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How to verify the quality of a complete skateboard?

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A skateboard is fundamentally the sum of its parts. If you want a good complete skateboard, you will want each component to be of high quality.

We will look at each part of the skateboard and discuss what quality means for that component. We will try to provide tips on how to find high-quality or low-quality implementations of that component, and then we will share a way to evaluate a complete skateboard.  

This passage is going to talk about the followings of complete skateboard:

(1) Legal skateboard decks of skateboard

(2) Skateboard wheels and bearings

(3) Choosing proper truck for the skateboard


(1) Legal skateboard decks of skateboard

Modern decks are made of a composite material of thin layers of maple or bamboo, which are pressed into a nearly symmetrical shape with a nose equal to or longer than the tail. The deck is supposed to be concave (a subtle U-shape) across the board, with the nose and tail angled upward (the "kicker" of the board). Conceptually, while the board is a platform, it can also be used to hold the ball on the skater's foot, and its rising sides, nose and tail provide the foundation for almost all modern skateboarding tricks.

A quality skateboard deck will be lightweight while maintaining durability and providing a "pop" effect - the right combination of flexibility and rigidity that allows the board to respond in situations that require "popping" the board or other tricks from the ground.

Skateboard decks found to be substandard can be hit or miss. Some toy skateboards don't even try to look "real”; they may not have a recessed shape or even an extended nose, others are shaped like real skateboards but made of cheap wood and padding. If so, they may be thicker and heavier than a quality board, or ready to break down quickly and easily. Please consider that making a real skateboard board is not easy. That's why it's best to choose a high-quality complete skateboard.


(2) Skateboard wheels and bearings

Suitable skateboard wheels are made of polyurethane with minimal additives added. Toy skateboard wheels can be made of plastic or low-quality mixes, which can lead to degraded performance in the best case and even to broken wheels in the worst case, or even to completely dangerous situations. In such cases, brand recognition and reputation can come into play.

A "real" skateboard wheel will usually carry the name of the manufacturer, the diameter of the wheel (in millimeters) and the hardness (durometer) of the wheel itself.

Quality wheels won't make much sense if you don't have good bearings that will allow the wheels to spin freely on the axle of the scooter. A quality set of bearings will spin well immediately and will actually even get better once they break. If good quality bearings get dirty, they can usually be taken apart and cleaned relatively easily.

Lower quality bearings usually don't allow the wheels to spin very well, and performance can drop off quickly. It sounds harsh, but the poor-quality lubricants used in these bearings do stink. Most low-end bearings are not designed to be cleaned and reused, but should be thrown away and replaced.


(3) Choosing proper truck for the skateboard

The truck is the metal part that provides the axle of the skateboard. The truck is responsible for a large part of the feel of the board, how it turns and how it responds to the skater. The truck should also be sized to fit the skateboard deck so that the outer edge of the wheels aligns with the outer edge of the skateboard.

Without good grip, skaters have a hard time staying on the board. The main complaint about poor grip is often that it is never very grippy or loses grip quickly. Again, we recommend trusting a name brand with years of skateboarding experience.


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