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Everything posted by D3m0nzz

  1. The handle on the Nik is a bit more usable, but also at risk of breaking if it pops out in a crash (add velcro to keep it in). The handle port on the MSX shell is terrible for allowing water in as well.
  2. You are doing god's work. I have been attempting the same in Boston and I thought we had it bad, but it doesn't get NEARLY as cold here. I guess I will have to stick to testing the cutting edge of waterproofing and road-salt resistance because we have a ton of that! 2,100 all-weather miles on my 18XL so far and it has been a champ.
  3. Anyone hearing a weird new "grinding" sound when turning on their wheel since the update? I might have a personal issue there, but wanted to check with ya'll first.
  4. I recently sold my motorcycles and am all-in on wheels now. I live in a major city though, so it makes sense for my use-case.
  5. I finally joined the crew and updated. TL;DR: it's amazing. Motor is WAY quieter, wheel feels very responsive and smooth, and I accidentally hit 30.6 mph on my commute into work today. What people have been saying is absolutely correct: this update makes it SIGNIFICANTLY easier to go fast, so keep an eye on your speed when riding in the manner you used to pre-update. Additionally, my battery life seems to be a lot better now. Anyone else noticing this? I recently swapped out my shell to the new, stronger one since my old one was destroyed from jumping stairs, but I left the original motor. I am really enjoying the wheel now and wondering if upgrading the motor at all is necessary. If the 2200 watt gives me a little more wiggle-room at high speed, I will definitely consider it.
  6. One account appeared the same month the other stopped posting...
  7. I agree and am also sad to see the industry moving that way. Probably going to ride my 18XL into the ground before I upgrade again. I have already stripped it down to the bolts to do a shell swap, so I am pretty confident in my ability to keep the wheel on life support for as long as possible. Who knows? By that time we might have a 100V MCM5 or some other equally rediculous smaller wheel
  8. I seem to be in the minority because I prefer the thinner tire to the new 3-inchers. I am currently in the process of shopping for a 100V wheel, but have not really enjoyed the ride-feel of any of them. After riding a 16XL, MSX, and Nikola, I feel like the 3 inch wheels just dont like to lean into a turn. I had to fight all of those wheels in a turn because they want to stay upright. The 18XL has been a tough wheel to beat for riding feel both due to its thinner profile and the leanability of its tire.
  9. Where do I send money @Seba? Definitely owe you some if this update can do what you say!
  10. You will be fine! We have a lot of rider in the community here and the esplenade is a favorite riding spot.
  11. Really intrigued on the three layer motorcycle jacket and the gloves you use. Are we talking -30 degrees Fahrenheit? If so, that is CRAZY cold. How does the wheel handle something like that? I have a case for my 18xl on the way to improve on insulation and waterproofing, but that can only go so far.
  12. Ya know, I had been considering something like this! If they make a suit like this that is tough and abrasion resistant and looks halfway decent, that might be the perfect option. You can get to you destination and ditch the suit to reveal your elegant dinner jacket underneath.
  13. To kick off my mega-guide on cold-weather gear for PEV riders, I have started out with jackets. I would love to hear feedback from other winter-warriors in the community and see if there is anything I am missing in the jacket department (and also any tips for other gear as I begin to build out the gloves, shoes, pants, and helmet sections of the guide!) Tagging @winterwheel because I know that he will have some opinions on this topic.
  14. This is a good list, I will check all of these.
  15. I'll check out the control board! I don't think I noticed that it was loose when removing my shell, or how putting the shell back on would stabilize it, but it is a lead!
  16. Twice now I have had issues with my 18XL shuddering and jolting under my feet during slow-riding. Both times I rode the wheel until this problem became unride-able and then, upon removing the shell and replacing it, the wheel rode like new! My theory is that my shell (which is pretty battered and is missing most of it's fasteners) is pinching a wire, but I turn to the community to see if any of you have had a similar issue. I would love to pinpoint in on what exactly is causing the shuddering as it appears to come back every now and then.
