I’ve seen lots of back and forth about comparing boards and whose is faster, bigger, better- drag race challenges, Pike’'s Peak hill climbs. But there doesn’t seem to be any standard performance tests that settle the arguments. I tried posting a similar thread on Reddit but didn’t get much traction, so I thought i’d give it another shot here.
So what are the right tests that you would like to see as a common measuring stick for performance? I see a couple of different categories:
- Board based performance- these tests would be purely to evaluate one particular board versus another in key performance areas. To do this, you would need some specific parameters (like a set combined weight of rider and board) that everyone agrees to and documents as part of their test.
- Board and rider performance- Whether it’s horse racing or stock cars, there is no denying that a skilled driver makes all the difference in the world when it comes to top performance. Combine the right rider with the right board and the results can be off the charts. These tests would measure the combination of the right machine with the right rider to set records.
So what tests do you think would be most important? There are a few that I can think of and some that were suggested in the other thread. Here are a few:
Acceleration: 100 meter dash- Fastest over 100 meters (Is push starting allowed or should it be from a dead stop?) 1/4 mile sprint- Similar to a standard car drag race. Same question about push starts though it has less impact at this distance Time to a certain speed (25 mph?)- sort of like 0-60 being the standard measure for car acceleration
Top Speed: Top Peak Speed over a set distance (1 mile?) 1 mile Challenge- timed 1 mile race (use GPS and sea level measurements to control for flat race route)
Endurance Distance traveled on a single charge 24 hours of Esk8- Most miles traveled in 24 hours with recharges and/or battery swaps allowed
Braking Distance to stop from 20mph
Hill Climbing Really not sure how you could standardize a hill climb test unless you picked 1 particular hill…but that limits people to have to travel to one particular place to test. Maybe a set incline over a set distance?
What does everyone else think? Other overall categories that you would suggest? Any other tests within a category? I think if enough people are into keeping records, it would be cool to have a stock, modified, and custom classes for these tests, too. Having some standard tests would help to end some of the debates about hub vs belt or brand x vs brand y. And would give lots of riders a chance at glory