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WheelGO 2014-07-31 03:50 PM

Stunt Rider Needed for Assault of Mount Snowdon with Electric Unicycle
 
We (WheelGo.com) are receiving our latest electric unicycle product early next week & in an effort to raise awareness of its capabilities, we're planning to take a couple units to summit mount Snowdon in record time.

Would anyone be interested in participating? Previous experience on an electric unicycles is preferred but not required (unicyclists are usually able to pickup basic riding skills in less than 5 minutes). Preference also given to those located in either London (to practice before the ascent) or wales. Weather depending, the plan is to take the train out to Bangor mid-next week.


Here's a brief blurb about the new product
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The World's Most Powerful Electric Unicycle Arriving in Europe Next Week!

We are very pleased to announce WheelGo will be the launch customer of next generation IPS111 (v3) product. Apart from the appearance, nearly every component of the device, including the battery-pack, motor, & electronic control board have been substantially upgraded, to provide the best ride experience of any product available today.

Some of the most significant improvements include:

Motor Power: the device is now packaged with an electric motor with an output of 1,300watts! Upgraded from 950watts in the earlier version. This power allows a rider accelerate more quickly, maintain a higher top speed (tested to 18kph), climb gradients as high as 30, easily carry a rider as heavy as 120kg.

Battery Pack: the new battery pack contains the best quality Sony 18650 high drain cells, with a much greater life-span, charge/discharge characteristics, & operating temperature tolerances.

Vastly Reduced Charging Times: instead of taking 3-4hrs to charge a depleted battery, the new charger's 134.4 watts of output allows it to be topped-up within 1.5-2hrs.

Control-Board: riders of other brands & the earlier product will immediately appreciate the smoothness of the acceleration/deceleration, turn handling, & how it seems to respond effortless to control input.

Initialisation Time: no longer does the rider need to wait 2 seconds for the gyroscopic action to engage. Within .2 of a second of pressing the power button, the rider can safely mount the device.

Reduced Weight: Unit weight has been reduced from slightly over 13kg to just under 12kg.

With the combination of unprecedented power, range, & precision in control offered with this release, we believe the capabilities of this transportation platform can now finally be realised, unleashing a whole new range of applications & purposes. We invite interested parties to compare our product against anything else on the market today.

Availability & pricing: the first 100 units will be available sometime around July 28th, the price will remain the same as before at 695, inclusive of VAT.

Killian 2014-07-31 10:22 PM

Just like E-bikes, E-uni's are exaclty what we need. Pretty soon, no one will have to pedal; it's such an inconvenience isn't it?

fugsworth 2014-07-31 10:32 PM

Pedaling is so much work! :D

ubernerd 2014-07-31 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Killian (Post 1632798)
Just like E-bikes, E-uni's are exaclty what we need. Pretty soon, no one will have to pedal; it's such an inconvenience isn't it?

I think I heard something about devices where this is the case. If I recall correctly, they were called Aw-toe-moe-beels, or something like that. My friend says they are catching on and will be all the rage soon. ;)

unibabyguy 2014-07-31 11:11 PM

So what is this exactly -- an off-road capable electric unicycle (E-Muni)? Can it go over rocks and roots, or just paved paths and grass? Can I get a big knobby tire with it?

anton005 2014-07-31 11:57 PM

Guess people in Utah don't like ebikes...

Killian 2014-08-01 01:42 AM

Honestly I even think the name is stupid. They are glorified moped's that don't have a place on Hiking/Biking trails where motor vehicles are not allowed. If you want to go ride on a trail where motor vehicles ARE allowed, more power to ya, though I still think they will hurt the sport. Either way if I see you, I will laugh in your face.

If you're to lazy to pedal or walk uphill, find another sport. Don't call yourself a mountain biker or unicyclist, because you aren't.

