So I thought I would do a bit of a list of the things that I’m going to need to create you electric skateboard and approximate prices.
The board: $60
I was looking around for a longborad deck only and I saw a cheap longboard complete deck, bearings, wheels and all. Given it was the same price as a deck I thought I would buy it and give it a go. Even if its terrible it could be a nice testing ground for something better.
Link to a similar one on ebay it your interested: ebay link here
Now if you wanted a decent longboard setup.
Deck: $150 (Anywhere from $60-$250)
Lots of choose check out daddies boardshop
Bearings: $15 – $35
Most of the longboard blogs recommend Bones (reds are the cheaper ones and Swiss are the higher end)
Trucks: $45 a pair
Paris 180mm or Randal 180mm reverse kingpin trucks are consistent favourites. Paris come in a range of colours if that’s your thing. I’m also a little interested in the Gullwing sidewinder for the carvability. You can find these pretty easy on ebay. Many ebay stores do decent truck and wheel packages for a good price. eg here
Now the list of longboard is extensive. however I’m leaning towards the Abec 11 flywheel because of the flywheel whole should give you something to screw a gear through. Check out the youtube video for longboard wheels explained.
Bolts spacers etc: $10
Good longboard deck total: So for those keeping score your up looking at the very least $175 – $275 mark for a nice longboard setup, depending on deck selection.
I’ll continue with the electronics part in the next installment……