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SKATEBOARD BUYING GUIDE

Below is information for first time buyers or anyone new to skateboarding. The easiest thing to do is to buy a complete skateboard. However you can improve an existing/older skateboard by swapping components like bushing, bearings, trucks etc...

Decks Width

The average width of a skateboard deck is 8″- 8.5″. Width is influenced by the size of the rider and the type of riding. Bigger riders and those skating ramps and vert ramps typically prefer a wider deck. Street skaters usually choose a smaller deck. Smaller people may want to start on a smaller deck, however this is all preference. Some small children skate the widest boards! As a general guide at Projekts Skatepark beginners coaching sessions we lend out 8” boards to our customers.

Trucks

Skateboard trucks are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the skateboard and keep your skateboard wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. Trucks need to be the correct size for your deck. Truck companies all have their own sizing guide which can make things very confusing, we have sized our trucks to match deck widths.

Skateboard trucks are composed of several different parts: axles, hangers, kingpins and bushings. Trucks can easily be adjusted to perform tighter turns or tricks on your board, but you can also choose softer bushings for easy turning, or hard bushings for stiff turning. How loose or tight you keep your trucks really depends on how you prefer to skate, but it all starts with choosing the right trucks and building the appropriate type of skateboard for your style.

trucks diagram

Skate Tool / T Tools

A skate tool allows you to swap trucks and wheels easily. It also can change how ‘tight’ or ‘loose’ your trucks are. This is done by using the tool to adjust the kingpin. Tight truck will make the skateboard less wobbly but more difficult to turn. Looser truck will make the skateboard more wobbly but easier to turn. The tightness of trucks is dependant on a skaters preference.

Wheels

Skateboard wheels are measured by both diameter and durometer. Diameter is the size of the wheel, and durometer is the hardness of the wheel. Both of these factors are a matter of personal preference, and what you intend to do on your skateboard. As a general guide at Projekts Skatepark beginners coaching sessions we lend skateboards with 52mm wheels to our customers.

50-53mm

Most common size of wheel, slightly slower; stable for riders skating street, skate parks and bowls.

54-59mm

Average wheel size for bigger riders and people mostly skating bowls and vert ramps.

60mm +

Specialty wheels for skating longboards, old-school boards, downhill, and dirt boards; made for speed and rougher surfaces.

Bushings

The bushings are the soft urethane rings fitted around the kingpin to allow the board to turn and pivot smoothly. If you have a skateboard and the trucks do not turn very well you can try and change the bushings to improve the trucks movement.

Bearings

Skateboard bearings are the round metal pieces that fit inside the wheels to mount the wheels to the axle. Regardless of wheel size, all skateboard bearings are the same size and will fit any skateboard wheel. Bearings start at about £9 and go up to £50, cheap bearings are totally fine, as long as you keep your skateboard dry they should last you a while. You know your bearings need replacing when the wheels stop turning properly.