Solowheel, what is it?
Solowheel is the only motorized transport with a patented gyro-stabilized wheel. As a result, Solowheel is the less heavy (only 11 kg) and the most compact motor vehicle in the world. Solowheel can be transported and stored in anywhere.
Solowheel provides you a convenient and fun transportation experience, giving the feeling of « gliding on the ground », something like the sensation conveyed by Hoverboard in the movie « Back to the future ».
Solowheel, what is it for?
With its flexibility, maneuverability and small size, Solowheel is the only vehicle that actually meets the expectations of citizens to travel nearby.
Solowheel meets the need for moving between 1km and 6km, i.e. 85% of travels in the big cities. We talk about micro mobility. No other automobile vehicle is provided for these distances. Today, we can only find those manually operated dangerous vehicles: rollers, skateboard and kick scooters.
With its lightness, comfort and security, Solowheel is also much better than those electric skateboards or electric kick scooters, it is also the most adapted vehicle for us to make a short distance travels, just like an elevator, but horizontally.
Hergé have thought about this concept, but at that time, he could only imagine it with a gasoline engine and the small wheels: unstable under acceleration, braking, without wheels’ adhesion because of their small size, and without possibility to pass the barriers. Solowheel has resolved all the points mentioned above.
Solowheel, how does it work?
Solowheel moves thanks to the electric engine, the battery and the gyro-stabilized system. Highly accurate gyro sensors are integrated in the motherboard. They detect the forward tilt and instruct the engine to compensate for the balance by rotating the wheel and by keeping this tilt stable. When braking, they reciprocally detect the backward tilt and order the engine to decelerate.
Does it require special acrobatic skills?
Solowheel does not require any acrobatic skills. Solowheel is an electric unicycle, which is totally different from the unicycle used in circus. Solowheel can be used by everyone as the bicycle is. The only difference with a bicycle is that you will not be looking for the lateral balance by your hips leaning against the saddle, but, by your calves leaning on the middle of the red leg pads.
Do we feel safe on Solowheel?
In fact, Solowheel is provided with:
- A wheel, which will provide you with comfort and adherence, unequaled for a motorized vehicle of this weight;
- A stabilized wheel system, much more maneuverable than long skis;
- A speed, limited to 16km/h, that helps to prevent falls or collisions, while riding too fast. At the same time, it provides you an excellent sensation of acceleration/deceleration.
So, Solowheel is much safer than the other vehicles, for examples:
- A kick scooter with its rigid wheels (with poor wheel adhesion, could get stuck in the ground gap)
- A skateboard (does not have brakes)
- The rollers and skateboards (in case of emergency, the use of brake is complicated)
- The skis (they do not have integrated brakes)
- A bicycle, which you often ride on the roads in the absence of the bicycle paths, close to buses and cars
Attention! The Chinese copies, which look like Solowheel, have a very poor quality (very low power, hazardous gyro calculators) and you may fall down just after riding it for 100 meters.
Without a handle bar, is it dangerous?
In fact, the reality is completely the opposite. When a kick scooter or a Segway hits the pavement, the vehicle will topple down, and the handle bar may tangle in your feet, and you may fall down with your hands and your head. On Solowheel, you are projected vertically on your feet, and then you go on to bring back your inertia.
Weight? Autonomy? Charging time?
Solowheel is the lightest motor vehicle in the world and weighs 11kg. About 11 km of autonomy, in accordance with the use (weight of the user, terrain, temperature, tire pressure, speed), what equals to ride during 1 to 2 hours. Full charging of the battery lasts 1 hour.
Conditions for riding 11km: user of 50kg weight / smooth and flat ground / 20°C / 2.7 pressure bars / constant speed. For an adult weighing 85 kg and riding in a city, the autonomy will be around 8 to 11km.
Why should you invest in Solowheel today?
Solowheel is a very simple engine in terms of mechanics. It will become one of the inevitable means of transportation in the future, thanks to its very low price/weight/size and its great reliability/durability. The initiation can start right now. Being initiated and familiar with this new transport, you could even teach practicing Solowheel.
1. Solowheel, the only motorized vehicle dedicated to short-distance travels
Apart some heavy and bulky electric kick scooters, no other vehicle can offer you today the freedom as being a pedestrian, but with an engine, allowing you to go faster and farther. For all the travels from 1 to 5km, citizens are required today to alternate scooters, walking, bicycles, rollers, skateboards and kick scooters.
