The Marbel board is the lightest, fastest, and most advanced electric skateboard in the world. The entire Marbel Board weighs in at a record setting 10 pounds. Lighter than any electric vehicle in the world. It has enough power to go 25 MPH, will take you up to 16 miles per charge, and all of the electronics and batteries are completely integrated into the carbon fiber composite deck. On top of that, it connects with your smartphone to fully customize your riding style and even track rides on your Marbel board.
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Pro Water resistant electronics
The deck encases all the vital electronics in a seamless water-tight carbon fiber deck to avoid water damage. It’s of course still recommended to clean and lube the bearings in order to keep the device in optimal operating condition.
Pro Regenerative brakes that work when battery is full
When the brakes are applied, the captured energy is used to provide extra energy to the battery. The board is also able to brake when the battery is full.
Pro Easily protects from damage
The board is designed to be able to take a hit. If you lose control and the Marbel collides with a wall or curb, front and rear bumpers made from urethane rubber will protect the board from chips or cracks. No need to waste money on costly ugly bumper accessories just to protect the nose and tail.
Pro Quick charge time
Marbel can run for 12 to 16 miles off of a 90-minute charge. This is great for those who commute with the board or use it to go places with access to power outlets, because it’s fast and simple to recharge the board for the return trip.
Pro Tough rechargeable Bluetooth controller
The board uses a tough, plastic, Bluetooth remote that can be recharged using the USB port located on the nose of the board. The remote vibrates to indicate pairing with the board and has an LED indicator for battery level status. It has a safety switch to prevent accidents, and it is tough enough to sit on it or even get run over by a truck.
Pro One of the fastest boards out there
The Marbel can travel at speeds up to 25 mph, even while going uphill. This is remarkable considering that the board only weighs about 10 pounds (10.3 lb with 76 mm wheels). Larger 100 mm wheels will add weight.
Pro Can run without charging
The Marbel longboard can be pushed when it is out of charge. There is a slight drag due to the drive train, but this is still a valuable feature for when the battery is empty.
Pro Incredibly lightweight
Marbel is light because it’s made from pressure molded carbon fiber, and the batteries use the latest lithium-ion technology (similar to what is found in the Tesla Model S). Boards are 10.3 pounds with stock wheels.
Pro USB charging port for the remote or other device
The board also doubles as a USB power bank. It can charge any USB device using the battery and accessory port conveniently located on the nose of the board next to the charging port.
Pro Minimalist stealthy clean design
The minimalist, light, and stealthy design of the board shows a clean look, that is not bulky and does not attract too much attention. Nothing is screwed under the deck, and a seamless top deck is used to create an air-tight seal to protect the electronics. No lid screws, no seams, watertight.
Pro Good wheel options
Multiple wheel options allow you to adjust for your riding style and the street conditions. The purchaser can choose between 76mm and 100mm wheels. The larger wheels will easily go over bumps and cracks, and roll more efficiently.
While the larger wheels can be ordered, they will not ship until the Marbel app is released (which is still unknown) as you will be able to set the wheel size in the app, which adjusts your acceleration and top speed setting to match the wheel chosen.
Pro Smartphone app with advanced features
While still in beta phase, previews of the Marbel app show advanced features and community options. These include things like throttle control, wheel size selection, navigation, and security settings, as well as readouts of your remaining range, odometer, trip distance, top speed, gasoline saved compared to a car, etc. A customized mode can be configured to set your preferred acceleration and maximum speed. The app also displays a map with your range radius so you can see how far you can go on the remaining battery level.
Pro International shipping
The manufacturer will distribute throughout the world, which is great for those who live in areas that do not have comparable electronic skateboard manufacturers.
Pro Good range on a single charge
Once fully charged, the board will average a range of 16 miles before it's fully depleted. Many other boards only have a range of around 10 miles, so is good for those that may need some extra mileage.
