12 Best Cheap Longboards [2021 Buyer’s Guide]

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Longboarding is gradually becoming one of the most popular sports to a global extent. This is why fans with a longboarding hobby are trying to get their hands on some of the market leader longboarding gears.

However, considering the fact that the market is full of overpriced products, people are constantly looking for the best cheap & beginner-friendly boards that suit their pace and requirements appropriately.

But again, there are tens of thousands of products if not more to choose from, and thus it becomes harder to finalize that one perfect product among the rest. So if you’re a beginner skater boy, girl, or maybe an adult, stay tuned, because there’s some much we need to talk about!

This article will help you understand what criteria should you keep in mind, and I’ll guide you to a list of 12 Best Cheap Longboards of 2021 that I found to be perfectly amazing and suited me well among the rest. So without wasting any more time, let’s get right into it.

12 Best Budget Longboards for Beginners

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I’ve been to the place where you are currently. Browsing through the internet, wasting hours only to get to the conclusion that nothing is as amazing as I want. That’s why I curated this ultimate list of some of the best longboard out there. Regardless of the fact that you’re a beginner rider or a professional super cruiser, this article will get you to a conclusion of which one to choose, along with a very particular recommendation from me. Here we begin!

Coming with about 14 different designs, Volador’s longboards for beginners are some of the best ones out there indeed. I’ve seen the Tribe Feather & Splash in person, and I must say, I’m loving the finishing and quality of these longboards. Definitely, a cheap longboard that for once, doesn’t feel like it.

Unlike most of the cheap longboards out there that hamper the quality of a product just to reduce the price, I believe Volador 42inch freeride longboard did a great job coming up with this particular product.

With a total deck length of 107cm, drop through camber deck of 42 inches, 7-Inch adjustable reverse kingpin trucks, and a wheelbase of 70x51mm 78A PU wheels (kills any chances for a wheel bite to occur), I highly appreciate how the product has been crafted and designed to perfection.

Honestly, I loved how this product has mostly received the best of reviews on the prominent websites, & yet for once, I can agree with each one of them. My experience with downhill longboarding on Volador freeride longboard was phenomenal, & I highly recommend it.

Pros

  • The quality of this longboard is marvelous
  • Wide-Range of Aesthetic Designs
  • Great Riding Experience

Cons

  • The customer service isn’t the best

Playshion is one of my go-to brands for cheap longboards, mainly because their quality never disappoints, even if a product has an affordable price. I can’t say this brand is 100% perfect, but I’ve always had a positive experience with these guys, and there’s not much different for this one either.

Talking about the quality, its wheels are made of Polyurethane & their dimensions are 70x51mm PU, so it’s probably the best they can offer at a price this effective. For those of our readers who weigh under 115kgs and aspire to longboard, worry not.

This one’s made out of Eight Ply Canadian Maple Deck, which means it can take the load of anybody who weighs up to 250lbs, which is great of a weight limit![1]

I remember cruising & trying out an ollie on this one, and nevertheless, its 7 Inch Aluminum Trucks got me just right and the overall experience felt beyond comfortable. So if you’re just starting out or maybe know a few tricks here & there, I think this quality longboards should be a perfect selection for you.

Pros

  • Worth the money
  • Easy to ride
  • Beginner-friendly

Cons

  • The quality of the deck could’ve been better

It’s definitely not one of the best longboard I ever tried, but in terms of its pricing, I’d say Minority’s Downhill Maple Longboard Skateboard is one of the best cheap longboards and is worth the money. It felt just about right for a beginner, won’t recommend it to a professional.

There are some customers who received broken products, but the company’s support staff is pretty generous in terms of their return & refund policies.

The thing is that I absolutely adore its grip tape & decks, at least the one I received had them in perfectly fine and working condition. While I tried cruising and carving on it, this one felt a little cheap-ish, that’s why I’d say unless you’re on a strict budget or don’t want to spend more than this one’s worth, go for a different longboard off this list.

It will indeed get the job done, but it’s not the best in terms of performing professional-level tricks, which is why you might have to purchase another one later on. If you only want one for some cruising here & there, it’s fine. But this is strictly not for hardcore tricks.

