I’ve been wanting to do a three-wheeler AT board for a while. After looking through the “Pics no words” section here, I got a little jelly and stopped procrastinating. I live in Colorado, USA. We have a few hills here, and the three-wheel design climbs like a champ. It’s a great application for it. This should be a fun one when I’m done. The pics are obviously missing some vital components. They’re on the way.
I made a custom deck for the project and took a lot of pictures. I think it’s a good opportunity to make a DIY deck-making mod here in another post. If you’re interested, look forward to it within the next couple of weeks. The techniques that I used are the same for making any skate deck at home. Not just three-wheelers. This deck here was made with 7 layers of bamboo, 4 long plus three cross-cut. Four extra layers were added to the rear fork. The underside is reinforced with 8 oz fiberglass. The top with 4 oz. Glass grit is used for the grip. The forks are rockered 3/4 inch. The nose has a 30 degree kick. The length of the board has a 1/2 inch camber. It was kind of a bitch to make because of all that camber/rocker business.
The front-end and bindings are all from MTB Mountain board’s out of Colorado Spring, CO. Their stuff is pretty sick. So it was an easy decision.
The wheel is a 10 1/2 inch, 60v 1600w beast. It’s made by the same company that makes the wheel that I use for my street board. I’ve never burnt one of those motors out, and I’ve done terrible, terrible things to them. Nothing lude, but certainly terrible. I think that you could even submerge them and everything would be ok. They claim that this wheel can reach 75 mph unloaded. Reviews have it reaching 45 mph with a rider. It’ll do.
To power it I’m having a 16s6p battery engineered especially for the motor. I have to buy a small batch. So if anybody has an application for a big ol’ battery or wants to make a board with this wheel, message me. The battery and electronics will be in a custom enclosure on top of the board, between the bindings. On top of the enclosure will be a big-sexy, easy to access loop-key/killswitch. I’m actually just as excited to about making a big-sexy loop-key as I am about the entire project. Might have to make a mod about it.
The big question that I left for the end is “What magical ESC is going to control this monster?”. I’m going to try out TeamTriforceUK’s 16s 200A ESC based on VESC. I’ve got one on order. They are starting to ship this batch this month. It looks like it might be the perfect controller for the job.
Imma try out one of my custom trigger remotes to make the whole thing go, and that’s the build. I should be rolling in a month if all goes well. If you live in the Denver area or plan on visiting. Hit me up. We’ll go stomp some mountains together. Happy riding