Electric unicycle

Focus Design’s “SBU v2.0” self balancing electric unicycle. I think I’ve seen this in the Jetsons. It’s like half a Segway with twice the cool.

The specs: 1000 watt hub motor is larger than on any ebike I’ve heard of (the Optibike has an 800W motor); gyros keep you stable and upright; 10 mph top speed ; about 12 mile range from a LiFePO4 lithium-ion phosphate 38.4 volt 5AH battery. $1500 and made in Washington state.

Via Edwin in Missouri. MOre at Focus Design.


  • Andy
    October 15, 2010 - 5:21 pm | Permalink

    What’s with the crazy power? How about half the wattage at half the distance to make it much lighter. I can’t imagine people would actually need a 12 mile range with this, but maybe that’s just because I would consider it more of a toy than a real transportation device. I see this as more of an alternative to walking since it lacks a lot of the benefits of biking.

  • 295bus/Nick
    October 17, 2010 - 3:32 am | Permalink

    At least twice as portable as a Segway, too. Shouldn’t be any problems taken one of those on a train.

    I can see how the hub motor can handle front/back balance for you, but how can it self-balance left/right? (Or is it presumed that the rider can handle that–i.e., knows how to ride a bike?)

  • Keavenbrown
    December 7, 2011 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I am 49 yrs old and have been riding for 40 yrs. I want one sooo bad 

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