Onewheel Tires – We review the best aftermarket tires available.
There are so many tires available to the Onewheel. The stock Vega is a great tire to learn on – it’s super stable and the rubber is long-lasting but once you get some miles under your belt, upgrading your tire can completely change your riding experience! There are slicks tires, treaded tires, flat tires, sticky tires, rounded tires, small tires, fat tires… you get the point.
With the help of Jeff McCosker of TheFloat.Life, we test every tire available for the Onewheel and give you a detailed run-down. This post is the most comprehensive review ever done for Onewheel tires. If you’re unsure on how to change a tire, it’s not that difficult. You can watch our “How to change a Onewheel tire in under 20 mins with Jeff McCosker” video to learn how to change a tire with minimal tools required.
We recommend you play around with the PSI for each tire as it can change the riding considerably. The general rule of thumb is to divide your weight by 10 and that should be a comfortable PSI (If you weigh 180 lbs, an 18psi should satisfy. That being said, everyone is different. Some like it really high and some like a softer tire that absorbs bumps better. If you’re riding on trails or sand, a lower PSI will make your life easier.
Scroll down for a detailed review of each tire but here are our winners for the following categories:
Best Street Tire:
FlightFins Hoosier Street – The Hoosier Street is hands-down the best riding experience. The closest thing to floating you’ll ever feel in a tire. It glides so quietly on asphalt that you’ll forget there’s even a tire underneath you thanks to its super soft specially formulated compound.
Runner up: Burris 6″ Slick for having a perfect balance of stability and carvability with long-lasting rubber.
Best Trail Tire:
Burris 6″ Treaded – This tire provides the ultimate grip on trails. It has a stickier compound compared to the FlightFins Hoosier Terrain which makes it a better trail tire in our eyes.
Runner Up: FlightFins Hoosier Terrain a very close 2nd for that added stability and deep treads that really grip into off-road terrain.
Side Note: The Hoosier 6.5″ Treaded would have won but since it requires extended rails, we opted to give the win to the Burris 6″ Treaded.
Best All-Around Tire:
FlightFins Hoosier Terrain is a lot of fun both on and off-road. We give it the best all-around tire because it carves so deeply and isn’t too sticky on asphalt.
Runner Up: FlightFins Hoosier Street for being the most fun on ashphalt but still kicking ass on trails. The stickier compound makes this tire a lot of fun on both street and trail.
Best Value Tire:
Unilli Slick 6″ is a great value tire if you’re on a budget and want something a little more carvy than the stock Vega. The build quality can vary from tire to tire which is why it is a little cheaper.
Runner Up: Burris 6″ Slick for an amazing riding experience that will give you more miles than the Hoosier 6″ slick tires and still not break your wallet.
Vega 6.5″ Slick (Stock Tire)
We are only reviewing this tire so it gives you an idea of our rating scale. It is super stable, easy to learn on but difficult to make tight turns and not the best for carving.
Stability: The Vega is the most stable tire for the Onewheel. Future Motion likely chose this tire for the Onewheel because it is the easiest tire to learn on. However, once you feel confident on the Onewheel, you’ll want something more carvy and less stable as this tire is often compared to a brick because it’s so flat.
Carvability: This tire requires a lot more work to carve and you never really get the full the feeling of carving from this tire as you would from any of the other tire options available.
Durability: The one thing that this offers that the other slick tires can’t is a slight increase in longevity. This is also probably why Future Motion opted for this tire. However, the added durability is not worth the lack of fun.
Traction: Being a flat tire with lots of surface area, this is actually one of the better off-road slick tires in terms of grip. That being said, it’s not nimble at all so it’s not as good for nimble trail riding.
Smoothness/Quietness: This tire is smooth. It is a medium softness so it’s not quite as smooth as the other slick options but it’s smooth riding being a flat slick tire.
Value: At $60, this tire offers good bang for your buck. It’s also another reason why Future Motion chose this as their stock tire. However, the lack of fun factor makes it $60 we would rather not spend.
