MXB Shocker motocrossboard – the off-road electric skateboard
By Darren Quick
November 15, 2010
Skateboards have definitely come a long way since Marty McFly ripped the crate from a kid’s home made scooter and grabbed onto a passing car to escape Biff in 1955. In recent times we’ve seen the humble skateboard evolve through the addition of a motor in such vehicles as the Tami Rhino and Wheelman BUSHPIG. The most recent example to join the ranks is the MXB Shocker Motocrossboard from Performance Concepts – an electric-powered cross between a snowboard and a dirtbike that has an average range of 18 miles, recharges in two hours and – with some tweaking – can hit 35 mph.
The two-wheeled MXB Shocker's 48-volt brushless motor is rated at 1,500-watts, producing almost 5 lb/ft of torque, which is enough to propel the board to over 35 mph (56 km/h). However, the device’s speed is limited to 20 mph (32 km/h) via gearing and the programmable controller – although this can be unlocked to enjoy the full 35 mph.
Throttle and braking are managed through a handheld control unit attached to the board by a cable, while the hands-free steering is achieved by leaning.
Weighing 74 lbs (33.5 kg) the MXB Shocker has a travel of 5-inches on the front and rear suspension as standard, while a travel of 7- or 9-inches can be selected as an option if you’re planning on hitting some bumpy trails.
To lend control to the front and rear swing arms, the suspension consists of coil springs over oil and nitrogen filled shocks, which offer adjustable spring rate, pre-load and rebound compression damping.
This, coupled with the 100 percent 4130 chromo frame and swing arms means the unit should be able to handle riders up to 290 lbs (131 kg), although Performance Concepts says limiting the rider’s weight to 185 lbs (84 kg) will extend the life of the board.
Strap-inThe Shocker offers a variety of binding options to suit riders of different skill levels. Experts can go with a release boot and binding setup, while intermediate riders can choose between a set of adjustable hooks placed under their feet or a release system used with any shoe. For beginners the best bet is to simply stand on the deck holding an optional flexible handle that allows for more convenient starts and stops.
The standard 48-volt 10AH LiFePO4 battery pack provides an average range of 18 miles (29km) and can be recharged in two hours. Additional 10AH battery pack and regenerative braking options can also extend the average range to over 40 miles (64km).
Performance Concepts says anyone can learn to ride the Shocker with a bit of practice, as evidenced by video on the company’s website showing a 73 year old test rider in action.
The MXB Shocker motocrossboard isn’t cheap, starting at US$2999 plus shipping, but if you’re interested, Performance Concepts is taking orders now and those placed before Nov. 28 should arrive on your doorstep in time for Christmas.