Please READ the owner’s manual that is included with your board. This getting started guide will help you get the most enjoyment out of your board without compromising safety.

IMPORTANT: Avoid Water and Wet Roads!

Evolve skateboards are extremely reliable and with a bit of care and maintenance, will provide you with years of enjoyment. The ONLY time we see boards having issues is when it is ridden over water or in the rain. Please avoid water and wet roads as it will damage the electronics and void your warranty.

If for reasons beyond your control you are exposed to rain or wet roads, as soon as you get the chance, open up the battery case and dry off the electronics with a dry cloth or gentle hair dryer.

If your board experiences problems due to exposure to water, please inform us so that we can zero in on the issue right away. We will always endeavour to fix any problems in the fastest time and for free or minimum cost.

IMPORTANT: Safety Gear Tips!

How to Safely Accelerate and Brake:

 

a. Helmet (A Must!)

We strongly advocate wearing helmet as the MINIMUM safety equipment for riding any eBoard. Whether you are cycling, roller-skating and skateboarding, a helmet is essential insurance from debilitating head injuries. For normal riding, get a helmet that is a comfortable fit for you. If its comfortable, chances are you will remember to wear it.

If you are going to go at speeds past 40km/h, especially if going downhill – you may want to consider getting full-faced longboarding helmets.

b. Elbow Pads

We recommend motocross elbow pads instead of regular skateboard or roller skating elbow pads. Motocross elbow pads cover the elbow to the wrist because a crash or fall at speed will involve more of a sliding action on the elbow rather than impact.

c. Gloves

If you fall of the board, chance are you will reach out with your hands to break the fall. So a good pair of gloves is a smart option to save you some skin off the wrist. We recommend half-finger gloves so that you can maintain tactile control over the trigger remote.

d. Knee Pads

Knee pads will save you some skin in case of a fall. If you get Motocross elbow pads, they often come as a set with knee pads. They are not relied upon as heavily as the helmet, elbow and gloves but if you want full protection, go for the knee pads too.

e. Hip Pads

Another common impact point is the hip. Hip pads are optional only if you are planning a very fast downhill decent at full speed.

f. Motorcycle Jeans

We also recommend motorcycle jeans which contain built in knee pads and hip pads. These type of jeans are also designed with stretchable elastic around the thigh and waist area to allow more flexibility when skating.

GT Remote Basics (Video)

Please read the instruction manual that comes with your board on how to operate the remote.

GT Remote Video Demo [ORIGINAL VERSION]:

GT Remote Video Demo [NEW FIRMWARE VERSION]:

The remote  that comes with your board should already be paired with your board during testing prior to shipping. So just turning on the remote (press and hold right button) and your board will allow you to control the board already. If the remote is not paired with the board, a single click on the left button will put it into pairing mode. Next, click the right button once each time to cycle through all the modes. We recommend you start with Slow or Eco mode if you have not ridden an evolve board before to get used to the remote’s sensitivity.

Practice pulling the trigger gently to get a slow controlled acceleration and gently pushing on the trigger to get a slow controlled brake.

The main tips about the remote are:

  1. Choose the correct mode. Slow mode is for beginners and kids and has a speed limit of 10km/h. Eco Mode is excellent for flat terrain where you want to maximise the range of the board. Fast Mode is great for speed runs and steep hills. GT mode unleashes full power to the motors. Use GT mode cautiously as full acceleration and braking may throw you off the board if your weight is unbalanced.
  2. You can switch modes without having to stop the board. But again, practice first. Be certain you know which mode you are in before applying throttle as an unexpected boost could throw your balance.
  3. Do NOT engage REVERSE mode while travelling at speed. Reverse mode is great for 3-point turns or short slow manoeuvres. But accidentally hitting the reverse button while at high speed can be dangerous as it will throw you off the board.

The other settings and preference are only important if you want to have an accurate trip meter reading on the remote. You need to set the correct wheel and gear setting.

Below are the most common remote settings to match the standard setups:

80mm 32T – Orange Orangatan Kegel Wheel 80mm
83mm 32T – Black Evolve Wheel (Standard GT Street Setup)
97mm 32T – (7mm ABEC 11 Flywheels (upgrade option)
175mm 66T – 7″ Evolve AT Tire (Standard GT AT Setup)
200mm 66T – 8″ MBS AT Tire

 

Check Battery Levels

Your board will arrive with the battery partially charged. This will allow you to use the board right out of the box for a test ride or two.

The remote may or may not be fully charged. A fully charged remote can be used 3-5 times before needing to be recharged again. If you plan to go for a longer ride, we commend charging the remote and the board to 100% prior to riding.

In order to maximise battery performance – never leave the board or remote completely drained of battery power for long periods. If your board has not been used for a while, do remember to charge it every 3-6 weeks.

How to Adjust the Trucks?(Video)

Please watch this detailed video tutorial:

How to convert your GT Street board to the GT AT setup?(Video)

Please watch this detailed video tutorial:

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • AT Tires should be inflated to 30-40PSI. At 30 PSI you will get a smoother ride as the softer pressure absorbs more vibration and at 40 PSI you will get better range as the tires will roll better.
  • Do not over tighten the motor screws when adjusting the belt tension. Applying too much force is unnecessary and can bend the aluminium channel the screw sits in.
  • If you change the street and AT setup often, you should put a drop of non-permanent threadlock on the 4 motor screws to avoid them coming loose and losing tension.
  • Apply some grease or lithium grease around the outer edge of the bearings (as shown in the video above) if there are small clicking noises from the bearings – also see detailed video on “clicking” noises in the Troubleshooting section.

How to convert your GT Series AT board to the GT Series Street setup? (Video)

Please watch this detailed video tutorial:

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • Do not ride street tires on wet ground as it will slip and do not ride over grates or grills as it may cut or chip the tires
  • Do not over tighten the motor screws when adjusting the belt tension. Applying too much force is unnecessary and can bend the aluminium channel the screw sits in.
  • If you change the street and AT setup often, you should put a drop of non-permanent threadlock on the 4 motor screws to avoid them coming loose and losing tension
  • Apply some grease or lithium grease around the outer edge of the bearings (as shown in the video above) if there are small clicking noises from the bearings – also see detailed video on “clicking” noises in the Troubleshooting section.

Riding Hills
  • Riding on hills can be very dangerous, what goes up must come down! So if you ride up an insanely steep hill and you intend to ride down this same hill, this is extremely dangerous and you must know how to control your speed without the use of the electric brakes if ever there was a malfunction or there was a situation where the brakes fail.
  • Although the GT board can eat hills of up to 25 degrees gradient, riding CONTINUOUSLY on a very steep hill will put massive stress on the electronics. We have installed current limit protections with our circuit board, however, if you feel the board slowing down on a steep hill, this is because the protection is kicking in and giving you warning its working too hard. At this time, you must look at stopping to avoid risking damage to the electronics. Please note that overheating the circuit board by continuously riding up steep hills is NOT covered by our warranty policies.