Pros

  • Inexpensive and provides appropriate quality.
  • Gorgeous design.
  • Looks amazing.

Cons

  • The quality of certain parts feels cheap.

When talking about a cheap longboard, you can’t expect a super cruiser longboard to fall into the category easily, in fact, it’s rare to stumble across such a product. Guess, what. Apollo’s 38″ cheap longboard is one of the best budget cruiser boards I’ve ever tried.

You get exceptional quality and a brilliant experience, at a price this amazing. This one’s definitely not as inexpensive as the others, but trust me, each penny you invest into this product is worth a dime!

In terms of quality, it’s got a nice and shiny 7 Layers of Hardwood Maple Deck, which clearly shows that the deck’s built quality is magnificent! It’s designed in Germany and above all, you get various color options as well as size options so that you can choose one based on what’s appropriate for you.

Its deck shape is 38×9 Inches, its wheel size is 51mm, & its weight capacity is up to 220 lbs, which is impressive! I’d highly recommend this board considering I had a splendid experience cruising on it. In short, this is undoubtedly one of the best longboards on the market.

Pros

  • Sturdy & Reliable
  • Looks & Feels Premium
  • Amazing cruising Experience
  • Stabilizes itself and the rider on a high speed
  • Perfectly balances the rider’s weight & center of gravity

Cons

  • Load Capacity could’ve been a bit more

Kryptonics Spongebob 36″ is a beginner board, which means if you’re a novice rider, this one’s for you. Honestly, it’s not the best one out there, the quality isn’t as great, definitely could’ve been better.

But if your budget is tight, you have it on a discount, and you love Spongebob Squarepants, maybe consider giving this a shot.

I didn’t feel anything as such wrong with the longboard that I received, it’s got a strong 8-ply maple wood deck, so nothing to worry about. However, its reviews section also includes some customers complaining about the quality of the board.

As per my usage, I tried it out for about a week, and it felt perfectly fine, just not as great as a $79.99 longboard should feel. I tried a downhill once, and it was a smooth ride indeed.

But for the record, the company’s customer support staff is really very generous, and their policies too. So just in case, you encounter an issue with your board, remember that you’re in good hands.

Pros

  • The good quality justifies the price
  • Customer support is appreciable
  • Perfect for Beginner Riders
  • Great set of wheels and trucks

Cons

  • The fitting isn’t the best and might need tightening.

I’ve tried various atom drop deck longboards, but this particular one stood out well. I tried the Dark Tiki pattern of the atom longboard, & I must say, it looks phenomenal and pretty authentic. 10/10 in terms of design!

Talking about the deck, this atom drop deck longboard has a 9-ply Maple Wood laminate of 35mm & has standard kingpin trucks with 6-inch aluminum hangers & steel axles. Wheels are 51mm wide and have a diameter of 62mm.

I think its specifications are pretty much standardized, and they’re perfectly appropriate based on the pricing.

Also, I must acknowledge the fact that I loved cruising on this Atom drop board, and it felt amazing when I tried downhill cruising. The balancing and overall weight distribution capabilities of this drop down longboard are spectacular.

I highly recommend this one because my experience with this super cruiser longboard was impressive!

Pros

  • Extraordinary Design
  • Balances the rider well
  • Has enough surface area to fit one’s legs perfectly

Cons

  • The grip tape & packaging quality could’ve been improved.

I know you guys must be wondering, TWO IN A ROW? Well, I don’t think how clear it might be by know that Atom’s Pin-Tail & Drop Through longboard are some of my favorites in this price range, mainly because they don’t choose to hamper the quality of their products for the sake of reducing the prices.[2]

This is one of the best cheap longboards that for once aren’t cheap at all. In fact, the good quality is exemplary for the competitive products. Its price isn’t as low indeed, but the quality is amazing.

Ollies, Downhills, Kickflips, 360s, I tried all of them, and not for once did it feel like a board that’s under $90. The board really is reliable and feels extremely sturdy in terms of balancing and weight distribution.

Its overall dimensions are 39 x 9.4 x 6 inches, has 8.5-inch aluminum trucks, Abec 5 Bearings & a Maple Wood Laminated Deck, which is prominently the reason why I felt so comfortable cruising on it.

