Can You Modify The OneWheel?(Guide)


Can You Modify The OneWheel?

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Can You Modify The OneWheel?

Onewheel is a self-balancing board that allows you to feel more in control of your balance. You can design it specifically for skateboarding, but you can also use it for commuting, yoga, and riding.

Yes! You can modify your Onewheel to give it a personal stamp as the wheel enhance its speed and control. If you want to customize your wheel more than Onewheel offers via their stock plate, you can try a few modifications to enhance power, speed, and agility.

You can accomplish this with different wheels and risers or by customizing your Onewheel with a light bar and battery pack.

The last modifications will take time as they require soldering skills, so it’s best left for the pros, but you can start with simple mods like using different tires or risers.

I usually use a different wheel size. I do this by replacing the stock wheel with a larger one or using risers. The latter option requires more work, but it’s more advantageous in the long run as it enables me to choose my wheel size and fine-tune my ride height.

The pros of using risers are that I can do whatever I want with the wheel to change my ride height, and it becomes more stable than stock wheels.

One modification many people fail at is changing the wheel size, as it requires a lot of work with screwdrivers and soldering skills. There are many wheels made for the Onewheel, and finding one compatible with your wheel size takes time.

I have heard of people trying to do their one-wheels work with larger wheels, but I don’t know if they have worked out the kinks yet. Getting the right wheel size is all about balancing performance and cost.

I recommend you start with a smaller wheel before trying out bigger ones.

Is Onewheel Pint Too Small?

My Onewheel is 1″ narrower than the XR at 8.5″. I am still able to ride it.

However, how small you want your Onewheel depends on your taste, preference, and comfort. The footsies and body weight also plays a significant role. The smaller the wheelbase, the faster you can ride it.

I’m 6’0″ and weigh 210 lbs. but I could ride in comfort and stop when I wanted. Some people say it’s the right size for me, but the XR(which is just a little bit smaller at 8″) might be better for bigger riders.

Below are three Onewheel models comparison that will help determine your best fit.

 Onewheel Models
FeaturesPintPintXGT
Speed16 MPH18 MPH20 MPH
Miles/charge6-8 miles12 – 18 miles20-32 miles
Inches27 inches long27 inches long29.5 inches long
LBS/ Limit23 LBS. / 275 LB. LIMIT26 LBS. / 275 LB. LIMIT35 LBS. / 275 LB. LIMIT

Can You Do Custom Shaping On Onewheel Pint?

Yes! I have a custom-shaped Onewheel Pint for better toggling slidders control capability, Stance Profile, and Aggressiveness to create my Shaping mode dialed up or down depending on how I want my ride to run.

I am not riding a stock Onewheel Pint with this XR Shaped Deck. Very happy with the way it performs. So, you can custom shape to get a different ride experience than just sticking with the factory Onewheel Pint shaping options.

My custom XR-shaped deck is much lower in the front and has more sliders control so that I can quickly corner and toe-in my stance when I want to while carving.

A significant difference between how a shaped Onewheel Pint rides over a stock Onewheel Pint is that the carve of the stock Pint has a more predictable Forward Lean, whereas the XR-shaped Pint has none.

The XR shaping pushes you back in your stance, which counteracts some of the forward lean from 0 to 15 degrees by providing a little backward lean or a tad of toe-in.

Depending on your riding needs, you can adjust this by adding more rake or less rake. After playing with a few different rakes, I landed on 4 degrees. So, this is simply a personal choice as to what feels best for your riding style.

The XR-shaped deck had more grip when cornering and felt much more stable to me with the added toe-in in the back of my stance.

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I prefer having a less forward lean, so I do not have to push as far along in my stance. But the XR-shaped deck is suitable for carving, and I can carve a course at speed with some stability.

How To Do custom Shaping For Onewheel Pint

The Onewheel Pint is a new wheel shape that allows riders to do a wide range of tricks on the Onewheel, from high-speed manuals to low-speed slides, which you can customize, mix and match at will.

