Jason McNeil Posted August 11, 2015 Share Posted August 11, 2015 Today I met fellow eWheel enthusiast & GW14 MCM2 owner Mike Heller to test out each others Wheels. It wasn't a direct comparison, as the GW14 is a 340Wh model, but still allowed us to compare general handling & if the 800W motor felt more powerful under under acceleration & top speed. The GW14 feels noticeably lighter to carry, weighing around the 11kg mark (with the 340Wh battery pack).Pedals: On the KS, the pedal height is about 1 cm higher & has more support for the foot's surface. It's unquestionable of a higher, more solid standard than the GW. On the KS, when closing the pedal, the mechanism makes a loud [satisfying] slap sound; some people might want to place a piece of velcro or padding to subdue this noise. Shell clearance: as the pictures abundantly illustrate, the side covers on the KS have more than 6cm higher clearance, giving better ground clearance & reducing the chances of objects becoming lodged in the Wheel housing. Motor noise: others have noted this as well for the KS, there's high pitch whirling noise, it's not unpleasant or annoying in any way, to me it's has the ring of a miniature jet turbine—incidentially this doesn't seem to annoy dogs any more than other eWheelsPower in Acceleration: this is where the new KS package really comes into it's own, maybe it's because I've built up the confidence on the enclosed track, but I feel that there's no condition where it becomes spongy, soft, or weak (maybe in extreme low battery mode?). Compared to the GW (to me at least) it definitely feels much more gutsy & responsive. The final verdict on the comparative performance differences will be from owners like John, Kevin & Bryan who (or will) own both models to compare to.Audible alarms: on a clear stretch of unoccupied pavement, Mike & I let open the throttle, we noticed that the KS has about 2kph more speed before the first audible alarm is generated. Because of built-in tilt-back at max speed function, the KS rider has more confidence that they're not going to fall off the max-speed cliff.Comfort: all eWheel models feel slightly different to ride. In the KS's favour is that there's side padding on the side, Mike mentioned he initial felt some discomfort by the ankle area. For me, I'm finding that my leg is usually not in direct contact with the sides of the Wheel, & if I make a conscious effort to, it doesn't feel especially uncomfortable. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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