GTR Electric Skateboard: Carbon vs Bamboo
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Bamboo, carbon, bamboo, carbon? This is an old debate and we need to tell you that there isn't one correct answer, that's why we made two boards. Each GTR electric skateboard is super capable of what the other can do. Full speed on the bamboo feels great while carving on the carbon is pretty fun too. It all comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for. We’ve put the two versions of the GTR electric skateboard, carbon and bamboo, head to head to compare four different aspects and what they mean for you.
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 GTR is great for you. However, if you want stability, especially at high speeds, the carbon version is fantastic.
The bigger and heavier you are, the more you're going to make the bamboo flex. Generally speaking, we recommend heavier riders go for the carbon board, as it's a bit more consistently stable. The bamboo has a concave design, meaning that edges are raised to lock in your toe and your heel. This provides an edge to push on while carving in and out of turns. The Carbon deck utilizes a dropdown, so it locks in your feet, front and back. This is especially good for hard acceleration and braking when riding bumpy or hilly terrain and by lowering your centre of gravity.
In terms of customisation, 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 carbon is a lot harder to customise the deck, whereas the bamboo can be quite customisable. 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 want 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. 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 excellent for commuting, and it's stable off-road as well.
The carbon is the lighter of the two boards weighing in at 9.8 kg on a 97mm street setup, versus the bamboo, which is 10.3 kg. The carbon is also longer of the two decks by five centimetres. Although the actual width of the writer's stance is much the same. The carbon has a wheelbase of 94 cm. The bamboo features an adjustable wheelbase, allowing you to match it to the Carbon or shorten it to 91 cm. A shorter wheelbase means you can make sharper carves and tighter turns. Having the option to adjust this on the bamboo wheelbase adds a few extra bonus points.
The carbon GTR and the bamboo have the biggest batteries, compared to previous generations, which gives them the longest range. They were both pretty similar, and they both travelled well over 30 km on a single charge in an all-terrain configuration.
While there’s no much difference about the battery, the electronics of the two boards have two different configurations that make them fit the decks. The bamboo has an external case that bolts to the bottom of the deck, while the carbon houses everything internally and is accessed from the top cover. The carbon board has the power button and charge port at the back end of the deck. The bamboo on the other hand has them on either side of the battery case, which allows room for USB ports and can power our LED prism strips. Because the battery sits within the carbon deck, it's just 40 mm thick, while the bamboo is 60 mm.
The two boards look completely different. The carbon is handmade from carbon fiber sheets. It is a sleek matte finish and a full hex grip pattern. The bamboo deck is three-ply bamboo, two-ply fiberglass with a raw bamboo finish and utilizes both traditional and spray on the grip. Both boards use the same electronic systems, so speed, power and range are identical. The wheels, trucks, gears and remote are all the same too. When considering getting a GTR electric skateboards have in mind what will be the main use of it and what type of experience you are looking for.