First of all, you need to understand what each part does so you can better decide which board or what parts are the best for you. Many combinations are possible, and you know best what you want to do with your board.
The following questions are a good starting to choose your perfect longboard for beginners.
1. What are the parts of a longboard?
There are many varieties in boards available. However, they all have the same parts. Each part might have different characteristics, which makes a tremendous difference in how the board behaves and what you can do with it. Click here for more information about longboard parts.
– 4 wheels
– 8 bearings
– 1 deck
– 2 trucks
– 8 hardware
2. How am I going to ride (what is my style)?
Many boards can be used for multiple activities, so pick your main purpose to get started. Are you planning for cruising, freestyle, free ride or downhill with your longboard? Also how much experience do you have with longboarding will determine the speed you need it for. Check out how to determine your experience with our blog about longboarding.
3. Which longboard shape is better?
Boards come in various shapes for every style. Personal choice is a large factor in this as many shapes are right. For cruising there is drop down, drop through, pintail, bamboo, and cruiser. For freestyle or freeride drop down or drop through. For downhill speed, top mount, cruiser or board.
4.How flexible do I want my longboard to be?
The flexibility determines how shock absorbent the board is and determines the stability. Flex and speed don’t go along. When you pick a style and shape, it will come with a specific flexibility. Not every combination exists. However, it’s nice to know what’s out there. Most boards have a flat deck, some have a bit of camber (more for cruising), and some of them are more of a rocker (more appropriate for a free ride and downhill).
5. Should my longboards have a kick tail?
The kick tail makes it easier to do turns and stunts. For many riding styles and shapes you can find a board with or without a kicktail. Longboard with a kicktail, longboard without kicktail
6. What size should I buy?
Width is more relevant than length as it determines how much space your feet have to stand on. Your feet will stand almost perpendicular to the boards, so pick one that’s about your shoe size. Most decks are between 7”-10” wide. The longer length gives you more stability during your ride.
7. Which longboard trucks are the best for my board?
The trucks connect your wheels to your board. They are usually available in 2 sizes: 150 mm and 180 mm of which the 180 mm is most usual for longboards. The axle size should be around the same width of your board.
8. Which wheels should I get for my longboard?
Smaller wheels are for shorter boards. Larger wheels are more suitable for higher speeds. However, they accelerate gradually. The most common longboard wheel sizes are 65 mm and 75 mm. The durometer shows the hardness/softness of the wheels. Softer wheels are more shock absorbent and provide a smoother ride for your board, where as harder wheels are a bit bumpier. Harder wheels are suitable for speed. Rating is expressed by an “A.” The lower the number, the softer the wheels are. Conventional cruising wheels are around 78A durometer. For freestyle, free ride it’s 86A. There are two principal wheel shapes: square lip and round lip. The square lip is used typically on longboards.
Now pick your perfect Longboard! You now know about the main longboard parts, shapes, sizes, flex, kick tail, wheel size, wheel shape and wheel durometers. Also, their influence on how your board behaves and what you can do should be clear.
Go outside, and have some fun!