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Onewheel+ XR Review

Capable of traveling over almost anything and being fast enough to frighten, this board is by far the most fun to ride
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Price:   $1,800 List
Pros:  Fast, super fun to ride, handles extreme terrain with ease
Cons:  Heavy, steeper learning curve
Manufacturer:   Onewheel
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 9, 2019
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#4 of 11
  • Speed - 25% 7
  • Range - 20% 8
  • Ride - 20% 7
  • Hills - 15% 8
  • Build - 10% 7
  • Braking - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Earning the Top Pick for the Most Fun Award, the Onewheel+ XR is an absolute blast to ride. This self-balancing skateboard cruises over practically any terrain, bringing you a ride that is highly reminiscent of surfing or snowboarding. It's exceptionally fast, has an excellent range, and is comfortable enough to ride for longer trips. On top of all that, we found the customer service and support to be very helpful and quick to respond to any inquiries we have. It might not be the most pragmatic commuter option or the lightest board, but it is undeniably one of the most fun to ride, hands down.


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Pros Fast, super fun to ride, handles extreme terrain with easeFantastic at climbing hills, incredibly fast, amazing rangeVery fast, great stopping power, does amazingly well at hillsPowers up steep hills, fast, seriously scary accelerationCompact, fast, good at climbing hills
Cons Heavy, steeper learning curvePremium price, heavyPricey, expected better range with its priceHeavy, long time to charge on standard chargerNot super comfortable for long distances, so-so range
Bottom Line Capable of traveling over almost anything and being fast enough to frighten, this board is by far the most fun to rideBy far the best products you can get, the Bamboo GTX is our all-time favorite board that we have seen to dateIf you want one of the absolute best boards out there, the Plus is a great choiceOne of the best boards available todayThis pint-sized board packs a ton of punch and is a great value if you want a top-notch board
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Rating Categories Onewheel+ XR Evolve GTX Bamboo... Boosted Plus Evolve GT Bamboo... Boosted Mini X
Speed (25%)
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Specs Onewheel+ XR Evolve GTX Bamboo... Boosted Plus Evolve GT Bamboo... Boosted Mini X
Tested Maximum Speed 17 mph 23.81 mph 22 mph 22 mph 18.49 mph
Tested Maximum Range 16.3 mi. 32.3 mi. 14.5 mi. 18.2 mi. 10.8 mi.
Measured Weight 27.1 lbs. 20.1 lbs. 17.8 lbs. 17.3 lbs 17.5 lbs.
Measured Uphiill Grade 15% + 23% + 15% + 23% + 15% +
Manufacturer Claimed Range 12 - 18 miles 31 miles 14 miles Street: 19 miles
AT: 12 miles
14 miles
Measured Charge Time 120 min. 345 min. 115 min. 220 min. 115 min.
Tested Stopping Distance 15 ft. 30 ft. 30 ft. 20 ft. 34 ft.
Riding Modes 5
Sequoia
Cruz
Mission
Delirium
Elevated
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Beginner
Eco
Fast
GT
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Beginner
Eco
Expert
Pro
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Battery Lithium Ion 36 volt 10AH Lithium Ion.
 Lithium Ion 36 volt 6.5ah Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
Deck Length 29.5 inches
2X 9 inch platforms
38 inches 38 inches 38 inches 29.5 inches
Truck Witdth N/A GT Super carve 12" 7.5" GT Super carve 12" 7.5"
Wheel Size 11 inch 97 mm 85 mm Street: 83 mm
AT: 7 inch
80 mm
App available Yes No Yes No Yes
Lighting Yes Available for purchase No Available for purchase No

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the Onewheel+ XR is a bit of a niche product, it did well enough overall, right behind the Boosted Board Plus and ahead of the Metroboard Slim Stealth Edition. The Boosted is a little bit faster, lighter, and has marginally better braking ability, making it a much more practical option for the quick trip around town or for someone who primarily will ride on pavement. The Metroboard has a bit more range than the XR, but the XR charges quite a bit faster. However, we still think the Metroboard is a bit better of a commuter option if the road is smooth, as it easier to carry and a bit more comfortable to ride for long distances.

A few of the top boards tested.
A few of the top boards tested.

Performance Comparison


For our quest to find which electric skateboard truly rules them all, we bought all of the most well-regarded and popular models available on the market and pitted them against each other in a series of side-by-side challenges. We ranked and scored the performance of each board in six rating metrics — each weighted proportionally to their importance. The text below describes how the XR performed, how it scored, and how it ranks compared to the rest of the boards in the group.

This board has excellent acceleration.
This board has excellent acceleration.

Speed


While the Onewheel+ XR isn't quite the fastest board of the group, its monowheel design definitely made it feel that way. This board is exceptionally speedy, earning it a 7 out of 10 for its performance in this metric, which accounts for 25% of the final score for each E-skateboard, and putting it very near the top of all the boards that we have tested.


