Longboard Beginners Guides: Deck and Axis of LongBoard

Go to a skate shop and ask for advice. An “online consultation” can never be as responsive to you as the expert can in the shop. There are usually also the option with most other boards, which are there to do a lap. However, one thing is not: Have yourself advice in the shop for the best longboards, then buy online and save 10 euros.

Similarly absurd to its Board in the US to buy because you think you can use it to save money is. Rather tug inches and wait at your nerves, and a customer, there is not.

That clearly is the ignorance of the cooking of the vote here, indicated by the fact that designated downhill or freeride boards of Jucker Hawaii, which also gives it not occur here in appearance. Just as actual downhill boards known international brands or even German brands. The price seems to have played a role.

Those who want to go downhill necessarily should first look at the setups of the pros that compete in the DLL, or on the World Cup once. But as a beginner, this is anyway not the subject of the first board. Therefore, the advertising promises of the online provider believe not necessarily. Go into the store!

As a beginner you will you not immediately stiffen on a particular segment such as downhill, slalom or Dancing, but rather want to test everything first – and that are willing to spend without 300 or 400 euros. Believe us that you will if you really will enjoy one or the other discipline. Until then, there is still a long way.

Having different shops surveyed and have exchanged our experiences with beginners, we think that beginners feel most comfortable on the following setup:

We recommend an all-rounder, that is a panacea. Maybe a bedropped board with gently concave and soft rolls. Exactly, that’s the trick. If we had told you, you need a total flex Board without Concave but with Topmount and Camber, then ye have believed us, right?


So let’s start with the structure of the board. For beginners, we recommend a board that has the lowest possible center of gravity and thus provides a very stable platform and can be easily pushed. This is usually achieved with a drop-through assembly (that is, the axes are inserted through the board mounted and thereby, the Board lowered). Flex does not have to, but may. If you do not want necessarily Slide same, this is no problem. Just too much, it should not be. Firstly, the Flex is the time “wear out”, and thus lose some power, and secondly driving should be very restless (also do not like each).

Concave (concave) is simply formulated, the bent-up at the side of the deck. The stronger this is pronounced, the more pressure you give in shifting the body weight on the axle. This then has a steering movement result. If the concave is too strong, it can be uncomfortable depending on shoe size in the long run. Again, initially applies: Always nice find the mean value.

The rest, which is relevant for a cover, such as used materials and other things, we explain elsewhere. These are first of all the important things for beginners:

– Drop Through

– Little Flex

– Little Concave


Here you have, as with everything else, the choice is yours. The standard longboard axles for above boards are likely to 50 degrees – be 180 mm Reverse King Pin axes (RKP). Again the tip to test the axes in the shop.

Why? Well, it is primarily due to the hardness of the bushings (Bushings), which are installed in the axles. Have proved axes as Paris Trucks, Trucks bolt or Bear Trucks whose Bushings are already relatively easy to control from the factory (Stock bushings). There are still a lot of other excellent axle manufacturers also offering very smooth and precise processed axes.

Especially in favorable complete boards that were purchased on the Internet, the disappointment is great. Suddenly is also cheap bargain a board that can only go straight. And ONLY this because the bushings are so severe that even a screwing King Pins (screw that holds the axle), which can be used for adjusting, nothing brings. In the worst case has a wide turning up the king pins means that the hanger (the cross part of the axis on which the rollers are mounted) while driving from the baseplate (the part that is bolted to the board) triggers. Here not only separates the Hanger from the board but also often the wheat from the chaff.

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