LOL true dat. I’ll be 58 this year and had the same Santa feeling. You’re right about my simple build. I do some part-time university teaching for extra cash. My students typically struggle with curriculum options and worry whether they “chose the right courses”. While course choice is relevant, I constantly preach that the best college degree is simply… a finished degree. Especially for my students at the PhD level where the national drop-out rate is nearly 65%.
So my Esk8 build approach was the same. Do I want to fumble with brackets and pulleys and belts and hardware? Choosing this belt size and that number of pulley teeth? Or do I want to just bolt on and ride? So that was my decision. Once all the parts were here, I finished the whole build in only a couple of hours.
My ride desire is to just motor around town. I’m not planning any specialty super rides and frankly, a bad high-speed wipe out at my age is definitely a consideration. The 10S is damn fast for me just starting out. The hobbywing is super smooth.
I totally get the belt system vast array of build options and part choices (I’m an engineer in my day job). But money-wise the difference was small to me. If I’m going to get 5 years out of an Esk8 build and the difference between belt and direct-drive is $300 more, that’s a $300 spread over 60 months which is only $5 bucks a month and almost no maintenance. If I hadn’t spent the extra money on the direct-drives, I would have spent it on some other stupid crap anyway. The ride is awesome and the battery is plentiful.