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  1. Hello readers and riders! I apologize for my English, if it has any errors. First of all, let me introduce myself: My name is Ilya, I'm the iOS Developer since 2009. Also I have Ninebot One E since April 2015. Then I decided to combine these skills into my new app - DarknessBot. The application is available only for iOS 9.0 and higher. Ninebot haven't presented any official APIs yet, so I cooperated with the GyroMetrics developer - Paco Gorina (special thanks for helping with Ninebot BLE protocol) The application from the active EUC owners! It supports the following models: ► Ninebot One (C, C+, E, E+, P) ► Inmotion (V3, V3C, V3S, V3Pro, V5, V5+, V5F, V8, R1, R1N, R1S, R1S, R1T, R1AP, R1CF, R1EX, R2, R2N, R2S, R2EX, L6) ► Gotway (MCM2, MCM4, ACM, MSuper V1/V2/V3, Monster) ► KingSong (14, 16, 18) Features: ◉ Modify tiled interface that you can customize ◉ Displaying all available metrics through Bluetooth LE: ► Current speed ► Maximum speed ► Total mileage ► Remaining mileage (depending of rider's weight, the battery charging cycles, and weather conditions) ► Total runtime ► Battery level ► Temperature of the controller (not for all models) ► Power ► Voltage ► Longitudinal and transverse tilt (not for all models) ◉ Logging and displaying graphs of metrics (up to a month) ◉ Record video from a camera with a sensor display ◉ Changing the riding mode (not for all models) ◉ Changing maximum speed (experimental) ◉ Changing the maximum speed on limited mode (experimental) ◉ Changing lock mode (not for all models) ◉ Changing limited speed mode (not for all models) ◉ Compass and weather forecast ◉ Apple Watch support ◉ HealthKit Integration What next: ◉ One more thing Beta test 1.2 ◉ Support Ninebot One A1/S2 Application for free, but it has a few paid functions. So I provide 40 promocodes for this forum. Promocodes Download from Appstore
  2. Just Over 50 miles of usage. Purchased this wheel and the V10f at the same time. I'm keeping the V10F so the Z10 is now for sale. My asking price is $1700. Shipping is included. I can also ship internationally.
  3. Hi everyone, I have observed that distribution of the Ninebot Z10 since the announcement has been a little spotty? I am seeing that you can order them in the EU now but still no official source in the US. In my endless googling, I recently found them available on freemotionshop.com. When I contacted them, they explained that they are actually taking pre-orders and will be shipping on the 10th or 15th. When I asked why Ninebot isn't distributing to the US yet, they said it's probably because of the current 25% tarif imposed on these. Does this seem like legitimate information? I have seen a few bad reviews of freemotionshop's eBay account on here in the past, but they have been very responsive and seemingly honest. I feel a little in the dark about how Ninebot plans to distribute these. I'm down to wait on a legitimate source if it's somewhat soon. Any advice?
  4. So I bought a ninebot mini pro used. Short story the battery is dead, completely. I've taken it out and tried charging it. Nothing. Yes I know this voids the warranty but I didn't have it to begin with so... Oh, the infamous 4 red flashes on the battery and my research online suggest it's completely dead.. Does anyone know where I can order a replacement? Has anyone used moreformini.com before? That's the only one I can find.. thanks in advance for your help
  5. interesting, 2k workers, they mention briefly about the Z10 having issues
  6. Hi! Who can help to solve this mystery? My speed goes to 22kmh, I am 79KG, and I always drive in Red Sports mode. I want my ES2 to go to 34km/h. My configuration: ES2Lite but changed serial to a ES4 Custom firmware 5.5.1 (1.5.1) with speed 34KMH and motor power 48000 BME v 141 BLE v 104 External battery Regards M
  7. Hi everyone ! First of all thanks to everyone for the useful information I found so far, I have been reading a lot on this forum before to change from my V8 to the Z10. I have to say like everyone, that it' s kind of re- learning as , even after 3500 km on the V8, both the wheel anatomy and weight, balance of the Z10 itself Is very different from the V8. But I am here to launch a question to the owners of a z10 , which I couldn't find replies to on this forum or any other . After only 15/20 km on the wheel, I started to hear (and still do) a weird old wooden door "gneek" from the pedal, anytime I switch the balance to the forward or backward side. Literally like the old doors opening in horror movies when the suspense is high. So, I have never had a second of hesitation or horror feelings when traveling on my v8... and still don't. The pedals are just much smaller, but I have the sensation this whole Z10 is about to throw a red- eyed monster at me from the inside, everytime I slow down or accelerate. This obviously happens when I m next to people, who (couple of them) definitely spot me coming from the noise. It's quite annoying. Shall I put a bit of oil in the junctions, or just wait for it to eventually leave as the gear is new ? HAs anyone else experienced the same "problem " and did it go away itself or after some maintenance ? Really surprised. Also the screw from the trolley are completely loss on the side of the EUC and I have the sensation the whole thing is just falling apart when I bring it. Completely another feeling from the V8, which is just ready to use on unboxing. #notsuperhappyrightnow apart from the speed sensation which is .... phenomenal !