To score these products, we broke speed down into two components: top speed and acceleration. The Onewheel+ XR did very well in our top speed assessment, hitting an average maximum speed of 17 mph. The XR has a claimed top speed of 19 mph but we kept running into the pushback when climbing to that speed. We timed how long it took each board to complete a 200' course, giving it plenty of time to achieve maximum speed before entering the course. This compares quite favorably with the rest of the group, only outperformed by a few boards.


The XR delivered an even more impressive performance in our acceleration test. We repeated the previous test, though this time we started the course from a standstill. The XR is one of the fastest models off of the line, only outmatched by the Evolve GT or the GTX.

The XR has great range.
The XR has great range.

Range


For the Onewheel+ XR, battery life and range is particularly important, as this board is rendered completely inoperable once the battery dies — there definitely isn't any chance that you can manually power this self-balancing board! The Onewheel+ XR delivered a great showing in this metric — worth 20% of its final score — earning an 8 out of 10.

To score this, we ran each board at a comfortable, cruising speed on flat ground until the battery died, with the XR lasting for about 16.3 miles — putting it close to the top of the group.


The Onewheel+ XR also did very well in our charge time test, putting up one of the faster times of the group. It took about two hours for the light to stop blinking on the board when the battery was completely dead using the included charger.

The Onewheel+ XR is quick  but watch out for that pushback.
The Onewheel+ XR is quick, but watch out for that pushback.

Ride


Next, we judged how the ride of each board felt. To score these products, we looked specifically at how it handled bumpy or other difficult terrain, how comfortable it is to ride, and how drawn to each board we were — whether or not we would grab it out of the lineup for quick trips around town. The Onewheel+ XR merited a 7 out of 10 in this metric, cruising to a tie for the top spot with a handful of other products.


This board does an absolutely phenomenal job of tackling bumpy roads, handling unexpected cracks like they weren't even there. On top of that, this board does an exceptionally good job at handling off-road or other extreme conditions that would stop most other electric skateboards in their tracks.

This board can handle all sorts of different terrain.
This board can handle all sorts of different terrain.

These traits combined to make the XR a favorite to ride whenever there was inclement weather or if we knew that we wouldn't be riding on the smoothest roads.

The Onewheel+ XR is a solidly built board.
The Onewheel+ XR is a solidly built board.

Hills


One of the key reasons for getting a motorized skateboard in the first place is the luxury of being able to cruise up a hill as well as down, so we ranked and scored the hill climbing abilities of each product for our next metric, accounting for 15% of the final score. The XR again did very well, earning an 8 out of 10 for its hill climbing prowess, almost the best of the group.


To test this, we attempted to climb successively steeper hills, noting at what point the board could no longer make it up the hill. The XR had plenty of power to get up the hill, but was limited by the self-balancing circuitry "pushing back" on the steepest hills. However, this board still made it up the 15% grade with ease, practically flying up it when we put the board in "Delirium" or "Elevated" mode.

This model is really heavy.
This model is really heavy.

Build


Next, we looked at how much each board weighed, how responsive it is, and if it had regenerative braking to assess the build of each board, as well as evaluating how helpful and responsive the customer service team for each board is. The Onewheel+ again scored fairly well, earning a 7 out of 10 in this metric.


Unfortunately, this model got off to a bit of a rocky start in this metric, being one of the heaviest boards overall.


However, this board does have regenerative braking and is incredibly responsive to user inputs. Additionally, it also has excellent customer support that is very responsive and receptive to questions, should you run into any difficulties.

Braking


For the final set of tests in our review, responsible for the remaining 10% of the score, we looked at how quickly each board could stop and how well you could control your speed while traveling downhill. The Onewheel+ XR finished out with a strong showing, receiving a 9 out of 10 for its solid stopping skills.


This board stops very quickly on flat ground, only taking about 15' to come to a complete stop from a cruising speed of 13 mph — comparing very favorably with the rest of the group.


It also is very easy to control your speed on the descents, even when going down very steep hills. The only limiting factor when controlling your speed down the steepest hills is how far you can lean back before the back of the board starts dragging on the pavement. This means that you can't come to a complete stop on a super steep hill — usually >20% — but you can definitely control your speed and keep it at manageable levels.

Value


The Onewheel+ XR is an undeniably pricey product — enough that it is hard to consider it a value option. However, it can be a good value and even pay for itself if you can use it as a commuter vehicle, replacing a daily rideshare or minimizing or supplanting the use of a car.

Conclusion


The Onewheel+ XR is a top-notch electric skateboard that is exceptionally fun to ride. It has a solid build and can easily handle almost any terrain that you throw at it. While it doesn't have the most amazing range, it charges extremely fast and is extremely responsive. If you want to maximize your fun on an E-skateboard, the XR is the clear choice.


David Wise and Austin Palmer