The Onewheel is really a fun, unique but expensive device, that’s why we are going to tell you 11 things that you should know before buying a Onewheel. The board is mostly built like a tank and can handle a lot of different terrains, still, there are some things to consider and not do.
- According to Future Motion Inc, the idea and the Onewheel was invented to recreate that fresh powder snowboard feeling. Some might say that it’s the closest thing to shredding powder on the bare ground, what we can say is that it’s a unique floating smooth feeling while riding. It’s like many other board sports you may have tried, but also completely different because it’s got this big Go-Kart wheel in the middle of it.
- The Onewheel do balances for you, don’t fight the board let it do the work for you. With the help of gyros and accelerometers inside the board, it is constantly keeping you balanced. All you got to do is move forward go forward and backwards to go backwards. It’s a pretty simple concept, but you still have to try and keep the centre for weight above the wheel and keep your side-to-side balance. You control your balance with your heels and toes, which allow you to turn and carve. The main thing is to let the board do the work for you and just kind of have fun.
- The big Go-Kart wheel makes the board unique when compared to an electric skateboard, this allows you to ride it almost anywhere on-road, off-road, jumping up and off curbs and other obstacles things. You can literally ride it wherever the whole world opens up to you. Many people are using Onewheel for fun trail ridings as it handles roots, stumps and stones. The eleven-inch Go-Kart tire really makes the difference.
- The only place you can’t ride the board is in the water. The Onewheel are water-resistant, not waterproof. That’s why you shouldn’t ride it in water, rain or wet conditions. There are ways to increase the resistance and we recommend you to look into badger the wheel and adding a motor bearing protection. Badger the wheel, depending on the level of how you do it can void the warranty.
- Many third-party modifications will void the warranty of the Onewheel. So think an extra time before doing something to the board if you still have time/miles left. The Onewheel is built like a tank, but there have been issues like the power button metal nut in the Pint, and the initial problems with the Onewheel GT.
- There is a learning curve, and if you have any board sports background it will go quicker. Still, it’s not that hard, a recent rider survey showed that over 70% of Onewheel riders picked it up and felt comfortable within the first 30 minutes of riding. The key is to take it easy in the beginning and train on the basics, mounting and dismounting until you feel comfortable. If anything happens just jump off the board. As everything new practice makes perfect.
- One of the biggest reasons users want a Onewheel compared to an electric remote is the free feeling of not needing a remote. It is awesome and makes the Onewheel hands-free for maximum shredability.
- Take it easy, it’s not a race car. It’s a carving machine. If you want the fastest rideable out there, then a Onewheel might not be for you and you should look into a EUC. But if you want the smoothest, the carviest ride with the possibility to go over bricks and over potholes, then this is the ride for you. Trail riding, beach riding, It’s by far the most manoeuvrable rideable personal electric vehicle out there.
- Respect the Pushback, in short, the Pushback is the board warning you that you’re maxing out its remaining power. This is done by raising the nose and pushing the front foot upwards/backwards. This is done to both make you aware and to slow down the board. If you disregard this and ride what riders call “past pushback”, then you are riding on the edge of a nosedive. The board will not have any room for user error or increased demands as an obstacle. Don’t push past it, lean back, slow down and enjoy the ride. Want to know more about Pushback, read the whole article about Pushback here.
- There are many ways to make the board yours, both accessories from Future Motion and from third-party shops. This can be to customise the board, protect it or increase the performance and range. It’s not uncommon for riders to spend hundreds of dollars on their beloved boards.
Oskar Fällmans original Pint has more than $700 USD off accessories on it, protecting the board, having fun and increasing the range. Here is the top list of accessories to get for the Pint, these usually have versions or options that work with the other lineup of boards, the XR and GT. You should at least get the charge plug cover, fender and some float plates.
- The Onewheel is assembled in San Jose, California, and designed and developed in Santa Cruz. A USA-made product with components, like most devices, manufactured in China.