Evolve Bamboo GTX – The Best Electric Skateboard?

Bamboo GTX

Hi guys how’s going! It’s Electric Skateboard Guide again. And today I have some exciting news for you. I recently found a new electric skateboard, it caught my eye in terms of its speed – Evolve Bamboo GTX. Now let’s look at some of the details.

1. Remote Control

GTX Bamboo remote has a fascination with buttons: it has a “safety clutch,” acceleration trigger, braking lever, and two multifunction buttons that are used for changing rider modes. It’s nowhere near as comfortable to hold due to its larger size, and it definitely isn’t as well-built.

To be honest, the remote and board are an odd couple. On one hand, the GTX Bamboo board has great build quality with huge trucks, wheels, a flexible bamboo deck, and a total weight of 19.4 pounds. (It’s heavy.) But the remote, which looks like an off-the-shelf part, isn’t flattering at all. The cheap, warped plastic display looks more fitting for a toy than the remote for a $1,700-plus piece of rideable technology.

Great acceleration

2. High Speed

Despite the remote’s shortcomings, the GTX Bamboo’s ride comfort and acceleration are actually pretty good. The Bamboo GTX has a top speed of 26 mph (2 mph more than the Boosted Stealth), so you’re well on your way to breaking city speed limits. You can get over most pavement without much instability, cruising over changes in consistency of the road or elevation without any issues.

Two of the most important factors of any electric skateboard are braking and rider confidence. Like the Boosted Boards, the Evolve Bamboo GTX has regenerative braking — slowing down charges the battery, slowly — which keeps the battery charged for longer periods of time. However, unlike the Boosted Boards, I didn’t feel confident braking on the GTX Bamboo.

The Bamboo GTX is fine to ride when you have the street to yourself. But the stop-start feedback you get from using the brakes in a pinch — say, while trying to carve between cars — is unsettling. I wouldn’t take the Bamboo GTX to its top speed and try to stop on a dime; that’s just reckless. I feel much more confident stopping short riding a Boosted Board because I know it won’t throw me off or cause me to lose my balance at over 22 mph.

3. Range

The GTX Bamboo has 31-mile battery range (more than any Boosted), and I found similar results in my testing. Usually, I had to stop riding at the 25-mile mark before needing a charge. You can also make use of the four different riding modes: Safety, Eco, Fast, and GT. If your commute is in a city, and you factor in using the slower modes while running errands around town, you should be able to travel without the wall charger.

4. Item Price

I am afraid that the most distressed to buy this skateboard is that it is too expensive! There’s a problem: this electric skateboard costs $1,779( It’s now discounted to $1,429 ). In my opinion, what you get for a couple hundred dollars more ultimately isn’t worth. Because the Bamboo GTX falls short on all the things a Boosted Board does better.

5. PROS & CONS

PROS

  • Excellent longboard deck
  • Great acceleration
  • 26 mph top speed

CONS

  • Motors still on the tail end
  • Cheap-feeling remote
  • Too expensive
  • Braking is still subpar

Summary

Overall, the Evolve GTX Bamboo is not a better electric skateboard than any of Boosted’s offerings, and it’s more expensive. However, if you want to go as fast as possible on an electric skateboard, which isn’t always the best idea. Then the GTX might be of some interest to you.

PS: Pictures from the Internet

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