Backfire released Backfire Era 2 – Best entry-level Electric Skateboard?

On November 2022, Backfire released a new $399 electric skateboard, the Backfire ERA 2.

TLDR: Backfire Era 2 ($399) is an entry-level affordable electric skateboard. It has good specs and great polish. If you like or can tolerate stiff decks with hub drives, Backfire Era 2 is an unbeatable choice at this price.

Backfire Era 2 photo

We’ve to say that we are a little bit embarrassed that the original Backfire Era completely flew under our radar. You see, Backfire has 2 lines of entry-level electric skateboards that are priced at around $400. There is the well-known Backfire G2 series, and then there is this rather new Backfire Era series.

Backfire G2 Black is a more traditional affordable electric skateboard with a mildly flexible deck, and the Backfire Era 2 is… something else.

Beautiful sleek design

While it is unwise to base your buying decision on the looks of a board… Damn! doesn’t this board looks good?

Backfire Era 2 went with a sleek stealthy design first made famous by the old Exway X1. This means no electronic enclosure bulging out from underneath the deck.

Combining this with hub motors that are integrated into the back wheels, the board can pass as an unpowered traditional longboard. Besides looking good, this is especially helpful for those who live somewhere where electric skateboards aren’t legal.
(Disclaimer: Electric Skateboard HQ does not encourage or condone law-breaking behavior.)

Backfire Era 2 has current-era specs

While the board was priced at only $399, Backfire Era 2 doesn’t skim on the specs.

  • Deck: 38 inch x8.85 inch (96.5CM x 22.5CM)
  • Electronic Speed Controller: Hobbywing ESC with smart turn-on
  • Battery: 5AH; 180Wh LiPo battery
  • Marketed Range: 12-15miles (19~24 km)
  • Motors: 2 x 680W hub-motor
  • Marketed Top Speed:  28mph (46kmh)
  • Trucks: 7″ aluminum trucks
  • Wheels: 90mm streets
  • Weight: 16lbs (7.25kg)
  • Price: $399

For those who are new to the electric skateboarding scene, here is a really brief introduction to each part.

Hobbywing ESC – very smooth and intuitive speed control

Hobbywing ESC has been the gold standard for electronic speed control for more than half a decade now. It provides smooths and intuitive speed control that is loved by beginners and veterans alike. The newer Hobbywing ESC also comes with the “smart turn-on” feature, which means the board will automatically power on when the remote is switched on. This feature doesn’t sound like much, but everyone who had it can’t imagine living without it.

Battery – 180Wh LiPo battery

To fit batteries inside the sleek deck, the Backfire Era 2 uses lithium polymer batteries pack instead of the more typical lithium-ion batteries. Lithium polymer packs are pound-for-pound, more powerful than lithium-ion batteries. However, they also tend to have more longevity issues. It remains to be seen how Backfire Era 2’s battery holds up with time.

When it comes to battery size and range per charge, 5Ah(180Wh) and 12miles (19km) are pretty standard numbers for entry-level electric skateboards. With that said, we were pretty surprised that Backfire manage to pack a good battery while keeping the price below $400, especially when entry-level electric skateboards typically cost between $450-$500, not under $400.

2 x 650W motors are decent. Actually, more than decent.

Backfire Era 2 dual 640W motors are actually above average. For context, the medium motor size for entry-level electric skateboards is around 2 x 540W. When it comes to real-world performance, motor wattage is never the whole story, but having a big number is a good start.

Don’t believe me? Do your own research by using our data (most electric skateboards in the market were included)

The board has a good top speed of 28mph (46kmh), which is typical of entry to mid-level electric skateboard.

Backfire Era 2 might not be for everyone.

Obviously, a deck with integrated electronic is always going to be stiff. This, combined with stiff hub motors means road vibrations are going to be terrible on that the Backfire Era 2. Thankfully, Backfire uses a shock-absorbing grip tape for the Era 2 to ease road vibration, it should help a little bit.

Also, Era 2 may not be the best board for carving fun. Bouncy decks and soft skateboard wheels are known to add smoothness to the ride that makes carving fun and Backfire Era 2’s stiff deck and stiff hub motors are exactly the opposite of that.

What Backfire Era 2 is designed for, however, is a nimble responsive ride.

The sleek design and a biceps-friendly weight of 16 lbs (7.25kg) should make it quite practical for the urban commute. Maybe that’s why Backfire went ahead and include a carrying bag for it right out of the box.

