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SBU V3 (Self-Balancing Unicycle)

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About the Product

  • Experience a new way to travel. Lean forward to go, lean back to slow down/stop.
  • Regenerative Braking
  • Clean. Green. Advanced Efficiency
  • Up to 10 miles range on a single charge, the SBU takes 1/3 Kilowatt-Hour to do the same work as the average car does on 1 gallon of gas
  • Designed in America with new features, more power, and even MORE portability than ever!

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Technical Details

Product Description

The SBU V3 is precision crafted by hand with 6061 alloy. Built to last and to stay pretty, the SBU is ultra-portable and is capable of 325-lb loads and beyond! No handlebars, no steering wheel, no need for any of that! Control your SBU with natural leaning motions (similar to the Segway) and experience a new way to travel. Lean forward to go, lean back to slow down/stop. The Focus Designs Pure Sine Wave controller is more advanced than anything you can find on the market. With regenerative braking, unmatched efficiency, eery silence, and torque-control at the granular level, this BLDC controller is the only one it it's class. The SBU takes about 20-30 minutes to learn and once you master it you'll find that riding becomes as natural as walking and chewing gum (only way cooler). Using some cool features like Turn AssistTM and Smart SenseTM the SBU V3 actively "learns" your motions and performs numerous safety calculations every second you ride. Multiple 3-axis accelerometers and gyros provide superior inertial measurement enabling for a ride like no other. When you turn, the SBU's motion-learning algorithms detect your intent and provide stability assistance throughout the turn. It's a lot like having a sloped embankment for a racecar driver; only Turn AssistTM help is provided with software and 3-axis sensors. Navigate through narrow turns. It can handle a lot, but if you push the SBU near its physical limits, Push BackTM will kick in and push you backwards, telling you that you need to ease off. Upon a depleted battery, your SBU will gently immobilize by slowing your motion to stop while still safely maintaining balance. Smart SenseTM software automatically and carefully shuts the SBU off upon sensing any abuse or an accidental crash. It's clean. It's green. It's an elegant machine! The SBU's portability makes it the perfect in-between commuter as it fits on the bus, the subway, the train, and underneath your desk at work.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 15.9 x 28 inches ; 26.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 33.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B009KA00B0
  • Item model number: SBU V3
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,127 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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With Focus Designs' 30 day return policy, there are no special catches or exceptions. All we ask is that you send the items back to us in the original packaging, and make sure that the merchandise is in the same condition. Return With Focus Designs - It's Easy: - You can return your purchase for up to 30 days from the purchase date. - Products must be in the condition you received them and in the original box and/or packaging. - Return shipping is paid by the customer. - A Return Merchandise Authorization is required. Contact Focus Designs to receive your RMA# and indicate it on the returned package. Once your return is received and inspected by the Focus Designs, a refund will be processed and a credit will be applied to your credit card or original method of payment within 7 days. Please note that depending on your credit card company, it may take an additional 2-10 business days after your credit is applied for it to post to your account. As part of our 30 day return policy, all returns will need to be received and processed by our warehouse within 30 days of purchase.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John C. on October 1, 2014
Okay. It would be easy to make this a very long review. I'll try to keep it short. A friend of mine told me about the SBU two years ago. So it took me this long to pull the trigger. I travel a fair amount in my motorhome, Or on my sailboat. And this year in July I tore my disc in my left knee. I was having a hard time doing a lot of walking. And was considering electric bike. But they are just too bulky to be very portable. So a couple of months back I finally purchased an SBU.
In less then a week I was riding it like a pro. Was literally able to carry my coffee, drink it. While walking my dog on the unicycle. I now use my SBU every day. As of yet the range has never let me down. And I have gone on some very long rides. I am 50 years old. But learning it was very easy. I tell people it's more like a bicycle then a unicycle. What I mean by that is you can't fall forward or backward. And as soon as you figure out how to steer with your hips. Then it becomes very easy and natural. I saw a review where someone was saying they wished it had handlebars to give you a better feel. After ridding it for just a bit you will see that is ridiculous. I love going over to Starbucks in the morning and getting two coffees. One for me and one for my wife, And riding home. You can't do that on any bicycle, or anything with handlebars.
I made two YouTube videos. One of me commuting, and passing a bicyclist. The other of me walking my dog with my coffee. That was only after having had it for a bit less than one week. Thank you focus designs for such a great product.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pehr Anderson on September 17, 2013
This device is built with real quality. You can tell that it went through a lot of testing. It is made from SOLID materials that perform well and can last over time. The control software is really well tuned. This is not a toy! It is a professional short commute vehicle. It is a pleasure to own and ride.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Raphael on October 2, 2014
After owning the original (V1) SBU I recently upgraded to this third iteration of the product and am REALLY IMPRESSED with the new design! The new footpeg style/position makes it easier to get on/off safely and allows the SBU to stand on its own (leaning to one side) when I take it on the subway. The lower center of mass that comes from putting more stuff IN the wheel and frame makes it easy to walk the device when you have to hop off for any reason. The more powerful motor and battery make it easier to climb hills and get where you're going without running out of power. The new power switch is easier to read with its bright blue pulsing LED. A lot of thought and care went into this! It is fun to ride and people enjoy seeing you ride it. With my hands free I can even juggle or play guitar or have a beverage while riding!

