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Pro Great stability at higher speeds
While the flex of a board like the Boosted can be great, It is not the best at speeds such as 42km/h, the GT's top speed with 97mm wheels. It can also be seen as a con for some people who just want to ride a board at decent speeds. Mainly the rigidity helps when going fast, as there will be less wobble or flex, which can easily throw the rider off their board, something no one wants at high speeds.
Pro Can be ridden with all terrain or street wheels
This board ships with street wheels, but the all-terrain can be purchased separately. If you have both, the wheels can be swapped in and out fairly easily.
Pro Dual motors for more power
Two motors provide additional power and torque. This contributes to the board’s impressive performance as it allows for very high speeds and great hill climbing ability.
Pro Easily readable remote LCD screen
The remote is equipped with an LCD screen that feels much more advanced than your standard interface. This makes for a remote that is easy to glance at for information such as battery life or speed. That way the rider does not need to distract themselves in order to gain important information.
Pro Gorgeous design
The minimalist carbon color scheme and understated branding make this board a showstopper. A clean look that does not look like a hobbyist board, but something professionally manufactured with a touch of class.
Pro One of the highest-performing boards available
With a top speed of 26 mph and a 15- 31-mile range, this board is among the most powerful on the market. It can handle steep hills (up to a 25 percent grade) with ease.
Pro Great range
Longer ride times, up to 31miles/50km on the Street GT. This allows the user to not worry about their distance on a single charge as the range is quite high.
Pro Huge selection of spare parts
Conversion kits, wheels, bearings, belts, chargers, hubcaps, inter tubes, battery casing, all parts for trucks (including bushings), are all parts you can order from their site, covering just about everything other than the motor itself. This is great for anyone who may lose or break any part of the board, as the spare parts are available and easily ordered.
Pro Great battery life
The Evolves 42 volt battery is quite large and offers a good amount of power. Enough to get the board to a 31 mile max range and a top speed of 26mph+. This is the current top range (as of Nov. 2016) for electric skateboards, making the Evolve one of the leaders when considering battery life and power.
Pro Easily maintained
Evolve offers a multitude of videos on how to change out parts on their boards, making for an easy way to learn how to properly keep it maintained. Coupled with the fact that plenty of spare parts are sold, it should be easy enough for any rider to obtain needed parts and fix their own boards when parts wear out.
Pro Solidly built
A 40" long board created out of custom molded carbon fiber and kevlar. This makes for a light deck thanks to the lightweight materials used, but also allows for strength of the deck, making sure it will not snap or break. Fastened underneath the deck is the battery, which has its own custom casing that adds little thickness to the board, though it does add considerable weight (as all batteries do). The batteries casing allows the rider to feel confident that water and other debris will not enter the casing or interfere with the batteries or encased wiring.
Overall, a well thought out design with craftsmanship to match, that exudes toughness and reliability in its construction.
Pro Easily track stats with free app
There are two companion apps on offer, one for Android and one for iOS. This app will allow you to link up to social media, fiends who may also have an Evolve board as well as keep track of rides taken, with GPS. This can be convenient for those that want to keep track of how far they ride and where they have been riding.
Pro Quickly charge the board (optional accessory)
A quick charger is available for purchase as an optional accessory that will allow one to charge the board in around 3 hours. This is 1-2 hours faster than the stock charger, which may appeal to those looking to save time charging their device.
Pro Responsive customer service
The customer service is quite good with Evolve, they tend to be pretty responsive and work with the customer when there are issues. Compared to some other popular boards that still have issue in this area, Evolve may be a good choice for those that wish to not have that to deal with.
Pro Fantastic turning radius
The turning radius of Evolve boards is quite good. Just lean into a turn and the board will follow with no issue. Some other high end boards have issue with this, Evolve does not. Definitely a perk for those that need to ride in areas with a lot of turns.
Pro Easily use when batteries are dead
The rider can just push kick the board to go when the batteries are dead, as the motor was designed to allow free spinning of the wheels when not in use. This is great for when the rider is out and about and the batteries die or a belt breaks.
Pro Good warranty
The warranty available lasts for six months from the time of purchase, while not the longest warranty, there have been few complaints of the company not fulfilling their requirements. The warranty is listed on their site as covering "all defects in material and workmanship" for that six month period.
Con Only available as a pre-order
This board can only be pre-ordered in the US, meaning it is not currently available.
Con Resistance while not powered
For those that would like to push kick there will be a slight resistance to moving the board due to the belt drive train. This is something to consider for those that wish to use the board non-powered a lot. This is an inherent problem with all belt drive systems.
Con May be too rigid for some riders
For long-boarders who prefer a flexible board, the rigidity of the board can be an issue. A flexible board is a smoother less bumpy ride at slow speeds but the stiffer board offers more stability riding at higher speeds and carving around sharp turns.
Con Not waterproof
Con Not easy to carry around
The board is quite heavy at 17-21 pounds, making for something that is not going to be the easiest to carry around when it is not being ridden. The large battery built into the device most likely adds to this issue.
Con Slow charging
It can take 4-6 hours to fully charge the board, which may be too long for some users. There is an optional fast charger cutting the charge time to 3 hours, but it does cost extra money at $89, which some people may not want to spend.
Con GT remotes possible to control more than 1 board at a time
Some remotes may be tuned to the same frequency, allowing two or more boards to be controlled by one remote. While this will not happen to every board, the potential is there if many boards are around.
Con May be unsafe on wet surfaces
This board goes pretty fast at 31 miles an hour, if you hydroplane or slip on a wet surface, there is a good chance you can get hurt falling off the board at that speed. This is why the manufacturer recommends not riding the board when it is wet outside.This is why the manufacturer recommends not riding the board when it is wet outside.
Con Easy accidental movement of the board
There is no dead-man switch on the provided controller, which could make for potentially dangerous situation. This can lead to accidental runaways when you accidentally bump the throttle on the remote.
Con Carbon fiber deck has been known to crack
Con One of the heavier boards on the market
Relative to other boards the Carbon GT Street is quite heavy, coming in at 17 lbs and over 20 lbs with all terrain wheels.
Con Optional all terrain wheels are unbalance and wobble at high speed
The optional all terrain wheel is heaver on the nozzle size and unbalanced when spinning at high speeds thus they can feel unstable. Luckily there is an easy fix of using car tire weights to balance the wheels.
Con No swappable batteries
There is no way to swap out the battery pack on this board. This means that there is no way to extend ones ride with a hot swappable extra battery pack. This also means the board will need to be sent in for service when the original batteries in the board will no longer hold a charge, as there are no replacement batteries sold to the consumer.
Con App feels like an afterthought
The companion app available (for iOS and Android) seems to be more an afterthought, as it does not really connect to the board in any functional way. It does not receive data from the board and it does not allow for changing of settings or upgrading of firmware. Mainly it is an app meant for tracking your usage, such a distances gone or areas ridden (which is recorded through GPS on ones phone, which isn’t always super accurate on speeds and mileage).
There has also been a lot of reports of the Android app crashing constantly, so for Android users, better apps are out there for tracking of the users rides.