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So I'm in the same boat as CassMT, looking to take up longboarding in the summer. I've read a lot too and from what I've gathered a drop-through mounting makes the board easier to slide. What I haven't gathered is whether there is a big difference in feel between top mount and drop-through. Right now I'm leaning towards drop-through because I really want to do slides.
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Rocker is rocker. Doesn't matter if it's on a snowboard or longboard.

Norminator: You are correct that drop-through's are easier to slide. There is not as much leverage over the trucks in comparison to a topmount. I would say that there is a difference in feel between drop through and topmount. The biggest thing that I've found is that it's a bit harder to kick out topmounts into a slide, BUT they are far, far easier to control.
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does one ride the same stance as on their snowboard?..on a miniShaka (40.25" x (9.75") i was comfortable in my snowboard stance (of course), wondering if i should be looking at a 42"+ for slides, etc. ? i can change the thread title to "Retarded, Unresearched Longboard Newb Q's" if need be, lol
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Rocker is rocker. Doesn't matter if it's on a snowboard or longboard.

Norminator: You are correct that drop-through's are easier to slide... The biggest thing that I've found is that it's a bit harder to kick out topmounts into a slide, BUT they are far, far easier to control.

Thanks for all of your help. I'm looking at Churchill boards because they're cheap and seem to have a good rep among Silverfish members. Which ones would you (or anybody else) recommend? I'll probably get a drop-through since I'll always have the option of top-mounting it and I don't think I'm heavy enough to break a board.
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Cass: sort of. Just remember that on a longboard, you do have the freedom to reposition your feet as necessary. I've been doing this for awhile and still forget that. =/
Size wise, unless you are a monstrosity, I don't usually recommend going over 42". At that point, you are losing a lot of functionality with the effective foot platform.

Norm: Churchill is a great bang for your buck brand. Sadly, I can't recommend any of their product since I haven't taken the time to do any sort of research.

The thing that I've found with broken drop through's is that it usually happens because the owner abuses the board, NOT because of poor manufacturing. That is far and few between.
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thanks borderholic, and for your patience...

dammit, now i started shopping again

EarthShip SuperModel...same length as Miniskaka, but wider by 1/2" (10.25! Hmmm could be gooder) and a longer wheelbase by 2"+ (30.5")
...what effect has the wheelbase to ride?



(...and it's at $50 off rt now, $179 complete, intere$ting)
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I'm not as big of a fan of EW, simply because my feet are not big enough to take full advantage of the concave. As for length, to a certain extent, a longer wheelbase will be easier to slide, and a little bit more stable.

The biggest thing I can recommend right now, is if you can, go to the shop, stand on various boards and decide what feels best to you. I don't like to recommend buying a first board online just because each model feels so different and the selection process usually gets far more complicated than it needs to be.
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thankyou again borderholic...offline and local/in person makes sense in many ways...

((also, in the Makes Sense Dept...on Silverfish they have stickied all the "what board Should i Get" threads into 1, and the "what should i do next" type threads too, could be good here! imo yes))

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I bought a used longboard a few years ago and have been riding it since. It's from these guys Go Longboard; Original Skateboards. I'd tell you what model, but I have no idea. I tried emailing them about it when I first got it, but my pics to send them sucked. In fact, now that I have a better camera, I'll have to try again. Either way, it's a fun ride. Their truck design is, well, it's original.

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I bought a used longboard a few years ago and have been riding it since. It's from these guys Go Longboard; Original Skateboards. I'd tell you what model, but I have no idea. I tried emailing them about it when I first got it, but my pics to send them sucked. In fact, now that I have a better camera, I'll have to try again. Either way, it's a fun ride. Their truck design is, well, it's original.
Oh Originals... Their decks are getting better in the quality/functional design department, but their trucks are terrible.
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