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Backfire G2 Review

If you're looking for an affordable electric skateboard with a hub motor, this is the one
Backfire G2
Credit: Backfire
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Price:   $500 List | $469.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Solid range, fast, comfortable, large wheels, affordable
Cons:  So-so hill climbing, moderately heavy and bulky
Manufacturer:   Backfire Skateboards
By Ross Patton ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 18, 2021
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  • Speed - 25% 7
  • Range - 20% 6
  • Ride - 20% 7
  • Hills - 15% 6
  • Build - 10% 7
  • Braking - 10% 6

Our Verdict

As soon as we stepped onto the Backfire G2 we were immediately impressed by the comfortable ride that it offers. The large wheels help it to roll and skip over nasty cracks and bumps. It's got a good battery life, and it's relatively fast. The remote control is ergonomic and the finger loop and lanyard reduce the chances of dropping it while cruising the streets. Best of all, it's affordable.

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Pros Solid range, fast, comfortable, large wheels, affordableImpressive performance considering its price, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easilyFast, budget-friendlyInexpensive, fairly fastDecently fast, solid brakes
Cons So-so hill climbing, moderately heavy and bulkyHeavy, so-so rangePoor range, not the best overall rideUnimpressive hill-climbing skills, not our favorite rideUnimpressive range, mediocre at hills
Bottom Line If you're looking for an affordable electric skateboard with a hub motor, this is the oneExcelling on off-pavement adventures, this board is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for significantly lessThis board is affordable and impressively fast, but it falls short in elements such as uphill power and especially rangeThis board is worth considering if you are shopping on the tightest of budgets but its overall results weren't particularly impressiveThis inexpensive board is alright, but there are far better options out there
Rating Categories Backfire G2 Onewheel Pint Meepo V3 Hiboy S22 Teamgee H5
Speed (25%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Range (20%)
6.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
3.0
Ride (20%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
5.0
Hills (15%)
6.0
9.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
Build (10%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Braking (10%)
6.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Backfire G2 Onewheel Pint Meepo V3 Hiboy S22 Teamgee H5
Tested Maximum Speed 21.26 mph 14.16 mph 22.04 mph 18.16 mph 17.43 mph
Tested Maximum Range 12.9 mi. 10 mi. 8.6 mi. 10.5 mi. 7 mi.
Measured Weight 16.3 lbs. 25.5 lbs 16.9 lbs. 17.1 lbs. 14.5 lbs.
Measured Uphiill Grade 15% + 15% + 15% + 15% + 10-12%
Manufacturer Claimed Range 11-12.5 miles 6-8 miles 11 miles standard
20 miles extended
Up to 12.5 miles 9 - 11 miles
Measured Charge Time 150 min. 120 min. 150 min. 180 min. 170 min.
Tested Stopping Distance 41 ft. 14 ft 38 ft. 50 ft. 46 ft.
Riding Modes 3
Eco
Sport
Turbo
4
Redwood
Pacific
Elevated
Skyline
4
Low
Medium
High
Pro
4
Low
Medium
High
Pro
2
Fast
Slow
Battery Lithium Ion Lithium Ion (NMC) Lithium Ion Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
Deck Length 38 inches 27 inches
2X 8 inch platforms
38 inches 35.5 inches 38 inches
Truck Witdth 7" N/A 7" 7.5" 7"
Wheel Size 97 mm 10.5 inch 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm
App available No Yes No No No
Lighting Available for purchase Yes No No On remote

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


If you are shopping for a new motorized skateboard on a budget, then...
If you are shopping for a new motorized skateboard on a budget, then this is a great option.
Credit: Jason Peters

Speed


The first section of our review is dedicated to speed. We measured both acceleration and maximum speed. The Backfire G2 smokes the majority of the competition — if you're a speed demon, this model will not disappoint. We gave the G2 a 7 out of 10 for this metric.

This board is one of the faster models of the group.
This board is one of the faster models of the group.
Credit: Jason Peters

For this part of our assessment, we took the boards to a wide-open parking lot to let them rip. We clocked how long it took each model to shred a distance of 200 feet three times, and then took an average of the results. To ensure accuracy, we used the same rider for all of the tests. The Backfire G2 performed well during our trials, with a top speed of 21.26 mph.


