The Moose dropthrough longboard is with it’s 36 inches in length and 9 inches in wideness a nice and stable ride.
Like the name suggests it’s a longboard as sturdy as a Moose. It features oversized wheel-cutouts to minimize the chance of wheelbite and is asymmetrical. The shape reminds me of the Sector Nine Aperture which has pretty much the same board-specs but that board is more flexy than the Moose.
The Moose is a pretty allround board and is suitable for a lot of disciplines. Whether you want to bomb some hills, carve down the boulevard or cruise along the coast; this board is ideal because of it’s shape, height and mild concave!
The longboard is made out of 100% deliciously looking Canadian maple wood and has no graphic. I really don’t mind that because the light coloured maple wood is beautiful.
Canadian maple wood is known for it’s stiff characteristics which you really feel in the board and because of the stiffness it gives you quite some feedback about the road. You can eliminate that a bit by putting rails between your board and baseplate.
This also lowers your board a little. The board is originally designed with heavier riders in mind. (180lbs+, then it starts showing signs of flex.)
If you’re a rider who doesn’t really weigh much, like me, the board has almost zero flex. I like a stiff board. I wouldn’t want my board to bounce up while hitting speeds at around 30mph or while dodging bad drivers in traffic.
Get some grip
The board came standard equipped with purple griptape which didn’t have a too heavy grit but not too light either.
Your feet will have a good grip on the board because of the medium concave in combination with the griptape. A little downside is that the nose and tail aren’t gripped but with the right shoes and not too much pressure you’ll still be able to do manuals.
You can always choose to grip it yourself in case you need to pivot unexpectedly or for extra certainty.
The Moose 36″ dropthrough longboard really is a board that wants to stick to the road and is really stable.
I tweaked the setup a bit so it became turny enough to respond to sudden surprises which I may encounter on my happy shredding tour, like magically appearing stones, sticks. trees, cars, cats or unicorns.
Looking for a stable ride? You found it!
The board comes standard equipped with Raw Silver 180mm Amok Reverse kingpin trucks with a 42° baseplate which makes it a pretty good board for beginners wanting to learn how to shred downhill or just to cruise down the block going for a snack at the local supermarket.
A 42°baseplate really gives you a stable ride with not too much lean. I suggest you switch out the original bushing-setup with one of your own liking. Not everyone weighs the same and bushings really affect the quality of your ride.
The trucks come standard with 97A black bushings, a barrel board-side and a cone road-side. A pretty good allround setup with not much to complain about. I switched the standard bushing setup out for my own setup: a green 73A Riptide WFB Tallbarrel* board-side and a standard white 80A cone road-side with cupped washers which gives me a really responsive, almost twitchey, ride.
*(Riptide barrel chart HERE)
I will explain more on bushings, why I mixed up different durometers and washers in a future article so keep your eyes peeled!
Rolling over stones
The wheels on the board are 70mm 85A black high-performance wheels with a 51mm contact-patch.
The bearings are standard ABEC-7 industrial, black bearings. I switched those out for Zealous bearings which have built-in spacers and speed-rings so the only thing you have to do is tighten the nut and no longer worry about them.
The big, black wheels are off-set and square lipped which make them pretty reliable grip wheels. The 85A duro is about right to still grip in hard, tight corners but also gives in enough to let you initiate a slide whenever you want to.
However, if you would really want to learn to slide/ techslide on this board I’d suggest you buy and put on trucks with a higher baseplate angle, for example 50° or even 52°.
Overall this longboard is a pretty good board for it’s value and great for beginners.
It’s also an alright board for some advanced riders who don’t want to spend too much on a board. It holds up really well. I even curbed it a few times without any noticeable damage apart from some scratches. The plies still stick together as if nothing happened.
- Not too flexible – so a pretty sturdy ride
- Trucks are good and stable
- Board has a nice wide platform to place your feet on
- Low, dropthrough design which is great for cruising
- A bit heavy so not too good for freeriding
- No griptape on tail or nose
Would I recommend you this board?
Yes, definitely. It’s good value and a fun board to ride on!
This was my review about my Moose longboard. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Reviewed By Bryan Bouws
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