Why should you take Solowheel instead of a scooter or a car?
Solowheel is an electric micro-mobility. You become a « super pedestrian », wearing the « super shoes ». You leave directly from your apartment and ride to your office, from your office to a restaurant, from a restaurant to the cinema, from the cinema back to your home. This product allows you to avoid this kind of headaches: « red light » «road up» « traffic jam » « parking » « padlock » « contraventions » « insurance » « helmet » « disheveled hair » « damage » « theft » « appeal» « technical control » « fuel costs » « motorcycle jacket » « fluorescent gilet » « security belt» « breathalyzer » « maintenance » « waiting a taxi ».
Even in case of a long distance travel, Solowheel will drive you to your destination. For example, you can use the underground as intermediary. Supposing that the underground station is at about 3km distance from your home, you may ride on Solowheel to the station and then take a rest in the train. Between the underground and your office, you would have spent 5 minutes by riding Solowheel in complete safety on the sidewalk, in the open air.
Why should you take Solowheel instead of walking?
A pedestrian can easily walk from 1km to 5 km/h on average, without being tired, while a Solowheel user, i.e. a « Solowheeler » can easily travel from 5km to 15km/h on average, without being tired during the same period of time. By increasing the radius of your travels in 5 times, you exponentially multiply your accessible territory. The expression « in two steps » includes ten shops in surroundings, the others are beyond 1km. From now on, hundreds shops will become available to you within the radius of 5km. You will diversify your habits, enlarge your area of activity. For example, in Paris, you could be living in five districts instead of one or two today, if you were using Solowheel in your daily life.
In addition, you are travelling in the open air, having fun, turning, accelerating and decelerating smoothly, and the passengers will gaze at you with an astonished and amazed look.
Why should you take Solowheel instead of an electric bicycle?
Solowheel can be carried everywhere since it is not heavy. You have no longer to abandon your bicycle at your downstairs, with the risk of finding it damaged or stolen. Furthermore, you will be able to charge your Solowheel in your office, which is not the case with your electric bicycle.
Why should you take Solowheel instead of Segway?
Segway cannot be seen as an urban or public transportation tool, because of its high price, i.e. 7000€. Besides, it weighs 50kg. Its size shows that it cannot be carried with you and easily used in most of European cities, where sidewalks are often narrow (Segway could hamper). Neither we could store it at our apartment, nor in narrow elevators (where Segway simply do not fit). However, it plays very well its role for being used by professionals (police, tourist visiting, street marketing). Also note that the Segway motors are noisy compared to Solowheel that pigeons do not even hear coming.
Why should you take Solowheel instead of an electric unicycle (for example SBUV3)?
As regards the mechanization, these electric unicycles are based on the same principle as Solowheel. However, they are very complicated to operate, just as if you were skiing on a monoski, seating on a seat attached to the monoski: your freedom of movement would be considerably reduced. Therefore, it is difficult to make the narrow turns, and to break it quickly. Sitting posture also gives a feeling of a « wheelchair », away from the fun and cool attitude on Solowheel. In addition, the saddle adds obstruction and weight. Irregularities of the ground cannot be amortized by our legs; as a result, our back will absorb all the shocks. Finally, the current version of SBUV3 has these very small foot platforms, which are not comfortable, and has no fenders, so you will get splashed while passing on the wet ground.
Why should you take Solowheel instead of rollers?
Sport side is much more pronounced on the rollers, but for daily travels, Solowheel resolves all the problems inherent to rollers:
- Solowheel does not require to put on shoes, take off shoes
- Solowheel brakes very effectively and simply
- Solowheel is noiseless
- Solowheel is very comfortable, even on the pavement
- Solowheel goes without slipping under the rain
Why should you choose Solowheel instead of an electric stand up scooter?
Solowheel is to some extent an alternative to the electric kick scooter. It is much lighter, more compact, with better shock absorption wheel, more fun and leave your hands free, allowing you to carry your briefcase, your telephone, an umbrella, shopping bags… For a daily use, it’s very simple to catch Solowheel and carry for upstairs or downstairs. About electric stand up scooter, you have to follow five steps to fold, then you carry it, then you unfold it.
Is Solowheel expensive?
We have to analyze all the possession cost. For 10000km of driven distance, the total cost for Solowheel will be: 1900€ + 20€ electricity + maximum two punctures, costing you 6€= 1932€.
