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Reason why I sold my XR

@Carvinthings29 I read a lot of Facebook groups on the OW, and every single nosedive I’ve read about in the past year, without fail, has been the owners fault. As the discussion goes on they admit to pushing speed, battery or temperature for their given weight. Basically they overload the board and go down. Sometimes they get pushback (not always) or feel a small surge in the board beforehand, but they are always exceeding 15mph and usually sudden accelerating or pushing up a hill or something. Or they hit an obstacle in the road.

What I have not read is the board shutting off (dark LED) for no reason. I know it has happened in the past. I heard rumors of early board or firmware versions having this issue, but just haven’t heard it happen.

If I ever start reading credible reports of the boards shutting down for no reason I’ll sell them both (I have a Plus and an XR). Until then, I keep the speed under 15mph, have a blast carving on and off road, and am always looking at the road ahead of me. I didn’t buy this for speed, I bought it for all terrain carving which is where it excels.

I do think OW needs to better educate owners on wrecks. The 19mph top speed should only be a guide. People have to know that weight, wind and charge capacity affect it. Also the little cartoon of the stick figure guy ignoring pushback isn’t enough. People don’t get pushback on every situation. If they accelerate suddenly when the board is near capacity they go down. If riders are better educated, less people will be wrecking themselves.

Oh, and this thing is awesome! ❤️


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If you are looking to buy a Onewheel, the used market can be a great way to save some money. In this article I will go over my experiences as I researched, prepared, and purchased my used Onewheels.

Over the period of one month I purchased two used Onewheels and I have seen some amazing deals during my search.

I’ve purchased 3 used Onewheels over the years. The XR was only 3 months old with 300 miles and in great shape when I purchased it. My next used Onewheel was 11 months old and in great shape with 100 miles when I bought it. The most recent used Onewheel had less than 70 miles on it.

Through my experiences I have picked up some strategies to help you get a great deal on the amazing Onewheel.

Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist should be your “go to” sites when hunting for a local Onewheel. Make sure to set alerts and set up notifications so that you are the first to find out about a new posting. Because used Onewheels show up so infrequently, people don’t know how to price them and I have seen some nearly new Onewheels that were dramatically underpriced. Pounce on those rare opportunities!

There is no debating that the Onewheel is expensive. For anyone looking to find a deal on a Onewheel, the used Onewheel market is a great option as these highly sought after boards go on sale very infrequently.

To get started, watch this video for 7 tips for buying a used Onewheel.

  • Onewheels are durable and built to last.
  • You can find a good deal on a discounted board and often the seller will have accessories that they will throw in.
  • Decide whether you want a Onewheel Pint or an XR. 
  • Set alerts for your local Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
  • Look for motivated sellers who just could not figure the Onewheel out or who fell early on and hurt themselves and are now looking to recoup their losses.
  • Once you find a used Onewheel, contact the seller right away and be sure you ask the right questions (see below) before you go to see the board.
  • When you have decided meet up to inspect the board, take precautions and have a checklist of things to examine and test when you meet the seller.
  • See below for the check list.

Why Buy Used?

You can save a lot of money on a lightly used Onewheel with low mileage if you have the patience and the know-how. Onewheels are fantastic devices and if you have ever had the chance to ride one you know that they are solid, well-constructed machines.

Because they are build like a tank, these things can take a beating. Future motion has put together a premium product which is appropriately reflected in the price tag.

If you do it correctly, you should be able to find lightly used Onewheels if you know where to look and if you are patient. By purchasing the Onewheel used, you can get a huge discount from the original sticker price. I’ve seen over 30% off a Onewheel with just 7 miles on it!

In addition to the big discount, you can also score a lot of gear and accessories. The Onewheel community loves their accessories. Just like the board itself, a lot of the Onewheel extras come with a pretty price tag. With my first Onewheel the seller threw in the fender ($85), wave stand ($95), mafia bag ($225), helmet ($85), and wrist guards ($40). Amazing!

If you are wondering which Onewheel model you should get, then read this article.

Who Should I Buy From?

Because the product is so new and there are so few places to see and try a Onewheel prior to buying, people often purchase their Onewheels without ever having physically seen or tried one in person. Instead, most purchase their Onewheel after having watched many YouTube videos and after having read many online reviews.