It's worth mentioning this is a POWERFUL device. To go full-out ("max speed") is subjectively pretty scary - I wouldn't recommend doing so without a helmet and elbow/wrist pads and a very flat obstruction-free surface. I prefer to keep it down to a jogging-type pace, not a running pace. The fact that you CAN get up to 12.5mph on a one-wheeled vehicle doesn't mean you SHOULD. If you keep leaning farther forward it eventually MUST fall down - physics says so. No matter how smart the electronics are, this product shares with bicycles the property of being really not all that inherently stable - getting scared by a dog or hitting a too-large crack in the sidewalk can be dangerous. So pay attention to what's around you, don't push the limits and SLOW DOWN as you approach people or hazards.

But with all that in mind: get this product! Try it out and have fun!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heather duBoef on June 16, 2014
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Worked great for 2 weeks then all the sudden it freaked out bucked me off and dragged itself into the trees. It had also had no prior crashes. I charged it and pumped the tire and i worked until i came to a little bump in the sidewalk (something i had passed without problem countless times) and it freaked and did the same thing i had to jump on it and turn it off so it wouldn't run in to the street. Now anytime in hits a bump of any sort it happens. My crashes also resulted in scars on my knees and elbow. I also thought originally when it freaked it world stop but it wouldn't without being turned off manually.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 127001 on November 23, 2014
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I have to say that this is one of the most fun and rewarding things I have ever purchased off of Amazon. This thing is more fun than you think it will be and very quickly justifies its expense.

First things first: This thing is incredibly hard to ride at first. This is part of the magic of the device however. You will start out thinking that this is absolutely impossible to ride. I tried to ride it for about 30 minutes and saw little to no improvement. I then took a break and tried to ride it again the next day. Like magic, I had the ability to actually balance on a unicycle (something I thought I would never do in my life). The third day I actually became daring and tried to see how fast I could go on it. I can't think of anything else I've ever used that provided as rewarding of a learning experience as this has. Beyond that point this thing remains incredibly fun.

You'll see lots of videos of people riding these things without a helmet. This is incredibly stupid and you shouldn't do this. While you will feel very confident in both the device and yourself after about 2 hours of practicing, your are still able to fall off of it. Sudden bumps are a challenge beyond what you'll likely imagine. Be prepared to learn the hard way and you'll stay safe and continue having fun. There's a review on here which describes a bad crash. Treat this thing responsibly like you would a bicycle and you can expect the same degree of safety as a result.

The charger has a loud fan but the device charges relatively quickly.

Right out of the box you'll know that this isn't a child's toy. This is a well made, expensive (deservedly so), device intended for people willing to use it responsibly.
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