This is the inboard m1 it’s a Kickstarter electric skateboard from a company called inboard on santa cruz california after over a year of follow-up work to get it out to backers we can finally put a production version of this high-end bored through its paces at 1399 comparisons to the popular 1499 boosted boards are inevitable and yes.
the specs are closed inboard claims that the m1 can go 24 miles per hour boosted board can go 22 miles an hour the board has a range of around seven miles and the standard boosted board also has a range of about seven miles but really these boards couldn’t be more different the biggest difference between the two boards are the motors the m1 uses something called hub motors where the motors actually sit inside of the wheel itself this gives the m1 a much cleaner look with only a single well hidden wire sneaking up into the motor from beneath the truck boosted board.
on the other hand uses a belt-driven mother I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting there to be too much of a difference between these motorized but there definitely is the hub motors feel a lot more like blinding where Bell motors feel like you’re directly in control of the power at lower speed hub motors feel sluggish in kind of bad where belt motors give you an immediate kick at takeoff but at top speed riding on the m1’s hub motors feels a lot like a smooth luxury car ride where the belt motors feel kind of like writing an angry wild animal on a phone call with ryan evans
one of the inboard founders i was told that one of the biggest reasons why the company decided to go with hub motors is because they can be programmed the hot water allows us to operate performance and change the performance of the wheel over time like racing engine ways because everything is electromagnetically versus having like a belt system where we’re going to really change the way the motor works we would have to issue a new artwork basically entire to do probably to one of them boards engineers claimed to have complete control of the motor performance from torque to the acceleration curve the second biggest difference is the deck itself the m1 uses a high-tech composite for that’s extremely stiff and this has a huge impact on how it feels to ride.
the stiffness gives the m1a stable field that’s good for true beginners and experts who need control at top speed this is a major departure from the boost board has an extremely flexible bamboo deck in my opinion the flexible deck of the boost board is a lot more fun and meddling speeds but if you’re going somewhere in a hurry you can’t beat the luxury feel of the m1 at top speed one area where the m1 really shines however is its battery it’s truly swappable meaning that you can drain the battery in the board completely and swap in a fully charged battery in less than a minute that means that the m1’s range isn’t really limited 27 miles it’s limited how many of the companies $249 batteries you can afford and carry there are other nice touches on the m1 as well like a touch-sensitive underbelly for pairing with the app as well as the front and rear leds .
one thing that isn’t so great as the remote there’s a lot of play in the throttle which sometimes makes you wonder if you’re really in control the board in my version there are also several different signaling mechanisms the remote beeps vibrates and flashes lads when you’re on the board it sometimes impossible to figure out why it seems to be unhappy as it rumbles at you I’ve been told this is an overvoltage warning but at times have been confused with the board is trying to tell me so is the m1 fit to sit at the high end of the electric skateboard market the company is still very young to the m1 seems to have hidden depths just when you think you’re at max speed there’s a little more and just when you think you couldn’t break in time you can the m1 is a luxury board that’s very good today it may even be great tomorrow and we’re down and read Kathy cool.