Skateboard Buyer's Guide

Whether you’ve a seasoned pro, or you’ve just picked up a board for the first time, our guides are designed to help you make the right decisions when choosing your set-up. Before you begin, you’ll need to decide on either a complete set-up or a custom build.

Complete Skateboards
If you’re new to skateboarding it can be quite daunting choosing all the parts for a custom set-up, especially when you are on a budget and want to get rolling quickly and are great value for money.

Complete skateboards include everything you need; skateboard deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, bolts and grip tape, all built and ready to skate. Once your skills develop, you can always upgrade parts, like better bearings or wheels, until you’re ready to take the leap into custom set-ups.

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Custom Build Skateboards
A custom build is when you chose the specific parts you want to for your board, rather than the pre-set parts a complete provides. If you’re been skateboarding a while, you probably know exactly what you want or, if it’s your first custom build, our guides will get you rolling in the right direction.

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Skateboard Components
If you’re buying a complete or custom building, it’s good to know what parts make up your skateboard and how they effect your skateboarding. Below is a list of compents you will need to build your custom set-up with links to in-depth guides.

Component In-depth Guide
Deck View
Trucks (2) View
Wheels (4) View
Bearings (8) View
Hardware (8), Griptap and Riser Pads (2, Optional) View

Skateboard Deck
The skateboard deck is the flat board that you stand on made of either seven-ply wood, bamboo, resin, carbon fibre or plastic.

Trucks
Trucks are the metal parts mounted underneath your skateboard, where your wheels attach.

Wheels
Skateboard wheels vary in colour, size and durability and are most commonly made of polyurethane.

Bearings
Bearings come in one size and are used to mount your wheels to truck axles.

Hardware
The nuts and bolts used to connect trucks to your deck and are available in different lengths to fit any set-up and will accommodate riser pads if you ride them.

Grip Tape
Grip tape is the sandpaper-like material applied to the top of your board to provide traction.

Riser and Shock Pads
Riser pads are plastic pads you can install between the trucks and the deck to increase the height of your board.