Cycleboard Rover Gen 2 Electric Scooter Review 2021: Best 3 Wheel Scooter?
Speed and Power outputThe new second-generation Rover has a powerful 1800-watt brushless motor contained in its rear wheel hub, which gives it the ability to go as fast as 27mph with a max range of 40 miles on a single charge. It also boasts of an excellent acceleration that allows this Cycleboard scooter to go from 0 to 20mph in just five seconds. It also has five pre-set speed limits that give riders maximum control in any environment. A top speed of 27mph is already pretty fast, but it is not the fastest electric scooter I have seen. Other electric scooters running on less powerful motors can go faster (click here to check them out). However, the Cycleboard Rover can hold its speed and power by up to 30% grade even with heavy riders, which is something not many other electric scooters can do.
Range and Battery PerformanceIn this Cycleboard review, I will also take a look at its max range and how it fares in terms of battery performance. Another nifty feature of this Cycleboard electric scooter is that you can easily access the swappable battery compartment by opening the hinged deck. This makes battery replacement quick and easy. Cycleboard offers two types of batteries. The 60v 12.8Ah battery can take you as far as 30 miles, while the extended 19.2Ah battery will stretch your max range by as much as 40 miles. Charging time for the 12.8Ah battery is 6.5 hours. The 19.2Ah battery, on the other hand, can take as long as 9.5 hours to charge. You can reduce the charging time by as much as 35% by upgrading to their 3a battery charger.
Design & Construction Quality
This Cycleboard scooter has a sturdy and robust design. It is built to last many years of rigorous riding. For something this powerful, you would think that there would be some sacrifices on the design, but it actually looks sleek and stylish. You also have four colors to choose from, which include carbon grey, gunmetal grey/burnt orange, ghost grey, and phantom black/woody. Admittedly, it is a bit on the bulky side, especially with a weight of 83lbs and a deck that is 10 inches wide and 29 inches long. However, these are the very features that make it so comfortable to use for longer commutes, especially for larger folks.
Materials:The overall build quality of the Rover is very impressive indeed. It has a premium look and finish. Cycleboard used aircraft-grade aluminum (1) construction for the chassis and completely redesigned the handle with stainless steel. The bolts and reinforced plates also add to the strength of the Rover.
Handlebar:One thing to note about the handlebars is that they do not turn. Turning is achieved through leaning—pretty much like when snowboarding or skateboarding. It has a handlebar made from steel that can withstand a whopping 400 lbs of force, so handle strain will not be a problem with this one. This also makes it suitable for carrying extra load—like, say, a cargo basket or golf bag accessories. There is an LCD screen on the handlebar that shows the battery life, speed, and odometer. It also displays the speed modes, which you can toggle using the up-and-down arrows. Some of the other things you will find on the handlebar are the handbrake lever, parking brake, USB charging port, built-in LED headlight, and thumb throttle. It also has a security lock code when you turn it on, meaning not just anyone can jump on it and ride away with it without unlocking it first.
Cycleboard has a patented linkage system (PLS) that gives you this intuitive lean-to-steer design. This offers you the ultimate experience in steering and stability, giving you the freedom to explore your city without limits in a fun and exciting way.
The Rover is very easy to fold. To raise or fold the handle, press the release tab at the base of the handle, and it will lock back into place. Once folded, it can easily fit inside the trunk of your car. However, at 83lbs, it is a bit on the heavy side—making it less convenient to carry around.
The Cycleboard Rover comes pre-assembled out of the box, so there is really no need to assemble anything. You only need to unfold the handlebar, and you are done setting it up. The only time you will need to do some assembly is when you need to install some add-on accessories like the fenders.
I highly recommend that you get the three-piece fender kit, as this will help you a lot when riding through puddles or a muddy road.
Tires & Braking System
The Rover’s 10-inch pneumatic all-terrain tires come with a proprietary belt design that helps keep the scooter maintain a flat surface for maximum traction when carving or turning. It has a combination of hydraulic disc brakes and an electronic disc braking system.
As you pull the handbrake lever on the left handlebar, the electronic handbrake slows the motor even before the caliper makes contact with the disc. This means you will be using the electronic braking most of the time, which is great because it will help prolong the life of your brake pads. The parking brake on the handbrake lever will ensure that your scooter will not roll away even when parked on a slope.
Thanks to its independent front and rear suspension that absorbs shock while dampening vibration, you will surely get to enjoy a smooth and responsive ride on any road condition.
Aside from the superb braking system, its deck has a proprietary washable grip tape to ensure that your feet do not slip off the board while you are riding. It also helps make your scooter looking new all the time. It also comes with a built-in headlight and rear fender with integrated taillight/brake light, making you more visible at night to pedestrians and other motorists.
This Cycleboard scooter does not have mobile control through Bluetooth. However, it does have a USB charging port for your phone, so you can charge your phone even while on the go. To secure your phone, you can get Cycleboard’s adjustable handlebar phone mount as an add-on.
Brand & Customer Service
The idea for the Cycleboard scooter came to Phillip Labonty while on a family bike ride. His kids can only go as far as 50ft before getting tired, which limits their bike riding activity. Cycleboard offers an alternative activity that gives every family a fun and safe shared experience.
Cycleboard offers a 30-day guarantee, which you can use to assess if you like the scooter or not. If you do not love your electric scooter by the end of the month-long trial period, they will gladly take the scooter back for a refund—no questions asked.
All parts are user-replaceable and come with a 12-month warranty against manufacturing defects. If you experience any problems with your Cycleboard electric scooter, just send their customer support a message (2), and they will send you the replacement part. Cycleboard scooters are designed in a way that allows anyone to easily replace the parts—even without special tools or the help of a mechanic.
- Although it is foldable and can easily fit inside the trunk of your car, it is on the heavy side. This means you will not be able to lift it for prolonged periods of time.
- Its price tag is a bit too high, especially for someone on a tight budget
Who Should Buy the Cycleboard Rover Gen 2 Electric Scooter?
The Cycleboard Rover’s bulky and beefy design is very stable indeed, but it is not for kids. It is recommended for riders 18 years old and up, who are at least 5 feet tall. It can accommodate a rider’s weight of up to 275lbs, making it the perfect choice for heavier riders.
This electric scooter can get students and adults to school or work in no time. It also provides an excellent means of transportation when you are running errands or simply want to stroll around the block.
With a top speed of 27mph and max range of 40 miles, the Rover is no doubt a beast of an electric scooter. Its front and rear suspension, as well as its 10-inch pneumatic tires, makes riding smooth even on any terrain. The swappable battery also adds a nice touch to the overall appeal of the Rover.
However, its price tag may put some people off, especially those with a tight budget. It is also a bit bulky and heavy, making it less convenient to carry around. As a tradeoff to its added size and weight, you get a comfortable and stable scooter ride.
Overall, I give it a score of 3.9.
Cycleboard Rover Gen 2 Scooter Video Review
|Cycleboard Rover Gen 2 Electric Scooter Specifications|
|Top Speed||27 mph|
|Charge Time||9.5 hours|
|Max Load||175 lbs|
|Wheel Size||10 inches|
You can buy the Cycleboard Rover directly from their website.
The handlebars and throttle have an IP65 waterproofing rating with the battery and motor completely sealed, making the electric scooter highly splashproof. However, avoid submerging it in water.
All Cycleboard products are engineered and designed by their team in Newport Beach, CA, and assembled in their factory in China, which is just right next door to Apple’s main factories actually.
The Rover can go as fast as 27 miles per hour.