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Topic Title: Longboard Skateboard recommendations?
Topic Summary: for casual carving
Created On: 05/06/2021 03:54 AM
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 05/06/2021 03:54 AM
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IamSAW

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Hey Thing Two is looking to get a longboard skateboard for some low intensity casual carving/general hanging out and maybe light commuting between classes. Any recommendations on brands/types etc? I know absolutely nothing about skateboarding other than what I told her: Two kinds of skateboarders; those that have broken bones and those that are going to. And she's already checked that box thanks to a raised sidewalk slab edge, ouchy. (NTY, I'll stick to water, LOL). Thanks in advance 2ndLer's!
 05/06/2021 04:57 AM
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coolchange

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Hey there- they don't really specialize in longer boards though some of them are a bit longer- the CARVER boards are truly on another level for surf simulation and pumping techniques- super fun and speed can be generated from almost a stand stil position- if you want a real long dog- I think Sector 9 may have some- but they are great for a down hill glide or a kick down the street to the beach, but will cramp your style if it's carve flow you are after- good luck in th search amigo!
 05/06/2021 06:21 AM
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mp2115

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Agree with above comment 100%. I have a gravity longboard. Durable and rolls and carves well. You can also go custom or upgrades. I upgraded the trucks and Bearings for optimal carving and speed but not necessary.
 05/06/2021 11:36 AM
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IamSAW2

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Thanks for your replies, any feedback on Kryptonics? That seems to fit her budget.
 05/06/2021 12:49 PM
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CurtisEflush

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Originally posted by: IamSAW2

Thanks for your replies, any feedback on Kryptonics? That seems to fit her budget.


Are you talking about just Kryptonics wheels, or full Krypto board/truck combinations?

I don't know about Kryptonics' quality control of late, but I still have some vintage Kryptonics wheels and one board I occasionally ride.

There are lots of good, soft wheels out there now, and I recommend them for the smooth, quiet ride, and their ability to ride over rocks and cracks without breaking bones.

As for cruising boards, 36" seems to be a sweet spot (depending on your height and the size of your feet). I have a 42" longboard that I put a Carver front truck on, but don't like it nearly as much as my full Carver (36") setup. My son's 32/33" is also fun, but not quite as flowy.

If you can buy just one Carver truck, you might be able to set up a nice board affordably. Carver used to be really anal about not letting shops sell trucks only, because they wanted the full-board sale. I had to pull an insider connection 8-10 years ago to get mine.

For the record, I've never ridden a Sector9 board that I like. I think a lot of that is because their boards are pretty flexible (no objection to that by itself), but then they'd mount the front truck too close to the nose. With a flexible board, all the torque needed to turn a truck was lost in the flex. If you move the front truck back a little, and maybe add some kind of stiffener between the board and the truck, a Sector9 might be fun again.

If you do get just one Carver truck, make sure you get the right model. I understand they have several out now, and I don't know what's what. But their old-school, swinging-arm truck is da bomb.

If you need to upgrade on a really tight budget, start with good soft wheels and good bearings, and maybe some softer rubber bushings for the trucks.



Edited: 05/06/2021 at 12:50 PM by CurtisEflush
 05/06/2021 04:37 PM
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IamSAW

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CurtisE - It's the whole enchilada:
Kryptonics linky on amazon
It's 36" x 8.75" 8ply NE maple deck, 6" SEAGULL TRUCK, 65mm x 40mm poured polyurethane wheels, ABEC 5 bearings
Thanks for all the info btw.
 05/07/2021 08:26 AM
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CurtisEflush

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Wow, that's a helluva deal. I don't think you can buy a single Carver ("SurfSkate") truck for that price. If it doesn't quite turn like she wants, keep in mind the possibility of softer bushings and/or moving the front truck back an 1/2 inch or so to shorten the wheelbase. You might need to grind out some new wheel wells if the wheels start to bite, or maybe just go with a thicker riser pad. They also make wedge riser pads that are supposed to improve the turning geometry, but I never experimented enough to find a different recipe that I liked.
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