The skateboard is a truly wonderful ride that does not just bring you from point A to point B, but can also perform some impressive moves. This is possible because of the combination and balance of all the different parts of your board. If you bought an assembled model, then you might not be aware of these elements but if you were to put together your own board, then you would definitely have to know all of these to be able to build one.
In fact, some people choose to just create their own skateboard, not only because they can personalize it any way they want. The truth is, these parts do have an influence on how your board will later on perform, so buying them separately and putting them together will ensure you that you have the perfect skateboard.
Here are the different parts of a skateboard:
The deck is also referred to as the board, and it is the biggest and most essential part of your skateboard. Not only because this is what you will be standing on, but because the other parts are more or less attached to the deck, like the trucks and grip tape. If you look at various skateboards on the market, you will notice there is a huge variation in the sizes of the decks. It is also available in various thicknesses and widths and can be easily personalized or designed.
- The Kicktail, Nose, and Tail
The kicktail is that little bent part at the front (the nose) and the end (the tail) of your deck. The nose is normally broader and the tail narrower. Both sides are also a bit bent upwards as they help you maneuver, make higher jumps, and perform tricks.
- Grip tape
This is a sheet that is added to the top of the board in order to provide traction between the shoe and the skateboard.
This holds the deck and the truck together using 8 nuts and bolts. They come in various colors and in 2 sizes.
This part of the board is what you need to be able to steer. The truck is what is in between the board and the wheels. As you use your board to ride or perform stunts, you can be sure to see normal wear-and-tear here.
Customers can easily find wheels in a range of colors, sizes, graphics, and also hardness. For example, soft wheels are perfect for cruising and they normally have better traction and can keep their grips when turning.
They fit into the wheels and are mounted onto the skateboard’s axle. They are vital in allowing the wheels to roll faster and for a longer time.
The spacer is made of a small metal that is added in between the bearings. However, this part does not have any effect whatsoever on the quality or speed of riding the skateboard.
- Riser Pad
A riser pad is added to provide a gap between the truck and the board, resulting in a higher skateboard.
In an assembled skateboard, there is no need to understand these different parts as you would not need to do any cleaning or washing prior to the event. Still, whether or not you actually decide to put together yours, knowing what the parts are and what their roles are will help you become a better skateboarder in the future.
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