Should I choose an electric wheel or scooter ?
My first purchase... I'm still sweating. I remember the cornelian choice : scooter ? electric unicycle ? skateboard ? motorcycle ? hoverboard ? Honestly, I was lost! I had several factors. I live in Montreal and if you don't know it, asphalt is one of the main factors. We can also talk about autonomy, price and life span of the product. I also have customer service in mind. It's my main mode of transportation outside the winter season, so I needed a reliable product.
In any case, if you're driving alone to your job at less than 30km round trip, the best choice is to switch to electric and reduce your carbon impact.
In this article, I will try to tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of the 2 main personal electric transportation vehicles: the electric scooter and the electric unicycle.
Electric scooter : the most conventional choice
The electric scooter is an obvious choice. Prices are attractive, ranging from $300 to over $2,000. The learning curve is almost nil, you get on it and you almost instinctively know how to ride it.
Autonomy varies according to brands and models. If you want to ride more than 20km, I advise you to invest more than 500$, otherwise you'll quickly be limited in your travels. Maniability is pretty good if you avoid being on a sidewalk, everything will be fine. In terms of comfort, you can have front and rear suspensions (which is really interesting if you drive in Montreal), pneumatic or solid wheels, a speedometer and a battery gauge.
One advantage of the scooter: you can skate without batteries! It's still a viable vehicle, okay it won't be as good as a regular scooter but you won't have to carry it. And believe me, when your vehicle weighs more than 10lbs... you can feel it in your arms. No bullshit, if you break down, you can at least go home.
The electric unicycle : learn and have fun !
As you can see, our shop is particularly enthusiastic when she talks about electric unicycle. Her main flaw is her learning curve, which is weighted according to age, balance and motivation. It takes between 15 minutes and 10 hours of practice to master the machine.
When we talk about the difference between an electric scooter and a scooter, we say that a scooter can be driven and a gyro wheel can be steered. In fact, once mastered, the gyroroua becomes an extension of the feet. Even on sidewalks, it is easy to move at a pedestrian pace without disturbing (I still advise to avoid, it is not intended for that). It brakes very well, you can pass the sidewalks without any trouble. To have a good mono-wheel, it is necessary to spend more than 800$ otherwise it is impossible to have a model with a speed and a suitable autonomy. The bigger (14 to 22") and wider (1.95 to 3") the tire is, the higher the level of comfort. You must remain flexible on your knees in all cases. With a little practice and depending on the wheel, you can stretch your legs and sit on your machine.
In terms of portability, it's more compact than a scooter but less than a skateboard. Very practical to move as long as there is a trolley on the machine, the autonomy is the best among electric vehicles. Let's talk about sensations: having your hands free and your body facing the road makes you feel like skiing in the streets. Using your body to accelerate, brake and turn also gives you a phenomenal feeling of freedom and control. It's impossible for me to go back to an electric scooter.
If it breaks down, it's a different matter. You have to pull it or carry it, and depending on the model it is more difficult than scooters or skateboards. In addition, you must have a dealer who is able to maintain your products and claim your warranty without waiting months. However, breakdowns are very rare. The Inmotion, Kingsong and Gotway gyroroues are the best on the market. These brands continuously offer software updates to improve the feeling and safety of the users.