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Gotway MCM5 1000km review

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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.

 

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Mmh yes the MCM5 is a nice wheel. Small, zippy, powerful, all the nice comfort features, looks great.

3 hours ago, noze02 said:

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.

Best friend ever! Seriously.

3 hours ago, noze02 said:

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).

There's some kind of stupid regulation in China that prevents them from having faster standard chargers.

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