HERE IS MY REVIEW, FEEL FREE TO POST YOURS.
Hey all, I’ve had a raptor for a few days and I wanted to post a few first impressions after a couple of days of riding. Many of you may have seen me posting here, but for those who haven’t I have had (or tried out) quite a few E-boards. I’m was an avid skater prior to E-boarding. About 3 years ago I started doing downhill but transitioned to E-boards. I’ve had boards such as the boosted dual plus, yuneec E-go, a custom LHB build, and now this raptor. Future plans faster and faster builds
I’ll keep my comments short and break them into a few categories, these will be updated over time:
Warranty/Customer support: I cannot comment much on this. I don’t want to jinx anything, but the raptor has been solid so far. If there are every any issues I’ll update this with how good the customer support is. I will say Jason from Enertion has been responding on the forums, and Enertion Support usually gets back to your emails but they take a long time and often times they just miss seeing your email.
UPDATE: many customers continue reporting very slow response times, so keep this in mind. Read this whole thread.
Delivery time It took slightly over 3 months from my order date, but that’s fine. I understood the challenges Enertion was having getting VESCs. I’m sure in the future their stock will be much better and their shipping times will be way faster.
Quality control/Packaging All the nuts and bolts were done well. The wheels were tightened perfectly, usually they’re either too loose or too tight. I was missing 2 screws for the lid, which didn’t effect anything but still they should be more careful about things like that. Instruction manual for board was sufficient, but instruction manual for remote would be helpful. I already knew how to use it though. Packaging could be better, just simple bubble wrap in a cardboard box. I guess I shouldn’t expect apple like packaging.
Aesthetics/handling This is usually a personal preference, I always love black and red. But I was very impressed with the raptor. It looks better in person than the photos. The carbon fiber deck design is awesome. The integrated enclosure for the battery gives it a super clean look. I’m glad it has a kick tail, they’re beneficial in my opinion. Weight is pretty acceptable, it feels the same to me as the boosted dual plus. The handle is a nice touch. I’m not sure if the bottom of the board will stay this pretty, I believe the motor mounts will start to get scratches and scrapes pretty soon from rocks etc. I would recommend riding over smooth roads without a lot of rocks/debris.
Performance This is where the raptor shines. Torque and acceleration are unmatched by ANY other board I’ve used. I don’t have too many steep hills where I am, but I tried going up a few moderate grade hills and the raptor destroyed those hills. I’m about 64 kg and I hit a top speed of 27 mph on flats, and have hit a max of 30 mph on a slight decline. See my test in the video at bottom of this post. The top speed will satisfy most, be too much for some, and 1% of the market may want more (because they have hit higher speeds while doing DH before like me…or because they are crazy risk takers). The brakes are strong. Also note that there is NO reverse, which I’m 100% okay with because you don’t ever need reverse.
Throttle response VESC settings are great. It has the killer acceleration I was looking for, yet you can still go slow if you want to (see my video). It’s not as smooth as something like the boosted board’s remote though, that’s the one thing boosted has going for them.
Battery life/Range Battery lasts way longer than a boosted board would AND it’s easier to swap than the boosted battery will be in their V2. It doesn’t have a ridiculously long range, but it is sufficient for almost everything. All I can say is the range is enough and I’m 100% satisfied with it. I’ll update this section with real world figures soon enough.
UPDATE: I did a slow speed/cruising range test, I kept it under speeds of 20 mph for the most part to mimic my boosted board. I kick pushed to start each time and coasted as much as possible. I accelerated gently each time to try to extend the range as much as possible. I’m 63.5 kg (140 lbs), weather was 88 F or 31 Celsius. I got 17 miles (23.5 km) of range WITH 11% battery left over. My average speed was 12 mph and like I said I was testing to extend range as much as possible. I have no doubts that in ideal conditions I can get 20 miles of range while riding very conservatively.
Reliability To be determined. I know other people have issues that Jason from enertion has been resolving.
Other things I liked so far I can almost use it as a normal longboard, there is not a lot of resistance from the drivetrain. I show this in one of my video tests. The range of the remote is pretty good, all that someone would need. The raptor also ships with this protective guard around the nose and the tail, I’m going to keep those on as long as possible. I like to stand the board on it’s tail and I’m glad that guard is there rather than the nice carbon fiber. I like being able to see the charge on the board just by looking down.
Things I didn’t like I have no idea why this happened (maybe a loose wire connection to the VESC?) and I cannot replicate it, but one of the motors randomly just went out. The board felt sluggish and slow. This was resolved by turning the board on/off. It has not happened again (and hopefully never does). One of the holes in the board for the lid was stripped so you cannot put a screw there, but it didn’t really effect anything since there are so many other screws holding the lid in place. Dust gets inside the enclosure through the openings in the lid so I clean it often. The cruise control is a gimmick, doesn’t work well. The stock wheels are too hard, HIGHLY recommend upgrading to abec 11 flywheels…83 mm 75a durometer.
Overall thoughts I’m extremely happy with this board as long as keeps working! I think @onloop from Enertion has created a very efficient drivetrain. The dual motor drivetrain, the gear ratios, the battery, the VESCS, the trucks, the wheels all work well together to give the rider an awesome experience. I could describe it as beautifully simple, because it really is. You can easily see how it’s all put together just by lifting the lid to look at the electronics and by looking at the motors mounts carefully.
Here are some of my videos and tests. Subscribe to my channel if you want to see more videos and comparisons with other boards (like the boosted dual plus).
Moderate grade hill climbing
Slow speed control test/Cruise Control test/Using raptor w/o power
And just plain shredding the streets! (check out how I pass that road cyclist)