Extreme(balance challenged) Newbie impressions

  • @wheelrich I have the Cobra and absolutely love it - I would have considered the Kush, but TFL announced it literally 12 hours after I'd ordered the Cobra. Still, I got the Cobra on sale, so I feel it was worth it.

    I've only ridden stock, Cobra, and tried my buddy's Craft & Ride extended, and I can definitely say that of the three I like the Cobra best. As you say, the level of control is crazy good - something I think gets left out of these discussions, like it does frequently with the tires, is "under what conditions do you do most of your riding?" I'm a city rider, so the can-shaped Vega works well for me, since I frequently have to stand balanced on the board at stop signs and stoplights. Adding the Cobra TO the Vega, lets me have the best of both worlds: easy to stand on when stopped, easy to "push" and fine-control the Vega when moving (I imagine the Cobra plus one of the more rounded, "carvier" tires, could be too much; too squirrely, too sensitive, though a really skilled rider might be able to do some really neat stuff with it). But for me, the Cobra/Vega combo makes weaving through a crowd of pedestrians, or around stopped cars at an intersection, effortless; like dancing.

    I will also say that the Cobra completely eliminated my back-foot fatigue, 100%. It's not cushioned (though maybe it's slightly more shock-absorbing than wood), but that steep concave lets me stretch my arch/toes frequently as as I turn or carve, and the Cobra makes you WANT to constantly turn or carve. I'm also not worried about how it will hold up, to sun or water or anything. I'll be curious to see the Kushes in a year or two, to see if that foam breaks down at all, or gets tacky to the touch and starts picking up dirt and gunk.

  • @Glyph Good points! While I love the cobra, it did NOT relieve my foot pain. Of course, as you say, conditions are not always included in the reviews, and the condition of my tired old feet could definitely be part of the problem. I agree that the cobra is very tough...almost indestructible. The Kush flex has me wondering as well. But they do give it a lifetime warranty. One concern I have is that the screw holes will pull through. I tried not to over tighten.

    I haven't ridden the Kush on dirt yet, but on several levels of concrete and pavement I found it to be easy to control. I was doing figure 8's and small circles with little effort, yesterday. My belief is that the cobra's extreme leveraging design helped me develop my foot flexibility and control to the point where I can do even better on a flatter pad than I could have before. That's why I said I believe it is an excellent pad for beginners, like I was.

    The only reason I went to the Kush was for foot fatigue relief. Sounds like you have no need for it. Stay with your cobra!

  • @wheelrich
    Angle you back knee and slightly point it forward in the direction you are heading. It allows you to balance the front to back pressure ratio much quicker without leaning the entire mass of your body. When I learned this and applied it to surfing, I started having fun. It translates easily to the onewheel. BTW, that'snot me, I just posted it for an example.


  • @Rough-Cutt Thanks. I already do that. I keep my knees bent and flexed continually, and you are right, it is a big help to use the rear knee in the turning process. But I also keep my body weight to the rear as much as possible to avoid nosedives, so my rear foot carries more weight. My feet are fine for awhile. It's just after an hour or so. The kush does help a lot tho.

  • Video

    Nothing new to report, but here is a short video of a ride I did before the holidays, with my nephew Blake. I finally got around to uploading it to YouTube from my new Insta360OneX.

  • HELlooooooo! Wow, hear that echo...echo..echo????

    Been awhile. Nothing really new to report. Just checking in. Had a nice float yesterday after a few weeks off the board, due to weather, schedule, the routines of life. I do have one observation for anyone interested. I found that riding again, after a full month absence, felt just as natural as it did the last time I rode. The only difference is that my calves were pretty sore later, since I hadn't used those muscles for awhile...ankles were 2.

    So I predict that in the future, instead of referring to bicycles, people will say...."oh you never forget that, why it's just like riding a Onewheel!"

  • @wheelrich OW LOCATION REC: a week ago I took my 2 XRs with me to Newport Dunes, where I stayed for 4 days in my tiny Airstream. Had various family members visiting the whole time.

    They have their own inlet from Newport back bay, their own beach, and a wide walkway that circles their entire water area, using a long foot bridge to cross the water. My nephew and I enjoyed floating, mostly on that walkway, which took us past all the main features of the center. We also used the large surrounding asphalt parking areas.

    No one complained and the walks were big enough to get around walkers easily.

    So, if you plan to stay at Newport Dunes, definitely take your Onewheel.

  • NEW TIRE: So I finally got around to installing my new Burris treaded tire, made for the Onewheel. Installation was a challenge. I used 2 different youtube videos as guides. Using 2 plastic clamps helped unbead the Vega, but getting the Burris mounted was still a struggle. It seemed a lot stiffer than the ones in the videos. But I finally got everything set up. One problem remains. About 4 inches of bead on one side did not seat, but it is airtight. I pumped up to about 45, but it wouldn't completely seat. So I rode it around for over an hour in my carport. Didn't budge. I may have to try the pump again. I was trying to avoid going way up, so as to not warp the tire.

    The tire does ride a bit squirrelly, which also makes it more nimble in turns. Still, it will take some getting used to. One reason for the extra carvability is simply that it is a smaller tire than the Vega. Shorter and narrower. Which means it sits closer to the ground also. I scraped the nose a few times going back and forth quickly. So my Fangs got a workout. I have yet to try it on dirt, which is what I bought it for. Hopefully it be an improvement.

    Oh yes, I also installed some shiny aluminum Flight Guards, which are like V3 float plates, only thinner, and aluminum. No change in performance, however.

  • @wheelrich RE TIRE BEAD. I deflated the tire and coated the edge with Dawn soap (per a recommendation on fb). I then reinflated, using my shop tank, instead of the small inflator I used before. I stopped because nothing was happening and it seemed like a lot of pressure. By the time I walked into another room to get my tire gauge, the tire popped into place (I heard it pop)! I think it just took a couple minutes for the tire edge to slide over the Dawn. Checked the pressure, and it was about 53 psi. Much better than the 96 psi levels others had to go to. As I said, I did not want to overstretch and warp the tire. So...happy camper now. BTW the tire rolled smoothly even tho I rode it not fully beaded yesterday. I think I am going to like it. Hope to do some dirt riding over the Memorial Day weekend.

  • BURRIS TREADED OW TIRE UPDATE: Got some mileage on the new Burris now, and I am liking it a lot. It is reported to be noisier than the Vega, and at first it was. Now, I hardly notice the sound. Partly because it has smoothed out a bit, and also I am more used to it. Handling continues to be good, esp easier to carve with, now that I feel more at home riding it.

    Did some dirt track riding the other day, and it handled great. I highly recommend it. If you like some things about the Vega, you will not feel like it is a major change from that. More like a slight improvement all around. BTW I am running it at about 19 psi.

  • @wheelrich please post some video of you carving on that new burris! i just ordered the same tire and i hope i like it. i ride mostly paved surfaces, so i was hoping i didn't make a mistake going with a treaded tire. i would have gone for the flight fins whisper 6 slick but it's been on back order for a while and i got impatient and wanted to try something that would carve better. hope you're still enjoying the burris and i look forward to seeing some new video from you.

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