The Magneto bamboo mini cruiser is probably one of the most popular cruisers on Amazon right now.
In fact, it’s almost impossible to research longboards on Amazon without Magneto popping up.
If you type in longboard, mini cruiser, freestyle longboard, dancer longboard you name it – they pretty much appear for everything related to longboarding.
In this article, I’ll go in-depth and do a magneto mini cruiser review to help you decide if it’s right for you or not.
Honestly, it feels like they came out of nowhere, so I wanted to see if these were worth the hype. I asked you guys what you wanted me to test about it and I also went through an insane amount of their Amazon reviews, so I could get a good idea of how their customers felt.
It feels like Amazon is in a state right now where a lot of products either have really good reviews that were fueled by some sort of incentive or really bad reviews left by competing companies.
And it’s hard to figure out what’s the truth.
So, you know we had to do some investigating and bought their bamboo mini-cruiser out of pocket for a total of $106.61
Dimensions & Weight
Let’s start with the dimensions and weight.
It’s kinda weird because they say the length of their deck is 27.5 inches but I double and tripled checked and it’s 28 inches, which is not a big difference but I’m not sure why they didn’t get this right.
At it’s widest point, it’s actually just under 8 inches. They say it’s a 7.5 inch width which is fine, that’s about right.
The one thing I don’t like is that the board gets thinner as you get closer to the kicktail.
So at the end of the board its around 5.5 to 6 inches which just doesn’t feel right in my opinion.
Aesthetically it looks cool but from a functionality standpoint, I think that’s this boards biggest flaw.
I also weighed it and it’s right around 5 – 5.5lbs if that’s something you were curious about. The Landyachtz Dinghy feels slightly lighter but not by much.
Now for the components of the board, I just mentioned the deck dimensions above, so I’m not gonna repeat myself here.
You can see that it has a kicktail with a subtle nose, so if you want to try some tricks on it you can (not ideal though).
It has a slight concave, which I always like but it comes down to your personal preference.
The one thing that is a little weird is how aggressive the spray on grip is.
It’s not a big deal, in fact some of you might like it for extra grip, but if you’re going to be carrying this thing around, it definitely could get irritating.
Especially if you carry it under your arm, it’s just way easier to scratch yourself up. The grip on the dinghy is way more lowkey.
The deck is made of 5 maple layers sandwiched between 2 bamboo layers.
I just think the overall look of the bamboo looks really cool.
I actually originally thought this was completely made of bamboo but after looking into it more, they do state it clearly on their website and Amazon page that it’s not 100% bamboo.
I did some research on bamboo versus maple and found that if it was made of 100% bamboo, it would be less durable overtime, so using the core as maple seems like a really solid idea from a durability aspect.
But you know I can’t just say that without testing it, so I dropped it against the pavement and hit it against some curbs a few times, nothing crazy – I didn’t wanna overdue it.
But there were no major chips or cracks. The reason I wanted to test this was because I saw a reviews where people were getting cracks in their boards. But honestly when your selling as many boards as Magneto is… you’re never gonna get 100% accuracy.
And I did see them responding to almost every review, so it seems like their customer service is solid, which is always a plus.
The next thing I checked out were their bearings, which are their own Magneto ABEC 5s.
It’s kind of crazy after skating for about over 20 years now, I never fully learned the difference of ABEC ratings, which I’m kind of glad about because after doing more and more research… it doesn’t make that much of a difference.
Especially since most of you watching this are like me and are more into cruising.
Probably the most common complaint I saw on their Amazon reviews was about their bearings… mostly that they were slow and often wouldn’t spin that well.
I remember always hand spinning wheels when I first got them – I’m pretty sure I did that in one of my previous articles, but it’s not an accurate representation of how good the bearings are since they need to be broken in, allowing the grease or lube to settle.
And I have a feeling that most of those bad reviews have to do with people either hand spinning them out of the box and automatically making up their mind that they’re trash.
The other thing I noticed was that the wheel nut was tightened a little too much on two of my wheels and I gotta admit my first reaction was damnn these bearings much be bad.
But after riding them a while, they don’t seem to be that bad.