There are two main groups of people who I have seen selling their boards at a deep discount.

  1. There are the people that never get the hang of the Onewheel and never really use it.
  2. There are folks that purchase the Onewheel thinking that they will be able to jump on the board and ride like a pro right out of the box and those who get overconfident early on and end up hurting themselves.

Why do some people quit the Onewheel without really having given the Onewheel a good try? What they do not understand is that the Onewheel has a fairly steep learning curve that takes work and practice in order to improve and feel comfortable on the board.

Because some new owners become disappointed by the initial lack of progress, these beginners may choose to throw in the towel and give up and sell the Onewheel. Their lack of effort is your opportunity to save money.

Then there is the second group of beginners who sell their board for cheap. They are the beginners that feel comfortable on the board early on but their overconfidence leads to trouble.

An overconfident beginner will often try to push their limited Onewheel skills and go way too fast without really understanding the intricacies of the board. This results in nosedives and falls which leads to broken body parts and Onewheel dreams. It often happens during the first week of ownership.

These two groups of Onewheel sellers: the “I never really tried to learn, it’s not for me” group and the “I was overconfident and got hurt” group, are where you will find the deals.

While the fate of the disappointed Onewheel owner with their shattered dreams and fractured wrists can be a sad one, it provides a small marketplace of used Onewheels in very good condition and with low mileage where one person’s sorrow can be your success.

If your conscience is tearing at you for taking advantage of someone’s misfortune, think of it this way: If no one buys their Onewheel there will be no way for them to recoup the money from a product that they will probably never use again.

So in essence, buying a used Onewheel can be a win for all.

Where to Start When Buying a Onewheel?

At this point you have decided that you want to purchase a Onewheel. You are looking at the used market because you do not feel like spending full price on a Onewheel and you understand that there are used Onewheels in very good condition if you know where to look. So where do you start?

Craigslist:

This is an obvious choice when searching for used goods. This site has been around so long, there are plenty of websites and videos that will teach you how to use it.

A Rad Tip that I picked up during my hunt for a Onewheel is to make an account and to set alerts/notifications for Onewheels. I have used Craigslist multiple times in the past, but this was my first time setting alerts and I found that very helpful to jump on a good deal.

There is an app called Cplus for Craigslist that you can consider trying for your Iphone or Android. It is very customizable and can send alerts to your phone quicker than the website.

Facebook Marketplace:

This is relatively new when compared to Craigslist, but it has quickly won me over. Access the Facebook Marketplace through the Facebook website or app and set your search criteria and alerts.

The advantage that the Facebook Marketplace has over Craigslist is you can see and communicate with the seller directly through Facebook Messenger.

You will also be able to see how long they have been a member on Facebook and depending on their privacy settings, you could learn a whole lot about them too. This ability to learn about your seller decreases the likelihood of encountering a scam.

How about eBay?

When I was looking to buy a used Onewheel I stayed away from purchasing through online sites like eBay and discussion boards. While such sites cover a larger area, thus giving you a larger selection, I did not want to mess with shipping and I wanted to actually see and test the Onewheel before making the purchase.

In addition, while there may be a bigger selection of used Onewheels, there is also a larger pool of bargain hunters like yourself to compete against which can drive prices up.

Sites like eBay and online discussion forums are helpful to search and get an idea of the market rate of used Onewheels. Use this information to get a sense of how much a certain board with a certain number of miles should cost.

In my search for a lightly used Onewheel I used Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. I purchased my first Onewheel through an ad I saw on Craigslist and I purchased my second Onewheel through Facebook Marketplace.  I prefer these sites because I can deal with local sellers who I can meet in person without having to mess with shipping.

Depending on your market there maybe many or few used Onewheels available for sale. I live in the Denver area and I watched the used Onewheel market through my notifications for over a month before finally reaching out to sellers.

During this period of time, I saw that a used Onewheel would be made available every two weeks or so. This is highly dependant on your area and time of year.

RAD TIP!

A low mileage lightly used Onewheel is a rare find so be patient! Set your alerts and you may get lucky and find a great deal. But understand that a rare item like this may be seasonal and regional. If you find yourself in a town where there are no Onewheels to be found, expand your search to the nearest big city.

When using Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, make sure to make an account and to set up notifications and alerts for the Onewheel on each website. That way you can jump on a great deal when they come up.

