It was not easy for a small company Ride1Up to find its place in a very competitive electric skateboard market, along sharks like Boosted Board or Evolve, and a flood of cheap boards from China. But somehow they have managed to strike a happy medium between high performance and low price and provide a top quality budget electric boards with the design and quality on par with more expensive competing products.

If you’re looking to enter the world of electric skateboarding, Ride1Up’s a very good choice for most people. Their electric skateboard lineup includes three boards that are very similar performance wise, but have different decks for different riding styles. We have reviewed all three to help you decide which one is the right for you.

Ride1Up Electric Boards Compared

carbon fiber deckslopestyle maple deckbamboo high flex deck
NameCarbon Fiber PROMaple Drop-ThruBamboo Classic
Deck37.5″ Custom Carbon Fiber deck38″ Canadian maple drop-thru deck38.5″ Bamboo concave high-flex deck
FlexNo FlexMid FlexHigh Flex
Max Speed30 mph30 mph30 mph
Max Range15 miles18 miles18 miles
Battery230 Wh LiPo battery270 Wh Samsung Lithium battery270 Wh Samsung Lithium battery
Weight13.5 lbs16 lbs15 lbs
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We’ll try to explain who a board is designed to fit, so that even an inexperienced rider can make an educated guess. There’s a shorter conclusion at the bottom of this page if you’re not interested in the detailed reviews.

Ride1Up Carbon Fiber PRO

The Carbon Fiber Pro Longboard is a work of art: it’s wholesomely neutral. If you’ve never tried a longboard in your life, there’s an incredibly high chance that you’ll like how this one fits and feels. It has a nice, progressive concave that keeps you safe, a very wide wheelbase for increased stability, and a neutral deck camber. It has a mellow kicktail in the back, and the board is an ordinary top mount one. In layman’s terms, this board will be great for the widest variety of people. The vanilla ice-cream of boards. These are the “default” settings of a longboard, with a few special ingredients that maximize its motorized performance.

There are a lot of different longboard designs in the market, and most are customized and specialized for a specific purpose. Not this board, it’s basically the best choice for someone that just wants to get from point A to B in the least time possible, with the least amount of hassle. We didn’t expect these to be this good at commuting, but they are.

As for material, carbon fiber is used in so many designs today because it’s extremely light and durable. It’s the future; the process of making something out of carbon fiber is getting cheaper by the year. You’ll see most professional skateboarders using expensive carbon fiber boards; mostly because of the weight. Ride1Up Carbon Fiber Pro weighs under 14 lbs, which is crazy; it’s extremely light even for a regular longboard, and beats out any other electric vehicle in portability and weight. There’s very little flex in the board, it’s pretty rigid; people new to the hobby won’t mind, but a longboarder with some experience might not prefer this.

In conclusion, the Carbon Fiber Pro is best for beginners or people that never rode a longboard before. There’s no cool art on the underside of the board, but it does go with the sleek, modern, stealth look they were going for with this model.

FEATURES:

  • 5″ Deck
  • Made from Carbon Fiber
  • Heavy-duty double-barrel 90a downhill bushings
  • 90×56 mm 82a Custom Fly1 Wheels
  • Lithium-ion Battery 36 V 7.5 Ah
  • 1200 W power output
  • Water-resistant
  • 4 Speed Settings
  • LCD Remote
  • 28 mph top speed
  • 15 mile range
  • Regenerative breaking
  • Automatically turns on when the wheels roll
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Ride1Up Maple Drop-Thru SLOPESTYLE

Canadian Maple is the most common material used in this hobby. It’s rugged and hard to break, and will serve you for years. Also, it’s pretty light compared to some other types of wood. The good-ol’ traditional choice for a skateboard.

The Maple Drop-Thru uses the drop-thru mounting type, meaning you’ll be really close to the ground. This makes this board one of the best carving electric longboards out there, and this board is better suited to someone who knows what he’s doing. This board’s advertised as the best carving board out there, and Ride1Up is right on target.

Even if this is the first time you heard of carving, it doesn’t mean that newbies can’t even try this board –   the boards design prevents wheel-bite (the bane of all beginners) and it rides like a dream. There’s a progressive concave that puts your feet in the middle of the board, a wide wheelbase, and a neutral deck camber. This board has a bit of flex (means it’s flexible), and this acts like a “suspension” system for your feet (means you’ll be able to ride longer and have a more comfortable ride).

This board doesn’t really have a kicktail, but its design doesn’t really warrant one. Simple kick-tricks like picking up the board work just fine.

drop thru maple board

All in all, this board is made to accommodate the widest possible audience – this board is great for people that have already longboarded before and are looking to upgrade to a motorized longboard. But it’s also a good choice for someone completely new that really digs the design of the board, as it is incredibly easy to ride and it carves amazingly.

FEATURES:

  • 38″ Deck
  • Made from the finest Canadian maple
  • Heavy-duty double-barrel 90a downhill bushings
  • Fly1’s custom wheels, all wheels replaceable
  • 90×56 mm 82a
  • Lithium-ion Battery 36 V 7.5 Ah
  • 1200W
  • Water-resistant
  • 4 Speed Settings
  • LCD Remote
  • 28 mph top speed
  • 15 mile range
  • Regenerative breaking
  • Automatically turns on when the wheels roll
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Ride1Up Bamboo Classic STREETSURFER

The Bamboo Classic Streetsurfer reminds us of a surfing board with wheels, and sometimes it even acts like one. It has a progressive concave and a medium camber; it kind of feels like a surfing board when you ride it. It has the least mellow kicktail of all the other boards, meaning it’s really easy to kickflip and do a trick or two (though we do not recommend doing regular skateboard/longboard tricks with these boards because you might damage the electronics).

