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The Inboard M1 is a high-end electric longboard. Along with some top of the line specs, it comes with a high price tag of $1400.
As a preorder customer, the wait was long and often frustrating, as there were constant delays in testing and production. Besides having to wait four times as long as originally expected (from 3 months to 12) I am generally pleased with the board and how it performs.
The look of the board is super clean, which is one of the reasons I was attracted to it in the first place. With the hub motors and the swappable battery pack, features that few other electric longboards boasted at the time of my purchase, I knew it was unique and had to get one.
Coming from riding a traditional longboard as a means of getting around my college campus, I have always toyed with the idea of getting an electrified version myself. I really enjoy longboarding as a means of getting from place to place, and with an electric longboard, I could go farther and worry less about arriving sweaty and out of breath.
The feature that really drew me in was the M1’s ability to coast, similar to a normal longboard. This meant that I could push it after it ran out of juice, and I was excited to give that a try when I received the board. The M1 does coast nicely, although it is harder to push, as it is two times as heavy as my normal longboard. There is also a slight resistance from the hub motors but it’s not all that noticeable when you’re riding the board.
I have had it about a month now and I still have just as much fun riding as I did the day I got it. It has a nice smooth acceleration and smooth regenerative braking, and when riding at top speed I feel comfortable. I am excited for Inboard to release the firmware update to reach the initially advertised top speed of 24 mph, although I expect it to drain the battery even faster than it does now. I have been told by Inboard support that, “Most probably it will come out in Q2 2017.”
My only critique about the board is its range and battery life. I tested the board in the intermediate mode with short spurts of advanced mode when I was on the main road, and I couldn’t beat 5 miles. I can go twice as far with another battery, but the $250 price tag is a quite high for a battery that does not quite hit the 7-10 mile mark that is advertised. The battery is airline compliant as it is under 97Wh, which is certainly nice for taking on trips, but it would be great if a higher capacity battery was released as well, so riders can experience better range when riding closer to home.
Despite this, I am happy with the product Inboard delivered. I plan to use it as a personal transportation device while in NYC since it is a much more pleasurable experience than riding the subway. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll try to get back to you in the comment section below.