I set alerts for both Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace and that is how I first found out about both Onewheels that I ultimately ended up testing and purchasing.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Onewheel?

When you find a used Onewheel that you are interested in, the next step is to reach out to the seller as quickly as possible.

As soon as a used Onewheel in good or great condition would show up I would reach out to the seller to get some information. If basic information such as the condition or the mileage is not readily available, you obviously want to ask.

When contacting the seller, in my initial text or email I would show that I was interested and ask if the seller was the original owner of the Onewheel and why he/she was selling it. Here’s an example:

I saw your ad in Craigslist and I am very interested in your Onewheel+. Are you the original owner and why are you selling it?

I loved the “why are you selling it” question because it was through this process that I discovered that many of these were being sold in almost new condition because the owner had fallen in one of the two categories I described earlier, either they never really learned to use it or they underestimated the power and fell and broke a bone.

Whatever the response, let the dialogue naturally flow but make sure to inquire about key information. I have made a list of questions that should be asked before actually going to see the Onewheel.

This is not meant to be an interrogation, but if you are going to throw down a bundle of cash, you want to be confident that you are getting a solid product.

Key Questions to Ask:

  • How many miles?
  • Why are you selling it?
  • Did you buy it new? Who did you buy it from?
  • Can you email me the receipt? (This is to show that they did not steal it and for potential warranty questions should they arise.)
  • When did you buy it? (Footplate, battery, and tire have a 6 month warranty. Everything else is one year. And yes, the warranty is transferrable.)
  • Do you still have the original box and paperwork?
  • Do you have the original charger?
  • Has it ever been in water?
  • Are there any issues with it?
  • What accessories do you have to go with it? Oftentimes sellers will throw in accessories that they have purchased.
  • Are you willing to lower the price?
  • What kind of payment will you take? (ie Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay, Check, Cash)

How to Inspect a Used Onewheel Before Buying?

If you are happy with the used Onewheel, the next step is to set up a time and place to meet to inspect the Onewheel. I won’t go into all the details about how to safely meet up with someone when making a large purchase. You can search that up on your own.

Just make sure to bring your safety gear (helmet, pads etc) for the test ride and consider bringing a friend or family member for back up.

I will tell you that it would be in your best interest to meet somewhere public where you will be able to test the Onewheel such as at a park or mall parking lot.

Try to avoid places that are secluded without much traffic to protect you from any  scammers or criminals. At the same time, try to avoid places that have too much traffic which would make it difficult to be able to concentrate on and test the used Onewheel. And again, try not to go alone; this will help dissuade unscrupulous activity.

When you meet, confirm that everything previously agreed upon is present. Then go through a visual inspection of the Onewheel.

Check the overall condition of the device. Evaluate the foot pads, especially the front foot pad for grip tape sliding.  Evaluate the tire for proper pressure and look for wear and tear and for any visible external damage.

After you have checked all that, pick up the Onewheel and give it a good shake listening for any loose parts and rattling.

Next you should power up the device and connect the Onewheel to your app. If this is your first Onewheel, make sure to have already downloaded the Onewheel app prior to the meeting.  

With the app, connect to the Onewheel via Bluetooth and confirm the mileage. Then turn on the Onewheel lights with the app to confirm that the lights are operational.

Used Onewheel Inspection Checklist:

  • Bring helmet and other safety gear for a test ride
  • Download the official Onewheel app on your smartphone and turn on Bluetooth
  • When first meeting, have the seller go over their Onewheel with you. Let them do the talking and let them show you the board. When they are done, do the following:
  • Evaluate overall condition (Does this look as advertised?)
    • Do the scratches, nicks, and dents match the mileage
    • Look for cracks or signs of water damage
    • Check for missing or loose screws (Signs of careless modifications which could potentially void a warranty.)
  • Fenders are known to crack near the screws, check for any damage in that area
  • Inspect footplates and grip tape for excessive wear and tear and grip tape sliding
  • Check the charge port and power button for signs of damage
  • Check the tire
  • Look for excessive wear and tear
  • Check bumpers for cracks and excessive wear and tear
  • Pick up and shake the Onewheel, listening for rattling which may indicate loose connections or parts
  • Power up the Onewheel and connect to your Onewheel App
  • Confirm the mileage on the app
  • Turn on the lights via the app and press on the footplates (move the footplates) to activate the lights, making sure both the red and white lights are operational
  • Ask the seller permission before riding the Onewheel
    • Get on and get off several times to ensure the front footplate sensor is functional
    • Test acceleration and stopping
  • Test in several different modes
  • Confirm the seller has the original charger (Not having the original charger is a big red flag. Stolen Onewheels will often not come with an original charger.)
    • Will the charger plug into the Onewheel
  • If possible, charge the Onewheel to ensure that the charger works and that the Onewheel will take a charge (V1 and Plus chargers are compatible with each other, XR chargers will only work with an XR)
  • Ask if they ever registered the Onewheel with Future Motion. If not, then you will be able to do so if you purchase the board.
  • Ask for the original sales receipt and packaging if available.
  • Ask for any Onewheel or safety accessories the seller may want to part with.

