Magic Union Drop Down Longboard Review
Magic Union is not exactly a well-known brand but as proven with this gem here, even the small guys on the block can produce a brilliant longboard. Before I get carried away, this is not a high-end board, suited for pros. It is, however, an excellent beginner and budget skateboard with more than a few desirable qualities.
The deck it self is surprisingly good quality, made of 9-Ply Super-Flex maple, making it very sturdy but still quite flexible. On top of this, the PU shock-absorb ring makes riding this longboard extremely smooth and enjoyable. One complaint that I do have to mention is the bearings, which are just not very durable. A lot of people think this issue can be blamed on the wheels or trucks but both are actually quite good on this Magic Union board. The bearings are without a doubt the issue, making the wheels and trucks look bad. I do recommend throwing an extra 10-15 bucks at it to get some new bearings and smoothen out your experience. Anyway, for a longboard of this price, issues with the bearings is not really something I can complain too much about.
The low center of gravity and sturdy deck make it ideal for downhill, freestyle, and sharp turns. It also has very admirable speed capabilities and good overall performance.
Specifications -What You Get With This Board
Always a good idea to take a look at the specifics to get an overview of what we are dealing with.
- The deck is 41 inches and made of flexible maple with a nice surface of grip tape. 41 inches is pretty standard and a good place to start for any beginner.
- The pattern on the board is heat transferred, which is very nice compared to the sticker option. It also has 5 different, awesome looking graphics to choose from which is always nice.
- This board uses 70mm PU wheels which are also quite standard but gets the job done. They are surprisingly sturdy and work very nicely for sharp turns due to the 7-inch powder coated aluminum trucks.
- The board supports up to 330lbs or 149kilo grams if you are European.
- It also has a PU Shock ring, which does a good job at absorbing bumps and makes for a smoother ride.
- The biggest disappointment about this board was the bearings. It’s an ABEC-11 high-speed chrome steel bearing, but a poor one at that. It occasionally blocks the wheels, which is nothing less than unacceptable. If you are interested in this board I do recommend spending a little more on a new pair of bearings. That being said, with a new pair of bearings this board is incredible and has a very high value for money.
Despite a few hiccups, such as the bearings. This longboard is an incredible value for money deal and even with a new couple of bearings, it will cost you less than most decent boards. Once you add the new bearings it performs very well in terms of speed, as well as in maneuverability. The trucks and center gravity deck makes it very effective in sharp turns, while the wheels and drop deck design also grant very nice speed capabilities.
It excels at freestyling and downhill racing which is also a great type of longboarding to get you started, especially with freestyle. The very inexpensive price tag, as well as its overall performance, makes it one of the better options for beginners and novices alike. It won’t do well in a professional tournament or extreme sports races, but that is not really to be expected from a board that costs less than $100.
While I will happily recommend this board to anyone who is looking to get into longboarding, it is not without a huge BUT. You NEED to buy an additional pair of bearings, but even with the extra cost, it is still one of the best options for newbies and people on a budget.