Electric unicycles are one-wheeled electric rideables. However, they are not to be confused with traditional pedal-driven unicycles because they work completely different. Electric unicycles have a similar technology to the mini-Segway rideables available in the store. In fact, two of our most popular electric unicycles, the Solowheel Classic and the Solowheel XTreme are made by the same company that makes the Hovertrax mini-Segway.
All electric unicycles have advanced gyroscopic technology that helps you propel the unicycle and also maintain your balance. They are not as easy to ride as the mini-Segway 2-wheel scooters, but have the advantage of being far more maneuverable and can go at greater speed and over rougher terrain.
For more information, Frequently Asked Questions, and a commentary on other electric unicycles available such as the Airwheel, scroll down to read more.
An electric unicycle is a personal transportation vehicle that uses an electric motor (for propulsion) and an internal gyroscope (for balance) to move a rider forward. You stand on two "wings" on each side of the central wheel and control your direction and speed simply by leaning. If you want to go forward, you just lean forward. To turn, you simply lean in the direction you want to turn. It's similar to how a Segway works, but without the platform to stand on or the additional stability that handle bars to hold on to provide. It is certainly one of the most unique "People Movers" ever invented!
For some people, yes. For others, they seem to catch on quickly. In general though, we think it's important to understand and accept that you will usually NOT be able to just hop on and start riding around on an electric unicycle. Do you remember what it was like to learn to ride a bike? It seemed crazy impossible at first, but one day it just clicked and down the road you went. With some practice and perseverance, before you know it you'll be zipping around on your new electric unicycle in no time.
Though it may look like a precarious balancing act on one wheel, remember that the gyroscopes in your new electric unicycle are there to help you keep your balance. If you do lose your balance and have to bail out, you just step off and take a few steps to recover. And because your feet are only a few inches off the ground, when you need to stop, it's only a short step off the platforms. Of course, as with any electric rideable, we recommend that you wear protective gear, especially while you're learning.
If you're talking about Airwheel the "brand", no we do not. If you're referring to theairwheel in a generic sense, like how people generically refer to tissues as Kleenexes, then yes, we sell airwheels. (Many people call electric unicycles "airwheels", even though they may not actually be referring to the Airwheel brand.) We do, however, sell the Solowheel brand, which is very similar to the Airwheel. We think the Solowheel, which is manufactured by Inventist, is a better choice than the Airwheel airboard. Please visit our Solowheel page to learn more about why Solowheel could be your best choice.
The devices themselves are very similar. Both have one wheel and gyroscopes to help with balance. You stand on the "wings" on each side of the device to ride them. They both have about the same size of motor and max out at about the same top speed and distance. We think the Solowheel is a little more durable, which is important because crashing your new electric unicycle is inevitable. But the biggest difference to the company, Inventist is the inventor of the design and one of the original manufacturers. To read more about Inventist, go to one of the Solowheel models and click on the 'About the Manufacturer' tabs.
There are lots of other models out there, including some cheap knock-off from China. But this is one case where the adage "you get what you pay for" holds true and is one of the reasons we have limited our product offering to just the Inventist Solowheel.