Printable Used Onewheel Inspection Checklist

Here is a pdf copy of the checklist for you to print and bring along to the inspection: Used Onewheel Inspection Checklist PDF

If you are a skilled rider, test the Onewheel in each riding mode. Make sure to wear your safety gear. Think of riding an unfamiliar Onewheel like riding an unfamiliar horse; until you are familiar with its tendencies, there is no sense in taking unnecessary risks when riding a Onewheel.

There is a lot of faith that the machine working inside that device to keep you upright is fully functional. Until you have developed that faith and trust with this machine, take it easy and always wear the appropriate safety gear.

If you are satisfied with the ride, the next step is to verify that the Onewheel can be charged.  Take the charger and find an outlet to plug the Onewheel.

Confirm with the app that everything is charging appropriately. This is an optional step and it is dependent on whether or not you have an outlet nearby when testing the device.

Don’t forget the accessories!

Onewheeler’s love their accessories. From fenders, to stands, carrybags, Floatplates, grip tape, bumpers, handles, helmets, and pads. Often times, motivated sellers will throw all that stuff in for next to nothing. I know I was able to get a whole lot of lightly used gear this way.

Finally, if everything is to your liking, you should have already decided on a price before meeting. At this point, some may try to haggle and negotiate a lower price but I feel that this is unfair to the seller.

If they have taken the time to bring a device that has not been misrepresented in previous communications and you are interested in, then buy it for the agreed price.

Also, because used Onewheels in good condition are a rare find, it is a seller’s market. While your seller may not know this, don’t waste time haggling over price at the risk of losing the prize.

That being said, if there are defects and issues that were not previously communicated by the seller, these points can be used to negotiate for a lower price. Some may find negotiating uncomfortable.

A simple way to get the negotiating started is something like this, “The Onewheel is more dinged up than I expected…” Sometimes silence after that will lead to the seller speaking up and eventually lowering the price.

After you make the payment, enjoy your used-but-new-to-you Onewheel and welcome to the family!

Good preparation will improve the odds that you land a good used Onewheel. Similarly, good preparation will keep you safely riding for a long time.

Make sure not to fall into the common pitfalls that new riders always seem to make and be sure to read these articles to ensure a long, happy, and healthy riding career!

Here is the pdf copy of the checklist for you to print and bring along to the inspection: Used Onewheel Inspection Checklist PDF

MUST READ before riding a Onewheel for the first time!

Onewheel Safety Gear Recommendations

The Best Onewheel Stands

Do I need covers for the charge port and power button?

How to lock your Onewheel

Beginners with Onewheel Wobbles

Cheap Onewheel Handle

Best Cheap Fender for the Onewheel

Sours: https://oneradwheel.com/how-to-buy-a-used-onewheel-finding-a-great-deal/
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With the amount of negativity going on around the world, many of us are looking for a breath of fresh air with an escape to the outside world. My Onewheel has been that savior for me throughout these troubling times. Whether it’s a late night cruise or a shred through mountain biking trails, I find a sense of freedom and balance in my Onewheel, which nothing else has given me before. So I thought I would pay back the onewheel community that motivated and helped me so much, to hopefully inspire and assist the next generation of Onewheelers. But, let’s get to the reason you’re actually reading this, you want a Onewheel but don’t want to spend all the extra hard earned cash on retail pricing, taxes, duties and shipping.       

