Onewheel Lingo & Terminology

Complete list of Onewheel terminology covering components, products, slang, tricks and more



B.A.N.G. Bumpers: Aftermarket Onewheel Bumpers created by the Float Life. These are made of tough plastic offering a sleek and rugged nose, tail and underside. (slang: bangers)

Bash Bumpers: Aftermarket Onewheel bumpers created by Land Surf LLC. These are made of tough plastic and have a rounded and smooth bottom. No real defined edged.

Bonk: (Bonking)Using the elasticity of the Onewheel’s tire in conjunction with unloading the board’s weight to jump / bounce over an object (such as a curb, branch, tree root, etc). Also known as Bollie (Bounce-Ollie).

Bollie: (Bounce-Ollie)Using the elasticity of the Onewheel’s tire in conjunction with unloading the board’s weight to jump / bounce over an object (such as a curb, branch, tree root, etc). Also known as Bonk.

BMS: Battery Management System. Electronic component of the Onewheel that manages the power / voltage from the battery to the Onewheel’s controller.

Bricking: A brick (or bricked Onewheel) is when the Onewheel is no longer functional due to corrupted firmware, hardware, or other damage. The term analogizes the the Onewheel to a usefulness of an actual brick.


Captain Morganing: This comes from the Captain Morgan logo. How the captain stands over the barrel is how riders feel when riding a dead battery. With a dead battery, the pushback is so pronounced, it feels like you are Captain Morgan with one foot elevated over a barrel. In this case its a Onewheel.

CBXR: Chi Battery XR Onewheel is a battery modification completed to a Onewheel XR (battery made by Chi Batteries) in which the battery has been replaced from a 324Wh to a 567Wh battery allowing for a range of up to 40 miles.

Chipping: A process involving a computer known as an FFM chip that was developed by JW Batteries. This chip allows for XR with firmware higher than 4155 to take a battery modification. Onewheels that require this chip are not as valuable as ones that do not require it (primarily due to the diagnostics available).

Controller: Electrical component of the onewheel under the front sensor that regulates the balance of the onewheel.


Diagonal Tension: Diagonal tension refers to the tension created in the corner where the rail and the footpad meet, specifically on the side opposite the direction of travel. This tension is caused by the rider’s weight and the force applied to the footpad when leaning into a turn or carving. Diagonal tension is an important aspect of the Onewheel’s design, as it allows riders to make sharp turns and carve smoothly without losing control of the board. Diagonal tension reduces foot wobbling.

Directional: A tire that is made with the tread pattern only capable of channeling water out in one direction.

Digital Shaping: Profiles (or modes) on the Onewheel app that change the feel of the ride by changing how reponsive the controller is and by setting speed limits. Modifying the modes is done via the Onewheel App.

Dubs: Dubs are short for “W” (‘doub’le U’s). W is short for WTF’s. Dubs are WTF Homebrew rails for Onewheel.



FAF: These are aftermarket rails and center prices for the Varial rail set where the tail is angled higher. These are “Fast As F*ck” (FAF).

Fakie: Riding onewheel backwards (dominate foot in the rear / weaker foot forward).

Fangs: A product by Land-Surf LLC. Two wheels positioned on the underside of the Onewheel nose. Intended for nosedive recovery.

Fender: The cover (typically plastic) that covers the topside of the Onewheel’s tire which prevents water and debris being thrown onto the rider.

FFM: Acronym for “Fixed Future Motion” (Some refer to it as F’ Future Motion as the hidden meaning). This is also the name of the chip developed by JW batteries (FFM chip) that allows for later model XR and Pints to be modified with larger batteries.

Float Plates: Essentially skid plates for the underside of the onewheel. Bumpers come standard on the onewheel and are considered to be a wearable component however floatplates allow for extra protection (once a bumper is worn, the controller or battery areas are more exposed).

Floatwheel: Company that produces non-Future Motion boards. They are similar self balancing electric boards however utilize an open source controller. Floatwheel ADV and ADV Pro are currently their flagship models.

Foot Fatigue: Cramping of the foot (feet) when riding a onewheel.

FM Board: Future Motion Onewheel Product (opposed to a VESC build or Magwheel).


Goofy Stance: Riding onewheel with the right foot leading. Originated from Goofy the Disney character.

Growler: Shorter rails and smaller diameter tire generally referring to an XR modification.

GTR (GTXR): Conversion modification for the onewheel GT allowing use of an XR hub and tire combo.

GTS (GT-S): Acronym for the Onewheel GT S-Series.

GTX: Conversion modification for the onewheel GT allowing use of a Pint X hub and tire combo.



JWXR: JWXR Onewheel is a battery modification completed to a Onewheel XR (battery provided by JW batteries hence the JW initials) in which the battery has been replaced from a 324Wh to a 567Wh battery allowing for a range of up to 40 miles.


