Choose Your Right Deck Length & Width
On the market now, you’ll usually find cruiser boards measure from 25” to over 46” in length. Compared to longboards, this deck length is a bit shorter. Compared to regular popsicle-shaped skateboards, this length is usually longer.
Unlike choosing the right deck length for snowboards, you don’t have to worry too much about the cruiser deck length being too short or long for your body type. It generally boils down to your preference.
A shorter deck will allow you to make quicker and sharper turns. Whereas a longer deck will be perfect for carving at higher speeds. If you’re still confused, choose the mid-30s.
In terms of width, most cruiser boards nowadays are around 7” to 9” wide. There’s a lot of legroom for you or your kids. So, you should be fine.
Short cruising board: 25” – 32”
This range is perfect for young and shorter riders. It’s also a great choice if you’re just starting out with skating. You can also get a short one if you’re tall and skillful with your cruising ability.
Mid-sized cruising board: 32” – 42”
This size range hits the perfect sweet spot between “short” and “long” cruiser boards. In fact, it’s one of the most popular choices right now. We highly recommend choosing it if you’re a newbie. This size gives you a remarkable balance that’s just right for all types of riding.
Long cruising board: 42” – 46”+
This particular length range falls into the cruiser “longboard” category. Choosing a long cruiser board will give you an awesome experience racing downhill and carving at crazy speeds on flat surfaces. It’s a great choice for beginners and pro riders alike.
Choose Your Right Deck Flex
What is deck flex?
The flexibility of a deck is its ability (concavity) to absorb shock along your way.
A flexy deck is great for soaking up bumpy roads, tough terrains, and small rocks. It also allows you to ride closer to the ground, making hand sliding a super cool experience.
Also, it helps reduce some of the stress on your knees and ankles. Pushing and balancing on a lower-to-the-ground deck will also be easier and fun.
A non-flexy or stiff deck, on the other hand, is perfect for more stable rides. You can also race downhills on stiff cruiser longboards. We recommend this option for beginners due to its stability.
Small flex deck
As you ride your board over time, it will become more flexy. You can get a flexy board right out of the box. Choosing this option, you’ll have a good amount of leverage through turns. Decks with a small amount of flex can also absorb shock pretty well.
Various flex options deck
Because riders’ weight vary and the weight affects the deck flex, manufacturers now have different flex levels for you to choose. For example, you may see options like: Flex 1 (170 – 270+ lbs) or Flex 2 (100 – 185+ lbs). Others may label their flex levels as Mild, Soft, or Stiff. Knowing your weight, you’ll be able to choose the flex that best fits you.
Stiff decks give you a direct response feel when riding. It’s perfect for downhill racing. Two small drawbacks, however, are that stiff decks are quite heavy to carry around and speeding up is comparatively slow. However, it can be a suitable choice for beginners looking for stable rides.
Choose Your Deck Nose & Tail
On most regular boards, you’ll find the nose a bit longer, higher, or steeper than the tail. There are many variations on cruisers as well like flat nose – kicktail, swallowtails, or drop through.
Again, this comes down to your personal preference and style. Although cruiser boards are not designed to do tricks on, a bigger nose and tail can allow you to do some quick and simple tricks.
With a kicktail
Cruiser boards with a kicktail will allow you to turn quickly, pop up and down curbs easily, and do some tricks. You can step on the kicktail to pick up your board in style. If this sounds like your preferred style, then it’s the way to go!
Without a kicktail
Flat boards are more stable to ride. This is partly thanks to the wide wheelbase (axle to axle distance). If you just need a board for the sake of cruising, one with no kicktail will get the job done. It will certainly make you feel like surfing on the sidewalk.
Remember These 3 Factors:
Deck size: shorter decks are great for smaller and younger riders. They are a bit easier to control for beginners. Longer decks are more stable and give you a great riding experience at high speeds.
Deck flex: A more flexy deck will reduce pressure on your knees and ankles while absorbing shocks on the road. A stiff deck is great for stability. Don’t forget to check the weight limit as well.
Nose & Tail: A steeper and bigger nose or tail will allow you to do some tricks and turn quickly. A flat nose board is great stable rides.
So, keep in mind these three elements when choosing the right size for you. You can mix and match them however you like.
You’re a beginner who needs a board to get around town or your school campus: a mid-sized (around 30” or so), stiff, flat cruiser board would be a perfect choice.
You’re an intermediate rider who wants a 2-in-1 board to cruise and race downhill: a long, medium flex and swept-up tail would be your best bet.
Whatever ways you choose, don’t forget to check the board’s weight capacity and apply grip tape on your board. We hope that you’ve taken away some good ideas for choosing the right cruiser board size. Thanks for reading! See you in our next posts!