Are Pintails Good for Downhill?

If you're wondering if Pintails are good for downhill, the short answer is no. But we've got the top tips to get you speeding down the steeps in no time flat....

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So, Are Pintails Good for Downhill?

While Pintails perform well at cruising speeds on smaller hills and parking garages, there are other decks designed with downhill in mind that make skating fast a much safer and more satisfying experience.

If not for downhill, what are Pintail Longboards good for?

Pintails are a versatile board, and while you’ve probably seen us cruising on some steeps in our Pintail video, when set up with performance components, they are a great option for cruising and carving. Take them on your city commute, anything under 25 mph, small hills, and even flatland.

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If you’re looking to dive into the world of downhill, here’s what to consider:

What to Look for in a Downhill Deck | Standing Platform

A wide standing platform is a key feature on stable downhill setups. Riders are less likely to wobble with their weight evenly distributed across the deck.

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The particular shape and size of today’s fastest boards is part science, part trend. The best racers have sent it into first place on all types of longboards.

Right now, shorter setups are popular amongst the pros, and pros know that the Maven 35 is a no-frills race machine.

What to Look for in a Downhill Deck | Concave

In downhill skating, concave comes into play when you decide that it’s time to slow it down. Most downhill riders prefer a moderate to deep concave that allows them to ground themselves into the top of the deck as well as against the concave.


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Half of skating well is your setup, but the other half is your mindset.

What to Look for in a Downhill Deck | Wheelbase

The distance between your wheels makes all the difference between a responsive or gradual slide initiation. A wider wheelbase means more gripping around corners before your wheels break traction.


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Tighter wheelbases make for easier slide initiation. Shorter wheelbases require less force to push the board sideways. We suggest tighter wheelbases for the experienced freerider because the ability to flow into slides with ease simultaneously increases your chance of highsiding.


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Compared to other skate disciplines, downhill longboarding is in a league of its own. Skating fast and placing first is dependent on setup as well as skill, so practice often and skate safely as you push the (speed) limits of downhill riding!

Still can’t decide which board is right for you? Peep our Pintail Vs. Drop-Through blog to see how the two shapes stack up →

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