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  1. My use case and experience Firstly, I'm relatively new to EUCs. I got Kingsong 14D as a learning wheel last september, and was extremely happy with it. I needed a way to commute around the central part of the city, with daily destinations in up to 10km radius. Of course, I grew out of 14D quickly. Range of 25km (I'm 90kg), combining with fast charging time is even acceptable, but its speed sucks. I'm no speed demon, but was getting into beeps in every straight line. After 1500km, upgraded to Kingsong S18, reasoning that I do not need so much power, but somehow believing in suspension as a value for security and comfort. What I miscalculated was portability. It is quite annoying to carry it up and down stairs daily, and I both live and work in old buildings 3rd and 4th floors. So I just stopped using it and eventually sold. I decided I need a wheel strictly under 20kg, so the only option left was MCM5, which I have for a week now, but only around 50km, as my commutes are quite short. So, while still in excitement of having a new toy, I'll put down several notes that might be useful for future owners. Ride The stability is amazing, I'd say, even more stable than S18, of course except on potholes. For example S18 used to slightly follow those lined pavement tiles (meant for visually impaired), but MCM5 almost does not feel them, it just goes where you want it to. And it is very comfortable to maneuver it, even without extra pads, what I wouldn't say about S18. My sense of insecurity is now based only on reasoning that the stability this wheel gives is a little deceptive, and that obstacles could throw me down actually easier than it seems. So we'll see, I'm just in the first hundred km. Also, you probably do not need more speed on 14 inch wheel than this one gives you. Lights Headlight sucks. Definitely too narrow. There is no designated back light, which is really bad for safety. LED lights are obviously designed as decoration, which I personally can't stand. Functionality to inspect battery by number of LEDs is marginal, at least for me. There are 7 modes to choose from, and no option to turn them off. Only one of the modes (the red one) does not look like christmas tree and compensates the backlight a little. Controlling lights is a pain in the ass. You have to cycle through 7 modes by clicking power button 3 times for each. So if you switched off your preferred mode unwillingly (which happens often, when you switch headlight on and later off), you have to push the button again exactly 15 times to cycle to previous position. Or use an app. I totally prefer Kingsong's solution with a simple light sensor for headlight and persistent decoration lights, with possibility to have them off alltogether. Sounds You get two first beeps at some ridiculously slow speeds (I guess around 15 and 30kmh, correct me if I'm wrong), which are just for annoying. Switched those off. The last beeps can be customized in three weird options, which are sadly not customizable.. I wish they fixed it: only overpower threshold should be hardcoded, and all the other signals should be customizable. Bluetooth music sounds worse than average smartphone. Glad I don't need it anyway. There is a constant, silent, high pitched sound when riding, differently from my other wheels. Not really annoying for me, but for some users it might be. Carrying In this batch I got, they finally cut out handles from both sides! So now it is better than you could guess from majority of youtube videos. Carrying up and down stairs is still less comfy than Kingsong wheels. Lift button is not on/off, but must be held constantly. That means you keep almost all 17kg on your mid-fingers, and simultaneously put extra strain on your fingertips to keep the button pushed. Not too nice. Trolly handle is sort of ok. I agree that sharp edge handle is not a nice thing to hold, and pulling it out takes a bit too much attention. But I do not agree to the critique I heard about handle going down to easily. It is easy to push it down to your desired height, and I find it convenient. But it does not go down by itself, or by accident, like many reviewers claim. Probably they fixed it. Switching between trollying and carrying is annoying. To lift the wheel you have to push the handle all the way down to fully align its hole with carrying handle. If you need to do just a couple of stairs, then you don't want to do it fully - as you'll need to pull it out again soon from its smooth bed. In those cases it is quicker to push it in just half-way, so the handle fits below your shoulder, then turn the wheel around and lift it from another side. Nothing too difficult, but ughhh, why? You never even think about that with Kingsongs. Mudguard I rode a little after rain, and my backpack got some spots on it. Not too badly, but not nice either. Now I'm thinking how to make a DIY mudguard. Conclusion I'd say that Begode have brilliant engineers and b-rate designers, who prioritize branding and decorations to ergonomics and overall user experience. But I definitely intend to keep MCM5 for a long time. I suppose there is no better short distance commuter in this weight class: the power, feeling, and stability are easily stronger arguments than those little annoyances I listed.
