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Recon Rail & Flight Fender Adapter Instructional Installation Video

This is a 10 minute, informative demonstration of how to easily install your Recon Rails, the Flight Fender Adapters, and the spacers for Kush and Cobra Pads. Leads off with an overview of the components, purpose of the Recon Rail as a mounting platform, and some close up shots of installing your Flight Fender Adapter Spacers in case you are rolling on some thick 3rd party pads. Note that all purchases are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a MFR defect warranty. If you don’t like your product SEND IT BACK! The Recon Rail is the base platform for all of our accessories. The original intent was for moving your Flight Fins and we have a variety of useful accessories you can purchase on our site. Lights, camera mounts, slings, and more. The Recon Rail set is only $179 and for a limited time, comes with FREE flight Fender Adapters, use code ‘FFSendy’ with both in your cart. The Recon Rail is constructed of a 6061 Aluminum Alloy with a picatinny style mounting face. The inside is lined with a neoprene damper to add tension in the mounting process AND protect you Onewheel rail. The handle is 60A durometer urethane and is intended to be soft so that during carry, the tire rotates away from the body. The mounting brackets are 80A Durometer Urethane with Stainless Steel threaded inserts to receive the hardware. Flight Fender Adapters are injection molded Zytel ST801 Nylon, incredible impact resistance and austere weather conditions. There are two stainless steel threaded inserts for connection to the Flight Fender. The spacers are an 80A durometer urethane and provide a “locking” feature to the hardware when installed, much like a lock washer. Once your rails are installed, you can mix and match any accessories you like, move your fins, remove your fins, roll with only one, etc. The options are up to you.

In short, Recon Rails are a new mounting platform that allows you to expediently customize your Onewheel by adding accessories or moving your Flight Fins. The primary goal was to provide you with the ability to move your Flight Fins using our Flight Fender Adapters. We also have several accessories in our online catalog that have been tested and vetted for use. Each Recon Rail has a built-in rubber handle that centers over the axle. Carrying with said handle torques the board away from your body so you don’t keep bumping your Onewheel.  See installation instructions below.

I’ve got plenty of accessories in our catalog that have been tested and vetted for use on your Onewheel.  You can also shop picatinny accessories on your own if you like.

The board setup includes: Tire – FF Hoosier 6″…

Fender/Fins – Flight Fender & Flight Fins

Customizations – stock rail but with Recon Rails. Flight Fender Adapters, Elite Shred Grips, 1200 lumen lights, and Onewheel sling clips attached to Recon Rail………

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Onewheel Stability with Elite Flight Fender Adapters

This video is intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of being able to relocate your Flight Fins on your Onewheel. Our Recon Rail system allows you to move your Flight Fenders and Fins using our Flight Fender Adapters (FREE with Recon Rail Purchase for a limited time). They’re basically commitment pads, but not stupid.

The video portrays the stability of the rider’s stance using the Flight Fender Adapters. Sticking landings at speed, bonking blocks and curbs, etc. are far EASIER and you have far more CONTROL over your board. I’m not a pro, but in 8 months I’ve put 2200 miles on that XR and can attribute much of my capability to the gear I’m using (This disclaimer is unfortunately necessary). Hours and hours of practice are required to master bonks and balance without Fins. Add fins and you got it in minutes. Add Recon Rails & Adapters and you got it immediately if you can touch the tire to the surface, you can get up it with the board secured to your feet.

I was a surfer/skater and pretty good at both so I had a place to start in board sports. Snowboarding came naturally to me, and of course these things feel more like a Snowboard than anything else though not exactly like ANYTHING really. I wanted to give the boards more user control above and beyond the power supplied through the wheel, i.e. lifting and landing with stability and keeping the board with you when you want it but still being able to drop it when you don’t. I love that float vibe and when I want it, I just take off my fins in a couple minutes and float on. If I want to shred, I put them back on and I shred.

Image includes prototypes and pre-production rails.

Regarding nosedives, these help SIGNIFICANTLY with nose dive prevention AND riding them out. YES, nosedives are prevented with skill and experience, but the last divot that dumped you on the ground couldn’t be avoided by either. On speed nose dives, I typically prevent them when I feel the motor accelerate (I’m not accelerating forward, rather you feel the motor accelerate to keep balance).  I ride alone usually so I’m not, nor would most people, have a video that captures this magical moment.  My back foot has full control over the board and I simply force it forward under my body and stay upright. My back foot us back about 2 inches from original mounting spot so my gravitational support structure gives me this ability. If I dive completely, the same movement pulls me out as long as I’m conscious not to panic, or at least slow me down enough to run it out. You can’t run a nose dive out at full speed. These things exceed 20 mph, it takes 1/4 second, on average, for a human to react to anything, and the average sprint speed of a human is far under 20 mph. Like Uncle Ricco, I used to be able to throw a football over them mountains. I also ran a 4.7s 40 yard dash, that’s not super fast but for the positions I played, it was good. That’s about 17 mph. If I reacted at 20 mph, I would have already moved 2.45 yards or 7.35 feet. Then, because your linear velocity does not decrease, you have to run faster than everyone except Usain Bolt to run it out. I’m 33 and I tore my right hamstring in half in Iraq, I can’t run a 4.7s 40 anymore.

