Cheap longboard gear

Aug 12 08:00 2011 Romano Groenewoud Print This Article


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Introduction

One of the most popular sports of 2011 is longboarding. Longboarding is a variation of skateboarding, but with a longer deck and more varying disciplines. The longboard can also be used for transport, for example. You can see this phenomenon especially in big cities like Rome and San Diego, where many people use the longboard to transport to their work or school. There is one disadvantage of the longboard, this is mainly the price. Longboarding gear can be very expensive, since the demand is very high and there is a lack of specialized longboard stores.

Longboard wheels

Longboard wheels are a bit bigger than regular skateboard wheels. They are also a bit softer. However, they vary to some extent between the different longboarding disciplines like downhill racing and slalom. The following five wheels will give you the most bang for your buck:

  1. Kryptonics Longboard Classic “K” 135378 Wheel 70/80A. This wheel is designed to attain high speeds. Most wheels that are designed for downhill longboarding are very expensive, but this one is an exception.
  2. Randal Trucks, Longboard wheels. Very well designed wheels. You will impress other longboarders with these wheels, and they are cheap too!
  3. Spindog 70 mm 82a Longboard Wheels in Clear. Most durable wheel. This wheel will last for centuries.
  4. Longboard Package CORE 63 Silver Trucks 76 mm Orn Wheels. These wheels are ideal for slalom.
  5. Gold Coast Longboard Wheels Shred Boot Skateboard.  These wheels are ideal for performing tricks, since they are more similar to the regular skateboard wheels.

Longboard decks

In general, longboard decks are way longer than normal skateboard decks. The longboard deck is more similar to a surfboard. This creates the resemblance between the two sports. Some sports are of such exceptional quality, that if you close your eyes, you could imagine riding on waves. The following five boards have the best price/quality relationship.

  1. Loaded. Very good board for cruising through the city, very relaxed.
  2. Arbor. Most durable deck, will not break even if you fall hard.
  3. Never Summer. Never Summer is market leader in cool designs.
  4. Flexdex. Most flexible board, very handy in big cities, where sharp turns must be made here and then.
  5. Comet. Designed for speed boarders that want to go downhill.

You cannot go wrong with all of the described longboard wheels and decks. However, do not hesitate to experiment a bit, because everyone has its preferences depending on discipline and taste.

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