What's "Pushback"?

Pint or XR?

Must-have accessories?

What's a "VnR" Kit?

What's a nosedive?

Should I get a treaded tire?

What are "Fangs"?

Top beginner tips?

Thinkin’ about getting one!

Newer rider questions

Customizations and mods

Show me design ideas!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have pre-purchase questions? Fear not, below are some of the most commonly asked questions for users who are shopping for their first Onewheel. If you’ve got a question that you feel should be on the list, Let me know!


Should I buy a Onewheel?

That’s an easy one

If Onewheel’s well-funded marketing department couldn’t convince you, I’m not sure a one-man ran fan site is going to do the trick. But if you need an answer, here you go:

Which should I get, Pint or XR?

Short answer:

It comes to personal preference. If you’re committed to crushing the trails, long rides and floating around in a Onewheel gang, the XR is a safe choice. If you just want a really fun weekend cruiser and are looking for a lower price point, consider going with the Pint… but that’s over-simplifying the answer!

Long answer:

There are many factors that give each board option unique perks. The XR has double the range and a lot more custom riding options than the Pint, but comes in at a significantly steeper price point. The Pint is easier to travel with and offers a more nimble and ‘carvier’ ride out of the box. However, the Pint’s lower range gives many riders who are looking for getting the most ride time something we call “range anxiety”. If you have friends with Onewheels and plan to ride with them, consider that a stock Pint will not be able to make the same trek that an XR can, in terms of range. Off-roading capability, power and durability elements are very comparable on both boards.

At the end of the day, both are great options and most riders enjoy the board they get for the unique capabilities. Some riders who buy Pints later trade-up for XRs. Conversely, some XR owners find that they prefer the ride of the Pint more. Many own both boards and ride them interchangeably depending on the duration and style of ride. This question often results in heated debates, so you’ll often get heavily-biased answers. The best way to determine which board is best for you is to watch videos, do some research, and if possible, ride a friend’s board! There are even board shops that allow test rides and rent the boards for full days!

Check out the official Onewheel video below for a good overview of the differences between the boards, straight from the manufacturer.


Why not both?

Can you modify the Onewheel?

Short answer:

Absolutely! There are lots of OEM as well as aftermarket customizations and accessories, both cosmetic and functional. Accessories give your board unique styling and change the way you ride for a more personalized experience.

Long answer:

The Onewheel is highly customizable with many options available directly from the official Onewheel site. There are also a number of manufacturers that produce their own unique products which can be added to the board without worrying about voiding the warranty. Fenders are a great way to keep your shoes and legs clean, rail guards, bumpers and skid plates offer added protection from damaging the board, and there are many foot pad replacements available to help reduce foot fatigue. There are even some mods that allow you to do some pretty awesome tricks! See our list of friends below for some cool and trustworthy places to shop. If you want to see some of the “must-have” accessories, check out the Owners Q&A section. Want to see some of the best looking customized Onewheels out there? head over to our gallery to review an ever-growing collection.

Is buying a used board safe?

Short answer:

Generally speaking, yes. However, like buying anything online, it comes with certain risks you should consider first.

Long answer:

Many successful sales of Onewheels happen on internet forums including Facebook Onewheel groups and Craigslist. However, there are also a fair number of successful scams resulting in would-be riders getting conned out of a large sum of money. There are many factors that go into how to safely purchase a Onewheel from a private owner; too many to list here. We recommend you check out Jimmy Chang‘s detailed and thorough article on How to buy a used Onewheel. Something else to consider; if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Can I take a Onewheel on a plane?

Short answer:

If you have an XR, no, at least not in the US. The Pint and Plus are possible, many have, but you may get mixed results. Always check with the airline and TSA before you attempt to fly with a Onewheel.

Long answer:

Due to concerns of other lithium-ion battery-powered devices catching fire, many airlines and TSA have strict regulations regarding these types of devices. In some cases, airlines have prohibited “self balancing devices” altogether. The XR has a larger battery than the Pint and Plus, and as such, is outright prohibited on flights. However, many riders have successfully flown with their Pint and Plus boards. Bear in mind, you can be granted permission over the phone by the airline, only to be stopped by TSA. Additionally, you could successfully fly to your destination, but not be able to return with your board on the trip home. The risks are definitely there, so we recommend you thoroughly research the topic and contact the appropriate parties before you attempt to travel with your board.

