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Quick review of Yuneec e-go cruiser as there aren't that many of those around. I'll try to mention things I was wondering and wasn't able to find out about online. I'm also lazy, so not that many links in this text, use google.



This is a chepaest longboard of a new generation (lipo batteries, sub 10kg) with also one of the best specs.

Weight

6 kg, one of the lightest boards around, until marbel comes out and changes the playing field.

Range

Official site claims 30km range. My experience in the real world is closer to 10km.

Speedo

I'm a dumb kid, I like going fast, and top speed of this board is 20 km/h which seemed slow, but its not. Longboard is not a bicycle, small obstacles would become too dangerous at higher speeds. In order to safely achieve higher speeds in city like environments wheels would have to be at least two times bigger, and then this wouldn't be a typical longboard anymore and it wouldn't be light.

Misc

The board is not totally quiet but the noise is nothing too much, some people might even enjoy it.

I don't feel comfortable climbing up sidewalk borders higher then ~5 cm, not sure if it's the lack of experience or just not the thing you would normally do with a 6kg longboard.

Its not waterproof. It will handle some splashing but it happened a few times that I couldn't turn it off before it dried. Its easy to entirely disassemble and assemble, you even get the tool for it with the board.

Hacking

Yuneec is not friendly about it. I asked. But I'm guessing the board itself would be pretty friendly. Speed could be changed in order to kill myself more easily, I'm light, I'm pretty sure it could go faster then it does, I could for example just change the transmission, or perhaps replace the firmware or the speed controler entirely. And regarding the remote controler, the board supports bluetooth connection to iphone, this could be reversed and a custom controler could be made, for example just a glove which measures how bent your fingers are.

Customer Support

Great, if you talk to European branch. Asian branch is slow to respond if they respond, with bad english. After a week my wheel randomly fell off, the bearing broke. These are good longboard bearings and they said they've never seen this happen before, in a few days I've received a whole new set of wheels.

Conclusion

I never skateboarded but got a hang of it pretty quickly regardless of my awful computer programmer leg coordination. Had it for about a month. The better I get the more fun I have, and I keep thinking how "I could be skating right now". There is like 10% of the people that go insane when they try it and they seem to be ready to sell their soul to satan to get one.

It does perfectly what it intends to do, it's called a cruiser and its a great product for fun commuting.

It turned out that I really like this technology and I'll get a Evolve carbon board which seems to be the best board I can buy right now, its heavier, with big wheels and costs as much as a car so its definetely not for everyone, but putting it out there also. Marbel board looks like an e-go killer, but its not out yet.

When buying, I've made this quick table, haven't found comparisons like this online surprisingly, so I'll share this too.

board speed range weight price

marbel 40kmh 20km 4.4kg 1299 usd

e-go 20kmh 30km 6.3kg 750 usd

bamboo 38kmh 30km 8kg 1240 usd

bamboo terrain 35kmh 15km 10kg

carbom street 38kmh 40km 8.5kg 1700 usd

carbon terrain 35kmh 25km 10.5kg 2000 usd

boosted 32-35kmh 10km 6-7kg 1300 usd

z-board pro 32kmh 20km 11kg 750 usd

Long Term

Owned the board for about 4 months now. I've had a lot of hardware issues. Luckily, the support is very good. Drive wheel fell off - bearing broke, they sent me new wheels. Then, the whole board randomly died, shipped it to them, they fixed it, it randomly died again a week later in a slightly different way, shipped it again, waiting to get it back. deliveries in eu are fast (3-4 days one way) but still, the whole process takes at least 10ish days when there is an issue like this. I think 25% of the time I've owned the board, I couldn't use it.

I also met another person which owned a board for much longer then me, treats it badly, and have had 0 issues.

Video

Sat Mar 07 2015 16:46:43 GMT+0100 (CET), 45 months ago

hello world

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