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Choosing The Right Skateboard Trucks

In: Build a Skateboard, How To, Tips & Tricks, Warehouse Skateboards

Have you seen the metal T-shaped pieces on the underside of your skateboard? These are skateboard trucks, and they keep your wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. Trucks are a key component in creating your own skateboard, and they’re composed of several different parts: axles, hangers, kingpins and bushings. Each one of these parts affects your skateboard’s performance.

 

Axle: Long pin that runs through the hanger and attaches to the wheels
Hanger: Large triangular metal piece that runs through the axle and supports it
Kingpin: Bolt that fits inside the bushings and holds the skate truck parts together
Bushings: Soft urethane rings fitted around the kingpin to allow the board to turn

 

Type and size of trucks chosen impact your stability and what tricks you’re able to pull off on your skateboard. You can also adjust trucks in order to perform tighter turns or specific tricks on your board. For easy turning, choose softer bushings; for stiff turning, choose hard bushings.

 

Truck Size

 

Truck size is measured by axle width or hanger width. You should choose a truck axle that is roughly the same width as your skateboard deck, just over or under ¼ of an inch the width of the board. Visit our help guide to view a recommended sizing chart for truck size based on deck size.

 

Truck Profile

 

Truck profile is the distance between the hanger and the bottom of the skate deck. Mid-sized trucks are most widely chosen by skateboarders. Low-sized trucks are designed for small wheels, and provide extra stability for certain skate moves. High-sized trucks are ideal for large wheels, and are made for carving and cruising streets, working well with longboards or cruisers.

 

Trucks also require regular maintenance in order to keep your skateboard firing on all cylinders. Visit our help guide for directions on tightening your kingpin, replacing a broken kingpin and replacing bushings.

How To Build A Skateboard

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After you’ve chosen all the individual parts of your skateboard with our custom builder, it’s time to assemble your board. Follow these steps, and you’re on your way to becoming a serious skateboarder.

 

Materials Needed:

 

  • Gripped Skateboard Deck
  • Skateboard Hardware (Set of 8 Bolts and Nuts)
  • Skateboard Trucks (Set of 2)
  • Set of Bearings (2 per Wheel; 8 Total)
  • Skateboard Wheels (Set of 4)
  • Skate Tool
  • Risers (Optional)
  • Screwdriver

 

Step 1: Install Truck Hardware

 

Pop the screw holes in the deck, insert all eight screws and turn your board over so that the bottom is facing up. If you’re installing risers, start by fitting those onto the screws.

 

Step 2: Attach Trucks

 

If you’re not installing risers, slip the baseplate into the screws to secure your trucks – and make sure your two trucks are facing each other (i.e. both kingpins are closer to the interior and away from the nose/tail). Fasten your hardware with your screwdriver while holding the nut with your skate tool. We recommend you secure screws in a X pattern – start with the upper left, then move to the lower right, and so on.

 

Step 3: Insert the Bearings into the Wheels

 

Remove the nut and washers from each truck axle, and place the bearings into the wheel hole and press down on the wheel to secure it in place. Then insert the bearing spacer inside the wheel from the opposite side, and repeat this process for the opposite side.

 

Step 4: Install the Wheels on the Trucks

 

Slip one washer over the skateboard trucks, followed by the complete wheel and the second washer. Use a skate tool to secure the wheel with a nut, which should allow the wheel to spin easily yet still secure it in place. Repeat this process on all four wheels and you’re done! To view a step-by-step video of this process, visit our help guide.

Choosing and Maintaining Skateboard Wheels

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You’ve decided on size. Style. Deck. Features. Now you’ve got to determine what kind of skateboard wheels are going to get you to where you want to go.

 

There are two main choices in skateboard wheels: diameter (millimeters) and durometer (hardness). Both of these choices are a matter of personal preference, and what you intend to do on your skateboard.

 

Picking diameter.

Skateboard wheel diameter is measured in millimeters and the lower the number, the smaller the wheel. Simply put, smaller wheels = slower ride, larger wheels = faster ride. Smaller wheels make sense for those planning on doing tricks on a shortboard. For cruisers and longboards, larger wheels give you the speed and balance. The most common range for street and park skating is between 50mm and 60mm, while wheels larger than 60mm are usually used on longboards or cruisers. All that said, we advise beginners to start with skateboard wheels in the middle of the range, ~53-55 mm.

 

Picking durometer.

As we mentioned, durometer measures the wheel’s hardness. The higher the number, the harder the wheel, and the general rule of thumb is that harder wheels are faster, and softer wheels are slower and offer more grip. If you’re a street skater, you’ll most likely opt for softer wheels. If you’re going to be at skate parks, harder wheels are best for smooth surfaces.

 

Maintenance.

It’s tough to pinpoint exactly how often you should replace your wheels. Wheels gradually wear down and decrease in diameter with use; so the more often you skate, the more you’ll have to replace. Regardless, you’ll have to replace your wheels at some point in time. Use your skate tool to unscrew the nuts on each axle, and then just slide the wheels off. If you want to reuse your bearings, extract them from the wheels using a bearing puller. You can also prolong the life of your wheels by rotating them periodically. All you have to do is remove them and then rotate them in an X pattern: your left rear wheel becomes your right, and your right rear becomes your left.

What Size Skateboard Do I Need?

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So you’ve made the distinction between a shortboard, cruiser, old school, and longboard. Awesome! Now what?

 

The width you need depends on your height, shoe size, skating style, and personal preferences. Length and wheelbase are essential, but width is the most important part of choosing a skateboard deck. The general idea is this: wide decks are more difficult for tricks but great for stability; narrow decks are great for tricks, but a little less stable.

 

Other factors to consider when buying your deck: length, wheelbase, mounting holes, ply, and concave.

 

7.5″ to 8.5″ is the standard board width for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks.  Decks 8.25″ and larger are best for vert, pools, cruising, and just going old school.

 

It’s not uncommon to change your deck after a few weeks, especially if you skate hard. If you see that your wheels are uneven (wet and cold areas will do this!) or your deck is showing signs of splitting or cracking, it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

 

We have a ton of skateboard decks to choose from. Don’t forget to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter if you ever have any questions!

 

 

SurfSkate Skateboards In Stock Now

In: Fun Stuff, Industry News, New Arrivals, Products, Warehouse Skateboards

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve actually seen skateboarding change due to technology.  Sure, we’ve seen Impact and P2 technology become a reality in a number of decks, and yes, we have to admit that there is a change in feel and pop.  However, we haven’t seen a change in design so much that the actual function of the board itself has transformed.  That’s why when we first saw our first batch of SurfSkate skateboards show up in our office we we’re super stoked.  At first they appear to be normal cruiser style boards with a retro surfboard shape design to it.  If you look a little closer, you’ll see the magic lies in the trucks.  The rear truck is comprised of a wider base than the front truck, which freely rotates a full 360 degrees.  This unique truck design allows it’s rider to mimic the exact motion as a surfboard.  The flex, board shape and truck design allows for full free motion in the front of the board, resulting in the ability to shift your weight from rail to rail and build acceleration in the same way a surfer does to get across the face of a wave.  The fully rotational front truck allows the rider to carve turns in any direction, as sharp as you want and still maintain full control.  Pumping up banks and cruising down hills no longer requires wearing out your wheels by doing powerslides.  Simply shift your weight, feel that front truck rotate and whip a 360 without ever damaging your wheels.  If you don’t believe us, check out the video below!