Mountainboard Buyers Guide
The sports we do are potentially dangerous. Get some lessons from an accredited instructor and invest in some decent protective gear. We aim to stock brands whose suppliers stand by their products 100%.
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Most people with generally good balance find all terrain boarding fairly easy to learn and progress fairly quickly. The great thing about this sport is that you are not limited to just hurling yourself down a hill or mountain - riding on flat land, doing tricks at an ATB or skate park, or hooking up to a kite are other ways to get a thrill with your board. It's an excellent sport for kids (6yrs+) and grown ups alike!
All terrain boards are basically oversized skateboards with a few extra bits. They are made up of a deck, trucks and wheels with large pneumatic tyres (see our components guide for more information). You steer the board by tilting the deck with your toes and heels. Some boards come with a brake already fitted but you can buy a brake set up for most boards. Most mountain boards are sold as complete set ups but as you progress you can buy individual parts to customise the board you are after.
When choosing a board you will need to consider a few basic things...your weight, riding style and safety, recommendations vary by manufacturer and we have provided specific board guides for some brands, see below for more resources.
Height and Weight: Lighter riders (under 9 stone/56kg), will need to go for a smaller and lighter board. We keep stock of a number of junior mountainboards which are reasonably priced and make really cool presents. Average sized riders (between 9st/56kg and 12.4st/78kg) will be better off choosing an average sized board that will be big enough to hold you but not be too large. Heavier riders will need to buy a, heavier, tougher board but there aren't too many boards around that will handle more than 115kg/17stone.
Riding Style: Your riding style will develop as you improve and this means you'll probably end up being either a Freestyler who concentrates on jumps and trick riding; a Freecarver who'll get a thrill out of high speeds and big carves; or an all-rounder who can do the lot! Freestylers will need to choose a board that is lighter and shorter to make jumps and tricks easier. Freecarvers are better off using a heavier, longer and more stable board, and all-rounders will need something in the middle of the two.
It is vital that the first thing you learn is how to control your speed and how to stop. This is usually achieved by turning your shoulder into the hill, bending your knees and dropping your bottom to the back edge of the board ( as if about to sit on your haunches) then placing either one or both hands on the front edge of the board and pulling updwards. These techniques are taught at various centres around the country so check out our Mountainboard Ride Guide to find your nearest one. Please make sure they are able to accommodate younger riders as various insurance restrictions apply to different centres. Brakes are available as an upgrade on certain board models, however speed should be controlled by tyre pressure and tuning, so don't just rely on your brake! You can choose your own tyre pressure depending on your ability level and terrain selection so remember that lower tyre pressure means safer and slower descents. Beginners should inflate tyres to around 5 to 15 psi; Intermediate riders will manage well with 15 to 30 psi and Advanced riders, 30 to 50psi.
Tip - Keep a save-a-ride kit with you to sort out any hardware problems you might have. Pop a bicycle repair kit in there too to repair any flat tyres.