Given the popularity of Boosted, and my continued admiration of our v2 Dual, I thought it might help to get some information together on living with a v2 Dual (or Dual+), starting with regular checks, maintenance, and wheel hacks/options.
Set-up & Go
There is not much really to set-up on the Duals, a quick general check of the wheels, nuts (optimum tightness), battery status and you are kind of good to go. Oh, yes… read the manual (LOL). It is worth understanding how to set the speed level and turn it all on/off (and the ‘quick-off’ – wheel fully back on the remote while switching off).
The one thing that I would consider changing early if you are a lighter or heavier rider, are the bushings. Boosted say they are 86a (common with most new boards) but they feel stiffer to me, like 89-90a – not an issue, just an observation. Try them, but if you want to change them just get (they are inexpensive) some various different ones from the usual well regarded makes: Bones, BloodO, Oust, Riptide, Venom etc.
Personally, I would set up the bushings like a downhill longboard, with dual barrels or eliminators, but that is just a preference for stability at speed over aggressive carving.
Checks & Maintenance
When we take any of the boards (conventional or electric) out of the under-stairs cupboard, I always do the same quick 30-second check with a standard skate T-tool in hand. At the end of the day, the last thing I want when travelling at 10, 20mph or more is anything jamming, disconnecting, losing grip or breaking.
What I do (usually no more than a minute):
- Check the grip-tape is not coming off.
(turn over the deck)
- Trucks are screwed tight to the deck – no wobble or any movement.
- Bushings are not deformed or cracked.
- Kingpin nuts are not too loose or tight (at their optimum)
- Wheels not torn or cut (and about to shred).
- Wheel nuts not too tight or loose, no lateral movement on the wheel.
- Wheels bearings run smooth and quiet (each wheel) and not rusted.
For the Boosted (and the other e-boards), I then spend a few extra minutes on:
- Battery status, is it charged sufficiently – the remote controller and board.
- Ensuring all exposed electrical connectors are tightly connected.
- All compartments (battery and controller) are tight to the deck.
- The motors & belts being tight and aligned.
- No belt wear or damage – any obvious wear or damage and I will change them (they are inexpensive).
- Remote control wheel/trigger moving freely (not switched on).
- I then switch on the board and put on the ground (I am not stood on it) to give it some resistance; followed by pairing the remote and a quick forward and back of the board on the ground.
Regarding charging the board, I generally leave it and the remote fully-charged after each trip out, primarily as I am not sure when it will go back out. I certainly will not leave the battery fully drained for any time.
Although I know of no fires and problems with leaving the board charging for a long-time (trusting the auto charger cut-out), personally I would still not take the chance of a faulty charger, or using a cheap copy charger, and leave it charging overnight.
I either charge it while I am around (it is a quick charging board and does not take long) or use an inexpensive timer-plug to make sure.
The board with standard-mode battery usually needs an hour or less, but if I use a timer after a long run I set it to 2 hours which always has been sufficient.
Note: Boosted quote: “Every 15 minutes of charge time equates to about a mile of range on both standard and extended range models.”
Long-term Maintenance (or not)
If there is a nick or damage to the belt I will change it – they are inexpensive and I don’t want the risk of it tearing and jamming the wheel while moving. If the bearings sound rusty or dirty I just replace them. I used to clean bearings, but some Zealous Greens are inexpensive and work perfectly, even the big inner drive bearings are not expensive, so I have got lazy and just put new ones in; but if you want to clean them, go ahead.
Bushings only get replaced if there is a tear, fracture or they are deformed (not yet had this on the Boosted, just some of my regular longboards). Again they are inexpensive, so why not.
I have yet to wear out or really damage the wheels, so not had to replace those, other than to change them for a different ride – speed, clearance etc. (see below).
- All wheels off, bearings, spacers and speed-rings/washers off (don’t lose those speed-rings!).
- Belt off nice and smooth (wiggle it and turn the wheels to help); skid-plate off and motor assembly off.
- Take apart the rear truck assembly: kingpin-nut off, bushings, cups and hanger off (and remember to clean inside the hanger cup).
- Front truck apart, same bushings, hanger, cups etc.