  2. For those who want to buy a folding e-bike, in April 2021, I bought one and had done a review in English (which I had never published). {The difference between Europe and the USA is that in the USA you have legislation that allows a speed limit beyond 25kmh (15m/h), and moped mode is authorized in the USA, in Europe we don't must not exceed the 25kmh limit in ebike, and moped mode is not allowed. What is stupid in Europe is the legislation on electric bike motors: 250W. It's good in urban areas, on flat ground, but for those who live in the middle of the mountains, in the countryside, it's too weak in terms of power.} Below my 2021's review (one year ago) with adobe express https://sites.google.com/view/mini-j-world/home#h.ruyrnvvb0msm My 2022's final opinion (one year later): Screws are not good, on the handlebar attachment, and the saddle, worn out is fast; It worked well in the middle mountains, in winter, in the snow and in the rain; Brakes are to be checked several times a year; Battery does not have a great autonomy in medium mountains, but when returning to urban areas, it regains its autonomy; my weight has also increased (84kg=185 lbs); The tires are of good quality, the spokes too; it was necessary to clean and lubricate the chain which had started to rust; It remains a good transportable bike on buses, trams and rains, car trunk; but its drawback compared to other similar bikes remains that its frame does not have a handle to transport it when folded, it is heavy (24kg/52lbs) and not easy to grip. A year later, other brands are offering a more finished, simpler product, but overall I'm happy to have it. You just have to check the screws, the brakes from the start.
  3. So I got the newest Veteran Sherman in the past week, which I am quite enjoying, though it's not totally what I expected. This is the so called V3 Sherman with the wider rims, and waterproof display, running firmware 1.0.56. This review will come across as negative, but its not. I'm loving the Sherman. It's just... different. I'm a relatively newish rider, having first learned on the mten3 after the pandemic started. I've ridden extensively on a Z10, followed by most recently the RS. I like the RS, but I was looking for something with a bit higher build quality like I had with the Ninebot, and something where I wouldn't worry about a bit of rain destroying the wheel. Also of note I'm a disciple of @houseofjob style of riding with his padless foot and pedal angles centered technique, and I wanted to try out the soft mode on a Veteran. I'm also a big fan of the Sherman's industrial aesthetic. I typically go through about 3 phases with a new wheel. There is an initial disappointment phase where I'm noticing some shortcomings and not riding it as confidently as the wheel I was just coming from. There is a second phase where I'm thinking that hey, this wheel is pretty cool. Then a third phase where I really like the wheel and think its the best. So maybe I'm in early second phase on this wheel. The build quality of the Sherman is top notch, and does not disappoint, in sharp contrast to the creaky plastic RS. I really dig the look. In terms of nimbleness is is less agile than an RS, but more so than the Z10. The Z10 was hard to turn and the RS quite easy, while the Sherman is somewhere in the middle, closer to the RS than the Z10. I'm not sure why this is as the tire between the RS and the Sherman has the same dimensions if I'm not mistaken. Maybe this is a consequence of the higher weight of the Sherman or possibly because it's using the knobby tire? In terms of acceleration and braking I found it to be noticeably harder to do both on the Sherman than I was on the RS. I sort of felt like how others describe the EX or Monster Pro, that it needs pads to unlock the potential. This was a bit disappointing and I ended up having to slap on the included pads, with apologies to my sensei @houseofjob, and now I feel I get more torque and braking out of it. Maybe this is a function of the weight of the Sherman? Maybe removing the roll cage would give it more torque? I am not too heavy of a rider at 160 lbs, so perhaps that's a factor. I don't like having to put pads on it, but now I'm getting used to it and I see it as another skillset to master. In terms of soft mode I can't tell the difference between the Sherman and my RS unfortunately. Maybe this is something they changed with the newer firmware as compared to the initial firmware. Other small nitpicks are that I wish the pedals were wider so I can adjust my feet more and adopt a wider stance. I am looking into pedal alternatives. I also do experience the pedal dipping on turns that others have mentioned. Now I've had this on the Z10 and RS as well, but its more pronounced on this wheel and takes longer to correct. I think my ideal wheel would ride like the RS but have the build quality of the Sherman, and that doesn't exist. Begode get your shit together. Veteran, maybe make a Sherman lite. This sounds like a negative review but its not. The pros outweigh the cons. The Veteran hauls ass and it seems to move effortlessly once you reach the higher speeds, though it feels a bit lumbering off the line. The build quality is awesome and reminiscent of the Z10. I love the knobby tire and the noise it makes. The display on top where you can adjust the settings is brilliant. I'm sure as I put more miles under my belt I will like this wheel more and I'll probably revisit this review and be adding more positives.
