Onewheel Plus (also known as Onewheel +) was the second available Onewheel available to the public (sales began January 2017). This form factor stayed with the XR model and arguably is the most iconic Onewheel due to its years of use (platform spanned 2017-2022).
The Onewheel Plus (+) offered a slightly rounder footpad, improved range and motor (hence the +). This was the first Onewheel to offer the 750 watt Hypercore motor (2 horsepower) and to offer the digital shaping modes Sequoia, Cruz, Mission, Elevated & Delirium. All presets remained on the XR platforms.
Onewheel Plus (+) Specs
|Hub Motor||750 watt Hypercore Motor|
|Tire Dimensions||11.5″ x 6.5″ – 6″ Vega Slick|
|Board Dimensions||9″ × 11.5″ × 30″ / 23cm x 29.21cm x 72.6cm|
|Weight||25 lbs / 11 kg|
|Weight Limit||275lbs / 125kg|
|Battery||130Wh Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) 48V|
|Top Speed (mph / km/h)||19 mph / 30 km/h|
|Sensors||Solid State MEMS 6-DOF|
|Range (mi / km)||5-7 mi / 8-11 km|
|Recharge Time (mins)||30 Mins *standard charger|
|Max Lean Angle||> 30° of Tilt|
|Digital Shaping Modes||Sequoia, Cruz, Mission, Elevated & Delirium|
Onewheel Plus Firmware
The Onewheel Plus was the beginning of onboard Firmware that riders were aware of. The original Onewheel firmware was Firmware 4000. A revised 4001 was issued in mid 2017 with some minor tweaks. Firmware 4020 (known as Andromeda) was released in August of 2017 and is when Future Motion had released Elevated and Delirium preset profile modes which remained on the final versions of the XR.
Andromeda did not undergo any sort of pairing locks, limits to the diagnostics and was relatively open to the rider. The success in allowing riders to modify their Onewheels began with Plus models running Andromeda and continued through Gemini firmware.
Onewheel Plus Platform
When comparing the Onewheel + to the V1, the dimensions are similar. The visual differences are the footpads, headlights and taillights. The sensor is visually different but more notably, the corners are rounded. On the V1, the corners are very angular. Future Motion had softened the edges and when with a more rounded look. The rails are similar CNC machined 6061 billet aluminum enclosing the battery and controller boxes beneath the footpads.
Of course you cannot ignore the headlights. The pair of head and taillights were first seen on the Plus models and have remained on all subsequent Onewheels. Within the marketing of the Plus models, this was the first time Future Motion advertised these as off-road devices. Trail riding has become arguably more popular than the typical commuting / street use of the Onewheel. Future Motion seeing sales attributed to this, they issued the XR for added range.
Digital Shaping 2.0
Digital Shaping 2.0 was introduced on the Onewheel Plus (+) model giving 5 presets for riding. The Elevated setting was the only setting that had remained from the V1 Onewheel and has continued to grace the Onewheels to date. Digital Shaping 2.0 Introduces Sequoia, Cruz, Mission and Delirium.
Sequoia digital shaping is the most mild setting for the Plus model. It is intended for learning to ride or for practicing tricks as the max speed is dialed down on this setting to 12 mph (19kph). Tightness and sensitivity is dialed down and its important to note that pushback begins sooner than the remaining digital shaping profiles.
If you are experiencing pushback at around 10mph (16kph), this is likely due to the Onewheel being set to Sequoia. This similarly can be caused on Cruz which also has a lower max speed.
Cruz digital shaping attempts to find a space between Sequoia and the most popular setting, Mission. While Cruz does allow you to keep a mellow ride and cruise around town, the max speed on this digital shaping profile is also dialed down to 15mph. Riders will often begin to feel pushback around 12 mph on this setting.
Because Sequoia and Cruz do not give the full potential max speed of the Onewheel, it is extremely important to be aware of the setting prior to riding. Pushback concerns within Cruz (more-so) than Sequoia are greater as riders may believe they can achieve the top speed of the Plus of 19mph (30kph).
Mission is the beloved digital shaping profile that gives the full potential of the Onewheel Plus while keeping the controller at a playful setting that is not too tight allowing for an extremely enjoyable ride. Mission is recommended by most Plus and XR riders as their preferred setting due to its “buttery” and float-like feel.
While Cruz and even Sequoia settings are often utilized for practicing new tricks, when mastered, the recommended digital shaping setting for trick riding is Mission because there is still enough play in the nose. In Delirium setting, the controller is very tight and often is too responsive when attempting tricks such as a nose slide.
Elevated on the Onewheel Plus does not change from the V1 other than provide a higher top speed of 19mph (30kph) in comparison to the V1’s 15mph (24kph). Elevated digital shaping finds its way into all Onewheel models and is known as the nose lifting setting. Fear of nosediving for many novice riders may choose this as there is a little more clearance giving some (false) sense of security however the main purpose is for hill climbing or riding some chunky terrain.
Riding Elevated is similar to Pushback as the nose is up. The pushback feeling while in Elevated mode feels like the pushback experienced with a dead battery where the tail almost begins to drag. Elevated is a middle setting in regards to aggressiveness and is made for any type of terrain.
Delirium is the second most popular digital shaping on the Onewheel Plus. Aggressiveness of the controller setting is set to high giving a hyper-responsive nose. The maximum speed of the Onewheel Plus is opened on this setting (19 mph / 30 km/h). When riding loose terrain or trail riding, tire slip notifications are more prevalent on this setting due to the controller’s high setting. If this notice concerns you, dialing down to mission generally remediates the notifications.
When Delirium mode is enabled, the Onewheel Plus has its max acceleration available as well as its maximum lean angle (the maximum angle the board can be tilted before it loses traction and begins to slide). Delirium mode is intended for experienced riders who are comfortable riding at high speeds and who have mastered the basic controls and handling of their Onewheel.
Horsepower from the Hypercore Motor
During the release of the Hypercore motor, Future Motion advertised the motor as offering 2hp (horsepower). This is a brushless motor within the hub that has proven to be reliable as their Hypercore motor found its way into the another 2 generations of Onewheel. There has been no official test to confirm that the motor does produce a 2 horsepower equivalent.
The Lost Middle Child
The Plus model tended to be an ignored middle child. Sales certainly improved over the V1 however with the release of the XR in January 2018, the Plus was a short-lived board as it had been eclipsed by the XR Onewheel. To its credit, this Onewheel gave the world the board we know today (iconic head and taillights, wooden footpads, blue CNC billet aluminum rails and the lovely blue power button.