King Song 16X vs Gotway Nikola
With both the King Song 16X & Gotway Nikola being released within a few months of each other, an assessment of the capabilities of the 16X should be made within context of the Nikola. On paper specifications alone, both of these Wheels are virtually identical, with the extra-wide 16″ x “3 tire, 1600Wh battery pack, 2000W motor, & 31MPH max speed rating. At this point in time it’s not completely certain what features will be found once the Wheels enter production, but provisional details are presented in the side-by-side comparison on the left.
- Release date: in the race to make it out of the factory, the advantage goes to the Nikola, with the first production Nikolas being made in early April, expected to deliveries before the end of the Month, while the current scheduled release of the 16X will not be until June & deliveries in July.
- Design: the 16X is a radical departure of the standard King Song design theme—first unveiled back in late 2015 with the 16B— which was replicated across the whole model range in variation with the 14D/S, 16S, & 18L/18XL. The Nikola is more in keeping traditional designs such the Inmotion V8/V10 but has some unique visual properties, like the high-density LED atmospheric ring around the whole outer perimeter of the Wheel.
- Price: both the 16X & Nikola will be offered at an introductory price of under $2,000.
- Weight: the advantage here goes to the King Song 16X, which is around 2lb/~1kg lighter than the Nikola.
- Dimension & Wheel Width: both Wheels match the height (23.2″) & length (15.7″) but differ in the width, where the King Song is 1″ thinner than the Nikola at its widest point (with the pedal folded up).
- Folding Handle: on the Nikola, Gotway have gone with a folding design, similar to the Inmotion V5F/V10 & Ninebot E+, where the handle is folded around the contours of the body. With the Ninebot E+, this choice proved to be a particularly weak point in the Wheel. In contrast, King Song’s vertically centered retractable handle provides better stability when trolleying & after several iterations of improvements on the 18XL is considered to be one of the best designs available.
- Other Notes: Gotway claims the Nikola has 2x 25W stereo speakers, which if true, is a significant step-up from the standard 5W speakers found on every other Wheel with the Bluetooth Music service. The 16X sports quad-5W speakers in addition to a 10W sub-woofer. The comparative quality of these two Wheels remains to be seen; what does seem certain, is that both will be substantially louder than on earlier models.
King Song have tentatively committed to offering a seat option on the 16X & offers a rear mud-guard as standard equipment, while the Nikola will have neither.