Best For: Learning how to ride the Onewheel.
Hoosier 6″ Slick (11 x 6.0-6)
The Hoosier 6″ Slick is a favorite within the community. It’s one of the most fun tires to shred the streets with if you like a nimble, carving machine.
Stability: Hoosier’s 6″ dirt oval tire isn’t the most beginner-friendly because of its lack of stability. Its rounded profile makes it less stable on drops and bumps in the road. It is fairly stable while carving but when trying to shred at higher speeds many will find it less stable and a tad squirrely.
Carvability: We gave the Hoosier 6″ Slick an 8 out of 10 carvability rating because it’s not quite as carvy as a 5.5″ tire but is still the most carvy 6″ tire on the market. You won’t find a 6″ tire that is as nimble as this one.
Durability: Depending on if you go with the D20 or D30 compound, your tire’s durability and longevity will vary. The D20 is more soft and sticky so it will wear much quicker. We find the D30 will last approximately 300 more miles than the D20 version. Even with the D30, this tire tends to wear quicker than other tires we have tested. Part of the reason for this is likely because you’re carving on the edges so much that it just wears quicker. Hoosier has some of the best rubber around so it’s nothing against Hoosier’s rubber.
Traction: Don’t be discouraged by the 5/10 traction rating. This thing is still pretty grippy and is pretty close to as grippy as the stock Vega. It got a 5/10 because it doesn’t compare to the 10/10 grip that the Burris 6″ Treaded offers. This thing still rides well on trails but is of course best for shredding the streets and for curb tricks. Be careful in the fall as this tire may send you flying if you hit some wet leaves.
Smoothness/Quietness: The 2nd most smooth tire next to the FlightFins Hoosier Street. This thing glides with no vibrations and with minimal noise.
Value: This tire retails for around $60.99 USD which is on the higher-end side of Onewheel tires but not as pricey as the premium “made for Onewheel” FlightFin’s version. It gets a 7/10 because it’s one of the most fun tires for the price. It would get a higher rating if it didn’t wear so quickly.
Best For: Nimble carving in the city
FlightFins Hoosier Street (11 x 6.0-6)
The FlightFins Hoosier “Whisper” Street is our favorite street tire. It has everything you could want for shredding the streets: carvability, stability, and gripiness with the smoothest ride possible. If you want the most fun that you can possibly get out of a tire, then this is the tire for you.
Stability: The FF Street’s has a larger profile than the standard Hoosier 6″ Slick which gives it added stability without sacrificing carvability. You’ll also find yourself landing drops with ease.
Carvability: After numerous renditions FlightFins have created the ultimate carving tire. It carves both nimble and deep. The carvavility of this tire is why it won us over for the best street tire.
Durability: With its super soft compound and thin rubber, we were suprised to see this tire last longer than we had originally expected. Some riders have seen upwards of 1500 miles (2400km’s) however that is likely an unrealistic lifespan. We estimate that the average person will get around 600 miles (1000km’s) of hard riding before seeing significant wear. We’ll post an update once and let you know how long ours lasts. After 200+ miles, it’s still looking food. For as lightweight and thin as this tire is, we’re amazed with the durability so far — just make sure you fill it up with Armor-Dilloz or Slime right away as sharp objects like glass will puncture the Whisper a little easier.
Traction: The grippiest of all slick tires, this tire will perform amazing both on and off road. It will still have that slide “slide-out” that slicks tend to have when taking turns at high speeds on dirt/gravel but that’s part of the fun in our books. It won’t give you as quite as much grip as any of the treaded tires when going up steeper terrain but it will still out-perform all the other slicks. Weighing in at one pound less than the stock Vega, this tire’s weight also gives it more torque which why it still feels so good off-road.
Smoothness/Quietness: There’s a reason why this tire is nicknamed “whisper”… you forget it’s part of your board. This tire is so smooth that it gives even more meaning to the term “float life.” You won’t find a tire that’s more smooth or quiet.
