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Is one leg riding or similar maneuvers good for the wheels?


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I own a KS16s and KS18L. I wonder anyone out there knows about doing tricks on a wheel would harm the mechanical integrity of the wheel such as the axle and bearings. Partly, I think that depends on the weight of the person and partly on the size of the wheel. I notice when I do one leg riding on KS16S, sometimes I would feel more stress and hear some change of motor sound when more pressure is put on one side of the wheel. However, on KS18L, neither is felt. My KS16S croaked after 3000 miles within 2 years. Did unusual riding bring it to its early demise?

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Hi scuba... Riding on one leg definitely puts stress on the shell, and conceivably on the axle and pedal hangers too. I often ride on one leg for short stretches. What was the cause of death of your KS16s? My two 'retired' MSuper V3's were both done in by cracks in the plastic shell around the pedal hangers that grew and eventually made the wheels unrideable. I don't think one-leg riding caused the failure per se, but it certainly helped speed their demise IMO. On my first V3 (QJ motor, smaller axle), the axle also cracked off (thankfully not while riding). The later HB motor V3's have thicker axles, so the axle didn't fail on my second, but the plastic again did. (This was after about 4,000 miles on each wheel... So far my Tesla has the best longevity, closing in on 7,000 miles. Has taken a few spills but has a much lighter rider ~105 lbs. on it every day.)

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10 hours ago, who_the said:

Hi scuba... Riding on one leg definitely puts stress on the shell, and conceivably on the axle and pedal hangers too. I often ride on one leg for short stretches. What was the cause of death of your KS16s? My two 'retired' MSuper V3's were both done in by cracks in the plastic shell around the pedal hangers that grew and eventually made the wheels unrideable. I don't think one-leg riding caused the failure per se, but it certainly helped speed their demise IMO. On my first V3 (QJ motor, smaller axle), the axle also cracked off (thankfully not while riding). The later HB motor V3's have thicker axles, so the axle didn't fail on my second, but the plastic again did. (This was after about 4,000 miles on each wheel... So far my Tesla has the best longevity, closing in on 7,000 miles. Has taken a few spills but has a much lighter rider ~105 lbs. on it every day.)

Does she know that it's not her Tesla? :whistling:

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Yes, one legged riding puts a lot of stress on wheels as the weight is unevenly doubled on one side. For all my wheels except my KS16S and my 18 incher, there is both flex and often a grinding sound.

Unsure of what you can do about it. After all, free mounting is a form of one legged riding.

I hope this problem eventually gets solved by massive axles, rather like how you never hear people complain about bad brakes in cars and bikes (brake disks on commuter cars are now bigger than the tires of cars 20 years ago).

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6 minutes ago, trya said:

I use my V5F+ for one-leg riding about 80-90% of time for more than 1 year. I use this wheel primarily for learning freestyle tricks. There were no problems at all. My weight is 155lb. 

Pretty much the same for me but @ 135lb and over 2500 miles commuting and freestyling. 

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6 hours ago, trya said:

I use my V5F+ for one-leg riding about 80-90% of time for more than 1 year. I use this wheel primarily for learning freestyle tricks. There were no problems at all. My weight is 155lb. 

Is that your V5F+ or mine? ;)

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