Best Longboards in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 1, 2017
If you've just come to longboarding, it's time to think of buying a skateboard to master your skills and comfortably cruise around the city and ride up and down the hills. Not sure how to choose the right longboard skateboard? Here you'll find the selection of the best longboards. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Riding Style
Weight / Size
Deck Material
Truck Mounting
Axle Size
Diameter of Wheels
Wheels (Hardness and Material)
Bearings
 
PROS

A wireless remote allows the rider to have maximum control over the speed both while accelerating and while braking. A wrist strap prevents the remote control from slipping out of your hand while riding.

CONS

It's pretty heavy.

OUR VERDICT

This electric longboard can reach up to 30 km/h and travel up to 20 km on a single charge. The SLICK Max-Eboard is great for a long-distance riding. Sure enough, this electric board will satisfy any adrenaline junkie's needs.

detailed parameters
Riding Style

Freeride, Cruising

Weight / Size

7.5 kg / 92 x 25 cm

Deck Material

7-ply Bamboo and Fibre glass

Truck Mounting

Top-mount

Axle Size

17.8 cm

Diameter of Wheels

83 x 52mm

Wheels (Hardness and Material)

Polyurethane (PU), 88A

Bearings

ABEC-7

PROS

Wide wheels give the board a more stable ride without sacrificing manoeuvrability. The “pintail” shape minimises the wheelbite effect for you to feel more stable, no matter if you are sitting or standing.

CONS

The chrome bearings are prone to scratching.

OUR VERDICT

The Osprey Pintail longboard is perfect for new riders who want to come to grips with longboarding. With this nice longboard, you will quickly learn how to pick up speed, turn, and brake.

detailed parameters
Riding Style

Freeride, Downhill

Weight / Size

~3 kg / 102 x 24 cm

Deck Material

7-ply Canadian maple

Truck Mounting

Top-mount

Axle Size

17.8 cm

Diameter of Wheels

69 x 55mm

Wheels (Hardness and Material)

Polyurethane (PU), 78A

Bearings

ABEC-9

PROS

The quality deck surface provides excellent traction, keeping your feet locked in at high speeds. A reverse kingpin truck with a 245-mm axle provides maximum turning performance and manoeuvrability.

CONS

Some users say that the wheels wear down fast enough.

OUR VERDICT

The Atom Drop longboard is absolutely appropriate for riding on not-so-smooth surfaces like asphalt. Thanks to super high rebound-wheels, you can ride smoothly over uneven surfaces.

detailed parameters
Riding Style

Freeride, Cruising, Downhill

Weight / Size

4.1 kg / 92 x 23 cm

Deck Material

7-ply Maple

Truck Mounting

Drop-through

Axle Size

24.5 cm (including wheels)

Diameter of Wheels

70 x 51 mm

Wheels (Hardness and Material)

Super high rebound (SHR) urethane, 80A

Bearings

ABEC-9

PROS

The 9 layers of high-quality maple make this longboard sturdy and ready for your adventures. This board can easily withstand a weight of up to 110 kg.

CONS

The bottom of the deck is easily soiled and the print fades away over time.

OUR VERDICT

The aerodynamic shape and quality ABEC11 ball- bearings provide great speed and control. So, it's a great longboard for true thrill-seekers.

detailed parameters
Riding Style

Freeride, Cruising, Downhill

Weight / Size

~4 kg / 104 x 25 cm

Deck Material

9-ply Maple

Truck Mounting

Top-mount

Axle Size

25.5 cm (including wheels)

Diameter of Wheels

70 x 51 mm

Wheels (Hardness and Material)

Polyurethane (PU), 80A

Bearings

ABEC-11

PROS

Although this longboard is lightweight, it has a fairly solid deck which can easily withstand braking loads and collisions. The non-slip varnish provides proper grip and protects the deck from scratches and chips.

CONS

The ABEC-5 bearings require regular maintenance.

