When I started skateboarding as a kid, I definitely never thought I’d end up riding something like the Segway One S1 electric unicycle. A friend got ahold of a couple recently, so I went over and took one for a spin. I’ve never ridden any sort of unicycle before, let along an electric unicycle, but the Segway One S1 was recommended as a good choice for beginners.
While it may be a good choice for beginners, it definitely wasn’t easy to ride at first. But before I get to riding it though, a bit about this guy. The Segway One S1 definitely looks the part of a futuristic means of transportation. “Electric Unicycle” makes it sound pretty goofy, but they did their best to make it look cool. A smooth white finish, LEDs, and the build quality almost make it look like an Apple product. The LEDs on the side that are even controllable and customizable with the mobile app. It is still a unicycle though, so the awkward looks and goofiness are still gonna be there and are part of the fun.
Build Quality and Technical Details
It is goofy electric unicycle, but Segway but together a well made device here. It is certified by all appropriate standards, so you won’t have to worry about any dangerous battery issues or electrical problems. Some basic stats also include:
- Travel up to 15 miles per charge with the 310 Wh battery capacity
- Top speed of 12.5 mph
- Suitable for riders up to ~220 pounds
- Connect to iOS and Android app
Learning to Ride an Electric Unicycle
Never having ridden any sort of unicycle before, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I spent about two hours messing around with the One S1. By the end I definitely wasn’t confident riding one, but I was getting the hang of it. In another day or two of messing around I could see myself riding this around the city, but I’m not confident I’d want to be commuting and taking it on the subway (I have seen people do this with similar electric unicycles though).
The mobile app for the One S1 has some settings that may make it easier to learn, such as adjusting the acceleration and top speed. I didn’t have a chance to use these, but even on without it wasn’t too difficult. More than difficult, it is just awkward getting on and off. With a bit of practice I do agree that anyone could learn to ride this electric unicycle.
One S1 Electric Unicycle Review
If you are looking for an electric unicycle, the Segway One S1 is definitely worth checking out. It is still a Segway product, so it isn’t the cheapest device you can find. It has gone down in price over the few years it has been on the market though, and you can find one for about $500 or less if you keep an eye out.
Electric unicycles are still unlike anything else you’ve ever ridden though. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, but if you are looking for something different it is worth checking out. If you have a chance to take one for a ride, don’t miss out!