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Juiced eboard review

PROS • Half the price of a top end eboard • Regenerative braking • Water resistant 

CONS • Low build quality for the remote • Performance • Less intuitive software 

The eboard market is starting to offer boards in all shapes, sizes, prices and specs. 

From an elegant urban commuter to an off-road monster, someone somewhere is building that board.  

However, an area of the market which has suffered is budget boards. 

Usually low-priced boards mean cheap brakes, poor software, shonky controllers and bargain-basement trucks – basically a four wheel death trap.  

However, Canadian company Juiced think they can corner this ‘value’ market with some very clear promises about their board.

So it the fastest? No. 

Most powerful? No. 

Best range? No. 

The word that best comes to mind about the Juiced skateboard is simply that it’s ok.

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Juiced eboard review

Juiced’s unique selling point is ‘exceptional value’, though this promise rather depends on where you live.

Indeed if you are in Canada or the US and want to get into eboarding then the Juiced does represent a good budget option because a dual is $799 whilst the single is $649. 

However, in the UK we face importation and VAT costs which means the single Juiced will be approximately £670 and the dual £790.  

The board we tested was a pre-production dual hub motor model with a maple bamboo deck measuring 38 inches and weighing in at over 6kg.

Eboards broadly have two different power trains hub motors or belts driven. 

Each has advantages. 

Hubs are quieter whilst belt driven gives higher torque which equates to better braking and hill climbing ability. 

According to the company the final version of the Juiced ‘will accelerate up a 15 degree incline’. 

One big advantage of hub wheels is the capacity to coast and, with a little boost from the battery, the board will continue to roll. 

Belts on the other hand will have resistance which means when the battery is dead they are not as easy to foot push as a hub board.  

We found the Juiced hub motors were quiet and worked well when cruising around the cycle lanes or pavements of London. 

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Juiced eboard review

Loosening the trucks certainly gave a more agile ride, though the bushings setup combined with the rigid maple deck gave a ride that felt to firm for the urban environment where ride comfort is a consideration. 

Speed is not king and generally those who choose boards merely based on which is the fastest are often candidates for a serious injury.  

The heart of any eboard is the software a fact too often overlooked when considering which board to buy.  

Too much power or harsh breaking will generally see the rider nursing a bruised bum, arm or head and wounded pride.

Budget boards like the Juiced can hit 20 mph and either coming off your board at that speed or hitting somebody is going to cause injury.  

Which is why the quality of the software and the controller should be key considerations. 

The Juiced controller is small and fits easily into the palm of the hand or pocket. 

Unusually it is powered by two AAA batteries rather than an internal battery charged by a micro USB.

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Juiced eboard review

A small internal switch in the battery compartment allows the rider to move from ‘tortoise’ to ‘hare’ mode. 

Each mode has a lower and higher power option selected on the outside of the controller. 

The Juiced controller is very simple and easy to handle.

The software on the Juiced is similar to many eboards, offers the rider four power options from rookie to pro.  

This scale means riders can process with their board whilst they learn to ride.  

Some controllers, notably Evolve did have issues where riders can accidentally change the speed setting, or hit reverse and get thrown from the board.  

An event that we actually witnessed when testing the Evolve Carbon GT.  

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Juiced eboard review

Evolve are a premium company with a proven track record of producing great boards, good after sales and they changed the software in the controllers to rectify the issue.  

So choosing a board is not just about budget, you are choosing the company and the aftercare provided as well.  

Any new player to the eboard market will have to build their reputation in the field.  

From the trucks, controller, deck, battery are all a good value package.  

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Juiced eboard review

If a rider in the UK is looking to spend £800 for an aboard Juiced have two direct competitors Slick Revolution and for £995 the ‘One’ from Evolve. 

Riders need to be aware that a value board like the Juiced does not have all the bells and whistles of the more top of the range eboards like Boosted or Mellow, but those boards cost three times as much. 

Juiced do not claim to be offering a premium board. 

They claim to offer a value board and, in fairness, Juiced deliver on that promise. 

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