Every skateboarder, whether riding an electric or non-electric board has experienced a speed wobble.
In fact, every single board will speed wobble if you push it too hard, it’s basic physics really…
Not only is wobbling terrifying, but they can lead to some pretty nasty falls and injuries.
That’s why you’re here! (To prevent that from happening!)
How To Prevent Speed Wobbles
Tighten Things Up!
One of the most common causes of speed wobbles are loose bearings, trunks, and wheels…
When things are loose, they start to move and jiggle around. Too much jiggle is no good!
And the faster you go the more things start to jiggle. This is where the speed wobble comes from.
If you want to prevent this in the first place, all you have to do is some simple maintenance.
By tightening up, you could save yourself a nasty fall and injury.
Loosen Things Up!
Too loose is certainly not good, and neither is being too tight. We’re trying to avoid both extremes, and surprisingly, if your board's hardware is too tight and stiff, it could cause you to wobble.
So how do you know if your board’s nuts, wheels, trucks, and parts are too tight?
- 1. If you put your soul and all your effort into tightening the pieces down, it’s way too tight. (Always tighten things until you find yourself struggling to tighten anymore, but once you reach this threshold… STOP!)
- 2. If your trunks don’t move, bend, or react to you touching them, they are too tight.
Loosen them puppies up. It's all about finding balance!
Fix Your Form
When you ride, if you place the majority of your weight on your back leg, I’m afraid to tell you that you are doing it wrong…
When the weight is at the back, the front end is less in touch with the ground. When you start to speed up the front will naturally act on it’s own and start to oscillate.
You should be placing your weight on the front of the board... After all the front is where you steer. Just like a car, you can’t steer with the back wheels.
It’s also a good idea to bend your knees, find a lower stance, relax, and find your center of gravity. Try this next time and you’ll notice a major difference.
Ride More/Build Ankle Strength
Riding experience is one of the biggest, if not biggest causes of speed wobbles.
Beginners are much more susceptible to oscillation for one reason, their ankles!
It’s kinda like ice skating. The first few times you go ice skating you have poor ankle stability/strength. This is why almost all beginners constantly fall, can’t find their balance, and fail over and over.
Same goes for riding your e-board.
The first few times your ride, you won’t have a feel of good balance. Your ankles and feet will get sore/ache both during and after your ride. But the more experience you gain, the better your ankles will feel, and the less you’ll wobble!
So don’t worry, it gets better with time.
Update Your Boards Software…
If your e-board comes with an app you can download on your smartphone, make sure you are regularly updating the board's firmware.
Keeping your boards computer up to date will not only improve your performance but also fix bugs that may be causing you issues.
It won’t guarantee a solution to those pesky speed wobbles, but it’s worth a shot!
Slow The F’ Down!
Yea, sometimes there’s no other way to put it…
"Speed wobbles on skateboards are like taxes on your paycheck, they’re part of life."
And sometimes the only way to prevent them is by not getting up to that speed in the first place.
As soon as you start to feel a wobble hit, take it back a notch and pump the brakes very lightly! Common sense here guys.
Pushing the speed limit any further is going into the danger zone! Especially with electric skateboards!
Regular skateboards are harder to wobble since the top speed is based on how fast you push the board.
However, electric skateboards are motorized and the faster e-boards can hit speeds of almost 30 mph or more. That’s a recipe for wobbling yourself to hell.
Be Wary Of Hills
Going uphill is never a problem.
Going downhill can be…
Going down a hill can lead to massive speed build-up. Luckily, electric skateboards have breaks, so be sure to pump the slowly to avoid hitting maximum velocity and speed wobbling to hell!
Speed wobbles suck.
But they don’t have to be the end of your riding days.
Sometimes you have to experience the bad to appreciate the good. The same goes for skateboarding and anything else in life.
Follow the solutions above and I guarantee you will see fewer speed wobbles.
Be safe and keep on riding!