So took my board for a test ride yesterday afternoon. A couple of things of note:

  • Top speed: got it to 12mph (20kph) at about 1/4 throttle I wasn’t game enough to take it past that. (I need a better GPS speed app than the one I downloaded). Basically the motor is a beast. This is a massive overkill regarding power.)  It can take off from standstill with me on it.
  • Hills: Went up rather steep hills without a problem.
  • Doesn’t push well when the battery is turned on. There seems to be a lot of force holding the motor in place. When the battery is turned off it rolls well.
  • Remote is twitchy. Because it has so much power pulling the remote a little bit makes it go fast. Some people have mentioned a slow mode. I need to do a bit more investigating on this however I think there is a slow acceleration mode for this ESC but I need to look into it more.
  • Wheel to large cog clearance isn’t good enough (2mm). Thinking bigger wheels maybe some Abec 11 flywheels with the cog wholes. The larger wheels will be better for cracks etc as well.
  • Turning circle rubbish: I say this is due to the cheap drop through trucks which came with the board. So I will need to look at getting nicer trucks.
  • Distance: I haven’t fully charged the battery and ridden it for a long time just yet. With the twitch controller its a little hard to ride.
  • Battery: The Lipo kinda scares me. I keep on hearing storeys of them exploding so it might be an idea to go for something a little less explody like the Lipo4. I’m charging mine in a terrcoatta pot on top of a concrete floor.
  • Wheel cog: After a bit of a ride one of the bolts started pulling itself through the wheel. See close-up. I’m using nylon locking nuts however I’m going to add a washed and second nut on the outside to make sure it doesn’t move anywhere.
  • Heat – The ESC heated up a bit but nothing too bad. Once I’ve got the twitchness of the controller sorted I will get a longer ride on it.

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Picture of the clearance

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Another picture of clearance

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Motor mount clearance

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Picture of th enut pulling through

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Another picture of the nut pulling through

 

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