My name is Nolan and this is my first post to E-Skateboarder.com, and I would like to welcome you to my used Onewheel buyers guide! I’m a third year university student based in Ontario, Canada and I take my Onewheel +XR essentially wherever I go (don’t worry though I come from an e-skate first). For me, the Onewheel works perfectly as a decently high-speed commuter vehicle, keeping it’s footprint small, while having all of the ruggedness to handle terrain like a mountain bike. The aim of this guide is to take away as much hassle as I can for new consumers looking at the used market, so we will break down everything from examining a used board, to spotting scams and stolen boards.

Used Onewheel

Why Buy Used? – Costs of Retail

The primary reason is the added cost and time of buying directly from Onewheel. If you’re unaware, Onewheel’s parent company Future Motion, only operates and produces out of two locations in Santa Cruz, California, so supply is very low, taking weeks to produce and ship, while duties and shipping costs make it very unattractive for international buyers. It is also worth noting that a small percentage of new Onewheel’s are said to have production defects, so the board may not work out of the box, or may shut down a few weeks into use.  If you don’t believe me, take a scroll through r/Onewheel and search ‘Error’. I don’t want to bash Future Motion too much here, as I did buy my Onewheel new and had no problems, but it should definitely be a factor in your decision making process. So, by buying used, you essentially avoid all of these potential problems when dealing directly with the company, but there are also added benefits of the used market. 

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Why Buy Used? – Benefits of The Used Market

A big advantage to buying used, is the lack of a large market for second-hand Onewheels. What this means is there isn’t a lot of reference material for sellers to understand where to price their Onewheel, giving you, the buyer, an advantage. This also means that any accessories included with the board will most likely be discounted compared to retail pricing. Now, in some cases outside the U.S, there may not be much of any market for Onewheel’s, and this can be difficult to wait on. For the people in that boat, it may be beneficial to try and find a Onewheel dealership nearby your city. In that scenario, you get a new Onewheel while not having to pay the extra duties through Future Motion.              

Where To Buy a Used Onewheel?

Before I go ahead and break down each of the services and marketplaces available to you, I will start with a general rule for those that don’t have access to some of these services. 

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  1. Find a marketplace that is commonly used in your area, for most, that would be Ebay and Craigslist.
  2. Set up push notifications on the service for any listings posted under “Onewheel”
  3. Have a template message ready for the seller right away. The market is already slim for used Onewheel’s, you don’t want to miss a deal because you took too long to type or missed the notification. 

If you follow these really simple steps, you won’t miss any Onewheel in your specific marketplace. 

Subreddits 

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If you haven’t already, join r/Onewheel on reddit, as from my experience you will learn much more about the product, community and related accessories rather than just scrolling through Casey Neistat esque review videos that care more about the visuals than actually critically addressing the product. The community overall is very helpful with any questions or concerns you might have, even if you don’t have a Onewheel yet, so don’t be afraid to engage and post in the subreddit. 

r/onewheel subreddit

Subreddit Marketplace Thread

In terms of actually buying a Onewheel, the moderators of the page have set up a quarterly marketplace megathread, which anyone can comment on looking to buy or sell.

I don’t personally have much experience in the thread, but the majority of it is cluttered up with Onewheel owners looking for cheap accessories, this is also the only service that you can’t specifically set notifications for. I would use the subreddit as more of an informative tool rather than focussing on it as a marketplace, because there’s always more to learn with the Onewheel. Recently, I’ve also seen buyers posting a potential purchase, asking members to asses if the price is fair and if the board is in good condition. If the market is scarce in your area, and you don’t have many prior sales to reference from, I would use this as a last resort. 

Facebook Groups

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Much like the subreddit, Facebook is another great place to join the Onewheel community, with different pages for specific riders like the Onewheel Trail Riders Group. Just the same as reddit, you can join these pages to better understand how the product is used and what accessories are most valuable and usable.  

Facebook OneWheel Owners Group

Onewheel Marketplace Facebook Group

Through Facebook, the OneWheel Marketplace page has been the best in terms of constant activity between buyers and sellers, with over 25,000 members in the private group. Facebook’s marketplace function is very helpful when looking for the key points about the product like, price, miles ridden and hardware version. You can also set up push notifications similar to my example of Kijiji above, so whenever something is posted to the page, you will be notified. For example, a Onewheel with some accessories was posted for $987, and within one hour of the posting, two active buyers contacted the seller with a direct message. What I intend to show from this is that due to the limited supply there are a lot of other motivated buyers in the space, so you cannot be hesitant. To enter the second hand Facebook market, where a specific product may never show up again, you have to be sure of what you want. 

