CycleBoard Rover review: A strange yet exciting mashup of an electric scooter and a skateboard

by Micah Toll

The CycleBoard Rover is unlike anything I’ve tested before. It looks like a scooter and handles more like a skateboard. It’s a wild ride that is hard to describe, but that’s what I’m here to try and do.

CycleBoard Rover tech specs • Motor: 1,800W rear hub motor • Top speed: 43 km/h (27 mph) • Range: 64 km (40 mi) • Battery: 1,152 Wh with LG or Samsung cells • Weight: 37 kg (83 lb)

CycleBoard Rover tech specs (cont'd) • Suspension: Front and rear spring suspension • Brakes: Rear hydraulic disc brake and regenerative braking • Wheels: 10×3″ front tires, 10×3.5″ rear tire • Extras: LCD display with speedometer, 5 power modes, LED tail light, safety lockout on folding mechanism

But I was woefully underestimating the learning curve here. The handlebars don’t actually turn like they do on a scooter, so you have to steer it by leaning your body as if you’re on a skateboard.

That took some getting used to. But once it clicked in my brain, it was definitely a fun ride.

A wild ride that’s one-of-a-kind Once you wrap your brain around how to control the Cycleboard Rover and it becomes intuitive, you finally get to open it up. And boy is it chomping at the bit, raring to go!

The 1,800W motor is extra powerful, and in fact was probably more power than I needed. As a new rider, I didn’t find myself using highest of the five power levels very often.