Backfire Ranger X2 Review: Best Casual All-Terrain eSkateboard

 


Is the Backfire Range X2 Really a Good All Terrain Electric Longboard? 

The Backfire Ranger X2 feels like one of the best all-terrain options on the market today.

Why? It features a solid base with more than enough power to make life easier for beginners and allow skaters to have some fun.

Before jumping into the review, this is a summary of the X2 specs:

MOTOR, RIDING MODES & CLIMBING ABILITY

  • Dual rear hub motors.
  • 27 mph (44 km/h) top speed.
  • Power of 1200w between the 2 motors.
  • Four (4) available modes.
  • ESC Hobbywing (MR30).
  • 30% inclination.
BATTERY & CHARGING TIME

  • 15 to 18 miles (20-30 km).
  • 50v.
  • Five (5) hrs from empty.
WHEELS, BEARINGS &  TRUCKS

  • 165mm diameter, 70A hardness, rubber made (non-pneumatic).
  • ABEC 9 bearings.
  • Double bushing Kingpin Trucks.
WEIGHT LIMIT AND DECK SPECS

  • Canadian Maple Wood.
  • L: 40″ (102 cm) x W: 9.5″ (24 cm).
  • 248 lb (112 kg) recommended maximum weight limit.
OVERALL WEIGHT

  • 10 kg (24 lbs).
ACCESSORIES

  • All tools required to service the board. In addition, it includes a front light.

In the following review, we will have a more intricate look at some of the features and determine whether the board is the ideal option for your needs.


About the X2 Deck 

The deck and construction of any skateboard are vital points to ensure that you have something durable and effective.

Thoughtful design

For the X2, one of the main things that should draw your attention is the deck’s design.

Ranger X2 Backfire flexi deck

It features a unique construction, with slight curves around the edges that makes the skateboard more ergonomic and comfortable.

One of the important things to note is the area where your feet go. They are wider so there is no risk of you falling off the deck.

Despite of this shape, there still a slight change your feet touch the wheels, so be careful.

What I love most is the positive concave curve and the double drops on each ends.

The double drop gives the deck the necessary stiffness while cruising, but at the same time, enough strength when riding on harsh bumps.

Strength and flexibility

It might be one of the heavier boards on the market today with a weight of 23.8-pounds, however it is important to have durability and strength so that, to ensure you can take on different terrains.

As mentioned, you should be able to use it on multiple terrains. The maximum weight capacity stands at 248 lbs, according to the manufacturer.

It make sense not to exceed this maximum loading weight since the construction material used is really flexible, which means the battery and ESC could grasp the ground.

Taking about the deck’s flexibility, it will not only mitigate shock from off-road terrains, but also improve the overall riding experience.

You can consider the flexible deck much as you would a suspension that will focus on creating a smooth ride.


Wheels And Trucks

Compared to the X1 version, these two (2) components haven’t changed much, aside from the trucks offering more versatility and a bigger steel shaft.

 

Backfire Ranger X2 trucks

The unit features a solid double kingpin bushing system in each truck. This system offers higher flexibility and stability compared to other electric longboards in the market.

Double bushing kingpin trucks from Backfire

But, why to have a double system? The main reason is to give that extra support on rough terrains and a better turning radius.

If you look at other high-end all-terrain e-boards, they will have the same configuration.

 

The off terrain wheels

In terms for the wheels, there hasn’t been much change between models.

As the X1, the 6.5-inch wheels have been fitted to the skateboard.

What is important to see here is the material used and therefore, what it can offer.

For instances, compared to the Evolve Carbon GTR Off Road, these wheel do not require a pneumatic. In this case, the Backfire Ranger X2 has a rubber material called honeycomb, which is stiffer and stronger.

Regardless of what this new material can offer (such as better heating control and resistance while riding on sharp edges) I think pneumatics give smoothness on bumpy terrains, which in turn is better for rougher conditions.


Backfire Ranger X2 hubs motors

Since the Backfire Ranger X2 is powered by an electrical motor, it is worth looking at some of its specs.

As you will see, it has tons of power that should make your life so much easier.

 

Torque and speed

The skateboard features a combined output of around 2400-watts, which will give it a ton of power. In normal conditions, this produces around 250Nm of thrust at 35km/h.

The optimal speed is just under 20 mph. However, the manufacturer indicates that it can reach 22 mph, which should give you a decent fun time.

Speed is variable really since many factors can affect the end result. 

But this is not all. The rear hub motors get you up to 44 km/h max speed. Unfortunately, this is only for 30 secs (turbo mode which is explain further below).

 

Braking and climbing performance

The combination of the wheels and the motor gives the unit an acceptable stopping power.

Why acceptable?

The power of the motor is good enough top get you at full stop between 5 and 8 meters, but it will be variable depending on:

  • the overall weight when stopping and,
  • how aggressive you want to stop.

Remember that this e-board is 10kg heavy, so it is not so lightweight.

If this is the first time riding the Ranger X2, I recommend to test the brakes slowly. This way, you will adjust and feel to its stopping performance.

