My goal from the start was simple. What is THE best value board you can build for under $650?
Most of you would have seen Baz_L’s CHINESE build by now. If not, have a look since it sheds some light on how versatile and misunderstood the DIY chinese market is.
Now best value may be subjective to some. But for me I wanted a flexible deck, dual motor setup and a 10S4P pack. Most would think that this is simply not achievable for under $650. But whats more is the $650 price tag (USD by the way) includes all the carbon fibre materials and resin to make vacuum formed CF enclosures!
In terms of aesthetic goals I plan to lay carbon fibre on roadside @mastercho style and make CF enclosures to match. Combined with black trucks, black 90mm flywheel (clones) and black vicious grip tape it will hopefully yield really cool results!
The heart of this budget build and the reason it can be done for $650 comes down to the choice of deck and the dual motor mechanical kit. The deck is a clone of the Vanguard and for only 30 bucks it’s definitely not a full bamboo deck but it is still an amazing deck considering the price.
The second piece to the puzzle is the dual motor mechanical kit. For $84 you get an entire dual motor mechanical kit which includes everything you need; motor mounts, pulleys, belts, trucks and wheels!!! This is the main price breakthrough, how they can possibly sell something like this and make money is beyond me
What the price tag doesn’t include is a spot welder. So for some that might be an additional cost if you don’t already have one.
Enough of the intro. Here’s the breakdown of cost and links for parts where applicable. What you’ll notice is that most of these parts are the same parts used in @Baz_L’s build.
Boosted board clone deck $30USD: https://world.taobao.com/item/536855694383.htm?fromsite=main&spm=a312a.7700824.w4004-14838118875.2.l7tyh8
Dual motor mechanical kit $85USD:https://world.taobao.com/item/528942351980.htm?fromsite=main&spm=a312a.7700824.w4002-8431072093.46.pxndcc
40XSamsung 25R Li-ion BEST price $2.62USD each: https://ru.nkon.nl/samsung-18650-inr18650-25r.html
Maytech VESC $75USD each: https://world.taobao.com/item/536720652464.htm?spm=a312a.7700714.0.0.skowvc#detail
JLabs Sealed, Sensored 6355 motors $75USD each: https://electric-skateboard.market/product/190kv-sealed-motor/
Carbon fibre cloth, fibre glass, resin, vacuum bags ~$80USD: Prices may vary. I bought mine locally on ebay since they were all reasonably priced and hard to find overseas.
Wire, XT90’s, Battery Display ect ~$20USD: prices may vary. I bought mine locally on ebay since they were relatively cheap
Now the obvious question is how can I buy from Taobao. It’s actually very easy. You don’t need an agent and you can buy directly and most sellers will ship directly to your address. You can also pay with a credit card. Now in my case I actually used an agent (superbuy) for the simple fact that I could pay via paypal.
So far I’ve ordered everything and will now have to endure a very painful waiting game…
Will update when things start arriving!