We started a small side project to develop some wheels that add comfort and ride quality, but doesn’t hurt grip. If you’re like me and your foot goes numb or worried about wiping out on big cracks in LA/SF. I use my board to commute, so this is a big problem for me (also thanks to @mmaner for really driving this point home in the last thread) . We created a video and collected some feedback from local riders. We did a lot of back to back testing to see how all the major wheels on the market compare (at least for Boosted Board, but we’re getting more wheels to try) - more on that later though.
We’re on a quest to design more comfortable wheels that have higher top speed, but don’t sacrifice stability and grip. Thanks to all that contributed in the other thread - we learned a lot: https://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/higher-top-speed-slightly-longer-range-and-minimal-impact-on-acceleration/72026/50
As the Australians would say, we made a heap load… or is it heaps? Anyway, we made 20+ of our prototype of wheels, varying diameter, width, durometer, and to understand the sensitivities of each parameter.
We spent most of the last two weeks making wheels, testing them against the best wheels on the market, and then organizing and hosting a group ride in downtown Austin, Texas. Here is a brief video of the wheels in action.
Austin group ride & feedback on our wheels
Find out what riders said about our prototype wheels (we’ll be releasing a more full fledge user testimonial - this is just a taste)
We’ll be sharing our back to back testing results of our wheels (called Momentum) against the Boa Constrictor, Orangatang Kegels, and Orangatang Caguama wheels in a new post this week. We’re testing it against grip:
Comfort (we attached an accelerometer to measure vibration and also put a bowl of water to show the visual difference):
As well as acceleration, and top speed (we’re getting 28mph on a Boosted Board V2 up from 22mph). We definitely have a lot of kinks to work out of this. Some of the issues is we’re having problems manufacturing and keeping the durometer constant, so we have to assess every wheel. We have had some interesting failures too. Some things are affecting the rolling resistance, that we’re trying to pinpoint, but we’re hopeful we’ll figure it out.
We’re looking for a third party beta tester that has a good social media following of e-skater/longboarders. We’re really confident that our wheels excel in comfort (your legs/foot will hurt less), grip, and top speed. If you think you qualify, then get in contact with us in the comment section below.
If you want to keep in touch and get a discount code when we start production, then go to our landing page and sign up: https://free-range.landinglion.com/momentumwheels/
Doug and Andrew