November 20, 2017

Evolve Carbon and Bamboo Comparison - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 40

This week we will help you answer the question, which Evolve skateboard is for you - The Carbon or Bamboo series?

We review the Evolve Carbon GT electric skateboard and test it against the three main boards in the Bamboo range - the GTX, the Bamboo GT and the One Board.

This video review is divided up into two main parts.

In the first part we cover specs such as size, deck flex, conversion options, customization and technical aspects.

In the second part we do a few field tests such as
// A 50m sprint test
// A 14 degree / 25% hill climb test (over 100m), and;
// A slide test

We finish with a few personal opinions from some of our ambassadors so that they can give you some insights into why they like certain boards.

At the end of the day though it does come down to personal choice - what kind of look do you like and how to you like your electric skateboard to feel.

The skateboards are tested with their standard wheel configs - so for example the GTX is tested with the 97mm stone ground wheels whereas the Carbon GT is tested with the 83mm GT wheels.

The tests do try to create a fairly balanced set of parameters - for example 50m is a good distance to show overall power without the wheel choice affecting the boards too much.

A bit about the Evolve skateboard features:

Carbon GT: With 3000 watts of on-demand dual brushless sensored motor power, a new wider super-carve truck system for stability whilst enabling tight carves, LCD screen digital remote and a new sleeker, beautifully designed Carbon fiber deck with built-in electrics, this is the most advanced Evolve electric skateboard ever! Available in the F1 inspired GT Carbon Street, or the all new, go anywhere GT Carbon All Terrain.

GTX: If ever the Evolve Carbon GT and the Bamboo GT had a love child, this would be it! The Bamboo GTX series (X meaning Extras) combines the high performance attributes of the Carbon GT and morphs these features into a slick new looking Bamboo deck. We overhauled the Bamboo GT deck with a massive lithium battery whilst fine tuning the deck flex and laser cutting the grip-tape. We then oversized our Evolve GT street wheels to an all new 97mm sizing and blinged out the 3000 watt motors to a gold finish. What’s the result you ask? The ‘Mac Daddy’ of electric bamboo boards capable of reaching speeds of 43km/hr with a huge battery range of up to 50km/charge and a sweet deck flex that allows for a comforting ride!

Bamboo GT: We took the true longboard feel that made the bamboo models so popular, and combined it with 3000W of dual brushless motor power, the new GT remote featuring a digital LCD screen, and the new wider super-carve truck system for stability whilst enabling tight carves. Your ride will feel even smoother with Evolve’s all new GT Series wheel – an 83mm hybrid of all that is good in our favourite skate wheels; grip, softness and durability.

ONE: Evolve Skateboards presents ONE, the single motor series inspired by our earlier generation Pintail and Snubnose designs which helped shape Evolve into what we are today. The bamboo deck has old school characteristics of both the Pintail and Snubnose designs with an added kicktail in the rear of the board with a medium flex allowing for a smooth ride. As far as performance goes, the Evolve ONE has a lot to offer! The powerful 2000 watt sensored brushless outrunner motor allows for a smooth acceleration and braking experience and up to 20% gradient hill climbing ability all on the single drive system. The custom lithium Ion battery gives the rider up to 35km range on a single charge and the new wider Super Carve Truck system allows for stability whilst being able to perform tight turns which lives up to our ethos of making insanely awesome carving machines!

LINKED EPISODES:
Bamboo Series Comparison: https://youtu.be/MZCf8S3OW4w
GTX vs Carbon GT: https://youtu.be/C4K4ImvUbvA
GTX Release Video: https://youtu.be/b0mQi_gnnbQ
One Board Release Video: https://youtu.be/-swB1Oa3DlU

November 20, 2017

Making an Episode & BLOOPERS - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep.39

This week its we go behind the scenes and show you what goes into making an episode of Evolve Weekly. At the end of the episode we also have a series of bloopers that were filmed of the past year.

