Buying or want to build your first skateboard, but not sure what skateboard deck, trucks or wheels to get? Don't know where to start? We’ve created our buyers guide for you to learn about what types of skateboard decks, wheels, trucks, and bearings are available on Sk8factory. Or, if you don’t want to build your own board, you can choose one of our skateboard completes.
Choosing Your First Skateboard.The first step is choosing a deck that is right for you. Your riding style, the range of obstacles you are able to skate, and the other necessary components (trucks, wheels, etc.) are all related to the skateboard deck you choose.
The two main things to consider when picking your first skate deck.
Shoe size: This will help you choose the deck width you want to skate
What type of skating you want to do: This will help you choose your Deck Length & Wheelbase and choose your Deck Concave
CHOOSING YOUR DECK
For most skateboarders, the most important measurement in picking out the right skateboard deck is width. Most decks range from 7.5" to 10" in width. In order to determine how wide you want your skateboard deck to be, there are a few things to consider.
First, what kind of skateboarding do you want to do? There are two main categories of skateboarding that generally revolve around different sets of obstacles, and different sets of tricks and manoeuvres. The two categories are "transition" and "street".
Transition skating consists of riding up and around vertical walls or ramps that gradually transition 90 degrees from the ground. These wave-like obstacles allow skaters to use speed to climb and drop vertically, and to become airborne. Transition skating is most commonly done in vert-ramps, pools, bowls, and skateparks. Transition skating often calls for a wider and more stable skateboard deck. If you see yourself predominantly skating transition, a deck width of 8.38" or wider is probably best for you.
NOTE TO BEGINNERS: If you are completely new to skateboarding and are unsure what style of riding you may be attracted to, go with a deck size between 7.75" and 8.38". If you have smaller feet, stay on the narrow side of this scale, if you have larger feet do the opposite. Sizing is mostly based on feel. If it's comfortable under your feet when riding, it's a good size for you.
The popsicle shape deck is usually going to be the most functional for street skating and technical types of riding. The popsicle shape is nearly symmetrical with upturned nose and tail, which allows you to ride and perform tricks in both the "normal" stance (skating with one's dominant foot forward) and "switch" stance (skating with one's non-dominant foot forward, generally a more challenging way to ride). The symmetry, or near symmetry, of the popsicle shape is also the best type for learning a variety of flip tricks.
Skaters who ride predominantly in their normal stance, and are less interested in the mastery of flip tricks, may want to experiment with some more interesting or old skool shapes.
CHOOSING YOUR SKATEBOARD TRUCKS
In order to choose the best skateboard trucks for your complete skateboard, you'll need to figure out what size truck will fit your deck. The width of your trucks corresponds directly to the width of your deck. Too narrow a truck will be unstable; while too wide a truck can result in shoe to wheel contact while pushing, among other problems. What you want is a truck that, when mounted on your deck, positions it's axle nuts within a quarter of an inch from the edge of the deck. This means that your axle nuts do not extend outward beyond the edges of your deck, and do not rest further than 1/4" inside the edge of your deck.
CHOOSING YOUR WHEELS
The two most important variables in skateboard wheels are size and hardness (also known as “duro”).
The size or diameter of your skateboard wheels will noticeably affect your skateboard’s performance. A wheel of large diameter will go faster and weigh a little more than a smaller wheel. A large wheel will also raise you and your deck off the ground higher than a smaller wheel. A smaller wheel will weigh less, sit you closer to the ground, and will be easier to manoeuvre. Skateboard wheels are measured in millimetres and the most common sizes are between 52-55mm
Technical street skaters will prefer wheels on the smaller end of the spectrum as the small wheels’ light weight allows street skaters to perform flip tricks more easily (51mm-53mm). Transition skaters will usually opt for something larger that will carry more speed (54mm-57mmm).
NOTE TO BEGINNERS:
Try starting out with something in the 52mm - 55mm range. This is a very common size range and will be good for learning the basics.
The hardness or durometer of a skateboard wheel determines how much grip the wheel has and the amount of shock it can absorb. A soft wheel will create a very smooth ride, but hard wheels are preferred by most street and transition skaters for their responsiveness.
Riding hard wheels will allow you to feel everything you are rolling over. This awareness will be beneficial as you navigate through rolling transitions in the park or negotiate a collage of concrete and asphalt in the urban jungle. Hard wheels will also respond directly to your movements. When you snap into an ollie, all of the pressure you apply transfers directly to your deck and wheels, giving you maximum pop.
Softer wheels are great for cruising around and bombing hills at high speeds. They absorb a lot of shock from the road creating a super smooth ride.