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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Jay View Post
    I need to figure out which Is best for me. Shape, etc.
    longboardsk8r has a lot of completes in the $200 range, not all are set up the way I would want but tastes vary......my choice for an all in wonder would be something like this and a set of freeride wheels (like Zombies, Sidewinders or Slide B's) to switch to when you want to get your slide on.


    I wrote this a while back and it's still quite relavant

    truck width is board dependent not skill level dependent....9" or less 150's otherwise 180's. For reverse kingpin trucks there are really only two types of trucks Randals and everything else...though technically Gullwing came first everything out there is a copy of Randals, they are good trucks especially now that Gravity owns them. your other choice for trucks would be Indy 215's (which are actually 183mm wide) however, as much as I like Indy's on a longboard they are an acquired taste (not everyone likes the way they turn). 180's are a pretty stock size for longboards....as guys go faster many claim that 190mm-205mm is more stable (I never found this to be so but I've only been to the mid 50mph range so what do I know?). The biggest issue for me has always been footbite. wheels protruding more than 1/2" past the board edge is asking for trouble in my book. For the Record though still a diehard Indy fan my two of my three DH boards a on Caliber trucks and the last is on Randals......

    Good online stores include Mile High skates, East Coast Core Skates, and Longboard Skater, Something to think about, Longboards are built in batches and designs are constantly evolving.

    What ever you do invest in or build a pair of gloves they are as important as your board and shoes. Also you will find that a large percentage of longboarders wear a helmet. Helmets don't have the stigma in longboarding that they do for streetskating not to mention many of us know someone who has been hurt or died because they weren't wearing one.

    something else to think about....Concave. There are two very different types in the longboard world. Radial and the so-called lunchtray. Most of the boards pressed in Socal (Watson for instance) use a some variation on a Radial concave. Gravity, Earthwing, Sector9 and TuTone (there are numerous others) all have similar concaves (not that that is a bad thing). Then there is the Lunch Tray concave, relatively flat in the middle and scooping up on the edges, these are usually produced by small to midsized companies that do their own fabrication. Rayne, Landyatchz, Kebbek, Comet, Madrid, SodaFactory and there are others, all use some variation of the lunchtray, it takes more time to perfect and usually requires a mold for each type of board instead of a common mold that can be used for many types of board. The difference is that while radial concave hold you on the board Lunchtray hold you in. Of course lunch tray boards tend to cost more to make.

    Wheels are a whole nuther can of worms....there are two basic shapes, round lip and hard lip and two basic urethanes, slidy and sticky. Race wheels have hard lips and sticky thane (Retro Zigs, Venom Canibals, Otang Inheats, Earthwing Smokers are examples). these tend to be more expensive and made from higher quality thane. Then there are the Freeride wheels which have slippery thane and rounded lips (Gravity Drifters, Hesher Snowballs, Landyatchtz Zombies, Venom Sidewinders, Abec11 freerides are examples) they are primarily designed for slide life, and tend to be less expensive (though not always) because you are going to destroy them pretty quickly. Next there are wheels that use a grippy shape but a slippery thane, Sometimes used for racing though more commonly used for highspeed freecarving/freeriding (Divine Touch, Abec11 Classic Zigs & Flashbacks, Phat Deans are good examples) they hold well in turns but are easier to slide than race wheels, basically go fast wheels for people who lack the Skills of a Kevin Reimer. Lastly there are the other side of freeride wheels sticky thane and rounded lips (Retro Freerides Metro Motion, Otang Stimulus are good examples) they tend to wear better than regular freeride wheels are usually more expensive. I'm not a fan of the slide as I consider it choppy though I have a set of Retro freerides for slippery garages....One could quite easily have a single board and a couple sets of wheels and get by in a variety of disciplines......I however don't....my three speed related boards

    the blue one is my freeride board and in honesty the board I ride the most
    the one with the ? marks is the board I grab when a hill scares me. it's stable at speed, comfortable, easy to slide without being overly drifty, and very confidence in spiring. The board with the green wheels is a Short wheelbase topmount. designed for technical DH, garage racing and the like. its the board I spend most of my Sundays on, packriding and railing corners

    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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    the longboard thread looks great! well done.
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    I just bought a Gold Coast 44" pintail ($50), then i bought a pair of trucks, some black wheels and redz bearings from my local skateshop. All in, the whole set up was about $100, but when my board came in the mail, it had a huge cut down the bottom! so i messaged Gold Coast and they sent me a FULL SETUP (about $160) absolutely free of charge, I didn't even pay for shipping. So now I have a kinda cheap longboard and a really nice longboard all for just 100 bucks, talk about luck! And I keep one in my car and one in my house so I can ride whenever I want. And that's pretty much all the time, there's just something great about riding a longboard.
    If anyone wants to see, I can post some pictures of my boards lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatez View Post
    this is a longboard thread.
    Where did you even quote that from, a different thread? Haha

    Edit: Great contribution, Xgecko. Glad somebody who knows their stuff as much as you decided to post in here! Mind if I put that as the third original post update?