So far we have released 39 episodes of Evolve Weekly and people often ask us how we choose episode ideas. Our main source of ideas for an episodes comes from the community. We look at comments and suggestions to see what it is you want to watch. For example, customization episodes are often asked for, hence we have created a number of instalments around customising your board including deck designs, wheel choices and lights.
November 20, 2017

Halloween Skate Special - Evolve Skateboards Ep. 38

This week it's our Halloween Skate Special. We feature a number of group rides from around the world to celebrate Halloween! We have group ride videos from Los Angles, London, Paris, Perth and Brisbane.

We had an amazing turn out across all the locations and saw some...interesting costumes - from mummies and zombies to Dragon Ball Z and The Scarecrow. People also found a variety of way to decorate their evolve skateboards with some brilliant light setups and designs. A great effort was made by everyone. The Evolve HQ team handed out a couple of prizes for its group ride with the 1st prize getting a set of ABEC 107s.

We are looking forward to electric skateboards featuring even more prominently in next years Halloween celebrations!

A very special thank to all those who sent in footage from all over the world, including:

SoCal Legend: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDtvXJbmgZqgfYQNpqxcm-A/featured
Samo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgVPyl5NQmKuHPI0Z3Xl2gA
AndyZBox: https://www.youtube.com/user/andyzbox
Matt Glow Ball: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJeZuJZ-aGpa9SM2PldzjIA
Kevsey D: https://www.youtube.com/user/kevsey
c-law-v: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvBUsl92qIcHbE5mIzyYDpw
November 20, 2017

How To Slide Your Board - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 37

In this weeks episode we will give you some tips and trick on how to slide your board. Since the release of our Pro Tips video a few months back, we have got a number of questions around the best way to slide an Evolve skateboard.

Sliding an electric skateboard can be a little different to sliding a normal skateboard or longboard as you have direct control over your speed via a remote and don't necessarily have to be going downhill in order to pick up the speed you need for performing a slide.

In terms of Evolve skateboard tricks - this is one of the most popular. In this video Justin, Nick and Kayne will take you through the steps needed to perform a slide on your board and also cover important aspects such as wheel choice, truck setup and safety gear. Sliding an electric longboard properly does require practice to get right, so make sure you take plenty of time to work on it. The first time you do manage to slide tends to be something you remember :-)

There are many videos on how to slide your longboard but as mentioned, an electric longboard is a little different due to throttle and braking control. This video covers the techniques need to achieve a great slide!
November 20, 2017

Street Wheels Compared - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 36

This week it's a variety of street wheels compared. We will take you through the various street wheel options available for your Evolve Skateboard, explaining the features of each and help determine which is the best skateboard wheel for you!

But before we go any further - its time to announce the **WINNER** of the ABEC11 + Evolve 107s! And the winner is LACHLAN CALLINAN!

Congrats!!! We will be in touch shortly to get your delivery details.

When looking at street wheels for your electric skateboard there are a number of aspects to look at including the size, durometer and wheel features.

Size is important in determining the acceleration and top speed. Generally the smaller the wheel, the faster the acceleration but the lower the top speed. With larger wheels, you give up some acceleration and braking power but have a better top speed.

Durometer is a measure of the wheels hardness. It is a 100 point scale with the higher the number, the harder the wheel. A softer wheel will give you more grip and more comfortable ride whereas a harder wheel will give you a faster, firmer ride.

Amongst the skateboard wheels compared, are:

// Kegel Orangatang Orange - 80mm, 80A
// Kegel Orangatang Purple - 80mm, 83A
// The ABEC11 Flywheel - 83/90/97mm, 75A
// Evolve GTs - 83mm, 76A or 82A
// Evolve 97 Stone Grounds - 97mm, 76A
// ABEC11+Evolve F1s - 107mm, 74A

So which do you think is the best electric skateboard wheel for you?

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November 20, 2017

ABEC11 107mm Review - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 35

This weeks video is on the ABEC 11 107mm Review and Competition! In this video we will give you details on our collaboration with ABEC 11 to deliver a new 107mm electric skateboard wheel! The F1 is the offical name of the new ABEC 11 + Evolve 107 wheel and its designed to bring a completely new feel to your Evolve electric skateboard.