Check out John D Dyer’s video on this topic below:


How to fly with a Onewheel by Jimmy Chang

Learning to ride

How long does it take to learn?

Short answer:

The learning curve is different for everyone, however Onewheeling can be picked up as quickly as 15 minutes, or take as long as weeks to feel comfortable on the board.

Long answer:

Everyone learns at a different pace. It’s totally normally for some riders to get the hang of it within an hour, and it’s also normally for riders to need many rides and lots of practice. Many factors go into how quickly you’ll master the art of floating on a Onewheel including your dexterity, balance, and experience with similar activities such as skateboarding, snowboarding or surfing (see related questions). While Onewheeling can be picked up very quickly, it’s important to note that many riders who learn quickly become overconfident and end up having nasty spills, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Anyone remember Adam Savage’s spill? oof. The first few hundred miles have a much higher likelihood of falling, so we recommend gearing it up and taking it slow.

Watch Ronnie Sarmiento learn how to ride a Onewheel in 10 minutes:

Most common mistakes of new riders?

Short answer:

Getting overconfident and wiping out, especially while not wearing proper safety gear.

Long answer:

The Onewheel is an absolute joy to ride, even more so once you feel confident and skilled on it. The learning curve is fairly brief and starts to feel really fun the more you get the hang of it. Therein lies the problem; new riders who learn quickly will often begin pushing the board harder and faster without the technical skill on how to handle the board in all scenarios. There’s a fairly popular “Onewheel Crash” Facebook group where riders go to share their battle scars. A very common occurance is newer riders (often with less than 100 miles) reporting their cuts, scrapes and bruises from getting overconfident and taking a bad spill. It’s easy to learn the Onewheel and feel like you’ve got it down while not realizing that there’s a decent amount training you have to give yourself to quickly respond to and maneuver hazards while riding.

Here are some of the more common examples of situations that take new riders down:

  • Unexpected pothole or bump at high speeds
  • Going too fast and overpowering the “Pushback” (see Owner FAQs)
  • Not knowing how to properly dismount and having to bail out
  • Sudden traffic interference (car pulling out, etc.)

Should you be worried about purchasing a Onewheel? Absolutely not, but you should definitely respect the board, the safety instructions it comes with, take learning slow, and apply a little common sense. Have a question before you buy? Contact me!

Is Onewheeling similar to snowboarding or skating?

Short answer:

Yes, the Onewheel shares a lot of similarities with both skateboarding and snowboarding, such as leaning on your toe/heel to steer on a snowboard. If you’re confident in these sports, you’ll likely have a slight advantage learning over those who don’t.

Long answer:

While it’s likely that snowboarders and skaters will learn quickly, it’s also possible for them to require just as much, if not more time than a new rider with no similar experience. This is because muscle memory is often difficult to overcome once it it’s ingrained, and because the Onewheel is different in many ways to these other sports, it may take some time to learn how to ride a familiar shape in a very unfamiliar way.

Are Onewheels safe to take on trails?

Short answer:

Absolutely! In comparison to other electric rideable devices, Onewheel is one of the top dogs in trail riding!

Long answer:

The Onewheel is very capable of riding and withstanding the abuse of trail riding. Learn your limitations and the limitations of the Onewheel first by experimenting with smooth dirt paths. These can be small sections off your favorite bike trail or areas at your favorite park. Work up to crushing rugged black diamond mountain bike trails once you get better. You will be amazed at what the Onewheel is capable of!


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Owner Questions

So you’ve got your board and you’re ready to conquer, but you’ve got a few questions. Fear not, we’ve got answers for the common questions for newer riders.
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What's "Pushback"?

Short answer:

Probably the most important thing to understand about riding a Onewheel. The board automatically leans you back in an attempt to slow you down as a safety measure in various circumstances. Ignoring pushback can and likely will result in a nasty fall.