A scooter will cost you between 4000€ – 8000€ for 10 000km of driven distance (insurance, fuel, technical maintenance, helmet…).
For electronic vehicles with lithium batteries: Segway costs more than 7000€; the price for a reliable electric bicycle is between 1300€ and 4000€.
Kick scooters cost about 500€ (SXT Scooter, Raycool, Mach1): those large kick scooters weigh 40kg and with a lead-acid battery you will drive 5km, and then, a year later, it will be enough for only 1km.
1900€ for a vehicle to be constantly used, Solowheel is at a very affordable price.
2. Solowheel in daily use
Where to ride Solowheel?
Like all sidewalk accessories (kick scooters, rollers, skateboards, Segway), Solowheel should be used on the sidewalks. Practicing it, you will notice that pedestrians wonderfully perceive Solowheel with a smile, while it is not always the case for other vehicles.
How to pass through the edge of the sidewalks?
Solowheel easily overcomes small obstacles up to 5cm height and descends from obstacles up to 20cm height. That is excellent for using Solowheel in large and medium-sized cities, which are to date equipped to kick scooters, wheelchairs, baby prams, shopping trolleys, rollers and skateboards. Thus, the sidewalks’ edges are almost always lowered on the crosswalks, which enable you to cross the road with an unrivalled comfort and ease. Without half-must sidewalks, you just need to put one foot on the ground, and use another foot to bring Solowheel aside the edge. With practice, a Solowheeler can easily give an upward boost and overcome obstacles up to 10cm height or even higher.
How to climb the hill?
On the descent, as well as on the rise, Solowheel maintains the balance and its power allows you to maintain your speed constant. During the rise, Solowheel reminds an elevator, and it seems as if it were defying the law of gravity. During the descent, it automatically adjusts itself and you can keep the speed you want.
How to use Solowheel in everyday life?
If you go to work with Solowheel, remind yourself to have a charger at your office, at home, or with you. In order to be able to face all unexpected travels, have the same reflexes as with your Smartphone: you charge it when you arrive at home or at the office.
When you encounter the stairs, you take it, and you keep it on your feet for the rest of the time. With one foot above, you can use it in slow trotting mode by another foot.
On the escalators, you keep it with your foot.
During the rain, you can take an umbrella, or simply embark it on another transport mode (bus, underground, taxi, Autolib…). You can also put it into the basket of Vélib (public bicycle in France).
On plane, you can put it into the luggage hold or in cabin.
Doing sport on Solowheel, is it possible?
It is a gliding tool completely assisted. Solowheel is very fun and not tiring. While riding Solowheel, the same muscles are working as if you were skiing, in the less intensive way but more constant (without aches). In fact, you flex your legs to fit a terrain, an imperfect ground and the sidewalks.
How to adjust the speed of Solowheel?
The speed is adjustable from 0 to 16km/h by a simple body inclination. After a few days of practice, you will be able to regulate Solowheel without even realizing it. Solowheel’s maximum speed is 16km/h. If you tempt to exceed this limit, Solowheel will topple backward the foot platforms and slow you down.
How to start with Solowheel?
Probably, during the first three travels, you will need a rod or a wall to help you to position your second foot. After that, you will automatically keep your foot on the foot platform with your calf against the antiskid leg pads. Once you lean your foot, Solowheel begins to move. The motion keeps your balance, and so, you have all the time to position your second foot (same as on a bicycle).
How to maneuver on Solowheel?
You need just to turn your shoulders in the direction you want to go. This will create a slight tilt toward the side and the front. That will enable you to turn. The wheel will always follow you, as its purpose is to catch you up and to stay under your feet.
How to brake and stop on Solowheel?
You just need to lean backward when you want to stop, put one foot on the ground (it is exactly like a bicycle, and you do not even question yourself anymore).
How do I know the battery is done?
Just look at the power light:
- Green light: battery is charged between 100% to 25%
- Orange light: 25% of battery left, which equals to a distance you will be able to ride on Solowheel of 2,5km
- Red light: 5% of battery left, which equals to a distance you will be able to ride on Solowheel of 500m
- The foot platforms tilted backward: 1% of battery left, which equals to a distance you will be able to ride on Solowheel of 100m
- Blinking Red light + front-rear vibrations: only 0.5% of battery left, it is absolutely necessary to stop.
