What are the pros and cons of a skateboard vs an electric bike?

Learning How

Electric skateboards and electric bikes are both fun to ride and easy to learn. Electric skateboards have a reputation for being difficult to learn, but board sports fanatics will tell you otherwise. When learning a new sport, past experience influences the ease of learning. With electric bikes, the bike rider almost always has some kind of previous bike experience. Some electric skateboard riders are also skateboarders, but many are not. A large number of new electric skateboard riders have no skateboard experience, but do have board sport experience. Surfers, snowboarders, and board sport enthusiasts find that learning an electric skateboard is fast, fun, and easy. Those new to board sports generally will need more time to learn. This is to be expected - those who have never ridden a bike will not immediately take to riding an electric bike.

Speed

Which one is faster - an electric skateboard or an electric bike? You might be surprised to find out that electric skateboards on average are faster than electric bikes. A typical electric bike will have a max speed of 20 mph (32 kph) to 28 mph (45 kph), for comparison, our V3 electric skateboard, which isn’t even our fastest electric skateboard, goes up to 29 mph (46 kph).

With enough experience, both electric bike and electric skateboard riders can drive the maximum bike or board speed in the right conditions. Everyday riders of both bike and board may never reach the top speed, as both bikers and boarders should only ride as fast as they can safely stop and be mindful of others.

When it comes to value for speed, the electric skateboard wins hands down here, with our V3 model costing $429 with a top speed higher than the fastest electric bike. Our other models are even faster but still cost under $1000.

Btw, when riding an electric bicycle or skateboard, you will not have to put in as much effort as on a regular bicycle or skateboard. So you will not be sweaty when you reach your destination. This advantage can be more obvious when summer comes or when you need to travel a long way. It’s still cooler in the car but who wants to be stuck in traffic and give up on that nice little breeze when riding?

Portability

Yikes, no bikes? No skateboards? Depending on where you live/work there might be rules about bringing bikes or boards into the building. For example, some buildings do not allow bikes in the elevators and if you live or work on the 10th floor that’s the same as saying no bikes. Electric skateboards can face similar restrictions, but almost never in a residential building. Some restrictions on electric skateboards in commercial buildings that are common are that any skateboard is that it needs to be in a bag to enter the building.

When you compare portability, the electric skateboard, conveniently carried under the arm, is much more portable than an electric bike. An electric skateboard is usually permitted on buses, trains, trams, and other modes of public transportation, while a heavy and large electric bike is not even if it folds and is “lightweight.”

Going for coffee with a friend? Bring in your electric skateboard and store it discreetly next to the table. Arriving by bike? Park it outside. An electric skateboard, compared to an electric bike, is much more portable.

Price

Electric bikes start around $1,000, while you can get an electric skateboard for under $300. If comparing bikes and boards with similar specs, the bike will tend to be much more expensive due to the extra parts and larger battery that needs to power the bike. Dollar per dollar, your money goes faster and further with electric skateboards. For under $500 you can get a Meepo V3, whose speed, charge time, grade ratings, and power can give you better performance than your average electric bike.

If you want to try an electric skateboard, a small investment of less than $500 can get you a robust board that reaches speeds similar to electric bikes that cost more than $1000. If you want to try electric skateboarding for less money, we recommend a second-hand board from a company with a reputation for safety, rather than a “cheap electric skateboard.”

When making your decision about what to purchase make sure to also take into account the cost of a spare battery, battery replacement after some time and of maintenance and possible repairs. While you might get stuck with a flat tire on your bike from time to time this won’t happen on your eskate as it uses rubber wheels.

Durability

Both electric bikes and electric skateboards are durable, but also have limitations. Most manufacturers of both electric bikes and skateboarders advise against riding in the rain, even those with water-resistant or waterproof features. Rain can make for slippery conditions for all wheeled vehicles; electric bikes and skateboards are not designed to ride in the rain.

Electric bikes and electric skateboards are designed to ride on paved surfaces. When riding on uneven, rough, or pot-holed surfaces an electric bike or skateboard could get wear-and-tear for misuse. Riders who need more durable bikes and boards can find versions featuring more power for uphills, larger wheels for uneven surfaces, and design elements that take rough riding into account.

Both electric bikes and electric skateboards are designed to last years with proper use. Riders of both electric skateboards and electric bikes should follow usage instructions for their specific model and choose the model right for their needs.