OUR VERDICT

Despite being primarily designed for high-speed downhill riding, the Ultrasport longboard is capable of riding along flat surfaces too. No matter what your riding level is, with this longboard you'll be able to enjoy the extreme versions of this adventurous sport and do it safely.

detailed parameters
Riding Style

Freeride, Cruising, Downhill

Weight / Size

3.3 kg / 103 x 25 cm

Deck Material

8-ply Maple

Truck Mounting

Drop-through

Axle Size

25.5 cm (including wheels)

Diameter of Wheels

66 x 52 mm

Wheels (Hardness and Material)

Polyurethane (PU), ~80A

Bearings

ABEC-5

What Is a Longboard?

Constructed in a similar way to a skateboard, a longboard has better grip and hardness for cruising and riding on rough surfaces. As a counter to any typical skateboard, the longboard isn’t used for performing tricks or jumping. Offered in the variety of shapes, longboards differ in their longer decks and softer, bigger wheels. This all ensures greater stability and safety of the rider and allows for comfortable riding around the city and transportation.

In the following review, we’ve selected 5 best longboards and their most important features so that you can find the most suitable one. However, if you’re not sure about a longboard, we recommend you to check our comparison of the best skateboards.

What Features to Compare

Riding Style and Types of Longboard Skateboards

Shaped and constructed differently, all longboards are suitable for different needs. Cruiser longboards look very much like typical skateboards but slightly differ in design. With a kick tail, their deck is also a bit longer and reaches about 41 inches in length. It’s good if it's designed with the tail and nose to easily follow the chosen direction. If you’d mainly like to do cruising on rough surfaces, it’s better to go with a flex deck that greatly reduces vibration on bumps and hills. Those who prefer calm cruising to mad racing should consider electric models. They are easily controllable and well-balanced. If you’re buying a longboard to try out your skating skills and ride down the serpentine roads, it’d be better to go for one with a lowered deck fixed at a 36-45-inch distance above the ground. The fans of downhill riding may also want to consider the longboards with concave decks or longer wheelbases. They provide enhanced stability and safety when turning and riding down the hills. Freeriding is another popular way of skating which involves jumps from the stairs, jumps on the curbs, and some other tricks that may be performed while riding downhill. The longboards for freestyle riding reach 37-41-inches in length and about 8.5-10.5 inches in width. They’re also a bit stiffer to standard decks.

Material and Design

Pay attention to the material which a longboard is made of. As a rule, all longboards are made of solid wood, though you can also find plastic models. 8-9 ply maple longboards are recognized as most durable and lightweight. Plastic longboards are a bit heavier. They are also suitable for all weather use. Make sure that the surface is covered with the grip tape to provide greater stability when in use. Colored differently, the grip tape is replaceable, allowing you to change it at any time. The choice of colours and designs is truly vast so you’ll definitely stand out from the crowd with your unique, vivid longboard deck in the street.

Suspension

The longboard consists of the deck and trucks (suspension) - most important components that should be considered. There are also two possible ways to connect the skateboard truck to the deck - top mount and drop through. The top mount is a traditional way when the deck is directly connected to the wheels while the drop-through mounting implies the connection of the truck to the deck through some special cutouts. Longboards with drop-through mounting ensure greater stability and balance, allowing for easier pushing and racing.

The full control of the longboard is possible thanks to the bushings. However, the size of the truck should match the riding style. For example, if you need the longboard for downhill racing, you can choose the one with a low-wheeled suspension (or, in other words, drop-through deck), which will keep up the speed very well. If you need good longboards for cruising in the park, you can choose the one with the top mount deck. From the technical point of view, the suspension of longboards consists of several components, the most important of which is a baseplate (with 4 holes) attached right to the deck. The baseplate is connected to a hanger with the help of the kingpin, which drops through bushings (the pieces of urethane located on the longboard truck).