- Solowheel’s engine will stop when the battery is fully discharged and the power light continues to blink: you cannot ride Solowheel at all in this condition.
How to charge Solowheel?
Solowheel is charging thanks to a simple charger put in the AC outlet supporting 110-230V.
Does Solowheel have a front and a rear?
Solowheel can be used in any orientation. However, we advise you to put the power light side in front, which corresponds to the rotational direction of the tire indicated by an arrow on its side.
What is the minimum age for practicing Solowheel?
Although, there is no legal limit age to ride Solowheel, we do not suggest children under 15 years old to ride it without adult supervision nearby.
What are weight limits for practicing Solowheel?
To function correctly, the weight of the user should be in the range of 30kg – 100 kg.
What happens if Solowheel falls sideways?
Solowheel detects falls and automatically stops its engine. Just after it has fallen, you need to switch it off and then to switch it on again.
What happens if you lose control of Solowheel?
It continues to run slower and slower letting you to catch it up.
What are the parts subject to wear?
This is the motorized vehicle that needs the less maintenance. The tire may blow out 5000 km of use. The battery will probably need to be changed after 1000 cycles of use (10 000km).
How long does it take to deliver Solowheel?
Available in stocks, Solowheel can be delivered within 2 days in France and 5 days in the neighboring countries.
How to secure Solowheel against theft?
You will rarely need to leave your Solowheel far from you. If needed, Solowheel can be attached with a lock around the handle. When you switch on Solowheel in vertical position, it automatically balances and stays straight. In this mode it consumes very little. For more safety, you should attach your Solowheel in horizontal position; switched on, it will automatically start in inactive mode (flashing light and the engine will not start).
Minimal maintenance of Solowheel
Solowheel has no chain, or gears, or brushes for the engine (Brushless), or braking friction parts. That is why, it does not require greasing, nor the change of consumables.
Developed at MIT, the battery is extremely reliable and we had never to change. The oldest batteries are in use for two years now, and have been in charge for more than 1,000 cycles. Current public price of the battery: € 599 tax incl. We therefore consider that the battery can be changed between 1,000 and 1,500 cycles, or after 10,000 km.
As for the tire, it brakes with progressivity (ABS), so the wear is very low. Only in case of puncture it will need to be changed.
Escalators: maintain your Solowheel with one foot perpendicularly to the escalator in order to prevent it from falling.
Phone: use an anti-wind headset, as the one that comes with the iPhone.
Pigeons: slow down to 10 km/h, to avoid to crush them, because they do not hear Solowheel approaching.
3. Solowheel, a brilliant invention
Why is Solowheel the greenest motor vehicle in the world?
Because Solowheel is composed of:
- The brushless engine without frictions
- A single wheel with friction on the ground (the only one friction)
- The lightest weight than other motor vehicles
- Energy recovery during braking and downgrades
- An extremely simplified mechanic, without any part entering in friction which are present on many electric vehicles: transmission chains, speed change system …
So, it has the best energetic efficiency compared to all the other engine vehicles.
Where does Solowheel come from?
Solowheel has been created in the USA by Inventist, it is produced in China and is distributed in many European countries by Solowheel Europe.
Inventist was founded in 2006 by experienced inventor and business owner, Shane Chen. Chen is constantly inventing, testing new products and making adjustments through trial and error. Chen is an avid athlete, partaking in speed skating, scuba diving, wind surfing, snowboarding, skiing, swimming and more. Many of his products center around his affinity for fluid movement in sports and fitness with a large emphasis on green energy technology.
He noticed that we can skate on one leg while steering. He then created a wheel with foot platforms. With the wheel between the feet the ride can still steer and balance very easily and comfortably.
Shane Chen has invented many concepts before Solowheel, including AquaSkipper. Chen’s most ubiquitous product, the Powerwing was licensed to RAZOR Scooter. But Solowheel remains the most popular invention of Shane Chen, simply because short travel is a need that we all share.
4. Learning Solowheel, in fact it is very easy!
Why lose your time to learn it?
In order to take advantage of the urban transportation tool best suited to nearby travels. Lets compare the time it takes to learn practicing Solowheel as compared to other transportation tools:
- Ski schools provide 20 hours’ learning program, to practice a discipline of pleasure 10 days per year
- · Driving school provide on average 30 hours’ learning program (except traffic regulation courses), for a car used occasionally by citizens and only 100 days per year on average
- Combining fun, usefulness and sociability, to practice Solowheel you need between 1 and 3 hours and you will be able to use it 300 days per year
How much time does it take to master it?
