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Top 10 Longboards 2016

It is time you cruised around town with fashion and style, and the exceptional way to accomplish that is on such a killer longboards. Quicker than an everyday skateboard due to wheel size, those longboards are ideal for cruising, downhill racing, slalom racing, sliding, and personal transport. Find the perfect design for you from our comprehensive selection.

Loaded Tan Tien Flex 2 Complete Longboard Skateboard W/ Paris Trucks, Orangatang Wheels, Sticker PackQuest Super Cruiser Artisan Bamboo Longboard Skateboard, 44-InchSector 9 Fractal Complete Skateboard, 9.0 x 36.0-InchAtom Longboards Bamboo Pin Tail Longboard, Tiki, 39-InchRimable Drop-through Longboard (41 Inch, Africa Pattern)Sector 9 Faultline Complete Skateboard, RedAtom Drop Deck Longboard (39 Inch)EIGHTBIT 41 Inch Drop Down Complete Longboard - Red BlockWhite Wave Mayhem Bamboo Longboard SkateboardKrown Rasta Freestyle Elite Complete Longboard, 9.25x36-Inch

A Brief History Of The Longboard

While it's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the modern skateboard was born, the origins of the sport are well known and nearly mythical. By the mid 20th Century, surfing had become a popular sport, and the cradle of the American surf movement was the coast of California. In the last years of the 1940s and in the dawn of the 1950s, a number of Los Angeles surfers began to adopt a new wheeled platform that they used on land when the waves were too flat for proper surfing.

For a number of years, these new wheeled boards were seen as little more than an enjoyable alternative as a surfer waited for better water conditions. By the 1960s, however, skateboarding was well on its way to becoming a distinct sport. 1964 saw the short-lived publication of a magazine called The Quarterly Skateboarder and the first sponsored contests and skating events took place at around the same time.

It was not until the 1970s that skateboarding began to catch on with a more mainstream audience. The development of durable, stable polyethylene wheels made skating safer and easier, and soon a range of standardized axles -- called "trucks" on a skateboard -- made control and stability even more reliable.

Modern skateboards feature many minute variations, but there are two basic classes of board, which can be referred to as the skateboard and the longboard. While skateboards are shorter, have smaller wheels, are more nimble, and are often used for trick skating, longboards tend to have larger wheels and, of course, a longer overall design. These two factors make the longboard both fast and stable (in fact records show riders atop longboards moving at more than 80 miles per hour), and for this reason, it is the go-to choice for people who use a skateboard less for trick skating and more for long distance cruising.

Choosing The Right Longboard For You


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The length of a longboard can vary greatly. Most are longer than 33 inches from end to end, though many longboards have much longer decks, with sixty inch boards not an uncommon sight. Most longboards measure somewhere in the 40 to 50 inch range. The deck shape of the longboard can come in variations known as pintail, swallowtail, drop-through, and flat-nose, to name a few, and many longboards still closely resemble the surfboards that inspired the first skaters all those decades back.

Choosing your longboard's length should be primarily informed by your own size, and even your own preference; you may want to go longer based on your height, but in turn, the length also dictates maneuverability. If you're into doing tricks, a shorter board might work best for you. A shorter board translates to quicker turns; a longer board is best for cruising at high speeds.

As for the deck shape of the board you choose, that should be predicated on how you will use your board. A "top mount" deck provides extra control during turns but less stability during downhill speed, for example, while a "drop through" deck makes turning slightly more difficult but allows for stable speed riding with reduced wobble.

Beginning riders should opt for a longboard with plenty of grip tape covering its surface, and should also consider a board with foot kicks, which are raised sections of the board that helps keep the rider's foot nestled in place. Almost all longboards are made from plywood, with materials ranging from bamboo to maple to hardwoods used in the layering.

Different deck constructions offer varied levels of flexibility, and your experience level might also dictate which deck type is best for you. More flexible boards allow for better speed each time you push off with your foot, but their movement may destabilize a rider not yet steady on his or feet.

Longboard Upkeep And Maintenance


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One of the simplest ways to keep your longboard safe and stable is to frequently check and tighten its bearings. The wheel bearings can be securely tightened without compromising fluidity of motion, while loose bearings can lead to increased board wobble and reduced control and safety. Check the bearings regularly if your ride regularly, and take the time to tighten them whenever needed.

Some longboards come with lubricated wheels, but it's a good idea to apply your own from time to time. Just make sure to pick a lubricant that won't corrode the wheels, axles, or any other components, and try to choose one that won't stain or damage the deck, either. And know that lubrication is not necessary for most boards; what is needed for safe and proper longboard riding are bearings that are as clean as possible. Dirt and debris caught in your board's wheel bearings can lead to a dangerous lack of stability.

Replacing any worn or damaged element on your longboard is important for safe and proper use. This includes worn down wheels, scuffed or torn grip tape, or even an entire axle if need be. You can rotate longboard wheels just the same as you do with a car's tires, but as with a motor vehicle, this can only be done once or twice before they need to be replaced.

And of course one should always wear a helmet when riding. Safe longboarding should also involve gloves and even knee and elbow pads for good measure. This is especially true both for younger and for older riders -- while riding a longboard is enjoyable, it can also cause serious injury without proper precaution.


