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Evolve is the most expensive brand of electric skateboards on the market.

Yeah I said it, if you want to buy one of their boards, you’re going to have to do more than pinch a few pennies.

With boards that offer extreme speed and long range, it’s no surprise that many people are attracted to the Evolve brand just based on pure performance alone.

But are they the real deal? And should you purchase one with all the other options on the market?

Jeff Anning, The Brains Behind Evolve

Evolve was founded by Jeff Anning an Australian landscaper who saw an opportunity rise when he watched a motorized electric skateboard ride around a parking lot. He staggered at the site the rider wasn’t pushing the board with his feet.

Feeling inspired, Jeff bought himself his own electric skateboard and found the joy of riding it, but at the same time Jeff pondered at how he could increase the performance and use real skateboard parts instead of low quality and heavy materials.

Knowing this Jeff realized he could increase the quality, speed, and overall rider experience. For the next 3 years, using his entrepreneurial spirit, Jeff learned the mechanics and created prototypes that lead to what we know as Evolve Skateboards today.

According to Evolves website “Ultimately, Jeff discovered that a high quality 260 watt motor was able to reach a top speed of around 37kms/hr or 23mph. This proves that you don't need excessive power in a motor when all the mechanical components are top notch and optimized to work perfectly in unison.”

Jeff proved his own point, and focused on quality mechanics and engineering to increase performance, rather than just increasing the size of the motor or battery.

Today, Evolve is known as one of the top electric skateboard brands on the market, right behind Boosted and Inboard. The company brought in about $14 million in 2017, and will surely continue to grow.

Jeff prioritizes marketing the Evolve brand, claiming it’s a big factor in selling and showing off his electric skateboards. Every Friday night, Evolve comes out with a new video showing off the boards, to help increase exposure and the companies brand awareness. You can check out Evolve’s videos on their Youtube channel.

Electric Skateboards

At the current moment, Evolve sells three different electric skateboard models on their website. They differ in style, design, performance, and price.

Each board comes in different options based on the wheel setup you like:

    • Street
    • All-Terrain
    • 2-In-1

Very simply, if you ride solely on pavement and roads, buy the ‘street’ wheel setup. If you ride on rougher surfaces like dirt, you purchase the ‘all terrain’ wheel setup.

But if you want to take advantage of riding both on the streets and on different style terrain like dirt and gravel, purchase the 2-In-1 setup, which comes with both the ‘all-terrain’ and ‘street’ sets of wheels. It’s a little extra but if you can’t pick between the two wheel setups, it’s worth the money. You can simply interchange them when you like simply by using the T-tool.

We’ll dive into the different boards and what makes each one unique below.

Bamboo GTX

This board retails for a pricey $1,780 for both the street and all terrain models. The 2-in-1 is even more and comes out to $1,980.

Regardless, this board still boasts some pretty impressive stats when it comes to performance. This is due to the Bamboo GTX being a revamped and improved version of their already spec-heavy Carbon GT, but substituted with a lighter maple-bamboo deck.

Performance Features:

    • 26 MPH Top Speed
    • 31 Mile Range (Damn!)
    • 25% Hill Climb Rate
    • 220 lb Max Load
    • 4-5 Hour Recharge Time - Faster 2.5 Hour Charger Available On Website
    • Remote - Unique ergonomic design with magnetic trigger controls for smooth acceleration and braking
    • Remote provides information on an LCD digital screen that tracks speed, distance and board diagnostics (this remote is astounding, and the only company I know that makes one this high quality)
    • Safety/Deadman switch
    • 38” Deck Length
    • 19.4 lbs (Street) - 21.6 lbs (All-Terrain)
    • Four speed modes (GT, FAST, ECO & SLOW)

 

Although the high price tag, I am super impressed by the board. The 31 mile range is possibly the best on the market. You’ll have no problem commuting anywhere. I will say the board is heavy and difficult to carry, but hopefully you won’t be doing much of that anyways.

