So yesterday, March 12th 2019 was a HUGE day for a LITTLE product ...
OneWheel introduced their new e-board, the “Pint”. I have not seen the internet light up with so many comments about a product release since the early iPhone days! I have to say they did a great job of building the suspense and hype. Their Instagram and home page posted all sorts of cryptic clues for prior to the reveal as people everywhere were commenting on what might be released. Many guessed a new suspension system based on a mysterious patent someone uncovered, while some thought they would release a successor to the highly successful XR board which was released just a year earlier. Come noon(ish) they finally unveiled the Pint which replaces the Plus model as their entry level offering, while keeping the XR as their flagship much like the Tesla 3 is to the Model S.
I was surprised to see some of the immediate reaction was a little negative, until I realized it was from people who hadn’t even seen the full videos and their comments were not accurately representing the product that was being announced. I've got no issue with real critical analysis and reviews but most of what I was seeing was just typical trolling with nothing substantial but 'eye rolling memes' and such. Fortunately, it did not take long as real people with real comments started to dominate the message threads – then the love and appreciation started to show and the responsive was undeniably, overwhelmingly and unequivocally ecstatic!
The first ‘plus’ was with regards to price, the Pint costs about half as much as the XR making it the most affordable board Future Motion has ever produced. The XR offers a range of 19-29 km and the Pint’s range is 10-13 km. The Pint replaces the Plus model which had a range of 8-11 km, less than the Pint yet costing about 50% more. So long Plus, it’s been nice knowing you.
The Pint is a little bit smaller and weighs about 23 lbs making it a great choice for short daily commuting. It comes with an integrated handle so its also really nice to when you stop at your local coffee shop and have to carry your board in with you. If you want expedition type range the XR will still be your choice, but if your needs are small range and easy portability, say to get around a University campus, then the Pint is the way to go.
In terms of air travel, unlike the XR the pint’s battery is within airline specs. But even still, Future Motion recommends you call the airline before travelling. As well there is a helpful Wiki on Air travelling with your OneWheel HERE.
In terms of toughness the board looks just as heavy duty as everything else FM has made to date so we don’t see any issues there. But it’s smaller size makes it more nimble and dynamic a ride. Personally I find that non consequential as my trusty XR is plenty nimble enough, but I can see smaller, lighter riders like kids get more out of the Pint then they would from an XR. Does that mean the Pint is for kids only, hence the name? NO. Not at all. The Pint is rated for 250 lbs just like the XR but FM does say that if you are a bigger heavier rider you might appreciate the extra power the XR offers.
That said we think the Pint will be a huge hit for kids. Partly because of the size and weight of the board and partly because of the price. It will be a lot easier for many parents to justify the price of a Pint for their kids than the price of an XR. It also doesn’t mean the XR is only for adults as there are many videos of young kids shredding like pros on their Plus and XR models.
In term of speed the Pint has a limit of 26 km/h compared to the XR’s limit of about 30 km/h, so not much difference there, but that said I think bigger riders on hilly terrain would prefer the flagship XR. I wouldn’t call the Pint a kid’s board but I definitely see it being popular with the smaller, younger riders out there. It also has a smaller frame, length and tire. I am curious to ride one and see how that translates to ride quality and stability, but the word form testers is that it certainly is more nimble without compromising stability.
The Pint also features a new stopping/dismounting mechanism and procedure, simply slow down and lean back and the motor disengages. They say you can change this back to the traditional lift the front food method of the XR using the App. I’m not sure if you can do both methods at once though. Personally, I like being able to go in reverse but I have seen new riders struggle a bit with the front foot lift technique so I think this is a great feature. I wonder if they will release this feature on the XR via future software updates? Either way I always advise people to hold on to a fence and practice the foot lift 30 times in a row and you will easily develop the muscle memory to dismount without a problem.
