Hello, everyone! I am starting the research and planning for my first build. First, a few things about me and my plans for this build. I am 180lbs(~81kg) and I live in a very flat area. My goals for this build are a light and discreet machine to act as last-mile transit on and off of light rail and for cross-downtown trips. The longest single leg of transit that I plan on going is just under 4 miles. I would expect to be able to charge at the end of any single leg of the journey, and my expected range out of the system is just over 6 miles. My top speed requirement is 18mph. Hopefully I will be able to go faster than that, but for my first board, I think 18mph should be enough. I am very much decided on using hub motors, as I really like the elegant solution and reduced component count and maintenance.
I have a preliminary parts list from two vendors that I would like feedback on. I am trying to balance low cost with high quality, durable components that are “community standard” parts that will transfer well into future builds.
Vendor: carvonskates.com $299.00 - CARVON V2.5 SINGLE HUB MOTOR + FRONT TRUCK + WHEELS SET (RAW EDITION) $99.00 - VESC FOR CARVON HUB MOTOR
$269.99 - 12S2P Stealth Battery (with power switch and LCD panel)
$59.99 - Handheld Electric Remote $49.99 - Freesytle Deck $19.99 - VESC Bluetooth Adapter $9.99 - Grip Tape
This brings my build total to just over $800. I would be sourcing hardware to mount the trucks (and risers, if needed) from a local skate shop. I have a bunch of kydex left over from making custom holsters and I will be forming my own enclosure for the battery / reciever / vesc. I would also be going to a hobby shop to pick up XT60 and bullet connectors to finish off the wiring.
Thanks in advance to all reading here, and I look forward to input on this future build. I will update this thread as parts are ordered / delivered and built.