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Powell Golden Dragon Flying
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Our Top 5 Best Skateboards For Beginners (plus more below)
Powell Golden Dragon Flying
PUENTE Pro Cruiser
Ohderii Skate Skateboards
MINORITY 32inch Maple
POSITIV Team Complete
#1. Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon - TOP PICK
Powell Peralta is one of the iconic brands in skateboarding.
Its team from the 1980s, the Bones Brigade, was a major influence on what skateboarding would become.
Read on to find out why it's out TOP PICK....
As you may know, Powell is a top skateboard brand in the market right now. If you want to find more great skateboards, you can take a look at our best skateboard brands here to find the ideal choice
Powell, singular, is a spinoff of Powell Peralta, and its boards are intended for beginners. They are made in China with the same machines and — importantly — glues that Powell Peralta uses in its California factory.
This Golden Dragon deck is 7.625 inches wide and 31.625 inches long, which is a little smaller than the average modern street deck.
It is made from seven plies of maple, and it has a deeper concave than some others on this list.
The deeper concave allows Powell to make the board thinner without losing strength. This board is one of Powell’s ligament decks, meaning it has a polymer strand running through it to hold it together should it break.
so I have here a lightly used Powell flight deck now I did actually film an intro with a nice brand new Powell flight that can manage to delete it so here we have a lightly used one okay so this was an eight-point to five now let's start with the measurements so across the front truck we have just a hair under eight and three eighths so eight point three eight across the back truck we have just a hair under eight and three eighths again and in the middle so it's pretty consistent from the trucks down to the middle let's check the length it is 31 and thirteen sixteen so that is just above 31 and three quarters nice length check the wheelbase 14 in the quarter even let's check the nose and tail length seven-inch nose just under six and three-quarter tail so these are some pretty standard and popular measurements here next I want to check the weight of this board okay so the flight deck is twelve eighty five and just for reference I have a similar size coin machine deck that's just under 8 and three eights as well twelve eighty six so that's incredibly similar I mean a gram we're talking nothing and I think most skateboarders know how much a gram weighs so let's get into the construction a little bit so I believe this is five plies and it has one carbon fiber layer underneath the bottom ply or in between the bottom ply and the rest of the plies and then it has a carbon fiber layer on the top and what you can't see now is there's also a reinforced layer around the trucks so that's probably to stop you from breaking your board like this or getting pressure cracks so what we got is five maple plies in two carbon-fiber plies and if you think about how this is strengthening it so what you've got is you've got the wood that has some tensile strength and tensile strength is the resistance against snapping so this reminds me a little bit of reinforced concrete so when we say build a concrete slab so imagine you've got like an 8-inch concrete slab so what you've got is the concrete itself has incredibly poor tensile strength so if you have a long band of concrete with no steel in it it's just gonna crumble under its own weight and then you've got the steel in it that has incredible tensile strength and the concrete however has incredible compressive strength so if you have an 8-inch concrete slab on the ground and somebody puts a lot of weight on it it can hold an incredible amount of weight so how this works is we put the steel in the bottom of the slab because when you put the steel say you've got eight inches and the Steel's in the bottom what that does the steel stops it from being able to flex so the top layer of concrete is all of a sudden compressing against itself and the steel is stopping it from being able to flex so you get the best of both worlds you get the tensile strength of the steel and the compressive strength of the concrete now why I bring that up is this has a similar effect so when you jump down say in the middle of this this is why we've seen people drive over these with cars when you jump down on the middle of this normally the wood would crack but this carbon fiber layer that's just next to the bottom has this incredible tensile strength that's able to withstand something like a car driving over it so the wood does not crack because it's able to sort of help it help the wood get that compressive strength as it's being flexed now same thing you've got this carbon fiber layer on the top so you're not gonna be able to snap these noses and tails either because it's got so much strength from the tensile strength of the carbon fiber layers so this is me making up things from my construction brain as to why these are so strong but anyways let's get on to the skating in the review that I filmed a couple of weeks ago okay so that skating was the first week where I was starting to get used to this board and it was big shock coming on to this board after being on the Lowepro which is like such a steep board and this one is I would say a lot mellower in fact what I'm learning is that medium to mellow concave boards actually feel a bit soggy when they're brand new and this kind of has that feel and when I had stood on other people's flight decks I was apprehensive about trying one because I thought that they were a soggy deck but what I've learned is that medium con caves don't feel as stiff some people are actually really going to prefer that now I don't want you to get the wrong impression and think that this deck is soggy it's actually been a pretty crisp nice feeling board it's just not stiff so when a board is a medium concave it sort of has like a band of strength around in here and you can feel the outside edges of it flex a little bit and this has that so getting on to how this feels now three weeks in is the feel of it has not changed at all so typically a medium concave board goes from feeling a little bit softer a little bit springy to quite soggy after three weeks to a month and this board has remained exactly the same the whole way through and what's great about this is it's actually giving me a chance to get used to a flatter deck and I would also like to say I think if Powell came out with some steeper flight decks some steeper kicks in deeper concave that I think they would be amazing because I couldn't break this board and if I could get one that had a feel that's more my taste I think they'd be really great although I'm not a board breaker so I actually don't need to spend the extra money on these let's quickly take a look at the shape and then get to some more skating so one thing that threw me when I first got on this deck is that the nose is slightly more tapered than the tail here's the tail it's quite round and would make a nice nose here's the nose and it has just slightly more taper so it's actually almost identical but the fact that it had just slightly more taper on the nose kind of threw me off for a while because I'm used to it being the other way around and I actually bugged me but now I'm used to it and of course it doesn't matter and somebody has been out here skating