The Onewheel+ is the electric skateboard totally reimagined from the ground up. Originally released in 2015, Onewheel shook things up with their signature self-balancing board and now the Onewheel+ is here to provide the aftershocks. You may be thinking that it looks intimidating to ride, that you’re sure to bust your butt falling off and that you’ll take forever to balance and learn to ride this board, but you’re totally wrong. So keep calm and let me break it down in the Onewheel+ Electric Skateboard review below.
The frame of Onewheel is CNC machined from solid billet 6061 aluminum. This makes the board light and strong. Inside of the deck is housed all of the electronics – the lithium battery, the gyroscope and accelerometer.
The Onewheel+ proudly introduces the SureStance footpad sensors on the front of the deck. These sensors can tell with precision, not only the direction you’re leaning, but they can also help to cancel out the wobble in your legs and balance the board for you, making the board easier to control and ride. See? Told you it was easy.
The angled front and kicktail back also lock you onto the board for riding almost any kind of terrain. The deck comes with headlights and tail-lights standard, that light up accordingly depending on your direction. It’s a bit on the heavy side at 25 pounds, but with a riding weight limit of 275 pounds, pretty much anyone can ride this e-board with no worries.
The most standout feature about the Onewheel is…you guessed it, its huge one wheel. It’s debatable if this wheel even puts the board in the “skateboard” category at all. It surely puts it in a class by itself! The wheel is actually a go cart wheel with a hub motor installed in the center of it. It’s extremely durable and shock absorbant, which enables the Onewheel to go literally anywhere. The feeling of riding it is almost like riding a real hoverboard! Terrain shall not restrain this board!
Battery & Speed
The team over at Onewheel decided to redesign their motor from scratch as well. Smack in the heart of the wheel is a direct drive, brushless motor. They developed Hypercore technology which is a method of extracting heat out of the motor through the axel of the centre of the wheel. This makes the Onewheel+ more powerful, smoother and faster than its predecessor, topping out at almost 19mph. There is no vibration or noise coming from the motor, in fact you might even wonder if there’s even a motor in the board at all! The battery takes about 35mins to fully charge with an ultra charger and can travel about 6-7 miles before it needs to recharge.
The Onewheel App is available for download on both iOS and Android. The app allows you to select your preferred riding style, from a light, floaty carving ride to a stiff, firm, “tight truck” ride.
The Bottom Line
The Onewheel+. is hands down, the most innovative board we’ve ever come across. It takes the top prize for the smoothest, most quiet and most fun riding experience. The speed and power is a huge leap from its predecessor, it’s got decent range and charges fast. And also the fact that it can venture onto any terrain without having to change the wheels, standard safety lights, and also that there is no remote either, and that it’s one frikkin wheel? This board just stands out above the rest. It might not be the best board for the daily commute but in terms of sheer fun, this board goes unrivaled. I dare say the smooth, weightless, gliding feeling you get riding this board might be the closest feeling you get to an actual hoverboard.
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