Bamboo is slightly more flexible than maple, and almost twice as light – it quickly went from a quirky, hipster material to have a board made out of to a household name. Lots of people are loving the high quality and flexible fiberglass + bamboo combo that some really high-end skateboards use.

This is one flexible board, and with this much flex you’ll barely feel the road. You can ride for hours and not get fed up with all the vibrations your feet take. All in all, the Streetsurfer is the best choice for someone who’s skateboarded, surfed or snowboarded before.

Newbies are welcome to try (they’re going to like it, we’re sure), but newbies are better served with the Carbon Fiber Pro; the streetsurfer has something that most other electric longboards don’t. When you ride the Streetsurfer, it feels almost exactly like riding a regular board, and you forget that you’re holding a remote in your hand.

This is, in our humble opinion, the best board for people that are looking for that special “longboard”-feel while riding an electric longboard. Most other esk8 boards are a bit too rigid to accommodate the electronics, and while newer entries to the hobby won’t mind too much, we do. With the Bamboo Classic Streetsurfer, you’re basically getting the longboard experience while saving your shoes – this was probably our favorite board of the three.

FEATURES:

  • 5″ Deck
  • Made from the finest bamboo
  • Heavy-duty double-barrel 90a downhill bushings
  • Fly1’s custom wheels, all wheels replaceable
  • 90×56 mm 82a
  • Lithium-ion Battery 36 V 7.5 Ah
  • 1200W
  • Water-resistant
  • 4 Speed Settings
  • LCD Remote
  • 28 mph top speed
  • 15 mile range
  • Regenerative breaking
  • Automatically turns on when the wheels roll
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The Electronics: Hobbywing vs. LingYi

It’s important to note that all three of these boards have the exact same electronic hardware. The motors, controllers and the batteries are the same. The only difference between these (and it’s a big difference) is their style, construction and design, and we’ve already went through that. These boards use the LingYi ECM (Electronic Control Module) with a custom proprietary remote, and this got them a lot of flak online. We’ll explain shortly what the drama’s all about.

There are two ECMs in the electric skateboarding world, the LingYi and the Hobbywing ECM. Most people that are into esk8ing know that the Hobbywing is the mellow, slower accelerating one with smoother controls, while the LingYi is an aggressive, sensitive controller. Some people prefer the Hobbywing’s softness, others appreciate the LingYi’s fast-acting sensitivity.

And there are a lot more people who like a softer, smoother ride than an aggressive one. The Ride1Up Boards, while being made very beginner-friendly, all use the aggressive LingYi ECM that’s not that popular and not exactly beginner-friendly.

The Problematic Design of the Remote

We would have been even more okay with it if the remotes were more distinctive (they look really similar to the Hobbywing controllers), because there are stories online of people that bought Ride1Up boards, thinking they were Hobbywing.

Ride1Up probably went after the controller’s design for the ergonomics, ease of use and familiarity (honestly, it’s a pretty good remote); but this was one misstep, one blemish on their reputation they didn’t need. If they had made a more distinctive remote, this fuss could’ve been avoided.

remote for ride1up

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.

In Conclusion

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.

Why Choose Ride1Up?

Ride1Up is a small California-based company that makes electric longboards and electric bikes. The JIT-model (Just in Time) they’re utilizing is one of the most efficient models of manufacture, meaning that there’s no overhead costs (like storage, shipping, rents, and other) that fall on the end user. The secondary philosophy they use is being 100% online, and not having a physical store that accrues costs over time.

Not to bore you with further details that only economy-nerds like hearing about, this means that they make the best product they can make for the lowest price possible, and their electric longboards can rival those that cost up to twice as much. That’s a great deal in any book – but there has to be a downside to this business model. The downside is that customer service is a bit slow, and sending a board in for repairs will be longer because they have to wait on the necessary parts to be shipped in (unless you’re really lucky and they just happened to have everything in-house that day).

In their defense, you’ll have an easy time contacting them and communicating with the company; they’re enthusiasts that share a strong passion for skateboarding and electric transportation, and are honest and knowledgeable. You won’t feel like you’re talking to an outsourced agent that doesn’t really care about you and just wants his 8-hour shift to end, then dump your support ticket in the bin.

We’ve had our fair share of robotic customer support, and hearing from someone that’s human when you have a problem is fantastic. Besides, the warranties Ride1Up has are one of the best you’ll ever get for an electric longboard; they’re better than most warranties you’d get for any electric vehicle.

Which Skateboard Should You Choose?

For absolute beginners in the longboard world or serious e-commuters, the Carbon Fiber Pro is your best choice. It’s very light, made from quality materials, has almost no flex, has a very wide wheelbase, top mounted trucks, a low, streamline profile, neutral camber and a slightly progressive deck and a very mellow kicktail.
It’s basically the perfect default board (we’d call it bland but it’s not like that). If you’re someone that uses an electric scooter or an e-bike to get around, this board is a fantastic alternative to those.

For people that love to carve and already have some longboard experience, the Maple Drop-Thru Slopestyle is the best choice. It has drop-thru trucks, looks fantastic, made from a well-known material you’ve probably used before, a progressive deck and is wide and stable, even at higher speeds.
Just be sure to wear proper protection, electric longboards can get to real breakneck speeds (there’s a pun here that we’re sorry to make, but remember to stay safe).

And last but not least, for people that love skateboards, the Bamboo Classic Streetsurfer. It’s high flex, rides like a dream, has a medium camber and a progressive concave, is extremely stable, light and dependable, and has the best kicktail out of all three.
And, in our humble opinion, the best artwork. A word of warning for skaters, while you can do tricks on these, it’s best not to subject the electronics to the torture. It’s much better to use this board for a serious commute and have your regular skateboard or longboard to use and abuse at the skatepark.