We were very lucky to have an interview with Chris Chaput, owner and president of ABEC11. Chris gives us some great insights into the the creation of the new ABEC11 Evolve F1 107mm wheel as well as some background to ABEC11. Chris is a legend of the sport and former world freestyle champion with ABEC11 producing a huge selection of sizes, shapes, durometers and formulas for every type of skateboarding.

Stay tuned at the end as we will give you information on a competition we are running to giveaway a set of these great new skateboard wheels! You can have a look below for full details.

In terms of specs - The wheel is 107mm in diameter and 55mm in width. It uses the 74A Urethane Reflex formula that ABEC 11 is famous for, giving you a super soft ride. A complete set of wheels weighs about 2kg (4.4 pounds).

This wheel does fit on most of our Evolve electric skateboards including the Carbon GT, Bamboo GT, GTX and ONE board. It will also work on our older Gen 1 Carbon and Gen 2 Bamboo but it won't be compatible with the pintail and snubnose due to wheel bite.

Two things to note - the belt covers won't fit on the board if your are using the 107mm wheels so you will need to take them off but we do have a new belt cover coming in the next few weeks that will be compatible. The GT remote also doesn't have a 107mm setting but we will be updating this shortly.

The ABEC 11 107mm F1 wheel will work with both our 32 tooth and 38 tooth drive gears, but each will give you a different ride. The 38 tooth gear will brake faster but the 32 tooth will give you a faster speed overall (but slightly less breaking performance).

As electric skateboard wheels go - the 107mm wheel feels nice and stable due to its large size and should really transform your Evolve skateboard - giving you a great hybrid option between the standard street wheels and AT tyres. You will feel the bumps far less than with the smaller street wheels and its a real joy to ride.

November 20, 2017

Evolve Riders Worldwide and ABEC 11 Update - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 34

In this weeks episode we highlight some of the awesome videos you have submitted to us. We have some amazing Evolve riders worldwide and we always love to see what you have been up to. We will also give you an update on the new Evolve / ABEC 11 collaboration!

We feature rides from Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, France, the USA and the UK. We will also give you a quick update on our recent trip to the UK and show you a little from our new factory setup over there.

At the end of the video we have an update on the Evolve and ABEC 11 collaboration to create a new 107mm skateboard wheel. The testing phase is now complete and we have ordered a bunch of them. Very soon you will be able to order the new 107mm wheels to put on your Evolve electric skateboard! We will do a full review on the new wheel next week.

Videos We Featured This Week include:

Dublin, Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJO4P1nwFrc
New Zealand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmW2GluEufs
Berlin, Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt3fcChSVYk
Los Angeles, USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GytiOP2hEY
Paris, France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4v_hJDxlZ8
November 20, 2017

Getting MORE RANGE from your Evolve Skateboard - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 33

In this weeks episode we are going to give you some tips on how to get more range and distance from your Evolve skateboard. The team at Evolve Skateboards Australia, USA and UK will give you some of their insights on how to travel further on a single battery charge.

When looking at factors around increasing the range or distance an electric skateboard can travel, there are three main factors - environment, riding style and skateboard setup. Each of these play an important part in how much battery is used and thus the ultimate range of your ride.

The range of an electric skateboard is an important factor to a lot of riders, especially those that want to commute on their boards. The Evolve electrics skateboards are some of the longest range boards you can buy on the market and are rated to travel a distance of up to 50 kilometres on a single charge. Commuting on an Evolve electric skateboard is one of the best ways to start and finish your day so if you haven't tried it already, we recommend you give it a go.

Environmental Aspects:
This includes elements such as wind, rough surfaces vs smooth surfaces, hills and riding through a city.

Riding Style Aspects:
This includes pumping your board, how to best carve, how to ride up a hill efficiently, the benefits of kick-pushing to start, Fast vs GT mode and remote trigger control.

