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GT Series

GT Series FAQs

Some frequently asked questions about the new 2016 GT Series Carbon & Bamboo models

How long will the battery last and how long does it take to recharge?

Bamboo street - up to 18 miles and 2-3 hr recharge time

Bamboo AT - Up to 9 miles and 2-3 hr recharge time

Carbon street - Up to 24 miles and 4-5 hr recharge time

Carbon AT - Up to 18 miles and 4-5 hr recharge time

Carbon GT Street - Up to 30 mile range depending on conditions

Carbon GT AT - Up to 19 miles range depending on conditions

These specs are tested on fairly flat ground with a few small inclines. Battery life depends on factors such as weight of rider, terrain, inclines and also the way the rider uses the trigger. On the AT boards, battery range can vary if PSI levels get below 40PSI.

Can I ride the board up hills?

Yes. The boards inclines of up to 25% gradient, in other words INSANELY STEEP for the GT series boards. Riding on hills can be very dangerous, what goes up must come down! So if you ride up an insanely steep hill and you intend to ride down this same hill, this is extremely dangerous and you must know how to control your speed without the use of the electric brakes if ever there was a malfunction or there was a situation where the brakes fail.

How fast does it go?

This varies depending on the rider weight, terrain and slope. On a good flat road/footpath the bamboo series and carbon street board can reach speeds of 21-24 mph per hour. However the boards are not about speed more-so about carving and cruising.

Can I upgrade my current board to Evolve GT setup and performance?

As the GT is an all new design, we are not able to upgrade previous generation boards to this setup. Both the electronics and physical design are significant to the performance of the GT – we required a complete redesign that will not be compatible with previous generation boards.

Will the GT 7” tires work on my previous gen board?

In short, sort of. Our tires will fit on the MBS hubs used in our previous carbon series, but we have not designed a new drive gear yet. The 7” tire will offer more torque and better off track torque, at the expense of top speed. 3 mph drop in speed has been seen in testing.

Can I use other AT Wheels or Tires on the Evolve GT

We designed the 7” Evolve AT wheels to be long lasting, high grip all terrain wheels. They are the perfect complement to the Evolve GT series. We have tested MBS 8” tires on our hubs with success, but the hubs are not compatible with the standard bearings offered with the GT quick change setup. Similar tires may work, we advise checking for wheelbite before any use with unmentioned tires.

What skate wheels can I use on the Evolve GT?

Our current favorite is our own Evolve GT Street wheels. We took the best bits of our favorite wheels and mashed them together for a wheel perfect for our electric skateboard! But if black isn’t your color, we still have a large selection to choose from! We have drive gears for the Orangatang Kegel wheels, and gears that work with the ABEC11 Flywheel hubs. These wheels come in quite a few variations so there are sure to be a set perfect for you!

We also have plans to expand options, so stay tuned for future developments!

Is the Evolve GT waterproof?

In testing, the board held up quite well to instances of water. However due to the greater issue that comes with wet conditions – slippery surfaces – we have decided not to state waterproofing a priority feature in our design. A greater priority to Evolve is safe use of our boards. With the power available from the GT, combined with slippery conditions, our testing showed high potential for involuntary safety risks using electric skateboards in wet conditions. For this reason, we strongly advise against use in wet environments .

How can I get the best range from my skateboard?

ECO mode has been designed specifically for this purpose, and all our advertised ranges and testing has been conducted in this mode. Averaging 12mph with gentle trigger control and not exceeding speed much is the key. Our tests were carried out in mostly flat conditions, with an 176 lb rider, and weight will affect this range somewhat with reference to this. Ensuring proper charging and board maintenance will also give the best opportunity for a long ride!

How Fast can I go on the Evolve GT?

A lot of factors ultimately control speed. Weather conditions, surface conditions battery charge level, riding style, rider profile and significantly board setup. The GT series is available with a range of wheel options, as well as additional gearing options. A smaller wheel or bigger gear will offer more torque, whereas a bigger wheel or smaller gear will increase top speed. A rough guide for what to expect can be gauged in the following table, referencing gear options and some available wheel sizes.

Wheel Size (mm)       Standard GT Gear       38 Tooth Gear
                            Mph                     Mph
     80                    21.5                    18
     83                    22                      18.5
     90                    24                      20.5
     97                    26                      21.7

Can I use the Evolve GT Remote with a non-GT board?

To offer GT level performance, we redesigned the skateboard from the ground up. The result is an all new design, with functionality not compatible with components outside the GT series design.

How do the speed modes work on the Evolve GT Skateboard?

The Evolve GT has FOUR speed modes. SLOW, ECO, FAST & GT.

A lot of time has been spent refining each of these modes to perfectly match the mode selected and offer smooth consistent trigger control. While there is a lot involved, the most noticeable affect of each mode will be the torque. As a percentage, a rough guide to these is as follows:

SLOW mode will offer around 20% of available power, with a limited top speed – perfect to learn on.

ECO mode offers around 40% of available power, with more speed but limited to be ideal for cruising and achieving maximum range.

FAST mode offers 60% of available power (still plenty!), and the full range of speed. Our preferred mode for the best balance of performance.

GT mode offers the full 100% power available to attack the steepest hills and provide relentless acceleration!

WARNING: FAST and GT mode offer performance capabilities not suitable for beginners AND can allow the rider to get in situations that may increase risk in operation. Riders must understand the power this board can offer must be respected for safe use.