The Sector 9 Fractal Skateboard is another popular longboard offered by the world renowned Sector 9 brand. Other Sector 9 boards reviewed include the Sector 9 Lookout and the Sector 9 Shoots which are both excellent longboards.
The first thing to notice about the Sector 9 Fractal are the stunning visuals that are painted on the deck. While the crew was testing the board, we got several compliments and reading other reviews, it appears this is common.
Besides the eye-catching design, the Sector 9 Fractal has a pintail deck constructed out of 8 ply maple with drop through trucks. There are many advantages to drop through trucks including increased stability when going at high speeds.
The deck has several cutouts at the front and back of the longboard. While they do look nice, these cutouts actually perform an essential function in preventing wheel bit.
Wheel bite is where the wheels of the longboard hit the deck and usually occurs during sharp turns. With the Sector 9 Fractal design, the problem of wheel bite is almost completely eliminated.
For the actual trucks, this longboard comes with 9” Gullwing Sidewinder II’s and top shelf Sector 9 wheels with 78A hardness and a diameter of 69mm. As normally a set of wheels and trucks like these would cost approx $50 in themselves, the price of this board is unbeatable.
For bearings, the Sector 9 Fractal comes with PDP Abec 5 bearings. These bearings are probably the weakest point of the board but for less than $15 dollars, you can swap them out easily and simply.
To learn more about the best longboard bearings see our article but for this longboard, Review Longboards would definitely recommend the Red Bones Bearings. shown above These bearings will keep your wheels spinning for what seems like forever and increase the quality of your ride.
What makes the Sector 9 Fractal one of the best boards for beginners is the fact that it rides like a longer board but turns like a shorter one. For those who don’t know, shorter boards can typically make tighter turns but longer boards can go faster.
The beauty of the Sector 9 Fractal is its ability to combine the best aspects from each design. Going around tight turns on the sidewalk or road is easy on this board while still allowing the longboard to accelerate quickly and hit high speeds down hills.
The deck has a little flex to it but not enough to be that noticeable. It mostly just aids in giving the rider a better feel for the board. As mentioned before, speed wobbles at high speeds were nowhere to be found on this board due to the drop through trucks.
The Sector 9 Fractal excelled in all of the areas the crew at Review Longboards tested it in. The main use for this board is cruising and commuting and it blew our minds with how well it performed there.
The turn radius of this board is astounding and it was able to take every tight turn you could ever encounter while commuting. As many other reviewers have remarked, “the board handles so smoothly that it made longboarding feel like surfing on land.”
Overall, the Sector 9 Fractal was able to go fast when it needed too, made every tight turn expected of it, and was a stable board throughout. Review Longboards would definitely recommend this board for riders of all types because it can offer different experiences to anybody from complete beginners to experienced riders.
As always remember to stay safe while longboarding. Longboarding can be dangerous and some very small pieces of safety equipment can drastically reduce your risk of injury and keep you riding longer and safer.