THE RIGHT ANSWERS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT LONGBOARD
Choosing a longboard and you hesitate between the two without knowing which to choose? We will bring you some tips to select the model you need to enjoy the pleasures of urban skiing without limits. Follow our below tips.
Content of the article:
- WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LONGBOARD AND SKATEBOARD?
- DEFINING THE IDEAL BOARD
- WHEELS AND TRUCKS
- What about the setup
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LONGBOARD AND SKATEBOARD?
Longboarding also called long skate is a particular version of skateboarding but it is much longer. Indeed, thanks to a longboard, one can reach much higher speeds while driving. It often equates the feel to those of surfing or snowboarding thanks to the ability of longboard better manage curves.
The figures are also on a different longboard as those proposed with a conventional skateboard. The jumps are not suitable for this type of boards, so it favors rather the sliding and braking effects by protecting themselves with protections and skateboard helmets. The longboard is, meanwhile, a smaller model and thinner than a skateboard.
This type of board is very handy and more suitable for travel as complicated figures or jumps. The size of a cruiser generally does not exceed 75 cm. It features soft wheels, which allows easily slipping into town on uneven sidewalks, for example. It offers excellent comfort and achieves beautiful travel speeds.
DEFINING THE IDEAL BOARD
It is, first of all, important to define what you need to choose the perfect board according to your desires. If you want to sneak around in town, opt for a convenient and comfortable skate, move quickly with him, then you will opt for a cruiser. Plate cruiser is often plastic or flexible timber. Its size is between 55 and 75 cm. Many cruisers models have no grips, that is to say, of grip on the board areas and marked curve. This means they are not made to perform jumps and figures.
Regarding the longboard, the board is, in turn, much longer. Its size is between 80 and 106 cm. The shorter boards are adapted to ride in urban, whereas with the longer one can, in addition, perform slaloms. Materials of longboards also vary. It is in wood but also fiberglass, carbon … The material will define the flexibility of the board and will also gain comfort by avoiding vibrations.
WHEELS AND TRUCKS
Wheel hardness is measured using a scale from 65A to 100A. They are so soft and hard. Beginners prefer to choose a soft wheel – with a little figure before A – which ensures greater comfort, but also a better grip. Those looking for greater performance and speed will opt for a hard wheel, despite more vibration, slide perfectly on the ground and will achieve greater speeds. We prefer for cruising and downhill, the wheels of between 75A and 85A. For the slide, it will opt for wheels from 85A to 97A. The wheel size also influences the speed and comfort. The more it is, the more it brings stability. It is therefore recommended to beginners. Instead, the most experienced sliders choose a smaller wheel size and therefore faster and manageable. The trucks are skateboard accessories. They can make the connection between the wheels and the board. Depending on how they are mounted and tight, they change the use we want to make his longboard and cruiser. The trucks are generally mounted on the board, but they can also be screwed through both sides thereof when it is pierced on each side. It thus promotes certain actions, as does turning. The trucks, if they are low, are an advantage for experienced sliders, while senior trucks are recommended for beginners.
What about the setup
Set up editing: Operation, width, and height of the truck (the closer you are to the ground, over the board and you at the same time will be stable) diameter, width and quality of the wheels. The harder is the wheel, the easier it is to slide. Soft wheels are more comfortable to stroll. (WARNING: the brands offer many different wheels). The larger the diameter, the more enjoyable the ride will be… Height and angle of pads: buy a board without any climb, the more technical point is gained through your level of practice.