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Skate Technical Information

• Choosing a skateboard size
• Picking trucks for your deck
• Skate truck size chart
• Picking wheels for your skateboard
• What is the difference in bearings?

What size skateboard is right for me?

Nothing over the last decase of skateboarding has changed a whole lot, but some minor alterations have been made. The majority of boards range from 7.25" (mini) - 10" wide and have a general length of about 32". The most common length skateboards range from 8" - 8.5".

Preference is a huge deciding factor in this, so how do you pick a board for the first time?

Most people 7 years and younger will skate more narrow boards Such as 7.5’s, 7.75’s, 7.875’s and everything in between. “Mini” boards (>7.5”) are primarily reserved for children 5 and under, but as stated before, a lot of this has to do with preference.

Over the last few years, the riding of narrower boards has slowly become less common. The main reason for this is wider boards provide more stability and a larger platform for landing back on your board for flip tricks, however, anything larger than a 8.375" becomes heavier and requires more effort to try and flip depending on the individuals height and shoe size. These wider boards are commonly referred to as transition decks, which are generally better for skating bowls, park ramps and other transitions as opposed to street.

What trucks do I need for my deck?

All Truck companies use different measurements for their trucks, which can get confusing sometimes. Just about every truck company out there will tell you what size trucks pair up with what size board. You can always check with the manufacturer to be sure, or just give a call to either of our locations and speak to a friendly representative about making sure you are getting the right trucks for your setup.

Here’s a general guide for picking trucks for INDEPENDENT & THUNDER skate trucks:

Deck Size Independent Thunder
7.75 < 129 145
7.875" - 8.125" 139 147
8.25" - 8.5" 149 149
8.6" - 8.8" 159 151
9.0" 169 X
9.5" - 10.5" 215 X

A skateboard isnt't much use without wheels, but which ones?

There's a variety of shapes, diameters, and hardness’s of wheels out there.

Hard wheels are used for park and street. If you aren't sure what you hard wheels you need for your skateboard, a good general range for determining a hard wheel is 95A or higher.

Soft wheels are used for “cruiser boards”, which are just smoother boards that are better for commuting longer distances. A good range for soft wheels is anything 75-85A.

The hardness or a wheel is determined by its durometer. The durometer of a wheel is displayed almost always on the front of the wheel as a number followed by the letter “A” and sometimes the letter “D”. These numbers will be displayed on any wheels page on our website. Bones Brand Wheels rate their wheels according to the “B Scale” so you’ll see 83B (STF) and 84B (SPF). In order to get an idea of what that converts to on the A scale, take the B scale number and add 20 to it.

The Different Formulas for wheels provide the urethane with different attributes. A Park Formula Wheel is going to feel and grip better than a street specific formula wheel on steeper transitions, where as a street specific wheel is going to have more slide ability and generally be lighter because they tend to be more narrow and smaller to provide better feeling. Also, the larger the diameter of the wheel, the faster its capable of going.

What is the difference between certain bearings?

There’s a wide range of cost for bearings, so it’s hard to know which ones to choose that are going be right for you. Ceramic (silicon nitride) bearings cost a lot more than tradition steel bearings. The reason they’re more expensive is because they’re lighter, harder, smother, and faster. Ceramic bearings aren’t good for trick skating because they don’t do well with impacts, but they provide the best performance for downhill/speed skating.

The ABEC Rating System isn’t the most accurate way to rate a bearing on how well its going to skate. More detailed information can be found on this subject at bonesbearings.com.

Swiss made Steel is of superior quality than that of anything made in China, and although more pricey, they will preform much better, be stronger, and last longer than other bearings.

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