I'm also very excited for an android version of the app. As it is I use my wife's iPad to talk to the board, which means I can't do it on the go.
Petition: bring back extreme shaping 1.0
I recently updated the firmware on my OneWheel to the newest version, and I am ambivalent about the new extreme shaping. Yes, it's easier and smoother to ride, and the high-speed wobbles seem completely gone. However, the device as a whole seems floatier and more disconnected from my body's motions. When I stomped my front foot with extreme shaping 1.0, the board immediately gave me a ton of torque. With extreme shaping 2.0 it gradually speeds up.
To put it another way, 1.0 was like driving a manual transmission; 2.0 is an automatic.
1.0 felt like driving a vehicle; 2.0 feels like riding a board.
1.0 felt direct and responsive; 2.0 feels mediated and floaty.
1.0 was fun to ride; 2.0 is easy to ride.
The only unambiguous improvements to the 2.0 shaping are 1) the elimination of high-speed shimmies and 2) the gentle nose elevation at high speed to tell me I'm going too fast. I would love, love, LOVE to see a return of extreme shaping 1.0, with those two small improvements. At least give me the option -- call it Direct Drive, if you're looking for a name.
What do other riders think? Agree or disagree? For reference, extreme 1.0 came out with the original IOS app. Extreme 2.0 came with the update, the one that made "elevated" shaping available.
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Goofy/natural, dominant/weak foot on sensors?
Goofy rider here and I've tried the sensor in both locations. I prefer it forward.
Riding tips - so you can be better than your friends...
What gear do I need to ride this beast?
The ground is hard. It's crucial that you wear a helmet at all times while riding Onewheel. One more time. Wear a helmet!!! We also find wrist guards extremely useful (we use them for ALL of our testing!) and recommend any combination of knee and elbow pads that make you feel comfortable. Flat bottomed shoes are also recommended.
What do I need to know before I get started?
Know that you are about to step into a whole new world of riding awesomeness.
Past that, it's really important to understand the pressure sensitive pad, Onewheel's rider detection system. There are two pressure sensitive areas of the board on the front foot pad outlined by the two blue squares. They tell the board when a rider is present so make sure you are engaging those pads when you want to board to go and to disengage those pads when you want the board to stop.
I'm ready! How do I turn this badboy on?
You can power your Onewheel on by pressing the button on the side of your frame-rail. When your board is on, the power button will emit a blue pulse, or heartbeat indicating battery charge. The more frequent the pulse, the more charged the board. Your power button can also communicate error codes. Error codes will appear in blinking sequences instead of a pulse or 'heartbeat'. Check out our Technical Support page for the full rundown on error codes.
How do I get up?
First make sure that your weight is focused on both pressure sensitive areas on the front foot pad (outlined by the two blue squares). If your weight is not triggering both of these sense pads, the board will not engage at level. Come to level slowly (always think forward) and the board will engage at level. We recommend hanging on to a friend the first couple times.
Here's a quick tutorial video to check out:
I'm up, now what?
To get you going stand tall, apply light constant pressure and look where you want to go. Think about leaning with your hip and shoulder instead of pushing with your feet. Your weight will follow your eyes so look where you're going. Even when you're turning, always think forward! Trust us, you will make it around.
How do I get going and carve those juicy turns like they do in the videos?
Just like any other sport, practice, practice, practice. Our customers are going to take Onewheel places we’ve never imagined. For most riders, getting the basics only takes a few rides. From there, it’s a matter of putting in the time to ride more aggressively and become comfortable in different riding locations and conditions.
Our engineers Julian and Dan hard at work
How do I get off?
To dismount, you must come to level and then disengage at least one of the pressure sensitive areas (outlined by blue squares). You can do this by shifting your toe or lifting your heel. Please note that the board will only stop with one sense pad disengaged if you are traveling slower than 0.5mph. Aggressive riders will occasionally come off of one of the sense pads in a deep heel or toe side carve so we designed the system to remain active with single pad engagement at speed, but deactivate once your slow down. If you come off both sense pads the board will stop immediately. Remember, if you ever get into a pickle ditch the board and jump off (two feet at a time)!
Here's a quick tutorial video to check out:
My board is pushing me back, what's going on?
You are experiencing what we call ‘pushback’. Pushback is a speed modulation feature that lifts the nose of the board in order to slow the rider down. Pushback kicks in at 10 mph and prevents the rider from leaning forward to accelerate. Some folks have a tendency to fight the pushback by leaning forward to counter it. Just remember you will not slow down until you give into the pushback and allow the board to push you back. If you'd like to go a bit faster you can switch your board over to Extreme Shaping which will allow you to ride without experiencing pushback until you reach higher speeds.
What happens when I run out of battery?
Your board will warn you that it is low on charge with extreme pushback telling you "hey, it's time for some juice!". Plug your board into the Ultra-Charger and you should be good to go in 20 minutes!
Jumping and stunt riding will void your warranty
The wall of stoke opening post says:
We remember the first time we went off a 2 inch ledge strapped to the teeth with padding and fearing the worst. Flash forward 12 months, riders are dropping 3-stairs, pulling 180 power slides, body various and shove-its. If you can add to this list let us know and we can talk sponsorship - no joke!!
But the copy of the manual that was shipped with my Onewheel says
CAUTION: Jumping and stunt riding will void your warranty". pp05-36
What constitutes warranty voiding "stunt riding"? Dropping 3 stairs?
I heard a rumor of an incomplete/untested learning mode. Is this under development? I would like to let my less dexterous friends try the board but at the same time not injure them.
Mt. Hood Riding Session....
Who loves a session off the beaten path? I have been riding every where I can. At first the rocks, roots, and rough terrain was hard to ride, but now that I am more used to is it is my favorite kind of riding.
This photo was taken in Oregon on the banks of the White River coming off Mt. Hood. Photo of Luke Hopkins by Annie P
Changing OneWheel Tire
Is there any manual for changing the tire..? Presumably I can head down to my local go-kart track and get a new tire from the shop there..?
Goofy/natural, dominant/weak foot on sensors?
I've tried both. I ride regular, and getting on with the left foot on the sensor felt most natural, so that's where I started.
While trying things out on my first ride, I felt that I wanted to steer a bit much with my leading foot. I was afraid that in doing so I might deactivate the sensor by accident while shifting weight around. So I tried having the sensors under my right foot.
This worked well, until I lost balance and dismounted. Because when I did so, I stepped of the board with my leading foot.
This action obviously caused the board to be pressed in full reverse, and due to the fact that I was still standing on the sensor, I got a little burnout action. This isn't great for your pants, but that's about it really.
Now when I ride I always get on and ride regular with left foot on the sensors, and I haven't had any problems with it.
So I'd say that you are right to put your most "likely to remove" foot on the sensor for bailouts. Or if you know that you tend to shift around one foot, then that one shouldn't be on the sensors, but I find that to be something changing with direction.