A coworker and longboarder brought something up the other day, why do we place the drive motor on the rear if most of the time our weight is on the front?
Wouldn’t it make more sense for it to be a FWD?
Whether its single or dual, would it be better to have the driving wheel up front?
I think in a car it makes sense to have the weight over the driven wheels for traction reasons, I’m not sure that really applies for our boards. I feel like having the motors in the rear make it easier to deal with the torque “shove” since it’s coming from behind you, and you’re usually leaning forward. If the wheels in front of you are pulling you I have a feeling that it would feel a little weird.
I’ve only ever used RWD though so I have no practical experience.
Weight is shifted to the rear during acceleration which is where my boards live the majority of their life so the front wheels lose traction under heavy acceleration which isn’t cool other than for showing off your burn out ability. I do notice however that the motors run cooler on the front so thats one plus.
I’ve ridden with my motors in both front and rear. The biggest problem I had with front was when climbing hills, your weight gets shifted way back and you lose traction.
I also prefer them in the back if the board has a kicktail cause when you set it down, the motors are the heaviest part so them slam harder if they’re upfront. Same for picking the board up. It’s a pain with motors up front
beautiful board. how do you do it every time. very nice to see. I wonder what motors are all doing now. in a garage or possibly going 30 right now. but the tires I hope you and everyone knows, those are not safe if they get loose from too much heat. not safe at high speeds then for sure.
really like the deck and just like the one I use. the kicktail or lack of it on the drop thu I always have, …especially with front wheel drive I can easily lift the tail with my foot and redirect it. and set it down nicely. kicktails on an eboard I never had and thought it wouldn’t go nicely
My final configuration on my 4wd Torqueboards hubs board was trucks mounted drop through on the front and top mount on the rear. I think it yeided similar results to what your describing on with the Bustin deck. The weight shift forward improved front wheel traction at launch and also made it easiser to manage heavy acceleration but made it noticeably more sketch during downhill braking lol. Did you ever that on the bustin? Ohh and it also equalized the heat between the front and rear motors.
Front braking is definitely different. Its can be startling when you’re not expecting it but once you get used to it it actually feels more precise. I slide on my back brakes all the time. I’m fine with either now.