Super excited about the future of electric personal transportation! I preordered my Raptor 2 yesterday after considering a OneWheel+ XR to use as a commuting tool. I’ve skated since I was young so wanted something that I know how to ride conceptually, that could also handle everything I want to throw at it and go faster than I would like. I was initially drawn to the OW because I’ve experienced the frustration and pain of getting thrown from a skateboard because of a 1/4 pebble or a gap between pavement slabs. I initially considered a Evolve All Terrain because of the bigger wheels but didn’t want the belt as an added point of failure.
It sounds like Enertion have their hands full with fulfillment at the moment but they’ve hinted at development of new wheels (in the image gallery of the Raptor 2 on their website) and I know a 97mm wheel is being released. I didn’t get the option to pick on my preorder but assume I will at some stage and will definitely opt for the largest I can get for NYC’s roads.
Since this is an emerging technology, I’m looking forward to putting my own industrial design degree to work; I know my way around CAD and 3D printing so when I get hold of my Raptor I’ll be tinkering. In the meantime, I wanted to get a feel for what’s in the works already.
I have seen these but does anyone know what other improvements are in the works across the industry to make riding 20mph+ on less than perfect roads a little less terrifying? Any smaller pneumatic tires or shock absorbing mechanisms at work?