What’s Simplestop, and should I use it?

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.

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.

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