  8. Hi again everyone ! I tried looking on every website and tutorial online but there just seems not to be the information , neither on blogs, vlogs, official Ninebot page and ninebot App Store tips... I am enjoying a lot my new z10 but touching the app before, I just saw this : Does any of you know what it does "max speed in limit mode" mean ? I have switched to all of them but saw no noticeable change. Also. I have the sensation I do not get the tilt back. Only sound at 45 km/h (which I barely hear and that was without a helmet!?!?!?) I think this is way too dangerous ahaha. Am I expecting to get the tilt back AFTER the sound and not DURING the alert sound as it happens on the v8 ? I kind of don' t wanna know if I am doing it wrong or the machine is... so any previous pioneer has checked it out earlier ? Thanks for the replies in advance. David
  9. Hi! Today I've received an email from the Segway Online-Shop, because I've registered my email address for notification, when the Z10 is available. If someone ordered the Z10 from Segway Online-Shop, please give some information about the differences between imported Z10 and "official" EU ones. Link: https://shop.segway.com/de-de/de/58/-ninebot-by-segway-z10 Thinking about software versions, trolley handle, CE symbols, ...?! Thank you very much!
  10. There is a new app on mimod.ru, 'NINEbattery v1.6' that you can freely download for Android: https://mimod.ru/en_US/ninebattery/ This a MUST-HAVE for every MiniPro (or ninebot scooter) owner, because it shows the status of EVERY CELL in the battery pack (actually, in the miniPRO the cells are two paralled LG cells, the combined voltage is shown). No longer do you have to wait for a battery pack to fail, you will be able to see weak cells before they get bad enough to make your miniPRO fail (and throw you). I tried it on both my N3M320 and N3M260 models, screenshots below. I found some difficulty connecting with Bluetooth, but bringing up the Segway app talking to the miniPRO, then killing it and bringing up NINEbattery, seemed the most reliable way to get a Bluetooth connection. Internet connectivity is not required. Many thanks to Alexei and Alexander for this wonderful addition to my toolbox!
