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To make EUC widely adapted, university campuses around the world are a must-have starting point. a few days ago, @Jason McNeiltalked about asking KS to comeup a design for air travelers. Instead, I would say make one for college students is a better direction to explore.

Thus, EUC manufacturers must come up with a design that attracts college students by a) cool-ness/sexiness and/or 2) pragmatics.

Let's talk about pragmatics for college life: What needs can EUCs fill for college students?

1. They have to run between buildings for the next class within 10 minutes, or go around in big campus of a state university.

2. They may have to climb 2-3-story stairs for classrooms.

3. They have to carry their bags of books notebooks, laptops water bottles etc with them.

4. Cool or sexy enough to attract the opposite sex.

SO, such an EUC should be

light weight,

having trolley, 

can carry some books, a laptop, a water bottle.

I think one way to do it is to modify Imotion V8's soft cover into a bag that sandwich the EUC in the middle, so that you can put books in either side of the EUC. When you have books in, the  rider has to stand with feet wider apart. So, this requires wider pedals.....For this concept to work, the rider cannot be sensitive to wheel weight changes 

OK, V8 may be too big and heavy for this purpose, so make the wheel 10", wider tire, and taller with the bag on, to make learning easier....

 

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My girlfriend is a professor at University; she and her supervisor, also a professor, used their EUCs to save a tremendous amount of time getting around the rather large campus. They never crashed in the two years using their EUCs nearly every day, especially as they didn't have on campus parking (20 minute walk but just 4 or so with the EUC). I did buy her a folding bike but that is impractical as not much time savings.

In practice the present 14 and 16 inchers are overbuilt for campus usage, and yet there isn't any penalty for actually being over specified.

I'm telling you, for getting around campus there isn't anything that comes close to the folding handle EUC, as the EUC is no thicker than a few textbooks.

eScooters are too big even when folded up to bring into class while the electric skateboard has poor turning.

Both those professors got quite adept at carrying books in one hand, a drink in another, and then making the 180 degree turn up the numerous handicapped ramps going into every building.

I will point out the students thought they were nuts riding such a dangerous vehicle; there's the cool electric skateboard and then there are these ludicrous motorized unicycles.

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My college forbids all transportation devices during passing period. I wish I would have known about these when I was in college though. The EUC also must be cheap. College kids are poor.

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A trolley can be adapted on the Mten3. I even bought one on Ali.

Bags are an other story but surely can be done.

I dont see a wheel meeting your requirements better than the Gotway Mten 3. It weighs only 10.5 kg. V8 is much heavier 

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22 minutes ago, Vanzen said:

A trolley can be adapted on the Mten3. I even bought one on Ali.

Bags are an other story but surely can be done.

I dont see a wheel meeting your requirements better than the Gotway Mten 3. It weighs only 10.5 kg. V8 is much heavier 

A college student with an all-around wheel could reach places quickly and safely she otherwise couldn't with the mten, as the tiny wheel precludes a safe higher speed. Being able to get off-campus to buy necessities would be far cheaper. Campuses have astronaut prices for everything.

The student with little money could get the V8 while the richer student could go with the V10. Perhaps even the KS18xl.

Amazing the amount of debt students graduate with; what's worse than being poor? Being in debt. 

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On 1/20/2019 at 1:28 PM, LanghamP said:

The student with little money could get the V8 while the richer student could go with the V10. Perhaps even the KS18xl.

OP states the wheel would be for quick ten minute trips between classes on a campus, has to be lightweight, and will be carried up 2-3 stories on a regular basis...and you recommend an 18xl, one of the heaviest highest range wheels made?  Okay.

 

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1 hour ago, Meelosh123 said:

OP states the wheel would be for quick ten minute trips between classes on a campus, has to be lightweight, and will be carried up 2-3 stories on a regular basis...and you recommend an 18xl, one of the heaviest highest range wheels made?  Okay.

 

The 18xl is the correct answer because the majority of college students don't need a vehicle on an already walkable campus.

Your college student needs to get to places off-campus. The half mile uphill grocery store or Salvation Army outlet then becomes very reachable on an 18 incher (or eBike) but less so on a tiny 14 incher.

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I have been riding on campus for a year now. Before me a student had been riding for at least two years. He graduated the day before I got my wheel. Some of the kids say, " That's cool!" However, I have not seen any real interest. Half the kids now a days don't even know how to ride a bicycle. We do have a few E-scooters and E-boards. 

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