Skateboards

Finding Your Perfect Skateboard Trucks

Every skater will have their favourite trucks to ride. This may come down to the sturdiness of Independents or the turning quality and control of Thunders or maybe someone may ride Thunder Bushings in their Indy trucks. This all comes down to the preference of the skater.

Trucks come in all different heights, sizes and weights. Some may feature a hollow kingpin or give you the option to get the same height and width trucks in a lighter version to give you even less weight to carry on your board. The height will determine how high your board comes of the ground when stationary. Low Trucks enable a quicker pop, perfect for dodging gaps or rocks or getting up an obstacle straight after another. High Trucks mean that you have further to get your tail down to the ground, making your board come more vertical off the ground than low trucks when popping, giving you more height to level out your trick, thus a bigger pop.

We recommend when it comes to choosing the size of your new trucks that you match the width of your trucks to the width of your board. If there’s something you don’t want it’s wide trucks on a skinny board or vice-versa.

Skateboard Trucks come in all sorts of different measurements, which can be confusing as some of them are not clear enough. Below are the measurements of the more popular trucks with the not so obvious sizes. The size of trucks you get is largely dependent on the width of the board you’re skating. Below are a few examples based on the skateboard trucked stocked by Aylesbury Skateboards. Some companies choose to name their trucks based on the width of the hangar (excluding the axel where the wheels go) in either millimetres or inches. Others go for the width of the whole truck (Silver) in inches which can make it difficult to understand what size trucks you’re buying.

Here is our size guide for skateboard trucks:

Independent:

  • 129 Fits 7.4” – 7.75”
  • 139 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 149 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”
  • 159 Fits 8.5” – 9.0”
  • 169 Fits 8.75” – 9.75”
  • 215 Fits 9.75” +

Thunder:

  • 145 Fits 7.6” – 7.9”
  • 147 Fits 7.9” – 8.2”
  • 149 Fits 8.2” – 8.4”
  • 151 Fits 8.4” – 9.0”

Venture:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 8.0”
  • 5.25 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.8 Fits 8.25” – 9.0”

Tensor:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 7.75”
  • 5.25 Fits 7.75” – 8.0”
  • 5.5 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.75 Fits 8.25” – 8.5”
  • 6.0 Fits 8.5” +

Silver:

  • 8.0 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”

Krux:

  • 3.5 Fits 7.75″ – 8.0″
  • 4.0 Fits 8.0″ – 8.25″
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25″ – 8.5″ (This one throws us off too).

Bolts and Risers

Bolts are the part which are used to hold the trucks onto the board. With these you get a few options to choose from; colour and length. Most bolts either take an allen-key or a phillips head screwdriver and a 3/8″ socket to tighten. Skate tools have everything you need to set up your board. Some companies do different coloured bolts which can either be used just to look pretty, or as an indication of which way around your board is (for example, placing two coloured bolts near the front to know where the nose is). Different length bolts are needed to fit through the different thicknesses of boards and trucks. Some are relatively thin and can use 7/8″ bolts comfortably, but for the majority, 1″ bolts are suitable. Bolts can come in longer lengths, for example 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″, too for different situations.

If you have risers on your board, you’ll need to get some longer bolts to securely hold the trucks onto the board still with the added thickness. Risers are often used to add a little bit of extra height to the ride (similar to skating high trucks opposed to lows). They also have the benefit of adding some shock support as the rubber can absorb at least some of the impact of landing bigger tricks. This can reduce the likelihood of getting pressure cracks in the board or cracking the baseplate of the trucks.

All skate bolts have nylon nuts so that they are less likely to come one done. These work because when you tighten them the first time, the bolt cuts a thread through some nylon in the bolt giving a tighter and more secure fit. The one downside to this is that once they are undone and reused, they won’t be as secure as the nylon isn’t as tight. Bolts can comfortably be reused at least a few times, but after a while they will wear out and will constantly be coming loose. Not something you want to happen while you’re skating.


 

Tools

An additional note, Skate tools are handy multi tools which have everything you need for adjusting your board. Most, if not all, standard skate tools will have:

  • 9/16 inch kingpin socket
  • 1/2 inch axle nut socket
  • 3/8 inch hardware socket
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench as standard.

Some more advanced tools, such as the Silver Skate Tool features a ratcheted hardware socket which makes it so much easier to tighten or loosen the truck bolts. It also has a file on the top which is great for gripping a board.

Complete Skateboards Guide

Complete skateboards are ready to ride, pre-build skateboards which are perfect for beginners who want to start skating as soon as possible. When it comes to completes there is an endless selection, but it can always be tough decided which ones are actually good enough quality and worth buying.

You’re probably familiar with those £10 skateboards you might see at Tesco but those contraptions don’t even deserve to call themselves skateboards. They are made with very low quality wood, plastic trucks and even worse plastic wheels. From the view point of a skater, these are a complete waste of money. You should view a skateboard as an investment; you get what you pay for. As a general rule of thumb, the more you spend, the better quality skateboard you’ll receive (as you should expect).

At Aylesbury Skateboards we are always happy to encourage young people to start skating, especially if it means they’re not riding a scooter. We made sure to find the best possible beginner completes for the money to stock so you know they will hold up a hell of a lot better than many other completes out there.


ROCKET SKATEBOARDS

Rocket Skateboards make the best price point complete skateboards. They retail at around £35 and are significantly better than many others at the same price point. These skateboards are perfect for younger beginners (aged 4-10) who want to try out skating for the first time. It should give them a good taste of what skating is like with a decent quality setup. They come with a range of great board graphics to choose from which all come with matching wheels. Bearings are often abec 5s but some come with abec 7s. The great thing about these boards is that they use all standard skateboard components so that they can be upgraded when needed.

