3 Safety Tips For Automatic Skateboard Riders

September 19, 2017

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Skateboarding is one of the most popular activities in the United States, with 11 million people reporting that they enjoy skateboarding on a regular basis. There are a lot of places to get skateboards, though only 3.1% of purchases and sales occur in sporting good stores. Skateboards come in a variety of types, though one rising in popularity is the automatic skateboard.

But no matter what type of skateboard you get, electric skateboard or manual, safety is a top priority. Electric powered skateboards can be slightly more dangerous, given that they are often a little faster and move by a motor instead of the user's own power. This makes it important that you follow proper safety tips. Here are a few to keep in mind:

Perform an Inspection Before Use
Every day before you use your board, you should give it a full inspection. In fact, give all your gear a full inspection to make sure that everything is suitable for riding. Check if the nuts are tightened and secure, the wheels are firmly in place, and that the grip tape is strong and doesn't need to be replaced. You should also make sure that there are no cracks or chips in the deck. If you fall and are harmed, it's better to know that it was your fault, and not your board's. 

Keep Your Road In Mind
Gravel is, as always, a skateboarder's worst enemy. It doesn't matter if you're riding an automatic skateboard or a manual one. When you take sidewalk cracks, potholes, litter and other debris into consideration, any normal road can be a dangerous obstacle course. Make sure you know the routes you're taking and what kind of surfaces to expect when you ride. The road should be properly paved and smooth, and you want to avoid wet surfaces. Water can ruin the grip tape and harm the motor. Keep it dry.

Watch Your Surroundings
Be careful when you're on your board and in the city, You should be keeping an ear out for the sounds of car horns and watching out for pedestrians and vehicles at all times. Skateboarding accidents can cause injuries just like any other accident on the road. your safety and the safety of those around you should be a top priority at all times.

These are just a few of the safety tips that you should observe when you're riding an automatic skateboard or even a manual one. And as always, don't forget to wear your helmet!

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ABEC11 107mm Review and COMPETITION - Evolve Skateboards Weekly Ep. 35

October 13, 2017

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. 

You can order them now from our website! www.evolveskateboardsusa.com.


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