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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, January 18 2019 8:00 AM UTC +00:00.

Zenboard TechnologyBy Zenboard Technology
First created
Zenboard TechnologyBy Zenboard Technology
First created
AU$ 35,842
pledged of AU$ 75,000pledged of AU$ 75,000 goal
27
backers
37days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, January 18 2019 8:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Zenboard started with a goal to create a riding experience like no other. From its minimalist design to its remote free control system, every detail had to feel right.

To make that happen, we used the best technologies we could find and spent years developing something completely new and different.

The result was a product that we absolutely love and know you will too.

A REVOLUTIONARY REMOTE-FREE RIDE

True hands-free control is finally here. Zenboard features a patent-pending, weight-sensing control system that is better than traditional remotes in every way. We call it FlowControl™.

Lean forward to go, Lean back to brake.
Lean forward to go, Lean back to brake.

Simply lean forward to accelerate and lean back to brake. Zenboard's software makes it feel like the board can read your mind.

It's so intuitive - it only takes a few minutes to learn how to use.

Adapts to your balance: Combining hidden sensors and intelligent algorithms, Zenboard measures your weight distribution thousands of times a second. Allowing the board to respond instantly to changes in your balance to reduce your risk of falling. 

The whole deck acts as a sensor.
The whole deck acts as a sensor.

Complete Control: FlowControl™ measures your weight-distribution down to the 0.01kg in real-time. This means you get the most responsive ride possible giving you complete confidence when weaving through obstacles.

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Intelligent Braking: The board features a safe braking system which brings it to a full stop after you step off, even downhill.

Stops automatically after you step off.
Stops automatically after you step off.

GEARBOX INSIDE THE WHEEL

While prototyping our motors, we quickly realized that existing electric skateboard motors just didn't cut it. External belt driven motors are bulky and need constant maintenance, while in-wheel motors don't have the torque needed for effective hill-climbing and braking.

Our answer is ArcDrive™: A gear-assisted, in-wheel motor system like nothing else currently available. It uses a planetary gear system with a gear ratio of 3:1 inside the wheel for triple the torque of standard in-wheel motors. 

ArcDrive™ Motor.
ArcDrive™ Motor.

Every Zenboard features dual ArcDrive™ motors in the rear wheels, giving you over 3 horsepower under your feet and providing performance unheard of in a board this slim and light.

Gearbox & motor are neatly hidden inside the wheel.
Gearbox & motor are neatly hidden inside the wheel.

Hill Climbing: Zenboard's dual ArcDrive motors give you the power to coast up 30% grade hills with ease.

Climb 30% Grade hills.
Climb 30% Grade hills.

Stop on a dime: The gears assist the motors to cut your braking distance in half and give you a smooth, predictable stop - all while charging the battery.

Gear-assisted regenerative braking.
Gear-assisted regenerative braking.

UNIBODY DECK

Zenboard elevates the electric skateboard deck to a whole new level of performance and portability. Made of ultra durable carbon-fibre, the minimalist unibody deck provides a sleek waterproof exterior that encases the electronics and battery. 

To keep Zenboard thin and light, we made the deck hollow which has allowed us to fit a huge 225Wh battery pack into a 17mm thick board.

Only 17mm thick!
Only 17mm thick!

We put a lot of time and effort into making sure the board not only looks great but feels amazing in the hand. Rounded edges and lightweight materials make Zenboard well-balanced and comfortable to carry.

Its light weight means you can take Zenboard almost anywhere
Its light weight means you can take Zenboard almost anywhere

The one-piece construction also means we use less material and fewer parts - making for a lighter board that doesn't compromise on strength.

FIND YOUR PERFECT RIDE  

Zenboard comes with four different riding modes that can be accessed using a button on the deck. Whether you've never stepped on a board before, been riding for years, or somewhere in between, we've got a mode to suit your skill level and ride style.

LIGHT UP THE ROAD

To ensure safe night-time riding, we've integrated powerful Cree™ LEDs into both the front and tail of the board.

Our LEDs put out over 300 lumens, which means you can see and be seen in low light conditions. 

Powerful LED lights front and back.
Powerful LED lights front and back.

They're perfect for spotting rocks or sticks in the road and to let cars know you're there when skating busy city streets.

BUILT TO LAST  

Zenboard is designed as an electric vehicle and engineered to be used for thousands of miles. Normal skateboard parts aren't built for this kind of usage, so we re-engineered every part to make sure you'll be enjoying the ride for years to come.

Shock-absorbing Carbon-fiber Unibody.
Shock-absorbing Carbon-fiber Unibody.

Materials: To ensure the lightest, strongest, and most durable board, we used the best materials available including carbon-fibre reinforced nylon, titanium, and alloy tool steel.  

Battery: Premium Lithium-Iron-Phosphate cells give Zenboard maximum power, faster charging, and a much longer lifespan of over 1500 charge cycles. That means you can expect to get over 30,000 miles out of your board.  

Replacement Parts: Worried about worn out wheels or rusty bearings? We've got you covered. You will be able to get everything you need to keep your board feeling brand new on our website - From spare wheels to full maintenance kits.  

Warranty: We stand behind our products. Zenboard has a 1 year limited warranty.

SWAP WHEELS IN 30 SECONDS

Every detail of Zenboard was designed to be easy and intuitive, and the wheels are no exception. The wide contact patch and extra-soft, grippy urethane rubber gives the rider a smooth, cruisy ride. 

