Finished Build: The Provisional Peruser | College Cruiser | dino15309

I’ve Built 3 Boards in my 4 years of Esk8. Not once have I made a build post despite every time I made one claiming that I would to those who helped me. To make it up to them, this post will be extremely thorough and well put together (I hope). This is not my first build (and definitely not my last) but will unfortunately not be as clean as my next build due to my limited resources being on my college campus. Now For the Build!

Parts

VESC:
Focbox Unity Purchased from a man who actually has a heart for a price less than what they are being fenced for now.

Battery:
8s3p Samsung 25r DIY. Yes… I soldered it. Throw your hate down below. However, when you are a 15-year-old on a budget (yes I made this pack 2 years ago) you do what you have to.



Drivetrain:
Racestar 5065 200kv Motors on Evolve motor mounts. On evolve hangars which are mounted on Gullwing sidewinder II’s. Back when I purchased this setup, double kingpin setups were extremely new so Ownboard/Flipsky clones did not exist yet. I am using $30 ABEC core 83mm clones. My next build will have blue Caguamas without a doubt. The wheel pulley is just some generic 38t Abec bolt-on. I hate it! :slight_smile:

Deck and Enclosure:
The deck is a 31.5" bat tail cruiser from “bambooskateboards.com” which is honestly fantastic. It’s not very expensive, and If you can get over not having any decals, it has some nice flex to it and I like the shape and look. The quality isn’t loaded tier, but you definitely get your money’s worth from this one.


The Enclosure is a Mboards enclosure. I hate it! However, it did get the job done for now. This build spared all expenses and this bad boy fit the bill. I epoxied shut half of the holes because this thing is not strong enough to demand that much clamping force or that much of my time.

Remote:
I’m Using the Flipsky VX1. Of course, I got a defective one. I posted about it on this thread:
Why is there not a VX1 Disconnection thread.
I still love the remote so far, and I can’t wait until I get my replacement.!

Mistakes

#1 Ticket: Soldering the battery.
The battery should be 10s3p. However, I blew up 3 parallel cells in my house. I thew them in a cast iron-pot and closed the lid just in time for some crazy shit to happen. I’m fairly certain they just vented (good work Samsung) but please, spend the money on either a premade pack or a DIY spot welder. (Search the forum. There are a few that will only run you 125 USD and are extremely high quality)

Using the MBoards Enclosure
Use anything else.

(If You Care Why)
  1. Holes go AT THE BOTTOM. Otherwise, it’s very hard to waterproof the enclosure
  2. The plastic is so thin that you might as well protect your explosive battery with saran wrap.
  3. Likely to crack. I have weird chips around where I drilled holes, despite being extremely gradual in bit size.

Not Using Press-Fit Pulleys
Alignment on these cheap ABEC clones is impossible and I always get wobble and terrible noise, no matter how much work I put into them. There are plenty of cheap(ish) options out there and you will have a much better time and much better sounding board if you do so. The wobble has also lead to premature cracking of one of my belts from when the alignment was especially bad.

Board Performance

The top speed is only about 23MPH due to gearing, wheels, and the fact that I limited myself to 8s instead of 10s.

The Range is about 12 miles of fairly aggressive riding. I hate accelerating slowly.

Acceleration is off the charts. I have no complaints what-so-ever.

The whole thing weighs only 15.6lbs and It is perfect to pick up and bring with me to my 3 in-person classes per week (thanks COVID:slight_smile:) as well as the dining hall and meeting up with friends (6 feet apart and outside OC)

The whole thing is mostly waterproof so some rain or melting snow has not stopped me in the 2 weeks I have of riding so far.

People that Deserve Thanks

@kevingraehl for the Unity and your kindness as well as general help when I’m being a moron.
@Skunk for your kindness and advising me on where to find a Unity
@RyEnd for advice on choosing a dual VESC
@xsynatic @Fosterqc @kook @frame.b022 @rusins for helping me diagnose my VESC and VX1
@discobot for being my only friend

Ideas for the Future

A few things I dislike:

  1. I never use the kicktail… I know many people who could not live without them, but I haven’t
    personally liked or used it. I would much rather have had a wider stance and wheelbase.

  2. Double kingpin trucks do not belong on this kind of board… I do not enjoy being quite so high off the
    ground with these small wheels. I Love the look and feel of drop through trucks. My next deck
    needs to be drop through.

  3. The deck limets the enclosure and vice versa… It’s a bamboo deck. I want it to FLEX but it can’t due
    to its unibody enclosure. I can’t split it, however, because there isn’t enough space.

Future deck plans:
I Love flexy decks, despite them not being as stable. I don’t wear a helmet on the way to class, so the speed isn’t a thing I often worry about. I want a flexy deck that isn’t very long (35-37 inches). I like the Vanguard, but I want to be low to the ground. I like the Bustin-Boards Sportster, but I am worried it doesn’t have much flex to it.
I need something flexy and drop through and it needs to be large enough to have a split-enclosure design.