If you have already practiced gliding sports: 1-hour practice will be enough for you. Solowheel can be learned faster than rollers, skateboards, skiing, and ice-skating. IMPORTANT: Solowheel has a real brake, contrary to the other gliding tools.
If you start practicing vehicles without handlebars (you have never practiced skiing, neither ice skating, nor rollers…), the maximum time you will spend to learn Solowheel: 6 hours allocated on several sessions.
- With an auto-balancing front/back system, you need only to find lateral balance, just like on the bike
- At the beginning, you may regret not having the handlebars to help you. However, during the 4th session, the users seem no more having interest in handlebars
- Learning of Solowheel is much easier and it is less dangerous than learning of a classic unicycle (as Solowheel has an auto-balancing front/rear system, as opposed to the unicycle in circus)
- Everyone can learn it. Learning is as simple as biking
- We recommend you to use protective pads for knees, elbows and shins during the training
At the beginning, a simple rod helps to start.
We advise you to wear gloves, mountain shoes, elbow pads, knee pads, and take your time for learning.
Exercise #1: To feel acceleration/deceleration
- Work alongside with a ramp to hold you
- Put your foot at the middle of the foot platform (each foot should stay on the whole platform in the same manner)
- Bend your leg in order to have calf leaned on the top of the red pad
- Put your second foot on Solowheel
- The 1st time, squeeze well the red pad with your calves in order not to lose Solowheel
- Stand up straight, bend your legs slightly, look straight ahead
- Make front/rear movements by slightly tilting your whole body
- Put two feet on Solowheel
- Let yourself to tilt forward, look straight ahead
- Try to reach a wall or a ramp in a few meters from you
- When you want to stop, tilt your body backward to trigger the brake
- If you capsize on the way, start it again
- Repeat the operation several times
- Gradually, you will be able to ride 1 meter, 2 meters, 4 meters, 8 meters without putting your foot on the ground.
Exercise #2: To move forward/slow down
Exercise #3: to start
- Put one foot on Solowheel well ensconced
- Fold down the other foot platform
- Trot with the tip of the second foot, keep Solowheel perpendicular to the ground and in a straight path; for this last maneuver, let yourself tilt forward slightly, thus you will find a balance.
- You need to turn your shoulders slightly, with your head looking at the direction where you want to go
- Gradually, you will be able to pivot harder to turn
Exercise #4: to turn
Allow you a 30 minutes’ pause. This will let your neurons to shape and to print the information in your brain.
After have been practicing Solowheel for 1 hour per day, for 3 days, you will be able to start with one foot without holding anything.
After have been practicing Solowheel for 1 hour per day, for one week, you will be able to perfectly turn and slalom.
Remark! These are maximum limits for totally uninitiated users of vehicles without handlebar; initiation on average is much faster than one hour per day during a week.
5. Solowheel’s characteristics
Solowheel is the lightest (11 kg), the most compact, the most reliable and the most fun personal transportation tool (Personal Mover) ever invented. It is the lightest motorized vehicle for adults. This new electric patented unicycle is gyro stabilized. Solowheel is more compact and fun to ride as compare to an electric bicycle. Solowheel gives you the ski sensation in complete safety. Solowheel is made of one motorized wheel, two foldable foot platforms, gyro sensors, a controller and a battery.
- The lightest motor vehicle in the world (except vehicles for children)
- The most compact motor vehicle in the world
- The unique motor vehicle in the world allowing to ride it with free hand
- The most energy efficient motor vehicle in the world
- The fastest to charge electric vehicle in the world
- The most reliable in the category of motor vehicles (<30kg)
- Lean forward slightly to move and tilt back slightly to slow down or stop
- Start: put one foot on the foot platform and your calf lean against the red pad
- Ride it on a wet ground or under the rain without any difficulty
- The platform is always horizontal, slightly tilted according to your speed
- As compared to the ground, the tilt does not change, would you go upwards or downwards
Solowheel’s composition and manufacturing quality make from it the most reliable engine ever created. No parts subjects to friction compared to bicycle or kick scooters (brake pads, jaws drum), only two joints with magnets to lock the closed foot platforms, plastic and extremely solid pads and brake screws. If it works at 1st start, it will work without any interruption during 10 000 km after what you will probably need to change the battery.