  11. 25/03/2019 for best quality picture please go to my blog, because i can't load more pics here, you can find Max user manual too to download Quote your sources! 😘👍😜 (my source is : FCC Ninebot) I called it "S Max", since recently, Segway Ninebot renamed his models to "S" ("S" Lite, "S" Plus, "S" Pro ...). Announced with a range of 31 miles / 50 kilometers, do not rely on the user manual, which mentions a speed of 15.5 mph / 25 km / h, in fact, it will reach 18.6 mph / 30 km/h. This is the photo "Label" which specifies it. That's it, I'll let you discover how Ninebot's engineers abandoned the external battery in favor of a bigger rocker. Is this a model for rental companies? According to one of my sources, this model is already in containers to the United States, for a scooter rental company, some have already arrived, hence the FCC statement. As you see here, the Max can reach 18.6 mph / 30 Km / h ... Comparison between the new Max and ES1 ES2 & ES4 Exclusive FCC Photos - External Views Exclusive FCC Photos - Internal Views if pictures don't display please look to french forumhttps://forum.urban360.com/index.php?/topic/4982-exclusif-la-nouvelle-trottinette-segway-ninebot-max/
  12. And here I hear you shouting at me... when i answer "There are not any" Mini PLUS N4M340= Chinese market, branded MIJIA & Mini PLUS N4M350= World market branded SEGWAY Remember... XIAOMI invested in startup companies (Ninebot, Fimi etc...)with the help of, Sequoia Capital , is an American venture capital firm who invest in technolgy innovation., and have a Chinese branch, Sequoia Capital China who has invested into Ninebot. The EUC Ninebot One (2015) did not benefit from the Segway patents, it is from the Ninebot S2 that the Segway patents are used in the Ninebot technology. The Mini N3M240, N3M260, N3M320 have Segway technology, inspired by Ninebot's first personal transporter. ***** There are no two manufacturing plants for the Mini, one for the N4M340 and the other for the N4M350, the Mini Plus N4M340 & N4M350 are manufactured in the same factory. Whenever Ninebot releases a product, it immediately has FCC certification The Mini N3M240, which many believe is exclusively reserved for China, was in fact allowed, as soon as it was released in China, to be sold, marketed all over the world. The N3M240 was mentioned with N3M320 in FCC authorization. There is not a different firmware for the Chinese version or the World version There are only two elements that differ from the Chinese version: the charger and the packaging The charger American charger is in 2A (please look user manual, charger specs http://www.segway.com/media/2271/25521-00001_ab-miniplus-user-manual-en.pdf or european like Netherland http://nl-nl.segway.com/getmedia/1d7ef6e2-ff02-499e-84ae-0d5d5759690e/miniPLUS-UM-EN-FR-DU-IT-SP-2017-07-26.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf) Chinese charger is in 1.5A That's all ! "And the speed!" You will tell me... No, no....no...no! About the speed Chinese Mini PLUS N4M340 : max speed 18kmh World Mini PLUS N4M350 : max speed 20kmh Please, you must understand: when Ninebot says "maximum speed", 20kmh, it's not the cruising speed. 20kmh is the peak reached at the maximum speed With my Chinese version of Mini PLUS N4M340, i could reach up to 24kmh / 21kmh ..., but only 3 seconds ! I checked with an alternative running application in bike mode Segway- Ninebot is playing with people's words and understanding ! A future buyer sees on the Segway Ninebot N4M350's specsheet: "maximum speed 20kmh", he thinks " I can ride at 20kmh", but it's not a cruising speed, you can ride in cruising speed 17kmh, 18kmh, 19kmh and you can reach peaks of speed beyond 20kmh, but only a few seconds before the tiltback helps you brake, lower your speed. A future buyer sees on the Mijia Ninebot N4M340's specsheet "maximum speed 18kmh", he thinks " f*** i can only ride at 18kmh" but in reality he can ride in cruising speed 17kmh/18km/h/19kmh, like the N4M350, and can reach peaks of speed beyond 20kmh too. Since the cruising speed decreases with the use of the battery (driving attitude, outside temperatures, land, user's weight) never Ninebot will be able to mention a cruising speed ! Ninebot writes "maximum speed 20kmh: it forces the Mini to roll slower, cheating on the cruising speed, lowering it by 1 or 2 km / h it's a fraud in France this style of commercial argument and distorting the speed limit is considered a fraud towards the consumer.
  13. As a fan, I would have liked to buy it, but its price is too expensive. Too bad no one did us, here, a user feedback (or review) about Loomo... So, I was watching Loomo's Facebook page, then Loomo's Twitter page, then the Loomo forum in the Segway Robotics website ... I was very surprised: Loomo forum does not live (76 posts 10 followers) , users ask questions to Segway Robotics who do not answer, Facebook 6334 followers, last comment nov 28 2018, "Loomo with a Dinosaur".... Twitter with 1723 followers... last tweet in January 2019 Do you know if there is a site, a page of the LOOMO community? Do you know Loomo users, are they happy? Seeing this "empty", I really wonder if Segway Ninebot will continue to sell it, and continue the development of his "AI" Indiegogo "$1 445 448 USD / €1 287 406 EUR by 1 291 backers" ...around 1300 users inthe World, what do they think about Loomo? Should we buy Loomo or...?
