Skateboard Buying Guide
Choosing a deck is a very key part of creating your ideal skateboard. Graphic choice is important, but the size and shape are going to be more important in the long run. You need one that will fit best with your riding type and style. For those who plan on skating more on the streets and doing tricks it is best to ride a 7.25" to 7.87". For those who plan on skating more pools and parks a 7.87" to 8.25" would be best. It is all about what fits you best, remember to take into consideration your size and how easy it will be for you to manage the board.
Trucks can help add a little flair to your board while being very important to the functionality. It is best to keep you trucks, you will need a set of 2, within ¼" of the deck width. Keep in mind the height of the truck when making your selection. Your choice of wheels and riding technique will help decide your truck height. If you decide to put wheels larger that 56mm, it is best to have high trucks. Be aware of "Wheelbite" which happens when a wheel comes into contact with the board and stops you mid ride, usually causing a fall or a very embarrassing moment.
Wheels are another way to add personality to your board. Wheels are sold in sets of 4. You need to determine what brand, graphic, size and durometer is right for you. Size is a key element of your decision. Smaller wheels are for those who are street riders and a little more technical. Larger wheels are those who skate parks, bowls and terrain with heavier transitions. Durometer is a numerical value to determine whether the wheel is softer or harder. Most wheels sit in the 97a to 99a range. The smaller the durometer number the softer the wheel, the bigger the number the harder the wheel. Dual durometer means there are two durometers for the wheel, the core is harder and the outside surface area is softer. The internal area is called the "bearing area", by making this area harder it protects the bearing from crushing or losing its shield. Manufacturers like to let skateboarders know that bearings don't usually crush, but it could happen. Generally speaking, softer urethane is slower than harder urethane. Depending on the core construction, cored wheels can be lighter that a standard urethane wheel.
You need 2 bearings per wheel, making it a total of 8 bearings. Bearings help allow the wheel to move so you can enjoy a smooth ride. Two bearings sit inside each wheel, next the wheel is placed on the axle. Finish by tightening the axle nuts and now its time to ride.
Grip tape is another great way to personalize your board, this goes on the top of your board to create traction for riding. Each board is covered in a sheet of grip tape, basically a sheet of sand paper with adhesive on the back. It comes in many colors and often times people will cut designs and words into their grip tape.
Risers are an optional addition to a board. Risers range anywhere from ⅛" to ½" thick and give you more clearance between the bottom of the board and the surface of the wheel helping to prevent "Wheelbite". For long boards or cruiser boards we sell wedge risers that help the trucks have better turning radius for more maneuverability.