Facebook OneWheel Marketplace 

buying a used onewheel on facebook marketplace

Craigslist

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This is one of the most popular buy/sell websites in the U.S, accounting for a decent share of the second hand market. Similar to the marketplaces above, you can set push notifications for specific listings so you won’t miss any activity. In terms of communication, the majority of sellers will include their phone number and email for contact. I would recommend gathering as much information as you can about the listing and your willingness to buy, then immediately call the phone number attached. This is the most direct, and fastest way to purchase the board, having no delay in communication like you would in text or email. Since I’m located in Canada, I don’t have much experience with this seller, but I would use the same rationality that I’ve stressed throughout this post.  

Ebay

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Ebay is another very popular buy/sell website in the U.S, and hosts some onboard features like a live chat and invoices. For Ebay buyers, beware that Ebay has monthly fees for sellers that can directly affect the selling price by as much as 10%. Most experienced sellers won’t add this extra charge, but it is still good to keep in mind when browsing this marketplace. Since you cannot call the seller directly, I would stick to the three general rules above for setting notifications and contacting the seller. 

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Spotting a Scam

When looking into the second hand market for a Onewheel, you will almost definitely run into one scam or another. Here’s a great example that was posted a few days ago on r/Onewheel. This Onewheel +XR is up for $1380 with zero miles on the odometer, with no real pictures of the board but instead a screenshot of the website’s stock photo. Another big red flag lies in the description, they state “I only accept Bitcoin payments or lite coin.” Obliviously, that seems very suspicious, not to mention the other factors like pictures and price. Keeping in line with the theme of this post, always remember to think rationally and critically, using this guide as your base point. 

buying a used Onewheel spotting a scam

How To Buy A Used Onewheel

If you’re buying a used Onewheel, try the board and meet the seller. In my opinion it is almost never worth it to buy a Onewheel directly online with no other verification. The Onewheel is a very complicated and expensive device that you do not want to overlook before purchase. Throughout this section, I want to be as detail oriented as possible when discussing model specific pricing and miles ridden, but every marketplace is different depending on where you are, so take it with a grain of salt. The biggest takeaway here is to just have common sense and be patient about these things. I know you’re dying to have that Onewheel, and your search may go on for weeks or months, trust me I know it feels like the worst thing, but don’t let that push you to make a rash decision.

Original Receipt and Warranty

All Onewheel’s directly from Future Motion come with a one year warranty, this covers any faulty parts or software and certain replacements for worn out parts such as footpads. Proof of purchase and warranty is a must for any used Onewheel with less than 500 miles on the odometer, since both the ownership and warranty will be transferred to you. The only case where warranty wouldn’t be available is if the previous owner never really rode the board and held onto it for years on end. The importance of the receipt is to confirm the board is not stolen or a fake, but you should hopefully be able to tell prior to this from pictures provided on the listing, but we’ll break this down in a separate section.       

Ridden Miles 

Once you’ve set up with a seller to meet, make sure it’s in a public place with enough room to test ride the board. When examining the Onewheel, keep the odometer in mind. For boards under 500 miles, you shouldn’t see any major damage but the board should have some normal wear and tear. For Onewheels with the odometer between 500-1500 miles, it’s important to understand how much upkeep the owner does on a regular basis and what major accessories have been changed. In this range of miles, you could see boards completely redone with a new footpad and tire, or you could see a completely stock board on its last legs. For Onewheel’s with an even higher odometer, it’s really important to understand when certain parts were changed and predicting how long those parts will last. For example, someone may be selling a Onewheel +XR with over 4000 miles on it, in this case it’s really important to understand when the tire was last changed, if the battery has been changed and what type of use it was under. Again though, these things can vary since every Onewheel owner is different in terms of technical knowledge, riding behaviors and riskiness.   

