This is a Complete Review of my Leiftech eSnowBoard. Some call my Leiftech a freebord with a motor or a motorized freebord. Some call it an eSnowboard or electric freebord. Either way, I wanted to do a full breakdown on my experiences over the last 6 months with my Leiftech electric skateboard.

Please note that these are my opinions based solely on my experiences with my Leiftech board. This video does not reflect the experience other riders may have.

I am not affiliated with Leiftech.

(I purchased the Leiftech eSnowboard online like most customers.)

I hope you enjoy the video. If you liked it, please hit that thumbs-up button as it helps me out. Any positive feedback helps.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave it in the comment section below. Also, if you have the Leiftech board or any other electric skateboard / longboard like the Boosted , Evolve Carbon GT , Inboard , Yuneec , ZBoard , Leafboard , Stary , Marbel , Blink , etc. please also feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your feedback on your board and how you think it compares to the Leiftech board.

—– Leiftech eSnowboard —–

(USA Link)

—– The Video Timeline —–

** 0:14 – Introduction

1:22 – What’s it like to Ride
3:47 – Connecting the battery and remote
5:12 – How to Start the Board
6:14 – Actual Riding
6:44 – Sliding and Breaking
7:28 – Going Up Hills

Tip: Start on flat ground. Starting on hills is very difficult.

8:10 – Where to Ride
8:53 – Types of Road
9:54 – Things to check before you buy
10:21 – Battery Life

Tip: Do not keep your batteries connected to the board when not in use. I’ve left a full battery connected overnight and it has completely drained the battery. I recommend disconnecting the battery between uses.

10:56 – Flight Restrictions with the board/battery
11:15 – Weight
11:43 – Water Resistance

** 12:45 – Board Maintenance

13:29 – My Tools

** 16:04 – Support

** 19:24 – My Final Thoughts

—– Tools Required for my own maintenance —–

Allen Keys / Hex Tools :
– 1/16″ (small pulley set screw)
– 3/32″ (large pulley set screw)
– 2mm (timing belt cover)
– 2.5mm (motor bolts)
– 3.0mm (M5 motor mount bolts)
– 4.0mm (M6 bolts on top of deck)

– Phillips screwdriver (truck bolts & binding bolts)
– Tiny screwdriver (remove control)

– 7mm ratcheting wrench (pivoting head if possible) (top cover lag bolts)

– 8mm straight ratcheting wrench11 – M5 nuts on trucks and motor mounts

– Loctite 243 Thread Locker (Pulleys)

(Note: I initially bought the Loctite 243 Blue Thread Locker but the more pulleys were still slipping. After discussing more with the Leiftech Forum, we found that the 3M Thread Locker worked a lot better.)

– 3M TL42 threadlocker (Pulleys)
– Soldering Iron (Pulleys)
– Super Glue (Pulleys)
– Dielectric Grease (Center Drive Wheel Caster System)

– Pliers

—- My Recommended Tools/Accessories —-

– Board Protector (Trim-Lok – Aluminum Edge Trim for Board)
(USA Link)

– Board Roller Bag – Hideo Wakamatsu Dolphin
(Japan Link)

– Hex tools 1 – Bondhus GorillaGrip Set of 9 Hex Fold-up Keys
(USA Link)

– Hex tools 2 – Bondhus – Set of 8 Hex T-handles (sizes 2-10mm)
(USA Link)

– Battery Cover Velcro – 3M Dual Lock Fastener
(USA Link)

—– Leif Technologies Rider Forum —–

—– Other Leiftech Videos —–

– Riding in Tokyo (First Impression)

– Riding in Tokyo (Short)

– Riding in Okinawa (Short)

– My Call with Leiftech

– Leiftech 2x Battery Review

– Riding in Kawagoe

– Riding in Toyota Japan (part 1)

– Riding in Toyota Japan ( part 2)

—– For more info about me —–

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—– My Film Gear —–

– Canon 80d w/ Lens (Standard) – Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
(USA Link)

– Rode Videomicro Microphone
(USA Link)

– Go Pro Hero 5:
(USA Link)

– For a complete list of my gear:


Hau Nguyen says:

Hey Man, thanks for the review and insights. I was going to shell out the money for this, but I’m glad your honest review was here to stop me from this mistake, especially in regards to maintenance and customer support. Hopefully, someone else can come up with a better implementation of this, as I love the snowboarding. But not at THIS type of hassle. Cheers.