If you ever need to change your wheels, simply unscrew the nut, slip off the worn-out wheel, and slip on a new one. It takes less than 30 seconds.

Swap wheels in 30 seconds.
Swap wheels in 30 seconds.

 We've collaborated with one of the best helmet brands in the world, Triple Eight, to bring you the first ever custom Zenboard helmet.  

The Helmet features the same great fit and protection of their regular Certified Sweatsaver but in a custom Zenboard colorway.  

To find your perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

  • XS/S 20 – 21.25 in (51 – 54 cm) 
  •  S/M 21 – 22.5 in (53 – 57 cm) 
  •  L/XL 22.5 – 23.5 in (57 – 60 cm)
Choose your color: Matte Carbon black or Arctic Grey
Choose your color: Matte Carbon black or Arctic Grey

To ensure that we deliver the highest quality product to our backers on time, we will be limiting our first production run to only 300 Zenboards. Don't miss your chance to get a Founder Edition Zenboard!

IN THE BOX

  • Zenboard Personal Electric Vehicle - Ready to ride 
  • Universal Fast Charger - For charging the board
  • Service Kit - Includes service tool, Spare bearings, & Griptape cleaner
  • Zenboard Sticker Pack - Who doesn't like stickers

Zenboard is a transport technology company made up of a small team of talented engineers, and designers. With experience in mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, we have what it takes to deliver Zenboard to our backers.

During our time in the Monash Accelerator program, We secured additional funding and met great mentors with experience bringing complex hardware products to market.

To ensure the highest quality product, we've also been working with some of the industry's best design consultants and our manufacturing partners are ready to go. 

Our mission is to democratize personal sustainable transport by providing beautifully simple electric vehicles that anyone can use. 

Special Thanks to:  Allison Aitken, Rosemary Newton, Jackson Wightman, Eileen Lu, Jesse Zhong, Mari de Kock, Kishan Thurairasa, Jesse Franklin, Mark & Sophia Liao, David Moussa, & the 2018 Monash Generator cohort.

As a longtime surfer and longboarder, I've always had a passion for boardriding. I feel like a better person each time I hit the waves and this was my inspiration for Zenboard. I wanted to bring that feeling to land and to make it more accessible to more people.

Using my background in Motorsport engineering, I got to work building DIY electric skateboards but quickly got frustrated with the poor performance and counterintuitive remote-controls. There had to be a better way.

After two years of careful construction, design and forging relationships with top manufacturers, suppliers, and seasoned engineers, I’m excited to bring this board to the Kickstarter community.

WE NEED YOUR HELP KICKSTARTER!

We're on Kickstarter for a reason. We know this is a community full of visionaries who back projects to create a future that they want to see. 

Zenboard is our vision, and we want you to join us to help bring this revolutionary product to market.

Please back us today to get your board at our lowest ever price.

SHIPPING AND CUSTOMS

Due to shipping restrictions on lithium batteries, we will only be able to ship Zenboard to backers in the United States, Europe (including UK), Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

All duties, customs fees, and taxes are included in the shipping cost so the price is final. This includes GST and VAT.

Risks and challenges

Thanks to our amazing partners and suppliers, our manufacturing schedule has been moving ahead at an exciting pace.

We know that bringing a world-class product like Zenboard to market is challenging. So we have lined up backup suppliers and given ourselves a generous timeline to account for unexpected delays.

Certifications will likely only take a few days but could be much longer if designs need to be modified. We will be working closely with testing labs to expedite the process.

Bringing Zenboard to market has been our dream for years and we will do everything we can to make it happen.

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    THANK YOU!

    You'll be permanently featured as a ZENBOARD Visionary on our website.

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    ZENBOARD STICKER PACK

    2X Durable vinyl ZENBOARD logo decals. White and black versions available. They're UV-resistant so stick them your board, your helmet, or wherever.

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    ZENBOARD x TRIPLE EIGHT CERTIFIED HELMET

    Safety matters! We've collaborated with Triple Eight to create the first custom Zenboard Helmet.
    It features a minimalist design, dual certification (Bike & Skate), and an EPS Sweatsaver liner.

    You will be able to choose your helmet size after the campaign ends.

    To add this helmet to another reward, simply add 99 to your pledge and send us a comment to let us know.

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    EARLY BIRD: ZENBOARD

    Be the first to back us and get your own ZENBOARD for the exclusive Kickstarter price of AU$1799 (About US$1299). Price includes all Duties, Customs fees, and taxes.
    Retail Price: AU$2499

    This Package includes:
    - ZENBOARD Personal electric vehicle
    - ZENBOARD Fast Charger
    - ZENBOARD Service Kit
    - ZENBOARD Sticker pack

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: ZENBOARD

    Be the first to back us and get your own ZENBOARD for the exclusive Kickstarter price of AU$1949 (About US$1399). Price includes all Duties, Customs fees, and taxes.
    Retail Price: AU$2499

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    5X PACK: ZENBOARD

    Get the ultimate deal of 5X ZENBOARD for the exclusive Kickstarter price of AU$8999 (About US$6499). Price includes duties, customs fees, and taxes.
    Retail Price: AU$12,495

    This Package includes:
    - 5X ZENBOARD Personal electric vehicle
    - 5X ZENBOARD Fast Charger
    - 5X ZENBOARD Service Kit
    - 5X ZENBOARD Sticker pack

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