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Backfire Ranger X2 electric skateboard – What they want me to say vs how I really feel

Backfire Ranger X2 electric skateboard – What they want me to say vs how I really feel


I recently tried the Backfire Ranger X2. In this video, I’m going to do three things. First, I’ll do a quick unboxing while I tell
you some stuff about the board. Next, I’ll tell you the stuff that Backfire
wants me to tell you, like the improvements made to the battery, Turbo mode, etc. And then finally, I’m going to tell you what
I want to tell you about the Backfire Ranger X2. The Backfire Ranger X2 is similar to the Ranger
X1, but with all of my major complaints about the X1 resolved. A number of other improvements have been made
as well. The Ranger X1 was the board that Max and I
used on our road trip last year. We have a video series about it called E-Skating
Wild West China. You should take a look, but go ahead and skip
to episodes 6 or 7, because the first few episodes are kind of boring. During that road trip, we spent a lot of time
with the Ranger X1. We took the boards through various types of
conditions – smooth roads, bumpy dirt paths – and they held up through the entire trip. We had a great time and overall I really liked
the board. But it did have some significant flaws. It was really heavy, the brakes kind of sucked,
the acceleration was mediocre, and the wheels could have been a lot better. All of those issues have been resolved on
the Ranger X2. So now let’s talk about the Ranger X2, starting
with the thing that Backfire wants me to emphasize. Like Boosted and Exway, the Ranger X2 uses
a 12S battery. Most production electric skateboards, including
the Ranger X1, use a 10S battery. With a 12S battery, the Ranger X2 uses higher
voltage, making it slightly more efficient. Like the Backfire G2T and the upcoming G3
Plus, the Ranger X2 has the Turbo feature. When you press the Turbo button on the remote,
you get increased torque for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of cool-down. The Ranger X1 was 14.8 kg. Quite heavy and kind of inconvenient if you
frequently have to pick up your board. For the Ranger X2, Backfire has reduced the
weight in the wheels, the motors, and the battery, bringing the total weight down to
just 10.8 kg. Some time after the Ranger X1 came out, Backfire
released much better front wheels. On the Ranger X2, the back wheels have now
also been improved, and it is a major improvement. The new hub motors are now smaller and lighter,
but also more powerful. And because they’re smaller, they can now
use the same thick tires that are used on the front wheels. Compared to the Ranger X1, the new tires are
thicker by 2 cm. That is a lot and you can feel the difference
when you’re riding. While the Ranger X1 was a very comfortable
ride, I wouldn’t describe it as exciting. The acceleration felt kind of mellow and the
brakes were too weak. But on the Ranger X2, both the acceleration
and brakes have been majorly improved. It’s kind of like switching from a family
SUV to a sports car, but without sacrificing comfort. Now that I’ve covered the stuff that Backfire
wants me to cover, I’m going to tell you how I really feel. There are three things I want to talk about:
hub motors, ride comfort, and double kingpin truck. If you’ve watched my other videos, you know
that I generally prefer belt drive over hub motors. On hub motors, the urethane is usually way
too thin, and that affects both grip and ride comfort. With belt drive, you can change the wheels. You can change to bigger or smaller wheels,
harder or softer, depending on what you want to do. So generally, I prefer belt drive. But there is a major benefit to using hub
motors on an all-terrain board. A big selling point of all-terrain boards
is that you can go off-roading. Just look at any advertisement for an all-terrain
board. They always show the board on a dirt trail
in the middle of nowhere. What they don’t show you is stuff getting
in the belts and clogging the gears. That can happen more on some boards than others,
but it’s not likely to happen on most hub motors. So for off-roading situations where you’ll
encounter dirt, gravel, or sand, using hub motors is actually beneficial. My main issue with hub motors, which is the
thin urethane, doesn’t apply to the Ranger X2. These tires are not thin. They are way thicker than your standard hub
motor urethane. So even though I prefer belt drive for most
boards made for the street, in situations where you’ll encounter dirt and sand, these
hub motor wheels are not a bad solution. Despite using hub motors, this is the most
comfortable electric skateboard I’ve ever ridden. Previously it was the Ranger X1, but the X2
is even more comfortable because of the thick tires. The flexy deck is the same as the one on the
X1 and it does a way better job at absorbing bumps compared to stiff decks. I imagine a board with pneumatic tires and
a flexy deck may be more comfortable, but I can’t imagine someone riding the Ranger
X2 and wishing that it were more comfortable. The comfort level on the Ranger X2 is already
way up there. As I’ve said in previous videos, I’m not a
fan of double kingpin trucks. But Backfire’s setup is a little bit different
from other boards that I’ve tried, and it makes a huge difference in how the board turns
and carves. With the other boards that I’ve tried that
use double kingpin trucks, the turning behavior is very not linear. It’s like if I’m gradually increasing the
sharpness of the turn, the board would suddenly turn more than I would expect. And it’s not because the bushings were too
soft or not tight enough. They were all using 95a or harder bushings. If you only use one board, you could probably
get used to that turning behavior pretty quickly. But most of my boards use reverse kingpin,
so for me, double kingpin just feels really unnatural. But on the Ranger, it’s different. This applies to both the Ranger X1 and X2. The turning behavior feels much more linear,
and so I feel a lot more confident on this board. In fact, at one point I got a little bit too
confident. Carving on the Ranger feels awesome to me
and I feel way more in control on this board than the other all-terrain boards I’ve tried
this year. To be honest, I didn’t know how good it was
until I tried the other boards. I have a theory as to why Backfire’s double
kingpin trucks feel better, but I need to experiment to be sure so I don’t want to say
anything yet. And Randy from Backfire wouldn’t tell me either. He said if I know then I know. If I don’t know, he’s not going to tell me. Anyway, very soon I will be spending a lot
of intimate time with the Ranger X2, so I’ll get back to you with my final review in a
few weeks. But basically, the Ranger X2 is a much better
Ranger X1. If you like the X1, you’ll probably like the
X2 even more.

