Here is my take on the mini cruiser. I got inspired to build one of these Penny boards to serve a few purposes. First, I wanted a board small enough to stick in a backpack, so I could grab my board, helmet and bag in one swoop, with one hand and at a moment’s notice. I don’t ever want to be without something to ride or show off at any time. Next, I was just curious to try out one of the Penny boards, because of their miniature form factor, but the 22" version seemed too small, so I started looking for the Nickel sized 27" board. Found a “Hosoi” model on Craigslist for $50, and the build was on. Also, I wanted a board small enough to carry in my backpack for longer rides, as a backup board and/or backup battery, in case something goes wrong with my main board, and I’m not left stranded or pushing home. I’m gonna have to keep working on that to reduce weight though, and maybe ditch the 90mm for 83mm wheels, or go to a single hub motor, since it weighs in at about 5.5kg (12lbs) right now and that’s a little more than I want to strap to my back.
After a few push rides, I started to see why some people thought these boards were too small to be safe or stable when motorized. And at 20+mph, I agree that this thing would probably SYF in short order, but at 10-15+mph, I find it to be totally rideable and quite fun, maybe because it’s slightly more challenging. I felt like front wheel drive would be better for this type of short board, so it doesn’t try to shoot out from under you as easily, and so far so good. One thing I have noticed though, is that the single wheel drive with a 260kv 6355 14/36 is a bit too powerful at times, and can upset the balance of the board when turning if too much throttle is applied. So, eventually, I’ll probably move to my dual Jacob or Hummie hub motors and VESCs, but for now, I’m experimenting (the best part). I’ve got a single TB 5055 280kv sensored motor with 16/36 gearing on deck to try next, which I’m hoping will temper the power and torque to make the single drive more rideable as also reduce weight. But for now, here she is in all her glory.
I hereby present to you “Pennicklees, Goddess of portable Esk8 cruisers and Koi fish imitators.”