After testing various electric Skateboards in the market and owning a $2000 well known board, all the board’s I have tested are priced over the $1200 mark, I decided to test a board that is in the lower end in terms of price. My fingers took a wonder on my keyboard and I came across a board called the Magneto, which is seemingly a brand growing in popularity, as the company are having trouble keeping up with the demand at the moment.
Magneto is a company based in London and after a conversation with their director, I believe they ship more or less worldwide and are planning to set-up in the states at some point next year too. To be honest, on the surface I can see why they have sold out. The Magneto is priced around $600, it looks really slick in the pictures and the spec on paper is better in some cases than the $1200 boards I have tested. Where’s the catch? It comes with a great speed of 30KPH, 25KM range, 2-3 hours’ charge time and weighing 6KG.
As per their website magnetoelectricskateboard.com, the Magneto slogan is: Made for the people, I think that’s them saying the other electric skateboards are out of touch with the target audience due to being; essentially unaffordable to the people that really want one. Magneto claims they have made a high performing electric skateboard that almost anyone can afford to own. I’ve always had a saying; if it seems too good to be true it probably is; and The Magneto seems too good to be true.
I ordered my Magneto. 8:00 AM the very next morning the Magneto arrived, the packaging is quite plain and the company do not give much away, after eagerly unwrapping the board and staring at it excitedly for a few minutes, I plugged it in and headed out for a few hours, leaving the Magneto to charge. I got home unplugged the Magneto and had a good look at it for the first time; this thing is solid, big solid wheels and trucks, a rock hard Canadian maple deck. It really doesn’t look like these guys have cut in corners in terms of the materials they’ve used; the only thing I noticed is that the controller seemed a bit brittle.
The Test ride:
I’m a pretty confident rider, so I slung open my front door jumped on the Magneto and cranked it. Immediately I caught myself smiling, this thing rides really well. It sticks to the road like glue, carves incredible and the top speed of 20 mph although its fast, it feels safe and it’s enough! the brakes took a little getting used to admittedly, it seemed quite difficult to get the braking just right, however once I got used to it, I found it really fun!
The Magneto generally performed well in all areas, to be honest it performed better in some areas than the other premium priced boards I have tested, the stability and handling on the Magneto is just superb.
I had a great day out on this board and find myself eating my words (if it seems too good to be true it probably is). I really couldn’t see the downside of this board; I kept looking and couldn’t find one! It rides a little different to the other boards and in some places it seemed a little quirky at first like the braking, however, it actually grew on me. Magneto: has made a really solid, fun board that is delivering the same specs as boards twice the price. These guys have done a really great job with this, making electric skateboarding/longboarding more accessible to everyone.
There really is nothing wrong with this board, the only negative point I would say is the controller feels like if it took a good hit, it would be wrecked, but Magneto sell these for like $60. I would like to rate different features at: Speed: 9/10; Handling: 10/10; Durability: 7/10 (would be 10 if it wasn’t for the remote, the board itself is rock solid); Braking: 8/10; Portability: 8/10 and Affordability: 10/10.
After a little deliberating, I came up with an analogy for the Magneto compared to my $2000 board. Admittedly I believe my $2000 board is the Ferrari of Electric skateboards, however If the Magneto was a car it’s the equivalent of a souped up Mustang, a lot less expensive it performs almost just as well, parts are cheap and easy to fit and isn’t really lacking any area. The Magneto knows what it is and it does it well. Here’s the link to connect with Magneto on Facebook.