I’d like to keep this board light so I can commute with it!
I’ve taken a look at a few builds and I see a lot of them that are heavy with a big (ugly…sorry) middle battery box. Only the high ends like Lacroix look nice.
What do I need to think about to keep this build on the lighter side?
Will keeping things lighter mean more expensive build?
I’m trying to keep the budget around $800 and I’ve heard that i need a 1.2k budget minimum.
I was also thinking of buying this one and doing a deck swap.
Final note, would love to see some relatively cheap AT builds!
If you’re not going to use regular longboard trucks, you need tipped ends or angled risers. Channel trucks like trampa/mbs/kaly/the ones in the for sale thread you linked, need around 35 degrees of angle in order to turn correctly, so they won’t work on the deck you have w/o angled risers.
Anyways, your first hurdle is going to be coming up w/ an enclosure that fits the deck.
An AT build for $800 is pretty much impossible. I’ve got what I would consider a bare minimum AT build, and it rings up at about $1.3k paying off the shelf prices. If you’re as patient and lucky as I’ve been, you might be able to get it closer to 1k.
I actually don’t mind it or even think it looks nice - as long as the box isn’t too high
I think that even 1.2k is tight if you use regular DIY esk8 parts and don’t do something like the deck swap you proposed. I already spent around 3k€ on my MTB build (including some upgrades and spare parts).
Basically lighter means either more expensive or (way) less powerful. So you need to decide what you want and need in terms of power and range.
You can save a lot of weight by going single vs dual drive, very small battery vs large battery, 50xx vs 63xx or even 80xxx, belt vs gear or chain. These things will also cost less. But then you will have a very underpowered, tiny range board that isn’t very agile.
There are also weight saving parts that are more expensive than the regular ones, like e.g. Vertigo vs Infinity trucks, Holypro vs HS11. But the difference is marginal.
Also an undertray battery enclosure costs way more than a waterproof top mounted box.
As a side note: I wouldn’t recommend foot straps for a commuter, except you ride 100% off road without any street. Because foot straps are very dangerous in traffic.
I‘m super happy with my top mount boxes.
It’s cheaper, it’s easier to waterproof, I can use one battery pack for different boards, I can take the battery off to store them save when I’m back home and I do not need to worry that I crack the enclosure/damage cells when bottom out or rub over stones.
I didn’t like the look when I started with esk8 stuff. Meanwhile my opinion changed on it. Definitely like the look of my boxes
No one has called out that deck swap idea so I will.
It could totally work, but you have have to restructure the battery. The battery in that board is built as a flat pack which goes underneath the deck and does move or flex.
If you try to do that, just take it off one board and strap it to the mtb, that’s going to equal problems. Like @Andy87 and @ducktaperules were talking about, mtb decks flex a lot, so the battery needs to be build specifically for that, allowing it to flex with the board.
You mentioned lacroix, notice how the enclosure is in separate segments? This allows the battery to flex when the deck does. That’s another part of the reason most people top mount when building with these types of decks
use lipo batteries (more energie dense than li ion but has may be half the life span than li ion) with top mount batteries. Just get a cheap pelicase. Sure I understand it is ugly but you are on a budget and that is your top priority. My mtb is going to look super clean, but guesse what? It’s costing me 2.5k
with little motors like 6355 I would choose no more than 8" tires, 7" would be good.
Everything you said, I agree with and would only be repeating by giving my ¢0.02.
@bwahl602 did some interesting math the other day about threaded inserts.
I have ~20 in my bottom mount enclosure, and only 4 in my top mounted box.
I have yet to raw weigh them for an exact measure but I quote
“The biggest difference (brass) is the weight. The soft inserts weigh 0.032 ounces each. The hardwood weighs 0.212 ounces each. Multiply that by 24 for some of these MTB enclosures and you could be adding 1/4 to 1/2 a pound to the board’s weight.”