The Onewheel aka OW is what we call the electric hydrofoil of the electric skateboards. It is like floating above the ground or snowboarding in powder. It is developed by Future Motion Inc. based out of Santa Cruz in California. CEO and founder Kyle Doerksen was thinking 8 years about this product before he founded the company 2013. In 2014 he launched the Onewheel on Kickstarter.
As the name is suggesting the board has only one wheel which looks similar to a go-cart wheel and it actually can use wheels for go-carts. The motor and the battery are integrated into the wheel. The front foot-pad has 2 sensors to detect if a rider is present before it is self-balancing. Don’t mix up the OW with Monowheels which are available from multiple manufacturers and ride straight. As a surfer or skater you want to ride sidewards like you do with the OW.
The Onewheel is available in 2 options.
The dimensions are 241 mm x 292 mm x 750 mm at a weight of 12.3 kg.
The dimensions are 222 mm x 266 mm x 689 mm and the weight is about 10.5 kg.
|Onewheel XR||Onewheel Pint|
|Range (km)||19- 29||10 - 13|
|Top Speed (km/h)||32||26|
|Charging time (min)|| 60 (ultra charger)|
110 (home charger)
|50 (ultra charger)
120 (home charger)
|Motor||750W Hypercore® hub motor||750W Hypercore® hub motor|
|Sensors||Solid state MEMS 6-DOF||Solid state MEMS 6-DOF|
|Tire||11.5in x 6.5-6in Vega||10.5in x 4.5-6in Onewheel|
|Max lean angle||>30 degrees||>30 degrees|
|Size (mm)||241 x 292 x 750||222 x 266 x 689|
|Lights||front and rear||front an rear|
|Rides both direction||yes||no (adjustable)|
More about the OW
We own 5 different electric skateboards, but the Onewheel is our favourite. Many people claim it shall not be called an electric skateboard and they are probably true. Very similar to the electric hydrofoils and electric surfboards.
We offer the different Onewheels in our E-Surfer Shop and you can also come by to test the Onewheel at our office. To do so, please arrange a fixed appointment.
- Are Onewheels allowed on public streets?
Well, this depends on your region. Each country or even state has its own rules and you would need to check with your local authorities. In many regions the OW is only allowed on private property. If electric skateboards are not allowed in your region go out and find a silent place in the woods and enjoy the the nature. See our video below.
- Does the OW have lights?
Yes, the Onewheel does have lights at the front in white and at the rear in red. The OW XR can ride in both directions, so the lights will change from white to red and vice versa if you change the directions.
- Can a Skateboarder ride the OW right away?
The One-wheel is no Skateboard even if some would call it an electric skateboard. The riding is closer to snowboarding or surfing. So if you are familiar with any kind of board sports your will ride it within minutes.
- Do I need protection?
YES. At a minimum you should wear a helmet like with any other urban action sport such like skateboarding or BMX. Other protection for your knees, elbows, hips, wrist etc. are optional, but recommend if you start or trying new tricks.
- What are the differences between the OW generations?
Each generation of the One-wheel provided more power, more speed and more range. In addition the smartphone app did offer more individual settings and data tracking for each generation. And the form factor has slightly changed to enable a better grip.
We got our first Onewheel in 2017 and it was a Onewheel+. We enjoyed the OW from the first day and did prefer it above any other electric skateboard we tried before. Before we started e-surfer.com we were publishing an electric skateboard blog under e-boarder.com and tested at least 2 dozens of e-skateboards.
The Onewheel is the only electric skateboard we are selling in our shop and there is a reason for that 😉
Ask you questions, share your pics and videos at: forum.e-surfer.com/onewheel