Now that we’ve concluded our review, it’s time to go over a few important things to consider when shopping around for skateboard trucks.
As you can see from our review, some skateboard trucks come with everything you need, while others are more barebones. Make sure that you know what’s included when you buy. At a bare minimum, a skateboard truck should come with:
- The hanger
- The axle
- Axle nuts
- The kingpin
- The baseplate
In most cases, that’s all you’ll get, but double check that you’re getting at least those components.
The Right Profile
Profile, or height, is important for your ride quality. Boards can be set up as low profile, mid-profile, and high profile. The trucks you buy need to match that set up. If your board will have smaller wheels, low profile trucks are best. If you’re building a cruiser, you might be best with mid-height trucks. For boards with larger wheels, high profile trucks are needed (think street boards and longboards). Spacers can help you use a specific truck with wheels that would not otherwise work, though.
Finally, you should make sure that the skateboard trucks you’re buying are designed for your board’s width. Generally, you can take the width of the truck and add between .25 and .50 inches to get the minimum width of the board they will work with. For instance, an 8-inch truck would work with an 8 to 8.5-inch board. However, this is not always the case. The best rule of thumb is to choose a truck that’s .25 inches wider or narrower than your board.
In the End
With the selection of trucks we’ve outlined above, you should have no trouble finding a set to match your preferred riding style, board type and width, and budget.