How to Choose the Right Skateboard Equipment.

What You Need:

  1. Skateboard Deck
  2. Griptape
  3. Pair of Trucks
  4. Set of 4 Wheels
  5. Bearings
  6. Hardware
  7. Skate Tool

How to Choose the Right Skateboard Size:

Everyone has their preference when it comes to the size and shape of their skateboard. In time, you will learn your favorite. If this is your first skateboard, you may want to consider a few helpful tips to at least get your feet off the ground. 

The average Skateboard decks vary in width from 7.5" to 8.5".

When choosing your skateboard, you can use your height, shoe size, skating style, and personal preference as a general guide.

A thinner skateboard may give you an advantage to flipping your board easier, where a wider board will provide more under your feet when airing over transition gaps.

Size Tips:

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

Change your style whenever you want. There are no rules here. 

Just have fun.

How to Choose the Right Skateboard Truck Size:

The width of your trucks will affect the performance of your board, since different truck widths are better suited for certain riding styles.

The standard setup is to have the truck axle to be the approximate width of your deck setup to offer the most stability. 

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” wide and above skateboard decks



Choosing the Right Skateboard Wheel:

Wheel diameter affects how quickly you accelerate and how tightly you can turn. Smaller wheels result in a slower ride, whereas larger wheels result in a faster one. And because they’re lower to the ground and typically easier to control, smaller wheels are ideal for technical or street skating.

You’ll want to look into larger wheel as a beginner or someone who uses a skateboard as daily transportation. The increased diameters offers speed and balance, making them ideal for cruising or vert skating.

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.

Choosing your Skateboard Bearings:

All the bearings provided here are Skate rated.

When choosing a bearing, pick one that suits your needs best.

A standard priced bearing works. The price of a bearing is relevant to the materials used. Higher priced bearings have higher quality materials, smoother raceways, bigger ball bearings, ceramic ball bearings, and or Swiss ratings.

An advanced skateboarder will find more use from a superior bearing. The bearing will be able to handle the additional stress from continuous use. 

A novice skateboarder riding up and down the driveway may not need superior quality bearings yet.

Choosing your skateboard equipment comes down to personal preference and what works best for you. These are just general guidelines. Do what you want.

Put Grip Tape on your Skateboard:

Griptape is that gritty stuff keeps your feet on the board and helps you catch your tricks. 

This is highly recommended to add to your skateboard.

Actually, it is an absolutely necessary component to your board.

We can put it on for you if needed.

When to Add Risers:

The larger your wheels are, the greater chance there is for wheel bite.

A skateboard with wheels 51mm or below does not need risers. 

A skateboard with 52mm - 55mm wheels riser pads remain optional based on personal preference to the rider.

If you're riding 56mm wheels or larger, you should highly consider adding at least some 1/8" riser pads to your skateboard as your risk of wheel bite is much larger this wheel size.

Choosing Skateboard Hardware Size:

If you decide to put risers on your skateboard, you'll need to adjust your hardware size to accommodate the extra height. Consult the chart below to figure out what hardware length matches your risers.

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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