Backfire Era 2 may be the best budget electric skateboard right now

With everything said, $399 is an unbeatable price.

Backfire Era 2 has really good specs for its price. It has the polish and the design of boards that we expect from boards twice its price.

Backfire Era 2 photo of the underside of the board

We will give the board a full review soon, but from everything we know now, the Backfire Era 2 is certainly a safe board to pick up right away during Black Friday sales.

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Introducing Wowgo Pioneer 4 and Pioneer X4

On October 2022, Wowgo announced a set of new boards, the Wowgo Pioneer 4($649) and Pioneer X4($699). Wowgo Pioneer 4 and the X4 share the same specs, with the only major difference being the drive train they use. In case it wasn’t clear, Pioneer 4 – hub motors; Pioneer X4 – belt motors.

TLDR; Wowgo Pioneer 4(hub) and Pioneer X4(belt) are designed to be smooth rides that maximizes carving fun. The pair also has competitive specs for its asking price (starting at $649).

Click here to go to Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4 product page.

Wowgo Pioneer 4 and Pioneer X4 with the remote on top of the deck

Despite the new name, the Wowgo Pioneers series is actually not a new line of products, but the 2022 iteration of Wowgo 3 and Wowgo 3x. For those who are new to the sport, Wowgo 3 and 3x were first launched back in October 2019 (time flies!), and are wildly popular for their buttery smooth riding experience.

Looking for a trip down memory lane? Click here to read our review of the Wowgo 3.

What was improved? Everything.

The old Wowgo 3 and 3x were well-rounded boards. Besides the silky smooth riding experience that they were known for, they were completed with above-average power, battery, and polish. So it is easy to see why Wowgo took an ‘ if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it ‘ approach and went for incremental upgrades over a proven formula.

Specification of Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4

  • Deck: 38.5 inch x11.2 inch (98CM x 28.5CM)
  • Electronic Speed Controller: 12s Hobbywing ESC; 4-speed modes, smart turn-on
  • Battery: 8AH; 12S2P; 345 Wh Samsung 40T (21700)
  • Marketed Range: 21-22miles (33~35 km)
  • Motors: 2 x 680W hub-motor(Pioneer 4), 2 x 700W belt-motor(Pioneer X4)
  • Marketed Top Speed:  28mph (46kmh)
  • Trucks: Wowgo’s Proprietary Trucks (45° truck)
  • Wheels: 90mm streets, 105mm cloudwheels
  • Weight: 18lbs/8.2kg (Pioneer 4) ,18.5lbs/ 8.4kg (Pioneer X4)
  • Price: $649 (Pioneer 4) & $699 (Pioneer X4)

Retaining the silky smooth riding experience

Going with a flexible deck, Hobbywing ESC, and responsive trucks means the Wowgo Pioneers are going to be buttery smooth in both speed control and in carving.

Riding on the Wowgo Pioneer X4

Flexible deck with wide concave

Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4 uses a 38.5″ deck made from maple, fiberglass, and bamboo. The deck has a good amount of flex, roughly the same amount as the Wowgo 3 and 3X. It has a healthy concave, nothing crazy, just enough to help your feet feel comfortable on it.

Hobbywing V5.0 ESC

At this point, Hobbywing ESC needs no further introduction as it has been the gold standard of smooth and intuitive control for close to half a decade now. The smart power-on feature where the board automatically powers on when switching on the remote is also a universally loved feature that’s available with Hobbywing ESC. With the newer iteration of the Hobbywing V5.0 ESC, we can expect improved power and stronger braking.

Goodbye Paris trucks

Unlike its predecessor, the Pioneer series moved away from using branded Paris trucks. Both are now using Wowgo’s own proprietary trucks. The Pioneer 4 and X4 went with the same set of trucks as the Wowgo Mini 2, with some adjustments being made on the X4 for the belt system.

We reviewed the Wowgo Mini 2 a while back, so while we mourn the loss of Paris trucks, we can vouch for the quality of Wowgo’s proprietary trucks. That trucks are well-balanced and nimble on the feet, and stable at high speed. The Wowgo trucks should do just as well as the Paris, and keep the carving experience smooth and fun.

Wheels – 90mm wheels with 105mm cloudwheels options

Unsurprisingly, the Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4 come with standard 90mm wheels with the option of including the 105mm cloudwheels for $100 more.