at the Richmond oval because this ledge has about two segments that are perfectly greased up so we got about 14 feet of ledge that's broken in so nicely now I hit the part that wasn't broken in all right I'm low on battery you're gonna have to take those ones so I've really been enjoying this deck on lower ledges because of the sort of mellow ish nose and tail and I've chosen to keep the thunders on it because I know that if I put Indies on this I would find this deck for me personally to be unridable I just really like things steeper especially within these I find it's very well balanced on thunders and works quite nicely for a lot of my flat ground tricks too but I do have a tendency to rock it flip a bit from time to time because I have to like flick really hard to get my kick flips to level out nicely but the rest of my stuff seems to work out pretty decently it also for some reason seems to chip a little bit easier so I've got just like chunks coming out of my board there's another one right there still though for a deck with one two three four five maple plies is that correct one two three four five so this is only five maple plies as opposed to the traditional seven with the two carbon fiber layers it's still quite crispy [Music] so I think I'm going to be setting up a new deck soon even though this has tons of life there's been so many reviews of these things I mean we've seen people driving over them with cars we've seen people rege ripping them after about a month and I can see why like so they're a very long-lasting deck the only thing to note is because they're so skinny like is in thin you're going to get razortail faster because there's two less plies kind of to go through like you can feel it's noticeably pin when you hold these boards so you might even end up like kind of sanding it down if you want to get rid of the razor tail and make it feel a little crisper for a bit regrip the deck I mean you're gonna get a lot of life out of these if you want so I'll admit I haven't tried all the other shapes this is the one with the blunt or nose and tail they have ones with point to your nose and Tails I don't know if those are steeper or if they're still mellow with just a triangular nose and tail can you guys let me know in the comments so in summary I think these are a great deck like I think they really hit the nail on the head for the market of people who break decks a lot or who want a long-lasting deck while it does cost almost 50% more than a regular deck if you break boards a lot this is going to be a good investment the only downside being of course if the shapes aren't to your personal tastes it'll be something you'd have to get used to so overall I'd say the Pala flight deck is actually a really good product I'd happily ride another one when you guys put out some more shapes so anyways thanks for watching again I'm in the flight path if you can hear all these planes I hope you found this review useful if you were thinking about buying one or just wanted to know what the heck these are like so again see you guys go click on something else now I don't know go learn how to do some construction or sup and go watch my other channel
The Powell trucks are all-aluminum, with carbon steel axles. The Powell urethane wheels are 99a and 54mm, which are typical specs for street skating wheels. The bearings are a weak spot, though.
They are slow when new and they only get slower, and they will require upgrading sooner rather than later.
#2. PUENTE Pro Cruiser - RUNNER UP
Puente Skateboards operates out of Puente Alto, Chile.
They are popular boards in Latin America because of their homegrown roots....
But also because they are nice quality - hence why they are our runner up!
If you like the deck, these boards are a good option because it will last longer than the rest of the components.
Puente uses all-maple construction for its decks, and the concave is mellow but functional. The 31-inch length is a bit short for the 8-inch width, but that is a personal preference and may even help when learning spinning tricks like 360 flips.
The Puente trucks are all aluminum, with steel axles. The baseplates are an issue, though. They appear to be poorly engineered and may crack. A truck upgrade is first on the to-do list, but should not be a deal breaker.
hey friends tux here I got something super special for you today my friends that put neat pu e NT ponies sporty they send me the skateboard to review for you guys so I'm really pumped about this as a kid I used to love skateboarding and it's amazing skateboarding is Steve relevant through the years I mean skateboarding is more popular now than ever you know so it's great and it's really important I have to stress this really important to have a really good skateboard because if you don't have a good skateboard it can lead to injury you know you can hurt yourself and of course expense and replacing components you know and these guys make great boards and this is how it comes from Amazon effect before I go further I should mention is gonna be a link for you and the description down below click the link get your own there's so many designs it is just amazing what they can do with skateboards but this is the one that they sent for me and it comes in a big deal Amazon box pull it out they nicely packed with bubble bubble wrap I did cut this little hole myself there was like a wheel in there and I couldn't help I I was so excited I had a peek at this guy's but just come nice and secure direct from the factory let's go ahead and unwrap this okay we're gonna go ahead and pull up the bubble wrap here to expose the board itself I might try and keep the bulbar icons together so I can I can pop them later if I want to we'll go ahead and keep pulling this off and you can see really nice full sized board very very cool let's go ahead check this out into all of its glory it does come this is like shrink wrapped plastic wrapped to keep it extra nice and secure now when you first get home which is really good now the first thing I should mention about the board is this board is of the 31 inch variety okay so this board can actually take a maximum weight of 300 pounds so you can actually ride this as an adult which is fantastic now I would say the ideal weight for this board is probably around 200 250 or so you know and of course anything lighter can ride this board as well but this board is meant to be written hard okay which is great it's a sign of quality with it now one thing I love about this is just good really really nice and grippy top here okay and that's super duper important because if you don't want to go flying off your board you know plus you don't want your board to go flying into traffic or get destroyed or something so it's really great they have such a great like grippy top to it so very very good definitely helps stability and helps you keep control your board which is great now in the backside here check it out we have a really cool design now they have a whole bunch of designs that you can choose from and they do lots of custom work too now looking at the bottom here we got a really cool design we have kind of a British flag going down here we got the word rock and then down here we have kind of like a checkered bottom kind of reminds me of like ska like you know 80s like The Specials that kind of thing there definitely is a lot of kind of correlation between ska music and skaters okay so that definitely to me works really well now we got some great high quality parts here