- 3500 people in the world are currently using Solowheel
- The first one came out in October 2011
- None of them have received an after-sale service so far
- Some of them have been used to ride 3000 km, others safely passed 5000 km
- Since 2013, Solowheel has experienced some technical internal improvements, which have strengthened its reliability and robustness:
- motherboard updates
- firmware updates
- batteries updates
- tire was changed
- on/off switch was changed
- For all your short-distance travels on the sidewalks: it lets your hands free, so you can make a phone call, carry a hand bag or hold an umbrella
- It is an intermodal transportation tool with the existing transports: bus, subway, tramway, train, taxi, Autolib (public automobile car, exists only in France), flight
- For tourist visiting
- For street marketing for companies
- For tracking shot in the cinema
Solowheel’s technical specifications
Weight: 11 kg
- Height: 48,3 cm
- Length: 43,2 cm
- Width (folded foot platform): 20,3 cm
- Width (opened foot platform): 35,6 cm
Maximum charge: 100 kg
Tire size: 16’’ x 2,125’’
Top speed: 16 km/h
- 11 km
- Recharge during braking and the decent
- May be used on a wet ground or under the rain, norm IP65
- Do not splash water on the driver thanks to its fender
- Brakes: engine brake by induction (dynamo effect)
History of Solowheel:
- 36V batteries / 36V motherboard / micro program V1 / series number 7 numbers / first tire
- 52V batteries / 52V motherboard / micro program V2 / series number 7 numbers / Kenda tire/ notch’s extension for the tire inflation
- 52V batteries / 52V motherboard / micro program V3 / series number 7 numbers / Kenda tire / notch’s extension for the tire inflation
- 52V new batteries (25% capacity or more) / 52V motherboard / micro program V4 / series number 8 numbers / Kenda tire / notch’s extension for the tire inflation / aluminum switch / black or white color
- 15° = 30% upward or downward
- Upward obstacles of 4cm height (all baby prams’ paths in the cities)
- Downward obstacles of 6cm height
- Brushless 1000W
- No gears, directly plugged on the wheel, no friction
- LiFePO4 52V
- 122 Wh: 53V – 2.3Ah
- 1000 cycles
- 45 min to 1 hour to fully charge
- 100 to 240VAC, 50-60Hz
- Round EU plug, 2 wireless pins
- Dimensions: 51 x 24 x 57 cm
- Weight: 15,5kg
- Barcode UPC-A (USA) : 6 10370 68636 2
- Barcode EAN 13 (international) : 0 610370 686362
Included in the box:
- Battery charger
- User’s manual / DVD for instruction
- Training belt (to hold it)
- EU charger jack
CE (European Community): Solowheel has CE conformity
- 2 years Solowheel, recharger, batteries
- Engraved on the rim and printed on the cardboard
Conception / Manufactory:
- Designed in USA
- Assembled in China
- Patents USD673081 S1, ZL201110089122.9
- US trademark 4121815 from April 3rd, 2012
6. Solowheel warranty, aftersales service
Upon receipt of Solowheel
- Keep the box: it will be useful in case you will need to ship it back
- Check it works: hold Solowheel vertically, then switch it on: it should remain horizontal, with front/rear tilts
- Charge it
In case of breakdown
Just send back your Solowheel in our servicing center. We will send it back to you within one week.
In case of flat tire, you have three possibilities:
- Change your tire yourself, following this video this video
- Go to the nearest certified retailer
- Send your Solowheel to our certified servicing center
Ignore the inscriptions on the tire, which are designed for flexible bicycle rims. Here are some indications for Solowheel:
|Bar pressure||40 – 59 kg||60 – 79 kg||80 – 100 kg|
7. WARNING: Chinese counterfeits are dangerous and illegal
The safety is everything
Contrary to bicycle, rollers, skateboards or kick scooter, Solowheel is like Segway and maintains front/rear balancing by electronics. In general, the smallest failure during the operation can cause the collapse of the device and this may result in a serious injury to the user, even while riding it on a flat ground with a slow speed. Segway is more complicated than Solowheel, which remains at a high price to ensure high safety. The same goes for Solowheel with a unique auto-balancing wheel. Each component is very reliable and is provided by the supplier who carefully controls the quality. Tempt to acquire this kind of cheap product, totally compromises the user’s security. The diagram below well illustrates the high implication of Solowheel’s components in its stability, the security of its user contrary to a bicycle, the rollers or a kick scooter.
