Recently, everyone seems to be cruising around on plastic skateboards and a number of skateboard brands are producing them now. Some of the most notable plastic skateboard brands currently are Penny Skateboards, Stereo Skateboards and Globe Skateboards. These plastic cruiser skateboards are extremely popular right now and are made from super strong and flexible materials (we’ve seen one get run over by a car and didn’t break, try that with your wood cruiser). With each brand offering these new plastic skateboards, you’ll find they come in different sizes ranging from 6″ wide by 22″ long up to 7.5″ wide and 27″ long. You can find these complete skateboards in almost any color combination imaginable to suit whatever your tastes are. Be sure to grab one of these boards for some Fall weather sidewalk cruisin’ or put it on the Christmas List for Santa.
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The 99 Bottles skateboard deck is Brian Anderson’s newest pro model from Girl Skateboards. At 8.5″ wide by 32″ long, this skateboard deck is great for a bigger guy or those who like wider boards. Girl Skateboards are known for their quality and pop, which this skate deck has plenty of. Get one while you can!
Wheel Size and Hardness
It is extremely important to choose the correct wheels when assembling your board. Longboard wheels tend to be larger than standard skateboard wheels, and usually ride better on rougher surfaces. This allows riders to reach a higher top speed compared to riding smaller wheels. The durometer for longboard wheels usually range from 75a to 90a.
Longboard skateboard wheels also come in many different shapes to suit various riding styles. Wheels with rounded lips are better for cruising, freeriding and sliding, rather than downhill racing. Having a rounded lip allows the wheel to enter into slides with ease. Having the rounded lip when racing may create issues, because the edges will not grip the street when turning. Wheels that have straight edges rather than a round edge are typically designed to give riders more grip and control. Straight edge wheels work great for downhill racers that need to grip the street.
Wheel bite occurs when your deck and wheels rub together. It usually occurs when you are turning hard or when you land a trick, in which you stop immediately upon impact. Where your deck meets your wheels you are usually left with an indent. To reduce this from happening you should look into assembling your board with riser pads or medium to hi skateboard trucks.
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Longboard skateboards are most commonly used for either downhill racing, slalom or transportation. Constructed and shaped completely different than a standard street skateboard, longboard skateboards allow for a larger, more stable stance when cruising around town or riding down hills. Below are the types of longboards skateboards in which you can choose to assemble your longboard skateboard.
Majority of people use a longboard as a means of transportation around town, making cruising and carving the streets the most popular form of longboarding today. Longboards tend to make carving streets much easier, because they provide a rider with greater weight distribution on the skateboard deck. This form of riding is focused more on getting from point A to point B, rather than speed.
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Freeriding keeps the rider going slower than that of downhill riding. Freeriding skateboards are set up to allow you to turn and slide easily. Most freeriding boards are shaped the same at the front and the back (nose and tail of the board) so that a rider can easily switch from riding forwards to backwards down an incline.
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Downhill racing is not for beginners. You can reach extremely high speeds when boarding, and wipeouts are “the normal.” Downhill skateboards tend to be flat and have long wheel bases to provide for greater stability. When selecting a downhill board, it is important to choose a deck that is stable at high speeds and doesn’t offer a lot of flex. As a reminder, it is vital that you wear protective gear when doing downhill racing. Not just a skateboard helmet, but protective skateboard pads as well.
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Slalom skateboards are most commonly used for carving through cones or race courses. If you enjoy speed and precision, then slalom skateboarding is for you. Slalom skateboards are used almost exclusively for competitive skateboarding, but can certainly be used for fun as well.
Long distance boards tend to be nimble, streamlined and very light weight. They are used to gain pushing power while keeping you in control. Long distance longboards typically have an extra low height dropped deck to help go greater distances. Similar in shape to the slalom board; however, sometimes slightly longer.
Boardwalking is a popular freestyle skating, where a rider can do tricks and maneuver well on the skateboard deck. These longboards are typically between 40″ and 60″ in length and have a concaved center with a kick tail or nose.
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Now that you have chosen your longboard deck type, it is time for you to buy longboard trucks. Longboard trucks are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the longboard deck. The longboard truck size can be measured by the width of the hanger or the width of the axle. Every longboard skateboard requires two trucks.
Longboard trucks are extremely different than standard skateboard trucks. The primary difference is that the trucks hangers are often wider. This is to accommodate for the the difference in the decks length. The two most common longboard truck sizes are 150mm and 180mm and are sometimes equipped with inverted or reversed kingpins. A longboard truck is known as a “reverse kingpin” truck because the axel is on the other side of the kingpin compared to a standard truck. They are designed to allow for easy turning and maneuverability; therefore, they often have softer urethane bushings. A downhill truck tends to have a much harder bushing in order to stabilize the longboard at high speeds.
When purchasing, you will receive the two longboard trucks necessary to assemble your longboard skateboard. Longboard trucks come in various sizes and colors, and Warehouse Skateboards carries a huge selection longboard trucks to fit your personal preference.