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Riding on Dirt Roads/Pavement
When I think of longboards, I think of riding down hills, cruising around neighborhood roads, and executing some sweet slides when I get enough speed. The one thing that all of these things have in common is that they are on a paved road made out of asphalt or concrete.
There are boards that go off road but we call these mountain boards as they are designed to only go downhill and most of them come with a built-in braking system (If you want to explore this further check out our best selling mountainboard review, the Atom 95X Mountainboard).
MBS, primarily a mountain board company, has created a mix between a mountainboard and longboard. It’s called the MBS All terrain longboard and I thought the crew at Review Longboards should take a look at it to see if it will live up to its recent popularity.
The deck of the MBS all terrain longboard looks very slick and from pictures initially, I thought it was made out of light carbon fiber. In fact, it is simply laminated maple painted stained such deep black that it is hard to tell it is wood at all.
This longboard features a drop deck design of which there are a number of advantages. The primary benefit that it gives riders though is increased stability at high speeds because the design effectively cradles the rider between the two ends.
For carving, the MBS longboard has Navigator Drone trucks. In the words of one reviewer, the trucks “are designed to be a curvy, turny truck like Paris but livelier”. For those who don’t know, Paris is another leading manufacturer of longboard trucks.
Taken off of the board, the Navigator Drone trucks are above average in height which makes them ideal for the MBS All terrain. In essence, these trucks raise the ground clearance of the ends of the board allowing the deck to turn smoothly and quickly.
While the deck is made out of standard maple and Navigator Drone trucks can be found on other longboards, the wheels that the MBS All Terrain longboard comes with are a unique design. With a 100mm diameter and 65mm wide, these wheels are some of the largest that we have ever come across.
Referring back to our guide to longboard wheels, the overall large size of these wheels means that this board will be slower to accelerate but will be able to reach a higher top speed. A wheel design such as this is commonly found in longboards meant for downhill because riders simply want to go fast fast fast.
To improve the traction of the wheels on a variety of different surfaces, the wheels have a layered design. This design creates a number of edges which help provide grip to the longboard even over slick surfaces.
To finish up this description of the overall board, the MBS All terrain longboard uses ABEC 9 bearings and especially shields them using a rubber. ABEC 9 bearings are at the top of the ABEC scale meaning that they are designed with the tightest tolerances and will allow the wheel to spin faster. The rubber shielding is an especially nice touch as it will prevent dirt and other substances from contaminating and ruining the bearing.
Riding the MBS All Terrain Longboard
If I said I wasn’t initially nervous at the thought of riding a longboard on dirt, I would be lying. Dirt is just so slippery and the key aspect of longboarding relies on maintaining solid wheel contact with the ground.
I initially tested this board on a solid pavement to get an initial feel for the board. The board did not roll as smoothly as I was used to which was almost certainly caused by the wheel design. However, less than 5 minutes into an alternating pattern of pushing and riding, the longboard was moving as fluidly down the road as a Sector 9 longboard.
I did notice that the wheels were softer than traditional longboard wheels leading to me feeling less vibration from the road imperfections. Around an hour into riding the board around on flat pavement, I attempted a quick speed check type slide and I had to push unusually hard to get the wheels to lose traction.
Now for the offroad portion of the riding, the part that is perhaps most interesting to readers. Initially, I took the MBS All terrain longboard on a packed dirt trail near my house and I have to say that it did great. It did well around the sharp turns that I encountered and the wheels are just soft enough for me to feel like I was riding on a pavement instead of dirt.
Pushing on the dirt was harder than pushing the board on the pavement but that was too be expected. Where the MBS All Terrain really excelled was going down hills. I found that the drop deck design provided secure spaces to jam my feet into and really control and steady the board when the occasional rough patch came up.
Who Should Buy the MBS All Terrain Longboard?
I think this one is easy to determine. Buy this longboard if you want to explore longboarding on dirt or any surface that isn’t just paved road. I was able to go over small twigs and pebbles, ride comfortably on dirt roads, and still longboard on pavement.
This longboard is a hybrid between a mountainboard and a longboard. If you are interested in mountainboarding but not enough to buy an entirely separate board, buy the MBS All Terrain longboard.