The ultimate question in the esk8 community: DIY vs Prebuilt
Looking at our recent Carbon fiber deck drive build (£899), a top speed of 28mph and range of 17+ miles VS the boosted stealth (£1499), a top speed of 24mph and range of 14miles.
This is my opinion, feel free to let me know what you think
To summarise, I would say it depends on what your budget is and how long you want your board to last.
You can 100% build a cheap board under £200 with a remote-control car ESC, a lunch box, lipo batteries, eBay cheap parts, or, even worse, 3D printed motor mount (real-life story, DON’T DO IT!) .
Instead, if you are tight on budget, I would advise you to get a Cheap hub budget board from China. (Meepo/Wowgo/Ownboard etc) (£250/ $300) Do yourself a favor and get the dual-motor version, it will last way longer!
Don't get me wrong! DIY is not for everyone, you have to assemble the parts and have a vague idea of what goes where, which might be a hassle or a fun process depending on which way you look at it.
However, if you want something of quality, unique to you and upgradable, DIY will be better in most aspects.
(disclaimer: you might think that DIY should be cheaper, it is not always the case. Most quality parts are unfortunately pricier)