How Fast Does Electric Unicycle Go?

By Chris Wilson

June 2, 2020


The two major factors that people consider when purchasing an electric unicycle is how fast it can go and how far it can go.

We have already looked at the longest range of electric unicycles, and today, we will shed more light on how fast an electric unicycle can go.

We’re normally told that electric unicycles can go fast, but that’s not entirely true. Not at least in all the electric unicycles available.

The answer to how fast the electric unicycle goes is speculative since different brands will give you different answers.

And though speed is an important criterion when choosing an electric unicycle, it’s not the only factor to consider. If anything, I’m usually concerned more about the average speed as opposed to the maximum speed.

That said, for the sake of adrenaline lovers, we shall look at the highest possible speed that electric unicycles can achieve and some of the factors that affect the speed.

How fast does the electric unicycle go?

As we mentioned above, the answer to the speed of an electric unicycle is quite speculative; but generally, the average speed for the electric unicycle is 15 miles per hour.

15 MPH is pretty high, especially for a beginner, but as you become a better rider, you might start itching for more speed.

Luckily, there are some outliers, and a few electric unicycle models can get you up to 30 miles per hour.

Laws Governing Speed

In most countries, there’re laws governing the speed of PEVs (Personal Electric Vehicles).

However, in the American marketplace, for instance, the regulations on the electric unicycle laws are not standardized as they vary from one state to state.

However, most of them require that the motor output exceed 500 W and that the electric unicycles cannot travel faster than 20 mph.

Of course, the definition of electric unicycle and whether a particular personal electric vehicle falls under the electric unicycle category varies from state to state, so you should check with the local transport authority.

Speed laws and regulations, notwithstanding, there’re other factors determining the speed of an electric unicycle and how fast it can go.

Factors Determining the Speed of an Electric Unicycle

Size of the Wheel

Electric unicycles come in different heights, determined by the size of the wheel.

Normally, the electric unicycles are classified by the tire size, which ranges from size 12”, 14”, 16”, and 18”, though there’re models with bigger wheels.

Generally, the bigger the wheel, the more surface it covers when the wheel rotates.

Unfortunately, though bigger wheels translate to higher speeds, they’re more difficult to handle and suited for the experienced riders only.

Surface

Even flat surfaces will allow for better speeds compared to when riding on mountains or uneven and rugged surfaces.

On a flat and even surface, the electric unicycle has fewer distractions on the road, and so, it can easily achieve a maximum speed.

Weight

Not surprising, the heavier you are the more power you need to accelerate.

Now, assuming that all things are equal, the heavier riders exert more pressure on the motor, consequently resulting in a lesser speed on their electric unicycles than the relatively lightweight individuals.

Therefore, to attain the maximum speed on an electric unicycle, choose one that is rated for your weight, or even better, one with a higher weight capacity than your actual weight.

Motor Output

The motor output refers to the power rating of electric unicycle.

The proper thinking is that power translates to speed, which is entirely wrong.

Nonetheless, it still plays a crucial part in the speed of an electric unicycle.

After all, it determines how efficiently your electric unicycle can handle the extra weight or how it handles the rugged terrain, all of which are crucial elements affecting speed.

Top Speed for the Electric Unicycle in the Market

The highest recorded speed for an electric unicycle is 31 miles per hour, which is offered by the Gotway MSX.

However, there’re other noteworthy contenders for the top speed in electric unicycles, and they include:

Electric UnicycleTop SpeedRange
Gotway MSX35 mph80 miles
KingSong 18X31 mph51-78 miles
New InMoation V11 Electric Unicycle31 mph57 miles
Gotway Tesla30 mph50 miles
ninebot Z1028 mph50 miles
Gotway MCM525+ mph40 miles
Gotway MTEN323 mph25.5 miles
Kingsong 14S18.8 mph42 miles
Solowheel Glide 318.8 mph24 miles
Kingsong 14D18.8 mph21 miles

What is the fastest electric unicycle?

Currently, the fastest electric unicycle in the market is the Gotway MSuper X, also popularly known as the Gotway MSX.

It’s a high-performance unicycle that comes with a powerful 200W motor and a robust 1600Wh battery capacity.

The drivetrain of the Gotway MSX delivers an astounding speed upward of 50 km/hr and a massive range of 100 km.

It’s a popular option for those who are looking for high cruising speeds, long rides as well as Offroad trailing.

What is the best unicycle for beginners?

If you’re new to electric unicycles, the last thing you should be concerned about is the speed of your electric unicycle.

Rather, you should seek to have a starter electric unicycle that will let you learn the fundamentals of riding an electric unicycle, more particularly about balance.

Ideally, the best electric unicycle for beginners should have:

Smaller Wheels

I recommend choosing an electric unicycle with smaller wheels because they’re easy to maneuver, giving you greater control.

They also have a lower center of gravity, which makes mounting and dismounting a lot easier.

Wide Tires

Wider tires provide more stability, and this, even if you ride on a bump or a crack, you’re less likely to get knocked off balance.

Budget-Option

Finally, you need to pick a frills-free and inexpensive electric unicycle.

Remember, you’re still new to riding, and the last thing you would want is to crash an expensive purchase, or even lose interest in the hobby, and you’re left counting losses.

Conclusion

Like the regular vehicle, speed varies considerably with the PEV; some are slow, while others are fast.

Again, remember that speed is quite relative.

What you consider slow, is fast to another rider.

It all depends on your riding needs, temperament, and what speed you feel is safe for you.

Chris Wilson

About the author

Chris Wilson, long time fan of personal electric transportation. Chris is not easily impressed when it comes to the latest technologies, however, when he is, nothing can stop him from wanting to share his knowledge with our readers here at ElectricRideLab.com

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