on my 16X or 18XL. The other thing I've noticed (and am actually quite proud of myself for) is that my riding style around others doesn't depend on how geared up I am: even fully geared and riding along a road that allows for fast riding, if there are people on the adjacent sidewalk, for instance, I don't push it past the limits of where I feel I'm in full control if something unexpected happens; I've seen my 18XL bounce off a curb chest-high and am very aware of the unpredictable dynamics of an EUC crash and what would happen if my wheel were to hit anyone at speed. So as @seage said, it's down to self-control and mental restraint. I'm pleased that I can apply it even when fully geared. When there are people around. When offroading my caution level goes way down (maybe the trick to stay safe is to ride around people), but not excessively so, my dislocated shoulder is still very much in my mind every time I hop on my wheel.... But from time to time I catch a glimpse of myself in full gear and also think: "Man, I'm going to kill myself"
  7. Sí, yo veo que pasan más de lo habitual también
  8. Upgrading to Premium shouldn't have any effect on tour recording. Was this function working correctly prior to this? Has anything changed in your phone's settings? Check this post and see if it helps:
  9. Day 3 of the expedition I decided to extend my stay at the campsite for an extra night so I could go for a day-tour, leaving my backpack behind. What a treat! What was initially going to be a quick spin ended up being 50 km (aka an afternoon stroll ). At the end up the tour it shows a capture of EUC World: 54 km and 54% battery left. That was taken a few seconds after stopping, so the battery level hadn't quite settled down yet; after leaving it idling for a few minutes, EUC World read 57% battery. Really impressive, considering that at least half of the tour (when on asphalt) I was averaging 40-45 km/h. Man, do I love the range on the 16X!
  10. Thanks! I find that by adding as much footage as I can, I can keep them much more interesting. Too bad Relive doesn't allow adding more than 55 sec. of video per tour (regardless of the length of the tour), and that the video compression is the worst known to man (even worse than Facebook's...) I tried speeding the video a little from within Relive so the "map view" wouldn't get monotonous, but when pics/videos aren't very spaced, it broke up the pace, making it feel a bit "jolty". Maybe the next time I'll selectively edit the speed for particular stretches (longer ones where the is no camera footage) in Premiere Pro (or Powerdirector, which I use on my tablet).
  11. Wow, what a ton of extremely valuable info, thanks guys!!! Am overloaded with work today but will try to find the time soon to write up a proper reply. In the meantime, thanks once again!
  12. TLTR: Relive tours—I haven’t found the time to go through my GoPro footage yet—from a 150 km, 3-day expedition on my 16X, from my home city, 45 km South of Barcelona (in a straight line), to a coastal town about 70 km north of Barcelona. I’ve included plenty of pics and videos to keep it interesting (and added a custom soundtrack—Relive’s music choices are awful!), and cut it into two videos to not waste anyone’s precious time should you find them tedious to watch. 😉 My (typically) longer-than-necessary description of the “expedition”: Went on a 3-day expedition on the 16X, taking advantage of the fact my girlfriend went to visit her family last week (lockdown has finally been lifted here, we’re in the so-called “new normal” stage). Averaged 70-odd km/day. Modest daily mileage, I know, but this was a late-departure (no early mornings for me), laid-back, long-lunch, Spanish-style expedition. 😉 Also, packed way too much sh*t in my backpack (Insta, GoPro and respective chargers, tablet, portable keyboard…God knows why I thought I’d need all of that), which made the challenge all the more hefty (corny pun intended). Lesson learned… Getting from my city (Vilanova i la Geltrú, 45 km south of Barcelona) past the mountain range that separates it from the southern coast of Barcelona and navigating through Barcelona and the cities that make up the greater Barcelona metropolitan area, past the city and 60 km north of Barcelona to my destination is more challenging than it sounds—avoiding highways and “state roads”, pedestrian-only areas, etc. and sticking only to bike lanes (arggghhh! But the safer bet when navigating uncharted areas) and roads I’m legally allowed to ride on (PLEV laws are pretty strict here and getting caught riding in the wrong places can carry hefty fines and potential vehicle impound). Komoot proved an excellent tool for planning the route, which I tweaked ad infinitum, alternating between OpenCycleMaps and satellite view, and later exporting the gpx to play it on Google Earth and make sure I hadn’t missed anything (the app directing me towards the freeway, for instance-—which it actually had in a couple places). Overall, it turned out well, with the only issues stemming from blocked seafront mixed-use paths, many of which were obliterated by Storm Gloria, which caused a great deal of damage this winter. Truly impressive views along the mountain range south of Barcelona, especially on the way down, where the mountains gradually give way to the sea, affording a stunning panorama of the coastline. And fantastic riding from Barcelona northwards, right by the water’s edge. A lot of slow riding on compacted sand paths, which can prove pretty treacherous with their unexpected patches of soft sand (especially when wearing a stupidly heavy backpack and paranoid about yet another shoulder dislocation 😅). Funnily enough, COVID-19 measures worked out to my advantage, as a lot of sea-front roads have been cut off to car traffic to give people more space to walk (so they aren’t crammed together on narrow side-walks), allowing me to make up for the slow riding (there were no pedestrians so I often had two entire, car-free lanes to myself). Higher cruising speeds are especially welcome when the summer sun is beating down on you (if life doesn’t give you a breeze, make your own!) There were no viable seafront routes for the last 30ish km, so I had to go inland, which was a nice change in landscape, riding among fields and through woodlands, with a ridiculously steep climb towards the end, which the 16X managed incredibly well, even with the heavy backpack and no pads. The off-roading was fun, but would have been more enjoyable if my knees hadn’t ached so much from the previous 60 km of mostly slow riding with a backpack heavy beyond reason. A very fun ride, with the pleasant surprise of a local rider spotting me on euc.world’s live map (thanks, @Seba!) and intercepting me to ride along with me for a stretch of the tour (first time ever I ride with someone else!). I look forward to doing more such tours this summer (providing I can do so without melting). With a lighter backpack and the ever-so ambitious goal of managing to set off before noon someday, the world will be my oyster! 😂
  13. I don't know about other countries, but in Spain, pedestrians always have priority on shared paths and the speed limit is 15 km/h if I recall correctly. So, if a cyclist hits a pedestrian, it's the cyclist's fault. If a pedestrian blocks a cyclist's way, there's no wrongdoing, it's the cyclist's job to be mindful of pedestrians and pass when safe, dismounting if necessary. Needless to say, pedestrians display a complete and utter disregard for cyclists, other pedestrians and even their own safety that is frankly infuriating. When I started riding I wouldn't have been caught dead riding on the road in my city; now I avoid bike lanes like the plague because of pedestrians' complete aloofness and lack of awareness of their environment. I'm OK with it, I find it safer this way, but I could argue that pedestrians' lack of consideration and knowledge of basic mobility rules have forced me off bike lanes and into a higher-risk scenario where I risk getting hit by a car so I don't have to risk running over their dumb asses. It's my choice, I know, but the point is that I can empathize with the feeling of animosity towards pedestrians. But back to the case at hand, pedestrian priority on shared paths makes sense to me: they're the most vulnerable users, so others should ride with caution around them and speeds need to be within a similar margin, for the same reason tractors and horses aren't allowed on the highway—they’d cause massive pileups. The minute someone's going walking speed and someone else is going 30 mph, we have a problem, so it only makes sense (aside from having distinguished and separated areas for each group) to lower the permitted speed of the faster of the two to generate a safer environment for all parties involved (the carelessness of an absent-minded pedestrian could result in a cyclist or EUC rider getting injured too). Enter context yet again: If I hit a pedestrian while riding on a bike lane, it’s the pedestrian’s