To do this, I start by removing the stock wheel from my Onewheel and removing the two aluminum spacers.

Next, I use a laser-cut template of the wheel I want to create, then trace that template onto my new blank aluminum wheel using a permanent marker. And then, I use my welder to heat and melt the metal into shape.

I use a cutting wheel on my Dremel to cut out the new space in this aluminum blank wheel. After that, I use a hole saw and drill press to punch out the center of the wheel.

I then take my 3mm x 10mm steel bolt and use an arbor press and sledgehammer to true up the wheel because it’s a little wacky.

After that, I start sanding until I get close to the target look I want. I then start using lacquer thinners and fine-grit sandpaper to clean things up and smooth out the wheel.

During the shaping process, I decided this wheel was getting too fat, so I put a second hole saw in series with the first hole saw to cut out two holes per side of the wheel. This allows me to reduce their size while increasing the holes to give them a new look.

I then use a burr-rooter modeled after a human toothbrush to sand off the burrs and imperfections.

I then use a sanding drum on my drill press to keep those imperfections at bay. And finally, I polish out the whole thing with 400 – 2000 grit silicon carbonate wet/dry paper. This completes my custom Onewheel Pint Shaped Wheel.

What Does A Yellow Light On A Onewheel Mean?(How To Fix)

Yellow light on a Onewheel means that there are several errors on the Onewheel that needs fixing. Most times, when my Onewheel light turns yellow, I know it boasts two things; either there is a problem with the board’s signal or battery.

The first step I take is to fix the issue by removing any metallic objects from the beltway for about 20 minutes. I ensure my phone, keys, or purse are not attached and remove nails from the beltway.

I also switch off the power to prevent metallic objects and nails in the board from sending false signals that it needs to charge when it does not. If this does not help, I do a hard reset on my skateboard by following these steps:

I ensure I remove all metal objects from the beltway and switch off power. After that, I remove the battery for about 20 minutes, then replace it and power it on. If this has not fixed the problem, I take out the battery again and replace it with a fresh new one.

After doing that, I get to know if the board was working fine before. There is another problem if the board is still yellow after this process.

What Is High Mileage On A Onewheel?

With proper care, I can ride out my Onewheel for a high mileage of 32miles per charge, but I’ll get different performance and range depending on the terrain. A range of 10-12miles per charge is achievable on even ground with mild inclines.

No magic number or distance makes my Onewheel broken, so to be safe, I always watch for potential hazards in my path.

Aside from the distance and terrain, your weight also plays a significant role in this matter. My Onewheel is rated for a max rider weight of 270lbs, and I am potentially pushing this limit due to my height.

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I’ve only had a Onewheel for less than two months, so it’s hard to tell if there will be any unexpected issues, but right now, I haven’t had any significant problems with my Onewheel running high mileage.

My current route is 32miles round trip, which gives me about a 12mile range per charge. My average speed on my Onewheel is five mph, so I can easily reach this distance in an hour and a half if I keep the average speed up.

Remember that the higher you push your Onewheel’s terrain calculator speeds, the shorter your range, so be careful and don’t go too fast.

How Do You Get To Custom Shaping On The Onewheel App?

First, I download the Onewheel App on my phone. After installing the App and powering my board, I touch “Play” at the bottom of the screen. Once in this menu, I press “Custom Shaping.” Then I click on a map that has custom shaping enabled.

In your case, you can either click through one of these maps or select one by scrolling through them at the bottom of the “Shaping” Menu. Once you have selected your map, you will see a slider bar with numbered options.

The lower numbers are less complex than the higher ones, so if you press it to the right, you will most likely end up with a soft corner fender or, even worse, a dinged-up bumper. Resume play by choosing “Play.”

You can also custom shape a map on your phone without the app, and it is just a bit more tedious. Here’s how:

Once you are done custom shaping your board using the Onewheel App, you need to plug your board back in again and hit Play to see the changes. 

