Interesting Gear: Baja Board

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The engineering masterpiece and off-terrain monster the Australian Baja Board. Now shipping from Germany, although it is not clear if it is also supported by the German distributor/warehouse, as opposed to having to get fixes and parts from Australia. I love the engineering and looks, but at €4.500 it is way above my next board budget {sigh}. Lovely.

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Youtube Advert for Baja Board

Interesting Gear: Next Boards

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Ever wondered what the world speed record is for an electric longboard? It is a very scary 60mp/h (95.8 km/h) by Mischo Erban using a prototype from the Slovenia company  Next Boards.

Their high-spec carbon-fiber production board (but not the best looker) is currently available for pre-order.

 

 

The top Speed depends on the battery ordered, with the top-spec 12S battery taking the board up to a supposed 68 mph (110km/h).

 

  • Deck length 103 cm
  • Deck wheelbase 75 cm
  • Weight 800 g only
  • Motors 4x NGV 2000W 180kv BLDC inwheel motors

Video of Wolrd Record: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=37&v=roO4P0cTN48

Interesting Gear: JayKay E-trucks

The Germann company JayKay have been developing their innovative electric board trucks (battery and hub-motor in the trucks) and wireless gesture controls for some time. The new wireless controller uses arm gestures, rather than the initial finger movement detection.

I really like the idea, as with the interesting Mellow kit, of fitting the motor parts to your own boards; it would be great to add something like this to my beloved old-style pintails. My main reservation with the JayKay is just the strength of the small battery built into the trucks, but one to watch and see how it matures.

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Interesting Gear: Raven-1

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Spotted a new interesting European e-board maker, Arex Motors, based in Lithuania with their Raven-1 board. Sold in the usual 1 and 2 belt-motor configurations, using lightweight airline-approved batteries. Currently being promoted for advance orders on Indiegogo.

There are lots of new e-boards now out (counted over 20 this year – most of them direct from China) and, unless you are very competent mechanically and electrically, I would hold off on any new maker until they have proven themselves. There are just way too many case-studies of new e-board launches with long delays, recalls, poor support and, quite frankly, board disasters. I will stick with our long-termers for now, but watch interestingly how Arex and others get on.

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