Value: Even though this tire won’t last quite as long as the standard Hoosier 6″ Slick, we feel like it’s still worth the extra money based on riding experience alone. At $99.99, you’ll have the most fun on this tire which is why we still give it a 6 out of 10 on the value scale.
Best For: Shredding streets like a ninja.
Where to Buy: FlightFins
Burris 6″ Slick (11 x 6.0-6)
The Burris 6″ slick is a more stable version of the Hoosier 6″ slick and in our opinion, is an under-rated tire in the community. It’s the perfect combination of carvability and stability.
Stability: The Burris 6″ Slick is a pretty stable tire. It would be good for both beginners looking for a more fun and challenging tire as well as experienced riders looking for stability mixed with some solid carvability. High speeds are no issue with this tire. It has a similar shape to the FlightFins Hoosier Terrain tire with a minor dip in the center that the folks at FlightFins call a stability strip.
Carvability: We gave the Burris 6″ Slick just one less carvability scale rating when comparing to the Hoosier 6″ Slick. It carves differently. It’s slightly less nimble but gives you deeper carves rather then smaller nimble carves.
Durability: The rubber seems slightly harder on this tire and the less rounded shape makes it keep it’s shape longer than the Hoosier but only by smidge.
Traction: This tire feels a little less grippy than the Hoosier 6″ Slick but not enough to downgrade the rating to a 4. It’ll satisfy your off-road needs but this tire will flourish on ashphalt.
Soothness/Quietness: The Burris 6″ Slick is just slightly noisier and less-smooth than the Hoosier 6″ Slick, but not by much. It offers a very smooth and quiet ride.
Value: At the same price as the Hoosier version ($60.99), it’s another great tire for your dollar. It’ll give you well over a thousand miles of shredding bliss.
Best For: Stable yet carvy street riding.
Unilli 6″ Slick (11 x 6.0-6)
If you’ve got the need for speed, then this tire is for you! The Unilli 6″ Slick isn’t the best at one aspect (trick, trails, etc.) but it can handle them all. Coming in at just under $30, you won’t find a better tire for the price.
Stability: Speed wobbles are basically non-existent on the Unilli 6″ Slick. If you like to shred at high speeds you’ll love the stability that this tire has to offer. It’s not the best tire if you like to carve at lower speeds.
Carvability: This tire rides very similar to the stock Vega right out of the box but once you’ve got some miles on it it feels somewhere between a Vega and a Hoosier 6″ Slick. It carves better at high speeds. You’ve got to break this tire in though – it feels like a brick for first 12 miles or so.
Durability: The Unilli is quite a bit more durable than a Hoosier 6″ Slick and slightly less durable than the stock Vega. It’s build quality can vary from tire to tire. Sometimes the sidewalls are soft and sometimes they come hard which can make installation more tricky. You’ll get some good milage out of this tire.
Traction: With a mid-stickiness compound, this tire feels similar to the Hoosier 6″ Slick (D30) but softer than the Burris 6″ Slick (TX-33). It rides well on both pavement and trail but is of course more geared to the street being a slick tire.
Smoothness/Quietness: The Unilli is a smooth ride. It feels similar to the stock Vega. It’s not as smooth as the FlightFins Street but it’ll still give you a smooth and quiet ride.
Value: You won’t find a better value than the Unilli. Coming in at approximately $30, this tire is certainly the best bang for your buck.
Best For: This tire is the best tire if you like to ride at high speeds in the city.
Where to Buy: BMI Karts
Hoosier 5.5″ Treaded (11 x 5.5-6)
Say hello to Carvy McCarverson! This is the most round and nimble treaded tire on the market. It’s no wonder it’s a favorite amongst the NYC Onewheel community as it will have you maneuvering around people and traffic like a breeze.
Stability: This is probably the most difficult tire to learn on. Not recommended for beginners, the Hoosier 5.5″ treaded is the nimblest of all tires that feels like you have a ball instead of a tire on your board. If you’re looking for a stable ride then this isn’t the tire for you.