This is worth a read:

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/opinion...ikes-2014.html

anton005 2014-08-01 02:00 AM

I have a motor on my cargo bike. I use it instead of driving my 10mpg truck around. I like it, it gets me outside when I wouldn't normally get a chance. I can haul 50 lbs of groceries home and not worry about the hills. ...and yes I do actually pedal too!

Killian 2014-08-01 02:04 AM

On the street, I think they're great! I have no problems with em there. It's on the trail that I have issues.

ubernerd 2014-08-01 03:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anton005 (Post 1632805)
Guess people in Utah don't like ebikes...

I actually have no problem with them. They have *great* utility in hilly/long commutes, carrying more cargo than legs alone can pedal, and getting people on bikes who might not otherwise get out of their car.

I just couldn't resist a wise-crack.

However, I'm just not sure I see the point of an e-unicycle, though. None of us rides them as a better or more efficient way to commute or carry cargo. So.... why make a powered version?

anton005 2014-08-01 04:08 AM

I don't see the point either, yet they keep popping up everywhere.

LanceB 2014-08-01 04:43 AM

A friend and I were riding muni on a local trail a month or two back and encountered a fellow with an e-assist bike. It was set up very much like a mountain bike, not like the others I had seen before, which were set up as road bikes. Anyway, this guy was in his 70s, and said this was the only way he was able to keep riding the trails. He used his own power on the flats, and shifted in the assist for the uphills. I thought it was pretty much OK, and thought it was a good alternative to not riding at all. So I think they do have their uses.

As for the e-unicycle, I don't think so. First of all, it's more of an e-BC wheel than a unicycle (but that's a minor point). Second, a guy (a dealer in New York, as it turned out) posted on the facebook unicycle page the other day, fishing for sales leads. I don't think he realized that his tone was actually fairly insulting, saying things like "I don't see how anyone would ride to a shop or run errands with a pedal-powered vehicle anymore," since this one was so much more efficient. I ended up concluding that the biggest target market for them would be wealthy retirees, looking for expensive novelty gifts for their grandchildren. (They run $1500 to $2000, depending on the model.)

johnfoss 2014-08-01 04:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Killian (Post 1632812)
...I still think they will hurt the sport.

Like Segways killed the bicycle? I'm not worried. I think those things are cool, like a minimalist Segway. I see them as a novelty thing, but not as useful for transportation, since they don't have any capacity for carrying anything. Yes, the rider can carry stuff, but It seems a bit of a stretch for an urban user to use it for buying groceries, for instance.

I do not expect them to "pollute" many trails, though it would probably be pretty interesting to try one on some rough terrain. Possibly a very different challenge than pedaling over same.

WheelGO 2014-08-01 08:09 AM

As someone else said, it doesn't take a genius to realize that the Electric Unicycles will not hog the nature trails, displace cycling, or contribute to world obesity. Just like 100 years ago the motor car did not kill of the bicycle, they severe different purposes & have different applications.

Personally, I love unicycling & the mountain bike, but the reality is for those who need to cover short 1-10 mile distances in the city, the bike option is not always a practical choice. The main intention of the video is to demonstrate what 1,300 watts of sustain power can deliver, e.g. climbing a mountain, rather than encourage rich kids to dump their hiking-cycling kit in favour of the SBU.

wobbling bear 2014-08-01 08:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LanceB (Post 1632829)
A friend and I were riding muni on a local trail a month or two back and encountered a fellow with an e-assist bike. It was set up very much like a mountain bike, not like the others I had seen before, which were set up as road bikes. Anyway, this guy was in his 70s, and said this was the only way he was able to keep riding the trails. He used his own power on the flats, and shifted in the assist for the uphills. I thought it was pretty much OK, and thought it was a good alternative to not riding at all. So I think they do have their uses.

may for old-timers (I may enter the category not far in the future :eek:) it would be interesting to have a e-assisted real mountain unicycle (I am already an awfull climber: I almost walk uphill all the time ... ) but then the problem will be weight ... :( so , after all, I will stick to light Muni as long as possible ....


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