Micro-Mobility: An electric powered class of devices (PEVs) that allow for one rider (EUC, scooter, hoverboard, onewheel, powered skates, e-skateboards & e-bikes. Devices generally are below 200 lbs in weight.


Nose: The sensor side of the Onewheel. Also may be referenced by the leading end of the board when riding.

Nosedive: The state in which the onewheel’s frontend (nose) falls to the ground while operating. This commonly occurs when the board is being overpowered (resisting pushback).

Nose Drag: Intentionally nosediving the board and riding it for a duration of time. Typically the board is set to a less aggressive mode (such as ‘Mission’).

Nudge: Bumping over an object (typically a curb [Kerb Nudge]) by unloading your weight while keeping pressure on the front sensor allowing the Onewheel to power over the object.


OWCE: One Wheel Community Edition (known as OWCE) app that is available for android and iOS phones for additional diagnostics for the Onewheel. This app will not work with newer firmware boards 4155 and higher on the XR and firmware 5059 and higher for Pint. This is a third party application that is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with Future Motion.

OWIE: A battery chip alternative to the FFM chip by JWBatteries.


Platypus: Concave footpad made by Land Surf

Playsense: Concave custom sensor made by Land Surf. This is a single zoned pressure sensitive pad (opposed to the standard 2 zone sensor). Dismounting will vary on this footpad however it is a custom front pad solution instead of modifying the stock sensor or adding another pad on top of the stock sensor.

Posi / Posi-sensor: Sensor modification where the dual sensor becomes one.

Prowler: Similar to a Growler but with a Pint Hub instead of the XR.

Pushback: Manufacturer safety measure implemented by Future Motion in which the onewheel will slightly resist further forward acceleration. The rider will feel the onewheel’s nose lifting (or pushing back) against the acceleration. Resisting pushback may lead to nosedives.

PX: PX is the abbreviation for Pint X.


Quart: Battery upgrade for the Pint made by Chi-Battery Systems. This is a 4.25 amp hour battery with 230 watt hours offering 12-15 mile range on a pint.

Quickstop: Dismounting the lead foot from the onewheel while dragging the tail end of the board to stop abruptly.


Regular stance: Riding Onewheel with the left foot leading.

Revert: Riding with your typical stance (goofy or regular) and spinning 180 degrees and riding the same direction in a switch manner (leading foot changes).


Simplestop: A ‘simple stop’ feature added to the Pint, Pint X and GT board where riding in reverse will result in a dismount. Simplestop engaged is indicated by a purple lightbar.

Sensor Pad: Front side of the board with two separate sensors (left and right) that operate in unison to engage the motor. While riding above 1mph, the sensor allows for separate engagement (only one side of the sensor needs to remain engaged for the motor to say on.

Skeleton Rails: Custom rails made by Tech-Rails. These are hollowed trussed rails with custom heights and an angled rider stance.

Sonny Wheels (Sliders): Two rollerblade-sized wheels affixed to the nose. A product to aide in nosedive recovery. The concept is similar to Fangs but are larger in size and attach on the front opposed to the underside.

Switch: generally referring to riding ‘in switch’ of your typical stance (goofy or regular).

Switchblades: Rails made by Tech-Rails with adjustable heights and angles for all current model Onewheels.

Symmetric: A tire whereas the tread pattern can channel water in both directions – same in both directions.


Tail: Battery side of the Onewheel – the back footpad. Also may be refenced by the rear end when riding.

Switchblades: Adjustable rails made by TechRails that allow for a customized ride by altering the pitch of the footpads and the height of the hub.



Varials: Aftermarket modular rail system manufactured by TheFloatLife. This rail set has five different center pieces (center, lifted /lowered, FAF, WTF, and Bohdi limited run)

VESC: Vedder Electric Speed Controller (VESC) which is named after the creator Benjamin Vedder. A VESC board operates on non-Future Motion component’s (primarily the speed controller similar). VESC is a self-balancing skateboard however not a trademarked Onewheel product.

Essentially, when you ride a Onewheel, the controller that balances the board is made by Future Motion. Being that VESC is open source, there is no official company. Benjamin Vedder is the Swedish engineer who first adapted ESC technology for in 2014.

VNR: ‘Vamp ‘N Ride’ – external battery adapter modification for the onewheel.


WTF: In the Onewheel world WTF stands for “Wow Their Fast. WTF’s are rails made by TheFloatLife – WTF Homebrew Rails.




David Bank

David Bank - Onewheel Enthusiast and has been an avid Onewheel rider since 2020. With thousands of miles logged on various Onewheel models and builds, David has a deep understanding of the mechanics, safety protocols, and the joy of Onewheel riding. He has been featured in Onewheel community events and has contributed articles to leading Onewheel forums and PEV communities. David also runs a YouTube channel where he shares tips, reviews, and tutorials related to Onewheel.

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