Buying your first longboard? Here are 5 things to consider.

Oct 14, 2021 | Blog

No matter if you want to cruise to your campus or bombing mountains, a longboard can take you anywhere. The only restriction is that the surface should be sloppy or at least plain. If you’re here, it means you have already made up your mind to grab the best longboard for yourself.

What to look for when buying a longboard?

Buying a longboard

Before choosing the right longboard, you must have to know your boarding style. There are tens of boarding styles which you can learn on your own with just a little practice. Some of the most famous are Freeride, Freestyle, Cruising, Carving, and dancing. Multiple factors are affecting longboard performance. First of all, you have to select the type of board and parts.

1.     Types

Practicing all your riding styles on the same board can be dangerous because every longboard is different from others depending upon its board wheel and truck sizes.

Here I have classified the seven types of longboards which accommodate different riding styles.

Cruiser Longboards: It is pintail shaped and perfectly designed for day-to-day use. Longboards with a top-mounted cruiser are primarily used for transportation.

Carver Longboards: If you’re a skiing or surf lover, then this longboard should be your priority. It has a bigger concave which means it is more curved from the topside. If you like to flip your board while riding, it can be a perfect choice.

Freeride Longboards: These boards are for people who want to ride fast because their wheels lose friction easily while moving sideways. It is also a bit closer to the ground for road grip.

Freestyle Longboards:  Unlike freeride boards, these boards don’t need high speed. Its low speed allows you to maintain a good flow. Freestyle longboards are perfect for flatlands.

Push Longboards: Push longboards are not for practicing and are a bit heavier than others. But you can use them for transportation purposes on longer routes. Its low road clearance gives it stability and saves you from many accidents.

Dance Longboards: It is a board especially for people who do tricks and use it as a dance prop. Dance longboards are huge and allow dancers more space for tricks.

Downhill Longboards: It is the fastest and extreme riding. If you’re a beginner, then it’s not for you. However, high-speed cornering with sliding capabilities makes it the most popular among stunt performers.

2.   Construction

No matter what kind of longboard you have, the deck, riser pads, truck, wheels, shaft, axle, bearing, and nut bolts are the assembling parts of longboards.

Grip tape may look simpler, but it makes your grip on longboards strong enough. A kingpin at the rear end is responsible for assembling and connecting the wheels with the truck and shaft. Wheel and bearing quality vary depending upon which type of board you use.

3.   Size

Finding a longboard as per your own style statement requires some research. First of all, you have to decide what you see in your favorite longboard and its size. Usually, the sizes of longboards range from 32″ to 42″. If you want a giant board, then a dance longboard is perfect for you.

4.   Flex

Firstly, we have a multilayer deck. Most of the deck is made up of wood. Bamboo, maple, and birch woods are the most commonly used in longboard construction. After this, fiberglass and carbon are used for durability. Finally, 6-8 layers are dedicated explicitly to bamboo and maple woods. These multilayers give the tensile strength and expected flex to your board.

5.    Wheels and bearings

All the wheels and bearings may look similar, but they are different in terms of quality. For example, the wheels are softer in downhill boards and have low friction to take abrupt turns. In the same way, freestyle boards require boards with hard wheels because they are a bit slower than others.  As far as bearings concern, stainless steel bearings should be your priority, or you can also alter them later on during maintenance.

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