Should I order the Shorty Handle or the Extra Long Handle?
For maximum comfort, we recommend the Shorty Handle for riders 6 feet or under and the Extra Long Handle for riders over 6 feet. For reference, John (the designer of the Glider) is 5'10" and uses the Shorty Handle comfortably. Please keep in mind the pros and cons of each design: the Shorty Handle provides more installation versatility but sacrifices the freestanding feature, and the XL Handle is longer and is capable of freestanding but requires the rider to ride backwards.
Why does the Extra Long Handle have to be installed on the front of the Onewheel?
The short answer is that there is more space on the front side, it makes the Onewheel lighter to pull, and it enables the Onewheel to freestand.
The long answer is... With the Glider v1.0, user feedback indicated that our customers wanted a longer handle to increase the ease of rolling the Onewheel like luggage. However, a longer handle will not fit on the back side of the Onewheel due to the space taken up by the the battery. By designing the Glider's Extra Long Handle to fit on the front side of the board, we were not only able to provide the customer-requested longer handle, but also the freestanding feature. In order to balance in a freestanding vertical position, the heavy battery side of the board must be closet to the ground. Because the board can only balance on the wheeled bumper (not the handle bumper), the wheels must be installed on the back of the board to utilize the freestanding feature. Additionally, having the heavy side of the board closest to the ground when rolling the Onewheel like luggage makes it easier and lighter to pull, a feature Glider owners have come to appreciate.
If the wheels are installed on the back with the Extra Long Handle, how does the Glider accomplish nosedive protection?
Having the XL handle on the front and the wheels on the back does mean that you will have to ride the Onewheel in a "backwards" fashion with what is traditionally the back of the Onewheel facing forwards. To do this you simply start with the back facing forwards, or take off riding goofy-footed and change directions. Please see the FAQs video above demonstrating how to ride the Onewheel with the XL Handle installed on the front of the board.
What if I don't want to change the direction I ride my Onewheel to use the Extra Long Handle?
You should order the Shorty Handle! Our Shorty Handle is a shorter version of the Extra Long Handle that can be installed on the back side of the Onewheel, allowing the wheels to be installed on the front. While, the Shorty Handle accomplishes the ability to install the Glider on either side of the Onewheel, it also sacrifices some of the Glider's other features. With the Shorty Handle installed, the handle will not work as conveniently for taller people (above 6 feet), the board will be heavier to carry/roll with the handle installed on the battery side, and the board will not be able to freestand (unless you choose to install the handle on the front and wheels on the back, like the XL Handle) as the heavy battery side needs to be positioned closest to the ground when the board is standing in a vertical position.
How do I get the Onewheel to freestand with the Glider?
The wheeled side of the Glider is designed with a flat surface to allow the Onewheel to stand in a vertical position, but with such a small center of gravity, getting the 30 lb. board to stand upright takes a little practice. To do this, you first place the Onewheel down vertically with the wheeled Glider/battery side on the bottom. Then, manually steady the board until it balances freely, rotating it as needed until you find a level surface. We demonstrate this in the FAQs video above. While the ability to freestand is a feature of the Glider, it is not intended to replace the stability and security of an actual Onewheel stand. It is intended to allow the Onewheel to temporarily balance in a vertical position, though it will still wobble if pushed or moved.
Can I purchase a bumper for just one side of my Onewheel?
Yes! We offer the Glider as a full bumper with both the wheeled and handle side, as well as a single bumper with just the wheeled side OR just the handle side.
Can you install the wheeled bumper on either side of the Onewheel?
Yes. Technically, the wheeled bumper alone can be installed on either side. However, if you purchase a full bumper with the XL Handle, the wheeled side can only be installed on the back, and the rider should adjust their riding style to ride backwards with the wheels facing forward. If you purchase a full bumper with the Shorty handle, the wheeled side can be installed on the front OR the back, according to your preference.
Can I ride with the wheeled bumper facing backwards while I ride the Onewheel?
We DO NOT recommend riding the Onewheel with the Glider’s wheels facing backwards for safety reasons. Having wheels on the back side while riding could prevent you from being able to stop quickly. Additionally, to benefit from the nosedive protection, the Glider's wheels must be facing forward while riding. Therefore, it is important to note that if you purchase the full bumper with the XL Handle and install the wheels on the back, you should adjust your riding style to ride backwards in order to avoid injury.
Does the design of the bumpers block the lights on the Onewheel?
The LED lights on the Onewheel still shine through on both sides. We designed the Glider with extra large openings on the wheeled side to give you plenty of light while facing forward, and the handle side still has a large enough opening for traffic behind you to to see you clear as day.
How much does the Glider weigh?
Each bumper weighs less than a pound, so you shouldn't feel any difference in your ride.
How is the Glider made?
We believe in continuous innovation! We would not be able to do this with traditional manufacturing. So, we are currently using the latest in additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology to produce our inventory. At this time, we are using weather and heat resistant PETG plastic.
Is the plastic used to make the Glider strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of rough riders?
We proudly use PETG filament for the Glider v2.0, and it is much stronger than the material we used for v1.0. Each Glider is printed with thick, reinforced outer walls with a high infill. From our personal experience, it is definitely strong enough to withstand normal wear and tear as a result of travel and leisure riding. However, extreme riders doing jumps and tricks may experience limitations as a result of the manufacturing method. We understand that this can be frustrating, and we loyally stand by our replacement policy for any customer who experiences a damaged or malfunctioning product.
Have you considered injection molding as a manufacturing alternative?
We have thoroughly explored injection molding options. However, at this point in the product's life cycle, it is not the right option for the customers or for us. We are considering injection molding for future mass production and are steadily working towards that goal for future renditions of the Glider. While injection molding will create a final product that is easier to produce, the benefits of 3D printing at this point in the venture outweigh those of injection molding. In fact, without the design flexibility offered by 3D printing, the Shorty Handle would never have been born! We are easily able to adjust the design according to user feedback and continuously improve the product so that we will eventually have a perfected design tailored to our customers' needs when we do embark upon the injection molding route.
Will the Glider work with other 3rd party Onewheel accessories?
Yes, the Glider works with most 3rd party accessories that attach to your Onewheel, whether it is additional plates that go on the bottom, or replacement footpads that go on top of your board. The Glider is designed to simply replace the Onewheel's stock bumpers. Glider bumpers have the same dimensions as the Onewheel's stock bumpers (including the extra plate and battery protectors that come with the XR). In most cases, if an accessory is compatible with the Onewheel's stock bumpers, it will be compatible with the Glider. The only exception that we have encountered to date is the Kush Concave Footpad by The Float Life, which is made of a urethane material that may not be rigid enough for the Glider to attach securely with our current manufacturing method. However, we expect that our next model (Glider v3.0) will be compatible with the Kush Concave Footpad when it is released. As always, if you experience a problem, simply shoot us an email and we will work with you to make it right and ensure your satisfaction.
Will attaching the Glider void my Onewheel warranty?
The dimensions of the Glider bumpers are exactly the same as the Onewheel stock bumpers. Installing the Glider does not require drilling additional holes in your board or damaging your board in any way. You simply remove the stock bumpers and install the Glider bumpers using the same screw holes as the stock bumpers. As long as you keep the stock bumpers and can switch them out in the event of utilizing your warranty, installing the Glider should not void your warranty.
What is your return policy?
If you have a problem with your Glider malfunctioning or breaking, we are happy to send you a replacement per our replacement policy for v2.0. We also accept returns and will issue a refund (minus shipping fees) for unused, unbroken products that are returned within 30 days. However, we do not provide return shipping at this time. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we will work with you to ensure your satisfaction!