Stair-Rover is a longboard/skateboard made to surf the city. Its 8-wheeled chassis is designed for urban terrain and glides down stairs Read more
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on July 26, 2013.
About this project
Boarders (including Mikey at "The Berrics") trying the Stair-Rover are “stoked” about it's performance.
Please back us - we need a minimum backing of ￡50,000 by the end of July to get it manufactured and shipped to those who want to go and shred it!
If this goal is not achieved, the Stair-Rover will not go into production and backers pledges will not be charged.
"I was skeptical - but trying it blew my mind… seriously addictive. It will only make it to production with your help. Back it and share the video to make it happen." - Cédérik S.
For longbaorders who prefer complete boards, they come in two forms:
• White Stair-Rover with maple deck
• Black Stair-Rover Pro with maple and fibreglass deck
• Maple/fiberglass deck
• Custom aluminum trucks
• Super-durable and flexible V-frames
• Engineering thermoplastic chassis with stabilizers
• Weighs just 5kg
• 8 wheels
• Length: 88cm | Width: 27cm | Height: 15cm
Longboarders tell us they like making up their own custom boards as well as complete boards.
For longboarders who prefer to make up their own custom boards with their favourite deck and wheels, we provide Stair-Rover chassis.
Rediscover your city and try new tricks
Stair-Rover's unique eight-wheeled mechanism makes the board equally at home cruising smooth pavements or gliding down steps. From the curb outside your house to a double flight of stairs, the Stair-Rover scuttles over obstacles with ease.
Every city is a playground. And Stair-Rover is designed to help you discover the full potential of yours. On flat ground, Stair-Rover is the equal of any traditional longboard. But when the surface gets rough – cobblestones or uneven paving, for example – the chassis goes to work. It reduces impact and keeps you moving.
It’s that same mechanism that gives the Stair-Rover its name. Reach the top of a flight of stairs and simply keep going – let gravity and the patent-pending V-frame design do the rest. The wheels bounce up and down independently and conform to the shape of each step. It’s a balancing act that gives the board its crab-like scuttle and gives you a butter-smooth ride to the bottom.
Stair-Rover doesn’t just give you access to new areas of the city. It gives you access to a new world of tricks and maneuvers – and the vast majority are yet to be created. That’s why we’re so excited to see what our community of riders will discover. The possibilities are virtually endless.
We invited longboarders and skateboarders to test our prototypes both on and off the stairs – here’s what they had to say:
“At first I was skeptical, but I’ve come to enjoy riding Stair-Rover. It’s unique in that it is adaptable to its environment. I suppose all skateboards are in a way but Stair-Rover, takes the concept one step further.” – Derry
“Stair-Rover left me wanting more. There’s so much potential for urban exploration, and it’s yet to be known what kind of tricks will be possible. It’s a new chapter for boarding.” - Lambert
“It’s hard to believe it can be so easy – it’s something every longboarder should have for cruising around town.” – Nefeli
“Twice as many wheels, twice as stable. You can tackle stairs you wouldn’t dream of on a regular board – and have a blast doing it!” - Rupert
As featured on
Designed Sticker: £8
Slap them around your city – join the Stair-Rover revolution!
Designed T-shirt: £40
High quality T-shirt with Stair-Rover design drawing and logo.
Stair-Rover Chassis: £125 + £25 Shipping outside of UK
Put our Stair-Rover chassis on your favourite longboard to glide down stairs. (Chassis excluding deck, wheels and wheel-bearings.)
Stair-Rover: £170 + Shipping cost depending on your locations
Get your very own white Stair-Rover Standard (maple deck + white chassis). Enjoy your ride!
Stair-Rover Pro: £205 + Shipping cost depending on your locations
Stair-Rover Pro is the upgraded version of Stair-Rover (black maple deck + black fiberglass + black chassis).
My name is PoChih Lai. I’m a skateboard designer and I’m passionate about engineering-driven innovation.
The streets of London inspired me. In the same way that surfers see the wave as an expression of hidden energy, I saw the city’s architecture as a source of energy to be harnessed by skateboarders. Longboarders and skateboarders have already found countless ways to do this, but I dreamed of another way to enjoy its flow. And that’s how Stair-Rover came to be.Today we have a small, dedicated team of designers, engineers, manufacturing gurus and riders. Our aim is to create a new sport that combines our favorite aspects of longboarding, skateboarding and surfing. A sport that dares people to explore their city in new ways.
Stair-Rover has been in development for the past two years. With the aid of laboratory testing and feedback from our riders, the Stair-Rover has evolved through no fewer than fourteen different prototypes.