Long answer:

The Onewheel will automatically lean you back to reduce speed in a number of different circumstances including (but not limited to) battery level, grade of terrain, speed, tire pressure, and rider weight. It is very important to understand that you can defeat pushback… If you continue to lean forward and accelerate, you are essentially asking the board to go faster than it can manage, and on one wheel, there is little power left to maintain balance and stability. This is how riders are thrown off and get injured. A common scenario for pushback-related falls is riders pushing the board to it’s speed limit, then continuing to accelerate through the pushback.

In many community forums, veteran riders will display their top speeds and discuss how they push the board through pushback. I do not recommend this. When the board has nothing left to give and you ask it for more, it does something called a “nosedive” (detailed below) and can throw you off very suddenly. Many serious injuries result from this, and is almost always due to the rider disregarding pushback.

It is worth mentioning that pushback is much stronger (more noticeable) on the Pint than it is on the XR. It’s possible for riders to not “feel” the pushback and fall due to this, so it’s important to listen to the board and pay attention to this as it can occur in many difference scenarios, often not related to the speed you’re travelling.

Read the full article on onewheel.com

What's a "Nosedive"?

Short answer:

A nosedive is when your board’s front edge comes in contact with the ground and causes you to suddenly stop, usually resulting in the rider being thrown off the board. This can be caused by several different circumstances and can lead to serious injuries. Nosedivse are a very common topic of discussion, as it is almost always the means that riders fall off of their Onewheel.

Long answer:

To understand what causes a nosedive, it’s important to understand pushback, so we recommend reading that Q& A nosedive can happen in many scenarios and isn’t always due to operator error. There are a few instances where they could be caused by a board malfunction, but the jury’s still out on that one. Jimmy Chang nicely summarized 5 main reasons (originally written by Jeff McCosker) why nosedives occur in his video below. They often come down to exceeding a safe speed limit, leaning too far forward, and accelerating hard up a hill or into a strong wind.

Nosedives can occur even when pushback was not engaged, as it’s not always caused by the board “giving up”. You could simply catch the nose of the board on some sort of obstacle that it couldn’t overcome, sending you sailing. To avoid nosedives, I recommend you stick to paved roads and sidewalks for the first few hundred miles, get a good understanding and feeling of pushback, and respect the unique risks present when riding a Onewheel.


What are the must-have accessories?

Short answer:

While you don’t need any accessories or modifications on your Onewheel to have an absolute blast, there are hundreds of options to enhance your riding experience and add personal style. However, we do recommend safety gear, ideally a helmet and wrist-guards.

Long answer:

There are hundreds of accessories, modifications and gear options available which enhance your riding experience, improve safety, add unique styling, and provide a way to keep things fresh. The list below is a very small sampling of what’s out there, so we encourage you to shop around!

  • Fenders are a great way to keep mud, dirt and other debris off of your board, legs and shoes. The large selection OEM and aftermarket fenders also provides many different ways to express your unique style.
  • Rail guards offer some added protection to the rails of your board, and come in a variety of styles and colors.
  • Flight Fins are a special type of fender modification that allows you to “jump” with your board, adding a whole new level of riding experience.
  • Float Plates offer a durable layer of protection to the bottom of your board.
  • Kush is a line of footpad replacements that help reduce foot fatigue by adding some cushion and concave grip to your ride.
  • Treaded tire replacements give you some added traction in off-road scenarios.

While there are a few ‘big fish’ in the aftermarket accessories and parts market, there are many shops and individual tinkerers offering unique products and services for your Onewheel. We’ve shared some of the most reputable and noteworthy ones in our friends section, but we recommend you explore the various Facebook groups to find all of the unique options out there!

Wheel With Me shared a video covering some of the top accessories. While the video is a few years old, it’s still a solid list.

How do I avoid wiping out?

Short answer:

Maintain a controlled speed, take your time learning, wear proper safety equipment and stick to paved roads and sidewalks for the first few hundred miles.

