MONTHS IN DEVELOPMENT, WE ARE NOW ABLE TO REVEAL THE NEXT EVOLUTION IN FANGS™ – THE BEST AND MOST WIDELY USED BUMPER-WHEEL SOLUTION ON THE MARKET!
Fang™ Minis are the next version meant for more experienced riders and those wishing to use bumper wheels for tricks, Fang Drags, or just easier curb nudges and nose-grinding protection on steep ramps or dips. They offer the same functionality as the larger Fangs wheels, and have a wheel that is the same width, but a bit smaller in diameter.
Check out the YouTube Intro Video
And the Nylon version unboxing video by blogger Jimmy Chang.
Note that FANG™ Minis work on Onewheel+ and XR models. V1 is not supported. Minis DO NOT work on the Pint - we are working on Pint-specific Fangs but they are not yet ready. Pint Fangs will be in Q1 of 2020.
The features of FANG™ Minis 2.0 include:
- A sleek new design that blends with the design of the board, and allows for easy installation or removal without removing the wheel. A single screw on each mount is now easily accessible.
- Made from CNC 7075 Aluminum or choose injection-molded, glass-filled nylon for extreme durability.
- Custom, precision-cast urethane wheel (replaceable) that is as wide as the full size FANGS™, but in a smaller diameter.
- Stainless steel mounting hardware
- Dual ball bearings on each axle
- No drilling of your frame or footpad - bolt on and go!
- Assembled in the USA of foreign and domestic components.
- 1-Year guarantee against mount breakage...if it breaks from normal use, we'll send you a new set.
HOW DO FANG™ MINIS WORK?
FANG™ Minis simply reduce the friction of the nose on the ground, so when your Onewheel's front bumper meets pavement, it won't stop instantly and throw you off from the sudden deceleration. No plastic material is as friction-free as a set of wheels on ball bearings...and no plastic plates will last as long. In fact, FANGS™ tend to work well with plates because they protect the front edges from abrasion and early wear.
FANG™ Minis give you a precious few seconds to either jump off your board in a controlled manner, or possibly regain control and keep riding. They are meant for low to mid-speed nosedive mitigation ( <= 16mph), although skilled riders have ridden out much higher speeds (over 23mph). Proven to be effective by many riders, with success stories all over Facebook and YouTube, FANGS™ or FANG™ Minis are now considered standard equipment for new board owners.
Like any performance product for Onewheel, using FANGS™ is a learned skill that takes practice to use correctly. Just as you don't expect to be an expert on your first day with your Onewheel, FANGS™ work best when you've experimented with them on your own for a while.
FANGS™ are especially great at helping go up steep inclines, because in this case when a nosedive occurs, the board is already very close to touching the nose down (due to the incline). Therefore the "fall" of the nose to ground is much shorter and easier to control than on flat ground.
And it's fun to do things you can't do without nose wheels. Like Fang Drags, where you slam the nose down and accelerate at max speed...and are pretty much impossible without some sort of nose wheels.
FANG™ Minis are an still an experimental product, and no guarantees are offered in terms of saving a rider from nosedives. However, they have been proven to work time and again by many riders. The stories are all over the Facebook user groups. The only way to prevent nosedives is to not accelerate too hard for a given speed – thus, no product can "prevent" a nosedive. Gradual speed increases will result in less nosedive events, as will riding at moderate speeds.
Patent pending. Designed in Marin, California.