It seems like there are many people out there that find out about the Boosted Board or Evolve but can’t afford them and go looking for cheaper solutions. They often run into some offshoot Chinese brands like Koowheel or the Yuneec E-GO. That got me thinking, what would I build instead of buying one of those? I decided to write this for anyone in that position that is wondering what they can build for similar cost. The budget is 600 USD since that is what these decks usually go for, and I’m cheating a little by disregarding shipping since you’d have to pay that on a complete as well.
I’d get my parts from Hobbyking, Amazon and Torqueboards since they offer well tested parts at reasonable prices.
At Hobbyking I’d get:
2x 5S 8000mAh Batteries
1x 6374 168kV Motor
1x GT2B Remote
1x Turnigy B6 Compact Charger
Before shipping these parts come out to roughly $215 USD. Turnigy SK3s have been used in tons of builds and seem to work fine, same with zippy batteries. The GT2B is also used quite often, and has a variety of mods to choose from if you would like to make your controller more compact. However you would need to suffer some inconvenience since the charger can only charge one of the batteries at a time. Also, to save the cost of buying a switch you could make an XT90s loop key (just search it on the forums).
From Amazon I’d get:
1x 83mm Flywheel Cloneshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I1WG1SE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ABCX2RE03ARTE
These parts come out to roughly 65 USD. You can get each of these in a variety of colors and they are an inexpensive option that is compatible with most mount and wheel pulley setups including Torqueboards hardware.
Lastly from Torqueboards I’d get:
1x VESC Speed Controller
1x Single Motor Mount
1x Wheel and Motor Pulley Kit
That comes out to roughly 205 USD. Personally I use these parts and haven’t had any issues so that is what I’d recommend. Make sure you choose the 16T motor pulley option, and the 63mm motor mount. Keep in mind that the connectors that come with the parts may not be perfect for each other and you’d have to solder on new ones.
215 + 65 + 205= 485 USD
That leaves you with 115 USD to build or buy an enclosure and deck along with other expenses you may encounter. In my opinion, the most important part of your build is the deck you choose, it defines how your board will ride and you can choose whatever you want to suit your style.
For inexpensive blank decks check out www.skateshred.com and for the enclosure get creative! There are many different things you can us. Lunchboxes, small part organizers and fiberglass/carbon fiber enclosures are common.
This build’s specs would be a top speed of roughly 35km/h and a range of roughly 30km. You’d also get to choose from any deck you’d like, and customize your wheel and truck setup. After putting it together yourself, you’d be able to fix anything that may go wrong, and on top of that you get the satisfaction of having built something by yourself, for yourself.
If I missed anything let my know and I’ll update the post. Also, what would you do differently?