Frequently Asked Questions
Our skateboards are made from top-quality parts and materials that take a lot of time and money to manufacture. Gnarboards may seem expensive at first, but once you look at the performance specifications these skateboards are actually the best "bang for the buck" you can buy. Please be sure to check out the Why Gnarboards section of the website if you are not convinced.Last updated:
Our electric skateboards are MADE IN THE USA.
When you buy an electric skateboard from Gnarboards, you are supporting local machine-shops, powder-coaters, laser-cutters, water-jetters, as well as other small businesses (Gnarboards LLC included).
Some of our "off-the-shelf" parts had to be sourced overseas, but all of the manufactured parts are made at local shops, which allow us to keep a tight quality control over the construction process while also supporting local fabricators. We believe it is important to keep Manufacturing alive in the United States and we wish more business (and customers) felt the same way.Last updated:
Wireless works great for toys, but not for electric vehicles. Wired hand controllers offer better performance, reliability, and safety than wireless hand controllers.
PERFORMANCE and RELIABILTY:
Our shielded cable offers a direct connection between the hand controller and the motor controller, eliminating any chance of electrical interference.
All of our electric skateboards come equipped with a "dead-man's brake" safety feature. In the event of a fall, the hand controller is pulled and released from the cable, which instantly engages the skateboard brakes. This feature prevents the skateboard from hitting a fallen rider.
The wire length is also adjustable for taller and shorter riders.Last updated:
Gnarboards have an audible fuel-gauge that will start to beep when approximately 40% battery-life remains. The fuel-gauge was designed so that you can take off in a single direction, hear the beeping, then turn around and still make it home. We have found that 40% battery-life is just enough to cruise home at a moderate speed.Last updated:
No, but they are "water-resistant".
The electronics are all encased in .125" thick Aluminum battery-box, and tucked under the .250" thick Aluminum Deck. The only place for water to enter would be where the battery-box meets the deck. And even then the water would have to make it past the thin layer of protective plastic and tape that is used to seal the top of the battery box. Gnarboards should have no problems riding on wet-pavement, through small puddles, and in a light rain.
If the chains and motor bearings are exposed to water they will need to be lubed more often to prevent rusting.Last updated:
Yes. Gnarboards are able to coast.
Coasting is a function of the motor-controller, and since Gnarboards use a motor controller designed for an automobile, our skateboards behave like automobiles. When you let off the accelerator, Gnarboards are in a "coast" / neutral position. There is a small amount of drag from the motors and chain, so it won't coast as freely as a typical skateboard, but it is still able to glide down hills and be pushed like a regular skateboard when necessary.Last updated:
Yes. The skateboard deck will come oriented to whatever riding position you prefer. We did not want to drill and tap any more holes in the skateboard deck than necessary, so in order to change that riding position the skateboard deck would need to be removed from the skateboard and rotated 180 degrees. If you aren't using foot-bindings, then it does not matter what stance you are riding with.
Goofy foot riders may also want to adjust the hand-controller cord to a longer length if they are right-handed. This can be done easily by cutting a zip-tie, un-winding some cord, and then putting on a new zip-tie.Last updated:
If you know how to ride a conventional skateboard then you should have no problems learning to ride a Gnarboard. The same basic "lean to turn" principles still apply, you just need to learn how to control all of this awesome power.
New riders should take it slow and not hit top speeds until they are comfortable and confident enough to do so. These skateboards will leave you on your ass or in a face-plant position the instant you get too cocky. (Trust me... I know). Gnarboards are the only "electric skateboard you won't grow out of", and for that reason they are an excellent investment. They will only be as "wild" as your trigger finger desires.Last updated:
Gnarboards kick-ass up hills because they come equipped with an abundance of power.
If your car can make it up, so can a Gnarboard. If your car can't make it up, a Gnarboard probably could.Last updated:
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