#10.Krown Rasta Freestyle Elite Complete Longboard, 9.25x36-Inch


Krown Presents the Elite Series, featuring 8-Ply Maple Construction and modern techy shapes. The Drop through shape is a favorite for riders looking for speed and a lower center of gravity. This through mounted shape comes equipped with 71mm wheels, 7.0 reverse kingpin trucks, and speed bearings. The through mounted shape is one of the fastest growing and most popular in Longboarding and it's for no other reason that it is awesome to ride. The low center of gravity makes it stable at high speed and easy to slide. Deck Dimensions: 9.25" x 36"


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#9.White Wave Mayhem Bamboo Longboard Skateboard


This board is awesome! It has excelled on every ride I've taken it on. Right out of the box it is smooth yet responsive, just how I need my longboards to be. The bamboo makes for an awesome feel under foot and has an unquestionable durability that comes along with it. I would definitely recommend this board to anyone looking for a fun and dependable ride.


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#8.EIGHTBIT 41 Inch Drop Down Complete Longboard - Red Block


Cruise in style on the 41-inch Drop Down Longboard from EIGHTBIT. The drop-down deck offers more stability, better turning control and easy push off. Less distance to the ground for easy push off also helps lower fatigue. Ride it long distance or master carving. The 9.75 inch by 41.25 inches molded deck is made of 8-ply maple for durability.This longboard features heavy-duty, electrostatic-coated aluminum alloy trucks and ABEC-7 bearings, and it's fully-assembled and ready to ride out of the box.


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#7.Atom Drop Deck Longboard (39 Inch)


Atom has refined their drop deck line even further with the 39" Micro Drop Longboard. 2" shorter than it's big brother and with a little less drop, the 39" Micro Drop feels as much at home cruising around town as it does bombing a hill to get there. Aggressive concave and foot pockets lock you in when you need it while the low deck height increases stability and makes pushing a breeze. We've paired the Micro Drop with Atom's 70mm AREA 51 wheels for an ultra-comfortable ride and out of this world grip when you need it most.


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#6.Sector 9 Faultline Complete Skateboard, Red


- Assembled with: 10.0" Gullwing charger II trucks, 73mm 78A center set race Formula wheels, ABEC 5 PDP bearings, bearing spacers
- Constructed with: 9 ply's of cold pressed Maple, double lock mold, top mount
- Dimension: 39.5" length x 9.5" width x 31.0" wheel-base
- Riding style: Downhill, freeride
- Wheel Colors may vary


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#5.Rimable Drop-through Longboard (41 Inch, Africa Pattern)


his Drop-Through Longboard is the perfect choice for anyone wanting all the benefits of a standard drop through but with a tighter turning radius.
Whether you're weaving through people or cones this little carver will definitely do the trick.
With its low deck height for easy pushing, 9.5" wide deck for powering through turns and 70mm PU wheels for a Cadillac-smooth ride and ultra low rolling resistance the 41" Drop Through Longboard is a hard-to-beat all-rounder.
The Drop-Through Longboard with Maximum stability makes this a great choice for downhill,
while its ease of pushing is perfect for long distance riding or just kicking around town/campus. Rumble Freeriding Drop-Through Longboard


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#4.Atom Longboards Bamboo Pin Tail Longboard, Tiki, 39-Inch


Atom's new 39" Bamboo Pin-tail longboard builds on the success of our popular original 39" pin-tail longboard by upgrading literally every component. You'll pay a little more for this one but you won't regret it for a second. Its bamboo/maple hybrid deck lay-up, 70mm Atom FREEWHEEL slide-friendly wheels and genuine Navigator 50-degree reverse kingpin trucks will leave you feeling like you should have paid double what you did. Take the perfect next step in your riding career without taking a big step backward at your bank.


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#3.Sector 9 Fractal Complete Skateboard, 9.0 x 36.0-Inch


Rides on 9" Gullwing Sidewinder II's with 69mm 78A Sector 9 top shelf wheels with PDP Abec 5 bearings The length of the Fractal is great for those looking for a longer wheelbase for cruising, but still want to do tight turns This board has the feel of a longboard, but produces tighter carves and lines than one would think 8 ply maple with CNC drop through mounting.


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#2.Quest Super Cruiser Artisan Bamboo Longboard Skateboard, 44-Inch


- 44-Inch artisan bamboo longboard
- Multi-ply Hardwood Maple and beautiful artisan bamboo deck
- Rugged 7-inch aluminum trucks
- Durable 70mm PU wheels
- 44-Inch Artisan Bamboo Longboard
- Multi-ply hardwood maple and beautiful Artisan bamboo deck
- Rugged 7-Inch aluminum trucks


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#1.Loaded Tan Tien Flex 2 Complete Longboard Skateboard W/ Paris Trucks, Orangatang Wheels, Sticker Pack


I love this board! I was just sliding with it on the wet gravel. It slides beautifully and has less flex than i expected. This is a good thing I love the board and I can't wait to ride it more. In addition to my Sector 9 Sprocket, this makes a beautiful addition to my longboard collection. Be sure to note that this board tends to get unstable at high speeds, however, what longboards don't... I love my Paris Trucks they are my favorite trucks I've ever had by far until now. Once you get your longboard stance and positioning set and get used to your Tan Tien (or any longboard), it is wonderful for freestyle riding style, transportation, even downhill if you can slide well. (It's good for everything but I wouldn't suggest this as a primary downhill board)


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