The 90mm wheels are pretty good, all major electric skateboard brand nowadays uses high-quality wheels that are both soft and durable. Soft wheels are keeping with the theme here, as they provide the final touch for a buttery smooth carving experience.

With that said, 105mm cloudwheels, as good as they are, do take away some of the carving fun. Unlike soft urethane wheels, the narrow contact patch of the cloudwheels doesn’t have that ‘sticky ride feel’ that makes carving fun.

Cloudwheels has narrow contact patch

Pioneer 4 vs Pioneer X4 – Hub vs Belt

Also, for those who are not familiar with the difference between drive-train. Hub motors, in this case, Pioneer 4, give a stiffer ride as the hub motors are embedded inside the rear wheels, and that means less soft urethane to absorb vibration.

Hub motors also generate less torque compared to belt-system.The reason? Unlike belt system, there isn’t any gear reduction to amplify the torque.

So why would anyone choose hub(Pioneer 4) over belt(Pioneer X4)?

Well, hub motors (Pioneer 4) are more battery efficient, meaning more range. You also don’t have to replace or maintain the belts, which will break or come loose after some time. Oh also, hubs are silent and free rolls without resistance, making it easier to kick push like a regular longboard.

With all that said, amongst all the variations and combinations, Pioneer X4 with 90mm street will give you the most carving fun, while the Pioneer 4 will get the most from the 105mm cloudwheels, as the extra size helps cushion off harsh bumps from the stiff hub wheels.

 Wowgo Pioneer X4 with 105mm cloudwheels on sand terrain

Upgraded specs – Bigger battery, stronger motor.

To keep up with the times, Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4 have received a small boost in both departments.

Bigger battery – 12s2p Samsung 40T

Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4 are now rocking 12s2p battery (Wowgo 3 used 10s2p), with Samsung 40T no less (vs 18650 cells previously)!

This gives the pair a 345wh battery, with 21-22miles (32-35km) of range.

These are competitive numbers for the price. For context, its closest competitor, the Exway Flex ER ($799) has a similar battery package (12s2p 345wh) while costing $100 extra.

Wanna see the numbers? Check out the data chart that we have painstakingly compiled.

Bigger hobbywing motors – 680W & 700W Hobbywing

So, the Wowgo Pioneer 4 uses a set of 680W hub motors and the Pioneer X4 has a pair of 700W belt motors.

 Wowgo Pioneer X4 belt motor

While wattage number is not the best way to reliably compare motor performance, this is the only information we have at the moment. So, based on the motor wattage, the Pioneer 4 and X4 are 20% stronger than their predecessor and about as strong as any of their similarly priced competitors.

This basically means that the Wowgo Pioneer 4 and X4 are not going to struggle on power and torque, as they improved over the previous Wowgos which were already plenty strong. However, they are also unlikely to give thrilling accelerations or win many drag races as those are not the strongest motor out there. Thrill and power weren’t the ride profile that the series are going for anyways.

The boards have a modest top speed of 28mph (45kmh).

Wowgo Pioneer 4 and Wowgo Pioneer X4 side by side

Takeaways – Wowgo Pioneer 4 and Wowgo Pioneer 4x

It was quite the irony that the Pioneer series is quite the antithesis of innovation. Both the Pioneer 4 and 4X offers nothing new and merely improve over the popular Wowgo 3 and 3X. However, this is not to say that the Pioneers aren’t good boards or weren’t competitive. Actually, it is quite the contrary.

With slight improvements over Wowgo 3’s already very refined riding experience, coupled with well-rounded specs that are competitive at $649-$699, the Wowgo Pioneers 4 and X4 are the definition of a ‘safe choice’ for those who are looking for an enjoyable ride without breaking the bank.

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Meepo Voyager X Review – A High-Performance Board on Steroids!

Meepo Voyager X is the brand’s latest flagship that packs a crazy amount of power.

tldr – Meepo Voyager X ($999) is a street-wheel electric longboard that has incredible power and range.

When it comes to high-performance electric skateboards, the stereotype is bulky all-terrain monsters weighing over 30lbs. Up until now, every major Chinese brand with boards priced above $1000 usually makes them in the formula of Evolve 2-in-1 (convertible between street and AT wheels, double-drop deck, and double kingpin trucks)… 

That was until Meepo decided that a regular, non-2-in-1 eskate should get a lot of power, and here we are now with Voyager released in August 2022. It was no surprise that Meepo would eventually design a powerful longboard. After all, Meepo’s founder Kieran is pretty well known to have an ‘unhealthy desire for more torque and power’. 

