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Inmotion V5F/Solowheel Glide 2
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The V5F/Glide 2 Aesthetic
In the few years of the existence of the Electric Unicycle, there have been dozen of different brands/models, but none can rival the shear beautiful simplicity of the Inmotion V5F/Glide 2. From an aesthetic viewpoint, some have argued that the Designers made the perfect Wheel; every curved surface, plane, angle looks right & proportional to machine. This Wheel could be just at home on a display plinth, in a gallery, as cruising down a road or sidewalk.
A unique Inmotion characteristic on all their Electric Unicycles, is the positioning of the heavy battery pack above the motor. This permits the Wheel to be slimmer than competing designs, on the G2 is one of the most ergonomic & comfortable Wheels with a width of just 5.7″. The Designers also made consideration for the ideal shape, contoured around the human body, & installation area of the side-padding.
V5F/Glide 2 Features
Attachable Folding Handle:
In keeping with the core design principles of the G2/V5F, the elegant folding handle extension screws into carrying gap, this can be taken off, or put back on in a few minutes.. An advantages are that, 1) gives you the choice of installing/using it, 2) keeps the width of the Wheel down to a minimum, as the internal space in the Wheel is not wasted with a telescopic mechanism, 3) is more reliable & sturdy than the telescopic options, 4) it does not have a significant negative impact to the appearance.
Under-handle Motor Cut-off Switch:
Inmotion were the also the first to introduce, what is today quite a commonplace feature, the under-handle cut-off switch. There are some situations where you need prevent the Wheel from spinning up, when picked up. Traditionally, this involved having to power down the machine, which depending on which model/firmware, was a two-handed affair, & took what seemed like an eternity (2-3 seconds) for the Wheel to power off. With the convenient under-handle switch, simply lifting the Wheel up from under the handle area, will momentarily suspend the motor function; once you then place it back on the ground & release, instantly the G2 springs back into life.
New App Choices:
Until very recently, all Electric Unicycles were let down by the manufacturer’s Apps, which were cumbersome, difficult to navigate, requiring registration process that was designed around people living in China. Since mid-May, Inmotion has finally released an important new version of the App that takes a dramatic departure from the earlier versions. This latest release was made the for the Wheel Enthusiast in mind, giving more technical telemetry & vital stats about the Wheel—you may also use the Solowheel App for this model].
eWheels.com is a proud sponsor of the 3rd party universal Electric Unicycle App for IOS, Darknessbot. This App is even better for insights into every aspect of the Wheel & it supports logging as well. It does have some limitations, like only a few of the Wheel’s settings can be changes from this interface.
Bonus Accessories Included with the Purchase
The Protective Covers:
Since first released, the Inmotion/Solowheel protective covers have been an instant success & enduring popular for our Customers. These help protect the pristine shells from getting scrapped up while learning to ride the Electric Unicycle. A secondary benefit, is the contribution to greater comfort through the extra padding. The cover is extremely durable, composed from several layers of polyester fabric & stretchy neoprene at the front/back, to give it some flex when fitting over the contours of the Wheel.
These Solowheel branded covers have been tastefully restyled from the original ‘Happy Journeys’ decal.
Mounting the foldable handle accessory to the Wheel is fairly straight-forward:
- Remove the 2x screws on either side at the handle area
- Install with handle where the slots align with the screw-holds—make sure you have installed the correct way, with the tail folded over the speaker & illuminated Solowheel logo
- Use the larger screws that come in the ziplock bag. Before careful not to strip, or over-tighten the screws, as the heads have a tendency to snap off or get stripped if not perfectly in alignment with the screw-holds.
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