#1. Best Electric Skateboard for 2020
Evolve Bamboo GTX review 2020
Evolve Bamboo GTX review 2020
The Evolve bamboo GTX (as Evolve States on their website for the GT name) is associated with only the highest performing model of a product line, so when they took their already spec heavy GT and revamped it, it evolved into the GTX series which brings more power, more performance, and more versatility than ever before.
Starting from the top down this board is built on a new maple and bamboo deck with the drivetrain of Evolves Carbon GT board giving you crazy performance specs while still maintaining the ride characteristics of a traditional wooden skateboard.
The dual brushless motors pump out 3,000 watts of power and they give this board an approximate top speed of 26 mph.
And a huge custom design 36 volt 10 amp hour battery gives the board up to a 31 mile range depending on the weight of the rider and the terrain of course.
With those specs this board can climb hills of up to 25% which is much steeper than anything than 99% of buyers are ever going to encounter.
When riding down those hills the board has regenerative braking to give back some of the power that you use to go up them.
In our test we were running the 97 millimeter Street wheels which made for a very smooth ride. We had the 2-in-1 version that came with off road tires as well.
We briefly tested the off road capabilities and they are amazing. It felt like this board can go anywhere you want to take it.
There’s the gold hardware and laser-cut grip tape giving the board just a little more cool factor and sealing the deal for the name that a lot of people have give this board: the Ferrari of Electric skateboards.
The new R2 remote:
Previous Evolve boards came with a plastic remote which was really bad. IT turned a lot of buyers off due to bad build quality and cheap plastics that were used to build the remote.
And luckily Evolve just released their new r2 remote. The new remote features a digital LCD screen where you will find information of the board such as your speed, a trip function for different speed modes, wheel and gear settings, a diagnostics screen and of course battery life for both the board and the controller itself.
Operation of the new Evolve R2 remote is very straightforward with the trigger finger for the throttle and a thumb operated brake. There’s also a programmable Deadman switch that you can turn off and on, but I would opt to leave that on for safety reasons.
All evolve boards are now shipping with the new remote and needless to say the redesign was really needed and it drastically improved the whole package.
The different modes:
When you turn the board on you’ll get a welcome screen as well as a gentle vibrate to let you know that it’s on.
The board will start in what Evolve called their safe mode which makes you manually click the mode button before riding so you’re aware of the speed mode that you’re starting in.
There are four different modes: slow, eco, fast, and GT.
GT of course giving you the most performance and when turning on the board and moving out of safe mode the board will always return to the mode that you were last riding in.
After a test run of about ten miles the board still has three quarters of a battery left.
Deck material: 7 ply Canadian maple hardwood and 2 ply bamboo vertically laminated deck with W concave and drop down style for low profile riding, comfort and pop! There is a good amount of flex for maximum control at all speeds and the deck shape locks in the riders feet whilst riding.
Deck length: 38″/96cm
Deck wheelbase: 29″/73cm
Trucks: Black GT Super carve 306mm/12inch width.
Wheels: Evolve 7” All terrain wheels for the All Terrain GT board. Also compatible with the GT board with the Street setup (available separately) is the black Evolve GT 83mm 76A, Loaded Longboard 80mm Kegels and Abec 11 flywheels (83mm, 90mm and 97mm).
Motors: 3000 watt high performance custom made sensored dual brush out-runner motors.
Bearings: Abec 9 Evolve Speedballs precision bearings.
Battery: Custom designed 36 volt 10AH Lithium Ion.
Recharge: Approx. 4-5 hours with standard charger (Optional fast charger 2.5hrs).
Weight: 20 Ibs / 9.8kg.
Range: Up to 30km/18.5miles on the All terrain GT. Varies depending on rider weight, terrain and riding style.
Top Speed: Approx. 35-41kph/22-25mph depending on tyre size. Speeds may vary depending on rider weight, battery voltage and terrain.
Regenerative Braking: ABS firm & smooth braking providing power back into the battery with maximum control over speed. Has the ability to bring you to a complete stop if required.
Noise: Minimal noise
Acceleration: Smooth stepless acceleration from slow to top speed.
Remote: Digital LCD screen remote with speed indicator, trip function, 4 speed settings, Battery display, wheel and gear settings and diagnosis screen.
Max Load: 100 kg / 220 lbs.
Terrain: Any hard or compact surface ie tarmac, bitumen, concrete, short grass, dirt, uneven and poor terrain surfaces.
Slides: No, unless on gravel or grass surfaces.
Hills: Up to 25% gradient in GT mode (insanely STEEP!).
Conclusion for this Evolve bamboo GTX review:
The Evolve bamboo GTX is definitely our favorite electric skateboard that we have tested so far. The bamboo deck is solid but still offers a little bit of flex.
The power and battery life is awesome, so is the range.
Overall this Evolve bamboo GTX is an awesome electric skateboard.
- The new R2 remote is awesome now
- Regenerative braking
- Can be used on ANY terrain
- Can go up hills of up to 25%
- Very solid deck
- None to be honest