FAQ: What Longboards Are Good For Cruising?
First of all, you can pretty much cruise anything. Weather you want to cruise on a tiny mini-cruiser or on a giant dancer, you will roll down the street either way. However, different styles of boards do lend themselves better to certain styles of riding. This page will help you get a basic idea of what kind of board you should get to cruise on based on what style of riding sounds good to you.
Stable/ Efficient / Easy To Learn:
Above Example: Landyachtz Switchbalde
If the main thing you are looking for out of your cruiser is for it to be as easy as possible to ride, be efficient for pushing from point A to point B, and to have your board feel rock solid table, then a symmetrical drop deck is going to be a great place to start. While drop decks were originally designed with downhill skating in mind, they have some great benefits for cruising. For one, the lower standing platform is going to make pushing a lot less tiring and more efficient. Secondly, they are very stable due to their lower center of gravity, making learning to balance on your board considerably easier.
Surfy / Playful / Carvy:
If you want a cruiser that will feel like you are surfing the pavement, a flexy topmount like a pintail or freestyle deck are great options. By "flexy" we mean that the board itself flexes a bit under the rider's weight. This makes for more "snappy" feeling carves because the flex of the board compressing and decompressing through each carve essentially springs you out of each turn. This makes for a very playful surfy feeling while you are carving around town. Topmount will also provide you with the most leverage over your trucks, making your turns feel more responsive.
Surfy / Carvy / But More Stable/ Efficient (Happy Medium):
If you want something that has a bit of a surfy and playful feel, but don't want to sacrifice too much stability or an efficient push, a drop through cruiser is a good happy medium. A drop through cruiser with some flex to it will give you a bit more of a snappy and sirfy turn, but its lower ride height will make pushing easier / more efficient. The drop through mounting will also give you a lower center of gravity, making the board a bit more stable and easier you get your balance on.
Having a longer cruiser (38" and above) will make for bigger, mellower, arcing turns. It will also give you more standing platform, and therefore more area in which you can put your feet. Longer cruisers are great for those that want a mellow easy-rider feel. How tall you are also can play a factor in what board you should pick. For example, if you are a very tall individual, a really short board is probably not going to give you enough room to stand on for your first board.
The Primary benefits of a shorter cruiser (36" and shorter) are that they are more maneuverable and more portable. A shorter board will have a shorter turn radius, making for a more responsive and snappy turn. Smaller cruiser boards are also easier to store, take on and off of buses, and carry around. If you are a shorter rider, a shorter board can be a bit easier to learn to turn and maneuver on.
This page should give you the basic information necessary to choose a board you will enjoy for cruising. If you feel like you still have questions you would like answered, please feel free to contact the shop by phone at (360) 526-2181, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We LOVE helping people dial in their perfect setup!