Carvability: If you like small, tight carves, then this is it! It’s super round profile gives you the most carving available to the Onewheel. That’s why we gave this tire a 10/10 on the carvability scale.
Durability: Treaded tires tend to last longer since they’re a lot thicker. With durability, you usually add weight, but with this tire being smaller, it won’t make your board much heavier. This tire lasts quite a long time and will keep you riding a while before needing to be replaced.
Traction: Even though this tire has tread on it, we find that it’s not much more grippy than a Hoosier Slick 6″ (D20) compound. This might be because the tire is so rounded that there isn’t much surface area touching the terrain. That being said, it still shreds both on and off-road but we would classify it more as street tire than trail tire.
Smoothness/Quietness: Being a smaller treaded tire, it’s not as loud as the Burris 6″ Treaded and will also feel a little smoother. The smaller profile means less of the tire is rubbing which still makes for a nice street ride with minimal vibration and noise.
Value: Coming in at $66.99, this tire is in the mid-to-high-end range for Onewheel tires. That being said, its durability keeps you riding longer which is why we have the Hoosier 5.5″ Treaded an 8/10 on the value scale.
Best For: Nimble busy city street riding.
FlightFins Hoosier Terrain (11 x 6.0-6)
This FlightFins Hoosier Terrain (formally known as the FlightFins Hoosier 6″) is the first tire made specifically for the Onewheel. They went through many sample tires and kept tweaking before they had the perfect combination of stability and carvability while performing like a beast on trails.
Stability: When it comes to treaded tires the Hoosier was designed for stability. Hitting drops will land nicer than the Burris version and it will eat rougher terrain for breakfast. It features a stability strip in the centre of the tire (if you look at it from a birds eye view, you’ll notice it isn’t perfectly round and this was done on purpose. All this makes it one of the most stable Onewheel tires on the market.
Carvability: Even with a 9/10 stability rating, this thing carves! Rather than doing small nimble Hoosier 5.5″ carves, you can really carve deep with this tire. You can really feel the rubber grip into the terrain when carving. It’s actually one of our favorite tires for carving because it feels different than any other tire when carving.
Durability: The compound on this tire feels less soft than the Burris version which will allow it to last slightly longer. With so much tread you will probably need your bearings replaced before the actual tire.
Traction: With a harder and less sticky compound when comparing it to the Burris, the FlightFins Hoosier Terrain still grips great on all terrain. The harder compound actually makes this tire a better all-around tire than the Burris. It doesn’t “stick” when you’re landing drops and it will perform better on curbs.
Smoothness/Quietness: The FF Hoosier Terrain is quieter and more smooth than the Burris 6″ Treaded but you’ll still feel slight vibration and the sound of the tread as you roll across ashphalt.
Value: Even though this tire is the most expensive on the market ($99), it offers good value because it will last longer than other tires. That’s why we still give it a 7/10 for value.
Best For: For people want a solid trail tire but still love to shred the street.
Where to Buy: FlightFins
Hoosier 6.5″ Treaded (11 x 6.5-6)
This would be our favourite trail tire if extended rails weren’t required. Its round profile makes it nimble like the Hoosier 6 but its added size provides added stability. Carvability, stability, and extreme traction make this the ultimate trail tire.
Stability: The Hoosier 6.5″ offers better stability on asphalt than it does on trail. It’s still much more stable than the Hoosier & Burris 5.5″ Treaded and you’ll still find landing drops and tricks a breeze.
Carvability: Carving on this tire is super fun! Even though it’s the biggest tire we reviewed, it is super nimble. It feels like the Hoosier 6″ Slick on trails but with a lot more traction. It allows you to dodge roots and rocks with ease. You can choose to carve both deep or sharp, on and off-road, which makes it a ton of fun to ride.
Durability: With the thick tread on this 6.5″ tire, you’ll find this D30 compound lasting thousands of miles. It is the most durable tire that we reviewed.
