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Skateboard Buyers Guide
How to Buy a Skateboard

Warehouse Skateboards offers a large selection of skateboard goods. That’s all well and good if you know what you want, but what if you’re a beginner or a traditionalist who’s been riding the same setup forever? You might need a little help! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to make the right decisions, whether you’re buying a complete skateboard or just picking up some pieces to improve your current ride.

Choosing a Pre-Assembled Skateboard

If you’re a novice skater and you don't want to build a custom complete skateboard, check out our selection of pre-assembled completes. Warehouse Skateboards offers complete skateboards that are built from the same quality parts offered separately on our site.

See our huge selection of complete skateboards in stock.

Building Your Own Custom Skateboard

If you’re a seasoned skater, you probably know exactly what you want. If you need a push in the right direction, below is a list of components to set up your own custom skateboard.

What You Will Need Buying Guide / Size Chart Current Inventory
1. Skateboard deck Decks Buying Guide Skateboard Decks
2. Skateboard trucks (two trucks) Trucks Buying Guide Skateboard Trucks
3.Skateboard wheels (four wheels) Wheels Buying Guide Skateboard Wheels
4. Skateboard bearings (two per wheel, eight total) Bearings Buying Guide Skateboard Bearings
5. Skateboard hardware (set of eight bolts and nuts) Hardware Buying Guide Skateboard Hardware
6. Skateboard grip tape Grip Tape Buying Guide Skateboard Grip Tape
7. Riser pads (set of two) Riser Pads Buying Guide Skateboard Risers

Skateboard Deck Buyer's Guide

Decks


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Skateboard Grip Tape Buyer's Guide

Grip Tape


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Skateboard Wheel Buyer's Guide

Wheels


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Skateboard Bearings Buyer's Guide

Bearings


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Skateboard Truck Buyer's Guide

Trucks


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Skateboard Risers Buyer's Guide

Risers


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Skateboard Hardware Buyer's Guide

Hardware


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Top Selling Completes

Darkstar Grime Teal Complete Skateboard - 8" x 31"
$54.99 sale
reg. $72.99 save $18 (25%)
Penny Plastic Original Black / Rasta Complete - 6" x 22"
$89.99 sale
reg. $100.00 save $10 (10%)
Zero Blood Text Complete Skateboard - 7.62" x 31.25"
$89.99 sale
reg. $119.99 save $30 (25%)

How to Buy a Skateboard Deck

What size skateboard deck should you skate?

Decks come in many different widths. If you are a beginner to skateboarding, choose your deck according to the width, not the length or wheelbase. The width you need depends on your size, skating style and personal preference. Here are some general guidelines.

Warehouse Skateboards Deck Sizing Chart

7.5" to 8" - Standard board for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks
8.0" to 8.25" - Skating pools, ramps, and parks
8.25" and larger - Vert, pools, cruising, and just going old school

What type of skateboard deck should you skate?

Let's get some of the skateboard lingo down first. The skateboard deck is the actual board itself. The skateboard deck is the flat, long board that you stand on when skateboarding. Warehouse Skateboards offer a huge selection of skateboard decks in a variety of shapes, sizes, weight and color patterns. Skateboard decks vary in size but most are between 7"-10", and are made of either seven-ply wood, bamboo, resin, carbon fiber, or plastic. Deciding which skateboard deck is best for you depends on what you will be skating and, of course, your personal brand preference.

Width The average width of a skateboard deck is 7.5"- 8.25". 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. Choose your skateboard deck according to the width, not length.
Length The length of the skateboard is measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. Average board length is 28"- 32" but length is only referred to by advanced skaters.
Wheelbase The wheelbase is the distance from one pair of inner mounting holes to the other inner pair. The average wheelbase is 13"-15", and again, the choice is influenced by the skill set of the rider.
Nose and Tail The nose and tail of a skateboard can be hard to tell apart, but most decks provide you with graphics to distinguish the two apart. Also, most skateboard decks have a bigger kick on the nose and mellower kick on the tail.
Mounting Holes Mounting holes are pre-drilled holes where the skateboard trucks are attached. Arranged as two sets of four holes; one set is near the nose, the other near the tail.
Ply When looking at the side of the skateboard deck, thin layers of maple veneer are visible. Layering the wood in a cross-grain pattern creates a stronger board than a single solid piece of wood. The typical skateboard is seven-ply.
Concave The section of the board between the nose and tail curves up slightly on the sides. The concave gives the rider more control and increases the skateboard's strength.

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How to Buy Skateboard Trucks

What size skateboard trucks do you need?

