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We Explain Freebording Vs. Longboarding

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Here at GetBoards.com, we're a Top Rated Local® online store specializing in skateboards and freeboards. What's a freeboard, you may ask? It's a specialist skateboard designed to closely simulate the behavior of a snowboard. Let's look a bit more closely at the difference between skateboards and freeboards.

The Trucks and Wheels

Unlike a skateboard, Freeboards have six wheels: Four outside edge wheels and two caster (center) wheels located in the middle of the trucks. The center wheels act as the base of a snowboard. They are slightly lower than the outer edge wheels and can rotate 360°, creating whats known as rocker. This rocker is what gives riders the ability to slide laterally (like a snowboard) much easier than a longboard.

Bindings

Located on the top of the board are two polycarbonate bindings with metal bases that allow the rider to adjust their individual stances. Freebord bindings serve the same purpose as snowboard bindings by giving the rider more control and leverage over the board. However, you're not strapped into Freeboard bindings so that you can step on and off as needed.

Decks

Freeboard decks are quite different than your average skateboard.

  • The overall shape is the biggest difference. Freebord decks have a narrower waist, allowing for more torsional flex which is essential when edging.
  • On top of the waist, the deck is also a true twin tip (same on both ends) unlike most skateboards.
  • Freebords do not have kicktails, although we have tried it out in the past.