Many beginners question whether they should build their own longboard or buy a complete longboard when first starting out. This is a very good question since there are advantages and disadvantages to each option. As you probably already know, longboarding is a very technical sport, and putting together a longboard can be even more technical!
Complete longboards are a good option to choose when first starting out. The advantage to buying a complete is that the longboard is already put together by the manufacturer or by a skate shop. These are professionals who know what they are doing, so you already have a board that will function properly. If you are anxious to get on the pavement, and do not want to be involved with all the technicalities of your longboard, then a buying a complete longboard may be the option for you. You can also, in some cases, try out the longboard to make sure it is the right fit for you before making the purchase.
The main disadvantage to buying a complete is that sometimes, you cannot choose all of the components that go into your board. Some shops that carry longboards do not offer any alterations. This means that “what you see is what you get.” This can be good in that you save money, because the complete can be cheaper overall, but you do not have as many options in your final purchase. However, some online shops offer very detailed complete packages, and you can add or take away whatever longboard components you want.
Building Your Own Longboard
Building your own longboard also has advantages and disadvantages as well. You will need to do a lot of research to build a longboard that suits you well and that functions properly. This can be very time consuming and you can mistakenly order the wrong components for your board. This may result in wasted time and money.
The advantage to building your own longboard is that you can make a truly customizable longboard that fits your needs. You can also add or subtract components to get the exact price you are looking to spend. In effect, building your own longboard can be more rewarding than simply buying a complete longboard.
Before going with any option, make sure that you define what kind of riding you will be doing before making your purchase, as different decks, wheels, bearings, and trucks are suiting for specific riding styles. Always do your research and be sure to purchase the kind of longboard that will best suit your riding style.