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Old 04-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just about to pop for my first longboard, got my eye on the new Sector9s that our local shop has, so nice, ive stood on em all, flexed em, they all seem pretty badass in different ways



i'm 6', 190, and thinking i will want to carve, slide, some kicking around town or to the skatepark (not for park though)...probably not the highspeed downhilling ( got my ration of roadrash when i was a kid, lol), but stable at med/high speed downhill

the convex boards seem like they would carve great, but i wonder if i'll blow the convex out of it too fast at 190lbs(?)

what is the advantage of the pass-thru truck? seems to me it would just weaken the tab that holds the truck

good wheel hardness for street sliding? and the other uses i mentioned

anything at all longboard related is a go. + stuff i didnt know enough to ask...
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Realistically, it's tough for concave to "die." You're more likely to snap the board before that happens. Stability is 90% rider, 10% gear. With that being said though, you usually want to avoid boards with flex for that to be true. Another thing you can do is switch the bushings out to harder ones from various companies like Riptide, Venom, etc.

With drop through trucks, a lot of people like them because it makes them feel like they're lower to the ground, thus, more stable. I disagree with the stability part because realistically, you want to be standing on, or right behind the bolts for maximum control over the trucks. Also, you are correct in that the hole itself for the trucks theoretically weakens the board. Though, again, the chances of that actually happening are fairly slim.

Wheels wise, at your weight, you can technically get away with a slightly harder wheel, IE: 83a+, though, that is not a set rule of thumb. A common misconception is that the harder the wheel, the easier/better the slide. That is not always true. What you want to look for in a wheel that is more slide orientated are skinny lips, and a skinnier profile.


Like that. For most companies, having a softer duro just means that the wheel will die faster.

Check out Silverfishlongboard.com as well if you want more resources and information on longboarding stuff. The only thing that I do need to warn you about is that there is a good chance you will get flamed into oblivion if you don't take the time to research your question before making a new thread.
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haha, thx borderholic, thats why i asked here...on silverfish right now reading reviews, thanks for the painless advice and info

leaning toward the S9 mini shaka, just stood on one, it felt right to me



2nd half of the vid is some nice footage, that's the kind of riding a want to get to..
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If you like how the Mini Shaka feels to you underfoot, then it's a great deck of choice for your needs/wants.
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http://dregsskateboards.com/images/F6721703.jpg

I ride this board. Love it....

http://dregsskateboards.com/i-206928...la-muerta.html
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As an FYI, Dregs filed for bankruptcy not too long ago. You can no longer buy their stuff.
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the other local shop has about 15 dregs boards i was checking the other day...i'll make the rounds one more time...

NordBoards.com has great prices btw, under MSRP, and free shipping (been looking alot) ...i like to support local, but i need to find the best fit and $
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Bummer, best board I have ridden so far.... We have a couple never summer boards too.... They are just ok.... Smokin started making long boards too that look pretty nice. We rode a couple at their shop last year and they were super stable and maneuverable.....
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Bummer, best board I have ridden so far.... We have a couple never summer boards too.... They are just ok.... Smokin started making long boards too that look pretty nice. We rode a couple at their shop last year and they were super stable and maneuverable.....
Never Summer longboards are... Odd. I love their snowboards, but the shape of their longboards doesn't do it for me. The quality of their products is some of the best in the longboard world though.
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...that got me looking, i dig the Neversummer shapes..this Revolt seems comparable to the miniSkaka (wish they would describe the Revolt concave better though)

does Rocker mean the same for longboard as snowboard?...imo that would not be good! convex if anything





3 year warranty on NS too, none of the others ive seen had that

NS video (just throwing everything in here, maybe the thread will be useful to someone else...)

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