I bought this to transit from my dorms to the different sites on campus where I have my classes at. This was my first ever board, so I used this one to learn. It took me about 2 hours to get a hang of my balance and within a few days I was riding around as if I've been doing it for years. After enough research and experience, I'm starting to notice the good things and bad things about this board. As for the good things, it gets a LOT of good comments from people who walk by me. Everyone says "whoah where did you get that board" or "nice board man" and basically everything I've heard from others have been positive, and looking good is part of the appeal for sure. Another good thing is the deck is very sturdy and is unlikely to ever break, even during a nuclear holocaust. The drop deck is also very good for beginners because it keeps you just a bit more balanced and encourages good foot placement. However, it's not without it's faults. At first it was an amazing board but now that I've had it for about 6 months, I'm noticing the shortcomings of it. It is extremely "not smooth" and I can literally "feel" the bearings roll, and it's keeping the board from rolling with ample speed and endurance. The wood, though strong, is brittle, and is chipping away on the edges. The grip tape that came attached onto it is AWFUL, and literally crusted off of it bit by bit, as if the tape was made of spray-on grip. The grip lasted roughly three months before smooth sections were prevalent in the areas where I kept my feet. The wheels are of good quality, but the bearings should be upgraded ASAP. The pivot cups should also be greased or lubed in some way because there was an awful screeching sound whenever I leaned to make turns. After some industrial grease, no more screeching. The bushings are extremely cheap too but shouldn't be a factor in the performance of the board unless I just haven't experienced difficulties with them yet. Overall, this is an excellent beginner board and an excellent hobby board, but after about 6 months, you'll be ready for something new. Also, the drop deck, though handy, is starting to get kind of annoying because of the grooves in the board. I suggest going with a flat board unless you absolutely want to keep the drop deck.