If you’re Christmas shopping for this skateboarder on your list, you likely anticipated to select wheels and a deck layout, but what about those alloy T-shaped pieces on the underside of the skateboard? Those are skateboard trucks, and picking the ideal pair is crucial because they keep your bearings and wheels firmly connected to the deck. Every of the parts affects your child’s performance.
Axle: Long pin that runs throughout the hanger and also attaches to the wheels
Hanger: Substantial triangular metal piece that runs through the axle and supports it
Kingpin: Bolt that fits inside the bushings and holds the skate truck parts together
Bushings: Soft urethane rings fitted around the kingpin to allow the board to turn
Type and size of trucks chosen impact your equilibrium and what tricks you’re able to pull off in your skateboard. Would you wish to do turns? Go for the softer bushings. For stiff turning, choose harder bushings.
Truck size is measured by axle diameter or hanger width. You should choose a truck axle that is roughly the same width as your skateboard deck, just over or beneath 1/4 of a inch the width of this board. Go to our help guide to look at a recommended sizing chart for truck dimensions predicated on deck size.
Truck profile would be the space between the hanger and the base of the skate deck. Mid-sized trucks are widely preferred by skateboarders. Low-sized trucks are made for small wheels, and supply more stability for specific skate moves. High-sized trucks are ideal for large wheels, and are created for carving and cruising streets, functioning well with longboards or cruisers.
Still need help finding the proper size trucks? Head over to our comprehensive buying guide specializing in skateboard trucks.
Trucks also need regular maintenance in order to keep your skateboard firing on all cylinders. Visit our help guide for directions on tightening your kingpin, replacing a busted kingpin and substituting bushings.