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NEW: Gotway Nikola. 2000W Motor, 3″ Wide Tire

$2,200$2,250

  • Nikola 100V/1800Wh 21700 type Sold Out. ETA first week of August
  • All variants of Nikola battery types in stock, including the new 100V/1800Wh with the 21700 battery cells
  • Nikola 84V/2100Wh, 100V/1800Wh,  are the new all black look
  • Note: both the 84v & 100V Nikola will be shipping with the new uprated controllers containing the TO-247 MOSFETS
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Gotway Nikola Panasonic 21700 NCR21700A vs 18650 GA
Gotway Nikola Panasonic 21700 NCR21700A vs 18650 GA, Part 2

Comparing the energy density Wh/kg or Wh/L metric of the existing best of class 18650 Panasonic GA & new NCR21700A cells they offer similar performance qualities. Gotway is currently the only Electric Unicycle Company who uses the Panasonic GA cells, these have proven to be the most reliable in the business, from our experience, the only brand with a 0% defect rate even after years of use—cells will normally degrade with time, this is normal, but a bad cell can render the entire pack inoperable.

An advantage of the 21700 format battery pack in the Nikola, is that the structure has a comparatively capacious internal space for a 900Wh pack on either side, where only a 615Wh 18650 pack was previously positioned. This means the Wheel has less mass at the top of the Wheel, better center of gravity; in addition to having the possibility, in the future, for an additional 18650 615Wh at the top of the shell, to yield an enormous 2415Wh total capacity!

Overview of the Gotway Nikola

King Song 16X vs Gotway Nikola, Setting the New Standards v1.2

On the King Song 16X product page, it describes the comparative differences between the 16X & the Nikola. Here is a breakdown of the various Pros & Cons to this latest in the long line of Gotway Electric Unicycles.

Pros

  • Top Power & Range Specs: between the heavy-weights in the Electric Unicycle world, Gotway & King Song, there has been a convergence towards similar power rating of 2000W ‘sustained’ output & 1600Wh battery pack, with 120x 18650 cells. This performance ought to be sufficient for nearly any normal riding situation for Riders up to 330lb. Gotway have established their reputation on producing high-powered Electric Unicycles, & now have the most experience of any manufacturer in the +1500W class of Wheel.  
  • New Design: taking inspiration from the most successful designs such as the Inmotion V8, the Nikola tries to improve upon this with the high-density (more LED elements) ring, that goes around the whole perimeter of the wheel, giving a more striking futuristic effect, particularly when riding in the dark. 
  • 3″ Wide x 16″ tire: the traditional tire on 14″-16″ Wheels was the 2.125″ & 2.5″ in the 18″ format. When Ninebot first introduced their Z series, with its unique 4.1″ wide tire it produced a rift between those who loved the unique stability & improved ability to ride on unpaved surfaces, such a dirt, compacted sand, & gravel where another tire would dig into the surface, but was not the most maneuverable for turning, as well as being paradoxically less stable on irregular hard surfaces such a cobble paved streets. It is thought that a 3″ wide tire will provide the best of both worlds, greater stability, without sacrificing too much turning control.    
  • New Features: the Nikola is the first Gotway Unicycle to integrate Bluetooth Music Speakers, with 2x 25W speakers. According to one earlier reviewer of the machine ‘these are the loudest speakers of any Electric Unicycle!’ Another unique feature to the nikola is an integrated voltmeter positioned above the main power-switch. This gives you a much better sense of the state-of-charge than the meter bars, or the inconvenience of having to pull out a phone to check the battery reading.
    Another new feature on the Nikola that you won’t find on the MSX, is an under-handle, push-to-disengage button. This is useful when picking the Wheel to go over a curb or climb some steps.  

Cons

  • Folding Handle: at 53.8lb, the Nikola is at the heavier end of the Wheel spectrum. The ergonomics of carrying the machine from the slotted handle will be difficult to undertake with one hand, & lifting from the foldable handle is not recommended, on account of the weight & stress on the folding joint.
  • Bulk & Weight: although ‘only’ a 16″ Wheel, it is physical taller than the MSX & weighs an additional 2lb. 
  • Panel fragility: on other Electric Unicycles with semi-transparent panels, it has been demonstrated that the side panels can be susceptible to fracturing, if impacted. On the Nikola, which weighs 24lb more, this could be a point of weakness on this design. 
Gotway Nikola Variants

The Nikola is offered in four different flavours: a 84V/1600Wh, 84V/2100Wh, the 100V/1845Wh (18650 cells) & now the new 100V/1800Wh with the latest Panasonic 21700 cell. Each of these has different capabilities for different budgets, range & performance requirements. At the ‘economy’ end of the spectrum is the 84V 1600Wh Nikola, priced at $1890. If you need extended range, the 2100Wh is best served in this role, while the 100V has the highest top speed potential.

One of the common questions that gets asked, is what is weight differences between these variants. The 1600Wh capacity Wheel has 120 cells battery (13.2lb battery/53.8lb Wheel), 2100Wh has 180 cells (19.8lb battery/60.4lb Wheel), while the 100V/1845Wh has 144 cells (15.9lb battery/56.4lb Wheel). Even between the largest & smallest sizes, the difference in battery pack weight is only about 10% of the total weight of the Wheel.

Features of Gotway Nikola

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m having a hard time deciding between the Nikola & 16X what factors should I consider to determine which Wheel is best for my needs?
    In the few months since release, Gotway has iterated the Nikola, now offer the Wheel in four different configurations, 84v/1600Wh 100V/1845Wh, 84v/2100Wh, & now the first Electric Unicycle with the new 21700 battery cells in a 100V/1800Wh configuration. Despite some initial teething troubles, the Nikola has proven to be a reliable Wheel, with fewer firmware/controller problems than the 16X.
  • Are these Wheels fitted with the newer/upgraded controller?
    Yes, all three version of the Nikola have the upgraded controllers containing the HY5012W MOSFETs, rated for up to 1000A peak power & 300A sustained output. These offer a substantial boost over the first generation Nikola from April.
  • Can I purchase the 1600Wh, then add an additional battery pack to bring the capacity up to 2100Wh?
    No, internal structural changes made to the 2100Wh shell to accommodate the 3rd battery pack.
  • Is the 84V/2100Wh Nikola all black as well?
    Yes, it’s the same look as the 100V Nikola, while the 1600Wh has the white trim panels.
  • What are some of the anticipated parts that one may be need further down the road? 
    Based on our experience with selling other Gotway models & similar designs, one can predict that the outer-panels may get scuffed up over time. The new folding handle is somewhat of a wild-card, also the LED strips can degrade with exposure to moisture. With our first order, we will be sourcing a supply of spares parts to deal with potential problems for our Customers.
  • How water resistant is the Nikola, can I use it in the rain? 
    Gotway has a video of a Nikola wading through the waves. In practice, regardless of which Wheel you use, exposure to highly corrosive sea-water will inevitably cause havoc to the internals of the Wheel & its premature demise. The general recommendation for all Electric Unicycles is that you try to avoid medium-heavy rain & stay away from standing bodies of water.
Pictures of the Gotway Nikola

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Additional information

Weight 65 lbs
Dimensions 25 × 12 × 22 in
Battery Voltage/Capacity

84V 1600Wh, 84V 2100Wh, 100V 1845Wh, 100V 1800Wh (21700 cells)

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