Jeff Couret says:

any updates? I was wondering if the v2 REALLY fixes all these problems or if it’s just more of the same.

Leon Mercy says:

its gay is what it is.

LaudPro says:

Great review Paolo and what a shame…. The first time I saw this board it was like in a dream coming true. I really had big big big expectations with Leiftech because I used to skate and I am a passionate of snowboarding, I always wanted something to snowboard the streets.
But as far as I can see, reviews, comments, maintenance, customer care attention… = bad customer experience.
I just realized it is an unfinished product and unfortunately we will have to wait a few more years till they do something with less maintenance, durable and resistant.
I believe it is something enrichment learning how to take care and maintain your things, skateboards, snowboards, etc (for example new wheels, waxing the board…).. and I´m sure eSnowboard is a very fun board when it works –> But if I have to do all that maintenance you are saying…). Also taking into account that the price is like a month salary (and even not for everyone), plus all the extra stuff you need to buy for having a complete/healthy/good product… It just… doesn’t worth it. 🙁
Leiftech just disappointment me so bad, this is such a bad news to read/hear.

Aaron Aders says:

Hey Paolo – aaron here, CEO of LEIFTech – you may remember me from the support video chat I personally did with you a while back. Our small startup can’t afford to send new parts to everyone we have shipped to date and still stay in business but it seems as though the cost of the parts is a big sticking point for you. If the cost of parts is the only thing keeping you angry at this point then I’ll happily sponsor your parts and pay to send them myself. Is this enough to please you and change your mind about our customer service?

Pierre1SwE says:

really good reveiw. thanks!

InfestedAzn says:

Hey Paolo, You’re not alone. This board is one of the biggest regrets of my life. Like, when it works, it works great. But the amount of repairs, the fact they keep charging me customs and promising parts, but never shipping has lead me to pretty much leave it rotting in the garage. I was wondering if there is a way to get my money back from them.

Great Big Scary World by Jamie says:

Great review. Looks like a cool board in theory, but completely impractical in reality. As much as I love snowboarding, I think this persuades me to go for a regular board.

MrScallywag says:

Is it really loud?

Federico Gutierrez says:

Owner of evolve boards here but not a hardcore fan but it is very simple, charge and go. Easy maintenance. I seen this board and found it interesting but after watching this video, I’m staying well away from it. Great Video!

Louder says:

I’m really looking forward to getting mine at some point in the near future. Sounds like you maybe didn’t have any experience with skateboards in any form in the past, not even having the most basic skate tools and all and jumping into a brand new product that wasn’t market tested. Complaining about wet motor bearings seems rather odd? Any bearings ever need cleaning if you go through water or get wet, thats pretty basic. It’s kind of like buying a car and driving it round for 6 months without ever servicing it, cleaning it or taking care of it.

I feel Leif have been pretty good to you but each to their own I guess. I’ve never had a company video call me, send me free parts for a product that I am not maintaining or taking care of etc.

The big question for me is, do you regret your purchase?

lean A says:

Thanks! I was one click away on buying this but luckily I found this video. I’m not about to deal with that shit support lmao… Good tech but shitty company i guess

Michael Torres says:

great video bud. very detailed thank you

Matt Whitehouse says:

Hey mate have you upgreaded to the v2 yet? Thinking about buying one since the v2 seems to have addressed issues in this video

All Prophit says:

I wanted see a comphrehensive review on this board. I clicked on here by chance and my gawd i hit the Jack pot. You sir are excellent at cover everything kudos to you. I will give you my like and a I will mine your vidoes in hopes of finding an electric skateboard that does will in rough terrain, goes quite a distance and modest in price.