Rocket Complete Skateboard Tiki Fire

Rocket Tiki Fire Complete – 7.5″

You can view Aylesbury Skateboards range of Rocket Completes here.


We also offer a selection of mid-to-upper-range completes for older or more advanced skaters. These are ideal for anyone who wants the quality of a professional level skateboard but not the hassle of selecting individual components and putting together a setup. They come pre-built and ready to skate straight out of the box with all-round higher quality materials. For example, at the moment we stock a few Cliché, Almost, Flip and Santa Cruz completes to name a few. These are all huge brandnames offering higher price point setups for the more discerning skater. These completes range from around £55-£85 depending on brand and size.

Cliché Complete Skateboard - 7.5"

Cliché Complete Skateboard – 7.5″


We have also started to create our own custom completes which are available in store or online. We offer the option to pick any deck from our range, and add a complete undercarriage kit to make it a whole board. We’ll even throw in some free Jessup grip, some bolts and assemble it in store to get you skating straight away. The undercarriage kit is £40 and the decks usually range from £40 – £55 meaning you can throw together a custom complete setup with the deck of your choice for as little as £80.

You can view a full range of completes on Aylesbury Skateboards, or come in store and pick one out in person.

 

Mother Collective

Mother Collective is a new board brand straight out of Ohio recently created by Jake Johnson, Tyler Bledsoe, and Gilbert Crockett. We have been lucky enough to get a few of the boards from their spring/summer 1.3 drop in stock and they are looking rad. Sizes range from 8.0″ up to 8.5″.

Mother boards use PS Stix wood for all of their boards and not just the Pro models, meaning you’re getting quality you can trust with any deck you pick up from them. All of the boards have “Hand Crafted by PS Stix. Made In Mexico.” printed on the top just to make things more legit.

The shop favourite has got to be the Jake Johnson Catherine (one) in red. The deep red of the bottom ply stands out so much on our shop wall. All of the decks come with a Mother logo sticker so that’s pretty great too.

You can check out our range of Mother Collective boards on our store website Aylesbury Skateboards. All decks retail at £54.99.

 

Deck Size Guide

Board Sizing Guide

Skateboard decks come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Every skater has their preferences depending on their skate style, where they skate and sometimes shoe size.

Many people come in and ask:

  • Which skateboard deck size should I get?
  • What is a good skateboard size for beginners?
  • What even is the importance of the size of the skateboard?

Deck sizing is based on the width and length of the board. For example if you see a board that says 7.5″ next to it, that means that its 7.5 inches wide. Widths can range from around 6″ (Below 7.5” Tend to be shorter than 32” in length) wide all the way up to 10″ wide. A lot of it comes down to personal preference when deciding what board width to get. As a beginner (lets say aged around 11-12) we’d say a 7.5″ is a good size to start with. 7.5″ is considered the standard size for a skateboard. At this size the board is wide enough to be comfortable under your feet but not too wide that it becomes difficult to skate, or too narrow that its difficult to balance.

Anything below this width we call a ‘mini skateboard’ and are great for even younger children or people with tiny feet. Being a mini also means that it is shorter as well, making it easier to carry and skate for younger people.

If you’re a bit older or just have larger feet, you could go for a board in the  7.75″ – 8.0″ range. This gives you a little more board size to stand on, making it easier to balance as you have a slightly larger platform to stand on.

The great thing about skateboarding is that you can be as picky as you like with your parts. For example you can get a board that is 8.0″ wide, but then you may see one that is 8.06″ or 8.1″ or even 8.125″ wide. While these differences might seem insignificant, I know people who swear by an 8.125″ as being perfect and refuse to skate anything else.

So what difference does the width actually make? A wider board means that there is more to land on when doing a trick, but it also means that (for some at least) they’re more difficult to flip as they spin slower. Its all a matter of trying a few different sizes and see which you prefer, no one else can decide for you.

As an example, I am 20 years old, size 10.5 feet and I’m currently skating an 8.125″ wide deck. Aaron on the other hand is 19 years old, size 9 feet and skates a 8.25″ wide deck.

The next thing you need to decide on is shape. Shape is extremely important, technically more important than size. There are many brands that offer all sorts of different shapes and concave on their boards, take Polar Skate Co, Welcome Skateboards and The National Skateboard Co for a few examples.

The reason shape and concave is such an importance is because they affect everything. I mean the push, pop, scoop, flick and catch. You may want to have a high concave deck like a WKND to get your feet deep in to the pockets and unleash huge tre flips or, have more of a mellow concave such as a 5Boro to have more comfortable boardslides. Obviously you can have monster tre flips and easy sliding boardslides with any deck as it comes down to preference, you just may find one easier to do certain tricks on than the other.

Then you have the shapes. Shapes can be extremely funky in comparison to the typical popsicle shaped decks, but you can also have the shapes that only differ slightly, such as a squared off tail or a pointier nose. Again, this comes down to preference but some may find carving bowls or shredding some mini ramps easier to do on a wide, Banshee 90 Shape Welcome Board. They may also find it easier to hurl themselves down stairs on a typical popsicle shape. Either can be used for anything really, it just may come easier to the user with a specific shape and size. We recommend you experiment with your skateboards as you just might stumble across a gem that increases your skill set as well as your enjoyment when riding a skateboard.


If you need anymore help deciding what board size to get, or any other question you may have, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

You can view the range of skateboard decks offered by Aylesbury Skateboards here.