Standard components have been used wherever possible to simplify production and assure a higher quality finished product (standard components include kingpins, bushings, decks, wheels and bearings). Non-standard components have been stress tested: the V-Frame, for example, can withstand loads of more than 1,000kg.
We have shortlisted and acquired quotes from a number of potential manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Our preferred manufacturer, suppliers and distributors are global leaders and currently supply leading longboard brands. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, we plan to formalize contracts with these organizations.
We will then work with our manufacturer to produce, test and refine required production moulds and set up manufacturing. At the same time, we will finalize shipping, warehousing and distribution to ensure global product fulfillment.
Why we need your help
After two years and no fewer than fourteen different prototypes, Stair-Rover is now on the verge of production. We’re currently using feedback from our riders to fine tune the design and make sure it meets the rigorous standards required of a commercial product.
With your help we hope to raise £50,000 to fund the first production run of Stair-Rovers. The money raised will help us:
• perform more tests, both on and off the stairs
• design and produce custom tooling for molded parts
• purchase materials and begin production.
Of course, we appreciate support in any form – please do spread the word, send us feedback or simply let us know what you think.
We’d like to thank all our backers in advance, and also a select group of people without whom Stair-Rover’s journey from prototype to Kickstarter would not have been possible:
• Film crew: Petr Krejčí, Nico Argast
• Music and sound: Martin Merenyi, Halász Gábor, Will Stokes
• Riders: Derry Hogbin, Cédric, Lambert R, Nefeli Kentoni, Rupert H, Omar B
• Technician: Boyd Costen , Peter Longfellow, Nai Wei Chen, Maix Lai
• Special thanks to: Innovation RCA, Homelu Ho, Joey Scully, Finn McGee, John O'Riordan , Sam Taylor and Lyman Y. Heung
Shipping and international taxes
All backers will also be responsible for local taxes, duties, and customs fees for their orders.
As with any action sport, it’s important to remember that riding Stair-Rover is potentially dangerous. We advise riders to:
• wear appropriate safety gear (including helmet and pads)
• take care to avoid pedestrians and vehicles .
Any person riding a Stair-Rover assumes all the risk of personal injury and/or damage that can result from riding Stair-Rover.
All prototypes shown in photos are fully functional and have been extensively tested, but details shown may change during development and manufacturing of the final product.
Laws and regulations regarding longboards and skateboards vary by country, state, county, and municipality. Please check the legal status of this product before you ride it. Riding Stair-Rover on the stairs may violate the law in certain areas. Please always check your local laws and regulations before you ride.
We strongly discourage breaking the law.
Risks and challenges
The Stair-Rover design has evolved through many versions and is almost ready for manufacturing. The feedback of many riders and potential manufacturers has been invaluable in getting the product to the stage it is at today, but we may further refine the design before final production. This is to ensure that Stair-Rider provides the best possible experience for riders.
Quality is a priority for us. That’s why we’ve sourced leading manufacturers with extensive experience supplying well-known skateboard and longboard brands. Despite this, we will work closely with our suppliers to regularly monitor manufacturing, assembly, quality control and logistics.
We provide no warranty on the Stair-Rover because it will be used in extreme use in rugged environments. We do, however, insist that our manufacturers warrant defects in materials and workmanship.
Meeting expectations for rapid fulfillment of orders can be challenging. We anticipate a lead time of four to five months for our first batch of orders and we will do our utmost to adhere to this delivery schedule. We plan to regularly update our backers on the status of their Stair-Rovers’ design, manufacture and delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have worked hard for last 12 month to improve the performance of Stair-Rover in all kinds of conditions. We have changed materials from aluminum to POM (an engineering thermoplastic) to minimize weight and radically improve maneuverability and durability. Height and component details have also been altered to simplify the product and improve performance on stairs.
Yes, it acts just like a traditional longboard on flat surfaces and slopes. You will also discover that the Stair-Rover performs much better than traditional longboards on rough surfaces.
Yes. Our test riders have tried many existing skateboard tricks using Stair-Rover. We can’t wait to see you invent new tricks!
No, anyone can ride Stair-Rover. But we do think you’ll need basic skateboard or longboard skills to ride down stairs. While riding Stair-Rover, we advise you to: 1. wear appropriate safety gear (including helmet and pads). 2. take care to avoid pedestrians and vehicle. 3. trial Stair-Rover on smaller sets of stairs initially.
You can replace bearings, wheels, bushings, grip tape, and even the deck. However, changing components may affect Stair-Rover’s performance.
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