Pro Carbon fiber offers more stability when riding at higher speeds
A flexible board makes for a smoother ride at slow speeds, but a stiffer board offers more stability at higher speeds and better carving around sharp turns. Flexible boards can feel a little loose above 20 mph. If speed is your thing and you need a stiff suspension to get around those tight turns, this is like the Lamborghini of skateboard designs. It carves like it’s on rails.
Pro Great climbing ability
2000 W motor that can handle hills up to a 20 percent grade.
Pro 1-year warranty
The Marbel Board has one of the strongest warranties of any electric skateboard. Your Marbel Board is covered by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty that covers defects in workmanship, material, and the battery system. If you have any problems with the board, you can send it back to Florida for servicing free of charge. On average, repair takes about 15 days in the USA.
Pro Anti-theft system
When the app arrives, you will be able to set a pass code to lock your board. A locked Marbel Board can only be operated after inputting the passcode (similar to locking a smartphone), making it useless to a thief unless it is sent back to Marbel headquarters to be unlocked, allowing for the original owner to be notified. The app is currently in beta phase limited release.
Pro Easily purchase spare parts
Available on the Marbel storefront are spare parts for the board. These include new bearings, drive belts, remotes, chargers, and wheels. This is convenient for those that may lose or break the above listed items.
Pro Easily check battery level and speed setting
Pro Uses standard skate bearings
No need to buy proprietary odd sized, over priced bearings from the board company. Pick your favorite brand bearings and pop them in.
Pro Fast charger
The charger from Marbel charges faster than most other boards on the market. It's affordable and ships fast.
Con Boards have reliability issues
Users of the Marbel board are reporting significant quality control issues; boards dying within a week, multiple replacements coming with the same issues. This may be due to the large demand and understaffed assembly.
While build quality is not an issue every owner has experienced, if you do experience it, there may be a long wait to see any resolution.
Con Customer service is very bad
Marbel is not truthful and deletes negative comments on their Facebook when buyers try to get a refund. Many users are still waiting on refunds, with little word from customer service, as they can be missing for weeks at a time. Even when customer service can be gotten ahold of, the information they give tends to not be true.
Con 1-wheel drive power delivery
All 2000 watts of torque must be generated by one wheel, making it more difficult to travel up hills or to brake quickly compared to two-wheel drive boards. Also, having one side of the board carry more of the weight can feel less stable during turning/carving as the wheel connected to the motor may lift off the ground or slip
Con International shipping delays
Many international backers who paid for this board through Kickstarter have not received it due to restrictions on shipping the battery. No timeline has been set for when these boards will be delivered. Check out the Kickstarter page comments to see how many other international customers are still waiting.
Con May be too stiff of a ride
There are no deck options other than the one carbon fiber deck that Marbel offers, meaning no choice in deck type. For long-boarders who prefer a flexible board (such as what a wood deck would offer), the rigidity of the carbon fiber board can be an issue.
Con Resistance while not powered
There is a slight resistance to push kicking due to the drive train. This is something to consider for those who wish to use the board unpowered often. This is an inherent problem with all belt drive systems; Marbel’s single-wheel drive has less resistance than dual belt drive boards.
Con Shipping is delayed
There is currently (Oct. 2016) a three to four week delay on products being shipped after being purchased due to high demand.
Con No easy way to extend ride time
There is no hot swappable battery for this board, meaning users have no easy way of changing batteries in order to extend ride times. The board will have to be charged in between depletions in order to ride it powered.
Con Wheels powered though a single belt motor
This causes a drifting motion while riding because there is too much power on one side vs the opposite side.
Con Mobile app still unreleased
It is currently in a closed customer beta version for both iOS and Android. The beta app itself crashes at times, so is still unstable and difficult to come by (since it is a closed beta). Release dates have been given numerous times, with the app still not being released after missing a few dates such as the original July 2015 date.
Con Can be awkward to hold and carry
The dimensions of the board are 38 inch length by a 10 inch width by a 5 inch height, which could be too large for many to lug around under their arms for an extended length of time. While the board is light at 9.9 pounds, the awkward dimensions of a longboard may be too much for some. A bag or backpack, may be a better way to transport the board when not riding it.