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First of all, a short thank you to Hammer International or Inmotion (see www.inmotionworld.com) who sent me the electric unicycle for testing. I have to admit that I've always flirted with the model, because after I bought the Inmotion V8 as my first unicycle, I was very quickly enthusiastic about the manufacturer's technology. There is also a little report pending on the V8, which will certainly come soon, but so that you can already have a small comparison of the two EUC models, I will certainly explain here one time or the other what has changed from the V8 to the V10 Has. There is one here too English version of this article.
Attentive readers have probably already noticed that Inmotion has two versions of the V10 at the start. One is sold under the name "V10" and the other under the name "V10F". In principle, both models are based on the same technology and have the same look. An important difference, however, is the built-in battery pack, which in the V10 has just 650 Wh (8,8 Ah), while the battery in the V10F has almost 960% more power reserves with a good 12,8 Wh (50 Ah). This is of course also reflected in the range, which the manufacturer specifies as up to 100 km for the V10F. In comparison, the V10 has about 70 km - according to the manufacturer.
When specifying the range, however, you have to reckon with other values in reality, because the manufacturer's specifications can only be achieved in practice (across the board with all unicycle manufacturers!) If you are on a 60 kilogram body weight without a headwind drives in a straight line at a speed that is not too high. In addition, it is best to have a nice 25 degrees in the shade, so that the batteries also work in their "comfort zone", where they can deliver the maximum amount of electrical energy. In practice, the V10 is more likely to be around 35 km while the V10F can break the 50 km mark.
|Inmotion V8||Inmotion V10||Inmotion V10F|
|Weight||13,8 kg||20,6 kg||20,6 kg|
|Wheel diameter||16 inch||16 inch||16 inch|
|battery capacity||480 Wh||650 Wh||960 Wh|
|Battery Type||72 V / 6,4 Ah||72 V / 8,8Ah||72 V / 12,8 Ah|
|charging time||4,5 hours||6,0 hours||8,0 hours|
|Power||800 watts,||1800 watts,||2000 W|
|Range (according to manufacturer)||30-40 km||60-70 km||90-100 km|
|Range in practice||20-23 km||30-40 km||45-55 km/h|
|top speed||30 km/h||40 km/h||40 km/h|
|Max. payload||120 kg||120 kg||120 kg|
|IP protection class||IP55||IP55||IP55|
Here you can actually only take off your hat - as with the Inmotion V8. The EUC (electric unicycle) is very well made and should be just as robust as the V8. The number of "accidents" I've had with the V8 (without a fall from me!) Is indescribable. Sometimes the unicycle turned somersaults because it drove over a curb without me. Once it even landed head-on on a lantern - from 15 km / h to 0 km / h due to a hard impact. But still the unicycle purrs like on the first day. By the way, I always got away with injuries.
The Inmotion V10F has taken over the basic look, but is visually a little more pepped up by the side cushions and the trolley handle. The side LED lighting causes a bit of a stir, of course, as it looks really pretty cool when driving. But since I mostly drive with the protective cover and am more interested in attracting little attention, I don't really use the LED effects.
Overall, the Inmotion V10F looks really good. It looks beautifully compact, elegant and of high quality - which it actually is.
Compared to its predecessor, the Inmotion V8, some points have changed, which I would like to quickly tick off here in the list:
As already mentioned, the V10F is the model with the larger battery. Even in "bad" conditions, the range you get is over 40-50 kilometers. By bad conditions I mean, for example, low ambient temperatures, heavy riders (about 90 kg for me), several meters in altitude on the route, uneven terrain and strongly fluctuating speeds.
I didn't do a test with the V10F to the end of the battery, but there are some unicyclists on Youtube who have done long-distance tests with it and get values between 40 km and 70 km. The 40 kilometers came about in a test at temperatures around freezing point. This was done on forest paths and the test driver was roughly in my weight class. In addition, the unicycle had just been unpacked and charged for the first time, which of course is not the best time to fully charge the batteries.
A test driver (see Youtube video by Anna Veverkova) with a weight of almost 50 kg, on the other hand, traveled 66 kilometers and still had over 30% battery over. With her it was a sunny 29 degrees outside temperature and it was only on paved roads. These are significantly better conditions for the technology.
