Wheel size - things to consider when buying your Swegway – SWEGWAY

Wheel size - things to consider when buying your Swegway


Swegways are still the most popular method of electronic self-transportation in the UK. Some people call it the self-balancing electric hoverboard and others will label it the Swegway.

It is a two-wheel transportation device that you stand on and move using your balance. It is completely electric and relies on rechargeable batteries. 

It comes in a variety of sizes:

  1. Classic: 7-inch wheels
  2. Plus: 8-inch wheels
  3. Grande: 10-inch wheels
  4. The Swegway X-TRAIL

This article will inform you of the best wheel size for what you want to get out of your board.

7 inch wheels (The Classic)

The classic size is 7 inches. The weights of the small sized hoverboards available in the market range around 15kg.

Their maximum speed is between 12 mph and 18 mph. They will take about 1 to 2 hours to charge and upon charging, they can go for a range of 10 to 12 miles.

Is the classic for you? This size is the best of both genders. It is lightweight and support the common weight range. However, it is only good for indoor use.

8 inch wheels - The Swegway Plus

The second most popular model is the 8-inch category of hoverboards. Their weight ranges from 22 Lbs. to 26 Lbs.

Similar to the small wheel models; they have a maximum speed that ranges around 12mph. However, there are models that reach a maximum speed of 15mph.

The typical charging time is 2 to 3 hours. These models also go for about 12 miles and the better ones get to 15 miles on a single charge.

Is the Swegway Plus for you? This model will suite the person seeking outdoor use. One can pick the appropriate model for the distance required and the weight that can be tolerated. It is definitely the choice for heavier persons.

10-inch wheels - The Grande / The X-Trail

The noticeable difference in wheel sizes is on the ground clearance of the hoverboard. The big wheels raise the board so that there is enough room to move over obstacles and there is less bruising of the body of the hover board.

The 10-inch variation comes with inflatable tires. It is better for going over grass and when riding on gravel surfaces. There are different riding modes that will offset the differences in the bigger wheel sizes.

You can find an 'off-road' mode of riding that is slower but offers better handling. 

Is the Swegway Grande/X-Trail for you? These big-wheeled, monster boards will be good for use on grass and other uneven surfaces.


Check out UK Swegways awesome selection of safe and tested Swegways here.

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