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A decent board for beginners
on February 12, 2012
As an avid skate and snowboarder, longboarding has become a solid form of reliable and fun transportation in my college life. After skateboarding for over ten years I can say I am very pleased with the transition from a small unstable board- to a larger, more forgiving, and maneuverable deck such as the "Atom Drop-Through." The board itself, arriving a little late, is beautiful to say the least. The deck itself, made up of an unknown wood, is layered seven times- offering a large amount of flex but also a decent amount of strength while riding. It sports black, white, and candy red stripes/wheels to really turn heads during cruising. Grip tape also feels high quality despite lacking any design found on other Atom boards. My first ride was great, on smooth pavement and on small slopes you could really get low and carve. However as expected the ABEC 5 bearings did not offer much wheel spin- making level ground and uphill riding more difficult than it should be. Another oddity is that one of the front wheels (after slow easy riding), already felt unstable after one ride.
Once I began using the board on campus I became pleased with its downhill abilities even more, easily getting up to speeds of 15-25 mph. Because of the flex however, the board tends to flex and bounce on high speed maneuvers (I'm 6'0 and 150- for anyone heavier it might be a little scary). The biggest let down of the board however is the constant retightening of the trucks- after a few days of riding on bricks and pavement I was horrified to notice how loose my trucks became- missing a couple screw heads can screw you over... so buy a cheap skateboard tool. Other students with more expensive boards can identify the cheap $100 qualities such as the wheel size and trucks.
In conclusion: if you're under the age of 15 and want to try longboarding out- by all means buy this. If you have experience with skating and want to try a drop though... there's a reason why good decks cost $300+