Don't forget to pay attention to the wheels. Usually, all manufacturers make the wheels of urethane, because this material is the safest for skateboarding. You can also distinguish wheels by their rigidity: the softer the wheels are, the better the road grip will be. For example, you need big and soft wheels (75-79A) for downslide riding, but the wheels from 78A to 81A are suitable for cruising or freeride. The diameter of most longboard wheels varies between 62-99 mm. The wheels of a bigger diameter (80 mm and more) are faster and get higher acceleration, but you need to put more effort into it. However, huge wheels are quite good for zipping through small stones and other road obstacles. As for small wheels (60-70 mm), they aren’t so fast, but they’re easier in getting acceleration. If you’re a novice, longboards are the best option for you. Also, you should pay attention to the bearings that affect the speed of the board. Typically, there are bearings (ABEC) from 1 to 11. The higher the ABEC is, the faster the longboard will move. For instance, you should use ABEC 11 for downhill and ABEC 5, 7, 9 for cruising and freeride.

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SLICK Max-Eboard

Any Adrenaline Junkie Will Appreciate

If you are looking to liven up your trip to school or the nearest shop, the Max-Eboard Longboard is a perfect choice. This electric powered skateboard offers you a great way to cruise from point A to point B. It can be ridden by anyone, no matter whether you are a professional skateboarder or just a beginner without any experience in skating. This board is a bit of kit that offers a great deal of fun and can be used as a reliable means of transportation. It’s perfect for commuting and dealing with variable road surfaces. With as much power, speed, and range as competitors, you can get it at about half their price.

A distinctive feature of the Dual Max-Eboard is that it has two anti-splash and dustproof motors with 1200 Watts of power each, which gives it excellent hill climbing abilities and huge torque. The Max-Eboard can reach a high speed of up to 20mph and glide along for 11-13 miles. Sure enough, this electric board will satisfy any adrenaline junkie's cravings. With controller activated braking, you can slow down the ride with the touch of a button. The ABEC-7 super smooth bearings and 7-inch Magaluma gravity cast trucks ensure smooth and comfortable ride.

Review of SLICK Max-Eboard

Commute in Style

A hand-held wireless control unit allows the rider to have maximum control over speed and regenerative braking torque. It has three speed settings: slow, medium, and full and can be recharged from the Eboard or any USB power source. If you need to recharge the device on the go, just plug into the USB port and go on riding. It takes about 2-4 hours to charge the board from fully discharged and you are up and about again. This makes the Dual Max-Eboard a practical form of transportation for short trips which are far to walk but close to go by car.

The board weighs only 7kg, so you can carry it in the areas with uneven or damaged road surfaces where riding isn’t possible. If you need to use public transport, you can throw the board in your backpack.

With this electric skateboard, you can save on travel and commute in style. Enjoy the freedom of sliding on the longboard, carving your way to school or work. Longboarding is so much fun! The Max-Eboard will take you wherever your adventures might lead.

SLICK Max-Eboard in the use

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Osprey Pintail

Explore New Fields With Osprey Pintail

The Osprey was set up in 1994, producing a wetsuits and surf hardware. Over the following decade, Osprey became one of the leading wetsuit manufacturers in the UK market. Their success led to the expansion of the product range, including water sport and surf products, dive gear, surfboards, and kayaks. The company continued to explore new surf and skate fields, creating a great variety of boogie boards, stunt scooters and skateboards to suit different levels and abilities.

Over the last years, Pintail longboards have become increasingly popular in the skateboarding community. The boards have a “pintail” shape designed to prevent the wheel from coming in contact with the board deck (known as a “wheelbite”), yet providing ample foot space. Consequently, the pintail models are specially designed to minimise the wheelbite effect. What is wheelbite? Well, this means that the wheels rub against the deck bottom, causing a sudden braking of the longboard. And when the longboard suddenly stops, guess what? The rider still keeps moving, which can cause crashes, broken bones, and some other major injuries. The “pintail” shape is extra responsive and provides balance, helping you feel more stable, whether you are standing or sitting.

