Pretty decent fat tire ebike. This is the first ebike to be covered on my channel.
It’s like the Exway Flex ER, but way more aggressive performance and different deck materials. It’s fun! The system is able to handle 400W charging from using two 210W GaN chargers simultaneously. If you’d like to get the Flex Pro, use my discount code
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It’s the Backfire Hammer but with a new battery, 4WD add-on kit, and wings! Watch the review above and if you’d like to get it, use my referral link for an automatic discount at checkout.
I have a lot of electric skateboards and people often ask me which one is my favorite. My answer is the answer that everyone hates: it depends. But if we’re talking about which one I use the most, it’s the Exway Wave, and normally with the 99Wh travel battery option.
For me, as someone who lives in a crowded and flat city (Shanghai), the Wave is the most practical and convenient electric skateboard that I own. It’s lightweight and easy to pick up, and I have to pick up the board a lot for stairs, public transit, traffic police, etc. The 99Wh travel battery is slightly smaller and lighter than the standard 180Wh, so I actually use the travel battery more often.
Going the (short) distance
Even though the travel battery offers less range, it’s more than enough for my most frequent use case: riding from home to work. My studio is 5.5 km (3.4 mi) from my home, so the 99Wh battery is actually enough for a round trip ride, though just barely. (More about that later.)
But normally I actually take the subway since I live right across the street from a station. I would carry the Wave and walk to the station, ride the subway, and then ride the Wave the remaining 1.1 km (0.7 mi) to the studio. If I were to ride that way to work five times a week, I’d only have to recharge twice a week. (I actually recharge even less than that since I don’t always take a board, and sometimes take a different board, and I work from home a lot.)
I can get anywhere from 9 to 11 km on the travel battery from full to empty. That’s pretty good for such a small battery and my weight (about 75 kg or 165 lb). I can get that distance because I ride slow on this board, like 15 to 20 km/h (9 to 12 mph). And I ride slow because I don’t normally wear any protective gear on these short trips.
Grab and go
I know, I know… Safety first and all that, but I see riding slow for a short distance without gear as a reasonable amount of risk to take. I mean I also don’t wear protective gear when just cruising on a regular longboard or bicycle. (For reference, walking is about 5 km/h and sprinting is about 20 km/h and up.)
For longer and/or faster rides, I would definitely wear protective gear. And for those rides, I don’t use the Wave. The Wave is my convenient grab-and-go board for last-mile commutes, going somewhere that’s too far to walk but too close to drive, and meeting people without putting on a bunch of armor.
Can’t I do that with other shortboards that are just as portable? Sure, but there are a number of reasons I prefer the Wave.
Board with benefits
The Wave has the nicest swappable battery system I’ve seen on electric skateboards. (The Revel kit’s swappable design is quite nice too.) Most electric skateboards that claim to have swappable batteries actually require you to undo six screws and unplug one or two cables. On the Wave, you just push a button while sliding out the battery. No tools required and takes just seconds to swap a battery. It’s sometimes a little difficult to get the battery to actually detach but it works well enough and feels very secure.
The Wave is air travel-friendly. Most electric skateboards cannot board passenger airplanes due to their battery capacities being too high. Some airlines allow up to 160Wh, and all allow up to 100Wh, so the Wave’s 99Wh travel battery is compliant for all airlines. Motorized vehicles are generally not allowed on planes but if you take it apart, it’s no longer a vehicle. With the front truck hanger detached, the Wave fits inside my checked baggage.
The Wave has a built-in brake light and optional headlights, both powered by the board’s battery and controlled by the board’s remote. The brake light also has customizable RGB options for those who care about that. I can’t think of another shortboard with integrated lights like these.
The final reason I prefer the Wave is simply that it’s better looking and better made than most other electric shortboards. At the moment, I can think of one other e-shortboard that is arguably as good looking but it’s only available with hub motors and it doesn’t have any of those features mentioned above. The Wave’s feature set is actually quite unique.
Right for you?
The Exway Wave certainly isn’t for everyone. If you live in a hilly area or you’re very heavy, or you want a very powerful and torquey shortboard, it’s probably not for you. If you’ve never skated before, I also don’t suggest learning with this one unless portability is very important to you. If you need long range, this isn’t for you.
I have different boards for different purposes and the Wave is the most convenient eskate for my short rides, making it the eskate I use more frequently than any other. And it’s the only electric skateboard I bring when I travel by air. (I’m actually writing this article in California and brought the Wave with me from Shanghai.) If you have similar use cases, definitely consider the Wave.
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The B-One Titan X is an upgraded B-One Titan 2WD, which is an upgraded B-One Hercules. The most direct competitor to the Titan X would be the Ownboard Zeus Pro. The two are similarly specced, but the Titan X has something the Zeus Pro doesn’t.
Highlights of the Titan X
- Built-in wide brake light
- Long range
- Stable trucks
- Big, wide, flat deck for those who like that
Lowlights of the Titan X
- Ugly grip tape design
- Big, wide, flat deck for those who don’t like that
Ownboard’s Bamboo AT Pro can be seen as an update to the Bamboo AT from a couple years ago (which I liked) or a more budget-friendly version of the Ownboard Zeus and Zeus Pro.