For the second part of this metric, we conducted a similar test. With the boards at rest, we accelerated at full throttle for a distance of 50 feet and, again, took an average of three trials. While most boards took 5-7 seconds to travel this distance, the Backfire G2 got it done in 4.69.

The Backfire G2 gets accelerates quickly and tops out at an...
The Backfire G2 gets accelerates quickly and tops out at an impressive speed.
Credit: Jason Peters

Range


To assess the range of the boards, we spent hours and hours making loops in a flat asphalt parking lot while maintaining a speed of 12 mph until each model lost its juice. We then broke out the old trusty stopwatch and timed how long it took each battery to get back to 100%. This is not the Backfire G2's strongest metric, but it held its own agains the others. Scoring a 6 out of 10, this board showed a tested range of 12.9 miles. But, we should mention that it was extremely sluggish for the last half mile.


When it came time to recharge, the Backfire G2 did ok, but we were not overly impressed. It took 2 ½ hours to get fully juiced. This result puts it right about in the middle of the road for our assessment. Some of the quickest charge times we've seen are right about an hour, with the longest being four hours or more.

We found this board to be super comfortable and fun to ride.
We found this board to be super comfortable and fun to ride.
Credit: Jason Peters

Ride


The ride metric, easily our tester's favorite, was based on purely subjective data. For this portion of our review, we just shredded around town on paved bike paths and sidewalks having fun. We paid close attention to turning radius, the comfort, the griptape, and the flex & camber.

This board is tons of fun to ride.
This board is tons of fun to ride.
Credit: Jason Peters

We found that the Backfire G2 is an absolute blast to skate. With the long wheelbase, wide trucks, and 100 mm wheels, this thing is very stable at high speeds. That said, it is not the most maneuverable — it wants to go fast. If you plan on making a lot of quick turns and kickturns, this is not the one. The large wheels allow it to sail over cracks and bumps with ease. While this isn't the toughest griptape that we've seen on an electric skateboard, many skaters prefer tape that allows them to constantly reposition their feet for corners and upcoming obstacles with ease.

The hub motors had plenty of power to deliver a solid score in our...
The hub motors had plenty of power to deliver a solid score in our hill-climbing assessments.
Credit: Jason Peters

Hills


For this section, we found the steepest hill in town and ascended the beast as far as each board would take our test rider. As the angle gradient gradually increased, we awarded points based on the maximum angle each model could attain.

The Backfire G2 did fairly well for this metric. We've seen electric skateboards smash straight up our test hill without losing too much momentum. This model slows down a little bit compared to the strongest models that we've seen. That said, it does get the job done and cruises uphill without too much difficulty.


Build


To assess the build of each electric skateboard, we weighed them, then judged the ergonomics of both the board itself as well as the remote control, if applicable. We also paid close attention to the responsiveness of the remotes and noted any connectivity issues. The Backfire G2 showed solid results for this metric earning it a 7 out of 10.

At 16.3 lbs, the Backfire G2 isn't the lightest board we've ever seen, but we didn't find it to be too heavy. It falls right about in the middle of the pack for the electric skateboards that we've tested.


As far as the remote goes, we were impressed by the ergonomics and quality of the one included with the Backfire G2. The wrist lanyard, forefinger hole, palm grip, and thumb throttle are all features that we've come to love. We have yet to find any issues with the connectivity between the remote and the board.

However, we did find that the Backfire doesn't have the best...
However, we did find that the Backfire doesn't have the best stopping power on flat ground compared to some of the other boards we have seen.
Credit: Jason Peters

Braking


The final section of our review is dedicated to braking. To gauge the stopping power of each model, we got each skateboard up to 12 mph, then measured the distance that it took each one to come to a complete stop. We conducted three trials, then took an average of our measurements. The G2 didn't do so well during this assessment. It took 41 feet to stop, while the best we've seen can stop around 15 feet.


We also wanted to gauge the braking while bombing hills. We found that the Backfire G2 did fairly well slowing down going downhill — but still, not nearly as good as the best of the best.

Value


The Backfire G2 is clearly a great bargain. While many electric skateboards can really put a dent in your funds, this model offers solid performance at an affordable price.

If you are looking for a top-tier E-skateboard, then this is one of...
If you are looking for a top-tier E-skateboard, then this is one of our favorites.
Credit: Jason Peters

Conclusion


If you are looking for an affordable hub-driven electric skateboard that handles well, has impressive acceleration, and scary top speeds — this is the one.

Ross Patton