My longest trip with the Inmotion V10F was about 3:20 hours over field and forest paths. It was about 30 kilometers, but it was up and down over 500 meters. Most of the time the ground was very bumpy, which is why I didn't manage more than 9 km / h average speed. When I got back to the car, I could barely stand on the unicycle, but the Inmotion V10F still had 55% battery over. I have to admit to myself: before the Inmotion V10F runs out of power, my legs give up. :-)
Even if you don't always drive 40 or 50 kilometers: it's just a comforting feeling to have such a large range. You always have to consider that the electric unicycles of all manufacturers switch to a "power saving mode" when the battery is around 20-30%, in which you can no longer drive the maximum speed. Anyone who has ever experienced this knows how boring it is to ride an electric unicycle at 5 km / h.
For this reason, you never want to be embarrassed about driving your unicycle down to 0% battery. You should always plan in such a way that you reach your final destination with 20-30% battery.
As I just mentioned, there are changes to the handling when the battery is low - and that affects all unicycles as far as I know. The Inmotion V10 / V10F has the first limitation when you reach the 40% battery mark. Then the maximum speed is reduced from 40 km / h to 35 km / h. Most people will not notice this, because 35 km / h feels daringly fast. I've never felt the need to drive 40 km / h.
At 20% you are braked again (I think at 5 or 10 km / h) and at 10% the unicycle slowly but relentlessly puts the pedals in a very inclined position and asks the driver to get off the speaker via the loudspeaker. With the 10% the bike still keeps its balance so that you can push it home, but driving is no longer possible at that point.
When specifying the percentage, you should keep in mind that the 20% battery level at standstill can quickly become 0% with moderate acceleration. So when the battery level falls below 30% without load, you can no longer expect a lot of range.
A small ray of light is still allowed when the battery is almost empty, because when you go downhill, the electric unicycle recharges its batteries when you brake. One or the other may already be familiar with this "recuperation brake" from electric cars. As a result, a few kilometers of range can still be achieved with the unicycle.
The Inmotion V10F feels very comfortable when driving. Due to its high construction, it looks like an 18-inch bike, but is "only" a 16-inch bike (like the Inmotion V8). Thanks to the new tires, it is now perfect for outdoor terrain, as it has more grip than the V8 thanks to its barely profiled tires, which are more designed for driving in the city.
Of course you can tell that a 16-inch tire of the Inmotion V10F is more prone to stones, holes or similar things on the way than the 18-inch tire of my Kingsong KS 18L, but for that you have to drive both wheels in direct comparison . What one notices, however, even without a direct comparison: The 16-inch wheel is much more manoeuvrable and can therefore be steered more easily around problem areas on the way. The Inmotion V10F is also more responsive than the KS 18L when practicing tricks such as swinging back and forth on the spot.
The pads on the sides of the unicycle provide more comfort on longer journeys. Especially with beginners, the bike "wobbles" a lot between the legs and often hits the lower leg, which causes uncomfortable pressure points after a short time. The pads help to make it easier to fix the bike between your legs. For very bumpy spots or when practicing jumps over potholes, this option is helpful even for experienced drivers.
I have been using the Inmotion V8 for over a year now and drive the same forest paths more often, so that I have a good comparison between the V8 and the V10F. With its 2000 watt motor output, the Inmotion V10F has more than double the output of the Inmotion V8 (800 watts). At first I thought that this would give the V10F an incredible acceleration, but it is stronger than the V8, but not so strong that you have the feeling that you no longer have the wheel under control.
Where the more powerful engine scores much more clearly, there are steep inclines and heavier drivers (* caterpillars *). I have a beautiful forest path here that is definitely 15 to 20% incline. The Inmotion V8 always managed this with me, but you could hear the engine that it had to work hard to get me 100 to 150 meters high. On the Inmotion V10F you don't notice any effort on the bike. On the contrary: If the path weren't so "unwieldy" because of roots and stones, I could certainly accelerate while driving up.