The Chinese copies counterfeit the original patented Solowheel. They are called « IPS », « Mobbo », « Airwheel », « Super Wheel »
We tested these Chinese copies and can assure you that they have very bad quality. You are maintained at the beginning, a few meters after, suddenly, the machine topples over without warning and you fall down.
Tests in videos:
IPS model 101: http://youtu.be/lO1Imq-zv6g
IPS model 102, same as Mobbo: http://youtu.be/Ipn9BugftcU
You should notice that the model 103 is much less powerful, the same for Airwheel.
The turnover of these machines is related to a very low engine power and the batteries cannot deliver necessary amperage during vigorous restarts.
Moreover, the capacity when going upward is very low: under the theoretical 800W mentioned by the Chinese copies. Solowheel’s capacity is of 1000W, as mentioned.
Finally, the batteries are dangerous because they are completely flammable; recharging IPS at the 1st time started the fire accident showed as below.
Be aware of the online sellers (eBay, Priceminister, Alibaba, Amazon…)
Be aware of those unscrupulous sellers, they are easily recognizable:
- They call their product as « solo wheel » or « air wheel » or « magic wheel », as if they sell a ridiculous generic product with one logo brand
- They post old photos of Solowheel rolling in Oregon (the State where the American company’s headquarter is, patent’s holder of Solowheel) which does not correspond to what they sell in reality
- They even hardly leave their phone number
- They sell a « magic wheel » among totally different objects « sun glasses» « blenders »
- They do not offer any spare parts or accessories for sale
- They do not have any After-Sale service system
- They do not have any official website
- They sell these Chinese counterfeits by chance and even do not try them before selling (the engines are unstable and dangerous)
- Their unique goal is to sell them quickly, in order to make profit. They totally ignore what they are selling.
8. Solowheel’s price
The public price
- The public price for Solowheel: 1999€ incl. tax.
The cheapest price in Europe excl. VAT
The VAT (Value Added Tax) in France is 19,6% against 19%, 15% or 9% in other European countries, Solowheel Europe has the cheapest tax excluded price in Europe for the same retail price( all taxes included).
Reactive after-sales service in Europe
Solowheel Europe provides an after-sale service and the spare parts for the old component. Flexible and reactive, as if it were operating in the USA.
In order to distribute Solowheel safely in different regions, the company Inventist provides only the exclusive distribution rights, as it is the case for Solowheel Europe.
9. Solowheel Europe partners
Retailers, test centers
The list of our partners is available on www.solowheel.eu
Solowheel strongly requires to be rented; clients prefer to practice it before purchasing. Courses’ prices: 30€ to 50€/day or 150€ to 250€/week.
Retail selling is very interesting, because our partners (merchants, retailers) do not provide any after-sale services, which are fully supported by the exclusive distributor Solowheel Europe.
Officially approved price
Solowheel Europe maintains the public retail price; no discounter shops can operate with lower price through the whole territories. Solowheel Europe is in contact with the other worldwide distributors and always check to align price.
The partners can also offer a package for tire’s change in case of puncturing: the cost between 20 and 50€.
Training is very important, and you this activity may provide you a very good income: individual training, group training, and company training. Suggestion price: 50€/hour.
Solowheel is also a great solution for the Street Marketing of your local business. In fact, pedestrians cannot turn their eyes from this extraordinary wheel, especially, if you put on the promotional T-shirts and the advertisement flags.
10. Contact Solowheel Europe
About the company Solowheel Europe
Earlier, VINTIVE was known as UltraMobility. VINTIVE was the first distributor in the world, who created a network of retailers, specialized in the portable electric vehicles (less than 15kg), by distributing in Europe compact stand up electric scooters: MYWAY Quick, EGRET One.
Our warehouses are located in France. Solowheel can be packaged in EUPAL pallets of 20 units:
The product is cleared through customs, in stock in France and available for all the Europe. Delivery time is 3 days on.
We have all these documents:
- EC Conformity
- EC Tests
- EC- ATTESTATION CERTIFICATE OF MACHINE SAFETY & LVD
- SAFETY DATA SHEET SDS
- RoHS and REACH Compliance