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Beginners guide to buying your first skateboard

 

Looking at buying your son, daughter or any young relative a skateboard? Haven’t ever skated yourself ? Maybe you’re looking for your first board?

 

Whoever it’s for this post has been put together to answer all the frequently asked questions we get and explain the what goes into each part of a skateboard.

 

 

BROWSE COMPLETES

01

PUTTING A COMPLETE TOGETHER FROM SCRATCH

Opting for a custom complete over a pre-assembled complete can make sure you get exactly what you’re after. With a large selection of product available this helpful guide will break it down so you can make your dream board a reality.

If starting from scratch doesn’t appeal to you head over to to the completes page on our website – but keep in mind the advice and tips this guide gives you can be very helpful.

01

PUTTING A COMPLETE TOGETHER FROM SCRATCH

Opting for a custom complete over a pre-assembled complete can make sure you get exactly what you’re after. With a large selection of product available this helpful guide will break it down so you can make your dream board a reality.

If starting from scratch doesn’t appeal to you head over to to the completes page on our website – but keep in mind the advice and tips this guide gives you can be very helpful.

02

PICKING A BOARD

Having some eye candy to look at is important, so hopefully out of our huge range of skateboard decks and skateboard completes, we have something that takes your fancy. The shape and size of your board is the probably the most important factor, it affects every element of your riding (you’ll also spend a lot of time starting at it). If you look through our selection of boards amongst the majority you will notice that the width of them varies from about 7.5″ all the way through to some which are 10″ wide. We tend to recommend that a small person selects a board on the narrower end of the spectrum so between 7.5″ wide and 8.5″ wide. Our thinking behind this is that the less board there is, the easier it is to flip around and work with when it comes to that. We can advise when it comes to shapes and sizes but finding a board you are happy with generally comes first.

02

PICKING A BOARD

Having some eye candy to look at is important, so hopefully out of our huge range of skateboard decks and skateboard completes, we have something that takes your fancy. The shape and size of your board is the probably the most important factor, it affects every element of your riding (you’ll also spend a lot of time starting at it). If you look through our selection of boards amongst the majority you will notice that the width of them varies from about 7.5″ all the way through to some which are 10″ wide. We tend to recommend that a small person selects a board on the narrower end of the spectrum so between 7.5″ wide and 8.5″ wide. Our thinking behind this is that the less board there is, the easier it is to flip around and work with when it comes to that. We can advise when it comes to shapes and sizes but finding a board you are happy with generally comes first.

03

CHOOSING TRUCKS

When it comes to trucks – you’ll probably try a few different brands over the years so it’s less important on your first board (Ace Trucks being a shop favourite). What is most important is that you have the right sized truck for your board, a mismatch either too short or too wide is never practical and can often lead to disastrous results. We’ve attached a guide to different brands and sizes

 

Model
Board Fit

ACE00

INDY109

6.50″ and under

ACE11 INDY109

Thunder143

7.00″ to 7.30″

ACE22 INDY129

Thunder145 Venture5.0

Theeve5.0

7.12″ to 7.75″
ACE33 INDY139 Thunder147 Venture5.2 Theeve5.2/5.5 7.75″ to 8.12″

ACE44 INDY144/149

Thunder149 Venture5.8

Theeve5.5/5.85

8.12″ to 8.50″

ACE55 INDY159/169

Thunder151

Theeve6.5

8.50″ to 9.12″

ACE66

INDY169

9.12″ to 9.62″

 

03

CHOOSING TRUCKS

When it comes to trucks – you’ll probably try a few different brands over the years so it’s less important on your first board (Ace Trucks being a shop favourite). What is most important is that you have the right sized truck for your board, a mismatch either too short or too wide is never practical and can often lead to disastrous results. We’ve attached a guide to different brands and sizes

 

Model Board Fit

ACE00

INDY109

6.50″ and under

ACE11 INDY109

Thunder143

7.00″ to 7.30″

ACE22 INDY129

Thunder145 Venture5.0

Theeve5.0

7.12″ to 7.75″
ACE33 INDY139 Thunder147 Venture5.2 Theeve5.2/5.5 7.75″ to 8.12″

ACE44 INDY144/149

Thunder149 Venture5.8

Theeve5.5/5.85

8.12″ to 8.50″

ACE55 INDY159/169

Thunder151

Theeve6.5

8.50″ to 9.12″

ACE66

INDY169

9.12″ to 9.62″

 

04

SELECTING WHEELS

Once you’ve picked your trucks, it’s time to pick some wheels. We stock wheels from many different companies, they come in a variety of sizes, colours and hardnesses (duro).
All skateboard wheels are measured in millimeters (mm).

The smaller the number, the smaller the wheel. 50-53mm – Small slower wheels, stable for trick riding & smaller riders. 54-59mm – Average wheel size for beginners and great all-rounder. 60mm+ – Specialty riders skating longboards & old-school boards.

When it comes to the hardness (duro) of the wheel most common wheels come in at around 98-101a, with soft wheels under 85a better suited to rougher terrain, downhill skating and crusing. Not all wheels with the same duro feel the same, each wheel company has a different formula so it’s important to try different wheels to find what you like.

04

Selecting wheels

Once you’ve picked your trucks, it’s time to pick some wheels. We stock wheels from many different companies, they come in a variety of sizes, colours and hardnesses (duro).
All skateboard wheels are measured in millimeters (mm).

The smaller the number, the smaller the wheel. 50-53mm – Small slower wheels, stable for trick riding & smaller riders. 54-59mm – Average wheel size for beginners and great all-rounder. 60mm+ – Specialty riders skating longboards & old-school boards.

When it comes to the hardness (duro) of the wheel most common wheels come in at around 98-101a, with soft wheels under 85a better suited to rougher terrain, downhill skating and crusing. Not all wheels with the same duro feel the same, each wheel company has a different formula so it’s important to try different wheels to find what you like.

05

DON’T FORGET THE LITTLE THINGS

With everything else sorted all you need to do is pick your bolts, bearings and griptape. Bearings vary in price and quality, whilst griptape is where you can choose to get a little creative or keep it nice and simple. If you want to keep it simple a plain black grip may suffice – whilst if you’re looking to get creative you have many options, such as graphic griptape, coloured sheets, clear sheets and you can cut these into whatever pattern your stoke desires.

NOW GO FIND YOUR DREAM BOARD

WE'VE GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED

 

over 300 decks
over 150 pairs of trucks
over 200 sets of wheels
over 30 different KINDS OF bearings
over 100 different sheets of grip

+ SO MUCH MORE

 

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