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Old 01-28-2016, 04:55 AM   #1
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Have someone have a pleasure to ride or own new Segway/Ninebot MINI PRO ?

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Old 01-31-2016, 10:16 AM   #2
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I understand that this product will be released this Monday, so my guess is negative.

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Old 01-31-2016, 09:41 PM   #3
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:26 PM   #4
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I was able to get a Mini a few months ago. I'm a disabled user whose owned every model since the 180, including a p133. I currently have an i2 and i2 SE. I've also got the X2 tires and fenders. Given my experience, I thought I'd give you some feedback:

1: Control Shaft: the between the legs thing is a DUH feature that should have been on the device since day 1. You have MUCH more control than using a handlebar. Since about a year into my i2, I modified it in a similar way. Unfortunately, the rod on the mini is a bit too short but works amazingly.

2: Portability: that's the greatest thing about it. At 25lbs, I can get it in and out of my car with ease. It's amazingly liberating to me. I can now easily drive anywhere. The biggest issue with the size is that my size 15 feet protrude about 4in in front of the device when I use it so I've got to be very careful not to hit anything with them.

3: Controls: These are some features which should have been added a decade ago. I mean, Segway has a big robotics division. Being able to lock / unlock the device, view status information, etc. via a smartphone is a no brainier. Unfortunately, you can't turn the thing on with your phone, you have to use the power button. This is a MAJOR security flaw as anyone could activate the device if it was left unlocked. The other problem is that it turns itself off after 2 or 3 hours when locked. Fortunately, it will remain in locked mode once reactivated but I'd rather the device alarm go off at any time when the device is moved while locked.

4: Remote Control Mode: One word, AWESOME. I use this feature every day when I'm using the mini. As a disabled user, the convenience of being able to sit down when getting off the device and pilot it to a safe place, then lock it remotely is invaluable. When I need it again, I can simply summon it. There are limitations to this feature as the lack of top weight means acceleration is very slow and I often have to turn it to get it to move. Especially on carpet.

5: Stability: To preface, my disability has a MAJOR impact on this part of my review. When moving around, the thing is pretty stable, but it's lack of weight and small tires substantially reduce traction. This means that you've got to be very careful with sharp adjustments like large door thresholds and damaged sidewalks. Being a disabled user, I still use my cane when crossing thresholds or needing to stand still for short periods. Hills and significant lateral inclines are MUCH more difficult on the Mini. The fact that I need my cane and it's small size means, It's also not practical in big crowds. Medium crowds like shopping malls and business networking events are fine, but busy nightclubs and music festivals are a no. Overall, I'm sure able-bodied users will fare much better.

6: Mini vs. Hoverboard: When you remove the rod, the thing is the same size as a large hoverboard. It's also priced in the same general range (~$319 in China and 1k in the US). As much as people call my Big Seg "an old style hoverboard", the Mini gets that misnomer about tenfold. My ankles don't twist voluntarily so I'm incapable of using a hoverboard to make the comparison, but severa I've allowed several of my friends who own the lesser devices use the Mini. Their first question is " where can I get this?". They tell me its far more stable and responsive and that the steering system makes for a totally different and superior experience.
7: Inconspicuous: The Mini is relatively inconspicuous next to a normal Segway. Most of the people I encounter don't even notice the device.

Overall, the Mini is AMAZING. I think the price point and size open the platform up to a much larger customer base. In a word, it's revolutionary. If the company can successfully differentiate itself by leveraging Segway's history of not exploding, this device could eat up a significant portion of hoverboard sales which would amount to millions of units being sold domestically and therefore billions in revenue. With the arrival of the Mini, Kamen's original dream may finally come to fruition.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:09 PM   #5
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Great review.....will be interesting how it hold up over the long haul, and if its worth fixing if it needs repair...

Only thing I didnt follow was the control shaft( lean steer) whats different?
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Old 03-03-2016, 02:15 PM   #6
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Does it handle side-slopes the same way as a segway (where you keep the stick in-line with gravity in order to hold still)?
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:27 PM   #7
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I understand that this product will be released this Monday, so my guess is negative.

http://forums.segwaychat.org/showthread.php?t=34271


I just saw a Facebook post stating that it'll be available June 1st on Amazon and July 1st through retailers.

Link: http://www.segwayminipro.com/
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Old 05-26-2016, 05:36 PM   #8
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Not yet but I only will try it with a helmet because this thing does not have redundancy or nearly as much safety features than a Segway.
It is really dangerous "China-copy-stuff".

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Old 05-26-2016, 08:20 PM   #9
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Does the new Inc. have you sign a waver now?

I bought mine out of state and learned at a non authorized tour company....

They were quite pushy for me to sign a waver that I knew how to ride...

With the new line out, I would think there even more dangerous?
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:39 PM   #10
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Have someone have a pleasure to ride or own new Segway/Ninebot MINI PRO ?
I found this extensive review.

The author is comparing it to hoverboards, and refers to it by various names, but it's more detailed than other reviews I've seen.

He also gives a brief background on Ninebot among other useful tidbits.
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