Longboard skateboards have been around for over half a century and have been slowly rising in popularity since the 2000s. Chances are if you are reading this article, you're probably thinking about getting into the sport of longboarding. Unlike traditional skateboards, longboard enthusiasts tend to make their own skateboards. This level of customization could range from someone that has crafted each individual piece of their board to someone that has bought the individual pieces and melded them together. Regardless of the methods, once a longboard has been put together, it is called a complete longboard skateboard. Due to the recent increase in the sport's popularity, more and more beginning longboarders are starting to outright purchase complete longboard skateboards. Most people just don't have the time, patience, or know how to put a longboard skateboard together. Those who have created their own complete longboards in the past generally have a general idea of materials they prefer, the dimensions that fit them best, and know all the little details they want their complete longboards to have. This makes outright purchasing a complete longboard a breeze. But if you don't have a grasp of the options available to you, you could end up paying too much for a complete longboard you don't even want or isn't a suitable fit. There are four major features you should look for when trying to decide on a complete longboard to purchase. First of all, the core truck should be nicely crafted to ensure a smooth ride. This usually means you will have to test out the board the same way you try on a pair of shoes. Speaking of which, do not buy your first complete longboard online as you can't try it out first. You also want the board to have some tough bearings as well. Ceramic bearings are typically better than steel because steel tends to rust over time. The third feature you should look for are soft wheels. This will imbue your complete longboard skateboards with a substantial amount of road grip; however, harder wheels do tend to last longer. Lastly, you want the deck to be flexible so you will have an easier time maneuvering it. Those are the four features and, coincidentally, the four pieces of complete longboard skateboards. All you need are trucks, bearings, wheels, and a deck to get out on the street and start tearing it up longboard style. If you have the time, money, and patience to build your own complete longboards, that's great. But if you don't, be sure to follow the above tips given above before making a purchase you may regret. A final tip: take your time and don't buy the first one that looks good.