By choosing your own trucks, you’re taking a major step from the typical skateboarder to the path of a professional one. With the understanding of the trucks and other hardware on the board, you’ll know how to handle them in certain situations.
With that being said, we present you with the 7 best skateboard trucks, all of their features, pros, and cons. Hence, you’ll know which one to choose depending on your preferences.
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Choosing a suitable skateboard truck
What size do you need?
This largely depends on your deck since the skateboard trucks need to match it in size. Most skateboard deck comes with sizes vary from 7.45 to 8.5 inches depending on their uses.
You first need to measure the body of the truck to know its size (or width). The suitable trucks for certain sizes are:
- For decks from 7.5 to 8 inches – 5″ Hanger / 129mm / 7.75″ Axle trucks
- For decks from 8 to 8.5 inches – 5.25″ Hanger / 139mm / 8.0″ Axle trucks
- For decks from 8.5 to 9 inches – 149mm skateboard trucks
Make sure you chose the right trucks that could easily handle the weight of the deck while still delivering good control.
Do trucks come with hardware?
Most pair of trucks that you purchase comes with the necessary hardware to attach the wheels to the axels. But they often don’t have the hardware needed to connect your deck to the trucks since each deck has their own pre-built attachments.
It’s also another reason why you should consider the deck sizes before purchasing the trucks to make sure they match perfectly.
Loose or tight?
It’s a controversial topic when it comes to skateboard trucks as many claimed that loose trucks are better and vice versa.
In my opinion, this is largely depending on personal preferences and there shouldn’t be any one-sided conclusion. But from experiences, I don’t think you should loosen your trucks too much since it might become wobble when skating from side to side.
However, it doesn’t mean that tight trucks are easier to skate, they’re just safer when you attach them tightly. You can loosen your truck a little at a time and try experiments on it to find your perfect fit.
Top 7 Best Skateboard Trucks
Independent Silver 139mm Trucks 8.0″ Skateboard
The product comes in a package of two 139mm trucks with metal design and a sturdy look. It’s a pretty solid pair of trucks, especially for beginners who want to start skating. The trucks can be easily installed on your old deck and have good turning functionality.
In additions, you’ll also get a good balance on the trucks, allowing you to perform sharp turns and difficult tricks with ease. Thus, the 8.0” trucks are great for street skateboarding.
- High-quality trucks
- Easy to install
- No fancy look
THUNDER HI 147 SONORA BLACK
If you’re looking for a reliable pair of trucks with a sleek modern look, you shouldn’t miss out on this. The Thunder Hi 147 Sonora comes with a stylish design that would freshen up your gear.
Moreover, the trucks are lightweight and quite durable considering our demanding tests. You’ll also get good stability when doing tricks on your board.
We personally love the wheel bite prevention features as it greatly enhanced our skating experiences.
- Look great
- Good stability
- Prevent wheel bite
Thunder Polished Team Skateboard Trucks
The trucks are suitable for a wide range of different boards while maintaining a good consistency. After a few tests, we immediately fell in love with the trucks.
They come with a sleek metal design and are quite light. The strong design allows it to make faster reactions with minimum resistance.
With polished and scratch-resistant metal surface, your trucks are guaranteed to stay shiny for a long time.
- Good turning
- Polished metal look
- Might become rusty
Venture Polished Low Skateboard Trucks
It’s one of the lightest trucks that you’ll find on this list. Venture was quite generous by using the highest quality materials on this product.
The trucks are suitable for different styles of skateboarding thanks to their impressive stability, reaction, and balance, that is crucial for performing difficult tricks.
However, I personally find turning a little difficult compared to my usual pair of trucks. But nonetheless, it is still a great deal.
- Stylish look
- Good balance
- Difficult turning
INDEPENDENT 129 SKATEBOARD TRUCKS
With high-quality aluminum hanger and baseplate, solid Chromoly steel axles, and impressive cushions, the Independent 129 Trucks offer great durability as well as functionality.
Moreover, the truck also has a lightweight and good stability, you can make precise turns and perform quick tricks with ease.
It’s exactly what you can expect from a brand like the Independent.
- High performance
- Durable and comfortable
- Come with an extra set of bearings
Mini-Logo Skateboards 7.6-Inch Trucks
The pair of high-performance trucks from Mini-Logo features high-quality aluminum build and high-rebound bushings.
Hence, they deliver impressive durability and stability. The lightweight design also makes it easier to perform difficult tricks.
However, the pricing is quite high compared to other similar products.
- High-quality materials
- Great consistency
BEAR Grizzly 852 52° 181mm Gen 5 Longboard Skateboard Trucks
Constructed with high-quality materials, the trucks are extremely durable and lightweight. Hence, it is suitable for downhill and freestyle skating.
However, since bushing seat is very restrictive, it’s not good for all-around skating and cruising.
Moreover, the stylish black and green design would also look great on your old board, making it stand out on the street.
- Great for street skating
- Stylish look
- Restrictive bushing seat
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