Lush Longboards Freebyrd Hiro Drop Through Longboard

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Lush Longboards Freebyrd Hiro Drop Through Longboard

The new Freebyrd Hiro is a new graphic on an evergreen Lush shape. Inspired by Japanese artist Utawaga Hiroshige and his landscape paintings. Studied over the years by artists such as Monet and Van Gogh - and now Ben who does the graphics for Lush Longboards! Impressive.

The Freebyrd is a drop-through cruiser offering from Lush Longboards, built low for an easy push and footbrake. A great start to longboarding from the original UK longboard brand - you can't go wrong with this for a first setup.

A drop-through truck mount makes this board nice and low, which translates to easy pushing and footbraking - both essential skills. A rockered maple deck gives a lively flex, and a mellow concave is comfortable underfoot whilst giving you just enough grip for the odd slide or two.

The complete turns on Sabre trucks (either Forged or Cast, depending on your choice of setup) for a surfy, smooth setup. A great place to start out longboarding!


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Lush Longboards Freebyrd Hiro Drop Through Longboard: Precision Complete Spec

The Precision Freebyrd setup is a thing of beauty that you won't find anywhere else. The undercarriage here won't be beaten - not for strength, looks, value, speed, comfort, turns… you name it, it does it. If you want a longboard that will never need an upgrade, that turns smooth and rolls even smoother, then jump right in at the top level Precision setup. Even if you later decide on a topmount - the trucks and wheels will be transferrable to any longboard, and you'll feel right at home, right away.

Lush Longboards Freebyrd Hiro Drop Through Longboard: Elite Complete Spec

The Elite Freebyrd complete - don't let it go because it'll roll forever and you might not catch it up again! If you want to know your board has the best spec going - from built-in bearings to race-level wheels and trucks designed by some of the masters of the craft, grab the Elite setup. Its stable, yet turny, and you won't believe how smoothly it covers ground. Be it smooth or lumpy (like here in Bristol), this one will just eat up anything in its path. Proper job.

Lush Longboards Freebyrd Hiro Drop Through Longboard: Pro Complete Spec

The Freebyrd Pro complete is a fantastic option to get you rolling on really good longboard parts for the best price point possible. No need for concerns about longevity here, this is a proper setup, built to last, that will be your friend and companion for many years to come after you take that all-important first push together.
Length 37.5" / 95.3cm See similar length boards
Width 9.75" / 24.8cm See similar width boards
Wheelbase 26.6" / 67.6cm See boards with a similar wheelbase
Nose Length 3.11" / 7.9cm
Tail Length 3.11" / 7.9cm
Truck Mounting Drop through
Deck Flex Flexy
Concave Deep Concave
Deck construction Maple
Profile Rocker
Wheel Wells Cutouts Wheel Wells

Is the Elite setup worth the extra £47.50?

For only an extra £47.50, you can upgrade the "Pro" setup to the "Elite" Level build.

The Elite setup is a pretty heavy wheel and bearing upgrade over the Pro.

You get Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings - fully shielded, easy to clean, with built in bearing spacers. They roll faster and last longer than the Pro level metal shielded ABEC5 bearings.

The Elite complete also includes Cult Cultron 74mm Longboard Wheels White, poured from a higher grade urethane. Premium urethane rolls fater, lasts longer, and generally injects a whole new level of life into the board - once you've skated decent wheels, you won't want anything else!


Less obvious is the wheel upgrade. Your extra £47.50 gets you a set of Cult Cultron over the Pro build's Lush Smoothie. Apart from the obvious size difference, the Cult Cultron are poured from a higher grade of urethane - an invisible difference that you will immediately notice as soon as you push the board off.

Just like the bearings, the wheel upgrade makes your board roll faster and last longer - what's not to like??

If you look at the SRP difference of these components and add them together you'll see that the upgrade from Pro to Elite represents serious value - trust us, it's well worth it.

Coupled with this, we've noticed that almost everyone who makes it into our shop ends up with an Elite setup - the value is clear once you have the board in your hands!


How about the Precision build?

If you're ready to skate the best setup out there the best of the best, step it up to the Precison Build!

For an extra £70, you get the same wheels and bearings as the Elite build, but with a set of Sabre Trucks Forged Precisions.

Given that a set of these trucks would normally set you back £180, that's a serious value for a serious setup!


Useful Extra Info

Customise your ride!

We can change the truck bushings on this board to suit your weight and riding style!

This way your board will come set up perfectly for you, straight out of the box.

Just refer to the table below and make your choice as you add to cart!

Rider weightBushing Hardness
10 - 50kgsExtra Soft
50 - 72kgsSofter
72 - 90kgsStock Setup
90 - 104kgsHarder
104 - 120kgsExtra Hard
Skateboard Bushings

Some other things to consider...

  • If in doubt - go softer! Turnier boards are easier to balance on, and a lot more fun to skate.
  • If you are "between hardnesses," we would recommend the softer option. So for example, for a 73kg rider, "Soft" rather than "Stock Setup" might be a better choice. Get in touch if you're not sure!
  • if you want a very turny board - say for a dancing longboard - then it's worth going one stop softer than you otherwise would do. Watch out for wheelbite though!
  • Likewise, if you want a board for downhill speed, then go up a step harder than the weight table suggests.
  • You do have a bit of adjustment in the truck's kingpin nut, but we would suggest that if you have more than two threads showing then it's time to go to a harder bushing.
  • If you already have a board (or some trucks!) and you would like to change your bushings to suit your weight, check out our truck/bushing compatability chart!

Lush Longboards Freebyrd Hiro Drop Through Longboard Reviews

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Lush Hiro

Broke my ankle last summer carveboarding so was looking for something a bit more stable, but that can also carve while I get back into it. This board has a great combination of stability and carve potential. It's ideal for cruising along the seafront after work, love it!

Jack C.
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I’ve not skated for at least 15 years, but the Freebyrd was really easy to skate and soooo much fun to cruise around on. Just been skating with my son around the harbour and had a brilliant time!

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Killer Board

Originally purchased the Minnow Elite because it suited my needs and was closer to how 12-year-old me thought a board should look. Then, in a moment of clarity, I realized that the Freebyrd Hiro being a drop-through would be a better fit for my location, intended use, and fear of braking my ***. Adam made the exchange super easy and I couldn't be happier with this amazing board. Incredibly fast delivery. Incredibly helpful advice. So lucky to have found Vandem in looking for my first board in over 40 years.

Ethan D.
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Great board.

Great deck, delivered quickly, what more could you want! Only suggestion is to include an image of someone with the board so size can be seen to scale.

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