Freeriding is one of the most popular styles of longboarding along with downhill and in a way go hand in hand with one another. Freeriding has roots to street skateboarding, which promotes riding freely wherever you are. Main techniques to freeriding are sliding, early grabs, tailwhips, manuals, flip tricks, techsliding, and minor downhill. Freeride is the term for general longboarding; it incorporates many of the definitive techniques of longboarding, making it one style. This allows the rider to be free and to do whatever he wants when going down a hill. As you choose a board, keep your mind open to the many options available for freeride.
For freeride boards are better stiff and symmetrical between 35”-42” with an average wheelbase to give good stability and turn radius. Getting a drop-through will help with slides putting pressure more on the edges of the wheel. Top mount is a little harder to slide because the height of the board puts the rider’s weight on the tops of the wheels. If you can learn to slide a top mount you’ll find it feels more stable.
Getting trucks for freeride with a bushing seat that doesn’t restrict the bushing is ideal. Bushings should be found in the medium range to give you that carve you need to slide. Getting a general and broad setup in respect to trucks is going to help you learn all the techniques associated to freeriding. It allows you to make decisions to your riding style and not have to replace much to get there.
Wheels for freeriding are going to be dependant on your riding style. For a good wheel that is going to slide easy allowing you to slide whenever you want, get a side-set rounded wheel in a medium durometer(80-84a). For more grip in your minor downhill/freeride look toward getting an off-set square lipped wheel, in a low-medium durometer (78-84a) it will give you enough grip you need but will still be able to slip out when you need it.