Filming a documentary need help build an Esk8

Hey guys,

First time builder here, and i have an obscure task ahead of me. I am a film maker and looking to create a documentary to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis by taking a DIY board across Europe to various rock climbing. This will also be a tool to show other CF patients that you dont have to live life in a bubble. My brother has CF, and the goal would be to take him and 3 others along with me on this trip. So I would be building 4 different decks to make this happen. Heres the goal of each deck:

What I want accomplished in the boards:

  • Portable
  • Removable Battery
  • Top speed of 20+
  • 30+ mile range
  • Fast Charging
  • Charging while braking w/ switch to turn off brake charging ( if possible )

Board Construction:

  • Deck
    • 40" X 9.5" BOTTLENOSE TOP MOUNT BLANK DECK (#BN40) - $35
  • 170kv dual motor setup
  • ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD MOTOR 6374 190KV - $120/each (x2)
  • 83 mm wheels 80 A
    • 83mm Longboard Flywheels Wheels + ABEC 7 Bearings Spacers - $24.90
  • Redz Bearings with spacers - $17.95
  • Trucks
  • Motor mounts
  • Drive Wheel Pully
    • 36T 15MM ABEC DRIVE WHEEL PULLEY- $39.99
  • Motor Pully
    • 16T HTD5 15MM MOTOR PULLEY -$16.75
  • VESC Speed Controller
  • Belt
    • 300MM HTD5 15MM BELT - $8
  • Motor KeyWay - $1
  • Wires
    • Torque ESC Sensor Wires - $6.99 (x 2)
    • Male to Male Connector - $1.99
    • Dual ESC CAN bus connector – $6.99
    • Dual ESC XT90 Parallel Connector - $8.99
  • Remote
  • Batteries
    • Multistar High Capacity 16000mAh 4S 12C Multi-Rotor Lipo Pack w/XT90 (x3) - $145.33 Total build cost per board: $1,348.49

Here are the main stops of the route if youre curios. All routes are possible on bikes so I figured it’ll be just as possible on an esk8. There are some stops that we would take trains or flights just to make it possible. Obviously the 100+ miles would be split in multiple days across a couple smaller cities for charging and rest.


  1. Orlando, Fl $664 round trip flight Virgin atlantic, Aer Lingus

  2. Cork, Ireland 76 Miles a. Free camping right outside Cork: 5.7 miles outside of Ireland i. Emerald House, The Square, Monacnapa, Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland b. Mcdonalds (Stop and top off batteries) i. Watersedge, Riverside Way, Glebe, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland 18.8 miles from Emerald house c. JJs truckstop, Tinnabinna, Co. Waterford, Ireland 16.9 Miles (Truck stop, Top off batteries) d. Free Camping: i. Heavenly Cottage, Helvick, Co. Waterford, Ireland 16.8 Miles from Truck Stop. e. McDonald’s, Cork Road, Fairlane, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland (Mcdonalds, Top off batteries.) 7.4 Miles f. Mount Congreve Gardens, Kilmeaden, Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, Ireland (Garden and Coffee shop, top off batteries) 23 Miles from Mcdonalds g. 30 R680, Waterford, Ireland

  3. Waterford 107 Miles to Dublin a. Wexford, Ireland 15.3 Miles from Waterford i. 7 Hospital Rd, Pondfields, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland b. Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland 19.7 Miles from 7 Hospital Rd c. Hostel (Sandy Lane, Seamount, Co. Wexford, Ireland) $41 a night 20.8 Miles from Enniscorthy d. Ambleside, Ballymoney Lower, Ballymoney, Co. Wexford, Ireland (Coffee House, Charge batteries) 4.1 Miles e. 1 Park Ave, Knockanrahan Lower, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Y14 CX20, Ireland (Mcdonalds, Top off batteries.) 10.7 Miles f. The Beach Hut, R750, Brittas, Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow, Ireland (Restraunt, Top off batteries.) 8.8 Miles g. Tesco Shopping Centre, Vevay Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland (Gracery Store, Top off batteries.) 23.2 Miles h. Dublin, Ireland 15.4 Miles i. Hostel (Cherrywood Villas, 07, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, Ireland) $41 a night 8 miles from Dublin

  4. Dublin 114.332 Miles to Belfast a. 40 R132, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, Ireland (Charge Batteries) 26.5 Miles from Dublin b. Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland (Charge Batteries) 11.6 Miles c. Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland (Charge Batteries) 20.8 Miles d. 6 Glenloughan Park, Scarva, Craigavon BT63 6LP, UK (Charge Batteries) 26.3 Miles e. 1 Prince William Rd, Lisburn BT28 2RH, UK (Tesco Super Store, Charge Batteries.) 23.7 Miles f. Belfast, UK 12.7 Miles