With that said, let’s run through the specs of the Voyager X.

Meepo Voyager X Build and Specs

  • Deck: Stiff bamboo and fiberglass glass deck; mid-board flex and wide concave
  • Electronic Speed Controller: LingYi ESC with 4 speed and brake modes; push to turn-on, m5s remote
  • Batteries: 21700 Samsung 40T cells in 12s3p, 518 Wh
  • Marketed Range: 36 miles (58 km)
  • Motors: Belt, Dual 2775 W 6358
  • Marketed Top Speed: 40 mph (66 km/h)
  • Trucks: Reverse Kingpin; Wide, 10.5 inch
  • Wheels: Standard 90mm 78A street wheels or 110mm rubber cyclone wheels; sold separately

Looking at the deck, its appearance certainly gives a classic Boosted vibe but the similarity stops there. Meepo Voyager uses a deck that’s made up of bamboo and fiberglass that only flexes in the middle part. So, no, this is a far less flexible board compared to the likes of Exway Flex or Boosted. 

As a result, the deck remains stiff and stable during a high-speed ride. This makes perfect sense, considering speed and power are clearly the priority of Voyager. The deck also provides a wide concavity for securing foot placement. 

Next, let’s talk about what’s underneath the deck —- the ESC. It’s still no surprise that Meepo continues to use customized LingYi ESC with a push-to-turn-on feature. It provides the user with 4-speed modes and 4 brake modes. What’s new is the M5s remote which is more compact than the previous model and we really like this design!

Giant Pack of Batteries

Opposite the ESC we have a pack of high-quality 21700 Samsung 40T cells in 12s3p configuration. This has 518-watt hours which promised a range of 36 miles or 58 km. 

Riding aggressively, our 210 lbs test rider managed to get 25 miles or 40 km out of Voyager. Our estimate of the range is probably 30 miles or 50 km for a 70 kg or 155 lbs rider. This is a giant pack of batteries, especially considering the $999 price tag. For context, boards at this price usually come with smaller batteries or lower-quality cells.

To check out our Exway Flex ER Review, click here.

Crazy Top Speed

While the battery is already great, Meepo goes even crazier with a dual 2775W 6358 belt motor system. According to marketing material, Meepo Voyager has a top speed of 40 mph ( 66 km/h). We obviously weren’t going to test that! Although, we did get 31 mph (50 km/h) and at that rate, our guts were as good as a milkshake. The Voyager definitely has a lot more in it and 40 mph might not be impossible. If any of you get to the limits, let us know!

Anyway, the board comes with standard 90mm 78A street wheels or 110mm rubber cyclone wheels that are sold separately for an additional 120 USD. These are like mini all-terrain wheels or hybrid wheels designed to dampen road vibrations and give you a more pleasant ride. 

Beefy Board Weight for Beefy Specs

All in all, the whole package weighs around 23.8 lbs (10.8kg). This is quite heavy but that can be expected for a board with such beefy specs. As the flagship product of Meepo, the Voyager comes really well-built and polished.

Want to check out a different Meepo board? Click here to read our Meepo Hurricane Review.

Meepo Voyager X Ride Experience

Meepo Voyager X

Now, let’s talk about the riding experience on the Voyager.

The simplest way to describe the riding experience of the Meepo Voyager is that it feels like a Boosted board on steroids. This is such a classic Meepo move. The brand has a habit of taking a formula that works well and gives it a lot more power and speed. 

As expected, the Voyager is a very powerful ride. It has a very punchy acceleration and we advise new riders to be careful with the throttle. Or better yet, start with lower speed modes that are far more gentle and work your way up. 

Designed for Speed Enthusiasts

The acceleration at the highest speed mode is so strong, it’s going to be overkill for 80-90% of the riders. I’m sure that speed enthusiasts will be really happy about it, though.

Well, at least nobody will have trouble climbing hills on this one. The brakes are really strong, especially at the highest brake mode. We use the 2nd brake mode often. This just goes to show how strong the brake can be. 

As we mentioned, the board is very stable. The wide concave locks our feet in place and the deck was not too flexible to bounce when riding over bumps. The ‘stiffer’ deck and the wide 10.5-inch trucks combined make the board super stable. 

Interested in another Meepo board? Click here to check out Meepo Shuffle S.

