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Longboard Buying Guide
There is more to longboards than one might think. Longboards comes in a variety if different shapes, construction and with different features. They are also designed for a variety of different riding styles and abilities. We have developed a guide that will help you chose the right longboard for you.
What skill level are you? There are longboard shapes and setups that are designed specially for novice riders. It is important to be realistic when you are assessing your riding level. A boards shape mounting type and flex depends heavily on your style of riding and your ability.
Within longboarding there are different riding styles.The type of riding style you do affects the type of longboard you need. Cruising, carving, downhill, free ride and freestyle are all different types of longboarding. The topography of where you live also affects your riding style. For instance, if you live in a mountainous area you will be doing a lot of downhill riding.
There are two different shapes that all the designs fall into. Both of the shapes are suitable for novice and experienced riders.
Directional boards are made to go in one direction and that is forward. The most popular style of directional board is the famous Pin Tail. This board is ideal for riders that ride carver, cruiser, downhill and freestyle.
A symmetrical board looks and feels the same regardless of which way it is facing. If you want to be able to do 180s you will need a symmetrical board. This type of riding is common in freeriding and freestyle riding.
The stability of a longboard is directly related to the deck style. It relates to how easy it is to use the foot brake and how easy it is to push on flat ground. The higher the board is off the ground the higher the center of gravity will be. This means there is less stability and more fatigue when you are pushing and foot braking. However, the lower the board is the less leverage you have to toss quick carves and you are more likely to bottom out on tight turns.
The most traditional board shape is top mount. It is also the least expensive. The deck is mounted directly above the trucks so the center of gravity is higher than it is on other board styles.
The trucks are mounted through the board on a drop through board. Hence the name. This increases the stability of the board and reduces fatigue. These boards are great for long distance riding.
These decks look weird. During construction they are molded so that the feet sit below the truck area of the board.
Double drop boards feature both drop through trucks and a drop deck style that puts your feet as close to the ground as possible. It is the most stable deck style.
Longboards come in certain shape features that affect the way the board rides. The shape styles are lick tails, wheel cut-outs and concave.
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