Build Pictures!







I found this cozy spot for my landyachtz 28" and this bad boy!

Thank you to everyone who helped me out and thank you for taking the time to look this over! Do not hesitate to reply with questions or thoughts!

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I assumed I was going to be under the mistakes category

That board is mighty sick and makes me Pnut and jelly

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I appreciate it a lot man! I have never heard this phrase but I love it! I can’t wait to drop some cash and make a really professional board when I’m home and have TOOLS!

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I forgot to mention, I could never put you under the mistakes category! If my parents were writing this however…

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I want to see a riding video of that thing!
For a daily driver you have a really good choice I think

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I was considering adding a video to the post. I will definitely do so when I get a chance. Maybe tomorrow :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:.
There are actually a few things that I dislike about the board, and I’m actually about to add a section to the post about that. Give me a few minutes and check back if you’re interested.

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This is a great board and great documentation as well :+1:

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Thank you so much! Whether or not you recognize it, you’ve been helping me out for probably all four years of my building, so Thank you! I will see if I can find proof of it. JK I found it!
I’m sorry that our previous interactions sparked some arguments, but that was kind of the nature of the previous forum…

I also added a new section to the post, and video will be coming tomorrow or the next few days!

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Came together nicely. A worthy Stoke imitation.

Bummer it doesn’t sound like it was what you were looking for. A drop-through on rkp is def a completely different ride. Try and find a db seafarer if you can, may fit the bill.

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Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE THIS BOARD!!! It’s almost everything I’ve ever wanted in a board and is suiting me perfectly in my current situation. There are just a few changes I would make to make it my “dream setup.”

Also I’m super glad you noticed it was a Stoke imitation. It was a huge inspiration but I think I like what I have better. It has much better range. At the end of the day, a two 6s lipos can out-pace and out-range the evolve battery on the stoke for $130.

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You’ve done a great job! :slight_smile:

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You really should on an electric board. If you’re worried about size, I recommend getting a folding helmet like this one: https://bombinate.com/shop/closca/graphite-and-white-loop-helmet/2100051000510820775

(I got one myself for a lightweight build where carrying a regular helmet would be annoying)

Yeah, seems like the latest models of it don’t flex as much as it should. See if you can buy one used off someone so that you know for sure it’s the flexy kind.

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What’s the weight on this board ? For small board this is my #1 goal

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This is well put together, hope you’re enjoying your build. Only thing that really bother me is

Get a helmet, you don’t need speed to fall down on your head and get a concussion and die from it. Also assume one day you’re going to hit your head on some ledge or edge and the helmet will be your very best friend.

Personally I wear a full-face helmet and I don’t care how I look.

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Or atleast get a thousand or smthn, stylish so u dont look weird. And once you have it you will notice how worth it is, even for your confidence, making you a better rider and getting more out of the board.

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Lookin’ good :metal:

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Sweet dude.
I have been really enjoying my homemade Stoke.
Dual kingpin on a short deck is a trip.

I would definitely suggest you throw caguamas on here.will be wortg every penny.

I always buy the b stock ones that are more affordable.

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Just gonna echo the other folks on the helmet train here. Speed doesnt matter. Riding confidence doesnt matter. Electric vs manual board doesn’t matter.

You can trip and fall walking 1mph on your feet, and hit your head hard enough to cripple yourself or die. Putting 4 wheels under you greatly increases the chances to fuck up, and there is no excuse for not wearing a helmet.

Not only are you taking a needless risk with your own life, but every injury or death that happens on a PEV has a chance of being used to make PEV’s illegal.

Please keep yourself safe. We want you to stick around.

I really like your build :wink:

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It’s under the “board performance” tab. It’s 15.6 lbs. If you wanted to save weight you could go 10s2p or 8s2p with 25r cells. I recommend the 25r over the 30q for the smaller packs because I value acceleration, but if you want more range go with the 30q. Another thing is DKP trucks. If you want to shave every pound then getting normal caliber trucks will save you a lot of weight.

@rusins @MrDrunkenMobster @LuuktH @devguy
I completely agree. I hate not having a helmet but I outgrew my old one. I convinced my parents to get me a Rurok for my B-day with the sale that is happening rn. We all snowboard together so I figure it’s a good investment for both sports. I go especially slow and I’ve gotten very good at falling thanks to snowboarding and hockey, so I will just be careful until I do get myself a helmet.

3 years ago with my first build, my enclosure fell off and I wound up running over my battery and being sent flying at about 23mph. I was wearing a helmet and I can attest it saved my life. I hate not having a helmet, so I will be getting one asap. I fully recognize the danger and do not recommend to anyone to do as I am.
Also, my ride to class is quite short

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