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Carbon GTR or Bamboo GTR. Which One Do You Choose?

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The carbon GTR is the longest board in the Evolve range. What that means in practical terms is that you can put your feet further apart on the deck and that will give you some more stability for your ride. It also means it has a slightly bigger turning circle than the other boards. Being made from carbon fibre, it means that it's going to have less flex than the bamboo boards. So, if you are after a board that has a lot of flex, the bamboo options are great for you. However, if you want stability, especially at high speeds, this board is fantastic.

It's the same reason Evolve have used it for all the big challenges such as the go-kart super race challenge and the world's steepest hill climb challenge. This board is very different from a design perspective because all the electrics are built into the case itself. That gives it a very sleek, stealthy look compared to the bamboo boards, which do have their electrics built into a case which sits underneath the board.

In terms of customization, there are a bunch of options, especially when it comes to wheels. The carbon GTR accepts all sorts of wheels, from the really fast street wheels to the AT off-road setups. The same as the bamboo GTR. The Stoke, however, doesn't take the 80 setups. The carbon is a lot harder to customise the deck, whereas the bamboo can be quite customizable. All you got to do is sand back the grip and then apply a design of your choice.

With the carbon, you can't quite do this. You are limited to changing the grip tape, and if you're wanting to change the deck look, you'd probably have to look at a hydro dipping option. All the boards pretty much have a great street to all-terrain conversion option, apart from the Stoke, which only has a street configuration. What that means is that they're great in a whole bunch of circumstances. Most riders prefer the carbon GTR and all-terrain configuration. It's great for commuting, and it's stable off-road as well.

Bamboo GTR custom

The one big difference is the battery size. The carbon GTR and the Bamboo have the biggest batteries, which gives them the biggest range. We did a test a couple of weeks ago to show a real-world scenario on how they perform, so check out that video. But in the end, they were both pretty similar and they both travelled well over 30 kilometres on a single charge in an all-terrain configuration. A few weeks ago we did a comparison on the entire bamboo range and put it through a bunch of practice tests. That included an uphill climb, a sprint test, and a slide test.

Some riders have said that the ridges at the front and the ridges at the back really allows you to dig in when accelerating or braking hard on the Carbon GTR. Being super stable at speed, probably why it was the winner of the world cup for most races. But then the street set up, the Bamboo GTR for the added flex of the board and the 97 wheels is really awesome.

Bamboo GTR flex

Some riders prefer the carbon GTR in the all-terrain configuration because they like to commute and find their legs being further apart on the board, giving more stability. So, at the end of the day, it does come down to personal preference. The one board is a great entry-level board, and it's agile due to its size and weight.

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