CHOOSING THE CORRECT TRUCKS:
Typically the rule of thumb is to use trucks at the same width of the board you have selected.
In most cases you can vary in the width slightly by using a truck that is 1/4" less in width or 1/4" more in width with the wider truck providing a bit more width and stability.
TRUCK SIZE REFERENCE
- 7" Deck:
Select 6.5" to 7.25" Axle Length Trucks
- 7.25" to 7.5" Deck:
Select 7" to 7.6" Axle Length Trucks
- 7.75" to 8" Deck:
Select 7.5" to 8" Axle Length Trucks
- 8.25" Deck:
Select 8" to 8.5" Axle Length Trucks
- 8.5" Deck:
Select 8.25" to 8.75" Axle Length Trucks
- 8.75" to 9" Deck:
Select 8.5" to 9" Axle Length Trucks
- 9.25 to 10" Deck:
Select 9" to 10" Axle Length Trucks
- 10" and over Deck:
Select 9" to 11" Axle Length Trucks
TRUCK HEIGHT REFERENCE
Ace, Krux, Independent, Royal, Thunder, Tensor, and Venture come in both High (HI) and Low (Lo) versions. The difference is that the Low trucks are a few millimeters lower than the High (HI) trucks. When choosing Lo trucks, be careful to select a smaller wheel (49mm to 53mm) to avoid wheel byte.
Of Course there are other variables such as the shape of the deck and the width of the wheels that you want to ride. Typically however, if you are selecting a deck that is symmetrical
(popsicle shaped street deck or pool deck) the above reference should help you make the right decision.
CHOOSING THE CORRECT WHEELS
WHEEL DUROMETER (HARDNESS)
The hardness of a wheel is also called the "durometer". For most wheels, durometer is measured on the A-scale, with 73A being a very soft wheel and 101A being a very hard wheel. Typically a harder wheel in the range of 90a to 101a is used for riding at skateparks, pools and street skateboarding. A softer wheel ranging from 78a to 88a will grip the surface you are riding better and are typically used for cruising, longboarding, ditch riding, all around skateboarding. Even softer wheels ranging from 73a to 77a will give you even a smoother ride and will in most cases be extra grippy but can be a bit slower than harder wheels. Rule of thumb harder the wheel faster the wheel is.
WHEEL SIZE (HOW TALL THEY ARE IN MILLIMETERS MM)
The size of skateboard wheels typically range in millimeter height from 49mm to 64mm with longboarding wheels clocking in the range 65mm to 107mm. How do you select the correct size wheel? Here is a quick reference to help you out!
- Wheel Size: 49MM TO 54MM
- Durometer: 90a to 101a (B Scale - 81b to 83b)
- Wheel Size: 52mm TO 65MM
Note: Most street/all around skateboarders at parks are riding anywhere from 52mm to 54mm wheels. Most Pool and Vert skateboarders typically ride wheels in the range of 56mm to 62mm.
- Durometer: 90a to 101a (B Scale - 81b to 84b)
CRUISING/DITCH SKATING/ALL AROUND SKATEBOARDING
- Wheel Size: 56mm TO 75MM
- Durometer: 73a to 90a
- Wheel Size: 65mm TO 85MM
- Durometer: 73a to 88a
Skateboard Bearings are typically rated by the ABEC rating scale which ranges from ABEC-3 to ABEC-9. You can loosely relate the scale from ABEC-3 being the slowest to ABEC-9 bearings being the fastest.
There are also Ceramic Bearings which are typically more expensive and should be the fastet and smoothest bearings you can get. With bearings you typically get what you pay for with a lower price bearing being the least Quality Tested and the more expensive bearing being tested more thoroughly by the manufacturer with higher quality parts and consistency in performance of the bearings. By far the most common bearings sold are between the price range of $8.95 to $20.00 but if you are after more performance from you bearings consider a higher priced bearing.
- Griptape is what you put on top of the deck to hold you on your board while doing your thing. We sell many styles of griptape and it is important to select the appropriate width griptape that will work for the width of the board you have selected.
- Typically the grippiness of the griptape ranges as Follows:
- Less Grippy: Clear, Element, FKD, Jessup
- More Grippy: Black Magic, Mob, Diamond, Negative One
- Extra Grippy: Madrid Fly Paper
- Really Really Grippy: :Edger, Madrid Thumb Cutter Vicious
CHOOSING THE CORRECT RISERS
- Risers increase the space between the truck and the deck. Using risers can give you the ability to loosen your trucks as youlike so that you can turn/carve tighter and will help to prevent wheel bite (when the wheel hits the deck and stops rotating and you possibly get pitched LOL). Using Wedge risers can help you to change the geometry of where the truck is angled on the deck and can even help you turn/carve even sharper.
- Risers come in either hard, soft (shock), or combination of both hard and soft. Soft risers can help smooth out your rider by absorbing shock while you ride. Hard risers add a more solid feel to your skateboard.
- The size of risers you choose direcly relates to the size of the wheel that you choose.
RISER SIZE REFERENCE
49MM TO 55MM Wheels
No Risers (Optional 1/8 Soft Shock Riser)
56MM TO 58MM Wheels
Optional 1/8 Riser
59MM TO 61MM Wheels
62MM TO 64MM Wheels
1/4 to 3/8 Riser
65MM TO 75MM Wheels
3/8 to 1/2 Riser
Longboard Drop Through
No Riser Necessary
Optional .032 to 1/4 Shock Riser
NOTE: Thunder Risers only Fit on Thunder Trucks!!
CHOOSING THE CORRECT HARDWARE:
If you select the free optional hardware we will be sure to include the correct hardware for your complete.
- Mounting hardware is a set of eight 10-32 UNC bolts, usually an Allen or Phillips head, and matching nylon locknuts. They are used to attach the trucks to the board. Some sets have one different colored bolt to show which side is the nose of the skateboard.
Some come in assorted colors. We also sell Panhead and Trusshead hardware that is typically used on Re-issue Skateboard Completes or Longboard Completes. This type of hardware does not counter sync into your deck and has a small top that is raised very slightly on the top of the deck.
HARDWARE SIZE REFERENCE
- No Riser
7/8" to 1" Hardware
- .032 to 1/8 Riser
1" to 1 1/4" Hardware
- 1/4 Riser
1 1/4" Hardware
- 3/8 Riser
1 1/4" to 1 1/2" Hardware
- 1/2 Riser
1 1/2" Hardware
- Stacked Risers over 1/2 Tall
SPECIAL NOTE IF YOU ARE PURCHASING A LONGBOARD COMPLETE: If you are building up a thinner 4-ply /5-ply or a thicker 8-ply/9-ply or 11-ply deck, when choosing hardware you should consider ordering hardware a bit longer than the suggestions above to compensate for the thickness of the board.