Skateboard Buyer’s Guide

Do you want to build a custom complete or a pre-assembled one?

A skateboard is made up of six main parts: the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, hardware, and grip tape. Our skateboard buying guide will provide you with the info that you need to know to get your first skateboard, or create a custom skateboard with the parts of your choice from your favorite brands. You will learn what size skateboard you should get and how much you should expect to spend on a skateboard.  

Skateboard Deck

Choosing your skateboard deck. This is the most fun part of the skateboard buying process. If this is your first time buying a skateboard then pick one from your favorite skateboard brand, skater, or simply a graphic you like. All the boards featured on this page [insert link] are boards good for skateboarders of all levels of experience.

Don’t worry about size or shape at the moment. Oh, by the way there is no such thing as a beginner skateboard. 

The skateboard deck is your base to build upon with many different shapes.

Skateboard Trucks

Ok, you’ve picked out your deck. What size deck did you choose? You will need this information to help you choose your trucks. 

Trucks allow your skateboard to turn, and connects your skateboard deck with its wheels. Trucks should generally be the same width as your skateboard deck. Every setup needs two trucks. Go pick out two trucks in the same general width as your deck [link].

Brand | Truck Width | Deck Width
Ace | 9.00 | 8.5″-9.1″
Compound | 5.00 | 7.25-7.9
 | 5.25 | 7.75-8.1
 | 5.50 | 8.0-8.25
Independent | 109.00 | 7-7.4
 | 129.00 | 7.4-7.75
 | 139.00 | 7.75-8.25
 | 144.00 | 8.0-8.25
 | 149.00 | 8.25-8.38
 | 159.00 | 8.38-8.75
 | 169.00 | 8.75-9.75
 | 215.00 | 9.75+
Krux | 8.00 | 7.75-8.38
 | 8.25 | 8.0-8.5
Sector 9 | 8.37 | 8.25-8.5
Silver | 8.00 | 7.75-8.25″
 | 8.25 | 8.0-8.5
Thunder | 143 | 7.0-7.4
 | 145.00 | 7.4-7.9
 | 147.00 | 7.9-8.12
 | 148.00 | 8.12-8.38
 | 149.00 | 8.38-8.62
 | 151.00 | 8.62-8.85
 | 161.00 | 8.9+
Venture | 5.00 | 7.25-7.9
 | 5.20 | 7.9-8.1
 | 5.25 | 8.0-8.25
 | 5.60 | 8.1-8.3
 | 6.10 | 8.62+

Skateboard Wheels

First, they are not called tires. The most common question regarding skateboard wheels is what kind of skateboard wheels should I get? While there are many factors on picking out a set of skateboard wheels there are only two main factors: wheel size and wheel hardness (durometer).

Size: [this becomes a table]

The best wheels for street are wheels that are between the sizes of 49mm-56mm.  

The best wheels for vert, ramps, and bowls are 56-65mm. 

The best cruiser wheels 65-70mm. 

Longboard wheels 70mm+.

Durometer (hardness)
Don’t stress too much on how hard or soft your wheels are going to be. Even in person holding a wheel it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a 99a and 98a wheel. 

It’s going to take some time on determining the perfect wheel for you riding style. You may go through three or four sets of wheels until you find that perfect size and hardness. 

Size and hardness are the two main factors for wheels. Technical trick riders often prefer smaller/harder wheels, whereas riders looking to go fast and grip turns often prefer larger/softer wheels.

All of these factors effect wheel-bite which is why you typically need risers (wheel-bite is when your wheels hit the bottom of your board causing them to lockup)

– Rider height – more height = more leverage over trucks = more wheel bite
– Rider weight – more height = more leverage over trucks = more wheel bite
– Bushing durometer/hardness
– Bushing shape and style
 – cone, extra-wide, regular/standard
-Bushing washers 
– standard, specialized or built in, cupped
– Rider preference –
 how do they want to ride / what is their intention… loose trucks vs tight. Turny vs stable.

Skateboard Bearings

Bearings are used to attach your wheels to your trucks while still allowing them to spin freely. Higher quality bearings will spin easier and are typically more durable. However, if you decide on an entry level bearing and want to go faster, push faster. 

We carry a wide variety of skateboard bearings and no matter what brand you choose you can’t go wrong. 

[links out to bearings]

Skateboard Hardware

Hardware is a no brainer. They have one function to mount your trucks to your deck. Unless you are using risers any 0.875″ to 1″ hardware will do. If you are using risers  

Hardware or bolts are used to attach your trucks to the skateboard deck. Hardware should be tight enough that resistance is felt and the bolt-heads become flush with the top of your skateboard deck. Don’t use a power drill to tighten your hardware. 

Unless you are using risers any sized hardware will do. 

Grip Tape

Grip tape is applied to the top of your skateboard deck in order to provide traction that helps with everything from tricks to staying on your board. Most people choose to use black grip. We also have a great selection of graphic grip tape, colored grip tape, and die-cut tape.  

Words of advice: Do not put grip tape on top of grip tape. Don’t use hardware store grip tape. Use a sharp razor, file or sand your edges. 

Skateboard Accessories

Now that you know the main components of a skateboard are it’s time to talk about accessories. Aside from risers and rails anything else that you are going to put on your board is only to make it heavier and may hinder the performance. 

Protective Gear Helmets & Pads

Skateboarding is a dangerous sport and could result in serious injury or even death. Skate within your ability. Follow traffic and pedestrian safety rules. Use at your own risk. Always wear a helmet and proper safety gear.

https://www.zumiez.com/skate/helmets-pads.html

Miscellaneous

You now have all the components needed to build a skateboard. These optional components can make your skateboard last longer and skateboarding more fun.