  4. After a lot of q&a with many (youtube content creators , Jason, euc guy(Josh) on the street) and after many many distractions from plethora of boosted, onewheel ads, and few bike rider friends, I finally decided Euc is the right fit for me. I have to admit it was hard to see through those campaigns and make a choice that is personally right. There was a long tug of war between mten3 and mcm5 until I gave up and decided to just choose first and then realize later. I chose mten3 as it was portable & still powerful. I 'was' not sold on the idea of lugging along a wheel and feel comfortable. As soon as I held the mten3, I changed my mind on that. I got mten3 from ewheels with tyres inflated and batteries charged. Thanks Jason. It enabled me to try mten3 immediately . There is a fundamental joy in trying after opening the box. Few things I noticed which I need answers 1. When I first started I kept the tilt back at a very low speed for safety. After an hour of playing with it in the park and gaining some confidence, I came back home and changed the tilt back setting at 20 miles/hour. Result: I lost all the wheel logs and it reset back to 0. Gotway app still reads the total distance right. Any idea ? Does it mean that if I go back to Gotway app in the future I will lose all the logs again ? 2. I disabled the first and second alarm but curious on how to set the alarm value for the first and second ? what is the current value for the third alarm - is it the tilt back settings ? My Experience : On the first day I felt that I made a mistake as I could not for the mother of god figure out how to climb on it without using support from both sides I started using my small walkway to my bedroom which has both sides support to climb. I started moving few inches with balance and at that very instant I started loving it for the torque. When i moved 2 meters without any support, I started feeling like a kid and smiled. For 2 days I would be looking forward to come home after work to try that few yards inside my house. I realized what other people said about this wheel * "puts a smile on my face every time I ride it" * "It is so torquey" * "It is squirrely" * "It is as if it knows your mind and moves before you physically command it" * "It is the only euc which is so much fun as one-wheel" (Yes I have been stalking some of the experts here to borrow the knowledge) On the first weekend I went to a football park with mten3 in my laptop bag. Wow! that was amazing I could carry my wheel in a bag. It is not heavy(22lb) but at the same time , it is not light to be ignored. I don't think one would like to carry this in a backpack or in hand for more than 0.5 miles. It is not impossible, it is just not easy after sometime. I used the posts to climb on. I felt so miserable as I had to run back to the post every time to climb on. Thats when I felt the need for a trolley. After few iterations I lost patience and I started trying to mount wherever I dropped the wheel. Surprisingly I was able to do it after just few iterations. I am still not comfortable to climb and go in the desired direction. I go in some direction and then I correct. I think difficulty-to-climb-on/steep-learning-curve is the deterrent for any beginners or anybody to step into this euc world. Safety gear - ignorance When I went to the park, I dint put on any protection as I was going to a turf. So the fall would not be very hard. I wore 2 thick jeans to ensure I have some padding on my shins if mten3 hit me. I dint think I needed gloves as it is only turf Within 15 minutes, I regretted not having got a shin guard and not having a gloves. With not much control in the direction I drifted in to the running track which is hard surface and crashed the wheel. I dint fall which is good but I was dumb enough to catch the spinning mten3 to avoid scratches on the wheel. My fingers got caught between the spinning tyres and the edge and it shaved a small piece of my skin in my thumb and ring finger. I decide to do only turf from then on. It goes fine until I crashed few times. Everytime mten3 would spin and hit my shins. It was same the pain when getting hit during soccer games without shin guards. All these from 2 hours of riding. I enjoyed it and I want to keep trying again with that little powerhouse. I am not sure if it would give me 15 to 18 miles range. It dropped to 22% battery after 9 miles. I will try it few more times. May it is because I was constantly accelerating it and decelerating it throughout to keep my balance. Few more questions: What is the realistic range of mten3 ? Also what is the temperature reading I should be watching out for ? Is there a way to change the wheellog to SI system instead of metric system? So long I have not calibrated the wheel. Is it necessary ? Mten3 in a laptop bag
  5. This will be my ongoing review/experiences with the MC5. I plan to update this every few days until the wheel feels like a part me and not something I'm standing on. A little background: I started on a freeman A4 132wh. After a week I ordered a ks16s from ewheels and have put 620 miles on it in the last few months. I love my 16s and plan to keep commuting on that wheel after I learn how to properly ride the MCM5. I needed a 2nd wheel (the freeman I dont think really counts as a "real wheel") because I taught my dad (68yrs old!) how to ride. Hes ready to go on a ride vs practicing drills on a tennis court and seemed like a perfectly valid reason to explain an unannounced wheel purchase to my better half 🙄. Build quality was better than I expected. The shell is solid, no creaking, the trolly is stiff and doesnt have "play" like my 16s but at the same time the handle part feels weaker. It does the job just fine and is plenty tall. As expected, the seams where the shell joints are have gaps in places where you can see the clips and there are a couple of sharp spots but all in all pretty decent. First ride was like everyone, 30% battery with some air added. I was taken by surprise at this wheels almost telepathic turning. It doesnt just lean, it turns and leans if that makes sense. Like when your learning and "turning into the fall", this wheel turns when you tilt it. Figure 8s are comically tight (I can only imagine what an mTen is like!). The way the wheel turns as it leans also saves lean angle keeping the pedals from hitting the ground too. They will hit but you really have to almost do it on purpose. Yesterday I rode to work. My commute is very short, 3.5 miles one way, and I didnt have the side pads on. The wheel hits cracks and reassessed man hole covers darn near and well as the 16s. The tire is softer and more compliant so over small stuff it's a wash. Its wierd, being on a new wheel I was getting wobbles again like I used too and I think even though I feel good on the 16s, 600 miles isnt enough to be more than a novice at best. I'm sure y'all that have 1000s of miles dont get wobbles unless a bump or something starts them. Ave speed was 12mph and I topped out at 21 which felt way more stable than I expected. The ride home at 9pm was cold and that always makes it hard to be loose. Wobbles were worse and my Ave speed was 10mph with a top speed of 18. Today I'm taking it to work again but this trip I have the side pads on. I dont know if my limited experience is enough to go without some calf touching. The downside is new bruises, the shape of this wheel mean zero break in time for your calves if you can ride without the pads since your legs dont touch. More to follow as I get more time on this wheel. So far I'm loving this wheel!
