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What are skateboard axles?

Trucks can come in different styles, sizes, and colors. I have tried many different products and they are not all created equally.

Something you’ll need to consider when choosing your next set will be size. It doesn’t make sense to buy a truck which is wider that your board. If you end up doing this however, it’s not a big deal. I have done this many times before, but it makes it hard to do some flatland tricks, like primos.

If you’re just beginning skateboarding, the pair you have will not affect you too much. I suggest you get light ones. Other than that though, it’s not that important.

If you’re not a beginner anymore and are perhaps getting into grinds and big gaps or ledges there are a few more things to consider. When I am picking out my next pair, I always check the height of the king pin. This is the large bolt which holds the two pieces of the truck together. I wont choose a truck with a king pins which sticks out past the truck. This can get annoying when doing grinds and make it very hard to learn too.

Something else to check is the grade of the king pin. Look on the bolt side of the pin. There will be markings here. If there are 3 lines you have a grade 5 king pin. If there are 5 lines you have a grade 8 king pin. I wont go into too much about this, but basically a grade 8 king pin can handle more stress than a grade 5. (If there are no lines please turn and run away from this purchase, run far away.)

What are skateboard axles?

Please don’t listen to your friends if they are telling you just get whatever and it wont matter. You often do get what you pay for in this area of skateboard parts. Also don’t listen if they say you don’t need to worry about king pin grade, since you wont be able to break them. I hear people say “you need thousands of pounds of pressure to break a king pin.” Yes, you do need a lot pressure to break one.

Skateboarders put a huge amount of pressure on their boards sometimes. Often in ways you wouldn’t expect. There’s also an argument about grade 8 pins breaking sooner than grade 5. I know I said I wouldn’t go into it, but it’s partly true. Just trust me and get the grade 8 pin and you won’t experience problems with bent king pins!

There is no perfect truck however. I’ve broken many. I may have bad luck with them, who knows. I do know this though. Some companies offer a lifetime guarantee on their products. These products are usually more expensive, but the guarantee may be worth the money. Destructo for one, is more than willing to work with you if you have trouble with certain parts of their product.

So keep these points in mind. There’s one thing, which rules over everything else in choosing a pair though. I have to like them. If I don’t like the way they look or how they ride I won’t be having fun. Having fun is what skateboarding is all about. Don’t miss out on a chance to get a really cool pair just because they are grade 5 or they are from a company someone told you isn’t good. Now get some trucks on that board and skate on!