to the wheels very grippy very rubbery very nice and of course very nice metal base to this - and these are all interchangeable so if you want you can change out the wheels you can change out the metal parts I mean this whole thing is very much made to customize you can see on top you have basically four screws here and then go into the bolts down here so you can easily change all this stuff to different colors or whatever you like which is fantastic it's so customizable now looking at the side of the board here I want to point out see the layers here that is a really important touch this is 7 ply maple wood maple and epoxy have made this board what is today which is really important it gives it extra durability extra flexibility even a little bit for tricks and stuff which is really good and it will help make the stand the test of time the exact dimensions of this board is 31 by 8 by 4 ok so very good again the sport can hold up to 300 pounds so you can actually have a lot of skate fun with this despite if you're a big tall short small whatever this board can take whatever you throw at it now some important specs I want to mention is this used to see high rebound 95 8 brushings ok and strong magnesium trucks they'll keep you riding steady time after time ok and it's really important but this uses a 95 a 80 rebound perfusion suspension system ok this is gonna help you so much doing tricks and stuff and without that it's very stiff this gives you strength flexibility and durability for lots of life skating which is great and again this bad boy can take up to 300 pounds which is a lot of skater so you definitely can ride this as an adult or as a child that really does mater this skateboard is for everybody again the coupon code for you is klk b2 for DK and I'll give you an extra 5% off and definitely check it out I'm gonna go ahead and hit the hit the park and check out this skateboard but you guys have a great one if you like this video please give a big thumbs up I appreciate you guys watching us so thank you very much we have a lot of cool videos coming up if you're new to the show please hit that subscribe button and ring the bell for notifications upcoming videos I do have an Instagram channel for tux toys my all channel and this Chell tux reviews check them out ok a lot of cool slice like photos behind-the-scenes stuff you want to see anywhere else ok alright I hope you have any good one we'll talk to you soon bye bye [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music]
The wheels are polyurethane, but Puente does not specify height and hardness. They appear to be about 53mm, though. The bearings roll well compared to some on this list, and should last you a while.
Bearings can be a more affordable upgrade than trucks, but you should get better trucks first.
Still, with current trends in Puente prices, even adding in the price of a truck upgrade nets a good deal on a solid beginner’s board.
#3. Ohderii Skate Skateboard
There are lots of skateboard brands available on the market, but only this particular one has an entirely different perspective.
It doesn’t matter if you are a professional or beginner, with this Ohderii Skateboard you will get everything you always wanted.
The high-quality material will make it more durable and resistant to impact because of ABS material base. At the same time, it contains high-quality PU wheels and 7-ply of Canadian Maple.
The best thing about it is that it is waterproof and you can comfortably ride it on uneven terrain and surfaces.
The installation is simple, and you will get pre-assembled fittings so that you get more convenience. Therefore, the installation cycle will reduce.
You will also get ABEC 7-inches bearing with great dimensions of 31 x 7.9 x 3.9-inches.
The low riding longboard is perfect because you will get the maximum control and stability. That way you will be able to enjoy downhill carving or any other trick that will provide you additional satisfaction and happiness.
You can quickly make a slider, the U table or plates off, without any further problem.
You will also get one year of warranty which is an excellent solution in case that you have any problems in the first moments.
But we tend to think that you won’t have any problem because this particular skateboard is durable and great for both professionals and beginners.
#4. MINORITY 32inch Maple
If you want to purchase the best skateboard on the market, you should choose this particular one.
It is the latest achievement in the world of skateboarding that combines durable and high-quality parts with top-notch materials.
The deck contains 7-ply Hardrock maple as well as the epoxy glue that will support the weight up to 220 lbs.
At the same time, you will get an auspicious kick and concave which will provide you fantastic maneuverability and extraordinary physical performance.
The trucks contain 5-inches genuine aluminum alloy. When it comes to hardware, you should have in mind that it includes kingpin, carbon steel axle and many more.
Bearings contain ABEC-9 with chrome steel as well as high rebound PU wheels so that you can get the immersive amount of power without any additional problem. It is excellent for both cruising and doing tricks on the street. You can unlock the full potential after first use.
The responsiveness and turning accuracy are always on your side. At the same time, you will get latest safety features that will protect you from any potential impact.
[Music] [Music] hey Austin back here in another video right now I'm gonna be reviewing the minority 32 inch sneaker honestly there's nothing really to complain about this there's not like that one part they're like takes away from the experience of like riding and doing tricks the deck is very solid and sturdy the trucks have a nice weight to them and a very very smooth so you're gonna be hanging those turns very nicely the wheels the wheels are a little small for my tastes I personally gravitate towards larger wheels just because I cruise but I think anybody who's picnic this board should have a good time with the 52 millimeter wheels I mean the only thing that is bad about this board are the bearings like the bearings are a complete crap maybe I just got a really really shitty batch and the Taiwanese fucks just you know scrammed in a bunch of scrap metal from the dinery or the kitchen or something but like this thing legit wouldn't roll after the first week it just crackle beyond belief so if you were to get this board I would recommend to upgrade the bearings just because they're gonna last longer and if you will have a better experience you know on my prioritized rating scale from a Tom Cruise to Terry Crews I would I would give this board a modest bill hader okay fucking legend Bill Hader you know maybe you know it fuck that you know on a scale from Tom Cruise Oh Terry Crews I'll give this shit ben shapiro okay ah fucking fucking ben shapiro just just our Lord and Savior you know coming coming down from the sky making making liberals cry in every every corner of the block you know just hail hail Jesus if you know what I mean well you know I don't want to take up too much of your time I'm gonna let ben shapiro play us out okay this is Austin [Music] [Music]
The artwork uses advanced print technology. Finally, you don’t have to worry whether print will fade away. That cannot happen because of new printing perfection that will make your skateboard always look as new. You can choose vintage to trendy graphics which makes it ideal as a gift.
