So to start off, here’s the reason for this thread:
Ever since I built my first board, many people have asked me how they too can build a board, how much it will cost, and where they can get all the components… Most of the people asking, are friends of mine, who I either skateboarded with constantly, or have gotten to know through the rc car hobby. most of friends (and me for that matter) are pretty much fine with the power of a single motor setup, and most of the time, 6s. It is really easy to point out esc’s, batteries, mounts, etc, but I always have a hard time settling on a solid motor for a 6s setup, that doesn’t need any special gearing besides what comes with a mounting kit- essentially, I am just trying to keep it simple.
So just going through all the motors I feel are worth it:
Turnigy sk3 63mm series: this would be my first recommendation, for both there preformance, and price except for one major problem… they are always backordered or out of stock. yes, the 192kv and the 149kv are usually in stock, but the really useful ones without major gearing needed is the 200-300kv range, which are all gone 99% of the time
NTM 270 50mm: again, always out of stock or on backorder- not to mention I hear alot of people say it’s either a hit or miss with them… and of course, 50mm single motor setup would never be my first choice (yes, I am rocking a 50mm enertion motor on one of boards, but it isn’t gonna last much longer)
Turnigy g160 63mm motors: these are the one motor where I honestly don’t know why more people aren’t using them… I see a build here or there, like psychotiller’s board, but for the most part, they are completely dominated by the sk3’s… They seem like they are practically the same as the sk3’s, just with a different shape; 63mm, 8mm shaft, 245 and 290kv… I mean seriously- why aren’t these more common? especially since they are in stock on HK
Enertion R-spec 63mm 190kv: in stock, perfect for a 10s or 8s board, but I just don’t see it being practical for 6s- especially at 105usd, it’s alot more expensive than some of the other guys… worth it for 8 and 10s, not worth it for a cheaper 6s setup (in my opinion)
Diyelectricskateboard 50mm motors: I know right now, its just the 200kv version for 70usd. Again, 50mm is just kinda small for a single motor setup… especially when you can get an sk3 or g160 for around 70usd, and they are both 63mm. Now I know he has a 170kv sensored motor that should be out soon (again, 50mm) and that should be sweet for dual motor 10 and 12s setups. being sensored, I might be giving it a try depending on its price when it comes out.
finally, I know there are other motors like the one from tacon, and alien has some setups, but these were just the ones I felt like mentioning based on popularity. I know the alien motors are probably more popular than the g160’s, but I don’t really want to recommend products from overseas when I am here in the states, unless its really something worth it that you can’t get from here (like enertion’s motor). And yes, I know hobbyking will ship from international warehouses sometimes, but thats the only place to get turnigy products, so you just gotta deal with it…