Choosing an EUC is a very personal decision. It's best to chat with people who have been riding EUC's for a while before committing to a certain model. In addition, here are a few things to consider when you are shopping around:
EUC Motor power
Look for a unicycle with a high-powered motor, ideally one that provides at least 500 watts of power. The more powerful EUC's will have motors as powerful as 2500 watts. Be ready to rip around town at the speed of sound on something like that.
EUC Battery capacity
Look for a unicycle with a high-capacity battery, ideally one that can provide at least 20 miles of range per charge. The higher end models will get over 75 miles of range because of their better batteries.
Weight Capacity of EUC
Make sure the unicycle can support your weight. In addition, you will need to haul the thing around when you are not riding it, so be sure you can actually lift the thing up. Some of these things are over 65 pounds.
EUC Wheel Size
Larger wheels provide better stability and a smoother ride, but they also make the unicycle heavier and harder to carry. Just like mountain bikes, larger wheels allow you to roll over obstacles more easily. Small wheels will be more nimble.
Features of the EUC
Look for a unicycle that has features such as LED lighting, Bluetooth connectivity, and a built-in display. Some wheels are built with strong suspension for going down stairs or riding off-road. Other wheels are insanely fast. Try to figure out what kind of riding you will do before committing to a certain type of EUC
Brand Reputation and Customer Service
Look for a well-known brand with good customer service and a reputation for reliability and durability. This is another opportunity to reach out to more experienced riders of EUC to learn about their experiences with different manufacturers.
Compare prices from different manufacturers and choose one that fits your budget. Prices will range from $1,000 to over $5,000. If you are just learning, it might make sense to start off with a more affordable EUC so you can learn on it. Once you get the hang of it all, then you can upgrade to a more powerful model.
Test Ride the EUC
Try the unicycle before you buy it, if possible, to get a sense of how it handles and how comfortable it is to ride. This is where it is handy to be involved in a local community. Most EUC riders are happy to let you try out their wheels.
EUC Safety Features
Look for unicycles with safety features like anti-spin motor switch, wide pedals and quality lighting.
General EUC Safety
Remember that you are traveling at great speeds on the surface of the earth without a box around you made of metal and glass (aka, a car). All EUC riders should consider wearing knee pads, elbow pads, shin pads and of course, a helmet. Consider riding an EUC to be like riding a motorcycle, but more dangerous because you just have the one wheel under you. Be smart. Road rash sucks, so be sure to cover that exposed skin.
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