Future Motion, the company behind the popular Onewheel electric mobility device, has just unveiled the latest model in the lineup. The Onewheel Pint is a smaller, lighter and more affordable version of the company’s popular Onewheel+ XR.
What is a Onewheel?
The Onewheel is certainly unique in the electric mobility industry.
Falling somewhere between an electric skateboard, unicycle and scooter, the Onewheel offers the advantages of many different forms of transportation.
It features a single wide wheel mounted in the center of a riding platform. Riders mount it similar to a skateboard, but use their bodyweight to control acceleration on the self balancing board. The wide wheel makes it more stable and also allows the Onewheel to ride over much bumpier terrain than a conventional electric skateboard.
Onewheel riders can be found just as commonly cruising through bike lanes or scrambling over off-road mountain biking paths.
The new Onewheel Pint
The Onewheel Pint is designed primarily for shorter trips in urban areas. It is 27 inches (69 cm) long, making it easier to carry around in tight spaces or on the bus than most electric scooters, e-longboards or even previous Onewheel models.
The Onewheel Pint also has a built in carry handle to grab and go.
The urban-optimized board has both a lower top speed and lower weight than its predecessor. The Onewheel Pint tops out at 16 mph (25.7 km/h). The lower top speed and the board’s proprietary “Simplestop” technology should make it easier for beginners to learn to ride.
The Onewheel Pint’s 750 W motor is housed in a 10.5 inch tire. The motor is powered by a battery sufficient for 6-8 miles (10-13 km) of range. Not nearly as much range as the larger Onewheel+ XR, but it’s also half the price. The Onewheel Pint costs just $950.
According to Onewheel CEO Kyle Doerksen:
“After adding more power, speed and range with our last two product releases, we wanted to put the core Onewheel ride experience into a more accessible package. That’s why we spent the last three years incorporating everything we’ve learned from our other products to make this little shred bot. It’s a great addition to the premium, long-range Onewheel+ XR already in our line-up.”
While Onewheels might look strange, they definitely have a place in the micromobility ecosystem.
They offer a lot of improvements over other similar vehicles. They are probably safer than electric skateboards, whose small wheels can easily get caught in road cracks, sending the rider flying. And they are easier to learn than electric unicycles or other self balancing scooters.
I’m definitely seeing Onewheels around town a lot more than I used to, which speaks well to their growing popularity. And with a healthy aftermarket parts collection, there are a lot of options for riders to expand their Onewheels’ capabilities and aesthetics.
I’ve personally long been interested in picking up a Onewheel+ XR, but I’ve never been able to justify the $1,800 price. But at $950 for the Onewheel Pint, this one is dangerously tempting.
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