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Skateboard Trucks made of Aluminum, magnesium and titanium in Low, Mid and High

Skateboard Truck: The Link Between The Deck and the Wheels

The trucks determine what you can do with your board. When you grind – ride along the corner of curbs and rail, the height and material of your trucks is of upmost importance.

Things to look at when looking for new trucks;

  1. Things to Consider when Buying New Trucks
  2. The Width of the Trucks
  3. The Height of the Skateboard Trucks
  4. The Parts of Skateboard Trucks
    1. The Kingpin
    2. The Baseplate
    3. The Hanger
    4. The Bushings: Rubber Parts to Help Steering
  5. Special Materials

Things To Consider When Buying New Trucks

When choosing a new skateboard trucks it is especially important that you choose the right,

  • Width
  • Height
Of trucks. 

Low Hollow Skateboard Trucks with Hangers, Kingpin and Baseplate

The Width of the Trucks

The width of the trucks should match the width of the deck. The Skateboard truck width either specifies the width of the truck itself or the width of the hanger.

Brand Name Truck Width Board Size
Thunder 143 7,125" 7,6" and narrower
145 7,62" 7,4" - 7,9"
147 8,0" 7,9" - 8,2"
149 8,5" 8,2" - 8,4"
151 8,75" 8,4" and wider
Tensor 5.0 7,625" 7,5" - 7,75"
5.25 7,825" 7,75" - 8,0"
5.5 8,125" 8,0" - 8,25"
5.75 8,375" 8,25" - 8,5"
6.0 8,625" 8,5" and wider
Venture 5.0 7,75" 7,0" - 8,0"
5.25 8,0" 8,0" - 8,25"
5.8 8.5" 8,25" and wider
Independent 129 7,6" 7,4" - 7,75"
139 8,0" 7,75" - 8,25"
149 8,5" 8,25" - 8,75"
169 8,9" 8,75" - 9,75"
215 10" 9,75" and wider
Royal 5.0 7,75" 7,75" and narrower
5.25 8,25" 7,75" - 8,25"
5.5 8,5" 8,25" and wider
Brand Name Truck Width Board Size
Krux 7.6 7,6" 7,4" - 7,8"
8.0 8,0" 7,8" - 8,2"
8.25 8,25" 8,0" - 8,5"
8.5 8,5" 8,3" - 9,0"
ACE 11 7,25" 7,0" - 7,375"
22 7,5" 7,375" - 7,75"
33 7,875" 7,75" - 8,25"
44 8,25" 8,25" - 8,75"
55 9,0" 9,0" - 9,5"
02 7,625" 7,0" - 7,75"
03 8,0" 7,75" - 8,25"
00 6,5" 6,5" - 7,0"
Bullet 130 7,6" 7,5" - 7,75"

140 8,0" 7,75" - 8,25"
150 8,5" 8,25" - 8,75"
Caliber 8,0" 8,0" 7,75" - 8,25"
8,5" 8,5" 8,3" - 8,6"
9,0" 9,0" 8,8"- 9,5"
Element 5.0 7,625" 7,5" - 7,875"
5.5 8,125" 7,875" - 8,375"


Width of Skate Trucks in relation to the Board

The Height of Skateboard Trucks

With skateboard trucks, there are basically three different heights.

  • Low for 50 to 53 millimetres wheels
  • Mid for 53 to 56 millimetres wheels
  • High for bigger wheels
Low trucks give more stability when landing. For Street and Park skating this is particularly advantageous. The major drawback is the constant threat of the deck and wheels touching. This phenomenon is called wheel bite, when this happens the board will stop abruptly and you will probably get thrown from the board. Buying smaller wheels will reduce the risk. Low trucks can be used in conjuncture with riser pads, to rise the trucks to mid trucks.

Mid Trucks
are the all-rounder of the trucks. You have some of the advantages of lower trucks but can use larger wheels for better handling on rough surfaces. Mid trucks can also be used with riser pads for use with larger wheels.

High Trucks
give you the best pop, due to the bigger distance between the trucks and the ground. If you need some help with your ollies, go for bigger trucks. With higher trucks you can go with bigger wheels without the risk of wheel bite.

Skateboard Trucks from Low to Medium to High for Men and Women

The Parts of Skateboard Trucks

The trucks of a skateboard determine the behavior of your board when you’re riding. The components of an Truck are as follws;

  • The Kingpin
  • The Baseplate
  • The Hanger
  • The Bushings

Skateboard Trucks with Hanger, Baseplate, Bushings and Kingpin

The Kingpin

The Kingpin is the large screw on which the Bushings sit, which holds the hanger and baseplate together- very important! With the newschool skateboards there are only trucks with a standard kingpin. Do you prefer the screw on the Kingpin – the Kingpin Nut - tighter. The steering will be harder and you will be more stable. This works in reverse if you want to go softer for a looser feel.

The Baseplate

The base on which the components are fixed is called the Baseplate. This part is fixed onto the skateboard by the screws, the Hanger rests in the pivot pocket on the baseplate.

The Hanger

The hanger is attached to kingpin and rests on the baseplate, in the pivot pocket, on the truck. The hanger rod at the end of the hanger is where the wheels attach, the axle nut is at the end and physically fixes the wheels.

The Bushings: Rubber Parts To Help Steering

The rubber parts on the kingpin are responsible for the steering of your skateboard. Different shapes and harnesses change the steering of your board. If you’re not satisfied with the standard bushings on your trucks, you can replace them easily. Everyone skates differently, bushings are a matter of personal taste.

Special Materials

  • The manufacturer Theeve, in response to trends and increasing demands from the skateboard industry, makes their trucks with Titanium alloys. These are attached to their hanger, which is made of chrome-molybdenum steel. This gives a long life with a relatively light weight.
  • Tensor makes several models with magnesium- the lightest trucks on the market - with about 25 percent less weight than other manufacturers. 
  • Destructo trucks are made from aluminum from the weapons industry with a hollow kingpin. The trucks are lighter and more durable. 
  • Independent are so convinced by their own quality, that they create indestructible trucks that they offer a lifetime warrantee against defective workmanship or materials. 

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