Review of Osprey Pintail

Great for Beginners and Advanced Riders

The board deck is made of 7-ply Canadian maple, one of the strongest materials for skateboarding. The concave deck locks you in, giving your feet extra stability as you begin to increase your speed, no matter what stance you are in.

The large and soft wheels provide super smooth rolling for easy manoeuvrability over all sorts of road surfaces. It's perfect for trying out flat-ground tricks and tight manoeuvres.

Osprey skateboards come as a complete setup, including a deck, wheels, and trucks. Yet, you can either buy a complete skateboard with all the components included or get individual components to create a customised board. So, you can replace components with new trucks or wheels to your liking.

The Osprey Pintail is great longboard for beginners who want to get to grips with longboarding. This nice longboard will help you learn new tricks, advance your skills and provide a safe longboarding experience. So what are you waiting for? Become a part of this adventurous sport!

Osprey Pintail in the use

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Osprey Pintail
 

Atom Drop

Hard-to-beat All-rounder

The Atom Drop Longboard is a top quality riding equipment in terms of the materials and components used in it. The board is absolutely appropriate for high-speed riding with various riding styles. If you like to do a lot of tricks, this longboard is the hard-to-beat all-rounder.

Riding the Atom Drop Longboard is an eco-friendly and fun way to commute around the city. The board construction is appropriate for extended period commuting and cruising. Besides, this versatile longboard is suitable for freestyle riding and carving that require maximum creativity from the rider.

This speedy board has the deck constructed from 7-ply maple that is sturdy enough for high-speed riding. It has a reverse kingpin truck with a 245-mm axle that provides maximum turning performance and manoeuvrability, making it possible to turn short corners at speed. Moreover, the longboard has sufficient pace due to the 70x51mm high rebound PU wheel, so the rider can cruise quickly from one place to another.

The ABEC-9 rated bearing with high-speed lubricant is ultra-fast, durable, sustainable, and suitable for long-term use. The freestyle and downhill riders will like this good quality bearing for its trustworthy feedback.
Review of Atom Drop

A Perfect Longboard for Starters

The Atom Drop longboard is ideal for those who have no prior experience of longboarding due to its stability and smooth ride. Since the board has the drop through a deck, it’s quite low to the ground. This provides stable riding that is so important for an amateur rider.

Due to the good quality components, the board provides a hassle-free riding all the way. The reverse kingpin truck of this longboard is responsive to quick turning and 78A rated soft wheel provides the rider with ultimate stability. Also, it’s suitable for starters as this board is very easy to handle and operate due to its tiny size (36 inches long and 9 inches wide).

The Atom Drop Longboard is also very popular among children under the age of 13. It’s easy to handle and push for a peaceful riding experience. And the soft wheel provides excellent grips for smooth and steady riding.

Furthermore, the longboard comes with 80S grip tape which provides the necessary traction and proper balance on the deck by keeping your foot in the right position when doing tricks.

Atom Drop in the use

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Atom Drop
Atom Drop
 

MAXOfit Atomic No.3 Deluxe

Longboards for Girls and Boys

Longboarding is quite popular among thrill-seekers. Nothing can be more exciting to spend your free time. There is a great variety of longboards for specific riding styles. The board features depend on the rider’s ability level. If you are just a beginner and try to get the feel of balancing on a board, the MAXOfit Deluxe Longboard is what you need. With this board, you will experience pure riding pleasure.

The board is solid and large, so you will feel comfortable with your footing on the board. It also has a long wheelbase that allows you to find a comfortable stance and gives you more room to move around. The 9 layers of high-quality maple make this board sturdy and ready for your adventures.

The MAXOfit Deluxe Longboard has a drop down design that gives the rider an enhanced stability and makes it safe to cruise on. The ends of the board are higher than the middle section that creates a “cradling effect” to protect the rider from speed wobbles when going downhill at speed. The drop down middle section gives the rider a secure grip on the board, making it easy to control especially hard slides. Since the board is close to the ground, pushing is really easy and your foot doesn’t go far.

