Your deck’s wheelbase is one of its most important dimensions. It’s the key number that dictates how the deck will skate.
Longer wheelbases (25″ plus) are:
- More stable at speed
- Slower to turn
- Easier to control – more predictable – in a slide
Shorter wheelbases (Sub 25″) are:
- Less stable at speed
- Faster to turn/ more responsive
- Harder to control – less predictable- in a slide
We recommend that if you’re starting out with sliding and downhill, it’s better to go for a longer wheelbase. You’ll have less grip, but you’ll find learning to drift and control grip much easier. You’ll also appreciate the confidence that the extra stability gives you.
More advanced skaters will sometimes prefer a shorter wheelbase for downhill and freeride, as it makes more technical moves easier, has more grip, and is more responsive.
We’ve watched longboard wheelbases get shorter and shorter over the last ten years, but there are still very few people skating really fast on sub-25″ wheelbases. It’s a personal choice… choose wisely!