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    Here's two of my boards, the blank doesn't get much action, since I got it for when friends want to give skating a try. It's a pretty fun board, though.
    Last edited by TGIMUNDAY; 08-23-2011 at 01:41 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TGIMUNDAY View Post
    Edit: Great contribution, Xgecko. Glad somebody who knows their stuff as much as you decided to post in here! Mind if I put that as the third original post update?
    I just cut and pasted the relavant data from 3-4 posts, removed the specific comments to pavement plus a little bit of updating on the wheels.
    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xgecko View Post
    I just cut and pasted the relavant data from 3-4 posts, removed the specific comments to pavement plus a little bit of updating on the wheels.
    Haha, I'll take that as a yes.
    Check out the Official Longboarding Thread: http://www.skaterscafe.com/showthread.php?t=108102

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    Exclamation The Tour

    The reason this thread came about was because of an event I posted details about, so here it is in the right thread.

    The Longboard Tour 2011


    Attend the event on Facebook and be a part of the Tour.
    Here is the official page although it is still under construction.
    Like us on Facebook. Buy a t-shirt.
    Join the Society today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sketchy270 View Post
    The reason this thread came about was because of an event I posted details about, so here it is in the right thread.

    The Longboard Tour 2011


    Attend the event on Facebook and be a part of the Tour.
    Here is the official page although it is still under construction.
    Like us on Facebook. Buy a t-shirt.
    Join the Society today.
    Well, that, and I was thinking about making one for a while. Haha, glad I could help you, though.
    Check out the Official Longboarding Thread: http://www.skaterscafe.com/showthread.php?t=108102

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    a goal I will probably never achieve.........his toesides (switch and regular) are so casual its scary

    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xgecko View Post
    a goal I will probably never achieve.........his toesides (switch and regular) are so casual its scary

    And the way he linked those slides, you'd think he was on snow. Haha
    Check out the Official Longboarding Thread: http://www.skaterscafe.com/showthread.php?t=108102

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    Thanks gecko gave me some thought, figured I'd be good suited for a more traditional look if that makes sense with concave and well you should get the gist.
    Btw T, thread looks really good man. Great job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Jay View Post
    Thanks gecko gave me some thought, figured I'd be good suited for a more traditional look if that makes sense with concave and well you should get the gist.
    Btw T, thread looks really good man. Great job.
    here are a few less gravity inclined boards

    my longboard trick board.....at the moment I am between setups on it but it is a fun board


    big cruiser.....I have put in a lot of miles on bike trails both pushing and paddling


    I had this made for a trip to NYC I needed a board I could get around the city on that wasn't to big to strap to a backpack when crawling through galleries.
    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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    Xgecko, I know I asked this before, but what kind of board is that blue one in your post? The one next to the one with the question mark grip. I want one!
    Check out the Official Longboarding Thread: http://www.skaterscafe.com/showthread.php?t=108102

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    Yeah that one is dope ^ it has some weird like combo camber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu View Post
    Yeah that one is dope ^ it has some weird like combo camber
    It looks like it would hold your feet on during anything, even being upside down. Haha, I hate longboarding, every time I get a new board, I want another one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TGIMUNDAY View Post
    Xgecko, I know I asked this before, but what kind of board is that blue one in your post? The one next to the one with the question mark grip. I want one!
    Its a Clutch Jerk....yes it looks strange but it is my freeride machine. The Construction is one way to solve the compression and de-lamination issues that often happen when you mix Rocker and Concave. It can be explained by holding a piece of paper and putting those curves into it, the wood wants to hold the shape which makes it all the stronger since its not fighting itself before its shaped like Comet's boards do. Very comfortable mostly radial Concave plus the pressure release bends provide pockets that your foot naturally uses. It has nearly an inch of rocker which has the effect of holding you in the board though its twitchy at speed, but for slashing and other nonsense its a blast
    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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    How much was it? I mean, I could go hunt down the thread on Silverfish, but I'm lazy. Haha

    Edit: Actually could you post the thread? I can never find anything on Silverfish, and my search for the thread failed.
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    I believe the present cost is $129, here is the most recent posting of the Sodafactory catalog though if you are interested in a Jerk send Alex an email Unlike many Soda boards the Jerk is only available as 9ply with a lacquer finish (some choice of laquer color)
    Last edited by Xgecko; 08-25-2011 at 08:24 AM.
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    Hey um, I want a longboard that's ideal for cruising, sliding, and a little bit of downhill whenever, what size deck should I get? And the wheels? I heard that deck length plays a lot in sliding, but I don't really feel like getting a cruiser, if it's a cruiser I could just slap on some big wheels on my current setup.

    And do you have to wear gloves to slide?

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    you want a freeride board....Deck length isn't as important as wheelbase which should be in the range of 30-32", truth is my freeride board has the longest WB of my gravity exploiting boards but that is just one factor in what makes a good board. You have a choice of Top mount, drop, drop through or double drop....all have their advantages.

    As for slide gloves, you don't need them if you can stand up slide at will, personally I can't so I wear slide gloves most of the time.......
    that's gonna leave a mark.........yup gravity still works

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