BayRu, a Chicago-based online retailer, has announced that they will be the exclusive, online seller of Focus Design’s SBU 2.0 electric unicycle to Russian consumers. We reported on Focus Design, a Camus, Washington based company, and their strange concept back in October of last year, but the expansion into Russian markets is an interesting opportunity.
The unicycle has a range of about 12 miles and and a top speed of 10 miles per hour, about the same of a solid running pace. Russian consumers looking to own one of the recreational vehicles will have to spend about $3,500, which includes shipping, but is almost $2,000 more than what the same device costs in the U.S. market.
We’ve seen an interesting variety of personal electric powered vehicles over the last few months, including a similar unicycle device from Honda called the UX-3, a product called the Solowheel which riders stand on, a weird unicycle hybrid from New Zealand’s YikeBike, and even a sporty-model from Oregon’s RYNO Micro-Cycle that has a top-speed of 25 miles per hour.
So does the culmination of so many interesting devices signal the boom of personal electric transportation devices? A representative from BayRu was quoted as saying the electric unicycle from Focus Designs will sell-out fast in the Russian market. But quite frankly, we’re not so sure about the overall adoption of these devices beyond early adopters. They are still pretty cool though.
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