Hi to all of you good people!
Welcome to the part of the skateboard story where we will thoroughly and fully discuss everything you need to know about skateboard trucks.
Here are some very useful tips, lists and overall things you should be aware of when you want to buy or change your skateboard trucks.
What are skateboard trucks?
They are the T-shaped part that is mounted onto the underside of your skateboard. Skateboard trucks are always supposed to be the same width as your deck width. Basically, the difference between truck width and board width shouldn’t be greater than (over/under) 0.7 cm or 70 mm. It is a standardized system so there are no problems with that.
Why do you need excellent trucks?
The answer to this is a either a long talk or a short ride experience. There is basically nothing you can do or achieve, or learn for that matter, without good strong responsive durable trucks.
And the higher you climb in skill level, with grinding, skating and ollies, the more important your trucks become.
Then comes into play which type of a rider you are, and what feels most natural for you.
- Freestyles (like Rodney Mullen)
- Or Vert skater (like Tony Hawk)
- Street skater
- Park skater
How do you perform, what is best suited for you, and in which way skating has integrated with you?
Ok so let’s get down to business and check the parts of which trucks are assembled, and the materials used.
Different parts of a truck:
[su_tabs vertical=”yes”][su_tab title=”Baseplate”]This is what attaches the trucks to the board.[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Bushings”]Bushings are made of urethane soft rings that are fitted around the kingpin. This will allow you to pivot with your board.[/su_tab][su_tab title=”Kingpin”]It’s basically a big bolt that goes through the bushings, holding together all parts of the trucks. Nowadays, hollow kingpins are very popular. That is because they’re lighter, but with almost the same durability and strength.[/su_tab][su_tab title=”Hanger And Axle”]It supports the axle, which is the largest part of your trucks. The axle goes through the hanger and it’s the part you screw your wheels to.
Width measurements of axle:
- 6-7.25 inches
- 7.5 inches
- 7.75 inches
- 8.0 inches
- 8.5 inches
- 9.0 inches
- 10.0 inches
Basically, there are three types of truck profiles: low, mid-level or medium, and high. If you love to do flips and tricks, then the best truck profile for you is the low level, which is designed for small wheels.
This will provide you with extra stability while you have your way with your board. Mid-sized trucks will suit almost anyone who rides skateboards. It provides good stability and durability. If you are a park or street skateboarder, then this is the truck profile for you. The high truck profile is best for large wheels.
If you own a cruiser or longboard, then the high truck profile is the way to go.
So there you have it, the science and all of its parts. Now let’s talk about how they integrate with your ride style and kit.
Pairing Trucks with Decks
Ok now are going to consider what types of trucks go with which types of decks, and for what style you want to make your skateboard. We don’t want you to make a skateboard for street skateboarding and then hit the ramp trying to do your verting.
So first we are going to go through some basic info about style and when you realize that is your thing we are going to tell you what options to consider when buying your decks, bearings and wheels.
Freestyle or flatland style is basically doing your tricks from the flat ground, so you do your takeoff and make it the most spectacular, hard, and complicated. This style is the basis of all skateboarding and if you decide that you are going to be Rodney Mullen the second, this category is yours to own.
Depending on how you want to base your freestyle, you will choose your deck and with them come trucks that will fit perfectly (because you don’t want anything less than perfect).
The freestyle I will divide into two subcategories so you know what I’m talking about:
Either you are a rider who is more of a footwork guy or you wanna focus more on flipping’ technique. These two matter because it will give you a bit different decks and trucks.
In this category, will get also beginners, because without good footwork, there is no good trick. The decks you will probably want for good footwork is longer and wider than when you focus on flipping style, in which case you will want your deck to be shorter and smaller, which is easier to control, but (big but) it’s a lot less stable.
You want your trucks to be anywhere from ¼ to ⅛ inch shorter than your board width. The best profile for beginners are low profile trucks, as they will offer grand stability, and at the same time, you will get good flipping power.
Don’t go wider or shorter than your deck, it will make the primo flip impossible, even a rail stand will be very hard to do. My recommendation for this are Tensor Trucks (basically they are made to be untreatable).
Then, I would go with Silver trucks (light and strong). Silver trucks are cool for flipping and footwork alike.
If you are an extreme living-on-the-edge kinda guy (or gal), then Ramp and Vert skateboarding is the style for you. I would recommend a wider deck, certainly over 7.75 inches.
Low or high profile, it really doesn’t make much of a difference. But if you want to start how you’re supposed to, then again you will go with low profile.
Contrary to this, I know many skateboarders that will go with their freestyle set and it works just fine on the ramp. Vert is all about speed so the main thing you want is a wide deck and a good set of fast wheels.
Recommendation for vert style:
- Venture (mid) or Royals of course Indys and Destructo are killin’ it in this Vert style.
- Street (and park also) skateboarding (for the ones with real cojones)
Ok this is the most important and coolest style, for the bravest only (who is favorising?). So you want to have it all, because in the park, and even more so in street skateboarding, you need the very best out of your skateboard.
Trucks are the most important part for streeters and park riders alike. The profile is low or medium (medium is for park). You need excellent meat on your trucks, they need to be polished and durable.
Basically you need everything out of your trucks because, you will use it all.
- GrindKing (best ever for grinding),
- Tensors (Rodney Mullen is the best),
- Indy’s (overall highest quality),
- Krux (instant broken-in bushings),
- Fury (but change those bushings)
A few other styles are:
*Big air skateboarding (that is crazy) … just imagine an enormous mega ramp that will give you insane takeoff high into the air.
*Cruising style usually uses high profile trucks and is one of the oldest styles. Basically, cruisers are trying to go as fast and as far as they can without touching the ground. Streets, parks, ramps … anything goes for the cruisers.
*And finally downhill skateboarding is non-competitive and has its own charm.
I hope this was fun, relaxing, and informative. Again, everyone has their own opinion about trucks and what is the best out there. It all comes down to your personal preference and what feels best for you, but you have to start from somewhere.
Farewell and remember the enjoy your skateboard assembly. Be creative instead of buying a complete set, because it is all about creativity through a good time, joy, bravery of defeating yourself and existing in the moment.