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Expected Condition

Before test riding, the most important things to check are the bumpers condition and the front footpad. The bumpers should still have a ton of clearance from the screw holes that keep it in place, if the screws are exposed or wearing out, ask the seller why that is and if they will discount the price to purchase new bumpers. Using my Onewheel as an example, you can clearly see my bumpers have almost no value and are in dire need for replacement, if you encounter something like this, don’t buy without a discount.

used onewheel front footpad condition

In terms of the front footpad, it holds two pressure sensitive pads that let the Onewheel know whether or not you’re on the board, it is also one of the most expensive parts to replace. To check if both are working, on Pint the lightbar indicator will split if you’re only covering one of the sensors, and on XR the headlights are split as well and each side will light up brighter when you engage the sensor. Also, be aware that if the grip tape has been replaced or the footpad has been changed altogether, ask the seller how they did it and if there have been any issues with the sensors. Below are my footpads with Pro Ride Traction Pads installed for reference, make sure the replacement fits flush and it’s not peeling from the pad itself. To note, these pads in their current state would add no value to the selling price with the amount of wear and tear, in my opinion.

used onewheel possible condition

When looking at the overall condition of the board, again keep the odometer in mind and make sure there aren’t any major dents or cracks that could be fatal in the long-term. Lastly, and I can’t stress this enough, ask as many questions as you can. The seller has most likely been with their Onewheel for over a year, so you want to understand their perspective on the contextual condition of the board, whether good or bad.          

Hardware Version 

The value of certain hardware versions only applies to the +XR for now, but this could change with new hardware versions on Pint. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, each board made has a certain hardware number attached to it that can expand or limit the modifications available to you. The rule of thumb here is if the board is hardware version 4209 or lower, almost, if not all modifications are available for that Onewheel. For boards with hardware version 4210 or higher, no modifications are available for the time being, due to Future Motion actively blocking many of these mods as they hit the market. For a new buyer, this may mean nothing to you now, but take it from me, if you plan on making this your main vehicle, it’s very much worth having the option later. I own a 4211 +XR and now that I’ve crossed 621 miles (1000km), looking back I would’ve waited the extra few weeks or months to get a 4209 XR or lower. This now introduces the value added for these older versions with low mileage, with certain older version boards in North America selling for over retail price. 

To confirm which hardware version your used Onewheel is, go to the Onewheel app, navigate to Board Settings and a long list of data should show up similar to this.

Modifications

There are many different ways to modify your Onewheel, the first and most obvious would be accessories and other practical add-ons like the Fangs Nosedive wheels, but we will cover this in a separate section. The most common modification on 4209 +XR’s and lower, as well as Pints, is a form of range extender. I won’t go into too much detail as you are just starting your journey in this space, but there are multiple ways to do this. The first is a charge and ride setup (CNR), where you have a modified battery that can charge your Onewheel while you ride through the normal charging port. The second is vamp and ride (VNR) setup, which basically splices the main cable that powers the Onewheel and adds another external battery current to extend your range. The last is replacing the battery all together, where you can take apart your Onewheel and replace it with a new battery that can almost triple your range. The most popular company for this is Chi Battery Systems, who produce the batteries and will even install the modification for you!

Onewheel battery mod

For Onewheel’s with pre-installed modifications such as a replaced battery, make sure when you meet the seller to ask for proof of purchase for the battery as well. Take extra time to examine that everything fits flush and that no screws are loose or replaced with third party ones. Ask questions about the modifications, hopefully the seller will tell you their experience taking the board completely apart or if they had a specialized dealer do it for them.          

Accessories 

If you find a used Onewheel you’re interested in buying with a couple added on accessories, understand the value that each holds overtime and the actual retail price of each accessory. If the accessories are also pre-installed, the value added decreases by a fair amount as you don’t know how long they’ve been used for. For pre-installed rail guards, charge plugs and grip tape, I would not expect those to be reflected in the selling price since they are the cheapest accessories from around $10-30 and have already been through moderate use.

For example, here are my rail guards after around 500 miles of use.

used onewheel rail guards

For pre-installed plastic fenders and float plates, I would expect the overall price to increase by around $50-100, as each accessory costs between $50-70. I own one of the Craft and Ride Spectrum Magnetic Fender, and after a few hundred miles of use, the screws holding down the magnets have already rusted, causing a decrease in value-added selling price.

used onewheel plastic fenders

In terms of higher end accessories like the Fang’s nosedive protection wheels, Flight Fins, Carbon Fiber Fenders and upgraded footpads, the value added on the selling price can vary. For this tier of accessories the selling price may increase by $100-175 depending on which are installed. Again here, use common sense and compare the value-added with the original selling price and popularity of the accessory to better rationalize the sellers thought process.           

