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It is a brisk morning in London. In attire more appropriate for snow-crusted slopes I step out, lay my board down and power up. As the Onewheel hits horizontal I let out a plume of foggy breath, like an exhaust. 

Leaning forward, it feels like the ground beneath me is arching to form mini sets to surf. From slick pavement slabs I join the tarmac, a patchwork of repairs stretching back decades, each scar a potential line. 

The XR is rugged enough for all the terrain from my house to work – a route that takes in cobbled streets, pot-holed roads and dirt trails. It still makes me smile every goddamn day. 

It was with a heavy heart that we heard the news that this brilliant contraption might be going the way of the iPod into technological obsolescence. With Future Motion announcing the launch of the GT I wondered whether it was time to write a brief ode to the rugged beast before the Onewheel GT lands sometime later this year and to question whether the XR might enjoy a kind of second wind – a retirement party of sorts.  

For those of you who have had the pleasure of experiencing Future Motion’s telepathic algorithm on the XR, you’ll know just how miraculous the technology is. After only a few days of riding it you get the sense that you and the board are one, a kind of symbiosis dreamed up in Sci-fi tales about cyborgs. Of course, it is less geeky than that, but it is the kind of technological appendage we can all appreciate. 

The riding position is so comfortable as to render almost every kind of terrain cloud-like. The Vega – standard-issue – tyres aren’t everybody’s cup of tea but for beginners and intermediates they provide a square and stable contact point that make riding it feel secure and comfortable.  

Part of the beauty of all Onewheel products, but especially the XR – is their customisability (is that even a word?). The product seems to have single handedly spawned a whole host of brands offering tweaks, upgrades and beautifully crafted accessories. Hooiser tyres for a more rounded edge, softening the carve. Float Life, Craft & Ride and many other brands do some truly eye-catching fenders, bumpers, grip tapes and many other accessories beside. Flight Fins can take the journey aerial if you’ve got the stomach for it. 

A great friend of mine, who I’ve gotten to know through Onewheel, has basically souped his up to be a GT already. Thomas’ Onehweel XR has better bearings and improved battery giving him almost limitless range and a colour scheme reminiscent of a Marvel hero. 

And so, when Onewheel announced they would be discontinuing the sale of the XR on their site and offered us a chance to take some of the final stock ever, we leapt at the chance to snap them all up. 
We have a feeling the XR will gain a kind of cult status – if it hasn’t already.

Let’s face it, the ride over long distances is much more comfortable than the Pint/Pint X which can get a little bit achy on those epic trails. Don’t get me wrong I love my pint – but it’s more of a joy ride than a genuine commuter vehicle. The price of the GT at around £2200 may also put some potential purchasers off too. 

If you’re interested in purchasing some of the last ever XR’s please get in touch to see what deals we might be able to offer. We are doing 40% off all XR accessories with the code SSXR40 on our website and are happy to talk about bundle deals either in-store at our Marshall Street workshop or on the phone/via email.