Why Some People Dislike the LingYi
Now, regarding the LingYi ECM. There’s a steeper learning curve that comes with the LingYi ECM – and it’s something that anyone that rides a LingYi ECM board should learn! Don’t just push the pedal to the metal (or the button to the circuit board), go slowly and softly. You have a lot of power hiding behind a button, and you’ll need to take some time to adjust yourself to these boards. The brakes take a while to get used to, because the LingYi either starts breaking or ignores quick break taps; trying to tap the brakes won’t do much, you’re supposed to gradually press the button until the breaks stick.
There are two interesting things the LingYi does “better” than the Hobbywing – if you’re a big guy (or gal), over 200lbs, you won’t really feel the board being sloppy due to your weight. The second thing is that the LingYi has the “roll to start” feature on all the boards it’s used on, which is a godsend sometimes when you just don’t feel like flipping your board over and pushing the power button.
A Closer Look at the Hobbywing ECM
The Hobbywing, on the other hand, is extremely smooth. It’s a pure, creamy, beginner-friendly experience in both accelerating and decelerating (braking). There’s no doubt that the Hobbywing is a fantastic ECM, and it’s gaining in popularity more and more in the esk8 world. If you’re someone that doesn’t want to learn how to use a harder, more aggressive ECM, you should always go for the Hobbywing boards.
The Ride1Up boards utilize the LingYi ECM. This is a strong, aggressive and sensitive ECM and requires some practice. It’s not beginner friendly, but it’s not hard to master. An hour or two of practice should suffice. It accelerates hard and brakes hard.
Many other boards use the Hobbywing ECM, which is a mellow, soft and smooth controller. It’s very beginner friendly and easy to use (doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest at least 30 minutes of practice). Both the LingYi and Hobbywing have the same top speeds, but different accelerations.
Beginners should try their boards out in a safe environment at first (actually, everyone should, no matter what vehicle they’re using) and slowly get a feel for the acceleration and breaking. Don’t just rush outside for the commute of your lifetime, practice at first. Think of how you learned to drive a car, and learn to ride your board gradually. Even if you’re a good skateboarder/longboarder, take the time to get familiar with your electric longboard.