fault. If I hit him/her/it when on a shared path, it’s my fault, regardless of the exact circumstances. As the person riding a vehicle (whether it’s an EUC, a bicycle or a pink unicorn) around more vulnerable users, it’s my responsibility to ride at a speed that gives me sufficient reaction time to accommodate to pedestrian’s unpredictability. Pedestrians should, out of civility and basic self-preservation, try to be aware of their surroundings and not be a nuisance to cyclists and whatnot, but can’t be expected to be constantly scanning their surrounding for fast-moving vehicles in a leisure area not designated for such a purpose. Said vehicle-riders are the ones who have to adapt, not the other way around. The distinction being, pedestrians could and should be more mindful out of consideration, while cyclists and EUCists are bound to do so out of responsibility. That’s an important distinction to make. The other important contextual component that can’t be ignored is that such shared paths, parks, etc., are leisurely places where families go for walks, take their kids, play ball and what-have-you. They’re meant to be safe places for them where they can relax and don’t have to be vigilant; it’s cyclist and EUCist responsibility to accommodate their speed and riding style to said circumstances; if that means riding no faster than jogging pace (this applies equally to those spandex-clad morons who are never held accountable for what in my eyes is reckless riding), slowing down to walking pace or even dismounting in certain situations, then so be it. Which is why the whole “NYC riding” argument means jack-squat to me—because it doesn’t apply here. Pedestrians aren’t vigilant and trying to navigate the urban jungle unscathed, taking calculated risks not to have to wait for the light to turn green because they’re late for work. They’re enjoying their free time in venues where people go to disconnect from that mindset and get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets; that’s why their family walks take place in parks and shared paths, where the general idea is to chill out, ride slowly and enjoy the relative peace & quiet, and not on the busy and congested streets of the city. Riders would do well to acknowledge that fact and know when to snap out of “survival mode” and switch to “chill mode” when riding in such areas. And while pedestrians’ complete lack of consideration can be infuriating, when out of anger and frustration with the 20 pedestrians who previously stepped out in front of you or blocked your way, ignoring your bell and requests for them to please move aside, you become desensitized, generalize and disregard pedestrian safety based on the premise that they’re all inconsiderate a-holes, the person who gets injured by your reckless riding will in all likelihood not be the person who induced your spite in the first place. Generalizing never leads to anything good, and one collective’s faults are no justification for the bad behavior of another. And having said that, I’m not too sure how productive this debate is at this point. The offenders and the mind-set have been called out repeatedly, over the course of 7 pages. What’s the point in kicking a dead horse any further? The offending party isn’t even involved in the debate, so I don’t see this changing anyone’s mind. We can discuss this all day long, but it won’t make a difference. I think the best we can do is lead by example. And hope the more sensible NYC riders will call out similar instances of douchebaggery when they see them. Personally, I’d be inclined to stop and chat with pedestrians whenever I saw that kind of sh*t, to clarify that not all of us ride like that, and to please not base their opinion of the entire collective based on a few adrenaline and testosterone-fueled youngsters, but that’s just me, maybe I am a damn hippie, as many a’friends have told me in the past 😂 We’ll never know how long that philosophy would apply were I to move to NYC, but I value my life too much to even consider riding my wheel in NYC traffic 😅
  14. On the benefits of mounting a mirror on your helmet (although it wouldn't have helped much in this case)
  15. Guys, I think it'd be wise to avoid generalizations and guilt by association. I haven't read the entire thread but I'm not too sure how @Hsiang and @houseofjob are guilty of other riders' reckless behaviour. Let's not turn this into a everyone against the NYC riders thread, it benefits no one. And let's not get unnecessarily worked up...
