Monster 22" part1 review !
After a few days of riding on Monster22 a bit more time would be needed to give a complete review, but I felt the need to pitch in. I'll do a second part after properly managing the beast to be impartial but for now here is the first part of the Monster22 review:
First the 22" deserves its name. The first thing you get when unboxing is the "WOW factor". It is impressive!
Color is top notch (currently available in red or blue, possibility to get purple on pre-order), tire's width is huge (2.75), needless to say this looks no ordinary wheel from miles away...
Only down point is the 1.5A charger. We are definitely eager for a faster charger (currently being tested).
Comparing to 18" Msuper3s+, the weight isn't that much more when you carry it. Comparing both 1600Wh, MSuper3s+ is 20kg & Monster22 is 23kg on my old scale. It's safe to say it don't make a huge difference but you feel it anyway. However because of the size, it is easier to carry through stairs for example as the wheel will directly roll on them, it actually helps.
When opening the side covers you can see the axle is wider which is definitely a good thing. 12 MOSFET like MSuper3, but 2 additional ventilation under an extension of the PCB's metal plate. With the paste that allow heat to pass from PCB through the pedals, I must say this looks pretty well done & everything is thought trough for heat dissipation.
Monsters come with "trapezium foot platforms" which feels a bit wider than Msuper3 but seems a bit harder to accelerate & stop. With that configuration you'll feel a little more force is needed to accelerate or feel the need to squeeze the wheel between your legs to help you ride on strong uphills but that seems to gently go away with practice. (Similar adaptation curve when you go from 14" to 18")
That feeling is actually soften a bit by using MSuper3 foot platforms but then you feel they should be a bit wider. (so our advise would be to keep original ones or take off the side foam to be better on your feet) You can actually choose the foot platforms you want on your Monster with no extra cost at Wheelzworld.com (currently everything is in stock except purple color)
You definitely feel the 84v and feel pretty close to an MSuper3s+, the main difference being you need a bit more time to accelerate at first but much more comfortable at high speed.
The stability is out of this world and feels almost "too stable" at first even with the foot platforms being higher from the ground. The flexibility while turning take some time (again like from 14" to 18") and you feel you need to press more the inside foot while turning. (I always have the bad habit to press the outer foot in a turn, which doesn't work as well on 22") However it is pretty manoeuvrable even at low speed.
The side pads are still low enough not to disadvantage your ride and the all thing feels pretty comfortable after getting use to another point of pressure on your calf. (Some other testers even said it is more comfortable than MSuper3)
We did test it through the forest riding some steep hills & else on an itinerary of about 73km before hearing 10% battery alarm while fast driving. Temperature was pretty low all day long (grass was frozen all day at some places) & my weight was about 90kg including clothes & else.
Careful about the range on 84v units. You can have very different results depending uniquely on your ride style. We almost cut the range in half on MSuper3s+ simply by stopping and accelerating many times. So about 80km range for Monster 1600Wh should be expected on "average bad conditions". (It's always hard to tell...)
We actually found no real difference in range than with MSuper3s+ side by side. So we can safely say the size doesn't disadvantage much. Hell it seems exactly identical even with the extra 100W and 3kg...
All in all a little more time is needed to give a final comparison of this unit but it is certainly no joke... You feel kind of invincible while riding fast and the Monster surely promise to get your ride to another level! You'll just need to adapt your force while braking & else (which may also be caused by the width of the tire).
It is expected to read many people whining about the torque after few minutes of riding. Just remember, a good review should be after getting the hang of a unit, not about first impressions not knowing how to handle it.
After 2 days of practice I personally start to trust the unit and it looks to handle pretty much the same slopes as Msuper3. The only down points of Monster22 would be that, on an uphill, you'll definitely need a bit more time to get to a good speed but when you're there nothing scares him...
The Monster is definitely focused on fast riders with a need for better comfort on bad condition roads and trails. It will surely challenge many riders and their driving style. Usual obstacles will be a piece of cake like we announced, it is a true "obstacle eater" ;)
Stay tuned for more info about this beast! And if you don't trust reviews, come test our demos unit in Geneva or other cities in Switzerland! Just contact us :)