Bamboo GT

A cheaper version of the GTX, the Bamboo GT still offers great specs for a few hundred dollars cheaper. The street and all-terrain models retail for $1,489 and the 2-in-1 model comes to $1,650. Still pricey, but that’s about the same price you’d pay for the Boosted Stealth, which is their top performing electric skateboard.

The stats are not nearly as impressive as the GTX but the deck is gorgeous. 100% maple bamboo and gives you the look of an old school skateboard.

Performance Features:

    • 26 MPH Top Speed
    • 21 Mile Range
    • 25% Hill Climb Rate
    • 220 lb Max Load
    • 4-5 Hour Recharge Time - With Fast Charger Only 80 Minutes
    • Remote - Unique ergonomic design with magnetic trigger controls for smooth acceleration and braking
    • Remote provides information on an LCD digital screen that tracks speed, distance and board diagnostics
    • Safety/Deadman switch
    • 38” Deck Length
    • 17 lbs (Street) - 22 lbs (All-Terrain)
    • Four speed modes (GT, FAST, ECO & SLOW)

 

Overall, the specs and performance are nearly the same as the GTX, you’re only going to have a lesser range and slight difference in weight. If your not willing to spend an extra $300 for an added 10 miles in range the Bamboo GT is for you.

Carbon GT

Last but not least we have the Carbon GT. It’s by far the most expensive electric skateboard Evolve offers and probably the most expensive board on the market. The base model price (street and all-terrain models) is a whopping $2,000! And if you want the 2-in-1 you’re looking at $2,160!

Did i mention this board was expensive?

To give you guys a good idea of how these boards ride on their All-Terrain wheels, I placed a video below.

Performance Features:

    • 26 MPH Top Speed
    • 31 Mile Range
    • 25% Hill Climb Rate
    • 220 lb Max Load
    • 4-5 Hour Recharge Time - With Fast Charger Only 3 Hours
    • Remote - Unique ergonomic design with magnetic trigger controls for smooth acceleration and braking
    • Remote provides information on an LCD digital screen that tracks speed, distance and board diagnostics
    • Safety/Deadman switch
    • 40” Deck Length
    • 17 lbs (Street) - 22 lbs (All-Terrain)
    • Four speed modes (GT, FAST, ECO & SLOW)

 

The performance is identical to that of the GTX. The main difference are the wheels and the deck sizes. The 40” deck of the Carbon GT is a little longer than the Bamboo versions and made from high quality carbon fiber and kevlar.

Yes, kevlar is the same material used in bulletproof vests. The board is extremely durable but still retains unparalleled performance in order to make sharp turns and hit blazing acceleration on straightaways.

Support

Evolve offers 6 month warranty should your board stop working during that time.

One thing I found interesting is that Evolve stated not to ride their boards near water, claiming they’re not waterproof, and nowhere did I find the boards to even be water resistant, so please be careful if you end up purchasing one. Nothing would be worst to drop over $1,500 on an electric skateboard only to have it be destroyed by a puddle and now being stuck with it.

I did look into this further and found many tests of people who showed that their boards were water resistant, so please do some more research.

If your board is not covered under warranty, Evolve can easily ship out parts for you to repair your board. If you have a serious problem Evolve states

“Our typical turn around on in-house repairs is under 3 business days. We offer a flat $75 labor rate for repairs outside of warranty.”

Verdict: Should You Buy Evolve?

Simple answer. No.

Evolve is amazing, I love their story. I love their boards designs, decks, top speeds, incredible range, and unparalleled performance.

But for the price? The answer is no. I mean come on... $2,000 for a board is high, very high. Boosted is already considered expensive and most of their boards are over $1,000.

If you have the money to spend, then hell yes, I recommend. It’s takes riding to a whole new level, essentially a super car for electric skateboards.

But when money is the name of the game, I can’t even think about dropping my hard earned cash for a board like this. In the end, I still recommend looking into something cheaper like an Ownboard or the Inboard M1. Something that can still give you a hell of a time without killing your wallet. Cheers and happy gliding!


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