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3 hours ago, Guy said:

HI. Just a note. My Nik+ did come with the Gotway pads. I tried them and found them too uncomfortable. I did order and receive a RollNZ cover and love it. I can grip the wheel with my legs and not slide. The cover is made off a fabric covered wetsuit material with about a 1/4 inch ~5 mm thickness and fits tightly over the wheel. I'm still having a problem designing and fitting a seat attached to the handle. The seat would interfere with the zipper that closes the cover over the handle. Anyway, I find the RollNZ cover provides the extra grip and additional width I like while riding. I do only tour on the wheel. More aggressive riding probably would require more aggressive pads. Peace from Maine...Guy

You know, I've had a few of the RollNZ covers in the past, I need to check them out for the Nik, I was concerned that it would cover up the cool lights, I know, but it would protest the wheel as well as provide more grip.  Thanks!!  Oh, I didn't even consider the stock pads, no way I think they'd be comfortable, they're super on my MCM5 though!

Edit: Problem solved, the RollNZ does not cover up the cool RGB's so I'll be ordering one today (black sides/flouro green edges)!!

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1 hour ago, mike_bike_kite said:

I'd be very interested to know if the cover allows you to grip the wheel for hard braking and whether you think the supplied pads are worthwhile. 

Okay, I'll be sure to update with the RollNZ.  I'm not sure the stock pads would be comfortable, the shell is pretty wide up top and I'm afraid they'd cut into my legs, if they were bigger and thinner I would try them but I just don't think they'll be comfortable.

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Mike had mentioned this tire that is on my Nikola ( CST C-1773), it does everything so damn good, I'd like to order another one just to have, I'm in the US, does anyone know where to source this tire?

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I am also loving my Nik+

I couldn't use the stock pads, you are right, the combined width makes it very uncomfortable. 

I went with some Power Pads and they feel great. After experimenting I ended off-setting them to be closer to the rear to suit my leg stance. I would upload a photo but cannot work out how do so right now.

I also have the Roll-NZ cover and it stretch's over these pads and you can ride it just fine. I didn't need to secure with velcro or anything. Contact directly with the pads feels a bit nicer but I usually leave the cover on for protection sake.

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22 hours ago, Cribbs said:

I am also loving my Nik+

I couldn't use the stock pads, you are right, the combined width makes it very uncomfortable. 

I went with some Power Pads and they feel great. After experimenting I ended off-setting them to be closer to the rear to suit my leg stance. I would upload a photo but cannot work out how do so right now.

I also have the Roll-NZ cover and it stretch's over these pads and you can ride it just fine. I didn't need to secure with velcro or anything. Contact directly with the pads feels a bit nicer but I usually leave the cover on for protection sake.

Good to know that you can stretch the RollNZ over the power pads, I might try that in the future!!

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I worked out how to upload photos, so here are a couple of the Power Pads on, with and without the Bodyguard cover.

The wheel looks like pregnant Guppy until you squeeze with your knees and compress the fabric that is stretched across the fat part of the pads. Its comfortable enough however and an improvement over having no pads, with the benefit of top notch protection.

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5 hours ago, Cribbs said:

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I worked out how to upload photos, so here are a couple of the Power Pads on, with and without the Bodyguard cover.

The wheel looks like pregnant Guppy until you squeeze with your knees and compress the fabric that is stretched across the fat part of the pads. Its comfortable enough however and an improvement over having no pads, with the benefit of top notch protection.

Looks like they don't show up. I usually just paste my pictures. So you can open them in an imaging viewing program and then copy to clipboard and paste from clipboard.

 

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I love it more every time I ride it. I have recently added riding on mountain bike trails to my experience and we both handled it better than I expected.

At a recent group ride I got to borrow a fellow riders KS16X. I instantly felt the lightness compared to the NIK, which was nice but it seemed less reassuringly stable at the same time. I was more than happy to jump back on mine and wouldn't trade the extra nimbleness of the KS for all the range, torque and speed, even if I don't need it all right now.

I did notice the lack of pedal dip in corners of the KS compared to the NIK though. I have only ever ridden in Medium Mode and someone suggested I try Hard Mode. That made a huge difference and it now stays almost completely level at all times. Breaking is harder though, so I will need to work out if I can compensate as I won't feel as safe otherwise. I need to spend a bit more time in Hard and will also experiment in Soft before I can discuss the pro's and con's of each.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and tips.

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16 hours ago, Cribbs said:

I love it more every time I ride it. I have recently added riding on mountain bike trails to my experience and we both handled it better than I expected.

At a recent group ride I got to borrow a fellow riders KS16X. I instantly felt the lightness compared to the NIK, which was nice but it seemed less reassuringly stable at the same time. I was more than happy to jump back on mine and wouldn't trade the extra nimbleness of the KS for all the range, torque and speed, even if I don't need it all right now.

I did notice the lack of pedal dip in corners of the KS compared to the NIK though. I have only ever ridden in Medium Mode and someone suggested I try Hard Mode. That made a huge difference and it now stays almost completely level at all times. Breaking is harder though, so I will need to work out if I can compensate as I won't feel as safe otherwise. I need to spend a bit more time in Hard and will also experiment in Soft before I can discuss the pro's and con's of each.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and tips.

Ah, glad to hear this, every time I ride mine, I get more comfortable, I even get almost too confident, the tire is awesome which has something to do with it, it just does everything right.

I had a 16x and sort of sold it before I gave it a chance, I have fond memories of it for sure but I'd buy the Nikola again.  I did a very precise (or the absolute best I was capable of) calibration on the Nikola and pedal dip now is minimal, I'm happy with it.  I just recently switched to hard pedal mode and definitely like it better, at first when I wasn't used to the wheel, it seemed way too hard but now I like it, some prefer softer modes but for now, I'm happy in hard mode.

One thing I've noticed is the accuracy of the speedo via EUC world, on my MCM5, 24mph doesn't seem terribly fast but 24 on the Nikola seems faster, I know it's the wheel and not EUC World, I've indicated 28mph a few times and it sure felt faster, no problem with it, just an observation and it might just be my internal speedo isn't calibrated properly:)

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