Long answer:

No one wants to wipe out, but spills and falls are likely to happen to us all. We can mitigate falls, and reduce the severity of possible injuries by taking some very basic precautions. Read up on and become well-versed in what pushback is, and what nosedives are. Most falls can be avoided if you fully understand the aforementioned topics. To limit damage down to just our egos, you should always wear proper safety equipment including (but not limited to) a helmet and wrist guards. More is always better!

In a poll of 217 riders of their most significant crashes, the #1 reason was hitting some sort of obstacle such as loose gravel and potholes. This is why being observant of your terrain is very important when riding a Onewheel, constantly scanning your path and surroundings. The #2 reason was overloading the motor which can happen from a variety of circumstances such as riding uphill at a high speed or against a strong wind. The #3 reason was pushing through pushback which is often due to rider error – It’s very important to listen to the board and slow down if you feel pushback, as it’s the only true safety measure in the board which can help you avoid a bad fall.


I'm experienced in board sports, do I really need safety gear?

Short Answer:

Yes! Falls on a Onewheel are quite a bit different than other board sports, trust me. If you’re new to the sport, gear up and decide later what risk you’re comfortable with. You will fall – Everyone does.

Long Answer:

Onewheeling shares a lot of riding components to other board sports, but falling is a different beast entirely. I’ve personally witnessed experienced skaters fall at low speeds, doing simple maneuvers or tricks, leading to concussions and other nasty injuries. Protect your body initially and decide later on if you feel comfortable shedding gear (though we don’t recommend it). A helmet is a no-brainer (see what I did there?), and wrist-guards are highly encouraged. Knee and elbow pads are icing on the cake. Onewheeling shares a lot of its culture and trends with the skating community, and unfortunately, with that comes the idea that wearing safety gear isn’t cool. The thing is, no one looks cool with a feeding tube.


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How long does a Onewheel last?

Short answer:

Unless you send it off a mountain, you should get years of stoke out of your investment. Each component has a different lifespan, broken down further below.

Long answer:

There’s an excellent article over at thetechleaders.com which breaks down the lifespan of the components in a Onewheel, but here are the footnotes: The main components that suffer from age and use in a Onewheel include the tire and the battery. If you ride 5 miles per day, you can expect many years of life out of your board; as many as 8 for the battery! Even riders jetting around on consistently long rides of 20 miles per day, you can still expect a year of life on the stock tire, and years of life on the battery. So don’t sweat about the miles, go out and get some stoke. See the table below taken from the referenced article.

How do I extend my range?

Short version:

Many factors affect the range you’ll get out of your board, but generally speaking, you’re going to get the best range on flat, paved surfaces, in temperate weather, with proper tire pressure and with a slick tire (as opposed to a treaded tire).

Long version:

Rider weight, the aggressiveness of the ride, tire pressure, weather and the terrain you ride on are all going to affect your range. Off-roading is some of the most fun you can have on a Onewheel, but it’s also the fastest way you can drain your battery. If you’re interested in a little tinkering, there are many guides on how to modify your Onewheel to add an external battery, roughly doubling your range. Check out how this system works in the customizations section. However, know that the methods of adding an external battery will immediately void your warranty and poses certain concerns which you’ll want to read up on before breaking out the toolkit, Doc. Future Motion will often reject working on boards with these types of modifications, so do your research.

Is riding in water/snow safe for the board?

Short answer:

The board is water-resistant, but not water-proof. If you go through a deep puddle, you are probably in for a bad time. Snow has less likelihood than water of getting inside the board, but you’re more likely to lose traction resulting in a fall. Risky situation either way.

Long answer:

The Onewheel is a beast, it can handle a lot of different terrains and that includes a bit of water here and there. It is generally agreed upon that you should avoid, if possible, riding through puddles and other situations where water can enter the board. While picturesque shots of Onewheeling on the beach through the low tide may look appealing, it’s probably not worth voiding your warranty. Water damage is explicitly not covered in the warranty. Some riders have reported that riding in snow is a bit safer with a treaded tire replacement, but newer riders should exercise more caution if attempting this.

