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Onewheel Fast Facts
TOP SPEED: 20mph (30km/h)
MOTOR : 750W
BATTERY: NMC 21700, 525 WH
Onewheel Pint X
TOP SPEED: 18mph (30km/h)
MOTOR : 750W
BATTERY: NMC 21700, 324 WH
TOP SPEED: 19mph (30km/h)
MOTOR : 750W
BATTERY : NMC 18650, 324Wh
TOP SPEED: 16mph (25km/h)
MOTOR : 750W
BATTERY: NMC 18650, 148Wh
What is a Onewheel?
A Onewheel is an electric skateboard with one large wheel capable of excelling in singletrack trail conditions. It is a complex, sturdy, and expensive piece of equipment (the current model retails for $2,250.00). Riders have a very similar appearance to snowboarders as they descend singletrack. Riders stand sideways on their boards, leading with their shoulder, exactly like skateboarders and snowboarders.
How is it classified?
A Onewheel most closely resembles a “Class I” e-bike, meaning it is not meant to exceed speeds of around 20 mph and has no throttle. The board’s motor only engages when the rider actively pressures the board with their leading foot. Onewheels are vastly different from motor vehicles such as electric dirt bikes, which can damage terrain and put other trail users at risk with excessive speed capabilities.
Is it allowed?
In the absence of PEV-specific regulations, we believe that Onewheels belong anywhere bikes belong. Just like other trail users, riders exhibit a variety of skill levels and preferred speeds, so as long as they are riding safely and courteously, the Onewheel is not inherently more out of place. Where specific rules do exist to prohibit Onewheel use, IOWA expects riders to comply with posted signs, engage respectfully with park authorities, and leave the trail if asked.
Onewheels put other trail users at risk
Onewheels are more than capable of traveling in a safe and controlled manner on trails. The maximum speed of the fastest Future Motion Onewheel on the market is 20mph (30km/h). A Onewheel can come to a full and controlled stop when the rider leans back and steps off the sensor (front footpad).
Don’t just take it from us! The director of Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club said: “OneWheel riders pose low trail erosion and user-conflict risks. OneWheel riders often ride slower and more carefully over tricky off-road terrain, due to the nature of the setup. With a single wheel to balance on, they tend to be attentive and careful and ready to step off the board when needed.”
In addition, riders wear safety equipment, practice trail etiquette, and sign liability waivers. They are no different in this regard than existing mountain bike users.
Onewheels damage trails
While any wheel, foot, or hoof can cause damage to a wet or muddy trail, the Onewheel is not worse than any other type of trail user. In fact, it’s the opposite: Onewheels actually improve trails! The wide tire packs dirt and flattens ruts left by other users. We like to think of it as a “natural surface Zamboni.” Check out these before and after pics to see what we mean!
Onewheels present a fire hazard
The sophisticated battery technology included in these premiere products is equivalent or better than e-bikes currently allowed on most trails. With a four-figure price point, it’s clear that the Onewheel is not just a cheap toy that has been thrown together for mass production without appropriate QC.
The Onewheel is not a “hoverboard.”
While thermal runaway is possible with any lithium ion battery, including the rechargeable batteries in cell phones that are carried by nearly every trail user, Future Motion has taken great care to ensure that its products present a minimal risk of ignition. The company sources only the highest quality NMC battery cells from reputable sources and subjects the Onewheel to rigorous QC testing.
Benefits of Onewheel Inclusion
PEVs open up the realm of outdoor exploration to people who otherwise wouldn’t (or couldn’t) experience it. Some of these people may be unable to pedal a bike due to injury, illness, disability, or the inevitable process of aging. Others may simply find more enjoyment on one wheel than two, just as some prefer snowboarding to skiing. Those groups learned to share the mountain, and we can, too!
Many Onewheel riders find mental health therapy and spiritual healing at “dirt church.” Whether it’s a simple daily boost of serotonin or recovery from depression and trauma, the act and community of Onewheeling support physical and mental wellness for the tens of thousands of riders who enjoy the sport today.
Great trails attract Onewheel riders—and that’s a good thing! The annual Floatlife Fest in Bentonville, AR attracted 500 guests in 2021. These individuals brought business to local food and lodging establishments and produced content that highlighted the destination, which would in turn generate additional tourism.