If you are new to longboarding and want something relatively inexpensive then the Quest 2012 Classic Longboard Skateboard (40-Inch) will not disappoint.
This pintail concave board offers a similar level of quality to some $100 boards but for about 40% cheaper.
Great Beginners Board
If you are just starting out with longboards and are looking to do some cruising then the Quest 2012 is a fantastic choice. You’ll find it offers a smooth ride and lots of stability, making those long distance rides a piece of cake.
At 40 inches in length and with 70mm wheels this board falls into what I call the ‘all rounder’ category. It is ideally suited for cruising but you could also do some freeriding and downhill on it.
Rugged Build Quality
Strong materials are vital for a beginner board, and this deck is made from sturdy 7 ply hardwood with rugged 7 inch aluminium trucks.
In our tests this board took an absolute battering. My friend Tom weighs 205lbs and he jumped on the deck from a height and the board showed no sign of damage. OK, so that wasn’t a very scientific test, but it goes to show how strong it is!
This board will already offer you stability and a smooth ride (thanks to its soft PU wheels), but if you want to get an even smoother, faster ride we recommend upgrading the bearings to Reds Bearings. These can be purchased on Amazon for around $15.
Features and Specifications
- 40 Inch Longboard
- 7 Ply all hardwood maple deck
- 7-Inch aluminum trucks
- 70mm PU wheels
- Precision ABEC 5 Bearings
Customer Reviews and Scores
This is a popular board among beginners with very few complaints leveled against it. Customers considered it excellent value for money, offering a smooth, stable ride.
The board has little flex in it. This gives the board a firmer ride but also makes it suitable for tricks and freeriding.
This board scored an average of 4.1 stars out of 5 stars across 41 customer reviews and is currently ranked number 9 on the Amazon best sellers list.
In summary, this is a fine beginners board at a low price. It should keep any beginner amused for at least a year before they feel the need to upgrade to something with a higher spec.