  16. Yeah, it feels odd contemplating an MSP or a Nikola when the V11 and the S18 are out, but neither of them fit the bill. An S18XL would be closer to what I'm after, but more as a replacement for the 16X (which I consider my slow wheel). An MSP with suspension would be perfect, but I don't plan on waiting that long Thanks, that's a vital piece of info I was missing! Looks like the MSP is gaining the edge here... I use the 16X without pads, so a padded MSP is probably going to feel like a beast to me
  17. They're very different wheels and I love both of them for what they are, but: - Now that I do 90% of my riding on the 16X, when I jump on the 18XL, I really notice the narrower tire. Despite feeling safer at speed, from a cutout perspective, on the 18XL, it just doesn't feel as stable at speed as the 16X because of that thinner tire. I'm getting spoiled... - While not as nimble, I love how the 18XL just powers over obstacles when off-roading. The appeal of the 2500W MSP is similar---a tank (not Monster/steamroller level though)---, but one with a higher top speed/safety margin and wider tire. I can live with it not being as maneuverable as the 16X, I like having two different wheels that respond different. I think it's down to the fact that the 16X ticks all the right boxes for the use I intend to give it, but the 18XL doesn't. When I grab the 18XL, it's more for asphalt, higher-speed cruising, but it falls slightly short in that department, and I think the MSP would fit the bill better. Or the Nikola. Too bad I can't try them out... About changing my riding style, I'm more than happy to adapt it, I love a challenge! (although I do think I'll be putting the Nikola pedals on the MSP if I buy it)
  18. There comes a time...indeed there comes a time... Sounds like we're upgrading for similar reasons. I do a lot of off-roading too (mixed bag, but there are some rock gardens in the package), so torque an shell durability are top priorities (I don't plan on putting and EUC bodyguard on my GW so I can put power pads on it). Looks like the MSP gains the edge in the torque dept. and the Nikola in the shell durability one. Tough choice... My other main concern is agility/maneuverability. I'm sure I can adapt to anything, but the more nimble, the better. It sounds like the Nikola should be pretty nimble, but there's something I'm not too convinced about in terms of the riding stance, 'cause of the shape of the shell (I haven't tried it though). A shame there are no local riders who own either one of these wheels... There's no way I'd get rid of my 18XL if I didn't have the 16X...I can't conceive not having a backup wheel these days! So, a Monster V3 for you and an MSP for your dad? Nice, and congrats! When do you receive it? P.S. Looking forward to your next videos! This dual upgrade makes for a great story!
  19. Yeah, that's for sure! For torque, I don't those two can be beaten! I was thinking shell durability, which isn't on par with KS, but to hell with it, shells can be replaced OK, it was EvX, yeah. And range-wise...they're both pretty decent, although the more, the better! It is a difficult decision indeed! MSP almost as maneuverable as the 16X, wow! I wouldn't have expected that. And more than the 18XL I can understand, that wider tire makes a lot of difference in terms of stability / how permissive it is. Yeah, if I get the MSP I'll definitely be putting pads on it!
  20. Yeah, I'm not too sure why Hsiang is getting all this slack. Guilty by association? He comes through as a sensible, reasonable guy and is very diplomatic in his comments. I think a lot of anger is being directed at the wrong person here...
  21. FTR, U-Stride has pinned a comment to the video in reaction to all the critical comments: **After reading so many of your comments on riding location for such speeds, I think it's something we should bring up for the next demo, or any testing in general. The wheels are getting not only faster but heavier and more durable. Very good guys keep up with the critiques. It is needed** forgot to mention: later in the day the guys did end up going to the streets. So that was good 😎✌🏾 Better late than never... I'm doubtful whether that involves a change in mindset but, just thought I'd leave it here FTR
  22. "One person's freedom ends where the next person's rights begin". “Do not Do unto others what you don't want others Do unto you.” Pedestrians < EUCs/bicycles/escooters < motorcycles < cars < trucks/buses. Put yourself in the place of the most vulnerable person in every scenario and ride/drive around them like you would like to have them ride around you. Simple as.
