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Decent board but not top tier
on May 12, 2013
This is my first longboard. I honestly think that it is great for beginners, it's a drop deck so it is more stable, good for getting your balance in check. Here is a list of pros and cons that it has though:
- the design eliminates all possibility of wheel bite
- the abec 9 bearings are actually pretty decent
- very stable
- looks pretty cool (I get a lot of compliments for it)
- symmetrical, unlike pintails, it really doesn't matter which side is forward
- good for cruising
- the wheels. This board will come with 78a wheels. That is the softest wheel I have yet to see for a longboard, so you can forget about sliding (I have been able to, but it is usually pretty unstable). They are however really good for carving/turning/cruising. So if you want this to be good for downhill, speed, or transportation, the wheels will be fine. If you want to do slides or freeriding, then get harder wheels.
- I don't know if this happens to everyone, but my axles bent after a couple times riding. It is only slight, but if the board is resting on the ground, then only half of the wheel will be in contact with the ground, and you can easily see the bend if you hold a ruler along the bottoms of the wheels.
- it makes awful squeaking sounds when turning, probably just needs grease on the trucks
- The design puts the deck at perfect height to get banged on curbs. I wiped out a few times and my board rolled into a curb and chipped the wood a bit
- although the drop deck design gives more stability, it takes away from the turning radius (less leverage)
So in conclusion, this is a good board if it is your first board, it really helped me get a feel for the speed and motion of longboarding, and it gets me from A to B, but if you get good, plan on upgrading your wheels, trucks, and maybe bearings, or just getting a new board all together, because after you get some experience under your belt you'll start to really notice the short comings, and you'll want something better.