When I was picking a longboard for cruising in the city, I actually never looked at its weight. Unfortunate to me, I picked quite a heavy one for commuting. And it is important to know how much does a longboard weigh, especially if you carry your longboard a lot or do tricks with it which include jumping or flipping the board. In this post I will describe what makes a longboard heavy or light and provide some of the longboards weight as examples.
How much does a longboard skateboard weigh? Average longboard weight is from 8 to 11 pounds. The weight of longboards does vary and it depends on the size of the deck and weight of trucks and wheels. Longboard decks are made in different sizes and shapes because of the different riding styles they are used for.
As you know, there are loads of different longboards being sold today and they all vary in sizes and shapes. The reason for such variety is that there are different longboarding styles and different kind of boards are needed to fit those. Currently there are four most popular longboarding styles:
And longboard weight between the styles can vary quite dramatically. For example, if we look at longboards for dancing, the weight of such board can easily go up to 13 pounds. The reason being that the deck must be quite big to perform dance moves on. On the other side – commuting longboards can be as light as 6-7 pounds.
What determines the weight of the board?
When talking about what determines the weight of the board, it’s quite obvious – the parts of the board:
- Bearings and other parts
Size and material of the deck
Longboard deck is the most significant factor when it comes to the weight. And there are two criteria which matters here:
- Size of the board
- Material the board is made of
When it comes to size of the board, it can significantly vary depending on type of the board we are talking about. For example, there are some boards which are as short as 30 inches. Such boards could be great for commuting and carrying around in crowded areas. In general, the weight of the board is very frequently overlooked when choosing a commuting longboard. People usually buy a board without taking weight in to account and then suffer carrying an 11-pound longboard through the crowd. I have written an article highlighting what is important when picking a commuting board, check it out here.
Ok, getting back to the size of the board. Some decks also might be as long as 48 inches and some even longer. The biggest decks are usually created for dancing – designed to have enough space for you to perform dance moves on. And of course, such deck will usually weigh much more than the commuting deck.
The second important part of the deck is the material from which the deck is made of. As you might have noticed, there are different materials used for different types of boards. For example, a deck can be made of bamboo, maple, carbon fiber mixed with bamboo or maple, there are plastic decks too.
Of course decks made out of different materials differ in the way they ride. Some decks (usually bamboo) are flex, while maple decks are more stiff. They also differ in weight. Bamboo and carbon fiber decks in most cases are the lightest while maple decks weigh more. And the difference in weight can be pretty big here, in some cases maple decks weigh twice as much as bamboo ones.
Weight of longboard wheels
Wheels are an another part of the board which can really vary a lot in weight. And the reason is that there are many different sized wheels to fit different purposes. Both in terms of diameter and width.
The average diameter of a longboard wheel is around 70mm – 76mm (check out my complete guide on wheels). But it also varies a lot. Some longboards can have wheels as small as 60mm while other longboards can use wheels as big as 100mm. And it all depends on the longboarding style you are going for. If you are in to freeriding, then smaller sized wheels make sense. On the other hand, if you like going off-road a lot, then your wheels would need to be much bigger. Usually you cannot use regular wheels for rough roads.
If you are interested in off-road longboarding or road quality where you ride sucks, then check out my post on selecting wheels for rough roads here. It is a key part of still enjoying longboarding even though low quality roads try to take it away from you.
As the size of the wheels differs from one set of wheels to another, so does the weight. And as with longboard decks, weight of one set of wheels can sometimes even be twice as much. Usually, the average weight of a set of wheels is around two pounds. But if we look at the bigger wheels, the weight can go even up to 4.5 – 5 pounds. This is quite a big difference for a set of wheels.
Weight of longboard trucks
When it comes to the trucks, they make of a significant part of the total weight of the board too. But usually the weight of the trucks does not vary that drastically as with the wheels or the decks.
The average weight of a set of longboard trucks is around two pounds. Of course, the weight is a bit different from one model to another but usually not by much. For example, let’s take a look at the weight of a few of the most popular trucks in the world – Paris and Caliber trucks. Paris trucks weighs 2.02 pounds and the Caliber 2.13 pounds. So as you can see, the difference in weight is really minimal.
Weight of Bearings and other parts
Ok, but what about all of the other parts of the longboard – bearings, risers, washers? Well, of course they do weigh something but it is very small compared to other longboard parts. Also, the variations in the weight of bearings, for example, is close to non-existent. So you shouldn’t really put more thought to it from the weight perspective. Just get quality bearings and forget about them. If you are looking for ones, please see my recommendations, I have found bearings which are really cheap and you can ride them for ages.
Now let’s take a look at different types of longboards and how much do they weigh.
How much does a Downhill longboard weigh?
Let’s start with downhill longboards. Usually the decks of these boards is somewhere within the 35 – 40 inches range. So the size of it is pretty average, maybe even on the smaller size of the decks. But for downhill stiffer decks are needed and so in many cases they are made out of maple. That’s why although downhill boards are not too long but they are not very light either.
Average weight of a complete downhill board is within the 8.5 – 10 inches range. Here are a few really popular downhill boards and their weights:
- Landyachtz Evo – 10 pounds
- Atom Drop Through – 9 pounds
- Loaded Tesseract – 8.7 pounds
How much does a Dancer / Dancing longboard weigh?
Longboards designed for dancing are much bigger than other types of longboards. Their decks are always long (up to 48 inches) and really wide for dancers to do their tricks. Also, they often are mounted on bigger wheels which can roll longer while the tricks are performed.
Decks are made out of bamboo which helps with the weight a bit but these boards are usually still heavy. Average weight of a board for dancing is within 10 – 13 pounds’ range. See a few examples here:
- Loaded Bhangra – 13 pounds
- Magneto Dancing Longboard – 9.8 pounds
How much does a Freeride longboard weigh?
When it comes to freeride, you also do tricks but different kind of tricks when compared to dancing. You still need a bigger board. That’s why size of the deck is somewhere between downhill and dancing decks. Usually it is within the 38 – 42 inches range. Most of the decks are made out of maple so it is on the heavier side. Freeride boards are usually equipped with standard trucks and wheels so no surprises here. Because of the larger decks average freeride board weighs from 9 to 11.5 pounds. Here are a few great freeride boards for comparison:
- Landyachtz Switch – 11.4 pounds
- Sector 9 Rocker – 9.6 pounds
- Arbor Axis Bamboo – 11 pounds
How much does a cruiser / commuting longboard weigh?
Cruiser and commuter boards are the ones which usually vary in size the most. Deck size of these boards can range anywhere from 35 inches to 42 inches. For example, if you are looking for a board to, the board you want will be very different compared to someone who looks for a board to ride longer distances along the beach. So the size of course varies.
Also, you can find cruiser boards made out of all different materials and there isn’t one who would be dominant. That also adds to the big differences in weight. These longboards can weigh anywhere from 6.5 up to 10 pounds. And here are a few examples of great cruising boards and their weight:
- Sector 9 Lookout drop through – 8.7 pounds
- Landyachtz Chief Cruiser – 6.9 pounds
- Santa Cruz Youth Land Shark – 6.6 pounds
As you can see, the weight of the longboard can vary quite a lot depending on the longboarding style. It is always good to check out weight of the longboard especially if you feel that you will have to carry the board around a bit.
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