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Scott - 06 / Apr / 2020

How To Buy A Skateboard

Want to know how to build your first skateboard? Wondering what size skateboard deck you should ride? What skate trucks are best for your riding style? or what the difference between skate wheels and cruiser wheels? You’ve come to the right place

How To Buy A Skateboard
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Skateboard Buying Guide

When it comes to buying a skateboard, the first thing to consider is whether you want a skateboard already assembled or would rather build it yourself. It might seem daunting to build your own skateboard, but it isn’t as hard as you might think.

Should You Build A Skateboard Or Buy One?

Buying a complete skateboard is great for beginners. While you won’t be able to customize a pre-made board, there are hundreds of different skateboards that you can choose from. In addition, many of the complete skateboards on the market are excellent products. It’s also a great way to get you into the sport so you can learn more about what your preferences are, learn some tricks, and talk with others about skateboard features or parts that work best.

Building a custom skateboard will, of course, take some extra time. But it’s a labor love, right? You get to choose all the features you want. Picking just the right skate deck and matching it with the trucks and wheels is also a learning process. When you’re done, you have more than just a skateboard; you have that experience and can talk shop with other skateboarders about your ride. If you like working with your hands and want to “own” your board a bit more, assembling your own skateboard is the way to go!

HOW ARE BOARDS MEASURED?

Skateboards are sized by width, usually measured in inches. What size skateboard you ride is based on your size, style, and personal preference. See below for a small description of what to look for!

7.5" and larger

Wider decks are recommended for kids with larger feet and adults. As people progress board size becomes personal preference.

7.5" and smaller

Decks that are slightly narrower are recommended for kids as their feet are smaller and it helps with learning to balance and do tricks.

LONGBOARD SHAPES

Cruisers

Cruisers are maneuverable and fast and extremely fun! Most cruisers will be made from bamboo which gives it a bouncy feeling giving the board suspension and a smoother ride. The large deck size allows for greater weight distribution and will have more of the "fish tail" shape.

Downhill

Downhill racing is not for beginners, with that being said this shape can still be used for everyday cruising if thats a shape you prefer. Thes boards will most likely be made from maple or carbon fiber for a faster, heavy, and solid board without much flex. You can reach extremely high speeds when boarding downhill. These boards tend to be flat and have long wheelbases to provide for greater stability.

 

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