New to longboarding? Interested in getting involved but don’t want to dish out hundreds of dollars? Well you’re in luck, today we’ve compiled a list of the best cheap longboards all under $100.
Best Longboard Under $75
The Minority downhill maple longboard
A long 40-inch board made of decent material with a wide stable base, this board is perfect for everyday cruising and even a bit of downhill longboarding. With a 37inch wheel base, the board provides a decent amount of stability along with ABEC 9 bearings you’ll be sure to be speeding around with ease. Overall solid build with decent materials
Not a whole lot to be honest, the wheel base could be wider and while the board is produced form a less well-known brand, the quality and durability of the board is uncertain.
A pure maple wood deck and length of 40 inches makes this board a great board for cruising and tackling the odd downhill slope. Don’t let the price fool you, this board is built to last with its 8ply pressed maple deck, aluminium trucks and durable 78A polyurethane wheels with ABEC 9 bearings. These boards also come in a cool vintage graphic look.
Best Drop Through Longboard Under $100
Atom Drop Deck Longboard – 39 Inch
Great shape and perimeter that reduces wheel bite on sharp turns. The board is mad by a trusted brand includes quality-built materials that are sure to provide a quality and safe ride every time. Drop deck longboards are a blast so definitely check out our review of the best drop deck longboards.
The grip tape featured on the board is decent, but it’s not great. But on the other hand, you are paying under $75 for this board and for everything else that you’re getting, it’s still well worth the money. The other issue addressed here are the wheels of the board. Featured on this build are super high rebound urethane wheels, which will provide s super comfortable ride, but bear in mind these are not designed for sliding whatsoever. So, it’s important to keep in mind that the wheels of this board restrict it to only cruising and downhill longboarding. If you’re wanting some wheel to slide with check out our other article here.
A low riding board that provides a smooth ride and ensures maximum stability which is ideal for downhill longboarding and sharp carving. Prefect for commutes and around town skating this board is versatile and guaranteed to give you hours of fun and enjoyment. Due to its unique design and shape wheel bite is never a concern and allows the rider to effectively lean and leverage into every turn. Along with a full maple deck, reverse king pin trucks and a sturdy build this board is a perfect alternative for those who are looking to experiment with downhill skating.
Best Cruiser Longboard Under $100
Yocaher VW Vibe Beach Series Skateboard Longboard Complete Cruiser
A decent deck made from 10 ply maple wood that’s light and easy to manoeuvre for people of all ages! Cool graphics and fishtail design this board is designed to you give you the feeling of surfing a concrete jungle. With its cool design and history of being made by surfers for surfers, this board is sure to help to you stand out from the crowd. The set up comes with ABEC 7 bearings 78A wheels to help give you a smooth and steady ride as you cruise along the coastline. Built form a trust worthy brand, this board is sure to be with you threw countless summers in the future.
Trucks and bearings could use an upgrade further down the line, but for the trusted brand, price and overall quality – this board is definitely worth it.
The most expensive board of the lot, but definitely worth every cent! Smooth, surf style skating perfect for those looking for a board to chill on. It can handle a bit of downhill but don’t expect any intense sliding, carving or tricks to be pulled off on this board.
Well, there you have it! The best cheap longboards for under $100. While all of these boards are great options for beginners and those looking to get started into longboarding or perhaps try a new style of board, these boards should be used for the most basic level of skating. If you’re looking tat tackling nay massive slopes or pulling of some intense tricks, it might be a good idea to invest in a more expensive board specialised in the area you’re looking at. That being said, these boards make the perfect gift for young kids, skating beginners and anyone looking for any easy option to enter the sport, so welcome to skating!
Bonus: Best Cheap Board Under $50
The Chicago Cruiser skateboard
Price, price and price! This as cheap as it gets and if that’s what you’re after, then it’s the perfect choice for you! These boards can come in a bunch of different colours and combos, they’re small and can be easily carried around and due to their complete plastic build, you can rely on them being able to deal with a bit of tough love and dealing with the outside elements.
While great, the moment you’re buying the cheapest board possible its wise to assume you’re going to be missing out on a top tier/quality ride. The short length and basic build can make it tricky learning to first skate the board, and because of its high profile and narrow structure this board isn’t designed for any downhill longboarding of any kind. While great for cruising nice and slowly on flat ground, that’s about where the uses of this board ends.
We’ve gone on record saying how much we love Penny and Nickel boards. While it might not be a longboard it can be still be used to cruise around and get used to the feeling of skating. It’s still pretty simple and basic so don’t expect anything amazing from these boards. However, if you’re after a cheap and easy alternative to help pick up skating these boards could definitely help with that.
Experienced riders will definitely want something that will cost a bit more than the boards on this list. However some folks are just starting out, or looking for a cheap board to beat up on. If you’re not sure if longboarding is for you, but you still want to give it a shot- definitely keep all of these longboards in mind. Happy riding!
by Stephan M.