First off we want to thank everyone who helped make our campaign a major success! Whether you backed a board, came out to a group ride, shared our project, or simply liked one of our posts, we sincerely appreciate your support. The campaign ended at $145k earlier this month, nearly 300% of our goal (!). Since then we've been hard at work getting the Riptide ready for production.
We've added the following new features:
With the crowdfunding prototypes if your board was fully charged, braking power would be significantly limited on downhills. We worked closely with our battery and charger suppliers to add proprietary overcharge circuitry to circumvent this issue. Now you'll have full brakes available for a period of time after a full charge - a safety feature we've wanted since the beginning and we're excited to say it works great!
The new deck offers slight concavity, meaning the edges of the deck are curved up from the middle of the deck. The previous samples were completely flat. This new concavity hugs your feet, gives the board a more comfortable ride, and makes it easier to carve. This is a small change but it has a huge positive impact on ride-ability. We're stoked!
We've simplified our deck's logo to match the font from our website and campaign. Also, modifications to our deck and battery box allow us to use fewer screws to mount the battery box (here is what it looked like before), meaning you'll see fewer screw heads between the handles. The result is a cleaner, better looking board.
The prototypes used during the campaign had a hand cut wave on the nose of the board. This was a bit sloppy and inconsistent from board to board (see it here). Our new decks have a laser cut grip tape, ensuring a perfect wave every time.
In the coming weeks we'll be working towards:
And most importantly yes, we're on schedule to deliver in January and we can't wait to get you your boards!
Eric and the Team