The type of longboard that you must buy varies on your riding style as a rider. It will all depend on the riding style and the comfort factor when you’re riding it. Listed below are different types of longboards with various functionality and usage.
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Drop Through Longboards
This style of the longboard is recognized as the most popular from the rest. Also known as Drop Thru, this sort of longboard is comfortable to ride and fit for various types of riding. It is also the kind of longboard that is commonly recommended to novice and average skateboarders. Drop through Longboard also looks chic. The deck has holes in the nose and tail. Skaters also opt to this board for a relaxing longboarding. Drop Through longboards have mounted trucks on its board, which causes the deck to drop by height that makes the board extra firm and lessens the rider’s use of force when pushing and breaking. These boards can either be firm or flexy decks but firm decks are steadier and more suitable when riding at a great pace. Drop through longboards are most proper to use for long-distance riding, free ride, commuting, pushing, sliding, cruising, carving, and downhill riding styles.
On the other hand, bamboo and fiberglass are the common material used in making flexy drop through longboards. The range of flex of the flexy drop through longboard varies to the skater’s weight. Flexy longboards are best suitable for intermediate riders and not advised for beginners.
Top Mount Longboards
In top mount longboards, the trucks of the board are mounted directly to the bottom of the deck, which allows the board for more leverage. Unlike the drop through longboard, in top mount longboard, you can directly put your feet over the trucks and wheels. The top mount longboard is also known as a traditional shape of longboard and the least expensive from the rest. The placement of the deck at the top of the trucks has a higher center of gravity that makes the board less stable but has great agility. Top mount boards are best suitable in cruising, carving, downhill, free ride, and freestyle riding.
Drop Down Longboards
Boards with dropped down deck are called drop-down longboards. This type of longboards is often used by skaters since it’s so comfortable to ride. The dropped down platform lets the rider to have a firm ride. Dropdown longboards don’t have flex, and the trucks are mounted at the top of the deck. Just like the drop through longboard, dropdown longboards also get the rider low to the ground but unlike drop-through, these longboards are well-built for great lift and faster turn. Dropdown longboards are also named drop deck longboards which typically used on a downhill ride and freeride boards.
Double Drop Longboards
Double drop longboard highlights both drop through and drop-down longboards. This longboard merged both mountings of drop through and drop-down deck on its deck. This combination creates a stable and easy to mount deck that is very suitable for all sorts of skaters. This is the lowest longboard that you can ride closest to the ground, which makes this type of longboard most costly because of its difficulty in production. Double drop longboards are excellent to use for cruising and downhill boards.
Mini Cruiser Longboard Skateboards
A combination of longboards and skateboards is called Mini Cruisers. Mini Cruisers are styled with large wheels, which are typically softer and short decks. The soft wheels of the mini cruisers guarantee the rider a worry-free ride from tears and bumps in the surface. Mini Cruisers are suitable for riders that like a longboard but still opt for the portability of skateboards, but these types of longboards are only recommended if you have master skills in longboarding as it demands extra speed and better turning ability for a spirited ride.
Dancer longboards are usually built for freestyle ride. Longboard dancing is very known in the USA and Europe, where riders can pull off some tricks like turning around, crisscrossing their feet, or gracefully walking on the board. The decks are long which enables the rider to dance or walk on top of the board. Dancer longboards also highlight flex for freestyling. When riding a dancer longboard, you must exert a great balance. This type of longboard is great for flatland and small hill riding.
For long-distance riding, commuter longboards are strongly recommended. A commuter longboard is stable and mounts low which makes it very convenient to ride for long distances. The design of the board is either a drop-through, drop down, or double drop style. The deck is created to have the precise length for easy transportation. A commuter longboard is commonly used for transportation that any sort of rider can ride this board. Its purpose is to bring ease and comfort and stability for long rides.
With the growth of technology, electric longboards also now exist. Electric longboards are installed with batteries that you can control and move electronically. When riding e-longboards, you don’t need to exert too much effort in pushing it. They can run as fast as 24-meter per hour. These longboards are usually structured with boards made out of bamboo or fiberglass and feature a Bluetooth remote for the control function. There is also mini size electronic longboard skateboard that usually runs in up to 20mph.
Now that you have learned about the different types of longboards, listed below are the different types of riding styles that you must learn in longboarding.
Downhill longboarding is free-riding on hills with great speed and control. This style of longboarding is not suitable for beginners for its extreme factor while running down the hill on wheels rolling in fast speed. When doing downhill longboarding, you must bend or get low to withstand the wind facing your direction. Longboards used when downhill longboarding must be hard and top-mount. Freeride boards are the best option for downhill longboarding. Do not forget to wear protective gear like speed suits and full-face helmet for safety.
Cruising is when you start riding a board and slowly push it on flat ground. It is the basic style for all riders. Strolling on your longboard across the park or the road to your school or your neighbor is cruising. Longboards when cruising are mostly top-mounted with wider trucks and decks essential for stability. The cruiser longboard usually has big wheels to avoid cracks and bumps from the tracks and for smooth rolling. If you want to start learning longboard, this is the best and safest type of longboard for you.
Carving is a bit upgraded technique after cruising. While cruising is like surfboarding, carving is like skiing or snowboarding. One must practice regularly to master this style of longboarding. The boards of carving longboard are somewhat similar to cruising longboard though it’s a bit more concave. The concave design secures the rider’s feet when leaning in either direction.
Freeride skating involves lots of slides and speed than cruising and carving styles. It’s longboarding with speed while sliding and jumps. Freeride longboards usually have smaller wheels designed for the riders to slide. In free ride competition, the wheels of free ride longboards leave urethane lines on the ground that will be the basis of who can leave the longest line. Freeride boards are usually dropped through decks. The holes on the drop through decks allow the board to sit closer to the ground. This is best for stability and speed. Some free ride boards also used a double drop longboard which has a board that’s very lower to the ground. When doing a free ride style, you must wear gloves that are needed when you need a hand to balance for your slide. You must also wear knee pads and helmet.
Freestyle in longboarding is different from the free ride so you must not be confused. Freestyle is an artistic technique of longboarding where you can be inventive and do whatever you want. While Freeride is essentially about hills, slides, and hops, Freestyle, on the other hand, highlights sliding on even surfaces. Freestyle longboards are just like freeride longboard; the decks are not that stiff and are more playful. Freestyle longboards are mostly drop-through with larger decks where the riders can move around to do freestyle tricks. This is the type of riding best suited for beginners who opt to try doing tricks and skills in managing the longboard and fun for riders with master skills.
Push Longboard is the most common board to use when commuting. Push longboards are a combination of double drop and drop through mount placing it super low to the ground, which makes it less hard to push. The wheels of the push longboards are placed on mid-side to avoid the wheels to touch your feet when pushing. If you only plan to use longboards for commuting this type of longboard is the best for you.