If you’re new to longboarding, or even if you’ve been skating for years, you may not know much about drop through longboards.
The drop through longboard has a history that is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Like all great ideas it seems to have come out from a few brands around the same time in early 2000.
If you research this you’ll see that Kebbek skateboards out of Quebec claims title to the first CNC made drop through, and Lush Longboards out of the UK claims title to the first commercially produced decks. We aren’t here to settle the debate but the timeframe seems to add up.
New inventions arriving from multiple places at the same time is a commonality in all of history and occurs due to revolutionary changes in technology. This has been happening all the way back to the invention of the first wheel in the world…. But we are here to talk about drop through longboards so lets get back to that!
Why drop through and not a top mount?
The higher you stand off the ground, the less balance you’ll have because the pivot point is lower. Drop through longboards ride very close to the ground to increase stability.
With the deck so close to the ground it’s a shorter reach for your other foot to push, this makes drop throughs superior for longer distances.
Because you ride a drop through with your feet inwards from the trucks, you’ll have less traction. This makes drop through longboards better for sliding. Since it’s more stable it’s also easier to hold your balance during a slide.
Finally, when you foot brake on a dropthrough you’ll find that it’s more controlled. This again is because of the added stability of a lower deck with a shorter pivoting point.
Drawbacks to Drop through longboards
All of the reasons that make drop throughs great are the same reasons that you might not want to buy one. If you’ve been skating for a while and are comfortable on a top mount, than you can get far better traction by having your feet directly over the trucks.
Top mounts make for a classic surfy feel. For people who love snowboarding and surfing this is going to hit close to home. The added pivot makes for far deeper carves and turns. If you never plan on sliding but want to carve, than this is a better fit for you.
Who are these made for?
Anyone that wants to slide, commute, or learn tricks will feel most comfortable on a drop through. For skaters that prefer to freeride, freestyle, or dance the drop through longboard is a clear choice.
Downhillers will generally never ride anything other than top mount because they prefer more control over the board and need the added traction for speed.
If you have experience with a drop through, or anything else to add, please share it in the comments below. Share the stoke!