Speaking of accelerating when starting up: I just got an old one Forum post in which someone described that his Inmotion V8 had a "cutoff" at 25km / h on a steep mountain. That means the engine switches itself off and you inevitably fall over at the front - not a nice feeling. Such cutoffs happen when the motor of the unicycle can no longer build enough torque to keep yourself and the rider in balance. Normally the electronics "notice" that the engine is reaching its technical limits and emit an audio warning. But if you have unfavorable circumstances, a cutoff happens without warning. The higher engine output of the Inmotion V10F significantly reduces the risk of such an emergency shutdown, as the engine does not reach its limits so quickly.
In addition to this safety aspect, the additional power that you have with the V10F compared to the V8 simply ensures more driving pleasure. You can drive steeper paths, brake faster and accelerate faster - and you have a range that is more than twice as long thanks to the huge battery pack.
I personally did not try the 40 km / h maximum speed of the V10F because I feel uncomfortable at such high speeds if I have not put on complete protective motorcycle clothing (which I do not have). However, I drive around 35 km / h every now and then and the Inmotion V10F has no problems here either. There is no vibration or wobbling as sometimes occurs with other bikes (Ninebot Z10) at higher speeds.
Last year I tried various apps from unicycle manufacturers and I have to say that the Inmotion app has always been the most intuitive to use. With the KingSong app, I failed in the first few days to create an account because the app suddenly no longer had any controls to continue with the registration process. There are no such problems with Inmotion. Here you can easily see the many years of experience that the team has already put into the unicycle and the app.
As a rule, you only need the app if you want to make settings on the unicycle. That is, if you want to adjust the LED lighting or the maximum speed or if you want to calibrate the pedals. Otherwise, it records data such as the engine power used, the distance traveled and the speed while driving. The battery indicator is also shown with a battery symbol on the bike, so that you can check the battery status at any time, even without an app.
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I couldn't understand why the Inmotion app only got one star, because no text was entered for the rating. I have no problems with the app, but mostly use the DarknessBot app to track the values of the unicycles. The app works with all electric unicycles and connects automatically. In addition, it gives significantly more values and setting options than the apps that the manufacturers provide.
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The most important feature for most riders is that you can change the speed limit of the unicycle with DarknessBot. With many unicycles you have to have ridden a certain number of kilometers before you can "unlock" the top speed. If you haven't reached these kilometers, you get a warning that you should drive more slowly, for example, 10 km / h before the actual top speed.
With this, the manufacturers want to ensure that new unicycle owners drive 250 kilometers and gain experience before they break through the area at 40 km / h. For people who have already ridden other unicycles and have experience (but not on the new unicycle), this is annoying. With DarknessBot you can remove this lock and directly release the top speed.
If a newcomer has to decide on an electric unicycle, you can still recommend the Inmotion V8 without hesitation. According to my research, it has been the lightest unicycle for years that can score with a range of over 20 kilometers and a speed of up to 30 km / h.
However, there are a few points where I would immediately recommend the Inmotion V10 or V10F as an entry-level model:
In these areas of application, the V10F is simply a very good partner and is definitely preferable to the V8.
Anyone who already has an Inmotion V8 and is considering whether the upgrade is worthwhile: Yes, I almost exclusively drive the Inmotion V10F and only use the V8 when I have visitors who want to drive a lap with me or when I do "tricks" "like backing up or the like. With such tricks, the V8 is easier to control simply because of its lower weight. Incidentally, I bought the Inmotion V8 as the first used unicycle and still think that it is a good introduction to the world of electric unicycles.
Of course, you can feel the upgrade from V8 to V10F in many places while driving. It is much more fun to drive the V10F on the dirt roads because there is simply more power to accelerate and brake - and you definitely don't have to worry about whether you will end up in the forest after an hour or two of driving pleasure .
If you are interested in one of the three Inmotion models (V8, V10 or V10F), I have linked them here. If you are still wondering whether riding an electric unicycle is something for you, have a look at my article, in which I am about report my new hobby or in the article about my winter trip with the unicycle reports. Hopefully both articles show how much fun it is!
And in case you have any questions on the topic, feel free to write a comment. I try to answer everything!
PS: HAPPY EASTER! ; -)
I already pointed this out in the introduction above, but I would like to mention it again here: The Inmotion V10F was made available to me by Hammer International (the German distributor of Inmotion). The fee has not been paid and I was able to report and write freely about my experiences with the unicycle by Inmotion. The manufacturer has neither influenced nor imposed any conditions.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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