Buying a Complete Skateboard Guide
For a custom complete skateboard, a part from each of the above
categories must be added to your shopping cart to order a complete
skate-able skateboard. Riser/Shock Pads are optional, but
recommended. Note: For free assembly please add "Free Assembly" to your shopping cart, otherwise your complete will
for you to build.
Also, pre-assembled complete skateboards are available here, to pick the appropriate size use the chart below.
Choosing a Deck
Kids under 12 y.o. (or under/around 5' tall) should skate a "Mini" skateboard 7.0"-7.375" with a shorter wheel-base, regardless of shoe size. This will only help them learn tricks and maneuver more easily.
If you're older than 12 and/or taller than 5'2" we recommend the following sizes based on your shoe size:
|Shoe Size||Deck Width|
All of the decks sold at Plank Eye Board Shop are of professional quality. This is essential to get the feel of a real skateboard.
After you've added your deck to the shopping cart, you'll want to start shopping for trucks. If you don't have a deck width preference, 7.75" wide trucks are recommended. 7.75" trucks can also be labeled 3.5, 5.0, 129 depending on the brand. For more information on how trucks vary and to see a truck width size chart click here.
Wheels vary in both diameter and durometer/hardness. We recommend 52mm wheels with a 101a hardness. All of our wheels are urethane, which makes a huge difference in the performance of your skateboard.
For more information on choosing the right wheels for you click here.
Bearings go inside the wheels and greatly influence how fast you and your skateboard go. There are 2 bearings per wheel, 8 per skateboard. They are usually sold in a set of 8 unless marked single.
For more information on bearings click here.
Grip-tape is the sandpaper-like top that is essential for every skateboard deck. Mini-logo or generic grip-tape is free (-$3.99) with the purchase of a complete. Graphic grip-tape is often popular with skateboarders. M.O.B. grip-tape is by far the most grit, but will also tear though your shoes the fastest. Note: Applying grip-tape is hard, if you want us to do it add "Apply" or "Assemble" to the shopping cart.
If you're skating 1/8" riser pads 1" hardware is recommended. If you're not skating riser-pads 7/8" will be just long enough. Some sets of hardware have 2 differently colored bolts to put towards the nose of the skateboard.
Choosing Riser Pads or Shock Pads
(Optional yet important) We recommend riser or shock pads. Risers raise the trucks up from the bottom of the deck. This makes the wheels have more clearance from the board so they don't scrape (This scraping is called "wheel-bite"). Shock pads are like risers but they are softer which helps stop the hardware from vibrating loose. Note: With 1 set of 1/8" riser/shock pads you'll need 1" long hardware or longer.
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