The cutouts at the rolls prevent wheelbites. The soft 80A wheels soften the ride over bumps on the road. The quality ABEC11 ball- bearings make a low and even wear of the wheels.

This practical and comfortable board is perfect for long distance travelling. It’s really difficult to beat at versatility!

Review of MAXOfit Atomic No.3 Deluxe

Important Tips to Consider

Before taking your first longboard ride, check out our beginner longboarding tips.

- Keep practising. If you are a beginner, you should first practice moving forward. Push yourself, keeping your body loose to maintain balance. And, after a while, you may try to make a harder push to gain more speed and keep the board riding for longer.

- When you feel more confident in moving forward, it's time to make a turn. To do this, put pressure on one side of the board, leaning in the same direction. You can use your toes or heel.

- Find your own way to slow down. The easiest method to stop or slow down the speed is dragging your back foot on the ground. Other popular methods to apply brakes are air braking and carving.

- After mastering the above-mentioned concepts, try to perform some tricks. If you would like to make a slide, you should buy a pair of sliding gloves to protect your hands.

- Always stay within the limits. Don't push yourself too hard if you are not ready. Perform tricks without taking an additional risk.

- Before practising new tricks, watch a video on the Internet or read experienced riders’ blogs for better guidance.

Follow these tips to master your skills and improve your riding performance.

MAXOfit Atomic No.3 Deluxe in the use

MAXOfit Atomic No.3 Deluxe
MAXOfit Atomic No.3 Deluxe
 

Ultrasport Downhill

Build Confidence With Speed

There are different longboards for every purpose and style. Downhill longboarding is the fastest and most exciting out of all longboard styles. The Ultrasport longboard is primarily designed for going downhill at high speeds, though it’s also capable of riding along flat surfaces. If you are a beginner and want to start downhill skateboarding, you should practice on very gentle slopes before moving to bigger hills. Although the board is strong, it’s still affected by your own actions and balance. Don’t forget about the hard asphalt beneath you, changing slopes, and tight high speed turns. Always make sure you are well protected (helmet, leather suit, elbow and knee pads) to lower your chances of injury.

The Ultrasport longboard provides optimal stability at high speeds, allowing extremely tight curves. It has a slip-free deck and a pleasing concave curve design. The board is well made, feels stable, has good grip, and picks up speed quickly. It’s good for controlling your balance and building confidence with speed. Due to the large wheel wells, the deck and wheels do not come into contact, thus preventing sudden braking or stopping. The non-slip varnish covers the whole deck, providing proper grip. The top-quality finish with selected materials ensures high performance while the ABEC 5 bearings ensure the right light run.

Review of Ultrasport Downhill

A Sport Packed With Adrenaline

The board can reach up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Such speed may seem not so fast when you are driving a car down the highway, but when you are standing on a board with nothing to grip on, the same speed feels very fast.

The axles, depending on their setting, can wobble at higher speeds, therefore downhill boards often have a deeper set deck. This helps the rider stabilise the board when riding at high speeds. The centre of gravity is lowered, making you more stable on the board, especially for tight curves. Unlike higher boards, a low riding board means that you don't need to bend your front foot too much when you push.

Longboarding is a fantastic sport packed with adrenaline and a fascinating riding experience. There is nothing more adrenaline injecting! When you are good enough, you can expand your limits.

Ultrasport Downhill in the use

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Did you know?

Longboarding (also known as sidewalk surfing) is a combination of surfing and skateboarding that originally came from Hawaii in 1959. When companies began manufacturing skateboards, they were sold as toys for children in large department stores like Sears and some neighbourhood stores.

Sidewalk Surfing.

The idea about skateboards came from surfers when they noticed that the rolling motion of a skateboard is similar to the wave motion. And when the waves were not big enough or the water was very rough to go into, the surfers could surf on the ground. In California, skateboarding also became extremely popular among surfers and teens. Skateboards developed over the years, becoming wider or shorter for tricks. Later on, a desire for a smoother, longer riding boards led to the creation of the longboards.