Here’s what water damage on the BMS board looks like after riding through puddles – Photo by Ryan WiTz


Weather proof or water resistant? on Onewheel community forum

Does modifying a Onewheel void the warranty?

Short answer:

Some modifications do, but most cosmetic accessories and modifications do not.

Long answer:

External cosmetic mods like rail guards, fenders, bumpers and tires do not void any warranty. In fact, Onewheel sells OEM accessories, so customization is encouraged. However, if you open up the board and access components with warranty seals, you can kiss that warranty goodbye. Consult the Onewheel warranty and/or contact Future Motion for further clarification, if unsure.

If you’re interesting in learning more on the topic of how riders modify their board to increase battery life and ride length, check out the customization section below.

What's Simplestop, and should I use it?

Short answer:

Simplestop is a feature included on Onewheel Pints that allows you to disengage the board for a dismount by coming to a stop and leaning back. It’s designed to provide a safer method to dismount for newer riders, and can be disabled.

Long answer:

For those unaware, the XR and previous models of the Onewheel have a few ways to dismount including simply hopping off, or performing a “heel lift”. In the newer Pint model, Future Motion implemented a new dismount method called Simplestop. Instead of having to lift your heel to disengage the foot sensor, the rider can simply come to a stop and slowly lean backwards to disengage the motor, allowing for a safe dismount. This method proves useful for newer riders who are not able to do the heel-life method very well, or are afraid to hop off. Some riders disable it later on after they learn more advanced methods to stop (see further below). A great feature of Simplestop is that it can easily be disabled and enabled as-needed from within the Onewheel app. This is useful when having someone try your Onewheel who has never ridden before.

Something important to note is that when Simplestop is active, riding switch (or ‘fakie’, if you will) is not possible. Leaning backwards to ride in the other direction engages Simplestop. It’s fair to say that riders using Simplestop are less likely to be riding switch, so this less of an issue and more of a consideration. Disabling Simplestop allows the rider to ride in any direction! The XR behaves in this way out of the box, as Simplestop is not available.

What tire pressure (PSI) should I be using?

Simple answer:

For the stock Vega tire, Future Motion recommends a tire pressure of 20 PSI for both the Onewheel Pint and XR. The Onewheel community has different recommendations for PSI based on rider weight and preference, described below.

Long answer:

The Onewheel community has shared quite a few thoughts on the topic of tire pressure. The consensus among riders is that adjusting your tire pressure can improve the ridability of the board including elements like foot and leg fatigue. Many riders calculate the optimum tire pressure based on the weight of the rider, at 1 PSI per 10 pounds of body weight (150 LBS = 15 PSI). It’s important to note that lowering your tire pressure will reduce the range you get on your rides, as there is more rubber making contact with the road (friction!). The upside to the loss of distance is that the ride is softer, so you “feel” the road less. This of this like squeezing a fully inflated balloon versus a half-inflated balloon, make sense?

No matter what you decide to try, you should consider Future Motion’s PSI limit and safety warnings, as this could result in injury and a voided warranty. Over inflating the tire and causing damage will not be covered under warranty. Under inflating the tire and causing unsafe riding conditions is also something to consider.

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Should I leave my Onewheel charging overnight?

Simple answer:

Yes, the light located on the charging brick will change from red to green when the board is fully charged and will stop charging automatically. Leaving it plugged into the charger will not cause any long term damage.

Long answer:

The Onewheel battery is made up of many cells that work together to hold a charge. Sometimes, a few battery cells can get out of balance with the other cells and don’t get a full charge, causing decreased capacity and therefore decreased range.

Fortunately, the Onewheel charger continues to “balance” the cells after the light has turned green. However, this is a very slow process and can take up to 72 hours in some extreme cases. Fortunately, this is rare, but this is why it’s a good idea to give your battery a occasional overnight charge or just leave it plugged it.

I can't ride my Onewheel for a while, what's the best way to store it for a long period of time?

Simple answer:

Store it at 50% battery level in a comfortable temperature.

