I’ve been lurking on the forum for a while now debating if I should bit the bullet and build my own board over getting a cheap Magneto. After an hour or so of playing with an excel document working out how much I can place into a budget I worked out I could get a much better board for my budget of around £700-800 if I self-build rather than buy.
I haven’t decided on a deck. Originally I was going to use an old Penny Nickel deck I had lying around but the real estate between the trucks was too limiting to create a full on eSK8. Ideally I’ll make the deck as short as possible because I intend to be able to take this board everywhere and that includes onto public transport, who incidentally never seem awfully keen to have a longboard (even a regular one) as a passenger.
I earned the money for this build by delivering papers but I’m fed up of cycling around so decided to make my work more fun by flying around on a eSK8 instead. I usually average about 15 MPH on my bike on the round and therefore decided to aim for about 25 MPH as a top speed just for that little bit of a thrill. I usually cycle about 2-3 miles but this can increase massively to about 5 or 6 depending on demand. Therefore ideally a range of 10 miles or more is an ideally safety margin for the build.
I decided on ordering most of my components from just for ease and simplicity especially when paying tax and shipping to the UK.
Hopefully the board will reach a loaded speed of around 30 MPH. I used this calculator to work out an estimate for speed based on components.
If anyone has any tips or advice I’d be willing to listen and I’ll start ordering parts in as soon as I can afford to.