#5. POSITIV Team Complete
Positiv came into existence in 2012, and is operates under the Skate One umbrella with companies like Bones and Powell Peralta.
Its riders include great skaters like Andy MacDonald, Sandro Dias and Fabrizio Santos.
Positiv’s product line includes several different complete boards. The biggest one, but the one most in line with modern street and park board sizes, is the Andy MacDonald model.
The deck is 8 inches wide and 32.125 inches long, and its concave is on the deep side.
The tail and nose are almost equal in length — about 6.5 inches.
Positiv decks are usually maple, but some are hard birch. They are made using the same laminating process and glue that Powell Peralta boards use. These decks have Positiv’s super slide treatment (SST), which is essentially a plastic lining that makes the board slide more easily.
The stuff works, and wax becomes less necessary for slides with these boards.
The urethane wheels are 54mm tall and 99a, which are ideal for street skating. The Skate One Mini-Logo bearings are some of the best on this list, and they come lubed with Bones Speed Cream. Skate One also makes Bones bearings, so consider these Bones Reds’ little brother.
The Positiv trucks are another matter, though. At 7.625 inches wide, they sit ideally just inside the edges of the 8-inch deck, which keeps the threading on the axles safe. The Positiv trucks simply aren’t as solid as others on this list, and will need an upgrade before the other components.
#6. SCSK8 Pro Skateboard
SCSK8 has been making skateboards since 2010.
The company fills a niche in affordable skateboards that few manufacturers go after - hence why it made our top list!
Their boards are some of the most affordable on this list, and they offer a lot of board for your bucks. SCSK8 components may require upgrading sooner than some other complete boards, but they get the frugal skater on a board.
These SCSK8 decks are seven plies of maple, and are 8 inches wide and 32 inches long. These are common dimensions in modern street skating, and will suit adolescent riders better than skaters who are younger than age 12 or so.
Adding to the cool factor is that there are many different graphics to choose from. SCSK8 also uses some of the best grip tape in this category of skateboards.
The wheels are 52mm and 101a durometer, which is both small and hard. Many street riders prefer these dimensions. SCSK8 claims its bearings are ABEC-9, but they are abnormally slow and will require an upgrade if real street skating is on the agenda.
hey everybody my name is dass and welcome to this video so today we're going to do another unboxing this is the SC skate cruiser board that's their website I decided that this would probably be better to do outdoors instead of indoors so I've already cut it open with my knife so to save us a little bit of trouble because I am holding this with my hand and I just wanted to get right into it this is just the receipt this is just how much I paid but I'll leave a link into the description for you guys to go check out the board and the there's like 19 variations of this board like 19 different designs slash colors you guys can go over there they make quality boards for the price this is probably one of the better boards for under fifty bucks that you could get on amazon.com so it comes in plastic with some foam on each end it's got pretty nice grip tape on it I chose natural so it's just gonna have like a natural wood color white wheels 52 millimeter the trucks are aluminum this is very important for this to be a forty dollar board the trucks being aluminum is very very important you could go to Walmart spend twenty or thirty dollars on a board but most likely your trucks are going to be plastic when you go on Amazon and you look through boards make sure you check the product description and make sure that it's gonna come with aluminum trucks also I'm sorry about any background noise I'm doing this in the middle of the day which I usually don't record the middle of the day like this it's a nice board it's got good weight to it it's made well I really like it and that's pretty much unfortunately I was hoping that it would come with like some bonus hardware or but that's pretty much all it came with but it was a great price I don't think I'll be doing any recording like me skating it right now those videos may come in the future more than likely but for today I'm not gonna do any skating on it I just wanted to open it and show you guys what I got I hope you guys like my new board thumbs up if you do subscribe to see more from me in the future and I'll catch you all on the next one take care
The aluminum trucks have 5-inch hangers. They are low quality, though. Better trucks and bearings will make these boards decent performers.
#7. KPC Pro Skateboard
Krown Pro Complete, or KPC, skateboards are the upper level boards by this off-the-shelf board company.
Krown makes street skateboards geared toward beginning riders, but the Pro Complete series utilizes better quality components than Krown’s Rookie series.
The Canadian maple decks are 7.75 inches wide, which is a good middle-ground width and should do well for smaller and larger riders alike. While not as stable as wider boards, decks under 8 inches are easier to learn kickflips and heelflips on.
The concave on the KPC decks is quite mellow, which new riders tend to prefer. Deeper concave holds your feet in place, but it also prevents easy bails.