48 comments

Have some timestamps below! Did you see the limited time huge discount info in the description? Use code "DKWAN" at checkout.
00:31 Unboxing
01:21 What Backfire wants me to say
03:04 What I actually want to say
06:35 Me stretching this video to 10 minutes

Hmmm very interesting.. I just got rid of my boosted V2 , perhaps this would be one of my choice. When is this board release?

Nice, I love my bamboo GTR but your right about hub motors being better off road. I’m considering selling my Boosted Board for one of these

So as of now, which do you prefer Daniel? The ownboard carbon at with belt drive / stiff deck

Or the newer ranger x2 with new hubs / airless tyres?

Although I'm kinda bummed as a X1 owner, I hope the X2 does well because the Ranger is a great bargain for an AT board and definitely deserves more attention.

This is a great first impression review! But I fell that what you wanted to say had a little twist from backfire, especially with your first argument! But then it is somewhat true and the board does look incredibly great!
Have you ever tried a trampa board, and compare this to that?

FANTASITC work Daniel as always. This was the only video I needed to watch on this board. Well… except your next one that is. 😉

Would you ride it in rain and through puddles? Also, do you think the 35 kph is slow, or is it fine?

i pre ordered the X1 and it took waaay to long for it to arrive.. think we got the boards later then the people who ordered it at release. it's a great esk8. but it IS slow.. it does accelerate sloOow.. and the weak breakes are the biggest offender.. dont know many times ive nearly got runned over by a car or nearly hit a small animal because the damn board refusing to stop in time.. But i sold all my other boards.. i cant drive a board with urethane wheels anylonger.. they are to scary.. =)

As alwayd great review and this is looking most likely to be my next purchase. Have you ever tried the evolve boards at all?

You without a doubt deliver the most concise and compelling E-Board reviews and videos on all of youtube. The perfect amount of commentary and footage. Keep it up man!!!

Great review as usual. Those shots at the end were great. Looks like an amazing place to ride. Wish it was easier to travel with large batteries.

Looks like a great board. Such a cool ending to this vid. (Thanks by the way.) Seriously, your China adventure was amazing! Great camera work. I wonder what your next adventure will be. 😊

How is the wheel durability compared to the exway x1 pro, I chew through the exway rear hub motor urethanes in 100 miles or less unfortunately at 225lbs

Hey Daniel! I’ve been following you and your videos since you had about 300 subscribers around the time of the LOU board, which unsurprisingly was really not that long ago! I just wanted to say that right from the start I was impressed with your quality, professionalism, and perseverance throughout the testing of the technology you reviewed and was quite surprised when I saw how low your sub count was. I’m glad to see you gaining a following and am sure you have a bright future ahead. Cheers!

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