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A quest longboard in dream.

Choosing a quest longboard can be difficult. There is so much choice and everybody has an opinion about what is good for them. If you have some information about the properties of using the different basic models, there will be a lot of boards for you to lose choose and the choice is actually pretty easy.

The shape of the deck.

If you walk in a longboard shop, you’ll see a lot of different longboard brands inside. With a few exceptions such as real race downhill boards, there are really only four basic types of decks.

Pintail:

A pintail is a classic all-round board. It is often narrower and perfect for cruising and carving.

These are basically mini longboards. A larger truck than a skate deck, nice rolling wheels and often a kick tail. Perfect to bring or take to school. Perhaps this is also a crossover between skateboarding and longboarding.

Downhill Boards:

With downhills boards, you can go as low as possible to the ground. These boards often have a ‘drop’ truck. The board is not on the trucks as usual, but hangs below.

The ‘normal’ longboard:

Quest longboards that are derived from the pintail, but with a somewhat fuller nose and a wider tail and often also a kick tail. You can see these boards very much. Perhaps because they are all-round. The length can be great and they are very stable at high speeds. Concave, kicktail, camber and flex, flat deck.

Do you have finally chosen your basic shape. You’re not there yet, because you’ve also got kick tail, concave, camber and flex.

Flex:

You trucks bending a bit along with your board, making them screw further. The energy of the flex can also be used to carving. The disadvantage of flex is that your board is unstable and restless, so it is not really suitable to begin with.

Kick Tail:

A kick tail is actually the tail as you see on a regular skate deck. A little kick tail makes the board more all-round.

Concave:

Concave is the lateral curve of your deck. Most boards do have a little concave. Concave makes the board more rigid. A longer board with concave can also be made of thinner wood, without getting too much flex. Slightly concave also ensures that you have more feeling in corner entry.

Board with slight concave

Camber:

Camber is length curve of your deck. A deck is often slightly curved, which provides a board more resilience (rebound). A board with camber is more playful. A real example pintail is made purely for (long distances) and is often just flat.

Trucks, wheels, kingpin, bushings and wheel bite.

Trucks:

Trucks choice are actually very simple, a large truck is more stable at speed and a small truck is sharper. Standard sizes for longboards are 150 or 180mm.

Bushing and kingpin:

Bushings are the rubbers between your vehicle and the kingpin is the large bolt through your truck pointing diagonally to the ground. Bushings and kingpin angles are a story in themselves, but choose it boils down here just for default unless you absolutely have specific requirements.

Bearings:

Bearings can spend a lot of money, but more expensive one is not always better. Bearings are classified into ABEC Class 1 . The higher the class, the less space it lower. That sounds good, but ABEC only says something about the play of a new bearing and not about how long it will last. Skate not only on asphalt will lower the average ABEC 9 after a few skating as good or bad as you ABEC 5 lower.

Small wheels, big wheels and durometer.

Decks have a lot of different wheels. Big wheels roll better and be more relaxed if the surface is not quite flat. Small wheels are more maneuverable. 68 or 70 mm is fairly standard wheels among a longboard.

Durometer says something about the hardness of your wheels. 75a is soft and comfortable and 90a is very hard and fast. For all-round use, you can choose the best for anything between 78a and 82a. An exception is if you want sliding.

Furthermore, there are a few basic things.

– If you have not much experience, do not look too much into extremes.

– Personally I believe that the board simply must be very beautiful, but do not do too much emphasis on a brand or a print.

Testing:

Sometimes it is useful to first try boards before making your choice. When you are in a board store, there are more than 20 different boards to test, so you may personally try out what suits you.

 

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