Krown trucks are painted aluminum, and they have 5-inch hangers with steel axles. The Krown graphic urethane wheels are 52mm. Krown gives no durometer, but these wheels are softer than many on this list.
what is going on guys it is legacy here today and I'm back yet with another video and I know it's been a while guys I was on vacation for a couple weeks and then this past week I just had my wisdom teeth out so that is kind of why videos haven't been coming but I'm hoping to get back on the grind if my cheek looks a bit puffy just don't mind that my video today is a review on my kpc skateboard few videos back I unboxed it so I've been skating it for probably like a month or so and I thought I'd just give you guys a review after that time of how its held up and what I kind of thought about it because I've had quite a bit of comments on that video asking me if it's a real skateboard is it worth the 40 bucks which isn't bad some people have actually bought it because of that video so I thought I'd just give you guys a quick review over it how it's held up and what I think about it alright so as you guys can see um obviously it's gonna wear on both sides and stuff like that but also hasn't been that bad the truck's a little bit just right new rod messed around I haven't been grinding I can't do that obviously a little bit away there um wheelspin is okay I probably recommend if you're going to get this and you really want it to roll like great you're probably going to have to buy some new bearings like reds bearings that would be a lot better and then red speed cream but that's a little bit up with um I've took these out and cleaned them a couple times and it hasn't been like tapes fun pretty good but then a couple sessions later then they're kind of back to not spending the greatest that's something that I'd probably recommend but you can I've heard you can even take these out clean on foot speed came on them if I had speed cream I would maybe I'll get some but I've heard you can do that and I'd recommend trying that maybe before you get the other bearings if you don't like the thing get that bearing so the grip tape has held up pretty well it stayed pretty grippy so I'm glad for that I mean it's kind of feel just a tiny to you but I mean that's going to happen if you're stating in it ball outside rather than every works play so that stuff is gonna happen but overall I feel like the board is held up pretty well for a lot being like 35 to 40 bucks on Amazon and keep in mind this is my first skateboard so I wasn't exactly sure what to go for or what to get but yeah it's my first skateboard so as a first skateboard I think it's held up pretty well for the price and I've had a lot of fun on it so far I actually bought a different deck at a garage I'll actually go get it and show you guys but I bought a different deck just for when this one gets kind of ran down breaks or whatever so I'll go get that and show you guys alright guys here is my newer dad Hospital my newer one um I got it at a garage sale which sounds kinda stupid but I got at a garage sale for 25 bucks and I mean this is like a $60 board it's a feather-light Helium board which is that I guess it looks lighter in its element as you can see with a pretty notes paper and I believe this is a 7.75 and that is the same as this one and yeah so in the future I don't know if I'll eventually get like an eight or whatnot but for now I'm just going to set this one up probably when this one goes bad it's a new trucks bearings wheel so if you guys want to stay tuned eventually there will be a new board set up video and that should be pretty cool gotta get some grip tape and all that but uh yeah I hope you guys got something on my video today as I said earlier I was just gonna do a review over it since I've been speeding it for a month or so I thought you guys might want to know you'd be curious to see how it's all up so thank you guys very much for watching please like comment subscribe you know I always love reading those comment as always
The bearings on Krown boards are notoriously slow, and an upgrade will be necessary to experience high-speed skating. A bearing upgrade and some harder wheels will make these boards more user friendly, but the deck has good pop for the class.
#8. ANCHEER Skateboard
Catering to the more frugal skateboarders out there, Ancheer makes solid, but no-frills skateboards.
The components may be basic, but they are mostly functional and can take abuse.
Beginners put their boards through hell, so do not underestimate the value of a solid setup.
Ancheer uses seven plies of maple in its decks. The individual layers are rather thick, though, leading to a solid but heavy board. There is very little in the way of concave, and even the nose and tail have less kick than most other beginner’s boards.
As you progress, you may wish for a steeper nose and tail, but at first this type of board is all you need to start learning. At 7.6 inches wide and 30.6 inches long, the Ancheer is a smaller board, the size some people call a mini.
This is a better size for smaller skaters than larger ones, unless they can skate freestyle like Rodney Mullen.
The trucks are aluminum and are little better than okay, but the ABEC-7 bearings are a strong suit. They roll smoothly out of the box and get a bit better over time.
hello YouTube are welcome to another day in my life law work in this carriage recently and Wow I'm pretty happy with the results man you should check it out [Music] got quite a strong bond with thank you these days [Music] something else I've been messing around with is this Firefly remote which is a which is a 3d printed Eastgate remote which I'm going to put together in the near future this is the nylon line it's like super durable looks pretty good man I'm quite happy with the way it's come out they've even got a Deadman switch on it and she's also that's here spring that goes between these that keeps the tension on there on the wheel so yeah that is super cool I'm looking forward to putting that together and testing out because the inertial nano X has let me down again that is twice now twice that remotes broken first side of the back she was I emailed inertia I followed the procedures and guess what I never heard anything back from them luckily I got to the second one the USB port fell out there so I haven't gotten Ramona the benefit escape or thought I can probably make it one good one out of the two bad ones inside me over something else that's happened recently is I bought this the add cheer board [Music] do not charge a smaller I think it's fully charged yeah so yeah let's give it a ride out see how it goes [Music] one thing I really like about this board is the is the remote all you have to do is turn it on and it's now connected and the board has an auto start feature so it's on now and the remote side of me got a hundred percent charge so what I'm going to be doing is using the ride up to to measure how how far I've come what the distance of the board is really in the top speed never use the ride up before so give it a go see what it's like [Music] so whilst this board isn't gonna set the world alight for speed it's lovely you know it's so nice just to cruise that allows me mate wearing a helmet because I could run off this board side and just cruise it and that's what this is about low-speed maneuvering on this board is fantastic it's really good it it's got super loose truck so it just it just turns man I stay for cruise ever [Music] the remote saying 60% back to you left so let's have a look at the app and see how far we've come well put five miles nine miles an hour isn't too bad for a board that you would normally just used to cruise around on like Naima now so I'm okay to nine miles an hour and so small and it rains almost nothing okay we're gonna carry on riding this board round we'll see how far you can really get before it's ridiculously slow [Music] this board only has one motor and its foot motor yeah the urethane on the hub motor is not very big probably only about five mil so anything other than just remove road like this just really struggling 2.5 miles [Music] [Music] absolute stands for factory still indicating 60% breathe probably like six miles [Music] still going on would what I even encounter the tiniest hell might happen just stop [Music] wow this is pretty bad guys I think yeah hey I wish is dead guys that is the end of it poor poor little Angie Avadh let's see what the final distance we did is 3.1 miles that's that so even after kick pushing it for the last mile it's still beeping and they still won't turn the motors one good thing though is it breaks it does still break doing is a good feature good safety feature so well done and Cherbourg [Music]
The wheels are the wrong choice from the manufacturer, though. At 55mm, they are a normal height, but their 85a durometer is completely wrong for street skating and more in line with longboarding.