Getting A Good Deal 

In these unregulated second hand markets, it can be difficult to understand if you’re getting a good deal or not. What I hope to achieve with this section is to help you understand the product’s value overtime, without adding any external factors like modifications and accessories until later. From the graph below, I’ve attempted to take the average selling price of the +XR and Pint over the miles ridden on the board. Now, this may not be exactly reflective of each and every second hand market, but this can help you familiarize yourself with the relation between price over time, and hopefully will be a good reference point when negotiating the purchase of your Onewheel. Now, once you’ve compared the selling price to the graph, you can use your own judgment (and the accessories section above) to add-on any accessories being sold with the Onewheel, factoring for use and longevity. This top-down approach should help you rationalize the selling price and add confidence to your negotiation and purchase.     

prices of used onewheel

Buying a Used Onewheel – the CHECKLIST

I’m not gonna act like I know Onewheels better than the man himself, Jimmy Chang. If you don’t know him, Jimmy is one of the best, most objective, reviewers on the Onewheel, I’ll link his channel below. Here you’ll find my revised checklist with some of my thoughts and experience. Here’s a PDF link to his checklist as well. Complete Onewheel Inspection Checklist, by Jimmy Chang

Onewheel Inspection Checklist:

Pre-Meeting

  • Grab a helmet and other safety gear if necessary 
  • Download the Onewheel app to connect to the sellers board yourself 
  • Make notes on the listing for any questions you may have 

Meeting The Seller

  • Make sure to meet in a public space with a place to test ride
  • Let the seller explain the product and overall condition, note the language they use and evaluate how much relative knowledge they have in the space

Examine Yourself

  • Take your time when looking over board, as it will most likely be yours soon!
  • Check each part for wear and tear, cracks and loose or replaced screws
  • Examine the tire’s condition, is it treading out? Are there a lot of cracks and pieces of rocks or metal stuck into the tire? 
  • Make sure the tire holds air properly and there’s no debris or cable blocking the wheel well

The Test Ride

  • Confirm with the seller your allowed to ride and connect to their board 
  • Power up the board and check for any error messages 
  • Confirm ridden miles and hardware version through app connection
  • Power on the onboard lights and confirm the colours change when going backwards 
  • Mount and dismount 2-3 times to ensure both sensor pads on the front footpad are operation
  • Test acceleration and braking, listening carefully for any rattling or squeaking when making sudden stops/starts
  • Try different riding modes to ensure digital shaping is functioning properly 

Last Steps

  • Confirm proof of purchase for the Onewheel and any other accessories 
  • Examine the charger that comes with the board make sure it fits in the board well and confirm it charges the board if you can
  • Ask the seller about the warranty for the board, and if they’ve logged it in Future Motions system or not 

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Onewheel is an incredible device, and many don’t understand that until they step foot on it. If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this post without ever trying a Onewheel, I would try to reach out to local riders and enthusiasts to see if you could meet up with them for a test ride on theirs before you buy. A lot of consumers, much like you, want to focus on the dangers of the Onewheel without ever trying it for themselves, and that’s why I say if you can, try it. If you’re worried about nosdiving at any moment and you do not trust the board, just remember that this community would never exist if even 5% of the products had this problem. For reference, I have 621 miles (1000km) on my +XR and I have not had a bad nosedive since my 130th mile.   

I understand that this can seem like a stressful process, but if you can keep a level head and don’t fall for the easy temptation to buy the first board you see available, you shouldn’t have any problems. We also have to keep in mind that the Onewheel is about escaping and getting out for a little fun, so don’t worry, the trails and fresh pavement will be waiting for you and your new Onewheel. 

Thank you for reading through this post, I hope you found it informative and helpful! I’d love to have a conversation and help out the new Onewheeler’s, so feel free to reach out in the comments or hit me on Instagram @nolan_shin. On behalf of the Onewheel community, I’m happy to welcome you to some of the friendliest and most fun people that all share their love for the float!

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