Long answer:

All batteries have a lifespan based on the age of the battery and the number of charging/depletion cycles. Battery cells are like a balloon, they can lose “elasticity” when left fully-charged or fully-drained for long periods of time. If you don’t plan on riding your Onewheel for a week or longer, it’s good practice to store it near 50% battery charge in a comfortable temperature. The same rule for pets applies to Onewheels; “If You’re Cold, They’re Cold, Bring Them Inside!”.


Below are resources and questions for those looking get the most out of their boards by modding. Note: certain modifications will void your warranty provided by Future Motion Inc. Exercise caution and pay attention to warnings in resources provided below.
Where can I see some customized Onewheels?

We’ve got the best collection out there!

Check out our Board Build Gallery to see the largest collection of customized Onewheels anywhere. Not only do we have tons of rad boards to look at, we also tag the photos with product links, giving you X-ray vision on how the owners built their boards. This is quite simply the easiest way to see a huge collection of unique customization and specific product details, making it easy for you to get the same products and achieve similar (or identical) looks!


What are these "VnR", "CnR" and other battery expansions all about?

Short answer:

They describe various methods to achieve an external battery modification, providing riders with augmented range on their Onewheel.

Long answer:

There are a handful of acronyms the Onewheel community use to describe modifications to extend the battery capability of a Onewheel by adding an external battery to supplement the internal one, achieving extended range. These terms can include VnR, CnR, RnR and PnR (or Vamp n’ Ride, Charge n’ Ride, etc.), and all represent a slightly modified approach to achieve the same thing; an external battery configuration on a Onewheel.  SonnyWheels, who sells kits to achieve these upgrades, provides a more detailed breakdown on the differences.

The main takeaway here is that you can modify your board to greatly increase your range, however, it’s important to note that any approach that requires you to open the board and make modifications will immediately void your warranty. Additionally, the method and products you would use for your board varies depending on a few different important circumstances, such as the firmware version of your board. Our friend Jimmy Chang wrote an excellent breakdown article covering the various systems available and weighs the pros/cons of each.

My warranty is expired – so who cares! You may think that there’s no need to worry about your warranty after the one year warranty expires. Consider this: Not only will the common “battery extension” modifications void your warranty, its possible for Future Motion to outright reject working on your board with these types of modifications. You literally can’t even pay them to work on your modified board. Seem unreasonable? Future Motion is a business and has obligations to protect the health and safety of its employees – it’s not surprising for them to not want to accept a large and potentially dangerous battery that’s been tinkered with by a stranger and ask their employees to service it. Once you void your warranty and make these modifications, you’re on your own. Before making these types of modifications, research the topic fully and understand the risks before committing. The saving grace here is that there are many Onewheel repair shops that will perform repairs, upgrades and service-related labor regardless of your warranty.

As of April 2020, there are rumblings of patches sent out by Future Motion that are “bricking” modified boards, meaning that they outright stop working through software changing. The risks are real, my dudes. Do your research before setting down this path.

In regards to safety, there are a number of concerns and warnings regarding this topic. Land-Surf, an aftermarket accessory manufacturer, produces a product in the same vein as these approaches called the Ranger Locking Battery Mount. In their product description, they detail the concerns (in the FAQ section) of using the other methods described above, which their product is designed to address.

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What are "Flight Fins"?

Short answer:

An aftermarket accessory for the Onewheel which adds “fins” attached to a special half-fender, allowing the rider to partially secure their feet to the board. This provides some more control of the board, including the ability to jump with the board, similar to jumping on a snowboard. Flight Fins come in a variety of customization options and are available at flightfins.com.

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What are "Fangs"?

Short answer:

Fangs are an aftermarket safety accessory for the Onewheel which adds two small casters to the nose of the board. The Onewheel has the potential to “nosedive” and is often the leading cause of injury, Fangs provide a means for the board to continue rolling on the front wheels, giving the rider time to recover. While their purpose is for safety, they can also be used for tricks where riders purposefully nosedive allowing them to ride on the Fangs, which is referred to as a “fang drag”. Fangs come in a variety of customization options and for several models of the Onewheel from land-surf.com.

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What is the best tire to swap to?

