I’m Jamie, from Surrey in the UK. I’ve been stalking this group silently for the last couple of weeks, since discovering the Boosted Board. I’ve not skated for about 15 years but snowboard and kite surf a lot and a friend couldn’t believe I hadn’t gotten in to long boarding. So I googled that a bit… and eventually found the boosted and evolve boards. They looked amazing, the boosted board especially. Until I saw the price and the fact that it would take about 10 years to arrive. That led me down the DIY route very quickly and on to this amazing forum.
Some of the work you guys have done is nothing short of amazing. Its all really inspiring, there is no way I would buy now. I love DIY projects like this and think I can build something a bit like a boosted, at least thats the plan.
I have to make a big shout to @whiteponey. I think you have already made the board of my dreams. So please feel honoured and some pride when I try to emulate your success, expect serious plagiarism of your work and some begging for advice.
It seems that its a nice time to be getting into this. So much great kit being made and sold be the community. Theres a mind boggling array of mounts, belts and various other good shit.
Its pissing down here at the moment in the UK so I feel my timing is perfect. I have a few months to build without feeling the rush to get it on the road.
Actually I’ve decided my first steps will be buying a deck, trucks and wheels. I need to get a feel for riding before doing it at 20+mph. Need to cut my teeth etc. Also I have a broken finger so can’t start the build for another month, although maybe I should start ordering parts.
I’m 68kg, 5’8”… 39 earth years.
Loaded Vanguard 38” Flex 3 - http://www.longboardsuk.com/decks/loaded-vanguard-deck-only.html Ronin Cast Iron Trucks - Raw - http://www.longboardsuk.com/ronin-42-5-degree-cast-truck-single.html Orangatang Kegel 80mm Wheel - http://www.longboardsuk.com/wheels/orangatang-kegel-80mm-80a.html Bearings??? I have no idea yet please help. Are ceramics worth it? There are several sizes…
My future eboard, which I’m sure will evolve the more I read:
Single Motor Setup Torque boards 6374 190KV or 6355. Or maybe the Alien 6355 as they are easier from the UK is there a good standard one now. Perhaps the 10S4P DIY battery, probably go with a BMS as I want to charge from my garage… that only has 12v (solar) and the chargers will be basic. Need the protection from the BMS I think on that basis. VESC of some nature, seems like there are options here. I like the look of the bluetooth one @evoheyax has made. Would be keen to help develop the app so an Apple Watch can display battery and distance/speed. Controller. Very keen on the nun chuck route. But not sure if that works with the bluetooth stuff. What does everyone use for that? Hoping the Ronin mount turns out well that I saw @Chris1 developing.
Whats the best gearing and belts. I hear the UK has good belts from ‘Gates’
I intend to make a very slim carbon fibre housing for the batteries and controllers. Similar to @whitepony (I hope).
Be great to get some advice and input from everyone. I aim to be an active member of this community and give back as much as I take.