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A complete longboard - A good first choice
No matter if you're new to longboarding or an intermediate rider, a complete longboard is a great choice.
So what's the benefit of choosing a complete over getting all the parts yourself and putting them together? Well, there are several reasons.
First off, a complete secures that you get a longboard setup, where all the parts fit together. Furthermore, the manufacturer has put together a setup that’ll match a certain purpose, so you don’t end up with a weird ride.
Second off, the board is ready to ride right out of the box; It’s nice, quick and easy!
Last up, with a complete, you'll get a great longboard for a good price. When the manufacturer assembles all the parts in one place, they cut on costs, but still the same quality as you see in a custom setup.
Longboards for cruising, tricks, speed & transportation
There are several longboard shapes on the market, each for a certain use. In general, these are the following types of longboards:
The cruiser is probably the type of longboard that first pops into mind when thinking about longboards in general, especially a pintail longboard. Cruisers are lively to ride and as the name implies, they are suitable for cruising around. With cruiser longboards, you typically push the board or pump your way through the landscape. They are also great as a transportation device getting you from A to B.
Carving longboards are made for powerful pumping. With its dynamic turns, this longboarding style feels like snowboarding or power surfing on asphalt. When you carve you pump the board to gain and maintain speed and with deep turns shaped like an S you can control your speed.
Dancing is one of the fastest growing longboards disciplines in the world of longboarding. Dancing longboards or dancers are all about moving with style. They are great if you really want to be artistic and literally dance while riding on your board. With dancing longboards, you get the opportunity to be creative on your board performing dancing tricks like cross stepping, walk the plank, the lookback and other artistic moves you can come up with.
The purpose of freestyle longboarding is to make tricks. So if you are looking for a longboard for more than cruising and transportation, you can choose freestyle longboards to add some tricks to the ride such as manuals, hand spins and various jumps. You can get these kind of boards usually as a top mount or as a drop-through longboard.
Freestyle is also often combined with dancing where a possible combination could be cross stepping into a nose manual and then finishing it with a shove-it.
In freeride the aim is to make slides and tricks either downhill or on flat surfaces. Freeride can be very similar to downhill but differs by being more trick-oriented.
The deck is the main difference between freeride and freestyle. Freeride decks are stiffer and react more instantly since they do not have the same bounce as freestyle decks. This makes them more suitable for slides. Freeride longboards come as the freestyle boards usually as a top mount or drop-through longboard construction, but also at times as a drop down longboard, which gets the point of gravity even closer to the street.
Downhill longboarding is all about speed and the best way to gain speed is going down a hill – hence the name. With downhill longboards, you therefore typically seek your adrenaline rush on steep hills that allow you to go fast (make sure to follow the local traffic regulations to avoid any accidents). Downhill longboards are also made for making slides which is a must in downhill longboarding because you do not have actual brakes. You, therefore, need slides to control and reduce speed.
This riding style is intended for experienced riders who are already well-familiar with the basic longboarding techniques.