Skateboard trucks are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the skateboard deck. When selecting skateboard trucks, the width of your truck axle should closely match the width of your skateboard deck. The truck size can be measured by the width of the hanger or the width of the axle. Every skateboard requires two trucks.

Skateboard Trucks should match the size of your skateboard deck.

There are several parts that make up the skateboard trucks. The axle is the pin that runs through the trucks to which the wheels will attach. The hanger, usually made of metal, is the largest part of the skateboard truck that is somewhat triangular in shape. The axle runs through the hanger. The kingpin is the large bolt that holds these parts together and fits inside the skateboard bushings.

When purchasing, you will receive the two trucks necessary to assemble your skateboard. Skateboard trucks come in various sizes and colors, and Warehouse Skateboards carries a huge selection of brands to fit your personal preference.

6"-7.25" truck axle - 6.5" to 7.25" skateboard decks
7.5" truck axle - 7.25 to 7.5" skateboard decks
7.75" truck axle - 7.5” to 8" skateboard decks
8.0" truck axle - 8” to 8.5" skateboard decks
8.5" truck axle - 8.5” to 9" skateboard decks
9.0" truck axle - 9” to 10” skateboard decks
10.0" truck axle - 10” and above skateboard decks

What truck profile height do I need?

Truck profile is the distance between the bottom of the skate deck and the hanger. In general, a mid-sized truck works well for most skateboarders, but high or low trucks may be preferred for different styles of skating.

LOW
Provides extra stability for flip tricks, designed for small wheels (50-53mm wheel size recommended)

MID
Good all-around profile for street or park (53-56mm wheel size recommended)

HIGH
Great for cruising and carving, designed for large wheels (56mm+ wheel size recommended)

Skateboard Trucks, high, mid, and low

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Top Selling Trucks

Venture 5.0" Lo Silver Skateboard Trucks - 7.75" Axle
$34.99 sale
reg. $44.99 save $10 (22%)

How to Buy Skateboard Wheels

What size diameter skateboard wheels do you need?

Skateboard wheels vary in color, size, and durability. Skateboard wheels are most commonly made of polyurethane. The diameter and durometer of the wheel affect the way the board rides. The diameter and durometer are a matter of personal preference and skating style.

Diameter is the size of the wheel when measured from top to bottom. All Skateboard wheels are measured in millimeters (mm). The smaller the number, the smaller the wheel. Smaller wheels are slower; bigger wheels are faster.

50-53mm Small, slower wheels; stable for trick riding and smaller riders skating street, skate parks, and bowls.
54-59mm Average wheel size for beginners and bigger riders skating street, skate parks, bowls, and vert ramps.
60mm + Specialty riders skating longboards, old-school boards, downhill, and dirt boards; made for speed and rougher surfaces.

Skateboard Trucks Diameter

What durometer skateboard wheels do I need?

Durometer measures the wheel’s hardness. Harder wheels are faster; softer wheels are slower but have better grip.

Skateboard wheel durometer is usually measured on a Durometer A Scale which goes from 1-100 to measure hardness. Some companies use the B Scale which measures 20 points lower, allowing the scale to be extended by 20 points for harder wheels. For instance, an 80b durometer is the same as 100a durometer. These skateboard wheels have a larger and more accurate range of hardness. The average wheel durometer is 99a.

78a-87a Soft wheels good for rough surfaces, longboards, or street boards that need lots of grip to easily roll over cracks and pebbles. Designed for smooth rides, cruising, longboards, hills, and rough surfaces.
88a-95a Slightly harder and faster with a little less grip, but the grip is still good. Good for street and rough surfaces.
96a-99a Nice speed and grip-- an all-around good wheel. Great for beginners skating street, skate parks, ramps, pools, and other smooth surfaces.
101a + Hardest and fastest wheel with the least grip. Ineffective on slick and rough surfaces. These are pro wheels.
83b-84b Wheels using the B scale are extremely hard, measuring 20 points lower than the the A Scale in order to allow the scale to extend another 20 points for harder wheels.
Skateboard Trucks at Warehouse Skateboards

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How to Buy Skateboard Bearings

What size skateboard bearings do I need for my skateboard wheels?

All skateboard bearings are the same size, so you don't need to worry about size when selecting bearings. However, the ABEC rating denotes the quality of materials and precision used in manufacturing the bearing. Higher rated bearings are higher quality.

Skateboard bearings are used to mount the skateboard wheels to the skateboard axle. Skateboard bearings are all the same size and will fit any skateboard wheel that Warehouse Skateboards sells.

