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Longboarding is huge in the States and now becoming pretty popular in the UK and tends to attract
a more varied crowd than skateboarding with plenty of people participating in the sport from teens
to people in their 30s and 40s. Many of the participants are ex skateboarders or surfers and
snowboarders looking for a crossover sport to keep them in shape when there's no snow or the
surf is flat but it's also becoming popular with people looking for a new low impact fun way to keep fit
or get across town. Like most board sports there are several disciplines from downhill racing to freeride and tricks or just cruising around.
My partner has been into longboarding for a couple of years as an ex skateboarder he loves being
back on a board and it keeps his surfing and snowboarding fitness in check when he can't surf or snowboard.When his son wanted to join in we decided to buy the Mindless Rogue as we couldn't
afford to spend a fortune on a board only to find he got bored of it and it ended up lying in the
garage with his other latest fads that wore off in a couple of months.
The Mindless Rogue is a low cost entry level board the board is a flat profile 38" long x 9.75 wide
pintail shape with a 28.2" wheelbase. The deck is made from 9 ply maple with a racing stripe design painted on the underside and black grip tape on the top with a stripe down the middle the board is suitable for users upto 14 stones in weight. The board comes with Mindless Seagull trucks, Mindless
90a bushings and Mindless 70mm 80a Wheels with ABEC 5 bearings.
As an entry level board it really isn't suitable for bombing down huge hills or serious tricks but it can
cope with carving smaller hills or cruising around the streets and some tricks. The board does ride ok
but it does show it's price when ridden back to back against my partners Lush board. Longboard
wheels are larger and a softer compound than skateboard wheels so they can cope with being
ridden over rougher surfaces without chucking you off if you hit a small stone. The wheels on
the Rogue are ok they roll well and are soft enough to roll over pavement cracks and small stones
and give a comfortable ride.
We ended up changing the bushings which are the small rubber cushions which sit above and
below the trucks and provide the flex and cushioning for the trucks. The original bushings on the
Rogue were pretty cheap and not really up to the job and changing them for a decent set did make
a big difference to the way the board rides. Since changing the bushings the board does carve quite
well and doesn't suffer too badly from wheelbite (when the wheels hit the edge of the board making
you stop instantly.)
Ryan loves the board and is happy spending several hours most weekends riding around the local
parks and seafront with his dad but after seeing how much he has used it I do wish we'd spent
slightly more and got a better board with better components rather than replacing the parts on this.
The board does give a similar feel to surfing when you ride it and carving hills shares a lot of skills
with carving on a snowboard so it does make a great crossover sport for surfers or snowboarders
but I would advise paying slightly more and buying a slightly better board with better components
if you intend sticking with the sport.
Overall it's a good enough board to get kids going it's well enough made and with a couple of
upgrades is a decent ridable board. Sadly you do get what you pay for and you will really notice the
difference between this and entry level boards from companies like Lush which are ready to ride
straight out of the box without the need to upgrade till the parts wear out.
The Mindless Rogue can be found on Ebay for around £50 or from skate shops for around £55-£60.