The Pint also has some new LED lights and battery indicators that some people are raving about but to me that was just the fine print, what was more interesting was the charging system. The Pint does not use the XLR connector and takes about 2 hours 2 charge, an hour longer than the XR, but they do offer an ultra charger that does the job in about half that time. Either way I’ve never had an issue with the charging performance of my XR and I don’t think anyone will have an issue with that of the Pint.
I love innovation but to be honest I was dreading the possibility that they might announce an XR replacement. I hate products that have yearly release schedules. It means the companies that make them create a release schedule and hold back features and capabilities so they have something new every year. This means your existing product becomes obsolete quicker. I much prefer companies that put their all into a product and only release new versions when necessary and appropriate. Future Motion released the XR a year ago and the thought that it would be replaced so soon was making me a little queasy. So when they announced the smaller model it made sense and it made me and I’m sure others happy! My new XZ was still the best OneWheel out there and I didn’t feel cheated.
That doesn’t mean the XR is perfect. Sure I want a replaceable battery and full waterproofing just like the next rider. But I also feel like Future Motion did their best and there are reasons why the battery is internal. I’m sure they want to sell spare/replaceable batteries so there certainly must be a good reason it is designed the way it is. And just because you can’t submerge it doesn’t mean it is completely vulnerable to water. The internet is filled with the loud voice of a small minority of complainers, but I think the vast majority of customers, like myself, are incredibly satisfied with their OneWheels.
Today’s announcement did not alienate existing owners and riders, instead they made this incredible device way more accessible to a much rider range of riders. Something else that got overlooked by the announcement is that this company is growing and building a new factory in their home state of California.
Also this issue of “fangs” and front wheels is nonsense. Every message board has some clown complaining about “nose diving” but when you really dig deeper you find the vast, vast, vast majority of “nose dives” were caused by users that did something stupid or reckless. Nose dives are not a problem, but if you did add front wheels you will create a problem. You see sometimes when you dismount you drop the board onto its front rather than it’s back. If you had little wheels on the front it will not be a safe dismount. I’m sorry makers of fangs and other front wheels, but I just do not agree with your product.
By the end of the day the trolls had all but gone and the naysayers were converted and when the smoke cleared I couldn’t believe how many people and already placed their order. The Pint starts shipping in May but something tells me they have a lot of orders to fill and that might bleed into June. Either way if you want one your best bet is to get in your order now.
Clearly this was a huge announcement and the Pint, for all it’s small name implies will be a huge hit. Well done Future Motion, you’ve created an amazing product to start with and today you made it even better by making it more accessible. Cheers to you as I raise a “pint” and toast this new “Pint” – the little board with a big heart and soul. And cheers to the people that ordered a Pint, this will be one of the best purchases you have ever made.
My name is Ivano Stellato, and I founded Mystic Point Water Sports to deliver the coolest products for the coolest sports. I am a huge sailor and kite surfer but I always suffered when there was no wind. I SUP and paddle and row and they are amazing sports and activities, but nothing quite replaces that sensation of surfing and kiteboarding and that feeling known as “The Stoke”, until I doscovered the OneWheel. Now I lie in bed at night dreaming about when I can go floating next. I was saving for years to buy an electric bike but once I got into floating (the term used for riding a OneWheel), I no longer think about bikes. Since I got my XR I haven’t looked back and no longer dread those windless days. I friggin’ love my OneWheel and I know you will too.
I’m happy to announce that we are the Toronto West dealer for OneWheel. We have both the Plus model and the XR Model in stock as well as a bunch of accessories, but once the plus is gone we will not be getting any more. I believe we are one of Canada's biggest OneWheels dealers and we would love to hook you up. We ordered a bunch of Pint models but they will not be in stock until at keast the end of May. If in the meantime you want to try the XR we will be letting people ride at the Cottage Life Show March 21-24.
I hope you enjoyed my review, thoughts and feedback of the OneWheel Pint and XR. Contact us if you want to learn more but we know once you get your first ride in, you will never look back. #LiveLoveFloat