Full disclosure, I’ll probably end up hurting myself on this board. From others I have seen on here with similar builds, I’m looking at a top speed in the 30 - 35mph range, and a total distance of 20-25 miles/charge. This is my first longboard in a while, and on top of that it will be my first electric longboard. I was looking hard at the Evolve Bamboo ($1,400), and after reading about it, seeing the specs, and figuring out how much they actually spent building it, I can do better, for cheaper.
My budget is $1,700, so I tried to be realistic with parts, weighing quality vs price. I’m springing for the things that I feel are most important to an enjoyable ride; a nice solid deck, powerful motors, a big battery, and a good remote.
Let’s get the build list out of the way:
Landyacthz Evo Falcon 36"
TorqueBoards (TB) 218mm trucks
Abec 11 107mm 75A wheels
Heady Shake bearings and spacers
2 x TB 3mm risers
2 x TB 6374 190kv Motors
2 x TB Motor Mounts 15mm 16T
2 x TB Wheel pulleys 15mm 36T
2 x Focbox VESC
TB 12s4p lithium ion battery and 20” enclosure
Updated Estimated cost of the parts is $1,550 + tax + shipping. So I think I’m in the $1,700 range once I figure all the other things in.
This is going to take me a few months to put together, since I’m piecing it together as I can afford the parts. Battery will be the biggest expense at $545. The deck, trucks, wheels, and bearings are on their way next week. Will post pics once I get them in.
I had a few pairs of abec11 wheel from my downhill boards when I started looking into esk8 stuff. I was excited to find out they were prefect for it. I was collecting parts without meaning to.
Abec 11s are the best.
I appreciate the input. Can you tell me what the benefit of Focboxes is? I see a lot of people using them on higher end builds. I figured it was something where only a veteran could feel the difference. They are 50% more expensive ($150 vs $99), so that would bump my budget significantly.
@Jonnyboy89 Check the flat space on the Evo falcon to make sure there is enough clearance for the 12S battery and enclosure. At 36" and with the wedged tails, the foot platform is shorter than you might expect. disclaimer: I make and sell decks for esk8
How do the TB 218mm trucks compare to something like Caliber 184mm? I know it’s less width, so narrower track means more maneuverable. That also means less stable at high speeds, which isn’t my real goal. I probably will rarely go over 20mph
I like the TB 218’s more than the Caliber 2 10/50’s because the tolerances are tighter on the TB 218’s. Its easier to fit motor mounts and they are more predictable.
Keep in mind, you don’t need wide trucks to make a stable board, its just easier to make a stable board with wide trucks. Bushings, tightness of the hanger to base plate, angle, etc. all come into play when trying to get the slop out of trucks.
If you want ultra carvey go with Surf Rodz TKP’s, they are more expensive but you will only have to buy 1 time. You can get them from @psychotiller along with his motor mounts which, in my opinion, are the best available.
So at the advice of some knowledgeable people here, I’m changing my build a bit. I’ll be springing for the nicer wheels and higher quality VESC’s. I’m considering a Redemberboards board, but I have a sweet deal lined up on my evo falcon that I’m having a hard time passing up. Found a friend with one not even used willing to give me for $130. The updates are made in my build list