Busting the Myths: 7 Electric Skateboard Misconceptions Debunked
Electric skateboards have taken the world by storm, offering a thrilling and eco-friendly mode of transportation. However, with the rise in popularity, several myths and misconceptions have also emerged. In this blog post, we'll dive into seven common myths about electric skateboards, exploring the truth behind each one.
Don't run your board to 0%
One prevalent misconception is the fear of running your electric skateboard battery down to 0%. While it's true that conventional batteries should avoid extreme voltage levels, most electric skateboards, including Evolve boards, come equipped with a Battery Management System (BMS). The BMS ensures the safe operation of your battery, including managing a safe place for 0%. So, fear not, and ride without constantly worrying about battery health.
Carbon is better than Bamboo
When choosing between Carbon and Bamboo decks, the price difference might lead some to believe that Carbon is superior. In reality, both the GTR and Hadean Series offer identical power, speed, range, and control regardless of the deck material. The decision boils down to personal preference.
Double kingpins are unstable
The notion that double kingpin trucks are unstable, especially at high speeds, is a misconception. These trucks are designed for lower speed carving and maneuverability, providing a better turning circle and deeper carves. With the right skills, riders can achieve complete stability at top speed. Tips for stability include weight distribution, keeping the board straight, and adjusting bushings if needed.
You need board sport experience to eSkate
Embarking on a new sport can be intimidating, but electric skateboarding is accessible to riders with or without previous board sport experience. While prior experience may offer a comfort boost initially, most riders grasp the basics within an hour and progressively build their skills.
Electric skateboards don’t require maintenance
Contrary to the belief that electric skateboards are maintenance-free, they do require periodic upkeep. A simple service involves cleaning and regreasing trucks and bearings. Keep in mind that consumable parts like tires, bearings, belts, motors, and even the battery will require attention over time. Regular maintenance ensures a smooth and safe riding experience.
Small wheels get better range
The misconception that smaller wheels inherently offer better range is debunked when considering factors like rolling resistance, weight, and riding style. Urethane street wheels may be smaller but provide better range due to lower rolling resistance. The optimal gearing ratio, influenced by wheel and drive gear size, plays a crucial role. Matching your riding style with the right ratio ensures an efficient and enjoyable ride.
Heavier riders need to tighten their trucksHeavier riders often think that tightening their trucks is the solution for stability. However, this can hinder the natural movement of bushings and compromise the ride experience. The key is to replace with harder compound bushings and maintain a looser nut. Tailor your bushings and nut tightness to your weight, ensuring a smooth and stable ride.
As electric skateboarding continues to evolve, it's essential to separate fact from fiction. Debunking these seven myths sheds light on the truth behind electric skateboards, allowing riders to enjoy their experiences with confidence and knowledge. So, grab your board, hit the pavement, and ride on, debunking the myths along the way!