eWheels Comparison of Current Electric Unicycles
Many people are surprised to learn that Electric Unicycles have been around since 2013, but until quite recently they were expensive, slow, with limited range. For illustration, the original Solowheel was priced at $2,000, had a maximum speed of 10mph, & only 6 miles range. Today there are Electric Unicycles priced at under $1,000 that are 5x more capable in terms of performance & range.
At the time of this writing, there are four main manufactures of Electric Unicycles.
- Solowheel/Solowheel: in the US, the V5F & V8 Electric Unicycles are known as the Solowheel Gide 2 & Glide 3. The Glide3/V8 has been one of the most successful sellers in 2017, for the reasons that it offers excellent performance in a beautifully designed body & at a price point which is not too prohibitive.
- King Song: established reputation for finding the balance between construction quality, performance & safety. At the hardware level, the King Song Electric Unicycle range have similar specifications as their main competitor, Gotway, but with overall better construction quality, reliability & safety.
- Gotway: the most dynamic & innovative of the manufacturers, releasing on average three-four new models a year. Their key strength is their ability to push the boundaries of what’s technically possible today. Their Wheel line has a full complement of Wheel sizes, ranging from a tiny 10″ MTen3 with a 3″ wide tire, to the ‘Monster’, which is fitted with a gargantuan 22″ tire.
Where the company is to a degree let down, is in the quality of the construction, primarily on areas like the body, handles, pedals, etc. On certain models like the ACM, MSuper, Monster, if the Wheel takes a hard blow, the shell body can become separated & be damaged quite easily.
- Ninebot/Segway: on April 1st, 2015, the Chinese company Ninebot acquired Segway, since then they have introduced the S1. This Wheel doesn’t really stand out in any particular area. It is neither powerful, nor lightweight, it lacks padding on the sides, no night-time running lights, & has no retractable handle.
The above brand Comparison to try to help the prospective buyer understand the different strengths/weaknesses of the available manufacturers.
If the key areas are collected into a weighted-score, especially those that Customers are most interested in—like performance, range, value & reliability—then at this point time, King Song, along with the Solowheel Glide 3 have the clear advantage. These Wheels may not be the absolute fastest, nor do they have an exotic micro 10″ MTen3, or at the other end of the spectrum the 22″ Monster, as Gotway have, but across the 14″/16″/18″ Wheel class, for general dependability combined with excellent performance, features & value for money, most first-time buyers who have done their research then either the Solowheel Glide 3, King Song 16S/14S/14D are the preferred choices.
While for the most part the hardware is mature & reliable, the same cannot be said when it comes to ‘official’ Apps. Except for Segway/Ninebot—the new Solowheel App looks pretty good, but is still in beta—all Manufacturers fall far short of what a modern App ought to be. Fortunately for Electric Unicycle Owners, there are some 3rd party Apps, like WheelLog & WheelInfo84v (for Android) & DarknessBot (for IOS), that make the reliance on these Apps practically unnecessary. These have near universal connectivity for all the major brands, presenting a clean & informative layout.