They may roll smoother, but they will never last under the stresses of street skating and require an immediate upgrade.
Why Is The Powell Dragon Our Top Choice?
The Best Skateboard For Beginners on this list will all suit one type of person or another, but they all have drawbacks that keep them from being true pro boards. The best skateboard is the one that requires the fewest upgrades to be great. Replacing skateboard parts is just part of the game, as street skating is destructive by its very nature, but it should take a while.
The Powell Golden Dragon Flying Complete is the most complete board on this list, in the sense that all of its parts are well suited for street, park or ramp skating right out of the box.
No trip to the skate shop will be necessary for a while, giving you time to browse and pick out the best trucks, wheels, bearings and, eventually, pro deck for you and your style.
Street skaters don’t look at new parts as upgrades, we look at the old ones as thrashed.
Points to Consider when Buying A Beginner Skateboard
The industry-standard wood for skateboard decks is maple, which is rock hard, yet flexes enough to prevent snapping. Most quality boards use seven plies of Maple. Maple has pop, and pop is what you will need to bust a waist-high ollie!
Cheap adhesives lose their hold causing layers to split. Manufacturers that use cheap glue will not warn you, so read the fine print. These days, trick-board shapes are all relatively the same, but deck shapes evolved over time. This article is a good overview on how that evolution went down.
Trucks need aluminum hangers for grinds and steel axles for strength. Bushings should be polyurethane, and are upgradeable. This Video showing how trucks are made, which also contains a manufacturer’s thoughts on why skaters choose certain trucks.
The hardness of urethane wheels — called the durometer — varies. Street skaters typically use 97a to 101a because hard wheels slide much better on obstacles. Wheel height also varies tremendously, but street skaters tend to use wheels that are around 55mm tall.
Urethane revolutionized skateboard wheels in the 1970s, and it is still the material of choice. This article tells about the evolution of the urethane wheel from early clay and metal wheels. This Video shows some examples of vintage completes in a museum.
Bearings are rated by the ABEC scale (1-9), which has nothing to do with skateboarding. Manufacturers know skaters believe higher ABEC ratings mean faster bearings. They do not, and you won’t find high-quality bearings on off-the-shelf skateboards. Most of these completes are slow. Make a bearing upgrade a top priority. Good bearings can make almost any skateboard fast. This article by longtime pro Anthony Pappalardo gives an insider’s perspective on bearings.
My experience getting into skating works for anyone. I started with an off-the-shelf board. My first upgrade was bearings, and better wheels followed. Next, I got decent trucks. With quality under the deck, I was amazed at how quickly I improved. When I finally got a pro deck — the most expensive upgrade — I had a custom complete.
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Advantages of Riding a Good Quality Skateboards
1) Exercise — Skating is a great form of exercise. Rather than taking up a sport where you are required to attend scheduled practices and wear a uniform, you can skate whenever and however you like.
2) Freedom — Skateboarding is about the freedom to go and do what you like. There are no rules in skating like there are in other sports.
3) Expression — Talk to any longtime skater and they will tell you that they express themselves through their skating. Some ride slow and languidly, while others rage and skate very fast. Skateboarders develop unique styles and techniques.
4) Venting — There is no better way to release pent up anger than through aggressive skateboarding. It is a constructive way to let go of the things that are gnawing at you. The absolute concentration skateboarding demands leaves no room for other thoughts.
5) Brotherhood — Skateboarders everywhere are united. Others may see us as outcasts, but we stick together and support each other with genuine love. We do not see ourselves as outcasts, but as elite.
What Others Are Saying
alright guys we're here today to help you pick your very first skateboard so we're gonna go over the various parts of a skateboard now I'm going to talk about some different ideas that you may or may not have or maybe just give you some of my ideas to help you in choosing which skateboard to use first so the basics of the skateboard are the width and the length and I guess the graphic in terms of the graphic you should go to a skate shop and choose the graphic that you like or you can get your board online or however you like the main thing that you're gonna be looking at when you're when you're trying to purchase a new skateboard is how wide is that skateboard so right here you can see a little sticker it says 7.75 now that just simply means that it is 7.75 inches wide so I'm here to take a tape measure and run it across this board 7.75 inches wide I personally have a size 10 shoe and i skate an 8 inch board but this is personal preference it's not like if you have a certain shoe size you should skate a certain size board it's actually what you prefer you could have a size 6 shoe and skate an 8 inch board and I have a size 10 shoe and i skate an 8 inch board you see it is your personal preference some people like a wider board some people like a skinnier board the skinnier board will flip faster a wider boards gonna flip slower but at the same time a wider board is easier to land on so you're gonna have to try out different boards on your own and figure out what size you like the best I have skated many times 7.5 I've skated 7.7 5s and then just recently about a year ago I moved up to an 8 that's my personal preference Lance was skating an 8 and then he went to an 8 point one two five which is even wider than the 8 and his shoe size is like in a right I think that when he finally kickflip the three stair that was a big help to him as having a bit of a wider board it's also can just help you confidence wise right the next thing to check out is the wheels I'm not doing this in any regular order but I'm gonna go over every part and just talk about each little piece I personally ride 52 millimeters seems like the wheels are big enough not too small where you're gonna hit like every little rock but big enough to take you over most loved terrain this is also a set of 52 millimeter wheels so let's say we have this 7.5 inch board with the 52 millimeter wheels and tossin trucks on there I personally only skate just straight gray trucks any colors on the truck and I just can't deal with it but a lot of people like tons of colors all over their board colored wheels colored griptape colored everything I'm like old school I guess you could say so I like just straight black grip tape straight great tracks now the most important things to understand about your trucks are that you need to have the trucks that fit the size of the board so you can even take the truck and take the board and go like this and you can go okay so it looks like this this truck can fit this 7.75 good it can also fit an 8 inch so anywhere within that range this truck is gonna work out for you if you held your truck up to the board and it was sticking out on the side like an inch or half an inch or whatever that truck is too wide for the board and that's gonna make it difficult because when you go to do a kickflip if you lay in primo it's not gonna be like that there's gonna be like a bolt sticking up and that's not gonna feel very good on your foot and you're gonna land like that and then you're gonna fly and not feel so good the thing that we have that holds the trucks to the board is the hardware these are just simply little bolts and they go through your board that's pretty self-explanatory yeah these ones are the revived ones and they're all different colors remember like I said some people like just colors galore me I like just a regular silver bolt so you put these through here obviously after the grip tape so the bolt goes on the top I think generally when you're buying their first skateboard either go to your local skate shop or some online retailer that you trust you don't want to go to if you haven't noticed yet from the 150 to 200 videos we've made about them you don't want to go to Walmart and get a really cheap skateboard and it's just gonna be much harder for you to learn on a nice board with good wood good solvent trucks proper wheels good fangs good hardware it's gonna be easier for you to learn the tricks on so my big thing is like you should start out with the best board that you can get for the price that you can pay and it's gonna make you actually skate longer because you're gonna actually learn the tricks that you want to instead of like oh I'm trying to learn how to do this ollie and the board is so hard so I've been skateboarding for 25 years and sometimes I step on a board and it's so hard to kickflip and I just go somebody who just started is gonna have the hardest time ever trying to kickflip on this board right so that's very very important you can go in to your local skate shop and you can look at the wall and there's gonna be hundreds of boards there and you're gonna get maybe a little bit overwhelmed like which one do I choose the basics that you have to understand is you're just basically looking for the width get the whip that you like the graphic is not it's just paint on the board you should get a graphic that you like so you actually like your own skateboard that will help you so the main thing again is you're looking for that whiff and then you need to match the width of the trucks up to that board right then onto the bearings the bangs are just metal pieces that go inside the wheels that then go on to the truck just like that these are meal standard issue and these are Neil black outs so these ones are ceramic they're faster and these ones are just standard bearings there is a price difference between just standard bearings and the faster ceramic ones if you're not gonna be like flying around and it's your first skateboard you can go ahead and buy just whichever bangs but definitely the ceramic ones are gonna be faster and they are probably going to last you a bit longer if you do the proper like bearing carrying techniques we did make a video called how to clean your bearings so if you keep up keep your bearings and keep them cleaned they're gonna last you a good amount of time as well as the trucks and the board - I think the only piece that we didn't cover just yet is the grip tape this piece of grip tape here is am grip you can see the custom AM grip Doug des Eaux tells graphic right there and I like this cupcake because it's really really really really coarse it's very very grippy it does tear your shoes up and that is part of skateboarding your shoes definitely get torn up that's just part of it so I like it more coarse because when you go to drag your foot and do that Ollie the more course the more grip the more your foot is sticking to the board some people get crews is one of these people he will put his grip tape on the board and then he'll take the extra piece of grip tape and sand the whole board down like I feel his grip tape and I go why even have drip tape at all it's so not sticky I just put it on there and leave it because I love it sticky sticky sticky sticky sticky for people starting the skateboard I suggest the stickiest grip tape ever the more course the more rough that grip tape is the better because you're just learning to drag your foot you're just learning to do those tricks and the better that your foot sticks on there that's easier you're gonna be able to learn okay so that's the board the grip tape the trucks the wheels the bearings obviously skateboarding that simple is a huge part of what we do we teach tons and tons and tons of people how to skateboard so you guys should definitely pick that up especially if you're a beginner skateboarder and you're trying to learn it takes you step by step by step through all of the basics you can buy the board fully assembled this one was professionally put together by our very own employees here at the Braille house so this has forced 52 millimeters it has red bones bearings Orion trucks the revived skateboard this is my pro model the monster series eyeballs everywhere which i think is pretty cool and then this has the am grip on top so this one was all put together so you don't have to put it together it just it goes in this box and then this box arrives to your house and you open it on Christmas morning and you're very happy if you