There are many different ways mountain board parts can be constructed but they all have the same basic components, these being -1 deck, 2 bindings, 1 leash, 2 trucks, 4 wheels and 4 tires, below we cover them in a bit more detail.

The Deck

The mountainboard deck is the part that most of the other parts are attached to – one way or another – and can be made from a variety of materials, ranging from plywood on the basic models to the composite carbon and glass reinforced plastic used on the higher end models.

The price can vary dramatically from less than fifty dollars for a basic deck to well into the hundreds of dollars for a more specialized or custom-made model. They’re generally between 32 and 44 inches long.

The weight of the rider is obviously of great importance when choosing a board, if you weigh under 110 pounds or so you’ll be fine with a wooden board whether you just want to do downhill boarding or you want to do some jumps. If you’re heavier than 150 pounds or so it’s likely you’d be better off with the strength that a composite board offers – a broken deck isn’t much fun!

The Bindings

Obviously these attach the rider’s feet to the mountainboard, for beginners it’s particularly important that the feet are allowed to move within the bindings.

There are 3 main types of bindings available – Velcro soft bindings, ratchet bindings and snowboard style bindings. The Velcro are more suited to beginners, whilst the ratchet and snowboard styles are better for the intermediate downhill rider.

In addition to these bindings some riders use heel straps, these are back straps used in conjunction with bindings to hold feet in whilst airborne or traveling at speed. Not for beginners and should always be used along with some supportive footwear.

The Leash

Usually in coil form, this attaches the rider to the board and is an important and integral part of any mountainboard. Its primary purpose is to stop a loose board rolling away, potentially crashing into and harming anyone else.

It can also be very handy in saving you a walk to the bottom of the slope to retrieve your board! The normal method of use is to attach one end of the leash to a binding and the other to the rider’s leg above the knee pad.

The Trucks

The trucks are the interface between the deck and the wheels, there’s three main types, these being skate trucks, channel trucks and vector trucks.

Skate trucks are of the same design you would find on a skateboard, they work the same way, with rubber bushes, and tend to be much lighter than the channel trucks. They’re more nimble and easier to turn than the channel trucks but can be somewhat unstable at high speeds. Most beginners start out on a board with skate trucks as they’re much the easier truck to make a turn with.

The channel truck, as the name suggests, is a channel-shaped axle which is bolted horizontally into a hanger, springs are used in the design to give increased stability but the downside is that more input is required from the rider to move the board around and to make effective turns.

Vector trucks are relatively new and are a kind of hybrid between channel and skate trucks, they are lighter than the channel trucks and can handle speed better than the skate trucks.

Wheels and bearings

It’s the roller bearings within the wheels that get and keep you moving, they’re generally contained within a sealed unit to keep out the mud and enable them to continue to move freely.

The wheels are mainly around 8 inches (20cm) in diameter (they can go up to around 13 inches) and a beginners board is likely to come equipped with wheels this size along with plastic hubs as standard. Different hubs are available in varying sizes and materials, the most common materials being aluminum and plastic.

The price can vary enormously from a few dollars for all four up to hundreds of dollars for one depending on the type of material and the finish.

Tires

Similar to car tires there is a many and varied selection available for mountain boards depending on the riders needs, from knobbly treads for rough terrain to smoother treads for use on concrete and asphalt types of surface. Available mainly in 2-ply or 4-ply with the 4-ply being for the rougher ground and the 2-ply the smoother.

The Slope

Yes, I know it’s not part of the mountainboard! It is however an integral part of the mountainboarding experience! Unless you’re planning on spending a thousand dollars (probably a lot more!) on a mountainboard that has a motor (or even fitting a motor to your own board) without the slope there’s not an awful lot going to be happening!

Obviously you’re going to be needing a gentle slope to start with, we’ll cover terrain elsewhere on the site, but the most important thing about any slope you’re planning on using is obviously to check the whole run out first, making sure there’s nothing dangerous on the way down and that you have plenty of opportunity to stop at the bottom before you fly off the edge into a 100ft ravine!

Talking of danger! Please ensure you wear the correct safety gear and a protective helmet as an absolute minimum!

More on safety and safety gear here

Have fun

That’s the most important thing! Well, that and staying safe obviously. We’ve found mountainboarding so far a great way to get fit, see a bit of the local countryside, meet people (folk always seem interested in a mountain board!) and get some fresh air into your lungs!

Before you head off to the slopes tho’ please make sure you keep yourself and those around you safe while you’re boarding and don’t forget to protect yourself from falls by wearing the correct personal safety gear, we’ve covered safety equipment elsewhere on this site.

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