The One Thing a GT S-Series Has Over a Floatwheel ADV

Floatwheel ADV’s start at $1,599USD whereas a Onewheel GTS cost $3,200USD. For 100% more cost, is the Onewheel GT S-Series worth it. If you are willing to purchase an ADV using crypto USDC for a very well equipped VESC board, here are the main differences

Floatwheel ADV vs. Onewheel GT S-Series

Floatwheel Feature ListGT S-Series Feature List
22 mph Top Speed25 mph Top Speed
34-36mi* Range – *Pro model16-25 mi range
20s2p 21700 / 621Wh Battery packs27s1p P45b / 437Wh Battery pack
36 lbs (16kg) board weight33 lbs (15kg) board weight
210 min standard; 48 min with hyper charge time150 min standard; 80 min hyper charge time
84 Volts113 Volts
CannonCore Motor with Advanced CoolingS-Series Tuned Hypercore Hub Motor
VESC ControllerFuture Motion Digital Shaping 3.0
Dual Concave FootpadsDual Lowboy Concave Footpads
Adjustable Height RailsFixed Rails
11.5 x 6″ – 6 Slick or Treaded Tire11.5″ x 7″ – 6.5 Performance Treaded
SmartDots LED DisplayLED Display
760 lumen Headlights Dimmable500 lumen Headlights Dimmable
1 Year Warranty1 Year Warranty
One-way Communication BMSTwo-way Communication BMS

Save $1600 or Buy the GTS?

If you’re reading this, its because the standard GT isn’t enough and you want to compare the next level Onewheel to a readymade VESC. The profile of both boards is relatively similar. You will get way more range on the Floatwheel however you get way more power on the Onewheel GTS (S-Series).

floatwheel and GT side by side

While the Floatwheel can be tweaked with VESC software, Future Motions Digital Shaping 3.0 has made a massive leap into tweaking the boards settings and ride performance. Honestly they are made for two types of people. Tinkerers and someone who just wants a performance ready VESC-competing Onewheel.

I like to think that buying the Onewheel GT S-Series (it should just be called the GTS), like an Apple iPhone. It is more costly, however they make it stupid-easy to use without any hassles. Again, there are tinkerers who do want to tinker and I do think that is where you go VESC however if you just want a polished ride with dialed in digital shaping, then you have to go GTS and mainly due to the two-way BMS.

One-way vs Two-way BMS

The floatwheel has a “single direction” battery management system (BMS) that only monitors and manages the battery during the charging process. It ensures that the cells within the battery pack are charged correctly and safely. This prevents issues like overcharging, but the crucial negative to the Floatwheel ADV is that the BMS does not manage the discharging process.

A two-way BMS, like in Onewheel products, manages both the charging and discharging process. It not only protects the battery from overcharging but also prevents over-discharging, maintains cell balance, and monitors the temperature during both charging and discharging. This type of BMS provides a more comprehensive protection and management system for the battery, contributing to longer battery life and safer operation.

floatwheel bms

The Floatwheel could have an issue with the battery and simply cut out on you mid-ride resulting in a nosedive. With a two-way BMS, any issue you are going to get some indication whether from Haptic Buzz or from the app that there is an issue. It is not going to just dump you mid-ride. Again, I am not claiming that it hasn’t happened however I have never just had a Onewheel just cut out. This can and does happen on an out of balanced Floatwheel.


You are going to get more power out of the GTS however you are confined to Digital Shaping 3.0 but it does provide for an incredible amount of customizations. To tinker, send payment with crypto for a competing board that is still needs improvements (plastics are very brittle), that is a choice you will have to decide if the savings is worth it.

I will say that because Floatwheel does not have a two-way BMS, I can not trust it the same as I would an FM board. One ER visit from a nosedive from a Floatwheel and it could make the savings an expense. Always wear a helmet and stay on top of your battery maintenance!

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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