So, after having looked into the whole “building-an-esk8”-thing, gathering inspiration from different places (many from here) and making some decisions, I started ordering parts for my first build. As you will see, I am taking a few different approaches…
To start things off, I am going for a Landyachtz Evo 40 Deck, as it is a pretty thick and stable deck with a big drop. I will replace the grip take with the Onsra Hexagonal Grip tape tiles, both for looks and for some minor cushioning.
In the front I am using a waterborne surfskate adapter - not just for surfskating, but also to improve turning capabilities (you will see why in a moment). I am considering getting a longboard bracket if the front gets too high compared to the rear, but at this stage I doubt it will. To even out the wedge on of the board (surfboard adaptor won’t work with wedged boards), I am using a de-wedged riser. I am using these [Diy Skateboard Frühling Hinten stoßdämpfer brücke Skateboard Lkw Suspension Brücke 8 zoll Lange Bord Lkw Suspension Frühling|Skate Board| - AliExpress] suspension trucks and 8" pneumativ wheels.
I actually came to the whole esk8 topic by finding an image of a 3sk8 and wanted to build one eversince. Since I thought it would be really difficult, I thought about going the “normal” route, but after some frustration due to hangar/motor size and stuff, I decided not to go with the classical approach and go with my original idea of a 3sk8 setup. So, for the rear I am using a custom-CNC’d 90° bracket to mount the rear part (fender, suspension, wheel mount) of this (For boyueda 11 inch electric scooter dual-shock absorber front fork frame aluminum alloy high strength electric scooter accessories Sale - Banggood.com). The motor I am using will be custom made by UU Motor. I am still waiting on the exact specs, but it will be a 600W (I would not be allowed to ride anything higher power here) with 60ish Volts with a max speed of 25km/h (again, any faster would be illegal), with as a high a torque as possible (as I am heavy and live on top of a hill).
Since these trike-setups are relying on the tilting of the rear wheel to turn (akin to a motorbike), their turning radius is often not great. I am hoping to circumvent this by using a surfskate adapter at the front. We’ll see how this goes.
In terms of electronics:
For the battery I am using this (when it comes out): https://www.dewalt.com/products/accessories/batteries-and-chargers/dewalt-flexvolt-20v60v-max-150ah-battery/dcb615 with a 3D printed “socket”. The battery is a 15S battery, so I needed an ESC that can pack quite a punch. I am going for a flipsky 7550 with the flipsky anti spark switch.
I am encasing the ESC with the switch, bluetooth module and Remote control module with a 3D printed case. The remote will be a flipsky VX3 btw.
I am considering adding a disc brake to the rear wheel. All the fixtures are there and I am thinking about using a servo to “pull the lever”, controlled by a seperate RC and maybe running it on a seperate circuit entirely, so if my main circuit fails for any reason, I can still operate that brake.
I have ordered most parts, many of them from china, so it will take a while for them to come. In the meantime I am trying to learn to (surf)skate and actually find it a lot more difficult than I thought =(
I will post pictures of the components and the stages of the board as I build it and let you know about any difficulties and lessons learned =)