Another interesting feature is the regenerative braking, which means the board will recover energy and extend the battery life while braking.

This is very useful if you are going downhill.

I can tell that the regenerative system is quite responsive so to take advantage of that energy.

When looking at how effectively the skateboard can climb, we have found that you should not have any issues when taking on steep hills of up to 30%.


X2 Battery by Sanyo

This Backfire model has been fitted and powered with Sanyo technology so you can rest assure reliability on every ride.

 

Backfire Ranger X2 battery range

When using the full power of the motor, you should get around 18 miles of range from the battery.

I think the range is not bad at all, if I compare the distance from home and work. I could easily go and get back in one charge.

At the same time, the Backfire Ranger X2 range is more than enough to have some casual fun.

Please note that a bunch of factor can alter this stats and you may need to consider a charging point (e.g, climbing hills can reduce its range).

 

Battery chemistry and charging times

The Sanyo battery features a 12S, 50 V battery, which is quite significant when compared to other similar e-boards.

One of the improvements done on it is the lower temperature registered while delivering the maximum power. This means it will have less wear and tear.

It should inevitably allow the battery to last much longer.

Lastly, the average charge time is around 5 hours if completely drained.


Operating The Ranger X2

The Ranger X2 by Backfire is one of the best in the niche due to the controlling system so far.

For this, these guys have dedicated good time to improve the remote R2 from the X1 model to the R2x.

 

The R2X remote

The R2x is an upgrade to some of its predecessors and will allow you to control all the basic features.

Ranger X2 remote R2x

You may be wonder what has changed from the old model. Not much really since all the features stayed the same; however, the ESC of the X2 Ranger is different so the remote had to be updated.

The above means that this remote will not work with the Ranger X1 or vice versa.

If you haven’t seen it before, it will give you the usual stats: speed (mph – km/h), odometer, remote and board’s battery charge %, speed mode and connectivity with the board’s ESC.

What I like about it is the simplicity to read the settings you are travelling on. Unfortunately, the OLED screen is not as big as the one offered by the Meepo V3 electric skateboard, so be mindful when riding.

To complete all the awesome things described above, you should be aware of the wheel setting.

As mentioned before, this electric longboard has 165 mm wheels, but you can also get to 96 mm.

Really it is not advisable to go to 96 mm or lower because the battery and ESC clearance to ground level is minimal.

 

Speed Modes

Much like any remote controlled unit, you have different speed modes that could help you determine how fast you are skating.

Nothing has changed from the other models. You still have:

  • Eco (E): 20 km/h (12 mph).
  • Sport (S): 35 km/h (22 mph)
  • Turbo (⚠): 44 km/h (27 mph).

As mentioned before, the turbo mode is there only to give you a boots for 30 seconds. After that period, you will drop to the Sport mode again.

NOTE

Since this mode puts the hub motors under additional stress, this means an increase in temperature. The remote control will indicate the cooling down period by blinking over ~30 seconds. After this, you will be able to use the turbo again.

Lastly, despite that this is not indicated “as a mode”, the Backfire Ranger X2 counts with a cruise control system.

To activate it, you have to reach your desired speed, then press the power button and release the accelerator. To cancel it, just press the brakes.


Portability And Weight Limit

As mentioned, the X2 is only 24-pounds in total weight, which in term of portability, could be not the most friendly.

Adding to the above, it doesn’t count with a handle or a strap in the deck, similar to what the Ownboard W2 or the Metroboard X offer.

As for the Backfire Ranger X2 weight limit, it can carry approx. 112 kg with no issues. You may go over this number but be careful.


Is The Backfire Ranger X2 Worth Buying?

The X2 Ranger is one of the most effective board for off terrain riding.

Good range, decent speed, good size wheels. Basically what you need to have a fun ride.

The only three (3) factors that I consider could be a deal breaker are the price, its weight and wheels carving.

I believe that to classify an e-board as all terrain, it may need to include some suspension (like Bajaboards) and better ground clearance from any elements attached under the deck.

My honest opinion is that the Backfire Ranger X2 “all terrain” electric longboard could be a great acquisition as long as you have a clear idea of what you want out of it.

Images courtesy of Backfire


 

Backfire Ranger X2 eLongboard

4.5

Deck Quality

4.7/5

Torque & Speed

4.3/5

Weight

4.0/5

Wheels (softenss & grip)

4.5/5

Battery (range & charging time)

4.8/5

Motor Quality

4.6/5

Brake Performance

4.7/5

Controller

4.5/5

What we like

  • ✅ Great range and top speed.
  • ✅ More impact resistant.
  • ✅ Deck is a good size for big feet riders.
  • ✅ Includes front light for night riders.

What we do not like

  • Not affordable but not the most expensive.
  • Heavy considering the size of the battery and ESC.
  • No carry handle available.

Jono

Hi! I'm Jono from eBoards Advisor. What can I say? I'm a 25 year old school skater that loves the sport. Now with a motor and a battery to power it, this industry has just gone to a next level of entertainment! That is why I'm here; to give you some advise and tips from my point of view and have some fun while trying it.

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