  6. About a year ago, I bought an InMotion V8 secondhand for $550 (it had about 500 miles on it). It was a great wheel to learn on, and it turned out to be perfect for commuting. At only 30 pounds, it wasn’t too heavy to lug up the stairs in the train station and up to the second floor of MetroLink train cars. It topped off at 19 mph, but that was plenty fast for my six-mile wheel commute each way (four miles from Cerritos to the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs MetroLink station, and two miles from the Glendale MetroLink station to work). The trolly handle was very easy to engage and disengage, which was perfect for transitioning from train to train (I have to transfer at Los Angeles Union Station to another train that takes me one stop to Glendale). The problem is that over the past year, the battery life deteriorated dramatically (or it could be that I started using up more battery since I’ve gained weight over the past year). Toward the end of a one-way commute, I noticed that the top speed would get more and more limited. Thus I decided it was time to buy a new wheel. After a lot of research, and watching a lot of Marty Backe’s videos, I decided that the GotWay MCM5 was the wheel for me. Well, today was my first commute on the MCM5, and here are my thoughts. Although it weighs only seven pounds more than the V8, that seven pounds makes a big difference when picking up the wheel to climb stairs. I definitely need to get used to the weight. The V8 was much easier to push around using the trolly. This might be a function of the sharp trolly handle on the MCM5. The because of its weird shape, MCM5 is more difficult to set next to me on the train. I used to lean the V8 against my seat at such an angle that I didn’t have to worry about it falling over during a rough train ride. I have to rest the MCM5 on its end and trust that it won’t get knocked over, or keep my hand on it while sitting to give me peace of mind. The MCM5 gets hot. I never felt heat emanate from the V8 (but that may be because I had a cover on it). I nervously monitored my temperature on DarknessBot as the temperature climbed to 117 degrees Fahrenheit on the way home today. I never used DarknessBot with the V8, so I had no sense of whether this was too hot (upon searching this forum, my fears were allayed). The smaller, 14-inch wheel didn't translate into a harsher ride. In fact, I hardly noticed that I was rolling on a smaller wheel. The MCM5 is a joy to ride. It is much zippier than the V8, and it feels much more stable at speeds exceeding 18 mph. Moreover, it is much easier to mount the MCM5. I still haven’t experienced the tilt-back. So far my top speed is 23 mph. I would hit the tilt-back on the V8 all the time. Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase of the MCM5, but on my first day of commuting, I can appreciate what a great commuter wheel the V8 was. I’ll use this thread to update my thoughts on the MCM5 as a commuter as I get more experience with it. In the meantime, I plan to use the V8 to teach my friends how to ride. I eventually want my daughters to learn, too, so perhaps I’ll buy a new battery for it down the line. Thanks for reading!
  7. Here is a review of both the 18XL and the EUC Bodyguard from roll.nz. Please note the Bodyguard has improved a lot since I purchased it. Very happy with both products.
  8. So it turned out that I bought Mten3 as my first-ever-wheel (EDIT: Now I have 2 of them!) . I chose it because it somehow resonated with me in terms of design, specs and compactness. Visually-wise, it looked the least “Chinese” out of all other wheels, with their flashing strobes, questionable design choices and redundant logotypes all over the place. I also knew I wouldn’t be using the wheel as a transportation means for long commutes, just for some quick errands and park leisure strolls. And, of course, I was heavily influenced by Marty’s raving reviews (and boy was he right about it)! So currently I’ve just covered a pitiful 80 km on this thing. Learned from scratch at nighttime on a kids playground (with rubberised coating). It took me about 5 nights, 20-30 minutes each session, to be able to drive out of the playground and get to my house on the wheel. It felt like such an achievement! There’s a couple of things I’ve never seen in reviews of Mten3. This thing is best compared to a dirt bike. The maximum level of fun is achieved when you ride on not-so-great roads, with random bumps, hills, cracks and transitions. You need a subtle challenge to overcome here and there, so you get a dopamine reward. One night, I took the wheel to a long straight road that goes aside a river. It was the most boring night ever (EDIT: Well, seems it largely depends on the mood. Sometimes long straight roads are fun as well). This wheel is absolutely not for straight roads longer than, say, 400-500 metres, because this way it becomes similar to riding Ninebot Mini Pro (which I also have, and it was fun only for the first couple of times) - you’re essentially just standing doing nothing, which is not fun. I believe that on other wheels, long straight roads mean speed and comfort, but on Mten3, you don’t want to speed up. My limit is set to 21 km/h and I’ve never hit it. This way, I feel safe riding it without any protective gear, which kills the fun for me. But it still feels extremely fast, even on speeds about 20 km/h. For the last 10-20 km, I’ve been developing a special “swingy” style of riding, with rapid accelerations and decelerations, combined with surf-like wavy motion trajectories, like on a Carver longboard. This feels just awesome, especially as the mind becomes more and more synergetic with the mechanics of the wheel. It even evoked the feelings of some “Avatar”-like connection. Playgrounds, small spaces are all extremely fun to be in while on Mten3, just as Marty said. Never thought I could spend hours just riding around certain objects. Undoubtedly, Mten3 is the best experience I have got from the money for the last X years. The only thing I’m having trouble with are ground elevations. If there’s a bump bigger than 4-5 cm, there are solid chances that the wheel will stutter there and drop you, while spinning around like crazy. It gets a bit better with the experience, but for now I just manually push the wheel on the incline, to be on the safe side. I’m totally OK with the not-so-ergonomic shape of the handle (it’s like contact lenses - you get used to it) and with the absence of the killswitch underneath the handle. These are non-critical issues. Of course, I’ve been looking at other wheels, because I’m curious what it feels like to ride a bigger diameter. But I’m also afraid it just wouldn’t be so fun so I might be purchasing another backup Mten3, just in case Gotway stops producing them.