Massive Stability and Power

During our first ride, we found ourselves riding to 30 mph without even realizing it. That says a lot about stability and power! But no, we did not and are not going to try 40 mph, especially when the Voyager we received was technically a prototype! 

Next, let’s talk about road vibration. As you can expect, vibrations are tolerable thanks to the belt-driven motors and semi-flex deck. We gave the cyclone wheel a try, too, and it did dampen the vibration quite significantly. The rubber material also provided a lot more grip. 

The wheels felt like glue to the tarmac. It gave a sense of security when turning and carving, and made the board less likely to skid. 

Compared to the cloud wheels, the cyclone wheels gave more grip and absorbed road vibrations better. This is at the price of worse free rolls and a much much worse range. Compared to the street setup, riding with cyclones will reduce your range by almost 30%. They’re not off-road wheels, but feel amazing if you hate road vibration.

As you can see, the Voyager is pretty good, but it does have an Achilles heel — the board is not fun for carving. You see, the trucks came in really tight, and we had to loosen it quite a bit just to get the board to turn. For those who want something really fun to carve, the Voyager won’t do it. Even a bushing change might not do too much to improve the carving experience. 

Meepo Voyager X VERDICT – Most Powerful Longboard at $999

Meepo Voyager X

With that said, what’s our verdict on the Meepo Voyager X?

At $999, Meepo Voyager X is the most powerful street-wheel longboard on the market right now. It has specs that are beefier than some all-terrain boards while keeping it all in a compact regular electric longboard form. Plus, 30 miles of range with a 40 mph top speed is crazy even for an all-terrain board!

Meepo Voyager X is a board that wants to go fast and wants to go straight. If you value high-speed rides more than relaxing carving fun, this is the board for you. If you are looking for something nimble and easy to turn, this is not the board of choice.

Meepo Voyager X was designed to be a high-performance board for aggressive riders, and it does that really well. Beginners should probably look for other choices, as this might just be too much for you to handle.

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All-new Eovan GTO Silo – All-Terrain Electric Skateboard with Gear Drive!

Featured image Eovan GTO Silo

After a year of hiatus, Eovan is putting out a new board to the market – The Eovan GTO Silo.

TLDR: Eovan GTO Silo is a gear-drive all-terrain electric longboard starting at $1,349(belt drive) & $1,549(gear drive). It has a carbon fiber double-drop deck, uses DKP trucks that can be converted to RKP, and support both 150mm pneumatic wheels and 125mm airless wheels.

For those who are unfamiliar with Eovan, the brand made its name a few years ago with Eovan GTS Carbon Pro. This all-terrain electric skateboard quickly gained popularity amongst eskate enthusiasts for its beefy specs, carbon fiber deck, and for its relatively wallet-friendly price. Evidently, this formula had served Eovan well, as Eovan had stuck with it with the subsequent release – Eovan Carbon Super last year, and the new Eovan GTO Silo today. 

Check out Eovan GTO Silo by clicking here.

A sporty look – with a carbon fiber deck

Eovan has always been very good at designing boards that look sleek and sporty. But of course, any electric skateboard will look good with a carbon fiber deck. For the new GTO Silo, Eovan claims they’ve used better carbon fiber for the deck at a higher cost to further improve its toughness and durability. The deck is 39 inches (100cm) in length and 11 inches (28cm) in width, and have a comfortable concave to help rider secure their feet.

Measurements of Eovan GTO Silo

The deck was designed to be stiff hence prioritizing stability and control. On the flip side, road vibration on the GTO Silo would be worse as compared to boards with flexible wooden decks, and that’s probably why Eovan put a lot of hexagon foam grips on the deck. 

Carbon Fiber deck of Eovan GTO SIlo

Very beefy specs – 12s5p molicels

As per tradition, Eovan tried to pack as much into the GTO Silo as possible.

For battery, it went with a gigantic pack of Molicel P42 battery(21700 cells) in 12s5p configuration. This 21AH battery pack promised up to 31miles (50km) of range, which is higher than most electric skateboards in this category.

For context, Evolve Carbon Hadean, Exway Atlas and Meepo Hurricane all come with a smaller 12s4p battery pack. Besides, Molicel are great battery cells, so this wasn’t the case of ‘using cheap cells to pad up the specs’.

Gear Drive debut

While the carbon fiber deck is cool and the battery is great, what interested us the most about the Eovan GTO Silo is the gear drive.

Gear drive of Eovan GTO Silo

This is the first time Eovan put a gear drive into any of its boards. 

