New to the forum! Done a bit of reading on here. I am hoping to build my own electric board soon, initially on a pretty tight budget if possible, and then if it works out OK I’d be happy to spend a bit more (MVP style ). I will predominantly be using it as part of my commute through London (which also involves taking it on the Underground). I therefore want something fairly compact. I don’t need mega speed or range, 10miles would be fine (plus I assume it is easy to add capacity later). I’d also like it to be as discreet as possible, which may or may not impact deck shape?
I’d first like to get a longboard and just get used to riding around on that - I haven’t ridden a skateboard in a long time, and even then I did it badly! However, I’d like to make sure that whatever board I do use can be converted to electric power - or at least most of its components.
So, my understanding of what to look for in a board for electric conversion is:
- Not too short, at least 36” (which is probably the length I want)
- Deck not too flexible (how much of an issue is this as long as you are careful with electronics placement and enclosure fixing?)
- Roughly 83mm wheels
- Deck not too low
- Axles with constant diameter for mounting motor plate, and either circular or square cross section (do these rule many trucks out?)
Does that all sound about right?
Is it possible to buy something on a tight budget (in the UK) that meets most of those requirements? Would something like this be OK - I’d need to change the wheels of course:
Is there a good place to get used boards in the UK? I’ve looked on Gumtree and eBay, but no real luck.
Alternatively, I could just make my own basic deck from some ply (which would likely be stiffer than off-the-shelf deck), and buy trucks and wheels that I know will be suitable for electric conversion - bit more effort but may end up being cheaper?
One other question - as mentioned above I would like the board and its conversion to be as discreet as possible. Would using a cruiser rather than downhill style deck hide the motor better? But at a loss of turning radius I assume?
Sorry for the long post - all thoughts appreciated!