Acceleration nose dives are almost a thing of the past. I can slap the tail and nose down on command and the board stays with me. Turn your aggressiveness down to 3 or less and your physical inputs will be even better. High aggressiveness when you have poor traction or stance leads to burnouts. Acceleration nose dives and hill nose dives are essentially the same. Just remember, your board’s gyros know flat and your brain knows what it sees. A hill gives you the perception that you have more angle available under the nose to accelerate, but REMEMBER the gyro doesn’t care that there’s a hill there, the motor does. Rather than having linear velocity to deal with, the motor must now also take you UP which requires more power and torque. You can’t have speed and torque just yet, you gotta pick wisely.

Obstacle nose dives, i.e. hitting a divot, bump, curb or whatever without seeing it. At slow speeds, just lift your rear foot and ride over it. At higher speeds, good luck, lol. As usual, you can plow over things other electric boards can’t, but I’d say an obstacle roughly 1/3 the height of the tire will send you flying. With this setup, I’ve cleared 2 foot defects in the sidewalk that would send me flying just by lifting the board ever so slightly. Landing off curbs can be done at full speed and you can ride it out like it’s not even motorized.

The board setup includes:

Tire – FF Hoosier 6″…

Fender/Fins – Flight Fender & Flight Fins

Customizations – stock rail but with Recon Rails. Flight Fender Adapters, Elite Shred Grips, 1200 lumen lights, and Onewheel sling clips attached to Recon Rail………

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Recon Rail Updates

Hey folks, hope you are enjoying another week and getting your float on when and where able!

So there are about 10 Recon Rail sets out there being tested to date.  For all folks using my products, pre-production, I am going to keep you updated on parts as they are refined at no cost to you.  I’ve begun to receive tons of great feedback, and yes some negative, but that’s the point here!  The Onewheel industry is currently pretty small, but you and I know it’s going to get a lot bigger.  As I roll out new products, I want to keep it lean and community-feedback driven.  Having worked in product development for about 10 years, I have a real knack for getting designs updated, prototyped, and to production fairly quickly.  I want to continue incorporating community feedback into my design process, so here’s what I’ve received and acted on to date:

  • All black…
  • Better instructions for installation.
  • Clean up molded parts.

All Black.

As you can see below on the left, the first revision included black aluminum alloy picatinny mounts fixed to naturally finished 6061 Aluminum plates.  The combination of the two increased the product’s overall resistance to bending stress, even though that’s alleviated by mounting flat to the rail.  For consistency, I’ve built jigs for the tapping and assembly of the parts.  I anticipate someone will clip a curb with the front of one of these so I want to ensure it won’t grab and bend.  So far so good there.  I’ve had two requests in the same thread for all black.  While, of course, I’ll eventually be as smart as FM and release multiple colors; I’m going to switch to the all black murdered look until then.

Better Instructions for Installation.

Given that the install is VERY simple, I relied heavily on a simple render to show the steps.  While that does show it, feedback suggests that folks will need some more deets!  All good there, I’ve updated the installation instructions (see below) and created an overview video.

Cleaned up molded parts.

My intent is to field feedback on the functionality of the system and ease of installation.  Also, any durability issues or just general product feedback.  I have pushed a few mounting brackets and FF Adapters out that have aesthetic flaws.  I’m molding the parts using a Cast Urethane process and want to cover all changes necessary for a full launch.  I have a fantastic molder I’m on-boarding to start shooting these in a hard tool after they’re all tested out.  I expect prices will drop with the drop in COGS as I switch to Injection Molding.  Parts below show the before and after shots of parts that I’ve sent and changes made to the aesthetic since.  The ugly one was a prototype mount, the prettier ones on the right or bottom are what is currently shipping.  Also have feedback to increase the offset of the “mating” faces for a more secure hold (Thanks Cory).


What’s next for the Recon Rail?

I have a vendor producing custom 18″ picatinny rails for me.  I’ll transition to that once I off-ramp the assembly to the manufacturer so we aren’t using two different sizes per side.  This should reduce COGS and consequently cost.

My molder for the mounting brackets will also be doing the handle.  Fillets will be added for better comfort.  Currently, the handle is flat stock TPU cut with a water jet to eliminate Non-Recurring Expenses (NRE) in production until I feel it’s time to inject it.

Once the supply chain is ironed out with my manufacturer, I’ll start adding multiple color options.

What’s next for Elite Onewheel?

Well, hopefully no one cares that I have Onewheel in the name.  I’m sure I’ll hear if they do.

The Flight Fender Adapters (formerly Flight Fin Adapter) will be off-ramped to the molder for better parts pretty soon.  They will be molded in glass-filled Nylon for durability and resistance to the elements.

I have 3 types of pads going to production.  Not happy with the last sample, so no pics until they’re right.  One is a standard set of coarse grips, one is standard EVA for comfort cruising (would rather buy from an existing 3rd party vendor), and the “Shred Grip.”  The Shred Grip is unique in a couple of ways.  The front grip creates a concave footing and the rear grip has a hump in the arch of the foot.  This mimics parabolic stringers on a surfboard and doubles down on your cutting power.

I have a prototype for a set (front and rear) of pads.  It’s early in development, but currently functional.  These pads allow the changing of grips without tools or adhesive backing.  The base will be comprised of glass-filled nylon and an industrial TPU and will be lighter than the stock pads.

A Caddy system for Joon Kim, lol.  Actually, it’s a “Caddy” that will attached to the Recon Rail using the holes for the built-in rubber handle.  It is a frame-style device that will not interfere with fenders, Flight Fins, etc. and will be used for grabs, handle points, speaker mounts, long-range mod mounts, lights, and more.

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