Welcome to the fantastic world of mountainboarding!

Is it a skateboard ?

Is it a snowboard ?

Is it a mix?

No, it’s a mountainboard!

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Here you will find everything you need to know about mountainboarding, Including, competitions and events around the world, plus much more.

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Mountainboarding, also known as Dirtboarding, Off-road Boarding, and All-Terrain Boarding (ATB)is a well-established, if little-known action sport, originally derived from snowboarding

A mountainboard is made up of components including a deck, bindings to secure the rider to the deck, four wheels with pneumatic tires, and two steering mechanisms known as trucks.

The rugged build, large wheel circumference and high ground clearance of mountainboards make them extremely versatile , enabling ‘Mountainboarders’ (also known as ‘Riders’) to tackle almost any terrain including specifically designed boardercross tracks, slopestyle parks, grass hills, woodlands, gravel tracks, streets, skateparks, ski resorts, BMX courses and mountain bike trails.

It is this ability to ride such a variety of terrain that sets mountainboarding apart from other board sports.

Mountainboard

Deck

Mountainboard decks provide the platform for the rider to stand on and are the base from which most other components are attached to.

Deck generally range from 90–110 cm in length, and can be made using a range of construction methods and materials.

For example, high specification boards may be made from composite carbon or glass reinforced plastics, possibly with the inclusion of a wooden core, similarly to a snowboard deck.

Basic decks are generally made using laminated wood pressed into shape, comparable to a longboard deck although with larger dimensions and a different shape.

Decks come with variable characteristics such as flex, weight, shape, length and tip angle. Some of these variants can be found on stock boards or catered for on custom decks from a variety of manufacturers.

Trucks

Trucks are the components made up of a hanger, damping and/or spring system, and axles which attach the wheels to the deck. They also have the mechanisms required to allow the board to turn.

Skate Trucks

Skate Truck

Skate trucks have a rigid axle and a top hanger, with a single bolt and bushings, also called rubbers or grommets, that provide the cushion mechanism for turning the mountainboard. The bushings cushion the truck when it turns. The stiffer the bushings, the more resistant the mountainboard is to turning. The softer the bushings, the easier it is to turn. A bolt called a kingpin holds these parts together and fits inside the bushings. Thus by tightening or loosening the kingpin nut, the trucks can be adjusted loosely for better turning and tighter for more control. Skate-style mountainboard trucks are similar to skateboard trucks but more robust and with a longer axle.

Channel Trucks

Channel Truck

Channel trucks are common on mountainboards, and are made up of an axles mounted to the truck bottom piece, which is suspended from a top hanger by a kingpin. They are mounted to the deck using nuts and bolts through the hanger part, on an angle, (usually 35°). When the board is tilted laterally the axles turn together to angle the wheels in the direction of the turn. Two polyurethane dampers sometimes known as “egg shocks” are mounted between the hanger and the axle housing on each truck to provide resistance to the lean of the rider during turning. Springs are mounted in the same place with the dampers inside them.

 

Shock and spring arrangement

The ‘shocks’ present in channel trucks are there to dampen the turning system, and help reduce the oscillations of the trucks on the board commonly described as speed wobble. The springs are there to return the deck to centre after a turn has been performed, neither are there to provide suspension between the deck and axles. They have a kingpin that can’t move vertically which prevents this.

Also, the effectiveness of springs as employed in current (2009) channel truck designs is open to debate. In a “Coil over Oil” shock, the extension of the spring is dampened as well as contraction. In a channel truck design, this is not the case as the damper sits freely inside the spring—therefore only contraction is dampened, not extension. This means that when a spring ceases to be under load and extends, it can extend past the equilibrium point.

NoSno Trucks

NoSno trucks use two ‘kingpin’-type bolts to create a floating pivot, an axle with a plate into which the bolts go, an angled base plate that attaches to the deck, and polyurethane bushings to dampen the turn. The amount of turn available in the trucks can be adjusted by tightening the bolts or by using bushings of different hardness. A similar design was adopted by Howla Mountainboards for the limited time that they manufactured boards.

 

Flame Trucks

Flame Trucks are CNC milled High Performance Truck made in Germany. They have a special Mix COnstruction between Matrix Trucks and Skate Strucks. They are very light weight, but are even more stable on Higher speed!

 

Bindings

Bindings involve adjustable straps that hold the rider on to the board while allowing room to move his feet.

  • Snowboard bindings
  • Ratchet-strap bindings
  • Velcro Bindings
  • Bar-Bindings
  • Heelstraps

Snowboard Binding

Ratchet-strap Binding with Heelstrap

Velcro Binding with Heelstrap

Wheels & Tyres

Wheels are made up of plastic or metal hubs and pneumatic tires ranging in size of 8–13 inches. The 8″ wheel has evolved into the best choice for freestyle riding, and also an all purpose wheel for general riding. Larger wheels (generally 9″ and 10″) are more useful to the downhill rider; granting the rider access to high-speed runs and more stability when travelling at speed.