Short answer:

It depends on what you plan to do with your Onewheel, primarily broken down by street versus off-road terrain (or a blend between the two). There are a number of aftermarket tire options available, as well as shops that will do the swap for you. We’ve teamed up with Jeff at The Float Life who has detailed his top 4 picks.

Long answer:

Which tire is right for you? Written by Jeff McCosker (original Reddit post)


For years I have ridden the Burris 6” TX-33 tread off-road, but recently switched to the new upgraded version called the Trail Pro. Both tires use the same mold so shape hasn’t changed. The sidewalls are now reinforced for durability, edge hold, and longevity and a custom compound that sits between the TX-11 and TX-22 was used to increase grip, soak up smaller bumps off-road, and greatly reduce that buzz on the street that the original had. The Trail Pro is just a nice little bump of an upgrade to the original which is widely regarded as the best off-road tire for quite some time. FYI: the 6” Burris tread has won the FloatLife Fest XR race every single year and won the premier event dual slalom last year at FLF3.


I have three boards that I ride depending on how I’m feeling.

First is the FF Hoosier Whisper. This is a great tire and probably the most “Jack of all trades” tire available. It has a good balance of stability and carvability with a nice squishy compound for a smooth ride. It’s like a 9 out of 10 on pretty much every category for me! I’ll even choose to take this tire off-road sometimes if I want to have fun and drift around on a fun smooth sandy trail. Wouldn’t recommend for sharp rocky technical downhill though.

Next is the Burris 6” slick in SS-11. This is my favorite trick tire right now as it sacrifices a tiny bit of stability for increased carvability (which is key for curbs) and a little punch up in the torque. Feels very similar to the Whisper, but at a more affordable price point. This is the tire that both Bodhi and Ryan Sherwood are riding. If you don’t know who they are, they are widely considered the two best trick riders right now.

Lastly, I have the Burris x TFL XtraRad tire. This is the tire I enjoy for coffee runs, quick around town rips, and bar hopping. It’s a smaller diameter and width tire that has a fun soft compound that sacrifices a mph or two off the top speed and cranks the torque and board snap way up! This is a super zippy little tire that carves on a dime, but still holds a decent amount of stability. Best I could describe this tire is it’s like a Pint x XR hybrid. Cool thing about this tire is you can rock it on a Pint or an XR or if you want to get really crazy, you can get custom shorter rails and build a real hybrid called a McNugget.

How do I do a tire swap?

Watch these videos!

Jeff over at The Float Life provideds a great video tutorial on this process with easy to follow steps, complete with the tools and products you’ll need to get the job done. Tutorials for the XR and the Pint can be found below. Thanks Jeff!

Onewheel XR Tire Swap:

Onewheel Pint Tire Swap:

How do I check my hardware version and why does it matter?

Short Answer:

While your Onewheel is connected to the mobile app via Bluetooth, tap the “hamburger” icon (three lines) on the top-right corner of your screen. Next, tap “Board Settings” at the bottom of the drop menu and look for “Hardware” near the bottom.

Long Answer:

Onewheel (AKA, Future Motion) has made efforts to prevent access and modifications to the inner-workings of the board on newer models through updated firmware. You have nothing to worry about if you own an original (”V1”) or Plus model Onewheel, as these models do not receive firmware updates like newer models (XR and Pint) do.

XR models start at hardware version 4206, then continued to 4208 and 4209. These older models allow access to battery cell information with third party apps, which allows for battery modification and interchangeable parts for self repair. These versions are desirable to riders who wish to modify their boards, such as replacing the battery pack or adding external battery components.

XR Hardware 4210 is where it gets a bit tricky:

  1. You cannot access cell information.
  2. Battery modifications can be done, but can result in an “Error 23” when the Onewheel app detects a battery larger than stock.

  3. The Controller (Onewheel computer stored in the front half) and the Battery Management System (battery computer stored in the rear) are interconnected together through the software. This makes the board difficult or impossible to self repair.

4211 and 4212 have all of the above restrictions, but will absolutely not work with any battery modification or range extenders.