  23. So...I'm thinking of retiring my 18XL. It's a great wheel and an excellent all-rounder, but compared to the 16X, it isn't nearly as much fun to ride. That wheel is such a blast, and so versatile, nimble and balanced! The 18XL feels more like a tank in comparison (and the narrower tire is really noticeable now that I'ver gotten used to riding my 16X on a daily basis). Lately I'm gone on a couple several-day expeditions and ridden in environments that allowed me to maintain a much higher cruising speed than where I live, and have found myself cruising quite often at 40-45 km/h on the 16X (extra caution/defensive riding being applied, don't fancy an overconfidence-induced faceplant). I'm not a speed demon by any means, and personally, find that 50 km/h is more than enough for an EUC, but a) I wouldn't mind having a bit more of a safety buffer when riding at 45 km/h (maybe it's just in my mind, but I don't feel too comfortable riding the 16X near 50 km/h), and b) there have been a couple of times, on winding mountain roads, where I just let myself go and was enjoying the ride, not paying attention to my speed (and too entranced by the landscape to notice the soft tiltback), and all of a sudden, KS's infamous hard tiltback at 49 km/h (which I've set it to)...holy crap is that scary! It happened twice on the same ride, and aside from being scary as hell and almost causing me to fall, it's also a hell of a mood dampener! I don't really see myself every riding above 55 km/h (or maybe that's what they all say...), but I'd like to have the peace of mind that if I ever go a few km/h above 50, (e.g. 52-53-54), the wheel isn't going to try to throw me off. With EUC World's alarms and my in-helmet BT headset I'm not too concerned about missing beeps/exceeding my personal speed preferences, I can just set a pre-alarm to a speed I feel comfortable at (let's say 50 km/h) and a higher-priority alarm at, say 55 km/h (or whatever I decide to set it to). So, after an IMV8, a KS18XL and a 16X, about a year and a half into riding, I'm finally considering jumping ship to GW... My ideal wheel would be a 16X (same nimble feel, weight distribution, etc.) but with a higher top speed, but to my knowledge no such wheel exists. I'm not after a larger-wheeled Monster, so I've pretty much narrowed my search down to a Nikola+ 1800Wh (for the range, not the speed) or the 2500W (torque-version) MSP (which should suffice for my needs---torque is more important than speed to me. 55 km/h max. isn't a problem for it is it?). Both of these tick most of the boxes, and the 3" tire is a must for me (now I understand you, @Marty Backe...it's so much more stable and comfortable...) The 18" MSP seems like a logical replacement for the 18XL; and if I'm only going to have 2 wheels (I don't plan on collecting), an 18" and a 16" makes sense. On the other hand, the Nikola+ is an appealing wheel. If I'm after something nimble and 16X-like, I don't think either of these will come close, but I imagine the Nikola+ will probably be the more agile of the two, the MSP being more thank-like (but one torquey tank, at that!). I do a lot of off-roading, so torque is important to me. From what I've seen and read, the Nikola+ won't disappoint for off-roading (is it as good as the 16X? I recall SpeedyFeet stating that it was), but I imagine the MSP will blow it out of the water on the torque front (or not). I remember you mentioned, @Mike Sacristan , the differences between 18XL, MSX and Nikola some time ago, but I can't remember which thread it was and for the life of me can't find your comments. In terms of durability, I'm not too sold on the MSP's though...those speakers...and GW's traditional MSX-style shell....not a big fan. I think it was EvX who mentioned that the Nikola is much more solidly built. Is that the case? And about the batteries, with the whole Tesla battery debacle, they both use 21700 panasonic batteries don't they? Can I consider them safe in that domain? Thoughts? Advice? Any feedback would be very welcome! Thanks in advance guys!
  24. He was referring to corrosion of metal parts resulting from salt, and the wear that would come with gravel and slush getting in the suspension. The S18 had more openly exposed parts subject to such corrosion. That doesn't mean the V11 is immune to them though... Weatherproofing looks fine in the S18, Kuji gave it a shower with no issues (IP5 rating)
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