Buyer of the board here.
To me trust and visibility are the biggest obstacle DIY builders must overcome to become the “common” option – DIY builders definitely beat out the competition in other ways by simply making a better product. As far as trust and visibility goes, I think this forum helps a lot.
Honestly, I would have never heard of LHB if not for this forum. There’s a scarce amount of information if you’re coming onto the electric skateboard scene with no background - the only board with high enough visibility for the average consumer is the boosted board. Otherwise, you’re kind of stuck with random posts on reddit that try to aggregate all the options available and even then it just feels like there’s no option out there that checks all the boxes. That being said, this forum is big enough that I, a total novice buyer of electric skateboards, found it.
The forum does more than bring visibility, it is also a source of credibility and trust. I was choosing from a bunch of different options and, frankly, the custom build route scared me even though it looked like the best value. Without this forum it would be impossible to vet a builder without knowing them in person. LHB’s build threads and consistent presence on this forum really gave me enough confidence to wire LHB, who is stranger, a big wad of cash.
Anyway, just my 2 cents – I work in the startup space so buying a board this way is interesting to me on a couple of levels.
Really excited about the build and LHB has been great with the updates. Can’t wait to get the board!