Santa Cruz Tech Beat


On Track: A Geek’s Guide to Inboard

(Source: Inboard Technology)

February 11, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: One side of the new Inboard dynamometer ready to go. Source: Inboard website)

Manta Drive

One of the most eagerly awaited packages to arrive recently was a full box of Manta Drive™ pre-production motor samples! Aesthetically, the motors look sharp in black anodized aluminum. The external wire leads are protected in tight weave wire mesh and heat shrink wrap for extra durability. Internally the motor windings are significantly tighter and better packed than what we were able to achieve on prototypes, which make these the most efficient and powerful motors we’ve put under an M1 deck. Read more…

Motor Controller

Tony and Jared have covered a lot of ground with motor controller firmware development since the latest printed circuit board revision arrived at the beginning of the New Year. Jared has finished writing code for system management, LED control, smartphone integration and sensor access while Tony is writing the code that will directly control acceleration, deceleration, and extra power delivery for climbing hills and braking. Read more…

New Dynamometer

Last week the Inboard Engineering Team received a brand new dynamometer for Manta Drive and motor controller testing. This test fixture arrived late last Friday afternoon, so the team was only able to get as far as setting up the mechanics. The first dyno tests will begin this week. Read more…

RFLX Remote


RFLX Remote trigger durability testing. (Source: Inboard website)

The RFLX Remote™ has entered the final stages of testing, with Theo building out an automated test rig to allow us to figure out the average lifespan of the remote trigger. Since this trigger is crucial to riding the M1 and will be used continually throughout its lifespan, we want to ensure it works as well on the 100th ride as it does on the first ride. Read more…

Watch: Inboard welcomes first official ambassador: Liam Morgan

In January, professional downhill longboarder and master of the switch stand up powerslide, Mr. Liam Morgan, became the first official Inboard Ambassador. In addition to Inboard, Liam rides for Arbor Skateboards, Caliber Trucks, Blood Orange Wheels and Daddies Boardshop. Liam’s R&D input and laid back attitude is a huge addition to the Inboard Team, not to mention his strong drive to continue to create some of the best downhill videos on the web.

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