  9. Hello! Im not sure how many of the people who bought the tilted sidepads are members of this forum, but could those of you who are give me some feedback on them? Whats good, whats bad. Photos or video to show them in action, after wear.. etc. - Mathias/ EUCGUY photo by Steve jo
  10. First I will like to say thanks to all the people that post and create this forum, is really the best source of information related to electric unicycles and a great help. I enter in this unicycle world by chance, as my first unicycle was a present from a friend, I never imagine before that these tinny things can be such convenient and fun way of transportation as they are. Just to put this review on context my previous is experience is 1800km on a Ninebot C (with a 320Wh battery) and I have ridden several other unicycles but just for a short period of time (V5D, V8, Monster etc.) Well going to what matters, how is the MCM5 in one word? AMAZING Is relatively light (17kg?) has great acceleration, enough power to go around 40km/h, integrated handle to carry it and lift off power button to go up or down stairs without turning it off. My unit has a battery of 650Wh so you get a real range of 25-30km on flat terrain without concerning much about the speed. My typical riding is divided in 2: - Downtown Shanghai, lots of traffic lights, bikes, electric scooters etc., many start and stops - Industrial areas: long straights with smooth surfaces where you can go flat out Also I carry it every day on the high speed train, so the integrated handle and lift power button was a must. My cruising speed is around 32/34kmh, the MCM5 feels confortable at this speeds as soon as there are no many bumps on the terrain (remind is a 14 inch wheel) and it has enough power reserve at these speed to make and overtake (I have ridden it up to 40kmh) or go over a bump. I know is capable of more speed but I think is too on the limit and a crash at that speeds won't be fun... Acceleration of the line is great so you can overtake almost all the electric scooter/bikes etc. when starting from a traffic line (really convenient in China). It has integrated light on the front that is 100% necessary at night but I wish it will be a little more powerful. Gotway app it did not even connect to the wheel but WheelLog is simple and really convenient to use. If I want to find some negative points to the wheel will be firstly the charger, 84V and 1.5A is really not something reasonable even for a 650Wh battery (I get a Rockwheel 84V 3A), light is not as powerful as I will like and there is not rear light (only LED in the top arch of the wheel). USB charger also only works with the wheel on and general build quality can improve (handle specially). I will 100% recommend this wheel as a commuter, is great on the city (if the surfaces you ride are not full of bumps or holes), easy to carry and tons of fun. Not recommended for a beginner, off roading or long routes. Probably before the end of the year I will hit 2000km so I plan to update the review then.
  11. Hey All, New here! Seems like a lot of good conversations going on. Thanks for having me. I am a photographer, filmmaker and YouTuber from San Francisco, CA. I did a quick review video on the Onewheel and wanted to get some feedback? Thanks again. In this review I take a loot at the top 3 things that I love about the Onewheel XR. I will also take a close look at 3 things that this board falls short on.
