Hey all, I’ve had a longhairedboy black metal scarlet for a month. 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 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, And the enertion raptor. Future plans are for faster and faster builds
I’ll keep my review format consistent, and break it down into categories.
Warranty/Customer support: The best customer service in the business. I never had to wait more than a day for responses to any questions or concerns. He has resolved any issue I have had quickly, and answered all questions (and believe me I asked him a lot of things). The post purchase support is awesome as well. Got a problem? Let him know, and if it’s an issue that isn’t your fault he will send you a shipping label right away to make it right. He’s pretty flexible with other things as well, for example he offered to upgrade my VESC to the 6.0 when that comes out just for the cost of the new VESC.
Update: customer service continues to be amazing, down to him covering round trip shipping and even fixing some scrapes and normal wear/tear on the deck for NO charge. He replaced my steez remote no charge even though it was my fault for destroying it. I seriously offered to pay multiple times but he wasn’t accepting it.
Delivery time My delivery time was approximately 6 weeks due to an issue he had with the first deck. I would say it will take anywhere from 4-8 weeks for your build. It seems like lot of it just depends on the specific build and the parts he has to acquire.
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. Belts had the perfect amount of tension. This board was truly ready to ride! It came in a box with plenty of protective styrofoam as you can see in my unboxing video.
Aesthetics/handling Well it’s a custom board. I picked the colors and aesthetics so of course I love it. You can pick any style of deck and color combination you like. The deck is extremely stiff, there is no flex at all. It is a heavy set up weighing in at 21.3 lbs overall. The enclosure on the bottom is holding up okay for now, but I wonder if it is too thin at the points where the screws are holding it up to the board. I’m glad it has a kick tail, they’re beneficial in my opinion. As with all boards I feel most confident riding this on good quality tarmac. Compared to the boosted I had, there are a lot more vibrations in this due to the stiff deck, but the stiff deck also feels more stable at higher speeds. The deck itself is pretty long. It is longer than my enertion raptor and my boosted board.
Performance This board is all about high speed thrills! Measured with the iphone app Strava I have hit a top speed of 38 mph. Keep checking my video list at the bottom of this review, I’ll post an updated video with GPS overlay so you can see how accurate this 38 mph is. Acceleration is good, but not to the point that you can’t stay on the board. The Enertion Raptor accelerates and brakes much more aggressively. The gear ratio on this scarlet is optimized for top end speed rather than acceleration. The brakes are gentle so I usually give myself more time to brake than I would on the boosted or the raptor. The hill climbing ability is pretty good, it can tackle any hill in my area. I have to test it on steeper hills that are greater than 20% grade. I did a test with a moderate hill that is about 15% grade at its steepest, see video below.
Update: After LHB updated VESC settings and threw more current at the brakes, the brakes are very touchy now… I’m almost scared to brake because they come on strong with the slightest touch of the throttle. So I’ve been coasting a bit to let it slow down some and then applying brakes. This is all VESC settings that you can adjust yourself after you learn to use the BLDC tool.
Throttle response The throttle is actually not very touchy like it is with the raptor or the evolve GT, again that goes back to this being geared for high end speed rather than low end torque. HOWEVER, there is a point at around 24-27 mph where it just hits a turbo boosted and all of a sudden just takes off. The first time it happened to me it was scary, but now I’m expecting it so it’s actually kind of fun getting a sudden acceleration boost at high speeds.
Update: LHB updated some VESC settings and the acceleration is much better now, it’s not as fast as the raptor but I’d say it’s on par with the boosted (except this keeps going and going whereas the boosted after 20 mph).
Battery life/Range Range is amazing. If I’m really pushing this board hard it will still get 16-20 miles. And for regular old cruising, I can get 20-30 miles with ease. Charging time is less than 2.5 hours.
Reliability To be determined.
Other things I liked so far The board coasts pretty well because there isn’t much resistance from the belts, much better than the boosted. I like the fact that I’m the only person who will have this specific board. The wheelbase of the board is pretty long, so that means stability at high speeds. The little extras that longhairedboy gives you are a nice touch, for example the t-shirt and a very nice tool kit. The tool kit will allow you to take the whole board apart if you want to. I loved how I could watch the board being built step by step on the build thread and on his instagram account. And of course I love that this is the only ready to ride board delivered to you that can break 30 mph no sweat.
Things I didn’t like I think this is a VESC issue which will be resolved, but braking really hard while going down hills at fast speeds causes brake failure. In fact braking very hard from fast speeds causes the brake to intermittently cut out but then come back. This will be resolved after the VESC is upgraded supposedly. The board is big and heavy so it’s not the best to carry around, you want to keep this under your feet
Update: I sent my board to LHB to try to fix the brake issue as best as he could. I got my board back and haven’t braked hard while going fast, but brakes are very touchy now. It brakes hard with the slightest touch of the joystick. I let it coast now and then mindfully pull the joystick back carefully to apply brakes. I prefer the settings of the raptor in terms of braking, they feel strong but still linear.
Overall thoughts I’m satisfied with the board overall. It is what I use for when I want to go fast! I’m not sure if I would use it as a slow speed cruiser because it’s not very portable or light, but it’s nice to know that on open roads you can go 30+ mph. I wouldn’t recommend this board for beginners due to the high speed and risks that come with it. I wouldn’t want some teenager who thinks they are too cool for protective gear to have this board. For the record I have a full leather race suit I wear if I’m doing max speed runs on this board. Out of all the boards I’ve had, my two favorite ones would be the raptor and the LHB. I’d take the LHB board for top speed thrills or the Raptor for low end torque/acceleration.
If you want a board customized to your specifications and you don’t want to build one yourself, or if you just want the board with the highest top speed outthere, then I highly recommend a build from longhairedboy.
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 or the Enertion Raptor).
Unboxing and information (might be a bit long and boring, sorry!)
Moderate grade hill test
Moderate speed braking test
speed test (33 mph on flats w/o a full aero tuck)
Scarlet next to raptor