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Best skateboards


Q. What skateboards are best for kickflips, grinds and ollies? Which board goes the fastest?
— Big Air Joe, Mansfield, Conn.

A. First off, the best skateboard for street skating, and doing tricks like kickflips, ollies, etc. is a standard eight-inch wide tongue depressor-shaped skate deck. The brand isn’t really important, just look for one that’s durable with graphics you like. You’ll also want size 149mm trucks, and wheels sized between 52mm to 58mm. If you’re a smaller, lighter guy, pick a wheel in the lower end of that size range. If you’ll mostly be skating on the street and rough surfaces (which I’m guessing you will be), pick a wheel with a hardness of around 97A and above. These harder wheels will give your tricks more pop.

Now, if you want to go really, really fast, you’ll need a hill—and a totally different type of skateboard. Your best bet is to get a longer, wider, hybrid-style deck, something in the 38- to 42-inch long range. You’ll want wheels sized between 74mm to 81mm with a medium soft feel of around 78A to 80A. Then, the final important ingredient is the bearings. These are the things inside your wheels that make them spin really fast. Look for bearings with a rating of between Abec 5 to 7. The higher the rating, the less rolling resistance the bearing has, so theoretically, the faster you’ll go. They’re expensive (about $15 for four bearings) and keep in mind, if you ride your skate through sand or some such, the bearings will get clogged and your very fast skateboard will now be very slow.

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Comments about “Best skateboards”

  1. ratzcoconut says:

    I think that either Zero or Plan B are the best.

  2. cool dude says:

    hey smaller decks is the easier to flip. Larger boards are harder to flip but you can land on them easily

  3. pro sk83r says:

    yo the brand matters

  4. Ratty says:

    Bustin Longboards, Man the best things around for speed and for tricks

  5. nix says:

    lib tech skateboards are the best board there is they flip nice. Have lots of pop and are next to impossible to break. For me there is no other board. only bad thing is they are expensive. But you pay for quality

  6. longboarding Jon says:

    get an original longboard

  7. person says:

    Plan B

  8. elie says:

    i have tech deck to. awsome dude awosme!

  9. skater dude says:

    alien workshops are the best boards around

  10. mice says:

    i think its really cool. tony hawk would sure like o see that! i have tech deck skateboards.

  11. aid says:

    i had that same question before and i learned the boards that are not as wide get a better flip and for grinding it doesn’t matter what board if you stay put while grinding get some wax to smooth the surface and make it more slick. Also the board doesn’t effect how fast it goes its the bearings and i recommend ”Lucky Hardball Bearings”. Wheels i also recommend a size 52mm wheel and i skate street and i have 52mm and they are a great size

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