  5. Belfast $55/ person one way no stop Aer Lingus

  6. London 75.3 Miles a. Hostel in London 3 nights - $45/ night b. CTL House, Bath St, Gravesend DA11 0DF, UK (charge batteries) 26.5 Miles from London c. building 6, Sittingbourne ME10 2PT, UK (Charge batteries) 22 Miles d. Canterbury, UK 23.6 Miles i. Canterbury Hostel – $50/ night for 2 nights

  7. Canterbury 16.9 Miles

  8. Dover $56/ Person one way no stop British Airways

  9. Paris $66/ Person 1st class

  10. Geneva, Switzerland 39.58134 miles

  11. Lansen Switzerland $66/ person one way 1 stop $66

  12. Frankfurt, Germany

This list maybe added to as well. I am looking at making this happen May 2019.

I need help figuring out what parts to go with, and looking at reaching out to sponsors. Any help would be amazing!


  • Chargers
    • Phone
    • Longboard Battery Chargers -Laptop Charger
  • Extra Batteries
    • Multistar High Capacity 16000mAh 4S 12C Multi-Rotor Lipo Pack w/XT90 (x3) - $145.33
  • Tool
    • Allen keys
    • Phillips Head Screw Driver
    • Wrench
  • Extra parts
    • 300MM HTD5 15MM BELT - $8
  • Camping Gear
    • Tent
    • Sleeping Bag
  • Climbing Gear
    • Rope
    • Harness
    • Climbing Shoes
    • Chalk
  • Camera Gear
    • Batteries
    • Charger
    • Camera Body
    • Stabilizer
    • Mono Pod
    • 25 mm Lens -18-55mm lens
    • Microphone
    • 2 GoPros
  • Clothes
    • 3 shirts
    • 1 Pants
    • 2 Shorts
    • 1 Pair of shoes
  • Back Pack
    • Hiking Bag -Helmet -Electronics -Laptop -Phone w/ international SIM Card
  • Water bottle

Thank you, Parker

Edit: Changed board construction and added batteries. Edit: Added deck to board construction Edit: Changed batteries under Board Construction Edit: Changed Motor type under Board Construction Edit: Added total build cost per board Edit: Change route, and added stops to section Route. Edit: Added Gear Section Edit: Added to all sections


Hey bro! Sounds like a cool project, I would love to do some long distance riding! I think that If you want some crazy range, you could use 3x of these lipos:

Maybe use a bms and charge at 3 amps to be safe

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I think 6380 motors are an overkill for what you are looking for, specially for portability. I think that 6355 will get you the speed and help with the range that you need.


I decided to go with the 6380 for the pure torque to get up an incline. What do you think about handling the inclines? Would you still say to go with the 6355?

If you are using a single 6355 no, but dual 6355 would be a great option. Also an 6374 single motor would work just fine

Maybe a more experienced rider can answer that but as far as I know 6355 would work fine, if not 6374 definetly would do the job.

O yeah totally, I was assuming dual… Single might not be enough

Yeah single 6355 is weak af

Ive been looking at this guy. Id really like to keep it with 12s. If I ran the 4s in (Series?) would it give me the 12s and the long distance of the 16000 mah?

If I run these in (Parallel?) itd give me 20000 mah but its not very cost effective. Thoughts?

I was looking at running the 6380 in dual. I also want to make sure of longevity. If i dont fully push these motors to what they are completely capable of then I should, in theory, have a very reliable motor. Right?

If you ran the 3x 4s batteries in series you will get a 12s1p 48000 mAh battery pack. That has 35~ miles of range. 20000 mAh will get you 18~ miles of range

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Sweet, that sounds awesome. Ill go with that. Whats the 1p next to the 12s mean?

So running dual 6380 motors will be a very tight fit and I think it is completely unnecessary. If you want a ton of torque dual 6374 will be fine, and for mild inclines 6355 motors will be good. I live in San Francisco and I use dual 6355 and they work great, but for your constant riding dual 6374 may be the best option with 218 mm trucks

The p is for parallel. Series will increase your range, and parallel will increase your torque and speed. Lipos provide a very good discharge rate though and so you will need no parallel connections.

Edit: 1p means one battery in parallel, and so on ex: 5p= 5 batteries in parallel

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Any recommendations on motor brands for the 6374?

Also what would my top speed estimated be looking at with the 6374? I know the dual 6380 could potentially hit 30-40mph



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With the 6364 the top speed would be about 30 mph

Thatll be plenty doable. Dude, thank you so much for the help. Ive reached out to Diy electric skateboard to see if theyd like to sponsor. Considering 90 percent of the parts will be coming from them haha.

I will be adding to this with any change in parts as well as adding equipment we will be taking. Any other thoughts you have?