Today Was BoardUp Research Day

I think I’ve watched all available YouTube videos people have posted about the BoardUp folding kick skateboard. Playlist.

BoardUp seeded a lot of YouTubers with their board. So there’s a variety of videos with it being used in different places.

Braille Skateboarding abused the hell out of an earlier version in a video. That board can take a lot of punishment without breaking.

My jaw dropped when I hit this video:

Meepo swap with BoardUp folding longboard

All of the Meepo board components are bulkier than the Mellow Drive setup, yet the BoardUp still folded. He also did a photo album of the work in progress. eSk8 Science!

Reading the BoardUp specs, I was surprised to find it uses 6-inch trucks. Ronnie Sarmiento’s Mellow Drive has 7-inch trucks. This puzzled me. So, I compared two video images. One is from a Justin Bravo video, the other from Ronnie’s. And I discovered something.

Justin Bravo:

Ronnie Sarmiento:

That’s weird. The front truck with the Mellow wheels seems to be the same size. I got suspicious and saw the answer in this:

Notice the Mellow Drive rear truck (left). It’s black. The front truck (right) is silver. Ronnie kept the 6-inch BoardUp truck and just swapped the wheels with the ones from Mellow. He confirmed this at YouTube:

Yeah, I didn’t want to mess with the folding mechanism in the truck

I didn’t even know just swapping the wheels and using different-sized trucks like that was a possibility.

I think the BoardUp is what I want for a skateboard. It has the portability that’s been the highest priority for me. I think all other boards I’ve been considering are no longer valid choices.

What I need to decide on is what electric drive to use with it. I can’t afford the Mellow Drive. The Ride Unlimited R Kit is still too new to risk. The Onan Booster is a possibility. But so is the DIYeboards swappable battery kit.

Previously here:

Reference: eSkateboard Weight Frustration
Mellow Drive On A Folding Skateboard
eSkateboards category

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