I don't understand "it kept forcing the nose down".
If you were leaning back to make it stop, the physics of moving forward and would seem to counter to the board dropping the nose.
Motorcycle enthusiast who never learned to wheelie. Now that I'm old and fat, this one wheel thing is it. :)
I think you'll know if it's your thing within a day of riding it. I have let several people try my XR and none of them ate shit right out of the gate. It's a lot to spend for something that may just not get used, but it's worth every penny it of you get the "stoke".
I'm 46 and was a snowboarder 20 years ago. The feeling of being able to carve like you're in deep power while going up hill is pretty euphoric. Riding across trolley tracks in the city or sidewalks that are broken up by tree roots is also no sweat when you're commuting. It's an amazing machine and the injury risk is pretty manageable, both with protective gear and your mindset.
On the practical side though, it uses muscles you haven't even read about. Having to constantly keep your weight on your front foot to move forward is incredibly fatiguing at first. Plus there are no bindings to support your ankles so all of your "heel side to toe side" inputs require a lot of effort with your calves and arches. The point being you will not jump on this thing and go for miles and mile the first few weeks. The depreciation drops off pretty quickly after a year. I recommend getting a used Plus or Pint. You wont use the range of the XR for a while. When you find yourself wanting longer days on the board you can sell what you have for probably close to what you paid for it and then put that towards the XR.
By the way, I'm biased in that the XR is really the only Onewheel in my opinion. everything else is a stepping stone to the XR :P
Yeah, My leading knee is my "bad" knee anyways (ACL and Meniscus injury and repair). I have found that keeping it warm prevents or at least diminishes the pain on longer rides. Here in the Northern California Bay Area, even in the dog days of summer the morning commute can be a bit brisk. I often ride in a pair of Duluth Trading Company Flannel Lined Cargo Pants.
Try one of those neoprene supports you can get from the drugstore for a little support and warmth, but as others have said it's kind of a thing you have to develop a stamina for. I mean the whole time your moving forward you putting more pressure on your front foot, ankle, and knee. That's just what it takes to make the thing go.
After I put about 1600 miles on my board, the foot fatigue, leading knee pain and back foot calf pain don't start to become a thing until I get about 15 miles into a ride.
@SlyFoxxx Turn the board off, then resting on it's side power it on. Give it a sec and you can change the riding mode by tapping the front foot pad sensor with your thumb. (like slapping a bass guitar string) . The light will blink to indicate which mode you are in. 1 blink is Sequoia, 2, is Cruz, 3 is Mission, etc.
You can totally ride the board without the app. The light on the side will fade in and out faster or slower depending on the battery charge. You can put it on its side and toggle through the settings by tapping on it.
Its a clunky way to interact with the board and you wont get any warnings besides pushback and Captain M
organ, but y'know. Get out there and ride it man.
Today I was riding on a flat surface with no noticeable decline, carving to the beat of my music and I got the "BZZZZZZT BZZZZZT BZZZT" of the 100% overcharge warning. I checked the App and, sure enough, I was at 100% but after another moment it went down to 99%.
Then I started to wonder if you can propel a onewheel with weight transfer and carving. Like can you generate some regen on a flat surface the way we used to tic-tac a regular skateboard back in the Steve Caballero-on-slime balls days.
I know some of you have taken a onewheel to a pump track. did you get some regen there?
Any tire plug/patch kit will come with replacement valve cores and the tool to pull them out and put them in. Sometimes Slime can gum them up and the valve wont seat properly. If you have slime in the tire make sure the valve stem is in the 12 o'clock position to reduce the chances of he new valve core getting clogged as well.
Check with your local bike shop, first. They will probably swap the core and pump up the tire gratis if you look like you'll buy a helmet or something from them in the future.
Electric "Snowboard" !!?!?!??!!
Color me offended.