Longboards - What Are They?
Longboards tend to be a lot longer and wider than your standard skateboard. They come in many various different shapes, sizes and a set of much larger and softer wheels. Each one of the components is picked out in order to specifically match a certain riding style whether it is cruising, downhill, free-styling or just a day-to-day use.
In comparison to your standard skateboard, longboards are much smoother to ride and provide you with surf-like experience. They also allow you to go much faster due to larger wheels which can be a great adrenaline booster for all of the adrenaline addicts out there!
What Longboard Do I Go With?
There are many different types of longboards that differ from one another with their components such as trucks, wheels and deck shapes. Each one of these types is made for a different style of riding so it is important to take that into consideration when choosing your longboard. Different styles of riding are as follows: cruiser, carving, freestyle, free-ride, downhill and dance longboards.
The most common type of a longboard is a cruiser and it is a great choice for any beginner looking to start their longboarding journey. The shapes of the cruiser boards tend to be surf inspired and most noticeable as to what people see when they think of a longboard. The downhill and free-ride longboards are constructed in a way that makes them stiff in order to maximise the control and speed. Dancer longboards are the longest of the bunch and the carving longboards are similar to cruisers but they come with a shape that leaves cut-outs for your wheels in order to allow you to carve without wheel bite.
Longboards come with two different types of truck mounting types, drop-through installation and top-mount. Drop-through trucks are made for downhill style of riding as they are easy to push. Top-mount trucks are the more traditional and usually come with cruisers.