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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2012
I bought this to transit from my dorms to the different sites on campus where I have my classes at. This was my first ever board, so I used this one to learn. It took me about 2 hours to get a hang of my balance and within a few days I was riding around as if I've been doing it for years. After enough research and experience, I'm starting to notice the good things and bad things about this board. As for the good things, it gets a LOT of good comments from people who walk by me. Everyone says "whoah where did you get that board" or "nice board man" and basically everything I've heard from others have been positive, and looking good is part of the appeal for sure. Another good thing is the deck is very sturdy and is unlikely to ever break, even during a nuclear holocaust. The drop deck is also very good for beginners because it keeps you just a bit more balanced and encourages good foot placement. However, it's not without it's faults. At first it was an amazing board but now that I've had it for about 6 months, I'm noticing the shortcomings of it. It is extremely "not smooth" and I can literally "feel" the bearings roll, and it's keeping the board from rolling with ample speed and endurance. The wood, though strong, is brittle, and is chipping away on the edges. The grip tape that came attached onto it is AWFUL, and literally crusted off of it bit by bit, as if the tape was made of spray-on grip. The grip lasted roughly three months before smooth sections were prevalent in the areas where I kept my feet. The wheels are of good quality, but the bearings should be upgraded ASAP. The pivot cups should also be greased or lubed in some way because there was an awful screeching sound whenever I leaned to make turns. After some industrial grease, no more screeching. The bushings are extremely cheap too but shouldn't be a factor in the performance of the board unless I just haven't experienced difficulties with them yet. Overall, this is an excellent beginner board and an excellent hobby board, but after about 6 months, you'll be ready for something new. Also, the drop deck, though handy, is starting to get kind of annoying because of the grooves in the board. I suggest going with a flat board unless you absolutely want to keep the drop deck.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
Okay, if you are looking at longboards, this is the one to get!! I used to have a Sector 9... until it got stolen. So after doing some research on the net, I came across this board on Amazon. I had never heard of "Atom Boards" but thought what the heck, if I didn't like it I could send it back or sell it. Came in 2 days with the Prime shipping option, beautifully packed and no set-up at all; ready to ride!

You really cannot beat this price for this quality. The board is made beautifully, definitely right on point with a Sector 9. But for half the price, what is there to think about.

Not only all this, but if you are looking at longboards, the drop deck is the way to go. It's pretty much like surfing, you can carve hard and it's lower, making pushing much easier. I repeat, get a drop-deck if you are looking at longboards.

So to conclude... GET THIS BOARD if you're looking for a longboard. I rest my case; hope this helps.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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:
Pros:
- 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
Neutral:
- 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.
Cons:
- 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.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2012
This board came to me ready, I took it out right when it came, they might send it in your backyard or garage if it is shipped by the UPS. No adjustments were needed to it for me, but if you do need adjustments it is fully adjustable like all longboards are. I was suggesting to get this board or the Atom drop through, but I chose this one and I think it was a great choice because it is sturdy and handles well. This board has a ton more stability than the drop through making it a great board for downhill carving or just to be safe, but I wouldn't go too fast like about 20 or 30 mph because the board starts to swerve and you will loose your balance and fall off, but I am somewhat new at longboarding, like about 6 months or so. I thought this board would be scraping the bottom but it doesn't, the deck has 4 inches off the ground and 5 inches off the ground where the wheels are (the front and back) and the width of the board it 9.5 inches. I also like the design of the board too everyone looks at me and says "sweet board can I ride it?" I usually don't respond unless it's my friends or so. So I would defiantly recommend this board to anyone new at longboarding or just to have around. I would say this board is amazing and has a great value. If your suggesting this get it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
Alright, listen up I don't what the people with the one star rating are talking about this board is great it came in two days and it rides extremely smooth. I've had it for 3 months now and I ride it every day the grip tape hasn't peeled this is an amazing board with an amazing price.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
This is truly a great buy. Good deck bearings and wheels. The trucks are nothing to complain about either. The latest ride was five miles through a wet park and it held its own quite nicely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2014
This board is sooo awesome. I got it while I was in Boston but it tends to get scratched at the bottom. I wouldnt reccomend this board for tricks but for people who are looking to just cruise. Its insane for downhill because the turning on it is so smooth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
I have owned this board for about 3 months and put about three miles a day on this board.
This is a good board for the price. However, I would look at other options if you plan on riding this everyday. For a younger child who wants to get into long boarding it should do. As at least one other person mentioned, the trucks are not true. I noticed almost immediately that trucks were bent. The bent trucks meant that the wheels did not wear properly. I bought new trucks and slapped them on there and after a few days the wear on the wheels was balanced out. But now the wheels are chipping and there are cracks in all of the wheels. The deck is solid and have not noticed any delamination issues. The grip tape is only adequate. There are several spots where the tape is starting to lift and other parts that have already been worn smooth. The graphics do leave a little to be desired. Not the coolest of graphics, if that is important to you. The drop deck is nice, and will get lots of attention, but it does limit what this board is capable of doing. Overall I am happy with the board even though it is just the deck that is left original. If you are a serious rider, or you believe that your child that you are buying this for is going to be a serious rider, then I would suggest spending a little extra money upfront and getting a higher quality of board. I think if Atom just put better trucks and some better graphics on the board it would be a solid purchase. Wheels are consumables, but didn't think that then would need replacing this soon considering that I have had skateboard wheels that have lasted through half a dozen decks.
Shipping was good with no issues. Ironically, I live in C/S, where the board is made, and I had it shipped to where I am staying overseas.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
First off I just want to say I LOVE THIS LONGBOARD!!!

Being new to longboarding, I wasn't sure which brand to get. My friends were saying to get a Sector 9 longboard but I soon found out that the price was way beyond my budget. So I looked on amazon to see if i could get one for under $150 and found this one so I said, okay lets try this one. When it arrived, it came well packaged, fully assembled and the graphics were flawless. I took it outside right away for a spin and fell in love with it right away!

The board overall is very well constructed, the bearings are very smooth, and the drop deck gives you full control.

So if you looking for a good quality board for a good price I would highly recommend this board.

(Only bad thing about this board is that everyone wants to try it!) =)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2013
was for my 12 yr old son, and he LOVES it!!!! He said it was "sick" and he would love another for when friends are here!!
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