Thinking about getting the Shark Wheels electric skateboard?
You're in the right place because I bought and shredded it. At the time of writing this, I've clocked over 140 miles and now have a solid idea of the things I like and dislike about it.
Here's my Shark Wheels electric skateboard review to help you decide if it's right for you or not.
For those of you that just want to know my overall thoughts on it, here it is. I've had a blast riding it and to give you context, this was my first electric skateboard, so it's hard to compare it to others. The main disappointment for me was finding out that they collabed with TeamGee, rebranded it as a top-tier electric skateboard, and not transparent about that. Overall, I'm not disappointed with how it rides and I don't regret buying it as my first board. Although I probably would've done more research to make a more educated decision.
Where To Buy?
The only place I'm aware of buying from is on the Shark Wheels website.
That's where I bought mine and it took about a month to receive since it was a backordered.
Who Is It Best For?
If you're a big fan of Shark Wheels and want to get into electric skateboarding, their Shark power could be a solid option. However, I encourage you to do your research because there are a lot of other similar boards with a more affordable price (Meepo, Backfire, TeamGee, etc).
Below is a video we put together of our first impressions. Keep in mind, this is not a technical review since we're new to the eskate scene. It probably won't be helpful for anyone that has experience with electric skateboards. But if you're still curious about how it rides, then check it out.
They market it as an all-terrain board, but if you compare it to an actual all-terrain board that has tires, it's hard to classify it as one.
As long as you have enough speed and the ground is hard, it can handle it. Once you start going into dirt trails (mushier terrain), it doesn't perform well.
The power on this thing is solid and I never had any issues getting up hills. I weigh 160lbs and there weren't any hills that made me completely stop.
I think this is the norm with most electric skateboards though.
Speed Mode Tip
The speed modes that come with this board are very useful. They are Low, Medium, High and High+.
When I first jumped on this, I went straight to High+ but I wouldn't recommend that because it's got some serious torque. The best thing you can do is start on Low and ease your way up so you get comfortable with it.
The manual guide needs work. It shows a different remote, but then a few pages later, it shows the right remote, which is weird. I think the first remote is for their other thin electric board, but it's still confusing.
Charging it was confusing at first because the manual was pretty vague. They should improve the manual because when I'm spending $700 on a board, I want a manual that's clear.
If you're totally new to electric skateboarding, keep in mind that these boards are heavy because of the batteries/motors. I'm weirded out by not being able to kick the board up and grab it afterward. Instead, I just got to pick it up, but I guess that's not a big deal.
It came with four shred lights, but you can only install two on the front truck. The way the back truck is designed prevents the brackets to mount properly. Not to mention, just to get access to the screws, you have to cut the grip tape.
In my opinion, the graphic makes the board look cheap. I think they definitely could have made a cooler graphic.
Yeah, it's eh for me…It's eh.
After riding it for a few months and clocking over 140 miles, we put together an update video with some things I missed in our first impressions video.
The remote has a knob up to accelerate, down to break, a switch to put it in reverse, power button, settings and the top button to adjust speed mode.
There's a low, medium, high, and high plus mode so if you don't want to just jump right in, we did at first and it was kind of sketchy. High plus is mad sketchy if you don't know what you're doing, like the sensitivity. I think … Wait, hold on, you can adjust the sensitivity, you were saying, right? On the remote.
The screen will show you the battery level of the remote and board, how many miles you've clocked, and how fast you're going. I'm not going to go into the technicals of the battery simply because I don't know enough about it.
If you've done any research about the Shark Wheels electric skateboard then you probably come across some people mentioning the braking sensitivity.
The first week with it I noticed this right away and it does seem very jolty, however, I did adapt to it and I don't have a major issue with it now. But I will say that the break doesn't really activate right away when you pull back on the scroll. It's almost like after a quarter of the way, it abruptly activates which like I said I'm completely used to now, but it is annoying.
Okay now moving on to battery monitoring on the remote that's probably one of the most annoying part about this thing it just feels like the connectivity between the battery and the remote isn't efficient at all.
It seems like after 10 minutes in, it starts to fluctuate – one minute it's almost drained and the next it’s a full battery.
And when your battery gets low to the last bar your remote starts to beep. But it seems like it starts to beep way too early because when I did the range test I was able to go a long while after the first low-battery beep. I guess what I'm really getting at here is that the battery indicator on the remote fluctuates way too much and really doesn't give you an accurate read.
One moment it'll almost be full then it'll almost be dead then I'll go slower, hit the regenerative brakes and it goes back up again. I don't know if this is the case with all-electric skateboards but that's just something I noticed.
I know there are some people out there that think the display screen is pretty wack but I don't find too much of an issue with it. Those are the main two things about the remote that has bothered me over time.
The deck is made of 7-ply Canadian Maple and 1-ply Fiberglass, overall making it pretty stiff. I weigh 160lbs and can't really notice any flex when I ride it.
For my riding style, I think the concave is just enough where it helps with carving and locking you in when you're going faster but it doesn't feel uncomfortable for longer distances.
Bottom Graphic Chip
The next thing about the deck is on the graphic below it started to chip a good amount, especially by the motors.
Now, this is probably me just being nitpicky because it's pretty much impossible to avoid rocks hitting up against the bottom of the board, but I kind of wish they would address this in future versions. Honestly, I would be completely fine with an all-black deck on the bottom – no graphic – I think that would probably be better. Personal preference though.
Something I didn't address at all in our original shark electric video was a range test. And that was simply because I was so new to the eskate scene that I had no idea how to properly do one. In fact, I know I can still improve it, but this should give you a rough idea.
I weigh 160lbs, the outside temperature was 70 degrees Fahrenheit (if that even matters) and I tracked it with my Ride iPhone App. I understand that specs on electric skateboards really are subjective because it comes down to various riding factors, but I still wanted to put this out there.
The last thing I wanted to address because I found this out after I bought this board was their collab with TeamGee.
It seems like Shark Wheels is rebranding TeamGee's products with a different deck and Shark Wheels. But the battery looks the same, the trucks look the same, the remote looks the same, so I was a little disappointed to find this out after the fact.
Now I guess I can't really blame Shark Wheels because most cheaper electric skateboards lead back to one of the same manufacturers, but I just don't like how they're not upfront about it. I don't have an issue that it's a rebranded product, I just wish they were more transparent about it. If you look at side by side of the TeamGee, Lycaon, and Shark Wheel board, they look pretty similar.
Personally, I've had a lot of fun riding my Shark Wheels electric skateboard, but after doing more research it's hard to recommend it over others. I think it was a solid first-time electric skateboard for me.
I hope this shark wheels electric skateboard review gave you more insight based off my experience.