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Test drove a Solowheel Glide 3 today


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3 minutes ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

The $1000 question is, how much are they charging for the Solowheel Glide 3?  :pooping:

$1595 - according to their web site.  I think Ken mentioned a 10% discount if you already know how to ride - don't quote me on that though.  We didn't really talk price, but I had the understanding that training/instruction was included.

Ken mentioned that the purchase of Inmotion has allowed Solowheel to lower their prices.  (I didn't comment that it raised the cost of the V8.)

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Just now, JimB said:

$1595 - according to their web site.  I think Ken mentioned a 10% discount if you already know how to ride - don't quote me on that though.  We didn't really talk price, but I had the understanding that training/instruction was included.

Ken mentioned that the purchase of Inmotion has allowed Solowheel to lower their prices.  (I didn't comment that it raised the cost of the V8.)

Yeh, but before you could have gotten the V8 for $999.  so 60% jump in price!

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Jason's $999 V8's are all sold out.  I guess you do get that snazzy logo and the cool Glide 3 name on it for $600 more.  :rolleyes:  He even mentioned the price increase on his site:

https://www.ewheels.com/product/inmotion-v8/

  • SOLD OUT. Inmotion V8 & V5F will be rebranded as Solowheel, the V8 will be known as the ‘Glide 3’ at a 50%+ higher price.
  • Superb performance in a cool sleek design
  • One of the most innovative & advanced Electric Unicycle being made today

There goes my wishful no price increase theory.  :crying: Bring on the "I told you so's!" @houseofjob !  :crying:

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26 minutes ago, JimB said:

$1595 - according to their web site.  I think Ken mentioned a 10% discount if you already know how to ride - don't quote me on that though.  We didn't really talk price, but I had the understanding that training/instruction was included.

Ken mentioned that the purchase of Inmotion has allowed Solowheel to lower their prices.  (I didn't comment that it raised the cost of the V8.)

lmfao.. typical salesman bullshit. Wtf does "10% off if you know how ride" mean? I wish I would get 10% off if I know how to use a cellphone when I buy a new phone. 10% if I know how to eat when I go buy food.. like what? Like @eddiemoysaid, How about giving that 60% discount so you can bring it back down to a fair price?

Also, my heart felt sad when I read "Solowheel Glide 3". Long live Inmotion V8.

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1 minute ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

I guess anyone considering getting an InMotion V5F+ better get on that purchase now button as they are likely going to increase in price too?

https://www.ewheels.com/product/inmotion-v5f/

Or buy @fearedbliss 's one on sale?

Might not want to advertise my sale since I might change my mind! xD

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Here's the official Shitting-on-Solowheel thread. Discussion Ridicule of this new development starts at the end of page 2, from a few days ago.

No more V8 in North America, buy the exact same wheel for 600$ more, and also they want to sue to ban every other brand, because hey it's Solowheel and it's not enough if they just failed and are failing themselves, they have to drag everyone else down with them to make the failure really stick.

Juicy bits start here.

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8 minutes ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

I guess anyone considering getting an InMotion V5F+ better get on that purchase now button as they are likely going to increase in price too?

https://www.ewheels.com/product/inmotion-v5f/

There will be no more V5F+ (big battery), the V5F (smaller battery) will be the "Glide 2", and there's a V5F with tiny battery that can be taken on planes, the "Glide 2 Light Edition" or something like this.

edit: oh, and $325 price increase for the V5F Glide 2 while we're at it.

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The Solowheel Seattle facebook page justifies the price increase with the following comment (found on their Unboxing video post):

There are some firmware differences like more safety warnings, new app coming. Also new, longer and more comprehensive warranty. The new partnership will bring updates to the Glide among other things next.

Well let me just stump up another $600 now for even more warnings and what is likely to be another crap app...wait hold on you don't even have a SoloWheel app for the Glide 3? Oh and let me pay that money now so the next buyer gets updates to the wheel. Hand me that lube @Hunka Hunka Burning Love

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Since this thread is starting to spin negative, I do want to mention that Ken was very nice.  Quite an interesting guy.  He was helpful/knowledgeable about the wheels.  It is worth considering that with a local store, you can get warranty service or general service as well as the instruction for new riders.  That certainly has value - how much is up to the individual.

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I guess it's difficult pill for people to swallow to see what appears to be the exact same product go up by 60% with what on the surface appears to be purely a brand change.  Our reactions here are no slight towards Ken nor towards you in any way.  I hope that's clear.  What started as a nice experience sharing thread that you started has taken a different turn along the way.  :unsure:  My "Glide" joke was just to try to lighten the mood a little...

Certainly building in a cost to help train is a smart business move and offering 10% discount for experienced riders is helpful.  When you factor in the costs to run a storefront and pay employees, those costs add up as opposed to a what a drop shipper may face.

What will be will be of course so we'll just have to see whether the Solowheel / InMotion products continue to be as popular / competitive with this price hike.  Jason McNeil did warn everyone so it wasn't entirely unexpected.  I think for us as enthusiasts it's just frustrating to see a popular product increase so much in price.  Imagine if Apple iPhones costing $800 one day sold for $1300 the next day for what appears to be the same product?  People might still buy them, but for those knowing they sold for much less it's difficult to accept.  The product is still just as good, but its future success will entirely depend on what the market will bear.  I wonder if Jason will have to pay some sort of license fee to be a reseller of the Solowheel/InMotion brand now?

 

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4 hours ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

Hold the phone. :blink:  Is it just me or does the new name for the wheel have some sort of significance as customers should bend over and take it with some...?

New name prediction for Solowheel V5F will be Solowheel Astroglide 6?  :shock2:

Best. Post. Ever. :ph34r:

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7 hours ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

I wonder if Jason will have to pay some sort of license fee to be a reseller of the Solowheel/InMotion brand now?

Jason said he won't be selling any of the Glide series. While that could theoretically mean he still imports and sells the Inmotions, unlikely that Solowheel would give a license to that or not sue him if they want to stop any other brands from reaching the US. But who knows, maybe they just care about having better (at least a little bit competitive) models at their store and don't mind online sales? I would not bet on it though:mellow:

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We know nothing for certain. Europe may be safe, or not. Right now we just hope Inmotion will continue as is in the rest of the world.

Maybe Jason's promised (in the other thread) explanatory post will clear things up. Or he does not know himself (it's his business future, after all, might be subject to negotiations) and things are fluid (you could say they are in motion:P).

For now we have to be content with shitting on Solowheel's corporate behavior:whistling:

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11 minutes ago, Keith said:

It feels to me like Inmotion got made an offer they couldn't refuse- not one they wanted to accept, just one they couldn't refuse ?

All speculation of course but I think this probably sums it up perfectly.

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