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In what kind of universe is one better than four!? 

That’s right, I’m here making the claim that one-wheeled electric skateboards are superior to your traditional four-wheeled counterparts.

Who knew that something so unique and looks like an alien spaceship would take the world by storm.

Ever since the drop of One Wheel boards, people turn their head wondering “what in the hell just rode past me! How in the hell is that thing operating!?”

Let’s take a look inside the world of these weird looking hoverboarding things!

Reasons Why One Wheel Is Better Than Four

1) Control & Balance

You would think that anything with one wheel would have worse balance and control than four symmetrically placed wheels.

Think about it, a unicycle has terrible balance compared to a go-kart. In order to keep the unicycle upright, you’ll need to constantly move, balance, control, and find the proper equilibrium. Meanwhile, the go-kart stands on four separate points, meaning it can be stationary and it will tip over or fall on its side.

Surprisingly, a few single wheeled electric skateboards have superior control to their multi-wheeled counterparts.

Let me explain.

Take the One Wheel Pint and XR+ for example. Their boards incorporate a gyroscopic technology that allows for movement without needing a handheld remote. It actually becomes difficult to fall off because the board’s tech will take over in an attempt to rebalance itself. In order to move forward

2) Large Wheel & All-Terrain Ability

One big-ass wheel makes for some pretty insane riding ability that regular boards can’t do. Just by comparing the size of wheels, you’ll see why. Regular skateboards (electric or not) carry wheels that generally range from 40mm - 90mm in diameter. Occasionally, you’ll find some brands that carry all-terrain wheels up to double that size. 

But for one-wheeled electric skateboards, you’ll find that the wheel is about 11 inches in diameter, meaning it’s up to 4 times larger than traditional skateboard wheels.

And the wheels aren’t your typical plastic material. Single wheel boards are similar to car wheels, made of rubber, allowing for better grip, traction, and performance.

Regular skateboard wheels aren’t exactly designed to ride through the woods, grass, or rough terrain... but you can take most of these single-wheeled electric boards almost anywhere. 

All-terrain capabilities are severely underrated… and with the world shifting more and more into chaos, one wheel might save your life during the apocalypse. 

3) Hands-Free! No Remote!

As Steve Jobs once said when presenting the new Apple iPhone in 2007 “Who wants a stylus? You have to get them, put them away, you lose ‘em, YUCK! No one wants a stylus!” Because stylus’ are annoying. And he’s 100% right.

In the world of electric skateboards, the remote is our stylus. Remotes are small, break easily if they’re dropped, and are easy to lose… so why the hell should we have them!?

Single wheeled boards completely eliminate those pesky remotes altogether!

Instead, you’ll use your body weight and feet to drive a one wheel board. 

Lean forward to go forward and lean back to go back. Simple, easy, and effective! The more you lean in one direction, the faster you’ll go!

‘But what if I lean to far forward and fall!?’ 

Similar to a segway, the boards natural gyroscopics will save you from simply faceplanting on the pavement. 

And some boards even have a safety feature known as pushback. If you lean to far forward, go too fast, the board risks losing it’s balance and stability and compromises your safety. The push back feature will step in, readjust, and lift the nose of the board back towards you and slow you down. It might seem annoying but it’ll prevent you from some nasty injuries!

4) Uniqueness

What many love so much about these single-wheeled e-boards is their ingenuity and ability to make heads turn. If you’ve ever ridden one before, chances are that you’ll get a lot of stares. For god’s sake, it looks like it originated on Mars!

When you see these things fly up a hill or zoom in and out of alleyways, it really doesn’t make sense of how they work.

I mean, after all, it’s operating with just one wheel. It looks similar to the alien spaceship in Avengers Infinity War! Physics says it should fall right over on its side!

The overall look, design, and feel are like nothing developed yet on the market. Perfect for those who like to break the status quo. 

Single Wheel Boards To Avoid! Warning, These Suck Big Time!