The previous Eovan boards were all runs on belt drives, which were good in providing torque and power but weren’t as ‘fuel efficient’ as hubs or gear drives. (Also, belts needed to be changed from time to time.) 

You do get different motor noises with gear drives (which often are higher pitched), but Eovan claims this gear drive they are using is quieter than its belt predecessor. Anyways, hardly anyone cares about motor noise unless it is annoyingly loud and from the looks of it, the gear drives on GTO Silo won’t be. 

Eovan GTO Silo infographics

With 2 x 3500W motor (6374, 170kv) driving it, the board has plenty of power, with a marketed top speed of 36mph+ (58kmh+). Not many people feel comfortable riding that fast, but having this much power means no hill is too steep, and quicker take-off from traffic stops.

For those who don’t buy into the gear drive hype, going with the belt version ($1,349) will save you $200 bucks.

Hobbywing ESC – industry standard

It’s important to have smooth and intuitive speed control to pair with a high top speed, and Hobbywing ESC will definitely give you that. 

The previous Eovans’ has been using VESC with proprietary settings, while VESC sounds better on paper, many riders find fault with how Eovan had the setting configured right out of the box. 

While eskate enthusiasts might prefer a VESC as it allows user customization, we think most eskater will prefer not to go through the trouble and instead, get a well-tuned ESC right out of the box, and that’s exactly what Hobbywing ESC is going to get you. 

Hobbywing ESC has more than proven itself and is almost universally loved, so going with it makes perfect sense in our mind.

Trucks – to DKP or not to DKP

Double Kingpin Trucks (DKP) are a common choice for big heavy all-terrain electric skateboards in order to make turning easier and the turning radius smaller. However, many DKP critics had argued that, for a board that’s clearly designed to go fast (which GTO Silo clearly was), going with a more turn-y and less stable DKP doesn’t make sense. 

Plus, not all double kingpin trucks are created equal, and the previous trucks that Eovan uses were reported to be, well..,bad. (A lot of slopes, poor return to center.) 

So, it is good news that the trucks on the GTO Silo have been reworked, and it’s not the same double kingpin trucks from the older Eovans.

Eovan GTO silo trucks

On top of that, the new trucks are designed to allow conversion between DKP set-up and regular reversed kingpin set-up, giving DKP haters an easy way to convert back into good ol’ RKP trucks.

So…
Will the new redesigned DKP trucks be good? 
Will the reversed kingpin set-up please DKP-haters?
Or will this feature be a terrible gimmick, resulting in a truck that can neither turn well nor remain stable?

We are looking forward to finding out!

Wheels – big AT and smaller AT wheels

Eovan GTO Silo comes with two wheel options. A 155mm AT pneumatic wheel, and a 125mm airless rubber wheel for semi-AT uses. The board has a 3.9-inch (10cm) clearance from the floor, so street wheels are definitely out of the question.

Eovan GTO Silo wheels

Eovan GTO Silo – Specification at a glance:

  • Deck: 39 inch x11 inch (100CM x 28.8CM)
  • Electronic Speed Controller: 12s Hobbywing ESC; 4-speed modes, smart turn-on, in-app customization feature
  • Battery: 21AH; 12S5P; 907.2 Wh Molicel P42 (21700)
  • Marketed Range: 31-37miles (50~60 km)
  • Motors:  Gear Drive, 2 x 3500W motor (6374, 170kv)
  • Marketed Top Speed:  36mph+ (58kmh+)
  • Trucks: Double Kingpin Truck (convertible to RKP)
  • Wheels: 155mm AT pneumatic wheel/125mm airless rubber wheel
  • Weight: 35.2lbs (16kg)
  • Price: $1,349(belt drive) & $1,549(gear drive)

Check out our infographics and comparison chart to visualize how Eovan GTO Silo stacks up

Final words – Eovan GTO Silo:

For the starting price of $1,349, Eovan GTO Silo tops the competition with its specs. It has a bigger battery than the also-recently-released Meepo Hurricane Ultra, and is much cheaper than the $1,599 Exway Atlas Pro.

Eovan GTO Silo stock photo

With that said, it is still quite hard to predict how well the Eovan GTO Silo will be received, as anything short of an amazing riding experience will be a huge disappointment for boards at this price. However, with everything we already know about the board, from the battery to the ESC, GTO Silo looks promising, lets’s just hope the new truck rides well.