Traction: This tire is extremely grippy. You’ll find it shreds loose dirt and gravel up-hill no problem. It will also climb over larger rocks and roots easier than smaller tires. However, being a larger tire, it does lack slightly when it comes to low-end torque so make sure you’re hitting hills with speed and you’ll grip the trail like none other.
Smoothness/Quietness: Even though this tire is big, it feels much smoother and quieter when comparing it to the Burris 6″ Treaded. You’ll still feel slight vibration and hear the tire rumble slightly on ashpalt but it’s not that noticable making it super fun on the street as well.
Value: At $69.99, this tire will give you thousands of miles at a reasonable price. It’s super fun to boot.
Best For: Nimble and carvy uneven trail riding.
Burris 5.5″ Treaded
The Burris 5.5″ Treaded is a nimble and fun treaded tire for both on and off-road. Providing decent stability for a 5.5″ tire and super fun carving, if you’re looking for a smaller nimble tire this is a great option.
Stability: Being a smaller 5.5″ tire, this tire will feel super nimble and will be far less stable than the stock vega. That being said, we found it to be more stable than the Hoosier 5.5″ due to it being a less-rounded profile.
Carvability: There is no shortage of carvability with the Burris 5.5″ Treaded. It’s nimbleness makes it a lot of fun both on and off road. It is less carvy than the 5.5″ Hoosier but it is still a nimble carving machine.
Durability: Like other treaded tires, this thing will last you a long time before needing replacement. It touches more of the ground while riding when compared to the Hoosier counterpart but it’s not enough to change the durability rating.
Traction: With more surface area touching the terrain, this 5.5″ will give you more traction than the Hoosier’s version. The compound is also the same as the Burris 6″ Treaded which really grips into the dirt giving you ultimate traction.
Value: We’re not sure why this tire costs $5 more than the 6″ version because it’s the exactly the same tire with added rubber in the middle to extend it by 1/2″. However, at $74.99, it’s still a great value as it will give you plenty of miles before needing to be replaced.
Best For: Nimble off-road trail riding.
Burris 6″ Treaded (11 x 6.0-6)
The Burris 6″ Treaded was also created specifically for the Onewheel. Burris took their 5.5″ tire and added more rubber to make it a 6″ tire. Its rounded profile makes it less stable than the Hoosier but nothing grips terrain better than the Burris.
Stability: The Burris 6″ treaded has a round profile but it’s not squirrely by any means. It’s slightly less stable than the Hoosier but still offers good stability overall.
Carvability: With the round profile you get more nimble carves out of this than the FlightFins Hoosier Terrain, but you don’t get that deep carve feeling that the FlightFins version does. Nonetheless, if you want an off-road tire that carves, this should satisify your carving needs.
Durability: The rubber on this tire is softer and stickier so it won’t last quite as long as the FlightFin’s version but, being a treaded tire, it’s still going to give you a ton of riding before it needs replacing.
Traction: The traction of this tire can’t be beat. While this is great on trails, we find it less satisfying if you still enjoy street riding. When landing drops, it will feel a little sticky. If you like doing curb tricks, don’t get this tire. However, it will climb curbs and sidewalks a lot easier.
Smoothness/Quietness: The Burris 6″ Treaded is the least smooth tire and you will definitely feel some vibration when riding even the smoothest of asphalt. Your Onewheel also be noticeably louder while riding but it’s worth the noise if you want the best tire for trails.
Value: At $69.99, this tire offers great value as it will last a long time while not breaking your wallet. It’s considered the budget Onewheel-specific off-road tire.
Best For: Shredding the gnarliest of trails.
Where to Buy:
Please support the community and purchase from our Onewheel-specific 3rd party vendors (The Float Life, FlightFins, and Craft&Ride). If they don’t have your tire in stock, check the other providers listed.
FlightFins Hoosier Street: FlightFins
Unilli 6″ Slick: BMI Karts
FlightFins Hoosier Terrain: FlightFins