This Electric Ride Does It On Just One Wheel

With the rush to introduce all manner of electric vehicles to the public, we’ve seen an explosion of transportation ideas over the last few years and we’ve written about everything from folding electric cars to electric scooters to electric bikes. Some ideas are wild, some are totally cool and others… well… not so much. After a tip by our friends over at, we have to admit that rarely have we seen an electric vehicle with the “wow factor” of the SBU V2.

SBU stands for self balancing unicycle. Yep, that’s right. Self. Balancing. Unicycle. At first glance, the thing seems to employ some sort of 23rd century magic that’s been reverse-engineered from visiting aliens. But dig a little deeper and the huge brains at Camus, Washington-based Focus Designs explain that the unicycle is just your run-of-the-mill gyro stabilized, accelerometer driven, battery powered, clean “green” vehicle.


image via Focus Designs

Focus explans that the SBU’s technology controls the forward and backward balance of the cycle using accelerometers and gyroscopes aided by something called a “balancing algorithm”. Meanwhile, the rider only has to balance left and right. The rider controls the speed by leaning forward or backward to speed up or stop.


Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

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