Get it while it rolls at 15% off retail value. The ZBoard Classic is a Dude Exclusives deal only through May 27, 2014. Also keep in mind that in honor of the Dude Exclusives launch, all Dude Exclusives products come with an additional 10% discount through May 28, 2014. Enter the code dudeexclusive10 at checkout.
Like the RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle, the electric, weight-sensing ZBoard Classic won't drop mandibles with its gravity-defying tricks or blow off toupees with its unearthly speeds. But it will make for a simple, significantly less nerdy way (greetings, makers of Segway) to commute short distances without requiring a shower or heavy dousing of Sex Panther Cologne upon reaching one's final destination.
Were I to have moderately adept balancing and proprioception skills, riding the ZBoard would be as simple as leaning forward on its deck's front sensory foot pad to go, and leaning back on the other end's pad to stop. Pad design allows the mechanisms to evaluate a rider's weight/force application and send this information to a micro-controller, which then speeds up or slows down the 400W electric motor attached to the board's underside. Acceleration and deceleration vary entirely accordingly to one's ability to exhibit bodily control. Again, had I any bodily control, the ZBoard Classic would zip me safely from home to about 3 miles from home at speeds of up to 17 mph.
ZBoards can battle small to mid-range uphill slopes--think commercial parking garage inclines--and their regenerative braking system also provides for stopping on downhills. Though riding in the rain and through puddles is deterred, the board will navigate wet pavement without losing traction. Other specs:
- Range: 5 miles highway/3 miles city
- Deck length: 40"
- Deck width: 10-1/2"
- Wheels: 110mm rubber
- Deck: 6-ply Canadian maple
- Weight: 33 pounds
- Battery charge time: 5 to 6 hours
- Battery life: About 250 charges (sealed lead acid battery)