  12. Full face helmets have been a topic of discussion here of late and for good reason given the increased risk of a full on face-plant that riding an EUC presents above and beyond that of almost any other mode of transportation. As part of buying protective gear for my new EUC I ordered two different full face MIPS enhanced bicycle helmets made by reputable brands; the Bell Super 3R and the Giro Switchblade. Over the course of a week or so I have been gathering my thoughts on them. I wanted to share what I have learnt and felt over that time in the hope it helps others when making this expensive purchase. To be clear this is not a review or recommendation of either helmet. I am not a specialist in bike helmets nor do I have the resources to test them properly. This is just my stream of consciousness/thoughts/feelings/ramblings. Both helmets came from Amazon. The Bell Super 3R cost $230 and the Giro Switchblade $250 which matched the manufacturer RRP. Both were ordered in medium size and have similar sizing charts. I will break my text into separate posts, each containing their own related material and images. This will help keep everything organized. Please don't post in the next 5 minutes while I add them all. Finally, this was not sponsored in any way. I purchased both these helmets from Amazon and will be keeping just one of them. This is why I could not road test them. P.S. Sorry about the ugly dude in the pics. My head model canceled so I had to drag this sorry creature in off the street in exchange for a six pack and some pocket change. Bell Super 3R It comes with a padded cover. Giro Switchblade Packaging Also comes with a soft cover as well as second camera visor and thinner cheek pads
  13. Time for me to share my thoughts and feelings. When we aren't riding our wheels we're thinking about our wheels or reading about wheels or watching videos about wheels. Because wheels. So I ordered an MSX (1600Wh 84v) from Intelligent Walking Store in the beginning of November. It shipped out within the advertised 7 days and arrived a little over 2 months later. That's what happens when you order prior to Singles Day! I had no problem waiting though and I knew it would arrive eventually and if not... well that would be it's own process. A little about me first. I'm 45, born in Toronto, Canada. My parents are from Spain and I lived in Spain från 1987 to 1991 and from 1991 to 1993 I started the process of moving to Sweden. I am quite an anxious person. Obsessive, perfectionist, I need to be in control of everything and I have a tendency to get offended or feel shame if something doesn't work the way I want. So for instance if I listen to headphones and they don't sound the way I want I will instantly feel shame and less worth. However I am aware of this. The what and the why so I try to work around it or use it to my advantage. I work as an IT Manager for Servicedesk amongst other things. I have also recently decided to quit so that I can take a year off and think about my life and what I want to do. I am also happily married and my wife and I have been together for 15 years. Together we mountainbike, exercise, do Zumba, calisthenics and just hang out and enjoy life. We have cheap basic electric scooters, 4 electric longboards (Ownboard and Koowheel), a Onewheel, a Ninebot One E+ and now... an Msuper X. So I unboxed it, took some photos and video, turned it on and stood on it in the livingroom hallway. It growls. Instant anxiety. A bit of research later. Normal. Okay phew. Not defective. It's pulling a bit of power when idle to keep in balance. Compared it ot my Ninebot One E+. Does it do the same? No, not really. Okay it's fine. Apples and oranges. So I look out the window, no snow, some ice, +1 degrees. Start writing on the forum. My wife is in Miami for a week. I have work tomorrow. Should I ride it? Will I damage it on the snow/ice? Life is too short. Let's go! I put on layers upon layers of warm clothes, get my flashlight, bell, helmet, and so on and off I go. Almost died carrying it 2 flights downstairs. Okay I will have to work on my technique there. Just pretend it's an awkward kettlebell. I love the pedals. The cushions are the new kind but they still cut into my calves. Let them cut. The wheel feels unresponsive. I immediately start thinking of people posting about other wheels, KS16 and min dreading, MCM5 and quick responsen. I make comparisons in my mind with my One E+. Again... apples and oranges. So I ride with the tilt back at 18km/h and reach a top speed of 23,2km/h and I try to turn at around 20km/h and. Nothing. It doesn't turn. I start thinking of the Z10. Okay I need to lean. I try again, lean... it's a new feeling. I almost fall but the pedals dihedral save me. I hit a bump and remember the feeling of almost flying off my E+. The pedals save me. I try to carve... a pathetic slow carve. Mixed feelings. I think back to ny E+. When did I get good? At around 500km. When did I get good at my OneWheel. At around 500km. So... let's not make too many assumptions 10km in. 16km ride completed. Damn it was cold. I need to do something about my boots. And gloves. Day 2. Get home from work. Go for the same ride. Better turning, better speed. I wobble the wheel around me between my legs to see how much play I have side to side. I try to think about what is required of me to not have my calves touch the body of the wheel. Then I just ride. I ride to feel free. 16 km ride completed. Charge the wheel. Take screenshots of battery usage and distance driven. A bit less than 1km per 1% of battery. Reasonable considering the cold. Day 3. Saturday. Wake up and drink coffee. Check the charger. Green. Check the wheel. All charged up. Read this forum. Watch some clips. I could be out riding. Time to ride. After around 5km I raise the speed limiter. I change riding mode to soft. I look at the battery. Under 90%. Hmm.... ah well the whole world doesn't have to be linear for me not to feel anxiety. I keep riding, hit some ice, no probs, some snow, no probs. I take a break and an elderly couple stop and ask me about the wheel. I tell them that it's the best thing i've done in my life. I keep riding. The same 35km ride I have done a few times in the summer with my wife and our longboards. The wheel tilts me ever so gently at 28km/h. I hit a top speed of 29,2km/h. Stop and check the battery. It's all good. I think a bit about how hard the tire is. For my weight I could lower the pressure a bit more. I keep riding and the last 8km my feet are getting uncomfortably cold. I ride a few extra km when I get home. Total distance 36km. Battery left 55%. 55+36 = 91. Started at 100. But 100 probably was more like 97. Is this good? Is this what I wanted? It's a bit big and hard to steer. Let's not make too many conclusions i've only done like 66km on this thing. How cold is it? How much does this cold degrade my battery on my boards, OneWheel, One E+? Around one third. What's the battery temperature? 