Here come the cloners

  • So what?

    I agree it is a shameless copycat, though I think everybody should be allowed to create in the world what he likes to add into it. They believe they can make a better thing? Well, let them try.
    Future Motion has the credits for being the first with this kind of device. Ok, credits do not serve you food, but they have a major headstart that will.
    Others in the market will push Future Motion to make sure their product is and stays the best.

    Imagine how the roads would look like if only mister Ford(*) was allowed to produce cars. Pretty boring probably and, we might still be riding his Model T.


    (*) I did not check whether he was the first, he probably was not, that is not the point of the message.

  • I'm not sure about this but I thought future motion was trying to patent self balancing with the motor in the hub. If so I'm not sure how it will all play out.

    I do think this will be a large space with room for devices all over the spectrum. There probably should and will be a low cost toy available for kids but 880 is not low enough to justify not getting onewheel which is the real deal.

    Fm should create a toy that retails for $450 with a top speed of 8mph, charges 2hours, range of 4 miles. Probably would sell tons. They would need to make this in China to make good profit. Maybe Foxconn?

  • Chinese engineer shops starting reverse engineering the onewheel last year. This company won't be the last to jump on the bandwagon. I'll say this for my Onewheel. The durability, performance and power (so far) make it one of the best purchases I've ever made. Besides price reductions and customizations (which will clearly come with time) there is no reason to look elsewhere. The proof is in these forums.

  • Good lord that looks awful.

  • I gotta agree with forza. Frist off, as an IT person, and I'm not even a coder or dev, that site is absolutely shit. All of the images are bent, bad broken English, none of the pictures actually show the person riding the board. The deck looks too long, the wheel has no sidewall, I'm not sure how much give it can take, it almost looks hard, and the wheel seems out of proportion compared to the deck or spacing. The FAQ's differ from the main page, distance on main page says 20 miles of range, FAQ says 16km which is basically 10 miles. Interesting there whois info says California as the state, yet the IP the server is in says Tokyo.

    I'm all for competition. I believe competition drives companies to make better products for us all. But come on, really, bah, do better than this shit.


  • Seems quite clear that it looks very odd because it's just a 3D model. They most likely have no actual product yet, and thus all the images of people "skating" but not on their product.

    According to my dear friend scamadviser:
    No registered owner of the site (no name, adress or anything)
    Website Location : Japan
    Server IP from Japan on an Australian network.
    Name servers: China
    But they do state "Our team consists of talented members from Denmark, Canada, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Shenzhen." So it's not like they are hiding it that badly.

    Their FAQ seems to be stolen and modified version of the Airwheel, as they seems to have forgot to edit the name at one point:
    "Q: Where can I ride a Surfwheel skateboard?
    Surfwheel comes under the same laws as Segway, so if a Segway is allowed then Airwheel is probably allowed."

    Might be a real thing, but I wouldn't advise on putting down any deposits ;) (I know none of you will anyway)

  • oh god I read right past that airhweel FAQ haha. Wow.

  • I'm all for competition, but these guys are clearly scam artists.

    I would put 100 bucks down... not on a pre-order, but on their product never seeing the light of day. OneWheel appears to be a very difficult engineering problem, and the build quality continues to impress me.

  • Definitely not a clone and more of a viable product than the original thing above:

    The small wheels freak me out though and definitely helping American's get fatter.

  • @veryous it's impossible to look cool riding that, js

  • haha agreed, but seems easier to ride to me than say a solo wheel. Should ask @docblock what he thinks since I believe he has a few different toys.

  • I was lucky to have logged close to 1000 hours on our Solowheels before receiving my first 0W. I could easily take anyone of you guys and in 5 minutes have you up and running on the Solowheel. It is much easier to carry, has a better range, not quite as fast and the cool factor is just a little bit less then OW. With all of that said, I have not touched my Solowheels since my first OW arrived. FM's amazing product coupled with incredible customer service, makes it my first choice. I also own a couple of Hovertrax by Inventist. Much like that laptop thing with wheels, although demonstrated outdoors, are really only useable indoors on super smooth surfaces like a warehouse. I have extensively researched electric skateboards and similar devices and keep arriving at same conclusion. 0W is still leading the pack in every respect. I thought I would share a pic of my toy closet with you guys😎image.jpg

  • @DocBlock OMG, crazy!

  • That thing looks interesting but not in a fun or very useful way other than very specific instances. The biggest thing it has going for it is that you could literally ride around other people and it without it being scary or weird. Perfect for the airport, large stores, conventions, etc. on the other hand most people are not in airports that often or conventions and those that do travel a lot understand the importance of exercise.

  • Solowheels are great for sightseeing, commuting, traveling in crowds and we have used them on vacation to just cruise around. They are indeed super high quality, sturdy and really fun. However, OW puts me in 'my zone' and I have to struggle not to carve everywhere. The second I come to level and coast away, I am transported back 42 years to when I first stepped on a skateboard.

  • @DocBlock, is onewheel harder in crowds where you need very tight control? I've never ridden in a crowd of walking people but just trying to stay balanced at a stoplight can take a lot of concentration. For me just shuffling off the sensor is best in really slow situations like that. What is the best range you have got with SoloWheel? If much better it could be a better option if you need more mirage. But I agree it seems like onewheel has the corner on carving and the most fun.

  • Solowheels are actually great in pedestrian traffic and you can blend in super easily. They operate well at slow speeds and it is quite easy to put one foot down to stop and start back up again fast. Unfortunately, the white one in the pic, Xtreme, has lights that can not be shut off so it is impossible to slip into stealth mode. Although the battery life is superb on it, it can take 90+ minutes to recharge. I have spent quite a bit of time on the OW slow riding and doing sustained balance stops as lots of my riding is on asphalt in pedestrian areas. I have mastered blending into foot traffic with the exception on being turned sideways while rolling.

  • I have gotten 15+ miles on the Solowheel on a charge but there is no Bluetooth connectivity or App so you are forced to watch the power light change colors as it discharges.

  • You can well imagine the attention and questions when I am on my OW and these 2 are flanking me. image.jpg

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