Skateboard Buyers Guide

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Skateboarding is an extreme sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can also be considered a recreational activity, an art form, a job or simply a method of transportation. Here at Skatewarehouse we offer a huge selection of skateboard products. We have parts for beginners to advanced riders. It can be confusing if you are new to skateboarding or don’t know exactly what you are looking for - you might need a little help - that’s where our guide comes in!
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Complete or Custom Complete Skateboard

If you are a beginner and you don't want to build a board from different custom parts, you can get a ready-made complete Skateboard. These are generally cheaper, come fully assembled and to roll. Custom Complete setups are the perfect option for the more experienced skaters or beginners who want a really unique personalised skateboard.
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Choosing the right skateboard components



Skateboard decks made from laminated Maple
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Skateboard decks made from laminated Maple

Skateboard Decks

The deck is considered the most important part of a skateboard. Skateboard decks are predominantly made from 7 plys of wood, usually Maple and laminated together. Decks are often decorated with graphics from skate companies and brands.

Choosing the right deck.
Decks come in many sizes, mostly ranging between 7” – 9” wide by 28” – 33” long. Thinner/smaller decks are lighter and considered better for flipping or 'trick' skating. Wider/Larger decks are used for greater stability when transition or ramp skating.

The width you need depends on your size/age, skating style and personal preference.  The guide below will help you choose the right sized deck.
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Deck Size Guide
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Grip Tape ready to be applied to a deck.
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Grip Tape ready to be applied to a deck.

Grip Tape

Grip tape comes in rectangular sheets. it has a surface similar to sand paper and the back has an adhesive to stick to the deck. Grip tape is applied to the deck to allow the rider's feet to grip the board. Grip tape is usually black, but is also available in many different colours.
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Skateboard Trucks

Attached to the deck are two metal (usually aluminium alloy) trucks, these connect the wheels and bearings to the deck. The trucks pivot to allow the rider to turn left and right. How well the board turns can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the large center bolt called the kingpin. They come in lots different sizes and weights.  Some models are made to be lighter than normal, this makes flip tricks easier. Below is a guide to choosing the right width trucks for your deck.
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Truck width to deck width size guide.
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Truck width to deck width size guide.
Hi and Lo trucks
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Hi and Lo trucks

Truck Profile

Truck profile is the height of the truck. Trucks come in three sizes Low, Mid and High. Selecting a truck height  is dependent on your style of skating. 
  • Lo trucks give the board a lower center of gravity which makes it more stable and better for flip tricks.
  • Mid trucks are a good all-around truck for street and park, if you are a beginner then we recommend starting here.
  • Hi trucks are good for riding ramps/transition, bowl/pool or  if you ride bigger wheels, 54mm+. The higher hanger on the trucks will give you more clearance between the wheel and deck. This reduces the chance of the wheels catching the deck when turning, also called 'wheel bite'.
Trucks usually come with medium rated bushings as standard.
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Trucks usually come with medium rated bushings as standard.

Truck Bushings

Rubber bushings are a major factor in the way that a skateboard will turn. There are two bushings per truck, four in total. They are measured in levels of hardness. The stiffer/harder the bushings the more stable the skateboard will be. The softer bushings allow for an easier turn. For a brand new skateboarder, we would recommend using harder bushings. For more seasoned skateboarders, medium bushings are usually the perfect choice. It is all down to personal preference though.
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Riser Pads are designed to eliminate wheel bite
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Riser Pads are designed to eliminate wheel bite

Riser Pads

Risers are an optional component, most people don’t use them. If you like to ride big wheels or have your trucks loose you might need risers to lift the truck slightly away from the deck. This allows more room for the truck to turn without causing wheel bite (when the wheel touches the deck causing the wheel to stop spinning).
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Skateboard wheels come in lots of different sizes
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Skateboard wheels come in lots of different sizes

Skateboard Wheels

Skateboard wheels are most commonly made of polyurethane. They come in many different sizes and durometers.  Durometer measures the wheel’s hardness. The average is 99a. The higher the Durometer the harder the wheel. Harder wheels are faster but will not grip as well. Softer wheels are slower but have better grip. The diameter and durometer are down to personal preference and style of skating.

48-53mm - These wheels keep the board closer to the ground giving the rider a lower centre of gravity making the rider more stable. These wheels are ideal for street and park skating. They are the slowest of wheels though.

54 – 59mm – Larger wheels will roll smoother and faster so are ideal for transition/park and vert skating

60mm + Wheels of this size will be mainly for longboards, old-school and downhill riders. Made for speed and rougher surfaces.  

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2 bearings are used per wheel
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2 bearings are used per wheel

Skateboard Bearings

Bearings are the small metal rings that go inside the wheels to allow them to spin on the axle. They contain small lubricated ball bearings which are usually metal. You can get ceramic bearings which are smoother, faster and more durable. Bearings come in packs of 8 as you need 2 for each wheel. Bearings come in one standard size. Most bearings are measured with the ABEC rating the higher the ABEC rating the more accurate and precise the bearing will be, allowing a smoother, faster ride. The ABEC rating is not directly related to skateboarding so some companies do not measure their bearings in this way, e.g. Bones Bearings are skate rated so are specifically designed for skateboarding and are some of the best bearings you can get. 
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Bearing spacers

Bearing spacers are an optional component. They go in-between the bearings inside the wheels. They allow your wheel to be fully tightened without crushing the bearing and affecting how well it spins.
The coloured bolts help the rider identify the front of the board.
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The coloured bolts help the rider identify the front of the board.

Skateboard Hardware

Hardware is the nuts and bolts that are used to connect the skateboard trucks to the deck. They come in packs of 8 bolts and 8 locknuts as you need 4 bolts for each truck.  Directional bolts have at least one bolt in different colour so the rider can easily tell where the front of the board is. The most common size of bolts are 1” or 7/8” these bolts are perfect if you don’t use riser pads. The larger the riser pad the longer bolts you will need.
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