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CycleBoard carves out a middle ground in e-scooters

Usually, the more time passes in the crowdfunding world, the smaller the e-scooter offerings become. It makes sense: it’s hard to turn down the temptation to back an e-scooter that’s both smaller and lighter than previous incarnations, even if they’re not as accessible to more people due to that very same reason. Instead of blindly chasing a smaller, lighter, slimmer design, founder Phillip LaBonty went the other way with CycleBoard. The result is a three-wheeled electric scooter with far more appeal to many more types of people.

The most obvious thing about the CycleBoard is its construction: it uses aircraft-grade aluminum, features three shock absorbing tires — two up front and one in the back — and 8.5-inch swappable riding decks. Together, these elements come together to make the 42lb. scooter a much sturdier, confidence-inducing ride for everyone in the family. What makes it really stand out is how it’s controlled with a collapsible handle combining balance and steering into one.

This means riders can lean up to 45° to steer the CycleBoard in one of three riding modes: conservative mode, surfing mode for a slightly more daring lean allowance, and a snowboarding mode to really push the CycleBoard to its limit. The $899 product gets 15-20 miles per charge and can go up to 20mph controlled by a finger throttle, something backers will be able to enjoy when it ships in June 2016. The CycleBoard Kickstarter campaign is looking for $70,000 by April 20th, 2016.

The CycleBoard is already a pretty compelling offering, and its host of accessories — an LCD that displays battery life and speed, a USB charging ports, the optional smartphone and GoPro mount, the optional fender reflectors — make it even more attractive. While the Ion and Zar scooters are far lighter and more nimble, the Cycleboard offers a more versatile ride for more people with more options.

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