Highlights of the Bamboo AT Pro
- Comfortable ride
- Great performance and specs for the price
- Stable trucks like the higher end Zeus
Lowlights of the Bamboo AT Pro
- Grip tape design and labels kind of ugly
Great choice for someone who wants a 2-in-1 board on a budget ($999 with my discount, which is a great price for this category) and don’t mind the uhm modest appearance.
Before I talk about the Exway Atlas Pro, let’s have a little refresher about the original Atlas.
The Future of Consumer Electric Skateboards
About a year ago, Exway released the Atlas – a modular all-terrain electric skateboard that can be configured as 2WD for more range, or 4WD for some insane performance. Even in 2WD, the Atlas was more powerful than its direct competitors at the time.
And unlike most other boards, the performance of the Atlas could be fine-tuned, even separately for the front and rear motors.
The double kingpin trucks on the Atlas were unlike any other double kingpin trucks I had tried, providing a great balance of stability and maneuverability straight out of the box.
The Atlas also had certain accessories that other did not, such as a pull handle and mudguards with mounts for ShredLights built in.
And just like all Exway products, the Atlas was beautifully designed. I called it the future of consumer electric skateboards.
The Future Caught Up, Sort Of
And now, a year later, the performance of mass produced electric skateboards have skyrocketed to a point where I’m not even sure if I should be calling these consumer products anymore. Several brands have even ditched their double kingpin trucks for more stable traditional kingpin trucks to handle all that power.
And appearance-wise, electric skateboards in general are looking better and better.
So where does that place the original Exway Atlas today?
At 518Wh, the battery capacity of the Atlas was considered average for an all-terrain board. Today it would be on the low end.
The power rating for the ESC on the Atlas was 40A in 2WD, while its direct competitors at the time were all using 30A. Today, 40 to 50A in 2WD is common for the all-terrain category. And as for 4WD, the Atlas now has at least a couple of competitors.
While the Atlas still has several unique features and selling points, in terms of performance it’s no longer a top-of-the-line production board.
So that means it’s time for Exway to launch their new flagship: the Atlas Pro.
Pushing the Envelope: Atlas Pro
I have two Atlas Pro prototypes and I’ll need some time to do a proper review. For now let me just give you a brief rundown of the major upgrades and new features.
The battery capacity has been increased by 35%. At 701Wh, it’s a pretty average capacity for all-terrain boards nowadays. But on the Atlas Pro, you can plug in an external battery back. They call it the AUXPack and it brings the total capacity to 1742Wh.
That’s really a lot. This is the only production board I can think of that has an add-on battery option. The AUXPack is not released yet but should become available in about a month or so.
In addition, Exway is soon releasing a 1000W super fast charger that should charge the board in about 1 hour, or the board plus the AUXPack in about 2 hours. That is really fast for such a large battery.
The ESCs on the Atlas Pro are now 50% smaller but twice as powerful and more efficient. There’s also supposed to be a new app to be released later this month.
The motors are now bigger with 52% more stator volume, bringing roughly 50% more power than the Atlas motors. The motor guards have been updated and now come standard.
The trucks are now 1 inch wider and come with two sets of bushings: a hard and fat set suitable for high speeds, and a softer set suitable for carving. With 2 sets of bushings and 4 bushings on each truck, you have many different ways you can mix and match them to your liking. For example, I’m trying out hard soft soft soft in front, and hard soft hard soft in the back.
The stock wheels are now CNC machined and supposedly the tires are easier to change.
The new fenders are supposed to be upgraded and easier to install. I don’t have them though.
What I’m most excited about is simply the fact that there is a limited edition in white. I think it looks awesome.
That’s all I have for now. Give me a few weeks to do the full review. But since the Atlas Pro is essentially an improved Atlas, I’m expecting it to be just as great if not better.
In fact, the original Atlas is on sale, and I think it’s at a really good price right now.
Exway Flex now comes in two varieties for 2022: the standard Flex with a 216Wh battery and the Flex ER with a 346Wh battery. They come with an option of hub motors or belt drive. We received the Flex ER with belt drive for our review. Here’s how I felt about it.
Highlights of the Flex ER
- Great carving experience with stock parts
- Very nice looking trucks and deck
- Deck flares great for carving with minimal effort
- Many customizable settings via app
Lowlights of the Flex ER
- Some may find the deck less comfortable on longer rides
- Marketed range of “up to 30 miles” may leave some disappointed
While “up to 30 miles” is technically true, you may need to be very lightweight and ride conservatively to achieve that number. Use my range estimator to get a better estimate of what range you can expect.
Marketing language aside, I love this board. It offers the best ride experience of all the boards I’ve tried in this category.
We reviewed the Meepo V4S, also known as the Shuffle S. Meepo sent us the 144Wh standard range version. They also sell a 288Wh version.
Highlights of this board:
- Comfortable 105mm hub motor wheels.
- Good truck and bushings combo.
- Affordable, especially during current sale.
- Fast charger available (but sold separately).
Lowlights of this board:
- Some may find the extreme deck concave uncomfortable.
- Battery indicator not intuitive.
Highlights of this board (in my opinion):
- Many customizable performance settings via remote control
- The best looking esk8 TKP trucks I’ve seen
- DKP baseplates available but absolutely no need
- Attractive battery enclosure
- Reputable battery cells in 12S4P (726Wh)
- High power 180A peak current
- Relatively fast 4.5A charger included
- Comfortable flexible deck
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