While they do not vary in size, they do vary in quality. The rule of thumb tends to be that the more expensive the skateboard bearings, the higher the quality. Cheaper bearings are typically made of lower quality materials, which can get deformed or break completely under the pressure of skateboarding. Inexpensive bearings may also not be sealed as well, resulting in dirt and debris in your bearings that will slow your board down dramatically. The more expensive skateboard bearings are sealed, with higher precession machining, and higher-quality metals. They will remain fast and precise over time with proper maintenance.

Skateboard Bearings at warehouse skateboads

ABEC ratings

Most bearings are measured by an ABEC rating. The higher the ABEC rating, the more accurate and precise the bearing will be. This rating system includes grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. The closer you get to an ABEC 9 rating, the faster you will go and the less friction you will have when skateboarding.

ABEC 1 skateboard bearings tend to be the least expensive, most crude, and least precise.
ABEC 3 skateboard bearings tend to be inexpensive and do not roll very smoothly or quickly.
ABEC 5 skateboard bearings are the norm in skateboarding. With this rating you get a good amount of speed at an average cost.
ABEC 7 skateboard bearings are very fast and smooth and tend to be slightly more expensive.
ABEC 9 and higher skateboard bearings are extremely fast and are used more for downhill skating and skaters that want to go insanely fast.

Many companies do not use the ABEC rating scale, such as Bones Bearings. Bones Bearings uses their own rating system known as Skate Rated. These bearings do not follow the ABEC ratings because they are superior in quality and the ABEC rating ignores many quality factors in which Bones Bearings prides itself.

Check out the wide variety of skateboard bearings in stock.
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How to Buy Skateboard Hardware

Skateboard hardware sizing

Skateboard hardware, also known as mounting hardware, is used to connect the skateboard trucks to the skateboard deck. Skateboard hardware refers to the nuts, bolts, locknuts, and screws used when building a skateboard. The screws can have an Allen or Phillips head. Skateboard hardware comes in many different lengths, and often includes one different colored bolt so that the rider can mark the nose of the skateboard.

Skateboard Hardware at Warehouse Skateboards

Each skateboard hardware set includes 8 bolts and 8 locknuts. The set will be used to attach the skateboard truck to the skateboard deck. If you are looking to buy bolts and locknuts individually, you can certainly purchase them that way as well by searching our skateboard hardware inventory from low to high price.

What size hardware do I need to put together my skateboard?

7/8" to 1" hardware - no riser
1" to 1 1/8" hardware - 1/8" riser
1 1/4" hardware - 1/4" riser
1 1/2" hardware - 1/2" riser

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How to Buy Skateboard Grip Tape

Grip tape is sold in single sheets that are 9" X 33". The bottom of the sheet will peel off, revealing a very sticky underside that will stick to the top of the skateboard deck. Once applied to your skateboard, use a box cutter or razor blade to cut your grip tape to fit your skateboard deck exactly.

Skateboard Grip Tape at Warehouse Skateboards

What is skateboard grip tape?

Grip tape is a gritty, sandpaper-like material that is applied with adhesive to the top of the skateboard deck to provide traction. Grip tape allows the rider's feet to grip the surface of the skateboard deck and helps the skater stay on the board while doing tricks. Warehouse Skateboards offers a variety of colors and patterns of grip tape. Grip tape can be used to brighten a board, add texture, and express your personal style. While grip tape is most often found in black, it is available in clear to allow you to show off a company logo, or die-cut to display a design and/or color of your skateboard deck.

Check out the wide variety of skateboard grip tape in stock.

If you still have questions about skateboard grip tape, please visit our Skateboard Grip Tape Buying and Installation Guide.


How to Buy Skateboard Riser Pads

What size hardware do I need if I use riser pads?

No riser - 7/8" to 1" hardware
1/8" riser - 1" to 1 1/8" hardware
1/4" Riser - 1 1/4" hardware
1/2" riser - 1 1/2" hardware

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Do I need riser pads for my skateboard?

Skateboard Risers at Warehouse Skateboards

A riser is a flat plastic pad that can be mounted between the skateboard truck and the skateboard deck. Riser pads increase the space between the truck and deck, raising the board up so that you don't experience wheel bite. Wheel bite occurs when the wheel touches the skateboard deck during a sharp turn and stops the wheel from rotating. Riser pads come in a variety of colors and thickness levels. Depending on your skateboarding style, riser pads can prolong the life of your skateboard deck by reducing the risk for stress cracks where the deck and the trucks meet.

Skateboard decks that use wheels smaller than 55mm do not typically require risers; however, 1/8” risers can help keep the hardware from vibrating loose.

As the wheels get larger, there's a greater chance for wheel bite, which may cause a nasty wipeout. In general, the longer the board and the larger the wheel, the more height is needed in a riser pad.

If you still have questions about skateboard risers, please visit our Skateboard Risers Buying Guide.



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