Electric snowboard powers through snow – whether downhill, flat or uphill

Cyrusher Ripple Electric Snowboard
The Cyrusher Ripple, with its backpack battery and handheld controller, powers through the snow - be it downhill, flat or uphill. Images courtesy Cyrusher

Cyrusher, a company known for its innovative electric power toys, has recently captured the attention of winter sports enthusiasts with its latest creation: the Cyrusher Ripple. Claimed to be the world’s first true electric snowboard, the Ripple is designed to traverse snowy landscapes with ease, boasting a substantial 3,000 watts of motor power and capable of reaching speeds over 30 mph. As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, this innovation could transform how we experience snowboarding on flatlands and backcountry trails.

Historically, the concept of an electric snowboard has been met with skepticism, primarily due to the disappointing performance of previous attempts in this category. Many products marketed as electric snowboards have turned out to be variations of snowmobiles, powered trailers, or merely snowboard-inspired electric skateboards not suitable for actual snow.

Enter the Cyrusher Ripple, a design that may finally fulfill the long-awaited potential of an electric snowboard. Resembling a standard snowboard, the Ripple measures 5.1 feet (156 cm) and combines fiberglass, carbon, and composite materials around a wood core. Cyrusher touts its camber profile—a slightly concave base—as a feature that provides confident edge hold and control, an interesting choice for a board that weighs 33 pounds (15 kg) due to its electric components.

The most distinguishing feature of the Ripple is its 3,000-W electric drive, uniquely integrated through the rear of the board with an ultra-knobby tire. While a track drive could have offered a flatter, more natural feel, Cyrusher has opted for a wide, high-traction tire designed for snow engagement. This setup is complemented by a dual-sided independent suspension system that can be adjusted to various heights, allowing riders to customize the board based on weight, preference, and riding conditions.

Cyrusher Ripple Electric Snowboard Winter Sport
Cyrusher unveils the Ripple, its latest electric sports innovation, debuting for Winter 2023/24.

Powered by a 12.6-Ah Molicel battery pack, which is carried in a backpack, the electric drive enables the Ripple to achieve speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h) and offers an estimated range of 9 to 12 miles (15 to 20 km). The board is controlled by a handheld throttle, adding to the convenience and ease of use.

Cyrusher suggests that the Ripple could be ideal for exploring backcountry trails. However, its true appeal may lie in bringing snowboard-style fun to flatlands. Regions like the cold, snowy plains of the US, Canada, and Europe could witness a new form of winter sport with the Ripple, offering a lighter and more transportable alternative to snowmobiles.

Cyrusher Ripple Electric Snowboard High-Traction Tire
Experience unmatched grip: The Cyrusher Ripple’s electric drive powers a high-traction, paddle-tread tire.

Despite its relatively short length for a snowboard, the Ripple can support riders up to 250 lb (113 kg) and is recommended for individuals between 5.2 and 6.2 feet (1.6 to 1.9 m) in height. As for pricing, Cyrusher’s special Christmas offer starts at $2,199 for the Ripple board with a single battery pack. A more comprehensive package, including the board, bindings, and two battery packs, is priced at $3,299. These special prices are set to increase by $300 to standard MSRPs after about five days. The Ripple is currently available for pre-order, with the first shipments planned for on or before January 1, 2024.

Cyrusher Ripple Electric Snowboard Independent Suspension
The Cyrusher Ripple’s adjustable independent suspension adjusts wheel height for optimal comfort.

In conclusion, the Cyrusher Ripple presents a novel approach to snowboarding, especially in flatland areas where traditional snowboarding is not feasible. Its unique design, electric drive, and adjustable suspension system set it apart from previous attempts in the electric snowboard category. While it may not be the quintessential choice for traditional snowboarders, it offers an exciting new option for those seeking a different kind of snow adventure. As the product hits the market, it will be interesting to see how it is received by the snow sports community and whether it lives up to its promising features.

Cyrusher Ripple Electric Snowboard Wood Core Camber Profile
The Ripple stands out as a true electric snowboard, featuring a wood core, camber profile, and bindings for an authentic look.

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