Highly recommend this Longboard & insist you guys give this one a shot.

Pros

  • Comfortable for novice riders as well as pros.
  • Beyond Impressive Quality of Parts.
  • Reliable & Sturdy.
  • Strong yet Flexible. Easier to turn.

Cons

  • The Bearing & aluminum trucks could’ve been better.

What I primarily loved about this longboard, in particular, is the fact that it’s crafted in such fine fashion and above all, the shape it’s been molded into is straight-up impressive!

I absolutely adored the quality of this board because of all the fine elements and parts it’s been assembled with. From having a 7 Ply Maple wood Construction, 70mm PU Wheels, Aluminum 7″ Trucks, SCSK8 Precision Abec 9 Bearings, to an SCSK8 Pro Black Grip Tape, everything’s is perfectly assembled and the screws are tightened well.

I tried a couple of tricks onto this bad boy, and it did not disappoint even a little bit! From ollies to downhill longboarding, it gives you the joy of riding while stabilizing your weight and posture in the most appropriate manner. It’s insanely beginner-friendly!

To be honest, I think the wood & deck quality isn’t much long-lasting, based on what I feel when I touch it, but as per my 3 days’ worth of this review, everything looks perfectly fine.

I’d recommend this to any novice rider who’s starting out with longboarding and is currently on a budget. The design is almost monochromatic, and thus, I vibed well with it!

Pros

  • Comfortable for novice riders as well as pros.
  • Gives a soothing experience to the rider.
  • Balances the rider’s weight very well.

Cons

  • The deck doesn’t feel as reliable and qualitative.

Frankly speaking, it seemed like a toy to me the first time I saw it. With the green wheels & black deck, it looked like an adorable little toy. But trust me, MBS All-Terrain Longboard is far from being a toy.

It’s in fact one of the best novice-friendly longboards I’ve stumbled across while curating this list. It’s built out of great quality parts, and I appreciate the makers for giving the board such balancing capabilities & ergonomic design & shape.

It’s got 100mm x 65mm all-terrain longboard wheels with 78A super-high-rebound urethane wheels, 190mm Navigator Drones trucks, a Sturdy maple wood construction, lam Drop deck for a reduced center of gravity, & Rubber shielded ABEC 9 bearings, which I think are appropriate for the price that we pay to make the purchase.

It felt good as I tried it, although I felt a little 0ff-balanced while uphilling, but the rest is just okay. The longboard balances well on a straight angle surface & downhill cruising, so honestly, it’s nice for beginners. Strictly not for professional riders.

Pros

  • Comfortable for novice riders as well as pros.
  • Beyond Impressive Quality of Parts.
  • Reliable & Sturdy.
  • Strong yet Flexible.
  • Easier to turn.

Cons

  • The Bearing & trucks could’ve been better.

Let’s talk about this board, the Quest Native Spirit Kick-Tail Quality Longboard, A.K.A. a super-cruiser! I say so because trust me when I say this, the wind feels different when you’re riding this fella. I give 10/10 to the experience I had while trying to cruise downhill.

Honestly, the board is pretty impressive, I like it. However, the design’s finishing isn’t great, and I don’t see any issues just yet, but it feels like the print might come off later.

I’m not very certain about it, but it doesn’t look good. Other customers might not even encounter such an issue, it’s possibly a manufacturing fault for a particular piece, and is easily replaceable, so nothing to be worried about.

Otherwise, I absolutely loved the board based on the price segment it’s in and how it feels amazing. It’s got the standard 70x51mm 80A PU Wheels & a 7 Ply All Hardwood Maple Deck.

Pros

  • Quality is appropriate based on the pricing.
  • A Budget-Friendly product
  • Feels amazing while longboarding downhill

Cons

  • The packaging could’ve been better.

Krown’s Elite Drop through complete longboard is the best one out here for absolute beginners. I as a professional didn’t like it very much & feel it’s not appropriate for a pro rider, but it’s got it all for a newbie.

For the record, I liked the quality of the wheels very much, especially for downhill longboarding. Wasn’t the best at uphill but it’s fine.

