The other forums did not have separate categories for these builds, so what differentiates a mountain board vs a carver as I wait for my Haero board from batch three to ship?
Is a carver defined as a mountain board with channel trucks built for streets where ground clearance and treaded tires are not high on the priority list? Torque vs top end is builder preference and usually dictated by how much incline you want the board to handle (street or mountain). Is there actually a difference to how they ride and handle? Is the difference between the two as simple as the terrain the board is used on or just the title the builder assigns?
While I wait for my haero deck, I mounted etoxx adjustable base plates to my longboard to use channel trucks to fix wheel bite with pneumies. So is my ride a frankenboard carver now?
Generally a carver is a board designed for street riding. AT wheels make long distance road riding at traffic speeds safe and comfortable on most road conditions. Carvers are usually designed to be sleek urban assault vehicles. Carvers are usually geared for 30+mph and may be able to ride over grass and light off-road terrain but the primary use is fast smooth road riding. They have under-slung battery and don’t usually have bindings.
An eMTB is designed more for off-road use, allowing the rider a “go anywhere” board that is able to traverse changeling terrain. They are often designed for function over form, moving the battery / electronics to the top improves ground clearance and bindings help keep you planted on rough terrain. eMTB’s also usually have a higher reduction ratio to to get more torque for steep hills and soft terrain.