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My KS18S Review and Ongoing Observations


Marty Backe
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Interesting observations Marty, seems fair that you gave it some time covering 65 miles.

Does the Tesla have faster acceleration and higher top speed? Also, let us know how the firmness of the KS18 is compared to your Gotway’s. Thanks..

Sounds like fun. ;)

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1 hour ago, Marty Backe said:

so that I leave no doubt, yes, the Tesla is a speeding bullet next to the KS18S. My top speed on the KS18S was 23-mph and you're kind of pushing it. The Tesla goes 25-mph effortlessly, and of course has a much higher top-end (but I don't feel comfortable riding faster than 25-mph).

A "much higher" top end? 

Yip...30mph for the 18S and 31mph for the Tesla,i guess ;-)

Nice report so far! And agreed to the acceleration....Tesla IS the speeding bullet :-) And also exactly what i found...18S is harder, stiffer than ACM, Msuper...but the Tesla even tops that!

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This is subjective of course, but in my opinion the Tesla seems to require less effort than the 18S to go fast. But I'm never going to ride any of these wheels faster than 25-mph.

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8 hours ago, Marty Backe said:

But so that I leave no doubt, yes, the Tesla is a speeding bullet next to the KS18S. My top speed on the KS18S was 23-mph and you're kind of pushing it. The Tesla goes 25-mph effortlessly, and of course has a much higher top-end (but I don't feel comfortable riding faster than 25-mph).

The KS18S is definitely a firm ride, and firmer than all the Gotway wheels except the Mten3 and Tesla. In my opinion those wheels are harder.

So to confirm you are saying that the 18S requires more effort than you are comfortable with to go faster? Or it feels unstable beyond it? Or you feel you are running out of torque to go faster? Is the 18S speed limit unlocked? Do you think this may seem less an issue as you gain more experience with the tall shell. 

I'm guessing from this I could consider the 18S to be marginally softer than the V8 which is known to be very hard (probably like the Tesla). 

How would you compare the 18S to the similarly tall Monster (I don't mean performance as the 22" Monster is disadvantaged by diameter, but feel and handling). 

I'm going to enjoy the insights from this thread. Thanks for sharing what you are learning and for being open minded to all wheel brands. 

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Wow. Both harder than the V8. My pedals feel rock hard when I ride. I wonder how much rider weight affects perceived hardness. I'm only 150lb so for the 800W V8 to respond to me is probably quicker / harder than someone who's 200lb. If true then I guess the 18S and Tesla have much more torque to maintain hardness across wider rider weight ranges. 

The 18S has adjustable hardness, right? 

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32 minutes ago, WARPed1701D said:

Wow. Both harder than the V8. My pedals feel rock hard when I ride. I wonder how much rider weight affects perceived hardness. I'm only 150lb so for the 800W V8 to respond to me is probably quicker / harder than someone who's 200lb. If true then I guess the 18S and Tesla have much more torque to maintain hardness across wider rider weight ranges. 

The 18S has adjustable hardness, right? 

They both are fantastic torque, especially seen under the premise that the 18S is "only" 67 Volt AND also a 18inch one. But the Tesla is beating it torquewise all day.

Both have 3 ride modes....

I would guess that rider weigth doesn't do that much to hardness, as this hardness not only goes against the rider weight, but also against pushing/braking, so also needed for lightweight People. This nicely  torque on this both wheels also works out in fast acceleration, as the EUC counterreacts the pushing into wheelmovent.

Perhaps in this context my snow/ice Report is also more understandable, as the torque in this conditions can not be brought on the road.

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44 minutes ago, WARPed1701D said:

Wow. Both harder than the V8. My pedals feel rock hard when I ride. I wonder how much rider weight affects perceived hardness. I'm only 150lb so for the 800W V8 to respond to me is probably quicker / harder than someone who's 200lb. If true then I guess the 18S and Tesla have much more torque to maintain hardness across wider rider weight ranges. 

The 18S has adjustable hardness, right? 

Yes, the 18s has adjustable hardness. Also, the wheel Marty is riding is still speed locked. It only has around 100 miles on it, and it won’t unlock until 620 miles. 

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10 minutes ago, GoinPostal said:

and it won’t unlock until 620 miles. 

This is a deal breaker for me ever buying a Kingsong. It would be like having a restriction on my motorcycles speed until the manufacture guesses when I'm responsible enough to go faster. Really dumb!

The only reason to have a restriction on any vehicle (not electric) would be for parts to break in.. thats it.

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