Hi I’m Chema, you may remember me from such posts as when I introduced myself in the introduction thread.
But I LOVE the look and specs of the Phantom, so I’m building a… wait for it… FANTOM!
LOOK HOW MUCH SEXY
The purpose of this build is to fulfill of my dream of having a downhill board that can quickly take me back up to the top of the next hill!
I’d like to be able to bomb hills with just gravity, so I’m going for either hub motors or direct drive. I’m leaning strongly toward direct drive because of the wheel selection/extra urethane.
I need to be able to do a lot of slides and pre-drifts to slow down when bombing hills, so swapping out wheels will be more common than on other builds.
I’d also love to be able to get near hill bombing speeds on flat ground. So, like the Phantom, 30 MPH is the goal, and let’s just say 30 miles of range too, although I’ve heard the phantom is more like 26-30 in real life. Apparently it suffers from battery sag, so it might not be fair to count the last couple miles that you’re crawling along.
I am a little surprised that I haven’t seen any electric downhill boards out there, so I’m concerned that maybe I’m missing something here that makes this a bad idea. Perhaps the extra weight makes it not responsive when bombing down hills? IDK.
I think I also wanna stay away from DKP trucks for downhill stability. As far as I know @torqueboards is the only company making a quality RKP direct drive. I’d also like to run a lower angle in back than front for less turn per degree of lean compared to the front.
This is another thing I’ve been very surprised to not see much of in the eskate world. Why? Wouldn’t it massively help with stability when cruising at the crazy speeds these things go?
I’ll probably solve that problem with an angled riser pad in back, and a flat riser in front to match the ride height.
Please share your thoughts and ideas!
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