Many Onewheel owners have no intention of self diagnosing, modifying or repairing their Onewheel. The Onewheel is a very reliable product and any hardware version can be repaired by Future Motion. The newer 4212 hardware even has some slightly upgraded internal components.

If you want the freedom to self-repair and modify your Onewheel, you will want a older board with 4209 hardware or later.

Can I see if my battery cells are still good?

Short Answer:

If you have an Original (V1), Plus or XR hardware 4209 and older Onewheel, read on! Have 4210 and newer XR or a Pint? Sorry, but this is not possible at this time. You would need to send your board back to Future Motion for diagnosis if you suspect a battery capacity issue.

Don’t know how to check your hardware version? Refer to “How do I check what hardware version I have and why do I care?”

Long Answer:

Now that we cleared that up, you will need a third party app to access the battery information. The OWCE app will give you access to information not available in the Onewheel app, including battery cell information.

The download process depends on your model of phone. iOS or Android? We have you covered!

  1. iOS: First download the TestFlight app on your device: https://testflight.apple.com/join/erN13tuH
  2. Now accept your email invitation or follow the public link invitation to install.
  3. Android: Download at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.owcommunity.owce
  4. Follow instructions in the apps to connect to your Onewheel!


Each cell should be 4.18V for XR or 3.6V for Plus & V1 when fully charged. It’s acceptable to see a plus or minus .02V for each cell. If you see any cells lower, it may require you to charge the board for up to 72 hours to balance the cells. The battery will need to be replaced if you are unable to obtain a balanced battery.

Can I change the grip tape?

Short Answer:

Absolutely, and many riders do! However, there are factors that are critically important to understand before you begin the process, detailed below.

Long Answer:

Changing your grip tape is fairly simple, but you must be carful not to remove/damage the sensor located under the front pad while removing the old grip tape. The sensor is under a thick piece of plastic contouring to the shape of the front footpad. The grip tape adheres directly to this plastic piece. Many riders accidentally peel up the plastic piece along with the grip tape which commonly causes issues with the sensor, even if reapplied. To make the process of separating the grip tape from the sensor, heat is your friend. You can let the footpad heat up slowly in the sun, or use a hair dryer. This will loosen the adhesive, allowing you to slowly and carefully peel the grip tape away.

Before applying new grip tape, remove any left over adhesive with some Isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Ensure the surface is completely dry as well. While applying, ensure there are no air bubbles captured under the grip tape, as this can cause issues with your sensors engaging properly.

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What's the best grip tape repalcement?

Short Answer:

Essentially, any grip tape replacement will be an improvement over the stock grip tape that ships with your Onewheel. However, there are options that may be best suited for your preferences and the type of footpad you’re using.

Long Answer:

Most aftermarket grip tape options will be better than stock, because the stock tape has very low grit and sharpness which doesn’t provide very good traction for anything more than street riding. Additionally, due to the very fine spacing of the grit, this tape tends to get caked up with dirt and debris, making cleaning it a chore. When your grip tape is covered in dirt, the effectiveness is reduced which can lead to your feet losing traction to the board. This is of course a safety concern, so ensure you regularly clean your grip tape (as needed) regardless of the option you use.

  • Grit: Like sandpaper, this refers to the amount of roughness or how sharp the surface is. A rough grit will give you better foot traction, but make it more difficult to adjust your foot placement. A sharp grit offers good traction, but is hard on shoes and makes any skin contact more extreme.
  • Spacing: Good grit spacing is important so the grip doesn’t get “clogged” when riding dirt. Good spacing can also increase traction and allow for easier cleaning.
  • Precut: Most aftermarket Onewheel grip tape is precut to the shape of the Onewheel footpads for easy installation. If not, you will need to trim or cut it. It’s a good idea to confirm the grip you are buying is compatible with your footpads.

Can I use skateboard grip tape? Absolutely, but most skateboard grip doesn’t have the appropriate grit, durability and shape for a Onewheel. The Onewheel foot pads are slightly wider than most skateboards so make sure the grip you choose is large enough and trim it with a razor blade to fit

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