The Quest Tribes Pin Kick Tail Longboard Skateboard is in the budget range, so is this board a diamond in the rough or just cheap junk? Find out in this expert review.
The manufacturers of Quest – a company called Made in Mars – have carved out a niche in the longboarding market for providing low-cow cost, versatile products for beginner and intermediate riders. At such a low price, we wanted to see if this board lived up to the same standard as their other slightly more expensive boards.
Who said looks don’t matter?
I don’t usually put much focus on the aesthetics of longboards, but this board really is a beautiful looking product. The detailed graphics on the underside has a glossy finish which gives it a luxury appearance. The top of the board is coated with a black high quality grip take, with the white Quest logo in attractive font. The best longboard should have appeal as well as function, without one or the other its not desirable.
Looking at the board from a distance, the pintail shape of the board gives it a lean, almost aerodynamic looking appearance.
If you are new to the world of longboarding, you may believe that the different shapes of a longboard are purely for aesthetic reasons. This is not the case.
The shape of this board has what’s called a “pintail deck”. That means that the board is rounded at the front and tapered at the back. This shape means that when the rider leans on the board, the wheels don’t bite against the underside of the deck. This allows the rider to “carve” on the board and turn in a much tighter radius than conventional boards. Therefore, pintail boards have greater maneuverability and are ideally suited for cruising around town.
The disadvantage of pintail shaped boards is that you have less space for your feet at the back of the board where it tapers in. We have reviewed other boards such as the yocaher professional speed drop down stained complete longboard that you may want to check out as well.
Is the board rugged or fragile?
On a lot of their boards, Quest seem to favor using a 7 ply maple wood deck. Layered decks are stronger and lighter than one-piece decks, and this is fairly standard these days. The whole board weighs a whole 6.8 pounds, compared to other boards that is about average weight.
Longboard decks are usually made from either bamboo or maple wood – sometimes a mixture of the two. Maple wood is slightly heavier than bamboo and has less flexibility in it. Because of that, it gives a harder ride than bamboo boards. The advantage that maple has over bamboo is that it is much stronger and less prone to cracking or chipping – and when you are learning to ride, a strong, durable board is vital!
As we have come to expect from Quest, the other components on the board have proven to be strong and long-lasting. I often recommend people upgrade the bearings on these budged boards, but in this case that really isn’t necessary – the ABEC 7 bearings do the job just fine. Quest has been known to be one of the best longboard brands that you can get, as well as a few others.
Features and Specifications
- 7 Ply Durable All Dense Cold Climate Hardwood Maple Deck
- Durable 70x51mm 80A polyurethane Wheels
- Rugged & Lightweight 7″ Aluminum Trucks
- Maneuverable Reverse Kingpin Truck Configuration
- Precision ABEC 7 Bearings and Hollow 4mm Risers
This Tribes Pin Kick Tail offers a great introduction to the world of longboarding, without the high price and all the bells and whistles of a $200 product. The quality of the components is fine, and the rugged maple deck should survive most of the battering and knocks it will receive from beginner riders.