What Skateboard Trucks Should I Choose?
Time to upgrade your skateboard trucks, or maybe looking for your first set? We've got some helpful so you can make sure you are choosing the best skateboard trucks for your needs.
Start with the size.
The truck size should match your board width as closely as possible. Too much overhang from your trucks can make the board difficult to maneuver and trucks that are too small won't offer enough support or stability under foot. Keep in mind the different skate companies use different sizing scales so make sure you understand with the sizes are before you buy. Refer to our helpful skateboard truck size chart for more detail.
What changes the weight of the trucks?
Many truck companies experiment with different materials in search of the lightest, strongest truck possible. From steel to titanium to magnesium or aluminum, there are many options out there. Some companies will also cut weight by hollowing out various parts of the trucks. Hollow kingpins and hollow axles will reduce overall weight while keeping the trucks strong and dependable.
High versus low
You may see the term "hi" or "low" after the size of the trucks. This refers to the height of the actual truck. If you ride small wheels and don't need the extra clearance, low trucks will drop you closer to the ground which lowers your center of gravity for better balance and makes pushing easier. High trucks are good for those riding slightly bigger wheels (53mm and up), this adds some extra clearance to help you avoid wheel bite.
Skate trucks can be taken apart do to maintenance or even potentially change the overall ride of the truck itself. Swapping out your bushings is the fastest way to breath some life into an old pair of trucks. If you happen to crack the kingpin or wear down your pivot cups, those can also be replaced.
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