FAQ

Fangs™ & Fangs Mini™

What's the difference between Fangs and Fang Minis?

Fangs feature a larger wheel that is more capable over rough pavement. Fang Minis are smaller and more discreet, with a compact design that is more easily hidden in the bumper recess of the Onewheel nose. They are for experienced riders who want to reduce friction of the nose on the pavement, and are best suited to smoother pavement. If you're unsure of which to get, then regular size Fangs are a great place to start. Note that right now only full-size FANGS™ are available, but the Mini's 2.0 are nearly here.

Do they really work?

In short, FANGS™ work for many situations. Every rider has their own skill level. Better riders with superior balance or lots of experience will be able to ride out more situations than new riders. Consider that the wheels simply reduce friction of the nose on the ground. If it touches down on the pavement (regardless of speed), you want the least amount of friction possible. Less friction equals slower deceleration. Slower deceleration means you have a better chance of regaining control. And a better chance of regaining control means you don't fall off as often in these situations. Fangs will give you a few precious seconds to realize what happened when the nose drops, and allow you to jump off or regain control. Like anything else, using Fangs is a learned skill. With practice you will be able to do tricks, ride on the nose for a short distance, and more.

People who claim they "don't work" have simply never tried them and are more concerned with "looking cool" to everyone else, thinking that being dangerous is better than using reason and logic to help mitigate friction effects. But the fact remains: wheels rolling on the pavement will always have less friction than a hard plastic bumper scraping along the same surface. The more weight that is applied to the nose on the ground while in motion, the more this truth becomes evident. Try doing FANGS™ drag starts with no bumper wheels and you will surely bail.

And now, with over 1000 riders using FANGS™, there is no more debate on their effectiveness. They have been proven time and again to be the best nose wheels in the industry. Several competitors have also appeared, offering the same features at a much higher price. You don't need a giant, ugly bumper to get nose wheels that work better than any others. Grab some FANGS™, take a few minutes to install them, and ride with confidence.

Think about it a bit and make a decision for yourself. Don't be scared to be "un-cool". We think it's quite cool to not have road rash and bruises, and to be able to ride again another day. Always wear your pads and a helmet.

STEALTH™ Handles

I have Side Kicks on my board. Will the STEALTH™ handle fit?

Yes!  Please specify in the "notes to seller" option box when checking out, which brand of Side Kicks you have and which model.  This is important because they vary in thickness. For instance, the "Elmers" color from FloatLife is thinner than their normal Side Kicks. Tolerances are very tight to ensure a good fit, so even a millimeter difference is a lot. The mounts for Side Kicks clear only the depth of the rail plus the Side Kick.

To install over sidekicks, you must remove the top and bottom ones if installed. Put the handle on over the side-mounted Side Kicks and tighten down. Then cut the top and bottom Side Kicks to fit around the mounts, and re-apply (you will have left, center, and right pieces. Go slowly and trim a bit at a time to ensure a seamless fit.


BONE™ Flex Handles

How flexible are the Bone handles? Can they break?

Bone Flex handles are made of thermoplastic polyurethane, and can be bent in half without breaking (and once released they return to their original shape). They have the hardness of an o-ring. They are virtually unbreakable in the same way a tire is "unbreakable". They simply bend as far as you can push them.


I have Side Kicks on my board. Will the Bone Flex™ handle fit?

Yes!  Please specify in the "notes to seller" option box when checking out, which brand of Side Kicks you have and which model.  This is important because they vary in thickness. For instance, the "Elmers" color from FloatLife is thinner than their normal Side Kicks. Tolerances are very tight to ensure a good fit, so even a millimeter difference is a lot. The mounts for Side Kicks clear only the depth of the rail plus the Side Kick.

To install over sidekicks, you must remove the top and bottom ones if installed. Put the handle on over the side-mounted Side Kicks and tighten down. Then cut the top and bottom Side Kicks to fit around the mounts, and re-apply (you will have left, center, and right pieces. Go slowly and trim a bit at a time to ensure a seamless fit.


Why aren't Bone Flex handles cheaper? I can get a handle on Amazon for $10!

Budget handles do work, and are good option for some...if you want to try that, more power to you. But they are not custom-made for the Onewheel like Bone Flex™ handles. And they don't protect the side of the board they are mounted on either. The design and uniqueness of the Onewheel, in our opinion, demands a handle that is just as unique. We spent months designing and testing the Bone Flex handle so that it fits perfectly and works reliably.

The cheaper nylon handles also do not give you the same solid connection to your board that a Bone Flex handle does. Nylon straps simply hang the weight of the Onewheel on a swinging pendulum, which makes it harder to control when carrying. Bone Flex handles give a solid, connected feel to the board, allowing for full control while loading in or out of your car, or carrying over rough terrain or up a hill. 

Each Bone Flex handle takes around 9 hours to print, as the material cannot be extruded too fast without warping that ruins the print. Therefore, the quantities we can deliver are currently too low to give a better price point. They simply tie up each machine for too long. If we sold them any cheaper we'd be losing money on each one, which isn't viable for a long term business. And once printed, each handle requires finishing by hand to make it into the product you receive.


How do the Bone Flex handles attach?  Do I have to drill holes in my frames? Will it void my warranty?

No! The Bone Flex handles attach with a simple clamping feature that "grips" the frame tightly using four stainless steel screws and nuts. It takes less than 5 minutes to install using a 3mm hex driver. No holes to drill, no velcro or nylon "straps" to continually tighten, and no more flat metal pieces right where your knuckles are. And no warranty voided, ever!


Why not use the same 1/8" hex screws used on the rest of the board to minimize tool carrying requirements?

We believe the metric system to be a superior, intuitive, and easy to understand method for specifying screw lengths, dimensions, etc. It's much harder to visualize a 13/64" dimension instead of a 4mm one. And if you simply carry a single 3mm hex driver, you can use it on the handle screws and the other 1/8" screws that are used on the Onewheel board with no ill effects. However, it doesn't work the other way - 1/8" is slightly more than 3mm. Try the metric system and see for yourself how easy it is.

If my Bone Flex handle gets dirty, can I wash / scrub it?

Sure! It's extremely durable and impervious to water, UV light, and oils. Dish soap and water clean it very well and will make it look brand new. Since the hardware is all stainless steel, you won't have to worry about rust.

Can I mix colors with the mounts and handle?

If you want to, sure!  We've experimented with mixing up the colors - one color for the mounts, and another for the actual hand-grip. A useful method is to try black mounts with a colored hand-grip, which makes the handle appear smaller to the eye, because the black mounts are less visible against the black tire and wheel. See the handle pictures for an example.