22 degrees. Okay we're good. Let's charge the wheel and chill. Day 3. Later that evening. After spending a few hours reading about electric unicycles. Checking prices on Aliexpress. The MCM5 is still looking tempting. Getting cheaper and cheaper. My Ninebot One E+ can easily do 28km/h. And climb hills. Do I really need a faster version of it? Have I even tried hills with the MSX? Trails? Well it's winter now. We'll see later on. The wheel is fully charged now a few hours later. I do some research on quick chargers. I will eventually need one. Oh yeah deflate the tire a bit! Done. Okay let's ride! So I go for the same ride that I went on day 1 and day 2. I can carve now, I can turn now. I ride over bumps to see what it feels like. Fluffy. But I bounce a bit much still. Lucky those dihedral pedals keep me locked in! I push the speed and ride the tilt back. When I get close to home I ride on a field of frozen grass and dirt. Bounce around all over the place. Go home. Check the battery. Check the mileage. Take screenshots for reference. 16.3km. 77% battery left. 77+16. 89. Started at 100. But the voltage wasn't showing 84v. So I didn't charge it for hours while green. In other words it wasn't "real 100". It's fine. IT'S FINE! Day 4. Wake up. Coffee.. Watch youtube clips about electric unicycles. Read the forum. Think about going for a ride. My wife came back from Miami. She fell asleep on the couch. Check the weather. +1 degrees. It'll be light out for another couple of hours. Meeting a friend at 5 and it's 1 now. Maybe I could go for a ride? Just going to watch NonstopNeals clip regarding the MSX. What's this note I see in the description? He didn't have it on a high power mode? A high power mode? What high power mode? I start thinking about the responsiveness of the wheel. Is it a bad thing? It shouldn't be. I don't mind throwing my weight around. It will feel more interactive to me. Yes I have small feet. I'll manage. Should I lower the angle? I guess a few of you guys will recognise some of the though patterns here haha. Anyway loving it so far! I will just continue to ride it as it is now and put 500km on it!
  14. Hey guys, I just received my shiny new wheel this morning - courtesy of Linnea Lin! As the title goes, I got the IPS 191, or Xima Lhotz with a 340Wh battery. First Impressions: The 16 inch wheel looks a whole lot larger than the 14 inch Gotway MCM2s that I own. It's far more aesthetically pleasing and I'd put it above the Ninebot in terms of its exterior qualities. The front/back/side lights look really nice in dim/low lighting and can be turned on/off through the XIMA App. I took the wheel for a fairly long ride (25KM) after a short charge to full battery (arrived at about 80% charge) and it's safe to say that I'm very impressed. I've tried out a wide range of wheels; owning 3, and I would say this is the best of the bunch (although the most expensive). FEATURES Speed: The top speed I was able to achieve was roughly 19KM/hr as indicated both through the XIMA App and Runtastic. It's also good to note that the App doesn't exaggerate the speed unlike that of the Gotway one. At top speed, the pedals are definitely raised back and it can be a bit uncomfortable riding for long distances. I can confirm that the wheel may be unlocked to 30KM/hr via the app as there is an option to do so but only after the total mileage exceeds 100KM. Control: The wheel accelerates with ease, and is fairly 'hard' (comparable to Madden Mode), while also being extremely stable. What I REALLY love though, is the way it turns. On my previous wheels, turning is mostly mechanical - I'd bend one knee, swivel my hips etc, and the wheel turns as I physically force it to. On the Lhotz, you don't control the wheel - the wheel controls you. There is no need for heavy leg movement or motion - the wheel is extremely responsive and guides itself in the direction you subtlely lean/point towards. It's a very different experience and took maybe a minute to get used to - but it feels great. Probably something to do with the control software. Power: They say the wheel has a 1000W max output but I feel like that's more of a sustained/nominal figure. Maybe it's because I haven't pushed it beyond the 20KM/hr unlock but going uphill at my current speed feels like the wheel isn't even doing any work. It's so effortless and quiet. Decelerating is just as smooth, but I almost fell once because I tried to push back really fast while the pedals where leaning heavily backward. Range: I achieved a good 25 KM of riding distance with about 30% battery remaining. The area I was travelling within did have a number of long, medium gradients though. I'm 185 CM tall weighing roughly 80 - 85 KGs depending on whether I've been eating much during the week. I hope this range doesn't decrease once I unlock the 30 KM/hr and ride at higher speeds. Build Quality: The case looks and feels very durable. pedals are pretty standard, but have this weird opening/closing mechanism that doesn't rely on magnets. It requires a little more force to pull them down and up but this has yet to be an annoyance. The wheel makes no noise turning on/off, and the lights look fantastic in dim/low lighting. NEGATIVES: - I really don't like the tilt-back mechanism, but that's probably a matter of taste. However, leaning back at high speeds with the pedals tilted feels a little dangerous as it's easy to fall backwards off the wheel. After experimenting though, I found that I could simply use my midsection to lean rather than entire upper body, and this would mitigate the balancing issue. Maybe I just lack experience with tilt-back EUCs (I sold my Airwheel X8 a week after purchasing it) and had no idea what I was doing. Still quite unnerving the first time though. - Damn you IPS, you're really going to make me ride for 100 KMs before I get my speed back up??? - There is no higher battery option than 340Wh. I would have loved a 680 Wh capacity on this thing. - It's about 2 KG heavier than the MCM2s. Thing is, it actually feels nicer to carry due to the ergonomic handle. No idea why. Props for the design IPS. - I really hope IPS develops the app to control both tilt-back and beeping. The beeping is not loud at all, but being able to switch the earlier beeps off when cruising at say 25 KM/hr would be nice. VERDICT: 10/10 Would buy again. Soooo underrated - in fact I couldn't find a single review of it online. Awesome design, very safe, very well constructed. Can't wait to hit some higher speeds! Just 75 KM more to go smile emoticon I intend to charge it back up and take it for another 25 KMs this afternoon. DISCLAIMER: I don't work with any EUC companies, and do not endorse any products for financial reasons/benefits. Thanks for reading! I'll post another review once I unlock the 30KM/hr speed.