  17. OK, here are some real quotes from you: “First correct observation I've read from you.” “EUCs aren't intended to be ridden while crouched--no self-balancing device is, in fact.” “you have developed your own habits and theories that aren't optimal or are plain wrong.” “thinking that pushing on the feet, crouching, or bending the knees to accelerate are correct riding techniques. They are not.” Vs. “anything goes, as long as you can stay safe and know the limits of your wheel.” “I achieve maximum speed, with maximum control, yet maximum safety.” Vs. “I did my envelope pushing years ago. You're still in the stage of going for the thrill of pushing its limits, which is understandable, since you're a relative newbie.” “I never proclaimed I was the best rider in the world.” “My goal here isn't to insult anyone's delicate ego” “If someone engages me, I will try to reply.” (this line is the giveaway) “Beautiful, inspirational words for real newbies to aspire, with appropriate caution.” “Not quite, Sherlock. You aren't reading my posts very carefully” “You might try being more hospitable to your guests--you're the host here, this is your topic, which would have dried up pages ago had I not jumped in.” “ I'm discussing this with a ghost, because I haven't seen a single second of you in motion, while I have 100 videos of me on YouTube. I have no idea what your skill level is or how you ride, or what the basis is for your apparent expertise.” “You may not even own an EUC!” “It's amazing how many talkers keep popping up, but without a single video of their own to show!” I refuse to believe that you are genuinely ignorant of the hostile way you are conducting yourself on the forum. The above quotes are evidence of you gate-keeping, name-calling, and being extremely condescending to other members of the community (people I consider friends), all while directly contradicting yourself. The riding footage that you posted is extremely underwhelming, and depicts you blowing through several stop signs and disobeying traffic laws (also leaning on a post on the sidewalk, showing a low level of confidence in stopping and dismounting), yet you claim to be a "professional" rider operating with "maximum speed, with maximum control, yet maximum safety." Also, your join date is less than a year ago and the majority of your posts are in this thread. On the off chance that you aren't actively trolling, you need to calm down because you are coming off as kind of a dick. That's all I am going to say on the matter. I have already wasted too much of my life formulating this response.
  18. The gate-keeping coming from 3EUC is insane. -"Don't push limits" -"Don't ride in any way that isn't my posture" -"Don't have opinions on riding unless you have ridden before 2015" -"Don't talk in this thread if you aren't videoing yourself" -"Don't fall. Ever." -"Don't take risks" And then he acts like a martyr and tries to start fights when people call him out. I am honestly surprised that the mods have let this thread go on as long as it has.
  19. I have been daily driving the 18XL on my 12 mile commute through Boston since October of last year. New England winters have been rough and we have gotten into our share of accidents (2 cars so far pulling across the bike lane from the oncoming) but we are still here with a few battle scars to show for it. After 1,400 miles, I really think that I have gotten a good feel for what owning this wheel is like (though I know many members on here have easily eclipsed that number). Read my full review here I cover a few of the issues that I have faced in the past and also my perspective of coming from a Glide 3 to a much bigger wheel. Give it a read if you like and provide feedback if you can! I try to keep my reviews first and foremost entertaining. Cheers, -Drew
  20. Gotta find someone near you who rides unfortunately. There is a shop in the NYC area, but it is most likely easier to hit up a local riding group and offer someone some beers in exchange for some seat-time. I provide this service in the Boston area and have gotten about 6 people to start riding, but it isn't profitable and can get your wheels beat up when noobies drop them.
  21. Thanks for the analysis Marty, you are an awesome resource to this community! I have pretty wide calves and experienced a lot of rubbing with the pads on the 18XL, so I have been hesitant about purchasing a "wider" Gotway wheel, though I love the way my MCM5 performs. I will have to borrow an MSX for an extended test before I consider my next purchase.
  22. Interesting note! Is the MSX a comfortable long-range ride without the side pads? I definitely have noticed that the MSX FEELS wider when trying one myself, it could be more due to the way the pedals influence your stance than actual wheel width though. I seem to remember an EWheels diagram that shows the MSX is wider.
  23. It's also as wide as a house. The main reason I went with the 18XL is that it is the thinnest of the larger wheels and I like to stand in a natural stance when I ride. Something else that hasn't been mentioned here is that Gotway doesn't software lock their wheels for shipping which has resulted in some wheels turning on and burning out prior to arrival. Definitely something to keep in mind when making a ~$2,500 purchase.
  24. I have had this problem since I got my fast charger, but I have been able to charge the wheel by changing the total percentage setting to <%100. Does fiddling around with that knob or the amperage knob allow you to charge? Either way I am following this thread because I want to know how to fix it.
  25. Just took off the outer shell and lights to replace some of the screws. I did not mess with the battery connectors or touch the boards.
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