As electric skateboards only become more and more popular, it’s fitting that their monowheel equivalents are also seeing more of the spotlight. In this review, I’m going to share with you one of the most exciting entries in that spotlight in this One Wheel Pint Review.
The Onewheel Pint is a single-wheel riding skateboard that has one center wheel instead of four smaller wheels. It looks like a small, rideable seesaw and kind of operates like one too.
The Pint has a top speed of 16 mph, making it a good choice for intermediate riders. Some riders have reported pushing this up to 20 mph.
It has a max range of up to 8 miles per charge. The official manufacturer, Future Motion Inc, promises a full recharge in only 2 hours, faster than most e-skateboards.
The entire board only weighs 23 pounds, making it relatively easy to hold and carry via the carrying handle. Despite being relatively lightweight, it has an impressive weight limit of 250 pounds.
If you’ve never ridden a monowheel like the pint before, I’d recommend wearing a helmet and some safety gear.
After turning on the power switch, plant your feet squarely on the deck. I needed to hold onto someone for the initial balance. The lightbar will show blue when the device registers that a person has stepped on and be ready to move.
Then it’s a matter of leaning forward to increase speed or backward to slow down. If you want to turn, you use your feet by leaning into your toes or heels, a bit like snowboarding.
The Onewheel seems to be at its best when used in urban environments. It could be a fun replacement for people tired of riding regular bicycles or skateboards.
Riding it feels more like riding a sideways hoverboard than your typical skateboard. This is mainly due to it being powered by your body’s leaning weight, rather than a remote control like most e-longboards or skateboards.
Having said that, the Onewheel certainly is capable of multiple terrain use. Thanks to a solid tire, it works surprisingly well on grass and dirt, though the power and acceleration do take a bit of a hit compared to smooth ground like asphalt or concrete.
What makes the Onewheel Pint so special to me is how it allows you to smoothly maneuver through crowded sidewalks. While it works well off the sidewalk, I really got the sense that I was using the Onewheel to its full potential as a commuting device primarily.
The Pint is relatively portable thanks to its 27-inch length and carrying handle, easily allowing one to take it to various places, including off-road biking trails.
The tire on the Onewheel Pint is the definition of a fat tire. At 10.5 inches tall and 6 inches thick, this makes it very sturdy on a variety of terrain, including off-the-road paths.
While it’s not as durable as a mountain bike, the Pint can definitely handle dirt trails pretty well. It doesn’t have the greatest self-balancing technology I’ve ever seen, but it certainly gets the job done.
The urban concrete roads and streets are where you should ride the Onewheel, especially if you enjoy going at top speed. Pavement roads are smooth, which will translate well into the board’s own smoothness. Balancing, acceleration, and braking all work at their best on paved surfaces.
One feature of this machine that really shines on the pavement is the pushback. This is an automatic safety feature of sorts that helps set the Onewheel apart from other e-skateboards.
Pushback activates when the board detects that you are going too fast. This typically happens when going forward downhill and gravity is doing too much work. When this happens, the board will stop being parallel with the downward slope and will literally push back so that it straightens out. This forces you into a more upright, less angled position so you aren’t leaning into the slope. As a result, you’ll start going slower.
I tested this feature a couple of times and it works as advertised. It’s not the biggest game-changer out there, but it is unique and neat, making me hope that more devices feature it in the future.
As advertised by Future Motion, the Onewheel Pint fully charges in only two hours. This makes it a viable choice for commuting to work or to a friend’s place as long as you bring the charger with you.
The battery can be exhausted reasonably quickly with its 8-mile range, so it’s no surprise that the charge time is fairly quick as well. There is the option to buy an ultra charger if you’re concerned about the charge time taking too long.
You can sync your board to the custom One Wheel App to control how your bike travels, check the battery status, connect to friends, and more. I haven’t utilized this feature much but it would be cool to play around more with it.
Here are the top three accessories to pair with your device:
This useful stand acts as a shield and a storage device for your Pint or XR. It has a colorful side decal and acts as a great way to stand up your board in a way that takes up less space in your home. You can also charge your board while it is put away.
This is a great way to prevent your board from accidentally getting scuffed or scratched by any nearby objects.
From the same company, these protective plates protect the most sensitive parts of the board – the battery and the motor casing – when put away in storage. The plates are designed to have the Onewheel aimed upward to take up less space at home.
They’re very lightweight, making them easy to put on and take off.
Possibly the coolest Onewheel accessory there is, this small and portable wall mount is comprised of only two tiny parts that can be placed on any wall. Then you can mount your board vertically for the most efficient and coolest-looking storage option available for any kind of board out there.
It also has the best compatibility out of all three accessories, working perfectly with the Pint, the XR, the Plus, and the V1.
At the end of the day, the Onewheel is a solid monowheel scooter, but it’s not the most incredible ride or the most advanced board I’ve used. It’s certainly fun to use, and it is relatively affordable, but I feel that for a bit more money you could get a longboard or skateboard that offers more power and bang for the buck.
The pushback feature is kinda neat and the Pint is definitely a fun ride, but it’s ultimately lacking in specs, power, and extra features. The LED lights aren’t very impressive and the range is also lacking.
I do appreciate how nice it felt on sand and grass, but I still felt that this was ultimately an urban skateboard.
This device can be worth it if you know for a fact that you’re going to be using it every day for fun, but riders with a greater need for speed may be disappointed.
My One wheel XR arrived at our front door a month ago after a day of traveling with a friend. I could travel for 11 miles throughout downtown Charleston but still had some charge left. I know the plan will be around a mile and a half. I have run several miles in 10 years, and it was a good upgrade for extended ranges. This one wheel+ is expected to run 5-8 miles. Once you get used to driving straight lines and turns, testing out your limits is recommended.
Let’s say the newer Pint model is too weak for you and you want one of Onewheel’s more powerful options – which one should you get? The Onewheel Xr or the Onewheel Plus?
I’d put my money on the XR. It’s very similar to the Plus in many respects, but the XR ultimately has more torque and more range, making it a slightly better version. “XR” here does stand for “extended range”, after all.
There’s just one problem: Onewheel discontinued the XR back in 2021, having it replaced by the GT model instead.
So if you still want to get your hands on the Onewheel XR, you’re going to have to find it used online with a good deal of luck on your side.
The Onewheel Pint is a fantastic ride and packs incredible power in the pint size. Unlike the original, these smaller mono-wheel skateboards are slightly lighter and less powerful but still quite fast, able to handle rougher roads and light off-road.
Pints are our recommended product for anyone looking for a unique ride of the type skateboard, or anyone wanting an electric skateboarding adventure. Just make sure you consider safety first and wear a helmet!
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