Most of the difference in bearings is in the durability. For the most part, cheaper ones will have a shorter lifespan than more expensive ones. Don’t get me wrong these aren’t the best bearings and if you’re going to be using it longterm, I’d suggest looking into some Bones Reds.
Alright I just went off on a brief rant, but these bearings are capped with rubber sealed plates on both sides, however you can pop them off fairly easily for maintenance.
Overall, they’re solid – again, the more I learn about bearings the more I realize how less of a difference they really make.
Moving on, the hardware is pretty standard with nyloc nuts, which is just a fancy way of saying they have plastic inside the nut, which prevents them from loosening overtime.
Trucks & Bushings
Now for the trucks and bushings, starting with the trucks which depending on how you measure them are about 7.5 inches from axel to axel.
Now I’m gonna compare these to the bear trucks that came on my Landyachtz dinghy.
On the magneto, there are quite a few of imperfections compared to the bear trucks, now I don’t think this is a big deal, but it just goes to show the quality control difference.
You can see that the geometry of the bear trucks is just more intricate. The kingpin is hollow, making the truck overall more lightweight.
I’m honestly curious if anyone knows the major differences here because riding them side by side I can’t tell a huge difference.
The bushings on the Magneto are according to their website medium stiffness. It sounds about right and compared to the dinghy bushings they’re similar and riding I can’t really tell a difference.
This thing right here is actually a digital durometer (duuuuurrrometer), so it’ll help me back up my claims. I have no idea how to use this thing because you can’t stick it in a wheel and have it spit back 78a, atleast I don’t think.
There are some technical things I need to learn before using this, but I’m excited about it because then I can test everything rather than just read it from the companies sales page and see if it’s accurate or not.
And the final component of this board are the wheels, which are according to their sales page, 60mm 78a.
But what kind of throws me off is that the wheels on the dinghy are 60mm and are noticeably smaller.
I measured the Magneto ones and I’d say they’re right around 62ish 63ish millimeters. Not a big deal honestly, but I’m trying to give you the unfiltered specs.
The other thing I noticed while riding these were that they felt much softer compared to the dinghy wheels.
This is why I want to figure out how to get an accurate durometer read so I can see if it’s actually 78a or not. It also could come down to the material they use? I’m gonna be straight up, I’m not 100% sure and this is an area I need to learn more about.
Spinning the wheels side by side with the dinghy, I noticed that the Magneto ones are a little lop-sided which is probably a quality control issue.
But this honestly sketches me out if I were to ride this downhill and pick up any sort of speed, which I did do… I don’t know it just doesn’t sit well with me and I thought you should know.
Does It Get Wheelbite?
Another one of the top Amazon reviews mentioned how they got wheelbite and absolutely ate it.
Which is not what we’re tryna do, we’re trying to cruise, we’re tryna chill, we’re tryna vibe
So I loosened them as much as possible without it being like super sketchy, and I did get wheelbite, but keep in mind I was turning super aggressively.
If you’re gonna have your trucks tight and do mellow cruising, then odds are you’re not gonna get wheelbite. But at the same time, wheelbite will end your career it’s no joke, so take this info how you want.
Is It Worth It?
Is the price worth it or should you save up another 30-40 dollars and get a Landyachtz dinghy.
Personally if I was choosing between the two I would absolutely wait and spend the extra money on a dinghy. I just think the shape of it, bearings and trucks are superior to the Magneto.
But then again, if you can only spend 75 to 100 dollars on a mini cruiser, it’s not terrible. Like I was expecting it to be a lot worse considering it’s an Amazon board.
Likes & Dislikes
That was a lot, but I’m going to summarize what I like and dislike about the Magneto mini cruiser.
That was a lot, but to summarize, I like how the bamboo board looks – the overall aesthetic is dope. The clear grip is a cool addition so you can really appreciate the bamboo.
But the major downside in my opinion is the shape of this board, it just feels too thin, unless this is for a younger kid.
I felt way more comfortable cruising around town on my Dinghy since the width is pretty much consistent throughout and I think that makes a big difference.
And also, the whole wheel spinning slightly lop-sided kinda freaks me out. I didn’t notice a big difference while cruising but it still just doesn’t sit well with me.