Freebord’s simulation of snowboarding is the result of years of mechanical development and prototypes. The two center wheels function as the base of a snowboard and allow motion in all directions. The outer four wheels function as a snowboard’s edges and sit slightly off the ground. The result is that you can selectively apply your weight to your edges or your base, determining whether to carve or slide or any combination of those two motions.
Riding a Freebord looks easy, but it’s not. As a beginner, you have to commit to the idea that you’re snowboarding on pavement (not skateboarding). Just like learning to snowboard, it may take several days or weeks to get the hang of it even if you rip on snow. Prior experience in other boardsports, particularly snowboarding, speeds the learning process. See the Learn to Ride section of our website for more details.
Freebording is extremely dangerous. It’s important to remember to always keep your weight on your uphill edge while riding. Dropping the downhill edge will cause you to “catch an edge”, forcing the board to an abrupt stop and making you fall hard. Also, never ride on center wheels only. The board will be unstable and may slide out from under you. Please read this Safety Warning before purchasing or riding a Freebord.
Freebord is designed for downhill riding and doesn’t ride the same as a conventional longboard. As a result, it’s not great for pushing long distances in the flats. Although the center wheels cannot be removed from the truck baseplate, riders can adjust their center wheel height to decrease the amount of rocker on the board.
Definitely. Freebord carves and slides exactly like a snowboard so it teaches and reinforces the weighting and edging skills needed on the snow. Freebord is also an excellent tool for learning how to snowboard in advance of ever hitting the slopes-saving you those first few days of brutal falls.
Yes, every Freebord package comes with S2 Bindings. These bindings are designed for fast and easy exiting. They also provide increased control and leverage in your turns.
That all depends on where you are and what you’re getting. You can get an exact shipping price from the online Freebord Store – just add the items to your cart, enter your shipping details at checkout and click apply. See the Shipping section of the store for more details.
A good Freeborder knows that taking care of your equipment is essential to riding well. That’s why regular tune-ups for your board are a must. The harder you shred, the more often you may need to replace parts and fine tune your hardware. We sell all kinds of replacement parts and components on the online Freebord Store. See the Assembly and Tuning section of our website for instructions.