Community Board Project X

Hey everyone, I like to introduce you to the Community Board. The Community Board was board straight out of the community wishes and needs for a better performing ESK8 for our group rides. We are with over 100 riders the largest ESK8 group ride community in Germany located in NRW (Düsseldorf/Cologne area) and organize group rides on weekly basis during the summer time. Since our group grew bigger and bigger, our rides got also more extended and the need of faster boards with higher range come up. The only problem is, that the vast majority of us already has one of the best performing boards on the market. If you are aksking yourself now what we are riding, I can tell you, that most of us are riding GTRs since the European headquater of Evolve is located in our City and we really appreciate a reliable local customer service. As you can see, for some of us 40km-50km of range in street setup or 25-30km in AT setup and 36km/h-46km/h is just not enough. There are for sure alternatives with higher top speed and higher range out there, like LaCroix, KalyNYC or BajaBoards, but like I said we really appreciate a local customer service for every eventuality, just in case. Further we would like to avoid high shipping costs, custom duties, long waiting time and gerneral problems regarding the import of ESK8s from non EU countries. So it felt just natural for us to building our own boards that fit our individual needs and purposes. After facing some major DIY problems finding the right parts or paying a super high premium with high minimum order quantitys for customized parts, we were thinking about alternatives. Since not everyone of us is able to produce ESK8 parts by himself and not everybody who just likes to ride a better board enjoys the process through a DIY build, we decided to make our own small production series of high performance boards. So everyone who feels the need of more performance during group rides can fulfill his wishes and compensate the lack of power his actual board offers him or her. So far to our background story.

Let’s go the hard facts. We are aiming to build an ESK8 with high power, high range, unquestionable reliability and unique driving experience. All paird with a customer service located in Germany. The parts of the board should be also made a far as possible in Germany or Europe and we prefer to work with local manufactures to provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly production with short transportation ways and a high grade of customization and quick adaptation to improvements.

We also did some survays to figure out what most riders expecet from such a high performance board. The results are a range of over 80km and a top speed of arround 60km/h and enough torque and acceleration to ride through the woods and shred some hills with ease, if necessary. A 2in1 ST/AT setup is also a must have for most of us. So we put together a list with parts we want to test for our build. Please feel free to add you thoughts, opinions and suggestions to our plans.

Parts we tested already or will test in the future:

Deck: Customized appx. 11"x41" deck with various flex out of various woods hand made in Germany Probably top mount with micro drop. Suggestions welcome!

Griptabe: Customized high friction soft griptabe with memory foam cushioning

Battery: 12S12P 18650 30Q, 12S8P 21700 40T battery pack hand made in Germany

BMS: Customized high current smart BMS designed in NL and Germany

ESC: Customized FS or MT VESC6 with 200A/400A coded in Germany

Enclousure: Customized GFK/CFK/ABS enclousure, we are still looking for an EU/GER manufacturer

Motors: MT 6396, we are still going to test alternatives like MT 8050, TB 6380, FS 6384, APS 6384S tuned in Germany

Trucks: Since we want to offer a 2in1 ST/AT solution we were thinkg about offering 2 types of trucks. E.g. MBS Metal Matrix II for AT and a DKP Evolve style for ST. We are also looking for a manufacturer for customized trucks

Mounts and gears: Customized E-TOXX (since we are almost neighbours) alternatives are welcome for testing, especially from manufacturers who can process titanium

Belts: Kevler/rubber belts

Bushings: At least 3 different in hard, middle, soft. suggestions and manufacturer welcome!

Wheels: We will offer at least 4 types of wheels in 4"-5" in PU/rubber and 6"-9" pneumatics

Bearings: Customized high speed no corrosion ceramic bearings

Screws and washers: Customized made out of titanium

Charger: 6-12A quick charger

Lights: Custom shape high output lights

After finishing and stress testing the prototype we will launch a limited first batch of 50 boards on Kickstarter/Indiegogo

Please let us know your improvment suggestions for the Community Board and if you have general mentionable ideas, that you think will help the Project X feel free to share them with us. Since it is a 100% community project we appreciate and respect all opinions and try to fulfill as many wishes as possible.

We hope you will enjoy the process creating a Community Board as much as we do and you will have as much fun with the Project X as we have.

Sincerely yours

Group Ride NRW


I am wondering how the APS motors are tuned to not loosing its magnets?

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For example with special glue or epoxy, we have different methods to do it. We are still testing at the moment the best solution

Ok, so you still have to rework those apologize pieces of shit. I have one of the first 6384s wondering what glue would prevent loosing the magnets

We will keep you updated when we figure something out that works long term!

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Will keep an eye out. What price range are you guys aiming at?

high end market, where price doesn’t matter because it’s literally best money can buy I guess

I get that, 12s12p is sick. I’ve found though that “the best money can buy” can vary WILDLY :stuck_out_tongue:

We will always keep the price in mind, but we won’t compromise on quality.

I know it’s asked already but there’s still no answer…

What are your price ranges & when are you guys launching on kickstarter?

how is going? any update?

i think your are going to do a great job

@Regulator: We launch in spring and will be in the premium price range since it will be next level of ESK8.

@tex We are testing decks and trucks at the moment. Next step will be wheel and busing tests.

We are looking forward to create an unique ESK8 with an outstanding ride experience. So far we are on track with our timeline.

Just du get some impressions :slight_smile:


We will always keep the price in mind, but we won’t compromise on quality.

Are those Chinese trucks/wheels good enough? I know that Kaly at the beginning sourced their parts from Trampa, I guess they were the original manufacturers of those spring trucks, that got copied by those Chinese companies. Big doubt on the wheels/truck of that last picture.

Don’t know yet. That’s why wer are testing it. We don’t like to assume or guess on our parts. We test everything that looks promising. BTW this is just a small selection of the truck, wheels, bushings, bearings and mounts we are testing. Be assured that, when we decide for a specific part, it is the best available option.

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Prototype deck just arrived. Now we need to test the electronics on our custom deck.

12s12p premium board, and you’re testing chinese clone trucks?!

The lack of knowing what you want yourself is concerning…

Yes sir, that’s absolutely correct! We are testing everything that looks interesting for us. We do not relay just on “everybodys darling parts” we like to test and get our own experience with as many promising parts as possible. Chinese clone trucks sounds so bad when you say it. Let’s say market leading Chinese premium manufacturer. But anyway, if you don’t like that we are testing so much and you interpret this as a lack of knowledge I feel sorry for you.

BTW we also have the original Trampa and Evolve trucks, so we can compare them :wink: