So you want to buy some trucks, huh? But you can’t decide on a style or brand? Well first things first, if you’re a newb then we suggest you start by reading an earlier blog post from our archives about choosing the right trucks before you go any further. This post will help you pick skate trucks with the proper height and width for your particular riding style. This is the most important step before you even start to consider a specific product.
Now that we have that out of the way let’s discuss what you should be looking for. This is sort of a no-brainer, but you should really be looking for the lightest and most durable trucks that are within your budget. You want the lightest trucks to help get the most pop, durable trucks to ensure that your axle doesn’t bend or break on your first big-air, or a happy combo of these two elements.
If lightweight is the direction that you’re looking to go in, then you’ll want to grab a set of trucks made from one of two metals – titanium or magnesium. These are the lightest metals used in skateboard trucks and will help reduce the overall weight of your board giving you a lot more pop on your ollies. Specifically, Theeve TiH Axleless titanium skateboard trucks (pictured below), Tensor magnesium skateboard trucks, or Thunder titanium trucks are among the lightest models currently on the market today.
|Theeve TiH Axleless titanium skateboard trucks|
For those of you in need of durable trucks built to handle the impact of those hard grinds and huge stair drops we would recommend trucks cast from steel. Though it is heavier than titanium or magnesium, steel is less willing to bend or break while riding and is often times more affordable than its lighter counterparts. We’ve found that the most durable trucks out there tend to be from the Independent or Venture brand line-ups.
If you’re still having trouble deciding on a pair of trucks don’t be discouraged. More often than not, the trucks you choose to ride are purely a matter of personal preference and finding what best suits your riding style will be your biggest obstacle. Differences in weight and durability, though they exist, are often times minuscule.
Blackhole Boards experts recommend skateboard trucks from Independent, Thunder, or Venture to riders of all experience levels. These brands have consistently produced some of the most reliable and long-lasting trucks of any brand throughout our years of riding experience. You really can’t go wrong with any of these!
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We hope this bit of shopping advice helps in your next skateboard trucks purchase. Good luck out there, ladies and gents. Keep on thrashin’.