- Clean all cables.
I leave the controller and battery box in place and just make sure they are tight to the deck. All really easy (thank you Boosted), just make sure you don’t lose any of the little screws or washers and put the bushings top-side and bottom-side back on in the right order.
First and foremost, take it easy and always wear a helmet.
Most of the time I am riding my boards around London and Richmond, where public transport is easy and getting a broken board home is easy (only happened once); hence, don’t carry anything with me other than a standard skateboard T-tool & 4mm Allen-key to tighten things up that might come loose (I usually check in whatever cafe I stop at).
On the rare occasions that I want to take a few items with me, just in case, I then carry the following:
- Skate T-tool & 4mm Allen-key
- Spare belts
- Chargers (if going more than a standard battery distance)
I don’t have the XR (Extra Range) battery fitted currently because I don’t need it and I like the current weight feel of the board. Virtually all of my riding is social (occasional commute, but rarely is that fun), out with my sons stopping at cafes, 5-7 miles is plenty; I have yet to actually run the battery right down.
If not riding it, I just carry the Dual as I would any longboard, on its side with the wheels away from me, it is heavier but the balance is the same. A few people complain about the grip-tape damaging their clothes, but in many years of longboarding I have never experienced any real damage, but that might be me just wearing bad inexpensive clothing!
If travelling with the board, I use a left-over stroller travel-bag (from a Microlite stroller). Fits nicely and protects the boards from scratches etc. I see a lot of them sold used on ebay and other sites, so a good bargain if you see one or similar.
Wheel Hack Options
The Boosted v2’s Orangatang (Loaded) 80mm Kegel wheels are excellent wheels and I run them on a number of our conventional longboards (inc. with Kaliber Affe and Zenit AB decks) for sometime; however, if you want more clearance on the Boosted for the belt-guards then you have a number of options/hacks to use larger wheels. To me, it seems pointless to put smaller wheels on the v2s, as you are just going to scrape it more frequently and cause damage.
Some of these are just larger replacement wheels that just directly replace the Kegel, using the same pulleys and belts, and others are pulley and belt kits to use larger wheels with a different core (fastening to the pulley).
In using larger wheels, and different pulleys from the standard 56t (56 teeth on the wheel, with 17 teeth on the motor), it is important to note that you are can be impacting the gearing and, therefore, the top-speed and torque – usually only in minor amounts, but it is worth considering in your choice.
- Stock pulley + larger wheel = increase in top-speed and decrease in torque/acceleration.
- Smaller pulley (aka “speed pulley”) + larger wheel = greater increase in top-speed and decrease in torque/acceleration.
- Larger pulley + larger wheel = similar top-speed and torque/acceleration
Regarding replacement pulleys, I would be careful of 3D-printed ones, as opposed to traditional injection molded, depending on what they are printed with they may wear out quicker – not a major issue, but you may want to check them more frequently than the stock ones if they are 3D-printed. You can also 3D-print your own pulleys and some of the websites listed below share blueprints, as well as sell the pulley printed.
One of the other benefits of using different wheels is that you can use non-slick wheels, either tread-cut versions (“harfangs“) or specifically molded-tread wheels. I am highly skeptical of either of these wheel versions helping with wet surfaces, as they just won’t work like a rubber tire with water, but I can see how they would help with the likes of gravel and light rough/grass.
It is important to note, that in changing wheel or pulley you may also need to change the belts, belt cover-guards and/or motor covers.
The following are the wheel options I have found to date (will add more as I find them). I have ordered the 100mm Boa Constrictor wheels and am awaiting (June 2018) for Slick Revolution to sell its kit for their 110cm rough Stuff wheels.
