Hey guys, so I’m getting into esk8 and super excited to build my own board. Sure, buying a ready to ride board is easy and quick, but I wanna get the hype out of building my own
I need suggestions for where to buy parts (This is my first ever eboard). My overall build budget is $1500 USD. Main purpose for the board will be to go on group rides and for commuting purposes (Roads with a few cracks, not many hills). I’d prefer to get at least 20-25miles out of it per ride. Smaller wheels (75-85mm) are preferred with a longer deck (36-40 inch deck). Speed wise, I don’t plan on going over 25mph considering I’ll be casually cruising.
Guys, Ari is a friend, do help him out if you have suggestions!
For a street board, a good selection of decks would fit as an esk8, you just have to make sure that the enclosure that you decide with would fit well with the deck due to the difference in enclosure curvatures.
Eboosted’s enclosures are a premium choice, and is a popular choice for builds. As people may assume, a ‘box’ to hold all your electronics in will have to be strong enough to withstand vibrations and rides for thousands of kms. Take a look and see if there’s a deck choice with an enclosure that would go with it.
For trucks, Caliber IIs are sort of a staple choice, as the motor mount would need to clamp to the truck without slippage, as some trucks are either round or octagonal, Caliber IIs would be ideal due to its D shape profile. However, a few vendors have came out with their own trucks suited for esk8.
For wheels, i’d recommend Orangatang Caguamas, or the Senor Pepes
Trust, me you’d want good wheels.
Now, for your drive system, if you plan to go for belt, there will be many options for motor mounts. Check out these ones
I used a pair of @Boardnamics trucks on my commuter build and it’s great, a big upgrade from Caliber IIs. I’d recommend getting the trucks from Boardnamics, and the drive system if you plan to go with a belt drive.
With a belt mount, you will also need pulleys to go with it. @Boardnamics have them as well, so if you want you can grab it too to avoid too many seperate purchases.
For gear drives however, due to the size of the gearbox, you will have to use larger wheels, 100mm and above if not you risk scraping it when hitting obstacles like pebbles etc.
Now, for motors. Street boards, a 6355 motor would be enough, 6374 would be better, but bigger and heavier.
The number represents the motor’s size, 63 being 63mm, and 55/74 being it’s length.
Check out some motors here
6355 dual would be more than enough for a street board, dual 6374 will be powerful
and fun, and will not get as hot, but i use dual 6355 and it’s enough for me.
For batteries, you can go for a 10s4p single stack or 12s4p. I’d recommend 30Q cells. I’m not sure if there’s a battery builder here from Canada so maybe a few folks can chime in.
For the speed controller (VESC), there are not that many reliable ones available but one i can recommend is the Maker X ESC
There are a few promising ones coming out soon, but it’s not available for purchase yet.
For remotes, there’s the Flipsky VX1, and also the mini remote. It depends on which you prefer, a thumb remote, or a trigger gun remote.
Other than that, you’ll need to get an antispark power switch to turn your board on/off.
I don’t have many recomendations for that, but this is what i use.
Other than that, here’s a few threads you can read up on before hard deciding on what to go with.
And here’s one of my builds, that’s similar in terms of specs to what you are looking for
Linny is spot on
My 1st dream build would be
makerx esc dual
boardnamic trucks and mounts.
Pressfit kegal pulleys
21700 10x3 or 12x2 battery 40T with 140d BMS
Metr Pro Bluetooth
Haggy or TB40 integrated deck and enclosure.
6355s only got warm to the touch after a 2 hour ride, i weigh 70kg.
Yes, a large motor like the 6380 will have much more torque and power, and won’t get warm as easily, but if this board is going to be a commuter for example, you would do away with saving some weight, which might i add, the 6380s are heeeeeeavy.