Trotter Magwheel

A lesser known Chinese brand, the Trotter was originally sent to me in a message by a fan saying I should check the board out as a great option if you find the One Wheel brand too expensive. On paper, it offered some phenomenal specs (with multiple models) and a price worth looking into, the single wheeled Magwheel T-1000, sold by Innovative Electronics: 

  • •Starting Price: $949 (Slick Wheel) - $959 (Treaded Wheel)
  • •Top Speed: 17 mph
  • •Range: 16-18 miles
  • •Incline Rate: 20% 
  • •Length: 29 inches
  • •Recharge Time: 1.5-2.5 hours
  • •Tire Size: 11 inches
  • •IP54 Water and Dust Resistance

No doubt the Magwheel T-1000 (on paper) has some pretty impressive specs, so much that it rivals the One Wheel XR while retaining the price of the Pint! 

Before adding your Magwheel to the cart, you have the options of choose the type of wheel you want, slick or treaded (lick for the streets and treaded for all-terrain). You’ll also have the option of choosing the side railing color and footpad color. 

However, I found those who review the Trotter to find it is just a cheap knockoff and works quite poorly. Reviewers trashed the model as claiming there is no gyroscope or safety features to prevent you from nose-diving into the pavement. So you’ll have to find the balance of the board completely on your own. After doing even more research, it’s I came to the conclusion you should avoid this board altogether.

I had to include the Trotter cause it’s one of the few single-wheel models out there, but it’s going to be a hard pass from me.

DanDan/Unicool D3

I found the Unicool website and boy did it make me scared. The website is poorly set up and looks very unprofessionally made. Just take a look for yourself here. The company threw a bunch of images with poorly written English to promote their product (seriously, if you buy from this website you can be classified as an idiot). The good news is, I couldn't even find an option to purchase one of their models on their site and it looks like you have to buy directly from a dealer, none of which I could find on the internet, although I believe you may be able to purchase it through Alibaba.

  • •Starting Price: Not Available 
  • •Top Speed: 18 mph
  • •Range: 12 miles
  • •Incline Rate: 12% 
  • •Recharge Time: 2-3 hours
  • •IP54 Water and Dust Resistance
  • •LED Lights

I don’t have to mention that similar to the Trotter, this thing doesn’t ride that well and doesn’t offer much safety. And I find that any electronic sold on Alibaba or Aliexpress is asking to receive a piece of junk in the mail.

Just check out this review of these guys on YouTube who were brave enough to try the thing out (at least the generation before)! No thanks!

Surfwheel

Upon looking at the Surfwheel models, you’ll notice they have a very unique look. The single tire is much smaller than the other brands we looked at earlier. However, it seems to work out fine for the board.

Surfwheel offers three models on their website

  1. HX - $449
  2. SU - $449
  3. TR - $329

They’re all quite similar but for the sake of time, I decided to take the specs of the top model the SU:

  • •Starting Price: $449 
  • •Top Speed: 12 mph
  • •Range: 10 miles
  • •Incline Rate: 20-25% 
  • •Length: 26 inches
  • •Weight: 19 lbs
  • •Recharge Time: Just under 2 hours
  • •Tire Size: 11.5 inches
  • •Led Lights

I found that the Surfwheel has a hard learning curve, kinda like finding the balance of a clutch on a manual car. 

Don’t try leaning too much, otherwise you’ll just end up scraping the bottom of the board because the platform is so low.

It’s also a little slower than I’d like, 12 mph is quite underwhelming, especially for those who are heavy (like me).

Overall this board is better than the Unicool, and the Trotter, but it’s still a world’s away from One Wheel.

The Only 2 Models You Should Consider!

One Wheel+ Pint 

What better way to get started than to talk about the One Wheel brand, the cream of the crop. 

The Pint is one of two models available for purchase at One Wheel. 

Here are a few specs:

  • •Starting Price: $950 (Accessory bundles available)
  • •Top Speed: 16 mph
  • •Range: 6-8 miles
  • •Incline Rate: 20%
  • •Length: 27 inches
  • •Weight: 23 lbs
  • •Recharge Time: 2 hours
  • •Tire Size: 10.5 inches
  • •Led Lights

A few things you might notice… this board is a little pricey. There’s no hiding that the One Wheel brand is more expensive, so $950 for the lowest model might be a turn off some. 