Trucks are of great quality, perfect for a Sunday smooth ride & they make it easier to take turns. The board is very well designed, that’s why the board feels strong, & yet flexible enough to feel comfortable.

It’s got Canadian Maple Construction Wood, 9.25-Inch x 36-Inch wheels, 7″ Black Reverse Kingpin Aluminum Trucks, & a not-so-great black grip tape. Its dimensions are 9.25-Inches x 36-Inches.

Overall I liked the board and would absolutely recommend it to absolute beginners who also love aesthetic designs, I mean, look at the Rasta Yellow Print! It’s gorgeous!

Pros

  • It’s a great downhill longboard
  • The drop deck is very light and makes it easier to take turns.
  • It’s perfect for beginners.

Cons

  • The grip tape isn’t of the finest quality.

I’m in love with all 4 of the design selections that Nobondo’s 41″ Quality Longboard Skateboard has to offer, especially The Dream Space & Laid Back Shark. Loved how it doesn’t feel like a cheap longboard.

Two of the designs have pink wheels, one has light blue wheels, & one has black wheels, which I honestly feel looks pretty fantastic and aesthetically pleasing!

Its dimensions are 41 x 9.5 Inches & has a qualitative 8-ply hardwood maple deck (more than its competitors), 70 x 51 mm 80 A PU wheels with ABEC-11 high-speed bearing (which eradicates any possibilities of a wheel bite to occur), & has 7-inch aluminum alloy trucks with highly elastic PU shock absorption rings. The controlling mechanism & maneuverability of this board is just mind-boggling!

I’ve tried all- downhill, carving and freestyle riding, as the description of this product, states it’s made to perform, & I can’t emphasize this enough, I WASN’T EXPECTING IT TO BE THIS SOFT AND COMFORTABLE! It’s impressive how the product comes off clean without boasting about its capabilities & doesn’t feel cheap at all.[3]

I absolutely loved this longboard and would recommend it to each and every one of you!

Pros

  • The quality of the fittings & parts is just impressive!
  • Stabilizes & Balances well on high speeds.
  • Looks very funky & aesthetic.
  • Soft wheels
  • Amazing Maneuverability & Controlling Mechanism.

Cons

  • Packaging could be improved.

Conclusion

So guys that was it for today’s article. Fingers-crossed, Hopefully, you enjoyed reading the article & got somewhere closer to finalizing a perfectly appropriate longboard for yourself, which honestly, was the optimal idea or intent towards curating this article & the list. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques 1: How to Choose the Best Affordable Longboard?

Ans: Choosing a super cruiser, or basically, just a normal budget-friendly longboard that gets the job done just as nicely is no big deal if you understand the criteria to opt for and consider making a list of priorities & your purpose towards it. Ask yourself relevant questions, until you get clear justifying statements from yourself.

Ques 2: What is the cheapest longboard?

Ans: Well honestly, I can’t just state one product, in particular, that’s the “cheapest” one out there. New products are constantly up for launch, prices are always fluctuating, so if you look at the bigger picture, there’s no way you can define a product with an “est” word that fits it forever.

However, if you meant which longboard is the cheapest off THIS list, I’d happily tell you two names- The ‘NOBONDO 41 Inch Longboard Skateboard’ & ‘MINORITY Downhill Maple Longboard’ both priced currently (as I write this post) at $59.99 which is the cheapest possible price for a longboard you pay that actually doesn’t feel like a regular cheap longboard.

Ques 3: Is it cheaper to build or buy a longboard?

Ans: It depends. Maybe a pre-made longboard costs you lesser because the makers reduced the cost on some aspect of it that you don’t care about as much, or you don’t have the essential tools. Sometimes building one is a lot cheaper because you use exactly the components that you want, and might even reduce the costs yourself. So, unfortunately, I can’t be very certain about this, only YOU can answer this question by evaluating the situation you’re in.

Ques 4: How much should a good longboard cost?

Ans: A simple cut-to-the-edge answer, anywhere between $60-$200 for a beginner, obviously more for a professional longboarder. BUT, there are dozens of parameters involved here.

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