Best Custom Longboard Skateboard Guide:

The Best Longboard Decks, Wheels & Trucks!

COMPLETE LONGBOARD SKATEBOARDS

These kind of custom longboard decks include wheel cutouts which provide room for the wheels to turn at sharper angles while avoiding wheelbite. Hybrids also tend to be shorter than other longboard deckss, which allows the rider to complete the same tricks as on a standard skateboard. A downside of hybrid longboard deckss is the potential for “shoebite” which happens when the rider’s shoe rubs the wheel, slowing or abruptly stopping the rider.

While longboard decks can be shorter than skateboards, this is rarely the case. In general, longboard decks are mostly 42 inches to 46 inches in length, although some are much shorter and some are much longer. The length of longboard decks that a buyer should purchase depends on what type of skateboarding he or she will be doing. In general, shorter longboard deckss are better suited for flatland riding, meaning riding on terrain that doesn’t have a great deal of rough surfaces or downhill inclines. Flatland longboard deckss should generally be 40 inches or less, which allows the user to carve at very sharp angles. Shorter boards are very maneuverable, but aren’t as stable, making them ill-suited for bumps and steep hills.

The perfect longboard decks, when it comes to free-riding, are neither too large nor too small. If the board is too short it feels unstable & uncomfortable & if it is too large it could feel bulky and difficult to maneuver, so the best length is what feels right for you – the width is not all that important.


Dakuwaqa Bomber: Free ride cruiser board that works both on the hill and the park. Deck spec: length: 38″ width: 9″ wheelbase: 20″ nose/tail: 6″ Manufactured by PS Stix out of 100% Canadian Maple.


Shiver Skateboards Deck Spec: Manufactured by PS Stix out of 100% Canadian Maple. Drop down longboard. The ideal board for longer distance push and commuting. length: 42″ width: 9.5″ wheelbase: 32″


Shiver Skateboards Deck Spec: Manufactured by PS Stix out of 100% Canadian Maple. Drop down board. The ideal board for longer distance push and commuting. Zombie by Shroomyart @shroomyart length: 42″ width: 9.5″ wheelbase: 32″

 

FREESTYLE LONGBOARD DECKS & SETUP

Freestyle custom longboard decks are those adapted to a lower center of gravity, making them much safer at high speed. These are potentially the best longboard deckss for beginners who want to achieve speed quickly & effectively while being safe. There are different board lengths to suit different needs. For example, ex-skateboard riders may prefer the shorter variety of longboard deckss as this is a natural progression from their normal skateboarding experience.

BEST LONGBOARDS FOR BEGINNERS
LONGBOARD SKATEBOARDS FOR BEGINNERS

When you’re looking for the best longboards for beginners, think safety above all else.  Buying good quality boards with well-engineered components is vital to safety. You may not be familiar with the types of boards or what their advantages are though this guide will help you.

Our Longboard decks are designed for cruising and high speeds, longboard decks are a longer and wider version of a skateboard, making them great for racing, transportation, or for anyone who just wants to enjoy a fun ride. Unlike regular skateboards which are generally shorter and thinner for tricks, the added length and width of the longboard deck delivers a stable and smooth ride making it more comfortable, & is often compared to surfing (called Surf-Skateboards) because of the riders ability for speed, large turns and carving.

 

BAMBOO LONGBOARD DECKS VS. MAPLE LONGBOARD DECKS
FIBERGLASS SKATEBOARD DECKS – WHAT ARE THE BEST LONGBOARDS MADE OF?

Featuring different constructions utilizing durable materials like bamboo, maple and fiberglass, longboard decks come in a variety of styles including pintails, drop through and drop down longboard decks. Depending on your specific riding style and preferences, each style, size and material of longboard decks will provide a different feel. Many pintail longboard decks use looser trucks and larger wheels making them ideal for the “surf”-styled carve, while cruiser boards are slightly smaller with large wheels making them great for both tricks and catching speed and carving down hills.

The key to having a truly amazing longboarding experience is not whether the rider really wants to practice this sport or even finding the right spot – it is choosing the best longboard decks. However, doing so is certainly a trying experience as there are literally thousands of options out there.

Longboard decks decks are typically made from plywood anywhere from two to eleven layers of usually 2 millimetres (0.079 in) in thickness, composed of  birch ,  bamboo ,  maple ,  koa , or  oak wood  . Longboard deckss are commercially available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each variety has certain advantages and disadvantages, which come into play depending on the technique or personal preferences of the rider.

 The best type of longboard skateboard is entirely dependent on what you feel most comfortable with.

HYBRID SKATEBOARDS & WHEELS

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Pintail Longboard

The pintail shape is used to prevent the wheel from coming in contact with the board (called “wheelbite”) while still providing ample footspace. Pintails are most commonly used with top mounted trucks.

 

Drop-Through Longboards

Drop-Through longboards, not to be confused with a double drop deck, have a cutout in the deck, allowing the baseplates of the trucks to be mounted through the deck. The lowered platform allows for greater stability at high speeds. Some examples of drop-through decks are the Landyachtz Drop Speed, Jaseboards Drop, Rayne Vendetta, Bustin Maestro, Original Freeride 41, the Sector 9 Motha Star and the Loaded Tan Tien.

Hybrid Longboards

These kind of longboards include wheel cutouts which provide room for the wheels to turn at sharper angles while avoiding wheelbite. Hybrids also tend to be shorter than other longboards, which allows the rider to complete the same tricks as on a standard skateboard. A downside of hybrid longboards is the potential for “shoebite” which happens when the rider’s shoe rubs the wheel, slowing or abruptly stopping the rider.

Cruiser

A most common deck shape, these have a somewhat similar shape to normal skateboards, in that they have a “kick-tail” on the back. The main difference is it has trucks that are higher than standard skateboard truck also the wheels may be larger and are much softer than standard skateboard wheels. The bushings are much more flexible, giving the rider the ability to turn (carve) and maneuver more efficiently.

Trucks

Trucks are the metal turning mechanism that attach the longboard wheels to the deck. They come in a wide range of styles, with wider trucks meaning a wider turning circle. They use the motion of the rider’s feet and body to turn the board by pivoting a joint in the middle of the truck. There are generally two types of trucks used on longboards: reverse kingpin trucks and conventional skateboard trucks (vertical kingpin). Conventional skateboard trucks have the axle on the outer side (towards the nose and tail) of the kingpin, whereas reverse kingpin trucks have the axle on the inner side (towards the center of the board) of the kingpin.

 

“These kind of longboards include wheel cutouts which provide room for the wheels to turn at sharper angles while avoiding wheelbite. Hybrids also tend to be shorter than other longboard deckss, which allows the rider to complete the same tricks as on a standard skateboard. A downside of hybrid longboards is the potential for “shoebite” which happens when the rider’s shoe rubs the wheel, slowing or abruptly stopping the rider.”