Once you have shaped your board and you like what you’ve created, save it! Press “Custom Shaping,” then go down to “Saved.” You will find a list of shapes you have done in the past.

If you are not satisfied with your latest one, keep pressing “Load” until you find a shape you like and press it to load it onto your board.

Does The Onewheel GT Have Custom Shaping?

Yes! Onewheel GT comes with the new Digital Shaping 3.0 and has six modes to select: Bay, Roam, Flow, Highline, Elevated, Apex, and Custom Shaping Mode. This means that you can set up the board to your preference.

With the Custom Shaping Mode, I can select the stance, flat or arched, of my Onewheel GT and change the amount of concavity in the deck to match those specs.

You’ll need to download a firmware update for your Onewheel GT to access these new features and modes. After installing the firmware, you’ll have access to the new modes.

You’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Press and Hold the Onewheel Button while turning your board on.
  2. Choose Custom Shaping Mode by selecting the corresponding number (1-6).
  3. Select your stance with the arrow pad, or hit both pads at once if you want flat.
  4.  Select your concavity with the arrow pads.
  5. Hit the Onewheel Button to accept your changes or turn off your board to go back to Normal Mode, access by pressing and holding the Onewheel Button while turning on your board.

What Does Aggressiveness Mean On Onewheel?

Aggressiveness on a Onewheel means that it’s strong enough to return to its neutral position when you push the nose up or down. You can measure it in degrees for each mode and boasts either positive or negative.

For example, when riding on the Flat Down mode, an aggressive Onewheel will try to move back up to the neutral position while riding slower. Depending on the Downhill mode, it will try to move down faster than a less aggressive Onewheel.

The difference between those two modes of operation is called “preloading,” which allows the board to change direction smoothly and safely during downhill control slides at high speeds.

When the nose of the board is up, you can push it down, and the motor will boost the effort to push it back down. It’s similar in reverse if you are trying to get back up. It will fight you to stay in its neutral position.

This is great for downhill control slides because once you enter into a slide and let go of the handle, the board does not keep moving forward; instead, it immediately changes direction and slides on its new trajectory.

The faster you accelerate, the more it tries to change directions (preload), but the more aggressive it gets in its decision to change directions.

How Do You Control Speed On A Onewheel?

On my Onewheel, I must lean backwards to move backward or slow down. If I want to move forward, I have to lean on it. The faster I lean, the quicker I go. The trick is giving myself a little time for the Onewheel to catch up.

That way, I don’t have to lean much and can control the Onewheel speed better.

The way I do it is that I move my hands from the outside of the back footpad to the inside. (looking from behind, I don’t touch the rear footpad at all) It’s a very smooth transition, and my speed does not change significantly.

The first time I tried this, it felt like magic. Now, it feels natural and easy to do. The harder I lean forward now, the faster I go. 

This is a beneficial skill as it feels very comfortable to lean forward this way and helps me achieve better balance when riding.This feels much more natural than leaning back because if I lean forward too much, the Onewheel goes even faster.

When I was leaning back, the Onewheel would slow down so I could quickly ease into a turn.

When I started riding my Onewheel, it felt like sailing a boat with no rudder. It was terrifying, and your speed would not be under your control at all. So, I started leaning back, and it went much better there.

I still lean back when I am on a straight path, and If i want to follow the curve. That’s when I will lean forward and so on.

Does Onewheel GT Have Simple stop?

Yes,My Onewheel GT comes with a simple stop that allows me to disengage the board for a dismount by stopping it and leaning backward. This is one of the many Onewheel safety features.

A motor will automatically disengage power if I cannot control the board from rolling. This prevents the board from moving away and knocking on anyone or anything.

I’ve tried this out multiple times, and it works as intended. Sometimes during a dismount, I might have to hold the board while leaning backward. Such as when my battery is running low.

If that’s the case, I’ll keep my foot on the board until I’m completely off it. Anyways, most of the time, I’ve been able to stop the board without putting my foot down first.

