Backfire release Backfire G2 Black on 17 July 2019

Release of Backfire G2 Black, best beginner electric longboard?

When a brand like Backfire updates its entry-level offering, we can’t help but take notice.

For those in the dark, Backfire has made a name for itself by offering consistent quality products with good after-sales support. Add in a 6-month warranty to sweeten the deal makes them highly appealing.

For those who are unfamiliar with their offerings, the G2 line was initially released in 2017 replacing the G1. Higher specification updates was introduced along the way (G2s & G2t) but at a higher price point. In 2019 however, Backfire actually updated the base version of Backfire Galaxy 2 twice. First to the Backfire G2 2019 edition, and now the Backfire G2 Black is another incremental update to the G2 2019.

So, what’s G2 Black about?

Backfire boldly claims that this is the perfect beginner product. Let’s examine what this longboard brings to the table.

The most glaring visual change is obviously the blacked-out style of the board through and through which includes the tires, electronics & battery cover. This is in line with customer trends which prefers blacked-out boards ala Boosted stealth and the likes. 

Also fitted on the Black is 96mm wheels versus 83mm on “regular” G2. It’s good to see the 96mm wheels which were only available on the pricier Backfire models has trickled down to the entry-level offerings. This is in line with the current trend of manufacturers offering larger and larger tires which is more practical especially on less than ideal roads. A lot of us who are new to the sport also tends to fine larger wheel more comforting.

The new Hobbywing motor is also said to be more powerful while being quieter.

As for similarities goes, the deck & internals are likely the same as the “regular” G2. It still has the old Backfire galaxy deck, which is on the stiff side, but have nice concave and is pretty comfortable to stand on. The tried and tested Caliber II trucks is unfortunately still reserved for Backfire’s more expensive models. Still no surprises here.

We have consistently praised Hobbywing ESC and this is still carried over from the previous board. As this is marketed for beginners, a good ESC is especially important to have a good sense of control & a feeling of being one with the board. 

All in all, it is a well-rounded update to an already compelling board. I’m sure novice & experienced users alike will appreciate what an attractive entry-level offering that Backfire G2 Black is. 

The updates on the G2 Black as compared to the “regular” G2

  • blackout colour design
  • Bigger 96mm wheels
  • new hub motor made by Hobbywing
  • $30 price hike

Pricing

Full Price for the Backfire G2 Black is USD 429.

It is only slightly more expensive than the standard G2, which is selling for $399. At only $30 separating them I see little incentive for a prospective buyer to choose the G2 instead of the G2 Black.

Shipping

As per details in the website; Backfire G2 Black has been shipped to warehouses in Hamburg and Los Angeles. It is expected to arrive on August 25th and then start local delivery in the US and Europe.

For orders placed right now, they will be shipped from China, ETA 7-10 days for the US, 10-15 days for Europe.

You can expect a full review from us in a few weeks time.

Checkout Backfire G2 Black by clicking here and remember to use our affiliated discount code ‘ESKATEHQ‘ during checkout to get a little bit off your purchase.

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