Have you noticed a slew of Solowheel-like vehicles for sale on eBay and all over the internet lately? What up with that?
Buyer beware! Solowheel is owned by a USA based Washington state company called Inventist, Inc. They hold the US and International patents for the electric seatless unicycle and are actively working to stop fakes and counterfeits from entering the US market.
How can fakes be cheaper? Simple. By stealing technology and using cheaper (and potentially dangerous) battery technology. A Solowheel's cost is a combination of patented, cutting-edge micro-electronic technology, top quality electric motors that can power you up Seattle's hills, and a safe, reliable, long-lasting battery system - all combined with a US warranty.
Why are good batteries so important? Solowheel comes with a very special lithium-ion battery developed at MIT. It will last 3+ years of daily use. The batteries used in Solowheels are safe enough to be legally airplane carry-on-able. So, don't mess with the fakes. In the end, if your wheel is going to be part of your daily, active commuting life, error on the side of quality and certain customer service.