MBS wheel made up of an Aluminium hub and 8″ Tire

Various tyres have been made available by different mountainboard manufacturers, giving riders a choice of tire specifications. For example, the thickness of the tyre is variable between tyres, usually either 2 or 4 ply. 2 ply tyres are lighter, but more susceptible to punctures than 4 ply tyres. There is a variety of tread patterns available, ranging from street slicks to deep tread designed for maximum grip with split center beads to channel water away. Width and diameter is also variable.

Brakes (optionals)

Brakes are generally reserved for big mountain riding where riders need an increased ability to control their speed over long runs. The brakes are most usually attached to both front wheels of the mountainboard rather than the rear to give greater braking efficiency and reduce the chances of the rear wheels locking up and skidding. They are operated via a hand-held lever which when pulled causes both brake mechanisms to work simultaneously. There are four types of brakes used on mountainboards:

Mechanical drum brakes
Those brakes use brake drums attached to the wheel with the 5 wheel-screws (Scrub). They are cheap and brake rigidly but get extremely hot and tend to melt the plastic hub. Good emergency brakes only, not any good for long steep hills. There is currently no heat resistant hub where they would attach to, which could however be easily made of e.g. alloy.
Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Hydraulic disc brakes use rotors attached to the hubs with hydraulically operated brake mechanisms that force ceramic pads against the rotors to effect braking. Advantages include high braking power and reliability. Disadvantages include cost, vulnerability of the discs, heat build up, and weight.
Hydraulic Rim Brakes
Hydraulic Rim Brakes use the hub, or preferably, a bolt on metal disc as the braking surface for hydraulically operated brake mechanisms that push polyurethane blocks against the braking surface. Advantages include good braking power, and good modulation. Disadvantages include possible damage to bearings.
Cable-pull ‘V’ Brakes
Cable-pull ‘V’ Brakes also use the hub or metal discs as a braking surface. The hand operated lever pulls a metal cable to push polyurethane blocks against the braking surface. Advantages include low cost, low weight, and easy installation and maintenance. Disadvantages include low braking power, and the need to be regularly adjusted.

Mountainboard Riding Styles

Mountainboarding has four main styles or disciplines:

Mountainboard

DownHill (DH)

Timed one-man descents. Usually relatively long courses (1 km+) in the mountains. Sometimes referred to as big mountain.

These was the last competitions:

World Downhill Championships

European Downhill Championships

European Mountainboard Tour Downhill

Boardercross (BX)

Boardercross or also called BoarderX or simply BX is a two to four-man racing on a specifically designed track.

These was the last competitions:

World Boardercross Championships

  • 2013 (BukovacSerbia) – (MASTERS)-Diago Anderson FRA;(PRO)-Kody Stewart USA;(LADIES)-Martina Lippolis ITA
  • 2014 (BukovacSerbia) – (MASTERS)-Diego Anderson FRA;(PRO)-Matt Brind, UK; (LADIES)-Martina Lippolis, ITA
  • 2015 (GroßerlachAlemania) – (MASTERS)- Ludovic Faure FRA;(PRO)-Matt Brind, UK; (LADIES)-Simona Petro, ITA
  • 2016 (BukovacSerbia) – (MASTERS)-Pes Pestu ESP;(PRO)-Matt Brind, UK; (LADIES)-Sonya Nicolau, ROM

European Mountainboard Challenge[editar]

  • 2010 (BukovacSerbia) – Marcin Staszczyk, POL; Senka Bajić, SER
  • 2011 (BukovacSerbia) – Marcin Staszczyk, POL; Senka Bajić, SER
  • 2012 (BukovacSerbia) – James Wanklyn, UK; Sonya Nicolau, ROM
  • 2015 (KranjEslovenia) – Dawid Rzaca, POL; Senka Bajic, SER

Freestyle (FS)

The Freestyle is one of the most espectacuar style of riding and it have three comptetion disciplines:

  • Slopestyle: Performing tricks on a slopestyle course consisting of multiple jumps, rails and innovative features.
  • Big Air: Performing tricks including grabs, spins and inverts over jumps.
  • Jibbing: Similar to Slopestyle except with the focus on smaller more technical features such as rails, quarterpipes, drops and smaller kickers.

These was the last competitions:

World Freestyle Championships

From 2005 to 2008 was named Fat Face Night Air WFC

From 2009 to 2010 was named Battle of Bugs

  • 2004 (Weston Super X Arena, Weston Super Mare, UK) – Leon Robbins, USA
  • 2005 (SWMBC, Bideford, UK) – Tom Kirkman, UK
  • 2006 (SWMBC, Bideford, UK) – Alex Downie, UK
  • 2007 (SWMBC, Bideford, UK) – Arno VDV, Belgium
  • 2008 (Bugs Boarding, Gloucester, UK) – Renny Myles, UK
  • 2009 (Bugs Boarding, Gloucester, UK) – Tom Kirkman, UK
  • 2012 (Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia) – Matt Brind, UK

European Mountainboard Tour

  • 2010 – Arno VDV, Belgium
  • 2014 – Matt Brind, UK

Freeride (FR)

Freeriding is a style of non-competitive riding over a range of natural terrain including woodland.

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