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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
Good with Bones Red bearings
By Terra G.
It's a good board, holds up fine, very pretty wheels, every aspect of it is just ~slightly~ below what you'd get with a Sector 9 or the like, except the bearings and the trucks.
Trucks don't matter that much to me, I do some sliding but nothing heavy, and they're very easily adjustable to get a good feel, so the lower quality metal doesn't effect the ride or look in any way.
That said, the bearings were beyond awful, very much akin to what you'd find on a $5 walmart board. Spend the eight dollars or whatever it is to get some Bones Red bearings, they will improve the ride by a hundred times at least, and make this board more than worthy.
Other than that, the blank underside is great, no ugly graphic, so I got to burn my own on with a magnifying glass after making a stencil, it looks freaking awesome but, I get the feeling I compromised the integrity of the wood by burning through the waterproof coating. Likely won't be a problem for a year or two, by which point I'm sure other problems will have presented themselves.
Anyways, very good board, and at the price, it's completely unbeatable, period. If you can't spend more than $80 on a board, get this one, don't bother searching around because you won't find one with as many good pieces, or that costs so little to upgrade, since the only funky pieces are really the bearings.
I'd give it five stars for having such a great ratio of price:quality, but it's really not a "fantastic" board, (didn't cost a few hundred bucks) so it only gets 4 stars.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
Great for a beginner, suggest building off of.
So this board was pretty sweet for me. I ordered 2, one for myself and one for my girlfriend. Neither of us has owned a longboard before, and she just recently taught me to skate on a penny board. With this in mind I am in no way an experienced rider, but I tend to get really into my hobbies.
First look: Board was a bit high off the ground, it didn't bother me because it ran just fine. stain quality on the bottom was decent (I got blue, she got red). Grip tape was applied nicely and, and the whole board had a nice polished look to it. Both of ours were fairly stiff (neither of us being that heavy though). The plastic wrapping was a pain to get off.
First Ride: Turning wasn't very easy, wheels are pretty huge, trucks very tight. I resolved this by simply loosening the master nut on the truck set up, and before I knew it turning became much easier (still no dime turns though).
1-month in: I cleaned the bearings with a bones cleaning kit and lubed them up with speed cream. She functions just fine, however I've looked into building off of this board slowly. Eventually the last thing to go will be the deck.
Let's toss in some stats!
Trucks: 180mm long, decent quality. Diameter is about 8mm (this will come in handy a bit later)
There is 1 speed ring per wheel acting as a buffer between the bearing and the larger axle.
Bearings: mine were ABEC-7, no shields or anything fancy, so make sure you stay on-top of cleaning. 8mm hole This caused some confusion for me and I accidentally ordered the 16pk of bones swiss 7mm bearings. They did not fit.
Wheels: "punked speed cruiser" 70mm, with a 52mm contact. they have a rating of 78a. Please note they also came with spacers to hold the bearings in place. They have decent roll and I see no reason
to replace them in the near future.
Risers: Kinda cheapy looking plasticy rubber, I suppose you could remove them if you wanted to be closer to the ground. They add a little less than half an inch to the boards height, but I'm sure they help absorb some shock.
Deck: hard for me to estimate so don't hold me to it, but it looks to be 7ply maple.
Conclusion: If you're experienced you'd probably be better off spending the extra cash on a higher quality board. If you're new, and just looking to get a new hobby in time for a beautiful summer, this will fit you just fine. You can ride it right out of the box without making a huge commitment if it isn't to your liking. If you do enjoy it you can build off of it untill you've pieced a new board over time.
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The board looked very nice when I opened the box
By Amazon Customer
The board looked very nice when I opened the box. There weren't any chips or scraps. Unfortunately, once I stood on it, the board cracked in the middle of the plys on both sides. Im only 6 foot and 153 pounds. I was shocked! I would not by this brand ever again.