I get this question all the time: What is the best longboard I could buy for under $100?
My answer is always the same: The Atom Drop-Through Longboard (41-Inch)
The ultimate combination of quality, style, and affordability, you just simply can’t go wrong with this choice.
Why? Simple, really. Atom has long been known as one of the highest quality longboard product lines, and they don’t disappoint with this 41-inch board. Not only are their products generally top-of-the-line, but they offer a great one-year warranty on this longboard just to ease your concerns.
This board is specifically made for riding low, the way riders love most! It maintains stability unlike any other board I’ve ridden in the past. While that is an excellent feature if you’re having to go downhill, it’s just as easy and fun to ride it around the city streets.
It is built to make it easy for the rider to push, meaning that it makes it that much easier on you and the board to ride around town with. It is made with a full maple laminate deck, giving it a style that is unique and will have your friends marveling in awe. It uses ABEC 9 bearings with a high-speed lubricant, so you can ride fast yet avoid wheel bite due to its one-of-a-kind shape.
That alone makes this board a preferred choice to other boards in a similar price range. After all, one of the biggest problems with cheap longboards is the fact that the manufacturer doesn’t focus on the bearings, often times using low-priced parts to complete the board. These bearings are as high-quality as some that I’ve seen on $200+ longboards.
While you may be skeptical about taking such a board downhill, keep in mind two things: first of all, the bearings and lubricant applied to it means it will be able to handle the speed with no problem. Secondly, the RKP trucks are made for such riding, so it won’t produce unnecessary wear on the board. The wheels are made for such speed!
While it is advertised as a drop-through board, it actually has a small bottle neck that provides the rider a base to ride with and helps set your footing while driving. The deck also has a little arch to it, allowing your foot to control it with ease.
One of the best tips I could possibly give new longboard owners is to properly maintain the bearings. After all, that is one of the best features about this board and it would be a shame to not maintain them properly! What I recommend is to remove them, and then soak them in paint thinner first, let them dry completely, and then use grease to lubricate them. You don’t have to do this every time you ride, obviously, but I highly recommend doing it as much as possible, especially if you plan on riding in the rain (water can get inside them!)
The deck is also an extremely crucial part to having a great board, so it’s important to maintain that as well. If it gets wet, wipe it down and set it to dry as soon as possible. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BOARD OUTSIDE! The reason is simple, the two things that can damage the deck are found outside: sun and water. Make sure it is in a dry, cool location in order to preserve the paint and grip for as long as possible.
Yes! The Atom Drop-Through Longboard (41-Inch) comes with a limited one-year warranty from the manufacturer that covers defects with the board.
The axles are 245 millimeters.
This board was first released in 2011 and has been one of the highest-selling and most popular 41-inch longboards on the market, and there is a reason for that. The bearings alone make this board comparable to some of the more expensive ones on the market. What this board lacks in style in makes up, and then some, in performance. I could not believe just how smooth it rode, both on downhill slopes and in straightaway. Even compared to other boards made by Atom, the 41-inch dropthrough takes the cake by far. If I had to give it a rating on a 1-10 scale, I would give this board an 8.5. There are some small adjustments I would make were I manufacturing the board, but they are so minor they would not affect me purchasing the board, or guide me towards another board.
My name is Vincent Quinn, I live in the suburbs of Dallas Texas and I’ve recently retired and sold off my lawn mowing business. My wife and I have 3 kids that are all old enough to be out of our hair for now. Interesting stuff, I know, but I with so much time on my hands I’ve decided to share my industry knowledge online to give me a project to work on and and to try and help some people out. Enjoy!
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