Setup Aspects:
This includes factors like clean bearings, speed cream and AT wheels vs street wheels

We recently performed a range test with Carbon GT vs a GTX and surpassed the rated range of 30 kilometres on All Terrain tires. You can see that video here: https://youtu.be/C4K4ImvUbvA We will be doing a number of other range and distance tests soon!

November 20, 2017

Evolve Bamboo Series Comparison - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 32

In this weeks episode we look at an Evolve Bamboo Series comparison to help you determine which is for you. The current Evolve skateboards bamboo series has three electric skateboards - The Evolve GTX the Evolve GT and the Evolve ONE board. We will be looking at doing a range of different tests including:

// a sprint test to determine speed and acceleration
// a slide test to determine manoeuvrability
// a big hill test to determine power

We also give the board to a rider who has never ridden an evolve skateboard before and ask them which evolve bamboo is best?

All the boards we used were setup in street configuration to standard specifications. We repeated each test multiple time and took the average result of all the test. In each test the rider was the same - using multiple boards.

In this evolve skateboard review we cover:

Sprint Test - The first test is a sprint test to see which was the fastest board over a 50 metre distance. This is a good indication os speed and acceleration. Each board did this twice

Slide Test - In this test we asked the rider to do a 180 slide to see how easy it was to manoeuvre the board. Each board did this test three times.

Big Hill Test - In this test we rode the boards up a 14 degree / 25% gradient hill. This is basically a very steep hill. It was also a long hill at 100 metres. All boards were in GT mode (PRO mode for the ONE). We did this test twice for each board.

First Time Perspective - We also include a perspective from someone how has never ridden an evolve electric skateboard, to tell us which is his favourite.

A little bit about each board:

GTX: If ever the Evolve Carbon GT and the Bamboo GT had a love child, this would be it! The Bamboo GTX series (X meaning Extras) combines the high performance attributes of the Carbon GT and morphs these features into a slick new looking Bamboo deck. We overhauled the Bamboo GT deck with a massive lithium battery whilst fine tuning the deck flex and laser cutting the grip-tape. We then oversized our Evolve GT street wheels to an all new 97mm sizing and blinged out the 3000 watt motors to a gold finish. What’s the result you ask? The ‘Mac Daddy’ of electric bamboo boards capable of reaching speeds of 43km/hr with a huge battery range of up to 50km/charge and a sweet deck flex that allows for a comforting ride!

GT: We took the true longboard feel that made the bamboo models so popular, and combined it with 3000W of dual brushless motor power, the new GT remote featuring a digital LCD screen, and the new wider super-carve truck system for stability whilst enabling tight carves. Your ride will feel even smoother with Evolve’s all new GT Series wheel – an 83mm hybrid of all that is good in our favourite skate wheels; grip, softness and durability.

ONE: Evolve Skateboards presents ONE, the single motor series inspired by our earlier generation Pintail and Snubnose designs which helped shape Evolve into what we are today. The bamboo deck has old school characteristics of both the Pintail and Snubnose designs with an added kicktail in the rear of the board with a medium flex allowing for a smooth ride. As far as performance goes, the Evolve ONE has a lot to offer! The powerful 2000 watt sensored brushless outrunner motor allows for a smooth acceleration and braking experience and up to 20% gradient hill climbing ability all on the single drive system. The custom lithium Ion battery gives the rider up to 35km range on a single charge and the new wider Super Carve Truck system allows for stability whilst being able to perform tight turns which lives up to our ethos of making insanely awesome carving machines!

LINKED EPISODES:
GTX vs Carbon GT: https://youtu.be/C4K4ImvUbvA
GTX Release Video: https://youtu.be/b0mQi_gnnbQ
One Board Release Video: https://youtu.be/-swB1Oa3DlU
November 20, 2017

Batteries, Motors and Knock-Off Evolve Skateboards - Evolve Weekly Ep. 31

This week we answer some of the popular questions we are seeing on social media - mainly around Evolve batteries, motors and knock-off evolve skateboards.

Jeff will take you through a number of key FAQs evolve has been getting.
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