Definitely a board worth keeping an eye out for.

Check out Eovan GTO Silo by clicking here.

Possway T3 Review – more range and comfort

Possway has been around for a while and we’ve been ignoring it as long as we could. You see, as new affordable electric skateboard brands from China are dime a dozen, it takes a lot of work for smaller new brands to stand a chance. After all, existing big players have the advantage of mass production for low costs. 

It’s a good thing that Possway fought long enough and now has a board we can’t ignore—the Possway T3.

Possway T3 offers a big 7.8 Ah battery and 105 mm Cloudwheels Donut clones right off the box for $499. The board also has dual 500W hub motors, which is above average for boards under $500. 

So, if the big battery, big motor, and big wheels perform as well as they should on paper, Possway T3 could be one of the top choices for affordable electric skateboards. Let’s go step by step and run through the specs.

Possway T3 Build and Specs

  • Electronic Speed Control: LingYi ESC
  • Deck: 37” inch drop deck, W concave, 1-ply bamboo, 8-ply maple, medium flex
  • Battery: 7.8 Ah, 10s3p
  • Marketed Range: 17 miles / 28 km
  • Motors: 500 W * 2 dual hub
  • Marketed Top Speed: 32 mph or 52 km/h
  • Trucks: Non-branded, 45° Caliber clone
  • Wheels: 105 mm Cloudwheel Donuts clone

Possway T3 uses a 37” drop deck with a nice W-concave to keep your feet comfortable. The deck is made out of 1-ply bamboo and 8-ply maple with a medium flex. Flip it over and you’ll see a dual plastic enclosure housing a LingYi electronic speed controller and the big 7.8 Ah 10s3p configured battery.

This battery adds up to 280.8 watt-hours and has a marketed range of 17 miles or 28 km. We put it to the test and our 210 lbs or 95 kg riders only got 11 miles or 18 km out of riding it at full speed.

As for the trucks, Possway T3 uses non-branded ones that look like a Caliber clone. These are 45-degree trucks that come in tight. The wheels are 105 mm Cloudwheels Donut clones. These wheels are great for absorbing road vibrations.

The dual 500W motors, on the other hand, advertise 32 mph or 52 km/h top speed. Sadly, we only got 28.5 mph or 46 km/h from it.

To know more about dual hub motors, click here.

So, while both the top speed and range are pretty great, they did not rise to the marketing figures. Next, let’s talk about the riding experience.

Riding Experience

Overall, we would describe the riding experience of the Possway T3 as comfortable and relaxing but unexciting. Here are our thoughts on the ‘unexciting’ part. 

The Possway T3 is not powerful and there isn’t much thrill from it. The dual 500W motors looked powerful on paper but were merely decent on the streets. 

The accelerations are pretty meek and for heavy riders, it might struggle on uphill roads. Still, the board is gentle and relaxing to ride. The LingYi ESC on this Possway T3 is perfectly smooth and intuitive in all 4 accelerations and brake modes.

Similar to the speed control, the board is equally comfortable and relaxing to maneuver. 

The deck of the T3 is definitely the highlight of the board. Its drop-down design allows great stability with a lower riding height. Although, the low ground clearance might limit your choices for ride locations. 

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The concave of the deck was also a huge help for controlling the board better. The deck is wider at both ends which allows better foot placement. This is perfect for those with large shoe sizes.

The trucks also add to the stable and relaxing nature of the Possway T3. These trucks are geared towards stability over responsiveness. The Possway T3 will feel very stable and relaxing even at top speed.

Another strong point for the T3 would be its ride comfort on rough pavements. The 105 mm wheels combined with a flexible deck made the T3 one of the more comfortable boards for excruciatingly poor road conditions. 

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The VERDICT

All in all, the nice numbers on paper only told us little about the Possway T3. In fact, the dual hub motors with big wattage don’t give the equivalent power it should. This has to be the biggest weakness of the board.

However, Possway T3 did a lot of things better than its competition. Namely, better range, bigger 105 mm wheels for those who prefer it, and a pretty nice deck and truck combination for a relaxing, stable, and comfortable ride. 

Even though the board did not perform up to our initial expectation (which was very high), the Possway T3 is still objectively a good board providing good value for money. 

Beginners will appreciate it for maximizing ride comfort and stability. It’s also a great choice for eskate commuters who want more range and stability on poorly paved roads. 

Nice one, Possway. We’ll keep tabs on the next one.

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