  14. (Please unlock adblock, thank you price are same with or without my id cookie for my commission thanks) Update : SEE LAST POST THANK YOU (07/03/2019)***Next week, Gearbest 5th anniversary (13-28 March) Do you know what's this mean ? Like for last Black Friday & 11 11 events, prices will fall, flash sales and pre order sale with deposit ... Get in touch with me if you are looking for anything or follow me here, on my shopping guide*** i'm ashamed, i haven't seen any discount for euc for this fifth birthday (21/03/2019) 1/{ Warning, Shipping time, delivery. If you wish to receive your order before Christmas, and the end of year celebrations, you must order 45 days before} 2/{Links are from Global english Gearbest website, maybe links could be redirected to your country by Gearbest and the offer don't appear or your country cant be delivered} Europe free shipping, delivery time max 31-42 business days , one member received it in less than 1 month no custom fees Take the insurance offered by Gearbest and pay by Paypal 1233 euros Z10 ! *************************************************************************************************************************************** Z6 Germany €731 - Spain €731 - Portugal €731 - Italia €731 - France €731 End in 11 days Europe free shipping, delivery time max 31-42 business days , one member received it in less than 1 month Z6 USA $830 End in 11 days + Fast delivery Priority Line 8-18 business days $247 no custom fees Only email exclusive price: create gearbest account, add the One Z to yours favorites, you'll received an email with cheapest price Take the insurance offered by Gearbest and pay by Paypal Ninebot One Z10 parts and accessories https://mini-j-s-g.jimdo.com/segway-ninebot-xiaomi-mijia/one-z/ ----------------------------------------------------------- Europe shipping step by step, please look my review when i ordered a Mini PLUS, i explain the process "How will the package travel?" Gearbest Warranty & Return https://www.gearbest.com/about/warranty-and-return.html Need more information or help ? Please send me a private message
  15. (16/03/2019 updates in progress) Hello After more than a year working on my blog about the Mini, I decided a few days ago to monetize my blog, it reached more than 11,400 visitors from 115 countries. By joining affiliate programs with resellers, I choose spare parts and accessories for the Mini. I try to pay attention to quality even if it is difficult. I would touch a small percentage of a sale made, which will perhaps allow me to improve my blog, will see, I start with these programs. https://mini-j.jimdo.com/shop-guide/ It is therefore in total transparency that I announce the creation of a new site attached to my blog, called "Mini-J-S-G" (for the entire title: mini-j shopping guide) (cancelling) jojo33
  16. Got 6 brand new Z10’s left. Contact me with a number if your interested. This is only for US Residents. $1800/pc buyer is responsible for shipping cost. Avgerage shipping cost is $70-90 depending where in the 48 states. Hawaii and Alaska need to contact, as shipping price is more.
  17. Ninebot Gokart Kit Kart conversion kit for Mini & Mini Pro only will be released soon "In terms of safety , the No. 9 balance car kart conversion kit is excellent The vehicle has double anti-collision protection , and the outside is a plastic energy absorption layer, which effectively reduces the impact force. The inner layer is a steel main beam, which provides high strength protection for the body and prevents deformation of the car body; Moreover, the vehicle adopts the "electronic brake + mechanical hand brake" double brake design. Protect the speed and passion of the player!"
  18. Got 6 brand new Z10’s left. Contact me with a number if your interested. This is only for US Residents. $1800/pc Avgerage shipping cost is $70-90 depending where in the 48 states. Hawaii and Alaska need to contact, as shipping price is more.
  19. Below, official internal pictures (bluetooth chips, processor, battery) , external pictures, lab tests from FCC ES4= ES2+external battery This could help you if someday you need purchase ones parts and be sure you are ordering for an original part
  20. Hello, first of all, thank you for the forum. Recently my ninebot segway es1 stopped working, it is necessary to change the "motherboard". The one inside the tube. I can not send it to repair the official service. I have looked at this piece online, I have found it relatively cheap. But I read that if I change the motherboard myself, I will get error 35 and I will not be able to activate it. Somebody could help me ? Thank https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/YHVNzhI
  21. I just got a Segway Ninebot ES4. When riding in DC’s ridiculously bumpy streets, I tend to take it slow. However, I’ve noticed that no matter the speed, there’s a loud thud every time I go over even the smallest holes in the road. I checked on Amazon (where I got the scooter) and a couple of the answers said that you could adjust the rear suspension, which is where I believe the problem to be. Does anyone know how to adjust the rear suspension?
