April 07, 2013

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5 Essential things to consider when buying an electric skateboard.

  1. RANGE  Consider what you’ll be using the board for.  Carving/Fun?  Commuting?  Getting around on the weekends?  All of the above?  Can you comfortably get there and back without worrying about mileage?
  2. WEIGHT  If you run out of juice are you going to be able to carry or kick push it home?
  3. PERFORMANCE  The difference in eboards is akin to the difference between cars.  You have your boards that get you from A to Z and then there are the ones that are a pleasure to ride.  Look into the wheels and trucks and ask the question – how would this board perform without the electrical setup? There’s a big difference between an off-the-shelf electric skateboard and a quality longboard with a motor. Is it noisy?  Check out some videos without music to get an idea of a board’s noise level. 
  4. SPARE PARTS AND SUPPORT  Is there a warranty?  How often will you have to replace the belt and wheels?  What is customer support like? 
  5. PRICE  What are you getting for your money?  Remember to compare apples to apples: lithium are more expensive than lead acid, real skate parts are more expensive than off-the-shelf boards from China, a longer range means a more expensive battery has been used.  Who has made/assembled the board?  Is it off-the-shelf from China where cost is the bottom line, or has it been made by someone who is an eboard rider and passionate about performance?

May 28, 2012

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Carpark Madness 3

Electric longboarding is seriously fun!

Like snowboarding and surfing, searching for the perfect conditions and locations will never end. This was filmed late at night with nobody in sight....apart from the security guards hahah. The board used in the video is the Evolve Electric Pintail with Abec 11 Flywheels 76mm 75a and ceramic bearings - a serious weapon of fun an awesomeness.


May 08, 2012

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Testing out the Metro Express slide wheels, electric skateboarding style

Just a bit of the fun had while testing out the Metro Express slide wheels on our electric pintail.


And for viewers in Germany (without music): 

May 01, 2012

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Top Shelf wheel customization

We are proud to announce we are now supplying Abec 11 Fly Wheels in 83mm & 76mm sizes on our website.  We also have opportunities to further customize our boards with Top Shelf brands such as Sector 9, Metro express and Bustin Swift as we have a special interchangeable drive gear that can be used on these wheels.  So very soon we are hoping to have all these top shelf wheels available on our website giving all riders the chance to customize the look and performance of their boards.


 

April 16, 2012

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The finer details of quality

You've heard us talk a lot about the importance of quality in all our skate and electrical parts but you may not realize that it goes right down to the tiny details of our electric skateboards.  We believe that all the small details add up, which is why we choose to only use the best quality for every component of our boards.  

For example, if you're already a fan of electric skateboards you may have heard of issues with other electric skateboard's drive belts breaking.  That's because more often than not they use a cheap 20 cent belt that's readily available but not reliable.  On the other hand our Evolve electric skateboards only use the highly respected USA 'Gates' belts and we can confirm that we've never had one break (whereas we've tried the cheaper alternatives on an earlier prototype and they haven't passed the test). 

We also use stainless steel screws that are counter sunk to give a long lasting and smooth looking finish to all parts of our boards.  

These may not be details that you would consider before buying an electric skateboard but they all add up to create the Evolve point of difference.


April 16, 2012

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More on using Abec 11 wheels with our electric skateboards

We've had a few questions about how the drive wheel would work when customizing one of our electric skateboards with Abec 11 Fly Wheels so we wanted to clear that up. The good news is that you don't need to worry about a specialized drive wheel when purchasing your own Abec 11's as the hubs on the 76mm & 83mm Fly Wheels fit our gear perfectly. Which means you can still rotate the wheels, keeping maintenance of your electric longboard true to longboarding standards.

Our E83 wheels are great but we highly recommend getting the Abec 11 Fly Wheels if you're after the ultimate in performance.  It should be noted that they're our wheel of choice for all our tests.


March 31, 2012

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Speed testing our snubnose board

Well it was inevitably time to test out the speed on our pocket rocket 200 watt snubnose electric skateboard. We're happy to report that after maxing it out and simultaneously holding the remote whilst filming the phone with the gopro, Jeff is still in one piece ;)

The end result was a top speed of 36.90kms/hr or 22.90mph (Jeff weighs 82kgs/180lbs) which goes to show that you don't need any more power in a motor when all the mechanical components are high quality and all optimized to work perfectly in unison. The bonus is that you can ride our boards on public footpaths (check with your local authorities first) which could become an issue with 250-800 watt boards as the sport becomes more popular.

Interestingly we tested quite a few electric skateboard motors whilst trying to determine the ideal wattage to use for our boards and what we found was that quite a few of them actually rated quite a bit under what they were labelled as. Without naming names one of the leading brand's 500 watt motors only rated at 220 watts so beware when buying just based wattage. We should mention that we don't believe that it's the electric skateboard brands that are misleading the public with incorrectly labelled motors, rather that it's the chinese suppliers they are purchasing their boards from that are either incorrectly labeling them or not testing them (not sure why, maybe they think their customers want bigger, or bigger is better - which is not true!!)


March 23, 2012

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Latest vid

Using the Abec 11 fly wheels 76mm 75a. You can also use the 83mm fly wheels which is a great to customize your Evolve board. I was also testing the battery performance. It went for 32km's on one charge and it takes 4 hrs to recharge once fully flat. I purposely ran it flat to show how it can be kicked pushed home if necessary. Super fun!!!!

 

March 23, 2012

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Customize your board with Abec 11 wheels.

One of the rad things about this board design is that it can also be used with Abec 11 fly wheels. These wheels are considered some of the best available in the world of longboarding and are made in the USA. Abec 11 sizes 76mm & 83mm are both suitable (as well as the E83 Evolve wheel of course:)

Update: for more information on how this works view our More on using Abec 11 wheels with our electric skateboards post.

 

March 22, 2012

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Welcome

Welcome to our new Evolve Blog!  This is where we'll keep you informed about everything that is going on in our world so stay tuned!