The board will roll away only if I’m pushing hard in a straight line with the board tilted forward. It prevents the board from rolling away during normal use and only if I’m riding the board at high speed with it pointed in a very far forward direction.

Is Onewheels Safe To Take On Trails?

Yes! I find Onewheel safe to take on trails because the board is stable and won’t flip over in the event of an obstacle. However, sometimes I push off an incline and find myself falling, but I quickly regain balance and ride on.

I think it’s safe to say that Onewheel has helped me during trail riding because it helps with obstacles like roots, brush piles, and rocks.

Riding on trails with others is also fun because they can help me if I fall. I have also found it safe to take on paths with large obstacles such as tree trunks or up hills.

On the streets, though, I feel Onewheel is a bit too unstable, and I feel safer on a road bike because it keeps me in balance, but it can be tough to control when going through stop signs or corners.

That being said, I have been able to take Onewheel successfully through 50% of my local trails. So yes, it’s safe to take on trails. I would suggest staying away from any rough terrain, but if you stay in a safer zone, you should be fine.

I would not recommend Onewheel for trails that have super technical climbs and descends extensive rock gardens or very tight trees.

How Do You Carve Onewheel Pints?

This is how I curve my Onewheel Pint. First, I take a utility knife and start at the top of the Pint, about 3/4-inch. Then begin cutting parallel to the bottom of the Pint. I keep my cuts perpendicular to each other until I have a thin slice about 1/2 inch wide.

Now I cut from 1 inch below my last cut to create a triple stack. I take my knife and hold it perpendicular to the Pint.

From here, I start at the bottom of the Pint and cut from side to side, leaving just enough room between each slice to allow me to bend them at a 90-degree angle (once they are all stacked, you should be able to see how this will work).

After all of my cuts are completed, I stick my slices on top of each other in pleasant ways or in a way that I think will best fit on my board. Once I get pleased with the arrangement, I place a hot iron on top of my stack for about 20-30 seconds.

The heat from the iron causes the slices to adhere to each other and stabilizes my design.

For better-held cuts, I take a few drops of super glue before sticking them up and holding them together for about 30 seconds.

What is Carvability Onewheel?

Carvability Onewheel is the one wheel that boasts the ability to move on the heelside, laterally, and on the toeside. This means it’s a versatile vehicle to help you get around.

You can steer it sideways for moving on the heel side, laterally for the toeside, and in reverse for convenience.

The cavability gives you more surface area coverage than when stationary-one wheels are typically ridden in a wheel-to-wheel manner.

The result is a more efficient ride with less energy wasted from useless friction on the wheel when rolling straight ahead and less resistance from inertia as you turn.

Cavability uses three identical spring-loaded arms equally spaced out to form an equilateral triangle. These arms are attached to the frame, which is permanently affixed to the hub motor.

The springs at the bottom of each component go around a bearing surface that enables the arms to pivot quickly. The tip of each arm has a small roller bearing (one on each tip) that allows it to rotate laterally and roll freely when in motion.

The entire arm is made from high-quality aircraft-grade aluminum that is CNC machined to an exact fit for the Onewheel frame.

Because the spring is essentially a miniature shock absorber, the weight of an arm is balanced by increasing its mass. This gives each component a negative spring constant (when the wheel rolls, these wheels roll-the roller bearing spin freely).

The arm’s mass would usually be increased to compensate for this, except that it’s already in balance because of how the components are attached to the hub motor.

This negative spring constant gives the components more torque, which is great for support but too much of it and the arms overshoot, causing the components to almost hit your feet if you’re not careful.

The mass of each arm was increased so that its new spring constant was the same amount of torque as the original spring constant.

Conclusion

Onewheel is pretty freaking awesome. It came out at the perfect time when the most significant challenge I had was getting used to walking everywhere and, more than anything, commuting around town.

It’s not something that you can instantly get on and ride it.

Tom

Hi! I' am Tom. I faced many questions from customers about different products, and there was hardly any help on the internet. After learning all the things about these products as a manager the hard way, I decided to start a blog and help other people.

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