Two days with my OW and I'm already loving it!



  • @SaturnOne
    They should add the descriptors:
    Extreme (Controllable)
    Classic (Uncontrollable)



  • @thegreck The one time my 10-year old daughter fell off was in the very beginning when, indeed, the thing was out of control. In Classic mode..



  • @SaturnOne said in Two days with my OW and I'm already loving it!:

    @matto So no need to go fast if you want to have fun..

    +1000
    As I always say, Onewheel ain't about speed.
    Spend the first few weeks just hanging around and getting the feel of it.
    An empty parking lot is a good place to practice.
    Mount, go around and back, hold on to something like railing or fence and dismount.
    Do that repeatedly until you're very comfortable with mounting/dismounting.
    Before you know, it'll feel like second nature.



  • @sonny123 I will not argue that the OW can be fun at high speed, assuming you have the skills. But I agree with sonny123 that, in essence, it ain't about speed.
    From that perspective: an additional way to acquaint yourself with your OW that I haven't read much about here yet (may be me having just joined forum two days ago), and that still can be a lot of fun, is using it like a balance board.
    That kind of board is obviously not about speed but using the OW in that way helps you connect with your OW (and with yourself for that matter) in a relatively safe "non-speeding"way. Balancing that way on a OW is not as hard as balancing on an actual balance board but the OW gives you already a great feeling at lower skill levels.
    Our 10-year old daughter described it beautifully when she did that in the beginning: "It feels like a little angel swaying in the clouds".
    Enough said...



  • For speed, I'd love to pick up one of these.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObGHK4k8LvA

    But for hanging around and floating around the neighborhood,
    nothing beats the Onewheel.



  • @SaturnOne said in Two days with my OW and I'm already loving it!:

    @sonny123 ... an additional way to acquaint yourself with your OW that I haven't read much about here yet (may be me having just joined forum two days ago), and that still can be a lot of fun, is using it like a balance board.

    Yep. I've said that a few times, too. Putting it in the grass so it won't roll and trying to balance on it with the power off is a great way to get better at riding it when it's turned on.



  • @thegreck Agreed. But that's the hard part. Even engaging in that same motion with the OW turned on can be satisfying. Looks and feels a bit as if you're moving in slow motion but that, to me, is part of the entire OW experience. It's as if you're in a different dimension.



  • @SaturnOne I agree on the slow motion control side. I love it and practice like that will help in the future on tight turns. I really suggest for all new OW riders to practice several start /stops to get the hang of that. I enjoy a bit of a stomp and push or skid on my stops (like drifting).

    I must say that I am really missing my OW now while in Germany. I can not wait to get home!



  • For the slow part... it's more like mountain biking.....

    Slowly navigate over some ruff terrain and tree roots. Maintain control balance and slow speed. Then your an expert....

    Now for the bad news... either get used to riding nonstop with a smug smile or maybe headphones with nothing playing or learning to be social, because no matter where you go, you WILL be the focus of attention.... :) always.....



  • Get outta classic. Go extreme pronto.

    Practice maneuver at slow speed. You'll get better



  • @Aaron-Broward-FL said in Two days with my OW and I'm already loving it!:

    Now for the bad news... either get used to riding nonstop with a smug smile or maybe headphones with nothing playing or learning to be social, because no matter where you go, you WILL be the focus of attention.... :) always.....

    Agreed. As for the attention you'll be getting. The interesting part is that once you get the hang of riding, and you get into the zone, all that stuf fades away to the background. You notice it. But it doesn't bother you anymore. That's how the OW can transform you. Will be curious to hear you'd second that at some pont.



  • We'll see!
    I'm waiting to improve to the point where when people notices me, I'm long gone :)



  • @matto are you in extreme mode now? That will help you advance on the OW. Classic mode really pushes back, almost to the point of an uncomfortable ride. Keep on riding and stay centered over the wheel. Have fun!



  • @LidPhones yes! Last night I switched to extreme mode and as all of you said, it's way better! I find it more responsive, specially in tight turns, where the classic mode responds smoothly and makes it a little dangerous.

    I'm just back from a daylight riding and I took some footage with my GoPro. I feel more comfortable riding around people now. I'll make a video and upload it so you guys can see it!



  • @matto Super! I look forward to seeing the vid. I am really excited to return home from Europe (Italy now) so I can ride my OW GL (Grease Lightening). Your posts keep me connected but it is still not as fun as riding.



  • @sonny123 the evolve looks great, I'm looking into it as well. I did find a very comprehensive review of the durability/reliability of evolve boards on youtube... This guy points out the weak points of evolve - the tires/wheels/belt system is probably the weakest link, along with the bluetooth remote, and general bulky-ness. I don't know how the current gen carbon holds up in comparison to the boards in the video though.
    //
    When it comes to OW, I have just about 2000 miles (3218.688 km - more than double the guy in the video had on his evolve) on my OW and have had to send it in once for a tire change/tune-up and I top off my tire pressure to 17psi once every couple of months. I couldn't be happier with the durability of the board so far.

    At the end of the day, I think the ease of motion and versatility of riding a OW is remarkably unique and blows away anything you can do on a remote controlled 4 wheeled skateboard. I'm eager to see if @Future-Motion will continue to push the tech and keep up with the market (fingers crossed). I did see that they received funding in February of this year to expand their operation and 'innovate next-generation products'. Hopefully a good sign!



  • @slydogstroh

    Agreed. I heard the same about Evolve and that's why I was hesitant to buy one.
    Boosted, I don't like the short range.

    I owned the older Metroboard for few years and really liked it.
    Managed to work with their IR remote.

    I picked up the newer Stealth edition with the new RF remote and I really like it.
    Great built quality and solid connection. Hits 19 mph. I highly recommend it.

    But then I go back to Onewheel and it's just totally different awesome experience.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch5-hL7pi8g



  • Ok! here we go:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyM4y6P17Ag

    I'm still learning and getting used to it, but I'm loving it!

    When I was looking for the OW I also checked a couple of mountainboards with motors. They achieve awesome speeds and with a lot of torque. I only looked for the DIY versions, and they looked awesome. I ended up with the OW because I like the "balance" part of it, but I won't lie, having an electric mountainboard looks like a lot of fun.



  • @matto Nice edit on the vid. Looks like you have some serious protection gear on.



  • @LidPhones hahah yeah, It's the protection I use for my motorcycle. I'm getting used to the OW more and more, so eventually I'll just keep the helmet and some wrist pads :)


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