About the Backfire Company
The team behind this longboard is Backfire. Founders Jerry and Randy were skateboard enthusiasts since college, back in the 2000’s. In 2009 they launched Backfire Skateboards with the mission to offer affordable boards that were still high quality. Fast forward five years and they entered the electric skateboard market. Since then the company has launched the Backfire G1, G2, and now the G2s.
When the team put the Backfire Galaxy G2s on Indiegogo to help raise funds for the project, it was very popular by boarders around the globe for its many features and high quality at a decent price point. Today Backfire has grown to be a leading Electric Skateboard brand.
Top Backfire G2s Electric Skateboard Features
- Climb up to 25% grade hills
- Fast speeds up to 23.5 mph
- Ultra-flexible yet solid design
What is the Galaxy G2s Made of?
This Backfire electric skateboard is composed of Hard Rock Maple. With eight layers of this material, it has the benefit of being super flexible while also providing a solid base for the feet. Furthermore, it is curved, making for great shock absorption on your ride. This means that the ride is smoother than with some other boards. The result is a fun experience that seems almost effortless.
Backfire’s Smart G2s Design
The Galaxy G2s electric longboard is 38 inches and features quality cells. It has a respectable battery at 36V, 5Ah. Also part of the design is 300-watt in hub motors. There are four pre-installed 80mm wheels too.
Its slightly concave surface makes for a board that many riders say is stable. It helps to make riding and turning easier, with the user feeling in control with their feet, even if they are a newer rider or on a longer ride.
There are mixed reviews online about the hub motor design. While some riders find they provide a good riding experience, others report a bit of vibration. For users feeling any vibration issues, swapping out the 80mm pair for the spare 96mm wheels that come in the G2s package can alleviate the issue.
A positive attribute too is that Backfire uses a modern motor controller that is reliable and smooth. What’s more, all of this with a light weight of just 14.5 lbs.
The Caliber II front truck is impressive too. This feature allows for awesome carving and is a rarity for Chinese boards. Lastly, the enclosures look custom rather than like an awkward add-on.
The appearance of the Backfire Galaxy G2s is sleek and eye-catching. There are two designs, both equally appealing. Choose from either the space-inspired Galaxy or the black gold design. The gold trim matches the logo in the latter design, making for a comprehensive, sophisticated look. There is a high-gloss finish that gives a top quality look to this electric skateboard.
Performance Ratings of the Galaxy G2s
This G2s from Backfire can go up to 23.5 miles per hour. This is fast, and still the user feels stable. It has one of the fastest speeds out there for electric skateboards!
According to Backfire, it goes as far as 12 miles or 20km on this board on a single battery charge. There is some variation with distance by rider’s weight, road conditions, and other factors. The charge time for the battery is 3.5 hours, which is average for electric longboards.
What is more special is the ability to go up to 25% gradients on hills. This is steeper than some other boards. It makes for a great ride over different terrain seamlessly. Combine that feature with gradual battery usage and an affordable price for a quality board that we want to support. With its built-in Battery Management System, you can do a heard brake knowing you won’t drain your whole battery right then and there. This system gives you peace of mind if you’re planning to go a far distance one day.
And the lightweight design helps you turn with ease and pick up the board relatively easily too when arriving at your destination.
What’s Unique about the Backfire G2s Electric Skateboard?
Its inclusion of the globally-recognized Caliber II truck as the front truck is awesome. You’ll get better carving and also great stability even at high speeds. The rear truck is well constructed too for a sturdy ride overall.
Also unique about Backfire’s Galaxy G2s is that it comes with 80mm wheels and also an extra set of four larger wheels for going on rockier terrain. Most boards do not offer an extra set of wheels.
Conclusions on the G2s Longboard
We conclude that Backfire’s Galaxy G2s is very well priced for all of the included features. It not only provides riders with two sets of wheels but can reach high speeds and look good all the while. It has a sleek appearance, whichever of the two styles you choose for the deck, and a concave style that adds to its stable feel under the feet. For both new and more advanced riders, this Backfire model offers a lot of fun times and great value.