  22. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-12-05/almost-every-electric-scooter-comes-from-this-chinese-company Almost Every Electric Scooter in the World Comes From This Chinese Company Ninebot makes powered unicycles, Segways and other odd-looking artifacts of the transportation future. It didn't see the scooter boom coming. December 5, 2018, 6:00 AM EST Illustration: Steph Davidson Scooter-sharing company Lime recently relayed a troubling message to its users: a portion of its fleet was at risk of bursting into flames. The startup recalled about 2,000 vehicles, less than one percent of its scooters, following its Oct. 30 warning message. The situation brought to mind scenes from three years ago of those skateboard-style conveyances known as hoverboards catching fire and promptly falling out of use. Would spontaneous combustion sink the scooter next? Advertisement Scroll to continue with content Lime placed the blame on a manufacturing defect at one of its suppliers, Beijing-based Ninebot Inc. But the company isn’t just any scooter assembler. Ninebot has quietly become the single-biggest source of scooters deployed in U.S. cities. The little-known manufacturer is an essential provider for just about everyone trying to ride the rise of “micro-mobility,” a movement that aims to transform urban transportation through the proliferation of cheap alternatives to cars and mass transit. The scooter trend began last year with the launch of Bird Rides Inc. in Santa Monica, Calif., setting off a venture capital-fueled boom in micro-mobility. Investors soon poured in hundreds of millions of dollars, giving Lime and Bird valuations north of a billion dollars, while Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and major carmakers rushed to launch scooter services of their own. All of this brought more business to Ninebot. Uber now sees Bird and Lime as potential acquisition targets, in part to address the difficulty in getting enough scooters to put on the road, according to reports in the Information and Financial Times. Gao Lufeng, founder and chief executive of Ninebot, was caught off guard by the sudden demand for electric scooters. Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg “We’re working with all the capable players that you can imagine,” Ninebot Chief Executive Officer Gao Lufeng said in an interview. Ninebot’s scooter sales grew sixfold this year, he said, and the company estimates that four out of five electric scooters now in use worldwide come from one of its three factories, although Gao declined to reveal the total number of scooters it ships. The six-year-old firm is now valued over $1.5 billion, according to a person familiar with its finances, and is plotting a public offering. In this surprise year of the scooter, Ninebot was one of the only assemblers with the expertise to turn them out in large numbers. But, as the aftermath of the Lime recall shows, there are risks from being the biggest maker of scooters. The Chinese manufacturer’s business partners appear ambivalent about helping it entrench itself any further. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun rides a miniPro vehicle made by Ninebot. Photographer: VCG/Getty Images Visitors to Ninebot’s headquarters, which is tucked in a tech park in northwestern Beijing, are greeted with a display that resembles a strange museum from the future. Lined up on a white linoleum pedestal is roller skate-hoverboard hybrid dubbed the Drift W1, a one-wheeled orb with retractable foot stands and a go-kart that travels 15 miles per hour. There’s something called the miniPro that looks like a Segway sawed off mid-thigh. A video screen at the office shows a group of svelte models dancing, somehow, perched atop miniPros. The Segway itself is also part of Ninebot’s product lineup. Back in 2015, Ninebot acquired the once-buzzy maker of self-balancing, two-wheeled vehicles. The Segway was to the early 2000s what hoverboards were to 2015 and scooters are to today: a new form of urban transportation inspiring ridicule, even as enthusiasts insist it will transform cities. The Segway revolution never materialized, and the odd-looking people-movers are now mostly remembered as novelty devices or, worse, a dumb fad. A man uses an electric unicycle in Paris. Ninebot’s product line resembles a strange museum from the future of transportation. Photographer: Francois Guillot/Getty Images/AFP Ninebot never stopped making Segways, along with other assorted vehicles for short trips such as electric unicycles and a series of L-shaped kick-scooters with electric engines. At first, the scooters didn’t seem earth-shattering or even like the most promising product in Ninebot’s lineup. They were basically adult-sized versions of a kid’s toy. But lucrative business often comes from the unlikeliest places. Gao’s office is on the second floor, just up the stairs from rows