Post high speed here! OWheelbuddy app

  • @skideeppow The settings you listed are for Notifications, so I think you just went too far the first time and clicked on OWheelBuddy and then clicked on Notifications, instead of staying in the OWheelBuddy settings.

  • @skideeppow np man i help people with their iphones a lot :P

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    Did a speed run just now during my regular commute. I could upload my helmet cam footage if anyone's interested­čśŐ

  • Would definitely like to see any video of your top speed which equates to 27 mph which is unheard of.

  • @depressedguy Sorry, but I really think this is not correct?

  • It's in metric units.

  • The top speed can be gamed

  • @groovyruvy I totally agree. I honestly don't believe 90% of these speeds are even close to accurate. I tested this out last night using a radar gun and OWeelbuddy was telling me I was going 25mph and the android app was telling me I was going 27mph and the radar was saying 17mph. I have hit 22mph using one of the slow down radar signs and my board felt and sounded like it was about explode on top of not having the self balancing anymore.

  • I don't believe the board is even capable of going 25+ I think it would just shut down at that point because like I said the board sounds awful once you go past pushback and you can feel that it is being overworked.

  • I could honestly give a shit what my top speed is, that's not the reason I saved a month's salary for this board. That being said, it would be ideal if it comfortably went up to 20mph for commuting and didn't struggle with quick acceleration. I can only hope these things will be addressed in future models (motion).

  • If we were all able to monitor our top speeds accurately, I believe we'd all be within 3 mph of eachother. True values would be useful because it would give both noobs and veterans a reference for assessment of their own hardware performance or their own achievement. For now, it's circus talk.

  • @ahxe45 @Hubbitron you nailed it. In this thread I posted a screenshot of the app showing I topped out at 27.8 mph, and @depressedguy showed a top speed of 44.81 km (27.84 mph). As they're currently configured the boards can't reach speeds this high. These artificially high speeds are a function of wheel slip- if during your ride the wheel loses traction and spins freely, that speed is then recorded as the high. If I'm going fast and then do a quick hard stop + reverse, I can trigger wheel slip and boost the top speed. Similarly when I'm charging grass hills I often get wheel slip right before I lose it, which also shows higher speeds. I've done rides where I made sure there was no wheel slip and on one downhill run I hit 18.5 mph, which was legitimate but also dicey as I was past pushback, I didn't have the advantage of the software self-leveling the board, and it was all pure balance. The board basically got away from me and I was able to hang on and ride it out to the flat. Once it slowed down, I was able to resume control as the software kicked back in.

    @Hubbitron's comments about not being concerned with top speed, and wishing the board could reach 20mph without struggle, resonate with me. I feel confident that I could handle the board at 20+ mph if it was configured differently (say if pushback didn't kick in until 22 or 25 mph). But as the software is designed now, it limits speed, and that's very likely due to legal concerns. The faster these boards go, the more people will wipe out and get hurt, and FM may be trying to prevent lawsuits by limiting their liability by limiting top speed.

    One thing I've come to appreciate from this forum is that older boards with 3034 software behave differently than newer boards that have a newer version of the software. I have 2 OWs, both with the older 3034 software. Their natural top speed is right around 14.8 mph. What I mean by that is they can both ride all day long at that speed without pushing back, and you have full control of the board with the software still in effect. You can juice it faster if you push, but the board behaves quite differently and feels totally different (and not as controllable). From what I've read, boards with the newer software seem to have a lower pre-pushback top speed, but allow for pushback to be passed by, unlocking higher top speeds. Even with that I don't think they're natural top speed is more than 15 mph.

    Would be amazing if FM produced an Extreme version of the OW with a beefier motor, maybe a little bigger tire and higher top speed.

  • @ahxe45 You definitely have a point there. I feel that onewheel is definitely not meant to be ridden that fast and there is probably some zero error when it comes to the speed meter. Its also pretty dangerous to fight the pushback like that.

  • @groovyruvy I did my testing with the wheel slip detection on for the OWheelbuddy and I don't think the android app has that feature built into it. I did the test on flat pavement so there were no chances of the wheel slipping and I repeated the test 10 times with the results that I posted above being the average but every single time both apps were reporting higher than the radar gun was.

  • I also want to put it out there that this is by no means a knock on either of the apps or the developers because I love both of them and couldn't do without them at this point, but just saying that the speeds being posted are not accurate.

  • @ahxe45 great info. I have the POWheel android app and you're right, wheel slip detection isn't an option. So if you used the Apple app which has wheel slip detection, you used a radar gun to confirm top speeds, and the radar gun is showing lower top speeds than the app, then yes, same conclusion- artificially high speeds being displayed. If it's not wheel slip then it must be something else, not sure what though as from what I understand speed is determined by computing the diameter of the wheel turning. Maybe there's some variance in the wheel diameter? Or perhaps rider weight is somehow a factor? I'm not sure. All I know is that the boards I own don't go 27 mph. I also agree with you about supporting OW app developers. I greatly appreciate their efforts and the apps are excellent. I would just like to reliably know what my speeds are without having to use a radar gun :) For me though it's really an academic point, as I'm not concerned with speed / top speed. I ride the board as hard and as fast as it'll go and whatever speed that really is, I'm enjoying the heck out of it.

  • @groovyruvy I agree with that as well that I am not very concerned with how fast I can go I just enjoy riding as it is. Also wish they did have a model that would let you cruise a 20+mph comfortably and have a little bit better climbing ability off road.

  • The only thing I trust for accurate speed is a good old bicycle speedometer.

  • @depressedguy wow! That does look fast.

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