OneWheel seems to have found the sweet spot in the new personal electric mobility area with its popular rideables that bring together the benefits of electric mobility in a portable package that is easy to master. The company has recently updated its range with the introduction of the compact OneWheel Pint X, which boasts a range of 12-18 miles per second. charging, and the new OneWheel GT with a marathon-busting range of 20-32 miles per. charging.
OneWheel reached out about its new lineup and sent a new Pint X by mail to me, just like a 21st Century Santa Claus.
Disclaimer: OneWheel sent Pint X to the author free of charge in connection with this review.
I’ve invested a considerable amount of blood, sweat and tears in driving, collecting, crashing and abusing every single form of personal electric mobility on the market over the last few years, and OneWheel has for some reason eluded me up to this point.
After removing the packaging, the 27-pound Pint X revealed itself as a compact yet rugged vehicle. It is hefty, but thanks to the included carrying handle, it does not feel unmanageable. The weight is centered around the handle and it is easy to carry around. I dropped it on the charger to top it up and dug into the manual.
The genius of the OneWheel Pint X revolves around the use of a single, low, extra-wide inflatable tire. This is perhaps the perfect platform to build an electric vehicle on because of a few important benefits. Its small stature, at only 10.5 x 5.5, keeps the center of gravity of the entire board low. At the same time, the wide tread and the large amount of air contribute to a significant contact surface with the ground.
All in all, the tire provides an ride that is extremely stable, packs plenty of traction and still provides plenty of cushion for a smooth ride. The net result of riding on the regular slick deck is very similar to snowboarding or longboard skateboarding. The regular slippery tire can be replaced with a tread tire for those looking for a little more traction around town, or if you want to take this little beastie off-road to shred some trails.
I escaped from my dream state and realized that the board was fully charged and ready to tear, so I charged out the door. As an experienced rider, I am quick to admit my shortcomings and humbly put on a set of knee pads, wrist pads and a helmet before my first ride. We all want to go out and play when a new toy shows up, but if my collection of scars from the years is any indication, it is in these first moments where we are most vulnerable to failing hard.
So in full armor I walked out the door with the new Pint X in hand. It comes from the factory with a nice little handle that makes it easy to carry from a nice middle position. I had gone through all the starting information and quickly found my way up the board as I meandered up the road on my first trip. My body was completely tense as I tried to interpret the feedback from the board while keeping my legs mostly straight and my posture upright.
After a few faltering seconds, I adjusted my posture a bit as I became more comfortable with the ride. I stopped after a few hundred feet to reluctantly step off the board with both feet at the same time. In the subsequent trips around the neighborhood, my comfort level grew with the riding experience steadily. Turning on a OneWheel is achieved by leaning against your toes for a right turn or back on your heels for a left turn.
The wide tire reacted surprisingly to even the most subtle adjustments of my posture. It gave a squirrel-like feel at first, but after a few rides I was easily able to cut into increasingly natural turns. After 15 minutes of riding around the neighborhood, I took a break when another wave of Southern California’s unpredictable rain crashed.
As the streets dried up, I eagerly jumped out of the house for a more lively walk around town. We live up a set of very steep streets, so I gently cut down the hills to get down into the more rideable flat areas. I found that I was constantly making small adjustments to the position of my feet for the best balance between control and comfort. I found it helpful to watch a handful of videos on YouTube (like this one) to get a better idea of what might work.
My feet got tired and I had a few close calls, but after a few miles I found myself getting into the groove and cutting around town like a drunk clown. I do not want to pretend that it’s all sunshine and rainbows, as it takes time and practice to learn to ride a OneWheel. Compared to some of the other personal electric rideables I have tried, the OneWheel Pint X is much easier to get up to ride on. I had a bang on my first serious trip of 12 miles and have a ton of new tweaks and lessons that I look forward to trying next time I go out.
The compact package of Pint X, combined with its extremely functional range per. charging, makes it a great option for shorter commutes covering the last mile to and from transit, and for commuting around a school or workplace. It is small enough that it can be easily placed under a desk or in the corner of an office without getting in the way that an electric bike can.
An exciting use case for OneWheels is the ability to take them on transit and train. This makes it much easier to travel longer distances, and blows up Pint X at your destination for a nice shower of portability. Why worry about finding a taxi or Uber at your destination when you can just whip a OneWheel forward and drive?
When we talk about the form factor, one thing that sets OneWheel Pint X apart is how fun it is to drive. You look for any excuse to hop on a trip to the corner store, to get milk, to pick up supplies for an upcoming welding class (as I did), or to go for a walk with the dog. I can easily see this thing replacing car rides for me in my daily life and even replacing a vehicle with a train ride paired with a OneWheel for longer adventures.
In addition to its inherent applicability, the OneWheel Pint X has a long list of accessories so owners can customize the feature and look of their ride to their liking. For our review unit, I ordered the OneWheels carbon fiber screen, a colorful charging socket, some fun rail guards, and a backpack for easier travel. The opportunity to personalize your ride is really nice to see in a world where we are used to seeing pages and pages of solid colored rideables. I highly recommend adding a factory monitor and rail guards, though I would not go with the carbon fiber option if I were able to do it again as it is just a little too beautiful for a device that will be subject to abuse over time.
Overall, the OneWheel Pint X is an exciting player in the world of personal electric mobility. The form factor was easy to get functional with in a single day and master after a few days of riding. It is extremely stable without sacrificing the fun factor that makes all OneWheels rideables so comfortable to ride. During the time we were reviewing ours, I found that I was looking for some reason to hop on it for a quick ride.
Pint X builds on all the years of experience building vehicles in this space and is clearly a quality unit designed to last. The compact form factor sets it apart from other rideables, which together with the fun factor of OneWheel make it attractive to many potential customers as a recreational vehicle alone.
For more information on the OneWheel Pint X or to open up a whole new range of electric adventures with a purchase, head over to its digital domicile.
Do you appreciate the originality of CleanTechnica? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, technician or ambassador – or patron of Patreon.