Are Sector 9 Longboards Good? (Overview)

By Billy | Updated: August 1, 2022 | Longboards

Fifteen years ago, I bought my first Sector 9 longboard.

It’s held up quite well, but it currently hangs on my wall as a memory.

Sector 9 is still going strong, pumping out new longboard models. I’ve had quite a few people ask me about their quality.

Are they still a good longboard brand? Let’s take a look.

Summary

Overall, yes, Sector 9 longboards are decent. I’d recommend them if you’re in the market for a cruiser longboard. The parts they use are of good quality. The weak point is their bearings, which are metal capped.

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Before I cover the new Sector 9 longboard I bought, let’s look at…

Old Setup Analysis

It’s funny now looking back at my first longboard setup from Sector 9. I’ve learned much more about the parts of a longboard and what’s good/bad.

The first thing that surprised me was that they used traditional kingpin trucks with such a long wheelbase. It got the job done, but something you usually don’t see paired together.

The main thing that stuck out was that they used double metal capped bearings. They’re harder to do maintenance on, so you usually only see them in cheaper setups these days.

Now let’s take a look at the parts they’re currently using.

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Deck

The majority of their decks are made of 7-ply maple veneers. Some are a crossbreed of maple and bamboo. They’re still sticking true to their roots of surfing-inspired graphics. My first longboard from them had a photo of glassy a-frame waves, which was one of the main reasons I bought it. Overall, their decks are solid.

sector 9 longboard deck

Trucks

They use their parent company trucks, Gullwing. They’ve been around forever and are of solid quality. There are three types; traditional kingpin (tkp), reverse kingpin (rkp) , and double kingpin (dkp). Usually, they’ll use their rkp or dkp trucks on their longboards. In my opinion, I’d go for a complete that uses their rkp trucks since they’re lower to the ground, therefore less likely to get speed wobbles.

sector 9 gullwing trucks

Wheels

I own a couple of sets of their butterball wheels, and the urethane formula is solid. Even on my old setup, the formula of the wheel is of good quality. I think it’s safe to say any wheels you get from Sector 9 will be high rebound and feel buttery smooth.

sector 9 nineball wheels

Bearings

They use built-in single metal capped bearings. Personally, I like bearings with plastic shields, but since they’re not double metal capped, it’s not a big deal. My main concern is maintenance, and since they’re not capped in the back, you can easily re-lube them if needed.

sector 9 built in bearings

Bottom Line

Out of the box, Sector9 longboards are good. After a lot of use, you might need to replace the bearings.

If you’re a beginner looking to cruise, I’d recommend Sector 9.

Billy

I started skateboarding when I was 5 years old. Picked up surfing and snowboarding soon after. These days, if I'm not surfing, I'm trying to replicate it on land or snow. My goal is to shred, then share my thoughts in an honest and transparent way.
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