CycleBoard carves turf with smooth lean-to-steer system

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CycleBoard is designed to employ balance and reflexes, to carve smooth turns without compromising stability

CycleBoard is designed to employ balance and reflexes, to carve smooth turns without compromising stability (Credit: CycleBoard) View gallery (9 images)

Choices in personal mobility vehicles are numerous these days, many of which feature some form of electric motor or pedal assistance. The latest electric scooter to hit the streets adds a bit of fun by offering multiple riding styles. The CycleBoard electric scooter is designed with an intuitive steering system that uses foot placement and body balance.

Three-wheeled vehicles are great for those wanting a stable ride, although most present only basic, fixed steering. We've recently seen some lean-to-steer systems, such as the Trivek trike and Trikke Freedom, that augment maneuverability through the use of leaning frames. But those looking for something a little less extreme without sacrificing the experience may find it with the CycleBoard.

The CycleBoard comes across as your typical stand-up, kick scooter with dual front wheels, a single rear wheel, wide deck, and thick tires. A lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum frame supports most everything you'd expect to find on a modern ride: telescoping handlebars, fenders (optional), and concealed cables. When it comes to steering, however, CycleBoard is designed to employ balance and reflexes to carve smooth turns without compromising stability.

Those looking for an easy cruise can simply plant their feet parallel to the board and ride. Otherwise, an angled surf/snowboard stance offers more aggressive handling and control. With its built-in 48 V / 10 Ah battery and hub motor integrated into the rear wheel, CycleBoard is capable of reaching speeds up to 20 mph (32 km/h) and a travel distance of 15-20 mi (24-32 km) over average terrain. When plugged into standard wall socket, CycleBoard takes between two to five hours to recharge, depending on choice of charger.

In addition to the handlebar brake (with built-in bell) and throttle levers, CycleBoard features a LCD display that includes battery life indicator, speedometer, odometer, and power mode selection. A mount (optional) can be centered between the hand grips, allowing users to attach a smartphone or GoPro camera. Devices are able to charge off the scooter's battery via a USB output port, located behind the display. CycleBoard also features a folding handle design that makes it easier to carry, stow, or pull along like wheeled luggage.

The CycleBoard electric scooter is currently funding on Kickstarter, having raised 40 percent of its US$70,000 goal in less than a day, with another 29 days left to go. A pledge of $899 sets you up with one CycleBoard and vintage "woody" deck. Optional smartphone/GoPro attachment, extra battery chargers, integrated lock, front fenders, and other deck designs can be included through additional pledges.

The final prototype has already been designed and tested. So if production goes according to schedule, backers can expect shipments of the CycleBoard to start sometime this July.

Check out the video below for the product highlights.

Sources: CycleBoard, Kickstarter

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