of young people typing away at computers. Ninebot has about 3,000 employees, including those on the assembly line, and plans to add up to 400 more next year, mostly in research and design. Some staffers commute to the office on Ninebot devices or use them to zip around the sprawling campus. Gao, who doesn’t scoot to the office, is soft-spoken and wears thick-rimmed glasses and a casual black jacket with a small, white company logo. Next to a polished desk there’s an award from Xiaomi Corp., the phone maker that, together with the investment arm of its founder, Lei Jun, owns about 20 percent of Ninebot. Unlike other young Chinese entrepreneurs, Gao, 39, never studied in the U.S. or worked for a Chinese tech kingmaker. He started the precursor to Ninebot in 2012 and now he runs, by most estimates, the world’s largest short-distance vehicle manufacturer. Gao slices the short-trip transit market of the future into five different segments, ranging from scooters to air travel. “We aim to make our footprint in all these tiers,” he said. Yet there are serious questions about whether hundreds of thousands of people will be scooting to work a year from now. Detractors see the scooter craze as a passing fad that brings unwarranted risks. Accidents have led to a handful of fatalities as well as a wave of concussions, chipped teeth and broken bones. A lawsuit filed in California in October blamed the injuries on negligent operators and manufacturers, including both Lime and Ninebot. Lime’s recall supports the case that the scooters are dangerous toys, although Gao insisted the blame shouldn’t lie at his feet. Three days after Lime’s statement, Ninebot issued its own account that faulted Lime and warned scooter riders to take an operator’s safety record into account. “We prefer more professional companies to provide maintenance services, but it seems Lime wanted to have its own team doing so,” Gao said in a later phone interview. Gao was referring to Lime’s “juicers,” the term for independent contractors the company pays a fee to retrieve depleted scooters off the streets for charging. These contractors, Gao said, caused the problem by using chargers that weren’t compatible with Ninebot scooters. “Of all the consumers we have,” he said, “Lime is the only one with this issue.” Even before the announcement, Lime and Ninebot severed ties. Gao brushed off the dispute, noting that Lime accounted for less than 10 percent of his shipments. It wasn’t his first conflict with a U.S.-based partner. A Lime scooter with a mark indicating that it was produced as part of a partnership with Segway, which is owned by Ninebot. Photographer: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images The Solowheel is an electric unicycle, and an inventor in the U.S. named Shane Chen wanted someone to believe in its potential. In spring 2014, a year before the deal to buy Segway, Chen said that Ninebot invited him to Beijing to discuss the Solowheel and eventually offered a partnership. The Beijing native was initially interested and remembers Ninebot boasting that it would topple Segway in the market. When Chen asked for more time, he said Ninebot got pushy and then told him he was unnecessary. By August, Ninebot had released its own one-wheeled scooter, the Ninebot One. “They were a little bit like bullies,” Chen said. Chen filed patent lawsuits in the U.S. and China over the Solowheel, and he claimed Ninebot lifted his design for electrified skates. Chen said the U.S. case is still pending and that Ninebot is appealing a verdict in China in Chen’s favor. Gao called the accusations about the skates “groundless,” and a Ninebot spokesman responded to several questions about the dispute with identical wording: “We do not recommend putting this information in the news story.” Employees demonstrate Drift W1 e-skates made by Ninebot at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg Ninebot has been accused of turning out designs with pronounced similarities to those made by rivals. Before buying Segway, Gao spent years squaring off against the American company. Segway sued Ninebot and other Chinese manufacturers repeatedly, claiming they had ripped off designs. At one point, Segway tried to block Ninebot from selling in the U.S. Then, in April 2015, Gao called a press conference, supposedly to discuss new investors. Toward the end, a message flashed behind Gao in Chinese: “Ninebot Buys Segway.” Ninebot reportedly paid over $75 million for the company, which had cycled through multiple owners and tragic turns. A prior owner, James Heselden, plunged to his death off a cliff riding a Segway. From Beijing, the deal was a marker of a shift in the epicenter of personalized transportation tech. “Today, it’s not just copycat China,” Neil Shen, a Ninebot investor with Sequoia Capital, boasted at the event. “China will expand through its own innovations and through