this board has been such a joy to ride, Im basically using the board whenever I leave the house. it has held up fantastic so far, not a single issue, no rattling, just pure plush carving with an incredibly lively deck. at the same time its so stable at high speeds, just an absolute dream ride, Im running out of ideas what I could improve by now.
checked the battery cell balance status yesterday - no drift up to 2nd digits and Ive ran the battery for about 1000km now! really, who needs a bms?
Ive found great chargers with end-of-charge adjustment, that charges my battery only to 4.05V/cell for increased lifetime and as a precaution to potential drift *click*
if you followed this forum, you probably also noticed that I switched the calibers for cast ronins (*click*
) and extremely happy with that change. ronins are really in a league of their own - so smooth, so precise on small lean, so turny on high lean, so juicy with the tall barrels - I can actually do a u-turn with my 42" vanguard on most streets now and still carve supersmooth and precise at high speeds.
I also swapped out the 6374 168KV with 16/36T gearing for the new APS HEV 6355 190KV with 15/36T gearing. hardly any difference in speed & torque, but makes the board a little lighter which is very welcome, since I really take that board just about anywhere with me! the APS mount that was required for the cast ronin truck adapter has some really unexpected side effects: due to full aluminum mount, the motor heat transfers directly into the mount which in return makes the motor run a lot cooler.
cant stress enough that I think that the flex 1 and flex 2 vanguards are much better carvers than the smaller flex 3+ models that boosted is using. the 2 42" flex versions allow your feet to stand comfortably far away from the trucks, giving you really great damping and a really awesome springy return ... and at the same time, the larger wheelbase makes for a more stable ride.
if you think about building up a vanguard: really, there is no way around a split enclosure and DONT alter the flex with carbon just because someone tells you a vanguard isnt working at higher speeds. it feels like someone had that opinion and the rest of the world chimed in. my vanguard has a top speed of 48kph and I feel extremely comfortable without the slightest signs of speed wobbles. really in love with that board, the flex is so natural and feels just like a soft camber snowboard, the stance is so comfortable and the ride so smooth and soft, its totally addicting and I can really go on forever on that board.