If you’ve read our post on buying a beginner skateboard, you may be the proud owner of a new skateboard (hopefully you’ve got it from your local skate shop). You’ve made sure it’s the right size for you before you’ve bought it. So what next?
Even if you’ve chosen the right size board, the trucks are not set up for you right out of the box. Everyone is different weights and different shoe sizes, and even your desired style or riding may affect how you adjust your trucks. The bushings (the rubber discs in the trucks) may also be softer in some setups than others.
Too loose trucks
If the trucks are too loose for you, you will wobble when you pick up some moderate speed. You should tighten your trucks. Be wary of going downhill if you feel you might be in this camp.
Too tight trucks
You won’t be able to turn in a tight enough circle. Looser trucks are more forgiving. Sometime when you are losing your balance, loose trucks will allow a tighter turn which will keep your skateboard underneath you, where tight trucks won’t and you’ll need to step off to avoid falling to the ground. You need to loosen your trucks.
Test and adjust your trucks
Try setting up a slalom course, and try and carve around the markers. Start with wide gaps between the markers and gradually move the markers closer together to train on your carving.
How to adjust the trucks
To adjust skateboard trucks, get a skate tool, or a spanner, and adjust the kingpin. The kingpin is the largest nut on the truck. Turn clockwise to tighten, and anti-clockwise to loosen. Adjust about a quarter turn at at time. Then try your slalom again. If you’re not happy, make another quarter turn adjustment until you feel it is right for you.
What if the trucks are still too stiff/loose after adjusting?
It could you have a cheap components. Try replacing your bushings for a harder or softer set.
Truck adjustment depends on riding style
How you adjust your trucks also depends on what you want to ride. Tighter trucks provide stability. If you want to go fast, then tighter trucks are better. Looser trucks allow you to change direction quicker and are more forgiving. If you want to do quick turns, carve tight bowls, do flips and technical tricks, you want loose trucks.
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