acquisitions.” A Segway demonstration during at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg The idea of shared transit had already captured the imagination of the tech industry at the time Ninebot closed its deal for Segway. Uber and Didi, the Chinese ride-hailing giant, had become major forces pointing to a future that didn’t necessarily depend on individually owned cars. But Gao had no special insight that the same economic model would work for scooters. “We didn’t expect the sharing business would have such hyper-growth,” he said. A former Ninebot executive said the company was tinkering with around 10 different vehicle forms before the scooter boom. One, the Segway-inspired miniPro, didn’t have handlebars at first and so riders didn’t have a graceful way to get off. The addition of handles still left Ninebot unsure exactly how people would use it. At one point the company considered pitching BMW on a plan to put them inside car trunks. After Gao met Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden earlier this year, Ninebot’s scooters started showing up Los Angeles, Austin and other cities. More clients lined up, including traditional automakers. Ninebot sells vehicles to Spin, a scooter company recently purchased by Ford, and Gao said that he is supplying both Lyft and Uber. The rush of competitors into the unproven scooter-sharing market has meant that operators are pressuring suppliers to make scooters that last longer, hold up in the rain and come with features that set rival scooter services apart from one another. If almost everyone looking to launch a scooter-sharing service has turned to Ninebot, the operators have come to see that reliance on a common manufacturer is a vulnerability. It’s tricky for any company to claim to have a superior vehicle when everyone’s buying them from the same place. Right now, Lime juggles multiple suppliers, relying on one to fill an order while another makes a new batch of scooters. Before cutting ties with Ninebot, Lime only used Gao’s firm to “fill in some gaps,” said Joe Kraus, Lime’s chief operating officer. “It is hard to get enough scooters.” Thomas Yao, a partner at IMO Ventures, which has invested in Lime, sees the scooter market still grappling with supply shortages. But those shortages might ease as Ninebot faces new competition. Yao said there are now four other “quality” scooter suppliers in China but he declined to name them. Ninebot still has the best product design capabilities, he said, and an edge when it comes to building scooters that can ride long distances or suffer foul weather. Inmotion Technologies Co., a competitor based in Shenzhen, in southern China, said its scooter output has grown five-fold over the last year. It pumps out some 120,000 units a month between two factories, said Inmotion CEO Charles Cai. A small room in its 18th-floor offices displays its line of motorized vehicles. They look a lot like Ninebot’s products—and Inmotion even cut a deal with Shane Chen to build his Solowheel unicycles. As a smaller supplier, Cai said he's more willing to tailor scooters to customer demands and add features like an LED light along the scooter’s front. His scooters are made to withstand a meter of water, a useful feature for a product with a tendency to end up abandoned in public waterways. Cai said he has signed recent deals with Movo and Yellow, scooter operators in Europe and Brazil, and that he will work with Bird and Lime next year. A city employee in San Francisco loads an electric scooter from Lime onto the back of a truck. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg More suppliers mean lower prices, but manufacturing diversification hasn’t worked perfectly for Lime. In November, the company had to put out another recall after of scooters built by a Chinese firm called Okai started breaking in half. In a statement, Okai said that Lime's claims about its scooters were “arbitrary and groundless.” Ninebot cast problems like this as the fault of lesser-equipped imitators. “That's the situation in China,” Gao said. “When others see this can be a profitable business, they want to hustle in.” But he’s hardly betting Ninebot’s future of the sustained popularity of the scooter. He’s working on a larger electric vehicle—though he wouldn’t describe it—and something that takes off in the air. Ninebot is also developing a self-driving delivery robot for Meituan Dianping, the Chinese e-commerce firm. Maybe one of these new vehicles will be tomorrow’s vehicle of the future. Or maybe not. Reminders of how quickly this business can turn literally surround Gao. There’s a familiar sight in Chinese cities: rows of bicycles from Ofo and Mobike, sharing apps that have taken a sharp fall in good fortune. Just outside Ninebot’s offices on a recent weekday, several of these bikes lay flat on the ground, unused
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