Riding on a Onewheel is a great way to travel around the city and its lightweight body makes it one of the most portable electric unicycles. But it comes with a price. The bigger board, Onewheel XR, weighs in at a hefty price of $1799 and the smaller Onewheel Pint at $950 before tax. This is before adding any accessories or safety gear, both something I recommend you do.
The Onewheel Pint retails for $950 and XR for $1799 including free shipping from Future Motion. To the price add tax and optional accessories like fender, stand and charge plug.
Future Motion Inc., the company and manufacturer behind the Onewheel have taken a very unique product to the market. There are coming alternatives to the Onewheel but no other company is close in regard to quality, performance and rideability at this point in time.
The product closely related to the Onewheel, electric unicycles, EUC, have seen a huge development in the past years. These machines are still coming in at a high cost.
Another pricing aspect is the cost of simply manufacturing and producing these boards. The manufacturing and assembly are done in a factory in San Jose. Where the different components are pieced together and tested out before being shipped out to customers around the world.
It’s not only the components and manufacturing cost, add all the research, patent legal fees, and the years of designing, developing and manufacturing Onewheel prototypes all adding to the overhead cost.
To put the cost into perspective, people easily drop huge sums on their cars, smartphones, snowboard vacations. In that perspective, $950 comes in at a fairly good price for the experience you get to float around towards the sunset.
So when you think about it, purchasing a Onewheel, a product that most riders will probably use for at least a few years, doesn’t seem so bad.
I use my board for commuting mixed with my electric scooter. It’s a last-mile device and will never fully replace a car. So I won’t do that comparison. I would say that it definitely can replace the bus or bike in the city.