Early Skateboards.

Early skateboards were generally made by teenagers in backyards by attaching wheels from old roller skates to the bottom of a board. Teens used to make the boards longer than commercial ones that were too short to use for riding and tricks.

Urethane Wheels.

Skateboarding and longboarding entered the market in the 1970s with the appearance of urethane wheels. They were made for the more versatile ride and faster speeds. The sport expanded to pool surfing, in which surfers skated in empty swimming pools. These pools were the predecessors of rollerdromes. The skateboarding culture emerged with the first skate parks. Unfortunately, in the early 1980s, most of the skateparks were forced to close due to lawsuits and high insurance costs. However, they continued evolving. The metal wheels were replaced with clay ones and trucks were improved.

Revival of the Longboard.

The revival of longboarding began in the early 1990s. Tony Hawk, an American professional skateboarder, with other celebrity boarders popularized skateboarding subculture. They managed to gain media attention through competitions and tricks. A large number of young people who had been skateboarding for many years continued boarding as they got older. In the 1990s a great response to snowboarding also helped raise the popularity of longboarding. A lot of snowboarders turned to the longboard during the warm months. In the 1990s, skateboarding and longboarding became a serious sport with major competitions, including World Cup Skateboarding, the X Games, and downhill racing.

Nowadays longboards come with a variety of board shapes, deck styles, construction, and features. They are designed for various ability levels and riding styles. There are boards for cruising, freestyle downhill, and freeride.

FAQ:

Q: How is longboard different from a shortboard?
A:
 As the name indicates, the main difference is the deck length. A bit more in-depth answer will be as follows: shortboards are commonly used to do tricks and to commute to school/work whereas longboards are designed, first and foremost, for cruising the streets. With the difference in intended use came the difference in design for all the parts. In addition to a longer and often heavier deck, longboards are usually equipped with larger and softer wheels that absorb the road bumps for you to ride with utmost comfort.

Q: Do I only cruise on a longboard or can I do tricks and commute too?
A:
Experienced users can, of course, do tricks on a longboard, although it is not as common as with shorter skateboards. As for the commuting, shorter boards are preferred mostly because you will need to carry the board when you are in the areas prohibited or not suitable for riding so a lighter skateboard will probably be more convenient.

Q: Which is faster—a longboard or a standard skateboard?
A:
The speed is not generally affected by the deck length but by the wheels and you can set specific wheels on your longboard the same as on a short skateboard. If you intend to ride your longboard mostly in parks, you should probably consider harder wheels. But note that on pavement or any other uneven road, hard wheels will feel every crack and bump and will inevitably slow down.Then there is also the wheels size. The start will be slower on the bigger wheels but the top speed you can reach will be higher, and vice versa for smaller wheels.

Q: Does a longboard need any specific maintenance?
A:
First of all, if you live in a region with high precipitation levels be ready to perform check-ups and maintenance more often. Also, you’ll need to look at the parts more frequently if you are a hard and avid rider.The wheels wear off, of course, you will see it and feel it. Rougher roads wear them off faster. The axle and the kingpin nuts are to be replaced once a year or depending on how often you renew your board’s wheels. The bearings should be checked to spin freely and not stop abruptly; see to them roughly once every three-four months but you might want to try cleaning them before you decide to replace them. Also, keep them away from sand and try avoiding puddles when you cruise. The bushings get stiffer the longer you ride; those are to be replaced if you start to feel the effect. Grip tape—any time you feel like it, you can replace it. There are also times when trucks start to squeak, in this case, check the pivot cup, it may need lubrication.

Q: Do I really need protective equipment if I’m not going to do tricks?
A:
Short answer: YES. Longer one: you are not entirely safe even if all you do is ride and you do it cautiously. The world is fast around us, there are cars and people running around; you can fall or get pushed accidentally. At the very least, a helmet is a must. And even experienced riders wear gloves and pads when riding downhill. Better be safe than sorry.


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Publish Date: 2017-12-01 15:13:23