  15. Found this Video on YouTube! 21mins long from opening to the features of alarm, remote ect! Cannot understand Manderin but here is a in depth first look in china. MiniPlus ... the followmode is great. Checkout them riding a EUC with followmode! Awesum it's Full. ?
  16. edit 16/11/2017 PRICE: The Mini PLUS is sold in China for 3499 元 that is 448 euros / 528 dollars Gearbest sells 455 euros / 529 dollars with no shipping or customs fees It's really the best price we can find The Order: I get my Mini PLUS with Gearbest The purchase was done without problem, I paid with Paypal, I enabled the return support option, I also took out insurance on my order (for the equivalent of 5 euros) The package was sent five days after the order. The first tracking number (track order 1) was only active after one week on the Chinese carrier's website. The invoice is available in PDF in the client interface. Shipping costs are free How will the package travel? 1 / it is sent from the seller to the Chinese carrier located at the beginning of the China Europe rail freight line 2 / the Chinese carrier will put it in a container . The container will be placed on a rail freight car 3 / the train that connects China to Europe will travel 10,000 km, in two weeks, crossing Kazhakstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland. 4 / Arrived in Poland, the package is supported by a Chinese carrier which entrusts it to a European carrier 5 / This transition will take a week or two because there are tons of goods to dispatcher 6/ From the time where a European carrier in Poland take charge of the package, until delivery to your home, it takes five days It is from Poland that the tracking number 2 (track order 2) is edited The parcel was delivered to me by UPS. The package was in good condition. It is very heavy: 20kg Unpacked: Assembling The steering cover must be correctly and carefully laid, pressed, nothing should exceed engaged plastic level, to remove it takes long nails Activation: Is done using an account that you have already created on the application, with an email, a name. Launch the application by connecting to it, update the firmware in "VEHICLE SETTINGS", click on "ACTIVATE THE DEVICE", enter USER NAME / REAL NAME / EMAIL, accept the conditions, refuse the proposed insurance (only for customers Chinese), finally the message "ACTIVATION COMPLETED" appears. You can switch to tutorials: follow them for driving and using the remote control. Once completed, you will have a final message on the complete activation, you must travel 1 km at the speed limit of 10km / h, once reached, you can unlock the mode "LIMIT OFF". Driving & speed: it goes more than 19kmh in speed! Obstacle clearances are simpler, the range is very good, even with low temperatures, the technology is really improved since Mini Pro & Mini models. The mode "Follow Me" is great! The remote control to a fabulous joystick for the "REMOTE MODE" The Mini Plus is really beautiful, the aesthetics is very nice MODE FOLLOW ME: With the remote control, be careful not to swing when walking, do not put it in the pocket, let discover the top of the remote. Useful? Yes, in some cases, walk in the forest, or slippery terrain for the ride. Protections: I chose as my previous Mini, 3M adhesive silicone protections Billat designed for car mirrors. They absorb shock well. Of course, you can choose to buy the bumper dedicated to Mini PLUS The bumpers in black and transparent silicone on my Mini The transparent silicone bumpers on my Mini PLUS On the edge of the chest, bonding is not total, it could come off, do regular pressure from right to left, so that the sticky surface adheres to the maximum. Preventing air leaks and punctures: When using the Mini, the tire can leak air under the effect of weight and terrain The tire is found deflated and we find no traces of punctures Using liquid silicone, it will "glue" the tire to the rim It will surely wait for the next shock will leave exhausts air and inflate again the tire to the correct pressure, so that the liquid "glue" the tire to the rim, hardening And in case of puncture, the liquid silicone hardens on contact with air Mini PLUS is equipped with a valve Presta, unscrew using a disassembled shell Once the air has escaped, plan half a bottle of Zeafal Sealant Press the tire and release to aspirate the fluid Clean the valve with a cotton swab Screw the shell back, inflate to pressure 3.1 bar-45PSI Keep the box and use the base ...
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