When it comes to personal electric transportation, you’ve got plenty of options. The debate often boils down to choosing between a traditional two-wheel scooter and the increasingly popular Onewheel. Though they both serve the purpose of moving you from point A to point B, the experiences they offer are entirely different. So why would one choose a Onewheel scooter over a two-wheel scooter? Let’s dive in.
The Snowboard-Like Feeling
If you’ve ever snowboarded or surfed and loved the sensation, then Onewheel is your go-to option hands down. Unlike two-wheel scooters, which offer a more linear and balanced ride, the Onewheel provides a feeling similar to carving down a mountain or catching a wave. The footpad sensors and the motor allow for quick responsiveness, giving you the control and fluidity that are much closer to board sports.
I will often purposely ride very gnarly, trails that many rocks and roots to bonk or traverse through.
One area where the Onewheel shines is in its ability to tackle a wide range of terrains effortlessly. From riding through sandy beaches to gliding over rocky trails, this single-wheeled wonder can do it all. As detailed in Trailwheel’s guide to trail riding a Onewheel, the device features robust construction and a fat tire that allows for exceptional traction and a smooth ride over uneven terrains. On the other hand, a two-wheel scooter, especially those not designed for off-roading, may struggle on challenging surfaces.
Nimbleness and Agility
Onewheels are designed to be extremely nimble, offering tight turns and quick directional changes that a two-wheel scooter simply can’t match. The device’s unique design allows for easy maneuverability, making it ideal for navigating through tight spaces or crowded urban environments.
While many reviews do claim that the Pint series Onewheel are a more nimble platform, I owned a Pint, Pint X, XR and a GT and I can say that this is true however the XR and GT are still far more nimble than any two-wheeled electric device.
If off-roading thrills you, a Onewheel is your best bet. Off-road electric scooter riding can handle similar terrains however at this point, you likely should consider a dirt bike. The Onewheel has a superior feel because you are completely immersed into a trail ride. Scooters can tackle similar trails but you the excitement and control is less than a Onewheel. With the right techniques, you can climb steep hills, ride through mud, and even jump off small ramps. The thrill of off-roading on a Onewheel is truly unparalleled.
The Learning Curve is Short
It’s essential to mention that the Onewheel does come with a steeper learning curve than a traditional two-wheel scooter. While two-wheel scooters are straightforward and easy for almost anyone to pick up, mastering a Onewheel takes time and practice. However, the effort pays off with a much richer riding experience. Most riders can learn to do the basics after a couple hours.
Battery Life and Range
Two-wheel scooters generally offer longer battery life and range, but Onewheel devices aren’t far behind. Plus, the intensity and quality of the ride you get with a Onewheel often make up for the slightly limited range, providing a more immersive experience.
Choosing between a Onewheel and a two-wheel scooter boils down to what you want from your riding experience. If you’re looking for a smooth, snowboard-like ride, unmatched terrain versatility, and the ability to perform nimble maneuvers, the Onewheel is the clear winner. While it may take some time to master, the rich and exciting riding experience it offers is well worth the effort.
E-scooters are generally faster on streets and sometimes on trails however I personally would rather ride a dirt bike if you are deciding to ride two wheels. Granted, to trailer a dirt bike isn’t the same but nothing is more portable than a Onewheel and it tackles so much terrain.
So, are you ready to ride the future? Choose Onewheel for an experience that’s more than just transportation; it’s an adventure waiting to happen.