The passion for longboards erupted somewhere around the 1950s where racing with longbords gradually gained its prevalence kids longboard.
There was much to be boasted of and enjoyed for racers who held their longboards that helped them in performing some of the greatest stunts at the greatest speed possible. Downhill racing of longboards is filled with such a passion, with all the hasty moves and skills taken, the obstacle of skill as well as speed were the things to be conquered in longboard racing.
As for the recent days, longboards have been gone through several innovations to improve the great standards that longboards do, at its original state already possess, a number of components have been mended and several others twitched to give an ideal ride.
Companies have come up with many offers with many promises, but here is a guide that would uncover all essentials to having an ultimately satisfying longboarding experience.
The decks would be a great contributor to either a pleasant or terrible experience of longboard riding, the decks should therefore be chosen with due caution.
A Proper Deck Style
Unlike cruising longboards, good downhill longboards consist basically of two deck styles, with one being the drop-through, and the latter being the top-mount, both of which are suitable for beginners and advanced users respectively. They are both considered stiffer boards, since their decks are harder and tougher than the general types of longboard decks available in the market.
Drop-Through Deck Style
The curve for this type of deck is deeper. The center of gravity is therefore lower adding to the board a great load of stability to the rider while riding atop it. The board is close to the ground, which gives riders the benefit to be stable and not fall off from the board while riding on it. This board gives a great deal of stability and is very fit for beginners who are new to the longboarding experience.
As for the disadvantages of drop-through decks, there are not many, but drop-through decks are not well-manageable while making sharp turns or cornering with it. It would be hard to do gripping and therefore freeriding is preferable for riders with longboards like this.
Top-Mount Deck Style
Riders who are above beginner would find this style of downhill longboards more pleasing due to the benefits it offers. Better speed and grip could be achieved when going at high speed since the trucks of these decks are right below them. When comparing to drop-through decks, it should be understood that much experience and skill are necessary in order to properly discern between the power of this type of deck and its resembling counterpart. It is very much possible for top-mount decks to have much better abilities than decks that feature a drop-through design on them.