Summary of wheels (that I know of), that can be fitted to v2 Duals:
Using stock pulleys
- 76mm 79a Ahmyo Akasha, white
- 80mm 80a Orangatang Kegel, orange/green (stock)
- 80mm 83a Orangatang Kegel, purple/green
- 90mm 78a Ollin Popoca, black
- 90mm 83a Boa Hatchling, green
- 90mm 77a Enertion R-Spec, black
- 97mm 77a Enertion R-Spec, black
- 100mm 77a Enertion Cross-over (molded-tread), black
- 100mm 83a Boa Constrictor, white or red (normal or red harfang cut-treads)
With replacement pulleys
- 76mm 75a ABEC 11 Flywheels, green/orange
- 83mm 88a Slick Revolution Electric Skateboard, black, green or red
- 83mm 75a Metroboard-ABEC 11, clear red
- 83mm 75a ABEC 11 Flywheels, green/orange
- 83mm 76a Evolve GT Street, orange/black
- 90mm 75a ABEC 11 Flywheels, green/orange
- 97mm 76a Evolve GT, black/white
- 97mm 75a ABEC 11 Flywheels, green/orange
- 97mm 77a Metroboard-ABEC 11, red/black
- 107mm 75a ABEC 11 Flywheels, green/orange
- 107mm 74a Evolve-ABEC 11, black/yellow
- 100mm 78a MBS All Terrain (molded-treads), black, green, orange or blue
- 110mm 85a Slick Revolution Rough Stuff (molded-treads), red or black
- 6” Pneumatic tires
1. Booster Box
USA based Booster Box sells stock and speed pulley kits for the ABEC 11 Flywheels (wheels need to be bought separately), which includes belts and covers; plus motor covers for the Ollin Popoca wheels (see specifics for the wheels below).
USA based Shapeways sells both stock an speed pulleys, plus various guards and skid plates, for the ABEC 11 Flywheels and Evolve wheels (wheels need to be bought separately).
3. EBoard Hacks
USA based Eboard Hacks has a large selection of both stock an speed pulleys, plus belts, for Kegels, Evolve, ABEC 11 Flywheels, MBS molded-treads and 6″ Pneumatics (wheels need to be bought separately).
4. Slick Revolution
UK based Slick Revolution will sell from June 2018 a pulley and belt guard kit for its own 83mm street wheels, large 110mm Rough Stuff molded-tread wheels and the ABEC 11 Flywheels (ABECs need to be bought separately).
5. Eboard Stuff
USA based Eboard Stuff sell kits, including pulleys and wheels, for the 97 and 107mm ABEC 11 Flywheels. Interestingly this using a 68t pulley so should retain the Duals’ top-speed and torque/acceleration with the 97mm wheels and give increase/decrease by 10% on the 107mm wheels. They currently use 3D printed pulleys but are offering a free replacement for late in the year when they move to injection-molded.
6. Boa Wheels
USA based Boa Wheels sells two wheels which use the same core design as the Kegels and therefore can be fitted as a direct replacement using the stock pulley, the 90mm 83a Hatchling and the larger 100mm 83a Constrictor, normal or harfang cut-treads.
7. Ollin Board Company
USA based Ollin Board Compay, similar to Boa Wheels, sells its own wheel, the 90mm 78a Popoca, which uses the same core design as the Kegals and is a direct replacement.
8. ABEC 11 Wheels
USA based ABEC 11 sells 5 sizes (76, 83, 90, 97 & 107mm) of its 75a Flywheel, the most commonly used alternative wheel to the Kegels. All will need a replacement pulley to work with the v2 Duals.
USA based Metroboard sell two ABEC 11 cobranded wheels, an 83mm 75a in clear red and a larger 97mm 77a in solid retro red. Will need a replacement pulley to work with the v2 Duals.
The big e-board maker Evolve sells three sizes of wheel: its own 83, & 97mm GT wheels and a 107mm made with ABEC 11. All will need a replacement pulley.
11. MBS Europe
UK based MBS sells four colours of its 100mm 78a All Terrain molded-tread wheel. A specific replacement pulley is needed.
Australian based company Enertion, similar to Ollin and Boa, sells three wheels compatible with the stock Kegel pulley. 77a Street wheels at 90 and 97mm, and 77a ‘Cross-overs’ (molded-tread) at 100mm. Note, be careful to order the ones for other boards and not the ‘Ouwheels’ for their own Raptor2 board.
French based company Alkamist sells their 76mm 79a Ahmyo Akasha wheels with the same core as the Kegels and there will work with the existing pulley.