Bud Manthey says:

Thank You for that dose of reality. I hope the new model is better. I hope they look after You as well. I’m still keen as I can see the potential for fun.  All the best.

dablet00 says:

if the batteries are on the bottom, what’s that thing sticking out on the top???

Nigel Beighton says:

Thanks for the very helpful review. Made me think again about getting one. I love the idea, but not the hassle. I will leave until v3, 4… and they get better at support.

J. C. Goodwin says:

Man, I don’t even really care how good the customer service is. I’m not going to put that much time into maintenance of the board…and all the extra tools it takes!!?? No thanks, like I said it would be great on super smooth surfaces but 99% of the streets & sidewalks aren’t that.

Sindre Eide says:

This review is kinda really terrible. I guess I will not be buying this bord.

Georg Zinsler says:

Hey Paolo, what a great review! I just got me a brand new leif board a week ago. I also own an evolve bamboo gt and I have to say the leif is so much more fun to ride, I simply love it.
Unfortunately after only two times riding one of the center wheels has started doing some weird clicking sound and I am afraid I will get to the point of endless maintenance that you described. You mentioned an online forum, can you point me to that?
Also I feel it is pretty ridiculous that the board comes with absolutely no tools. I even had to buy a wrench for taking the risers off, which you are supposed to take off after a while…
Well anyway the riding is incredible and I see myself at the beginning of a beautiful love/hate relationship. Thanks for your video!!


Can the center wheels be taken out?

zebalewski1 says:

Thank u for saving me from buying this board!!

Emre Karakoyunlu says:

Dear Paolo, Thank you so much for this absolutely valuable video. It almost cover every aspects that any potential customer wants to learn about. What I believe, you share all the experience impartially and very easy to understand. As a potential customer, now I know what I will face when I get the product.

Good job!!


aaronjenks says:

Hi . What size board did you buy?

Reid B says:

Thanks for the review Paolo, I found this very interesting. I decided to just get a freebord as I don’t have half the patience you have with either the maintenance or the bad support you are receiving. When I worked on the slopes in Canada I used to snowboard up the slopes being towed behind a ski-doo which was so much fun… freebord behind an e-bike might be a go instead!

Joseph Aziz says:

Bro, where do you buy your shirts?

Blu says:

not lying, i had this idea back about 10 years ago, to build an efreeboard

Michael Bathan says:

I’m glad I watched this. I’ve been considering getting one, but I hate poor support and companies that don’t take care of their customers. Great idea but I think I’ll wait for a better version or different board. Thanks for the review.

John Mouzakitis says:

Paolo, I think you are over criticizing the board. I have been riding the Lief board for months in NYC and have had no issues. It’s been a smooth ride and it’s super fun to do tricks!

Vonrichard Bansil says:

Paolo great videos keep em coming!! I own a electric longboard and live in Japan. You live in Tokyo, do the police ever stop you from riding? Every other day police officers ask me to stop riding on the sidewalk, so I say okay then I put my board on the street then they say you can′t riding their ether wat gives!!! Okay so I wait abit till there out of site and I’m back on the board!! Wat do you normally do?! I use my board to commute to work and never horse around and I also wear a helmet!! Do I need some kind of document to ride WTH!!?!! HELP!!!

Daniel Salmon says:

Hey man, really great video. Thanks so much!

alex molina says:

Thanks for making us aware of the problems, i’m just glad i saw the comments before i purchased 2 of these boards.

Zarchos says:

In short: it is like an helicopter.

DoubleAfpv says:

Paolo, thank you a great professional review. I think I will keep enjoying my Evolve board and wait for Leftect to hopefully mature a bit before delving into their product.

Mylifeisa Joke says:

Great review. They probably would have been better off leaving you alone than ganging up and trying to bullying you into receded what i thought was a fair and impartial review. integrity can’t be bought.

Eugenio Del Vecchio says:

Your videos are really well-made and honest. In fact, they are so good that I am subscribing even if I am not really into your topics. I hope you keep pursuing your mission. Keep it real!

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