Are you curious about the MBS All-Terrain longboard?
Is it any good or just overhyped? That's what I was wondering before I bought and shredded it.
I now have a solid idea of the things I like and dislike about it, which I'll be covering in this MBS All-Terrain longboard review.
If you'd rather watch a video than read this article, check it out below.
Where To Buy?
Check your local shop and see if you can buy it through them. It’s always good to support local.
You can either buy their wheels separately or their longboard complete.
Wheels – Check current price
Longboard Complete – Check current price
Who Are They Best For?
I’d recommend it to someone who’s constantly riding in rougher conditions, wants something that’s a little more foolproof than your average wheel, and doesn’t mind the extra weight it'll add to your setup.
Don’t get these if you’re planning on going completely off-road because you’ll be disappointed. They're tough to ride in mushier conditions.
Wheel Size: 100mm x 65mm
Wheel Durometer: 78a
Weight (1 wheel): 13.6oz
Keep in mind these all-terrain wheels are much heavier than your average longboard wheel since they’re so large. I weighed them and one wheel weighs 13.6oz, so it’s definitely gonna make your setup not as enjoyable to carry around.
From the online photos, I kind of assumed that these wheels were gonna be made of a harder urethane, but they’re actually 78a. Riding them on smooth pavement doesn’t feel noticeably slow in my opinion, so whatever urethane they use it seems solid.
As always, I took their longboard completely apart to inspect the different components, which I'll cover in this section.
The dropdown deck is a really nice way to get lower to the ground since the wheels are massive. You might still think it's too high off the ground, but keep in mind that I'm used to riding surfskates, which are always high off the ground.
The concave I would classify as being medium, it's not too aggressive but locks you in when you're carving. The deck is made out of maple which seems solid but definitely isn't the highest quality.
Are They Really All-Terrain?
These are marketed as All-Terrain wheels, which I think automatically makes you assume that you can use them on offroad dirt trails.
I tested them on pretty much every type of all-terrain scenario I could think of, so let’s start with dirt trails.
These wheels aren’t good for dirt trails where the dirt isn’t compact. So if you’re thinking of taking them on trails that are on the mushier side, I wouldn’t recommend them. They sink in and it’s pretty much impossible to gain any sort of momentum.
The conditions where these things thrived were on harder, compact surfaces. So stuff like gravel roads, rough asphalt that have rocks and sticks. My favorite thing to do with these was starting on pavement, picking up speed and then briefly going offroad, throwing a slide in the dirt and before losing momentum, transitioning back onto the pavement. That’s where I think these make a lot of sense.
I also think they would do really well on cobblestone roads and bike pump tracks that have compact dirt on them. That’s something I really want to try them on eventually, but didn’t get a chance to.
What's Their Traction Like?
As far as traction goes, you can actually slide these wheels pretty easily, especially if there’s some pebbles on the road. And I’d probably guess that’s because there’s less of a contact patch due to the raised-up pattern, but if you’re just cruising on rougher terrain they’re not gonna slide out.
If I had to simplify my description, I’d probably just say they’re a crossbreed of an all-terrain and regular longboard wheel. Heavier on the regular wheel side though.
As far as functionality goes, they almost remind me of the market that Shark Wheels fits into. They’re obviously not for complete off-road conditions, but they’re an in-between.
The trucks are powder-coated 190mm reverse kingpins, which are solid quality. Nothing really stood out about them, other than how wide they are.
The bearings are ABEC 9, rubber cap sealed on each side with separated spacers. I always prefer built-in spacer bearings, but these performed fine. Nothing out of the norm here.
Pros & Cons
Rough Compact Terrain
This board is solid for rough pavement, cobblestone, and anything else that's compact. You definitely don't want to use these for mushier conditions like dirt trails because they'll sink in.
There is some slight concave on this drop-down deck which feels just right in my opinion. But it does come down to your personal preference, so check out the photo above to see if it's right for you.
The urethane that makes up the wheels seems to be decent. I was expecting it to be harder and not as responsive.
I'm not a huge fan of how heavy the wheels are, but there does have to be a trade-off. It doesn't make it easy to carry for longer distances.
While it's nice to be lower to the ground, it also counteracts being an all-terrain boards because the deck bottoms out occasionally.