Safety

Electric bikes and electric skateboards have a similar level of safety. First, a majority of injuries could be prevented by wearing proper safety gear, for both bikes and electric skateboards. This means riders of bikes and boards can both benefit from using safety gear. Critics of electric skateboards point out that small stones, cracks, gravel, or rocks can send you flying. Bikes, in most cases, can go right over these obstacles. However, bikes have their own obstacles, for example, cracks or grates that can catch narrow wheels present more of a challenge to electric bikes than electric skateboards and their wide wheels.

Final Words: Electric Skateboard vs Electric Bike

If you’re trying to decide between them, you might not have to...

Our boards are so affordable that many riders find that having both an electric skateboard and electric bike are in their budget. Experienced electric bike riders and electric skateboard riders can be found enjoying both modes of electrifyingly fun personal transport. If you are enough of a freak to do both the same day, get yourself a skateboard bag or a good bicycle rack and carry your board while riding the bike!

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EBoards every time who cares if they aren’t as maneuverable we are a big population of hommies and can just cruise and have an awesome evening.

Cooper October 11, 2019

Riding a skateboard can be safer than a bike depending on the speed. If you are not sending it then you can jump off and have way more mobility to escape doom than on a bike. only downside to me is not being able to ride in the rain. even if it would be waterproof you need fenders cause the water splash gets you dirty real quick. but the thing which makes me choose my eskate for work over my bike is the joy of riding it. nothing comes close to carving on the roads. im lucky i have a bike only full blown road to work next to water

Jochen October 08, 2019

I recommend bicycle because more comfortable in ride on the rough ride.

KANG DAE JONG October 08, 2019

I agree that a skateboard goes faster as a bike but a bike can cover way more miles then a skateboard. The reason why I haven’t bought a skateboard yet is:
1. I am not even sure if I can drive one because I will need to learn it.
2. If I cant ride it, it is a waste of money.
So I was looking for a second hand buy but that is not a thing.

I hope that there will be in the future a sheep board around $200 that can be delivered in Belgium that also has some nice specks and then I mean a nice range.

Bryan October 08, 2019

It’s obvious that this “comparison” was written from a marketing standpoint and with an inherent bias toward electric skateboards. I suspect you have ulterior motives with writing a pro vs. con comparison like this, with the intent to expand your market to include electric bike shoppers. You do this here by making the electric skateboard seem like something that is approachable, friendly, and without hidden dangers. You frame things in a way that seems to target individuals that lack awareness of the fact that bicycles are unequivocally a safer vehicle than skateboards, whether they are electric or not. You try to imply that it is equally as safe to ride max speed for extended periods of time on a skateboard as it is riding on a bicycle, and that, on its face is a glaring dissolution of the truth. It is much safer to traverse distance at speed on a bicycle than it is on a skateboard, even when they are traveling at equal speed. As for the segment regarding tires and drain gutters, i found it to be a veiled redirect. Most electric bicycles have wider mountain bike style tires, So the event that your skinny tire will get caught it some grate is very uncommon. The comparison about how an electric skateboard actually be safer over a grate than a bicycle is some circumstances, while may be technically true, It’s a red herring in order to draw attention away from the blustering danger that you face on that same grate riding an electric skateboard.

I also took issue with the Top speed claim, “most skateboards have a top speed of 20-28 Mph” that’s quite a range and it’s dishonest to claim such a broad range of top speeds when you’re talking about an average of all skateboards. Just another way to reframe the truth in order to seem to match if not beat the electric bike in the speed category.

This article is blatant propaganda but I am not surprised given the context. Just my opinion!

Rider October 08, 2019

Why to compare? They are so different.
The e-board is much more dangerous but is extremely more fun.

Marcelo October 08, 2019

Fun factor goes to skateboards over bicycles 100% Maneuverability, speed, portability and overall cool factor. Just saying….

Robby Mc October 08, 2019

More of a question, what board would you recommend for scottish weather, uneven pavement, sometimes it is wet and big hills?

Oliver October 08, 2019

I ride e-skate and e-bike on a regular basis and I mostly agree with everything except the safety part, e-skates are far more dangerous because it’s easy to lose control in small cracks, holes and uneven roads specially at high speed, because like you said, sk8s go way faster!!

Pedro Sezulfe October 08, 2019

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