Like everything else in skateboarding, figuring out which truck to buy can be a bit daunting. The purpose of this guide is to explain some of the sizing and jargon issues so that you can make up your own mind.
The first thing you need to know is that at Skateboards of Choice, we sell trucks in pairs, so the price you see is for two trucks – enough for one skateboard.
The next thing you need to know is what width of truck you need. This will depend on the deck that the trucks are intended for. Simply measure the width of the deck and chances are that it will be somewhere between 7.5 and 8 inches wide. If your deck falls in this width category, you will need a standard sized truck, usually referred to as a 5.0 truck. Why is it called this? Because the hanger is 5 inches wide. Please see the below diagram to see what the hanger is:
So the hangar is the middle part of the truck, the wheels site either side of it. So if you see a truck listed as a 5.0, then this refers to the hangar width, and this truck will be suitable for most standard sized decks. Just to confuse you, some companies, like Independent, list the hangar width in millimetres, so a 5 inch hangar translates as a 129mm width. So an Independent 129 truck is designed to fit standard skateboard decks between 7.5 and 8 inches.
Here at skateboards of Choice we list the trucks not by their hangar width but by their total span, which for a standard size truck is 7.75 inches wide (please see the diagram above).
If your deck is between 8 inches and 8.25 inches, you will need a truck with a hangar width of 5.25 inches, or 139 millimetres, or a truck span of 8 inches. If your deck is between 8.25 and 8.5 inches, you will need a truck with a hangar width of 5.5, or 149mm, or a truck span of 8.5 inches.
The next thing to consider is whether you need a low profile truck or a standard profile. This refers to the height that the truck sits off the ground. The lower the truck, the easier it is the lift the board off the ground when attempting tricks like ollies or kickflips. Standard trucks are better for riding on ramps and half pipes. So if you are intending to do more flat land trick-based skateboarding, then low trucks are for you. If you fancy shredding the coping at your local skate park, then standard or high trucks are for you. But to be honest, the difference between the two type of truck isn’t great, so it’s not really that much of an issue.
The last thing to consider is the weight of the truck. Manufacturers like to make their products as light as possible as this makes boards easier to do ollies with. Standard trucks are made from aluminium, which is a fairly heavy metal, but now some manufacturers are using magnesium, which is much lighter. The downside is of course that magnesium is much more expensive. To be honest, we tend to stick with good old fashioned aluminium here at Skateboards of Choice as it is a tried and tested material.
If you’re not sure which brand of truck to go with, we always recommend Independent trucks – they have been going for 30 years and have a lifetime manufacturer guarantee against manufacturing defects. If you’re looking for a budget truck that also happens to be amongst the lightest on the market, then the Enuff 306 truck range is for you.
You can see our complete range of skateboard trucks here. To see all trucks of a specific width, simply click on the relevant box in the “truck span” table to the left of the page below the list of truck brands.