Every cloud has a silver lining (sorry Graham)… I have an estimated guest in the stable, a dual-motor Boosted. My friend, Graham, has unfortunately broken his leg and can’t board for a while, so has lent me his prized Boosted electric longboard… now known (unfairly) as “leg-breaker“; note: it could have been any board that caused his tumble, it was not down to anything particular with the Boosted.
First impression (compared to the Yuneec we have and a borrowed Evolution) is of a nicely balanced (flex-stiffness) board, great wheels (the big 8cm Kegels) and a smooth controller; however, the controller catches me out with its deadman’s trigger. If the trigger is released, which is easy to do, the board slows down to a halt; not really an issue, just something to get used to.
Will step it up from baby mode this weekend, if the weather is good.
I have been looking at getting a new electric board to go alongside the early Yuneec Go my older son uses.
My concern with all the electric boards is support for when things break, as looking at all of them, and talking to my friends with electric boards, they are all new designs, early generations from new companies; plus, living outside the US, support is not always easy or just nonexistent.
Mellow Boards (www.mellowboards.com) caught my attention as they are a German company and, hence, support should be easier for me in the UK; plus, I like the concept of attaching the unit to a longboard of my choice. Also looks very promising with the in-hub motors and swappable battery. Time to do some more research and find someone with one.
Re support in the UK (proper support, not just return to Amazon), so far I have found I can get it locally for from just two: Evolve and Slick Revolution.
Most of the high-profile names right now, getting good reviews: Boosted, InBoard etc. are sadly still US only companies that will ship (with excessive import duties) to the UK and Europe, but not offer anything more. The reality is, that it is still early days for these start-up companies and most don’t yet have their distribution and international retail networks organised. Give it a few years and those of us outside the US should be better served, however, it does make you wonder how many of the current start-ups will be around in a few years time, which is another concern I would have in buying any electric board right now.