Hanger width, height, geometry, grinding materials, base plates, rubbers, pivot cups – there’s a lot going on with the outwardly humble-looking skateboard trucks which is why we put together this list of some of our choice picks of the best skateboard trucks 2017 – 2018.
Picking the right skateboard truck can make the world of difference to your set up: pick the wrong width or height and you’re going to make the process of learning way harder than it needs to be, so it’s essential to make an informed choice before purchasing.
Truck width is generally measured by axle-width (that the length from one truck wheel nut to the other) and your trucks should match up with the width of your deck. If you pick trucks that are narrower or wider than your deck, this will cause you problems. Some manufacturers do measure truck-width based on hanger-width, and some use metric rather than imperial, so if you’re unsure – consult your local skate store for advice to make sure you’re choosing the right skate truck.
As a rule of thumb, the following information should help you select the correct skateboard trucks to fit your chosen size of skateboard.
- 6″- 7.25″ truck axle – 6.5″ to 7.25″ skateboard decks
- 7.5″ truck axle – 7.25 to 7.5″ skateboard decks
- 7.75″ truck axle – 7.5” to 8″ skateboard decks
- 8.0″ truck axle – 8” to 8.5″ skateboard decks
- 8.5″ truck axle – 8.5” to 9″ skateboard decks
- 9.0″ truck axle – 9” to 10” skateboard decks
- 10.0″ truck axle – 10” wide and above skateboard decks
Before you go any further, we suggest a little look through at our Skate Basics advice section first to clear up any confusion you may have regarding some of the terminology used.
Additionally, if you’re tempted by those £10 complete skateboards that you’ve no doubt seen, have a quick look at our piece on why you shouldn’t buy a cheap complete skateboard from a supermarket too.
All the skateboard trucks seen here are also featured in this year’s Sidewalk 100, so if you need more information and want to see the product in action then you know what to do.
Read on for a selection of our picks of the Best Skateboard Trucks 2017 – 2018