My original DIY Electric Mini Cruiser Skateboard still holds up quite nicely even after 6 months of hard riding and natural wear and tear. But as with all things DIY, parts can always be upgraded. I think I’ve hit the next phase of DIY where I’m able to port certain parts into new builds and experiment with different configurations because I’ve accumulated extras. One key feature that I wanted to improve upon was weight, so once again, I researched the right combination of components to make an already awesome commute even better. I’ve nicknamed this build - the A2ESK8 Mini Cruiser.
30" Hi5ber Ion 30 Carbon Fiber Deck Carvon V2 Single Hub Motor ABEC11 90mm Flywheels Custom 12s1p LiFePO4 Battery Custom ABS Enclosure Ollin Board Co. VESC Kaly 2.4ghz Nano Remote
Dialing in the VESC settings is critical for creating a safe and fun mini cruiser, especially after seeing a few friends get hurt. My original build was capable of hitting 31 mph but the sweet spot for a board this small is around 15-18 mph - more than enough for carving through a dense city filled with intersections and pedestrians. Also, the 12s LiFePO4 battery delivers a stronger punch than my 10s lithium ion with a more stable discharge and minimal voltage sag. As much as I enjoy releasing the full power and speed from a DIY eboard, there’s something quite satisfying about taming a mini cruiser eboard that has the ability to hurl you but won’t because you’re keeping it on a leash. But I digress - for all you beefy, power hungry dudes who only like riding face rockets, this build probably isn’t for you. But for anyone else - you can read my full, comprehensive breakdown article of this build here. Also, check out this little test video that we did on the campus of Eastern Michigan University - the perfect board for campus cruising.