Boosted Board VS OneWheel

  • @scalthom Those look neat, but I just don't think I would be comfortable going that fast on skate wheels. What about when you roll up on a deceptively large crack or find that one pebble that's the right shape to cam up your wheel? And then you've got the speed wobbles, which I suppose can be surmounted; I never got good enough at longboarding to conquer them myself.

    If they could improve the motor in the OneWheel so that it could safely travel at 20+mph and extend the battery's range to 10-12 miles, I would be all over a version 2.0. We know that the current motor is artificially limited at 15 mph since plenty of users have learned to ride the limit between the top-speed pushback and where the motor can't keep up and nosedives. We don't actually know for sure that the motor can't keep up, actually. It might be programmed to shut down at that point to prevent overheating or otherwise causing damage to it, or to limit the company's liability somehow.

  • Hey, I'm not saying it's better than a Onewheel. I don't think anything can beat riding a Onewheel. As a pilot, I liken it to a helicopter vs plane.... So much more you can do with the helo, just like so much more you can do with a Onewheel. However, speed and range are negative factors to both.

    That being said, of any of the electric longboards out there, this one looks like the best.

  • Speed and range. I've owned 4 powered skateboards (Zboard, 2 Metroboards, Evolve carbon). Using the Evolve as an example, to be able to go 22 mph for 15 miles was handy. However, powered skateboards are much less safe than the OW to me. Cracks, sand, moisture can all make for a bad day on skate wheels. I was out carving (aggressively) on my Metro one morning. Mid-carve while I was really laid over I hit a damp patch on the road at 20+ mph. Before I knew anything was awry I was landing on my side/back and the back of my helmet was slamming into the pavement. I cracked a rib and got road rash on my ankle and knee. User error to be sure, but a reminder that skate wheels are unforgiving.

    I've sold off all my powered skateboards and strictly use my OW for short commutes and my Vintage Electric Tracker powered bike for longer commutes.

  • I had the same dilemma.... One wheel vs electric longboard. I'm glad I chose the Onewheel. I was looking to get an electric longboard eventually for a "longer commute vehicle," but these arguments do seem valid (I average around 8-10 mph long boarding and hit about 15 downhill... Which is a bit unsettling.... I wondered what it's like going 15 constantly). Anyways, a bit off topic, but I have considered an e bike.... Anyone familiar with those Sonders bikes?

  • @scalthom I've never ridden one. I tried a Prodecotech before getting my Vintage. I LOVE my Vintage. Tons of power and hand built like a tank. They are spendy, but you get what you pay for.

  • @scalthom I get what you're saying and agree that of the powered longboards that are available (or soon to be), this seems to be the best choice. I've been enjoying the off-road capabilities of my OneWheel more and more since getting it a few weeks ago as my confidence, skill, and strength have improved. Compared to the vast majority of you guys, I live in an extremely rural area and a powered longboard would be a most impractical purchase. I have to say, though, as my riding progresses I am more and more pleased every day with my decision to purchase a OneWheel.

  • From the Boosted board manual. Most of these are no problem for OW


  • @w1ngy with a few small mods, that could be a great ad for OW :+1:

    Things not to fear on your OW.

  • Thanks all for the feedback.

    After having a onewheel for 9 months, I mainly see boosted boards limitations for my use case. I bet for someone living in NYC, boosted works best for commuting because you can easily grab a cab or uber when it has rained and the speed/weight make a big difference for getting around and hauling it at destinations.

    One thing nobody has mentioned is riding at night. Does boosted have good enough lights to do this. I love night riding on onewheel and go every night to relax during the summer.

    I could see having a boosted as an extra toy but for my purposes I'm guessing it wouldn't get a fraction of use compared to my ow. Guess I'll look into ebikes for that longer range.

  • I would say that the z-oard is a possibility for you. But of course OneWheel is the best choice (have have just ordered one ) :)

  • @Franky said:

    One thing nobody has mentioned is riding at night. Does boosted have good enough lights to do this.

    The graphic that @w1ngy posted says to avoid riding it at night, and I'm pretty sure the Boosted Board doesn't have any lights unless you add them, does it? I recall on one of Casey Neistat's vlogs he installed LEDs under his, but those were the only lights on it.

  • Some feedback from a boosted board owner who'd considered getting a one wheel and would like to get one at some point (but has currently never ridden one.)

    To start, the thing no one has mentioned that I like the most about my boosted board is the flexibility of the board. The board is bamboo and has no electronics in the middle so it flexes a lot which gives it a more fun, snowboard feel when carving on it (vs. other electric boards, not necessarily vs. one wheel which as I understand it also has a great carving feel.) The boosted board also has awesome torque from the dual 1000W motors on both wheels for great acceleration and top speed. The combination of great carving and speed makes it a lot of fun. I ride mine recreationally and ride it carving around pretty fast...based on the app I use, I average 17-18mph and hit a top speed of 25mpg (downhill) while going a distance of 4.5 miles in a typical joy ride carving down the pavement. That's full battery to completely dead in about 15 minutes. Longer battery life would be nice, but not if it made the board heavier, slower, or you lost the flex in the board. As it stands after 15 minutes of riding hard like that I don't mind a break and letting it recharge.

    The biggest appeal to me of the one wheel would be the ability ride it on much more varied terrain. I am lucky to have easy access to smooth, lightly traveled neighborhood streets that are great for riding the boosted board but it would be a lot of fun to have something I could take offroad in much more varied terrain. I'm not sure I'd opt to ride much in the rain, but I agree the boosted is NOT good for that. You will slip immediately on wet pavement and any water splashed into the electronics could ruin the board.

    If I could justify having both, I'd love to have a one wheel for the more varied usage, but I have no regrets on getting the boosted board. I think it's a lot of fun as well just different.

  • @scalthom said:

    These aren't out yet, but the specs look promising.... Swappable battery and a motor in the wheel (water proof, no belts, and easier to kick).

    I'm looking at the onewheel right now but I'm not going to lie... that monolith looks sick!!! The swappable battery is kind of full of awesomeness. Thanks for the link I didn't even know that existed. The speed and range on that thing are great also. Tough decision.

  • Banned

    Have to agree. The 6-7 miles range is laughable. 1992 called and wants their batteries back LOL

  • Electric skateboard and Onewheel are 2 different games.
    Been riding electric skateboards since the 50 lbs E-Glide. It's fun and all.
    But once you ride Onewheel, it's a new kind of experience.
    The range is fine with me. I'm getting 5 miles + at 220 lbs.
    My only issue has to do with me.
    I'm hitting the big 50 soon and not what I used to be.
    I can cruise around at low speed and that's it.
    Still fun though..

  • For me the biggest differance between a BB and a OW is that the BB is a plain transport device. The OW instead is a real board sport if you ride it like a snowboard on the street.
    I never tried a boosted board, but I would realy like to step on one to get the feeling. Which skater didn't dream of a boosted board when they didn't exist, must be freakin owesome.
    But, it's just a thought.
    I'm a Owheeler to the bone! lol

  • @w1ngy You mean something like this? :D

  • @germx you should make stickers :D

  • @germx that is awesome.

  • @germx You could even go so far as to say "Fun things to ride on with your OneWheel."

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