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FiiK electric skateboard - wireless control, ABS braking system, ton of attitude

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March 7, 2011

Fiik handles downhill, off road

Fiik handles downhill, off road

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Sometimes you come across a product that makes you sit back and go "FiiK". In the past we have covered electric skateboards, off road skateboards, even all terrain boards, but a combination of fun, technology, design and street cred has always been elusive. Two brothers on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia have managed to meld these elements together with their electric skateboards. The company is called FiiK "Future Is In Knowledge", a nod to their ongoing design refinement which began over 10 years ago with a small two stroke motor strapped to a plank of wood. The product has evolved into a skateboard with a magnetic motor, a digital wireless throttle control system, ABS braking system and a ton of urban chic.

FiiK me, I want one

There are a number of different Fiik boards to cater for different types of riders and terrain. According to Fusionskate, an authorized retailer of FiiK, the most popular board is the retro styled, red striped "Street Surfer" and its easy to see why. This board produces high speeds on the black top with a maximum speed of 37 km/h (23 mph). It has aluminum rimmed, off road pneumatic tires with plenty of grip allowing you to take the board places a traditional skateboard can only dream about, such as tearing up grassy embankments and surfing the hard packed sand at the beach.

The board can also be equipped with super heavy duty tires – larger tires with grippy oversized tread to tackle dry dirt tracks and mulchy off road terrain. The board has an optional lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery giving you a range of around 30 km (22 miles) or 1.5 hours of runtime. A short wheelbase allows tighter turns, while the hardwood deck is concave for better traction while on board.

FiiK manufacture a range of other boards with a variety of deck shapes and more traditional poly-urethane wheels geared towards the street and skatepark. These boards have smaller and lighter battery packs with a short wheelbase for maneuverability. Others have a long wheelbase giving a surfing or snowboarding sensation with a deeper concave deck to give greater control while carving up the road. There is also a range for younger children, light enough to carry on public transport and to use as a regular skateboard if the battery runs flat.

How do you stop this Fiiking thing

The electric skateboards are all controlled by a handgun like device using digital wireless technology. There are 3 speed settings to allow for all skill levels, and the ability to limit the top speed for novice riders. Incorporating a stepless throttle control, the rider pulls the trigger towards them to start moving and away from them to slow down and stop. All the FiiK boards have an ABS braking system to allow the rider to slow down without the wheels locking and potentially throwing the rider off.

The FiiK battery

The FiiK electric skateboards have a sealed lead acid battery as standard that can be upgraded to a more expensive lithium iron phosphate pack. Sealed lead acid batteries are a cost effective solution that can deliver great acceleration and torque when fully charged but they do have limitations compared to LiFePO4. There are large differences in weight and size – in regards to the FiiK lithium batteries, 3.8 kg (8.4 lb) compared to 13 kg (28.6 lb) and the lithium batteries are over four times smaller.

Other benefits are an extended run time, more torque, faster acceleration and a longer lifespan – 2,000 recharges compared to 500 with no charge memory problems. There is a quick charger in development that promises to drop the charging time from flat currently at 5 to 6 hours down to under 2 hours.

FiiK fan

I was introduced to the FiiK skateboards by a friend, Tom Griffiths after he saw them on the Gold Coast in Australia and bought one for himself and his partner for Christmas last year. Tom mainly uses the board for those quick local trips down to the shops and for cruising along the beachfront each weekend, essentially replacing his bike. It took him a couple of weeks to master riding but he was able to get moving a few moments after jumping on.

According to Tom, the attention the board attracts is phenomenal with people stopping him in his tracks each time he takes the board out. "Most people are just in awe of the machine and want to have a go, I have kids and adults chasing me down the street to take a look."

The FiiK Street Surfer with lithium iron phosphate battery retails for US$1600.

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10 Comments

These guys are way behind our guys right here at home. Check out the boards at AlteredSkateboards.com -- in fact, kind of looks like the Fiik guys are copying a page or two from them -- I've owned three of these boards and they're great.

JanDrake
8th March, 2011 @ 02:14 pm PST

@Jan - LOL - you do realize this is the Internet, don't you? America might be your "world", but not to the 200 other countries out in the *real* world :-)

And what part of "ten years" didn't you understand?

christopher
8th March, 2011 @ 04:39 pm PST

Electric Skateboards are a great Buzz, and a different ride to your standard board. Air, Sand, Dirt, Grass, skatepark, almost nothing off limits. see fusionskate.com.au to see some amazing videos and pics of these boards in action

Fusionskate
10th March, 2011 @ 07:13 pm PST

We've been running LiFePO4 battery packs on our offroad boards down in NZ since 2008 :) Originally we were told by the manufacturers it couldn't be done LOL so we started out by building our own packs, then the manufacturers caught up and now everyone is claiming it's "new" and revolutionary and marketing them as their invention ... hilarious :)

Nigel Vining
26th March, 2011 @ 07:49 pm PDT

Are these compatible with U.S. electrical for charging and how can I purchase one in the U.S.?

Kenny Hoeschen
2nd April, 2011 @ 11:02 pm PDT

Due to worldwide demand Fusionskate will now deliver Fiik Electric Skateboards around the world and to the USA, so you too can enjoy a little more of our great Australian Lifestyle. Check them out http://www.greatelectricskateboards.com.au/internationalshipping.html

Fusionskate
2nd May, 2011 @ 09:10 am PDT

Due to worldwide demand Fusionskate will now deliver Fiik Electric Skateboards around the world and the USA, so you too can enjoy a little more of our great Australian Lifestyle. Check them out http://www.greatelectricskateboards.com.au/internationalshipping.html They really are great, fast, and reliable.

Fusionskate
2nd May, 2011 @ 09:12 am PDT

These things look AMAZING! Can't wait for the price to drop for the "Fiik Big Daddy Skateboard" type models. :))

Renārs Grebežs
9th May, 2011 @ 04:09 am PDT

Looks to be another lithium battery skateboard thats following the suit of E-Glide, Ex-skate, and all the others, except that this one is a bit overpriced. Until the Steve Jobs of e-skateboarding designs a working clutch, these boards will always feel "artificial" because they continue to be 100% engaged to the motor similar to a remote controlled car. The ability to "glide" on flat terrain or downhill has never been an option on any of the electric boards. Depress the throttle and the board stops. Let go of the throttle and the board stops. This is their braking mechanism. In order to feel the true essence of coasting on a longboard, a separate throttle and braking will be necessary before and electric skateboard can power uphill with the option of "coasting" back down under gravity alone.

Kirby
14th September, 2012 @ 06:24 am PDT

FiiK Electric Skateboards are now available in Europe, dispached from warehouses in Germany and the UK

www.FiiKskateboards.de

www.FiiKskateboards.co.uk

Mirko
1st November, 2012 @ 03:26 am PDT
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