That being said, I guarantee you’ll absolutely love this board. 

If you’ve rode skateboards (electric or not) in the past, you’ll find the Pint to be a gamechanger. Don’t let it’s 16 mph top speed fool you either. Although most would agree it could be faster, the acceleration well makes up for it. Overall, this board is playful, zippy, agile, and great for any adventure in small city streets!

I dive into an in-depth review of the One Wheel Pint which you can read about here

But possibly the coolest part about the One Wheel brand isn’t necessarily their boards. It’s their accessories. One Wheel really went above and beyond and provided a wide range of accessories to fit every problem or need you’d have on the road.

Here are my favorites: 

  1. Maghandle (with mount) - It’s extremely difficult to carry any One Wheel board without some kind of handle. This makes all the difference and provides you a new world of portability to now carry your One Wheel like a briefcase. 
  2. Bumpers - Chances are you bump into a few objects here and there. Bumpers help keep your board looking fresh and scratch free (and come in a wide variety of colors to customize your look).
  3. Fender - Similar to the bumpers, the fender offers improved protection and prevents you from getting caught in the spinning wheel on your board. It also blocks any kicked up debris like mud, dirt, rocks, and sticks from hitting you during your ride.
  4. Ultracharger - Similar to a Tesla Supercharger, ultrachargers cut your overall charging time by a minimum of half. From your original charging time of 2 hours all the way down to 50-60 minutes. 

One Wheel+ XR

Our second stop on the list brings us to One Wheel’s larger and bigger brother to the Pint, the XR. Another favorite of the electric skateboard community, the XR is a beast not to be reckoned with. Check out the specs below:

  • •Starting Price: $1,799 (Accessory bundles available)
  • •Top Speed: 19 mph
  • •Range: 12-18 miles
  • •Incline Rate: 20-25% 
  • •Length: 30 inches
  • •Weight: 27 lbs
  • •Recharge Time: Just under 2 hours
  • •Tire Size: 11.5 inches
  • •Led Lights

For specs alone, most would say the XR isn’t much of an upgrade (especially speed) to it’s smaller brother, the Pint. 

But let it be known, the difference in riding abilities and consumer experience between these two is massive.

The XR+ offers way longer trips and superior all-terrain capabilities. You’ll find this model is great for long adventurous trips through the woods, dirt trails, rough city streets, and anything else you throw at it.

While it isn’t as zippy as the Pint, it is a little bit faster and offers more ‘horsepower’ for hill climbing and getting through tough stretches of road. The range is phenomenal, much better than the Pint. For those with long commutes to work, it won’t let you down.

One thing to note, it is very pricey, so you might want to save up for this one. Or consider purchasing it through a monthly pricing plan, which starts around $75/month. 

Regardless, you can’t and won’t be disappointed with the XR. I’ve ridden it many times and have enjoyed each time. Still unique, powerful, and adventurous, and hits all the expectations you could ever have!

And The Winner Is…

The One Wheel+ Pint!

Well sadly, this competition really came down between two choices, both of which are One Wheel brands.

Nothing beats quality and craftsmanship, something One Wheel has taken the time to do. The other boards on this list are just cheap knock-offs attempting to replicate the One Wheel brand and their hard work. Don’t fall for it, if you want the real thing, buy the real thing!

However, the real question is, what makes the Pint the ideal choice over the larger XR?

It comes down to two things:

  1. Price
  2. Experience

Anytime you can save money, it’s a big deal. But when you can save $850, that’s a win worth celebrating. Assuming most of you don’t have $1,800 to blow off every day to buy the XR, the $950 Pint seems like a more reasonable option (especially since $950 is already quite expensive)!

And it goes without saying, you aren’t losing out on buying the Pint. Many riders will agree, that the Pint is the “fun-er” option. It’s super quick, zippy, and its superior control allows you to carve through tiny city streets. 

Regardless of your location, the Pint will be a phenomenal choice as I can guarantee if you’ve never ridden One Wheel before, you’re going to have a blast (This isn’t your typical electric skateboard). All hail the Pint!


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