don't want to buy a fully complete skateboard but you want to buy all the pieces separately I'm just gonna very briefly go over to put it together so this is the skate tool very simple just has places for each thing to go very very very simple this is how this is gonna work you're gonna get your board and remember the main thing is the width so I recommend for most beginners to just get an 8 I mean I think that's a pretty regular size that you're gonna be totally fine with do you have extra big feet you could go eight to five extra small feet or just regular feet or if you want to flip your board faster I find a lot of kids that are learning on their own and they're trying to learn how to kickflip gonna have an easier time with a 775 just because the board is gonna flip faster it's a little bit lighter under their feet so they can can get that down a little bit easier you get your board you get your trucks make sure the widths are the same you put your grip tape on that's the first thing and we do have many videos on how to grip the board so you guys can watch those then you find your hardware just like this take all those out put them through the holes and then you simply put the truck on like so this part always goes in on both trucks very very important because you're gonna stand on that and it's not going to turn at all if you don't have this part in to the inside with these bushings right here which is where it actually pivots and that's how the board is able to turn so you put it on like that and then it's pretty self-explanatory these are just bolts and nuts so the bolt goes through and then the nut goes on tighten it tighten it with the skate tool nice and tight and then you're going to take you're gonna put a bearing in there and then you're gonna take your wheel and push the wheel in push that bearing into the wheel and then you're gonna take it off put another bearing on and then push the bearing into that wheel so both sides are in there and then just screw that back on like so and then you have your grip tape is on your trucks are on the board the wheels and bearings are on the trucks and then you're ready to skate that's the complete skate board so we get a ton a ton of tenant and a ton of questions about skateboards so please if you have any questions that we did not cover in this video please ask them in the comments below we will read through those comments we 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I can ride these around here right okay I just usually when security walks up and you have a bunch of skateboards today we're gonna answer a question I get asked a lot in the comment section besides this is a skateboard this is a skateboard this is a skateboard this this skateboard with motors this board right here this this isn't really a board this is this is garbage there you go problem solved so with all these different types of boards what is the best one for beginners so let's start things off by taking a look at your standard street deck now this type of skateboard is most commonly used in skate parks Bertram's or skating the street it's the best type of board for doing technical tricks like popping flipping grinding and sliding they come in a few different shapes and sizes but for the most part they're generally about the same compared to the rest of the boards that we're gonna take a look at you know this board you've seen it before and you know exactly what it can do next up is the long board now these are most commonly used by people for pretty much just commuting and cruising around on these typically are longer hence the name longboard they have bigger softer wheels and overall have a more comfortable ride compared to a regular skateboard there are a bunch of different styles or disciplines of long boarding but the most popular are downhill racing freeride and sliding and also freestyle on boarding penny boards are just cruisers in general are sort of similar to long boards they're like mini versions of long boards they're great for commuting and cruising on but when it comes to the more technical aspect like downhill or freeride or a bunch of other tricks these aren't exactly the best for it then up next is the motorized electric skateboard these things are a ton of fun but they can be a bit pricey prices for them range from between a few hundred bucks to over a thousand dollars in my opinion the learning curve for using one of these is it's not very steep at all you pretty much have to learn how to stand on it lean to turn and you're pretty much good to go they also come in a bunch of different specifications like size top speed range and with different styles of dead to these types of boards are most commonly used as a last mile vehicle so instead of walking to the bus of the Train screws on your board if you're living in a city this can be one of the most fastest most efficient and most fun means of getting around in my opinion alleys so with all these different types of boards what's the best type of board for a beginner well that depends on what you want to begin doing if you just want to use them as transportation getting from point A to point B all these boards work for that they all have wheels and they can get you from one spot to another just know that getting bigger softer wheels can make that commute much smoother faster and probably easier a motor also helps to and if your main focus is to start doing tricks and well a regular skateboard is probably the obvious choice but if your definition of tricks is doing something on your board other than riding it then well [Music] so which one should you get my answer is get the one that you're gonna have the most fun with get the board that aligns with what you need out of a board and if you don't know what any of these boards are like I recommend going to a skate shop or asking a friend who has one of them that way you can decide if it's the right board for you or you just get all home I swear not a problem maybe now I have a problem so what I want to know is what board would you choose let me know in the comment section down below and as always guys if you like this video please be sure to give it a thumbs up and if you haven't already subscribe and hit the notification bell so you know when I upload a new video just like this one so next time guys I'm out peace
YouTube what's up guys so I get questions of you guys and what type of board choice and what size deck choice game and I'm gonna make a little video showing you guys how to pick out your first skateboard so we're here at concrete sitting here on beachfront Avenue in Cincinnati Ohio and we're gonna pick out your first skateboard pitcher and favorite this thing I want you to know before I'd say any of this stuff is that get a real actual skateboard okay don't go to Target or Walmart and get a cheap one you could technically learn how to do some stuff on that but once you actually get trying real tricks like take a break in fact I was doing a video where I skated one joking around and I broke it the first trick I did so go to real skate shop or like an online skate shop owned by a skateboarder and you know put your money toward an actual skateboard made for skateboarders that said let's pick out some skateboard stuff this concrete cities board wall they have a lot of option on myself of course we get a revived skateboard I ride for them I own them and that's you know it's good wood but so is when you're starting out like you know any deck at a real skate shop is good gonna be decent quality like so don't think too much into it you can go with what brand you want to back what graphic you like if you don't have a preferred brand but the size is pretty much the big thing that you're gonna want to know here um I would suggest an 8 inch deck because that's kind of a good medium it's not too skinny and it's not too wide I get a lot of questions saying I weird this size shoe or I'm this tall what size deck I should ride I know dudes that are over 6 feet tall that skates 7 7 5 s and I know you know guys that are 5 foot tall this skate 8.5 deck so it's really it's like your own preference so go with an 8 inch and then kind of feel it and as you buy more boards in the future you can kind of find out what you like what it was just like I'm walking it on like the the LCD screens I'm watching pre-youtube you know what I'm saying like it was kind of cool it was like oh that's the hue to surf that's Stephen are we I thought I was a character I'm not Stephen I'm just stop talking that was me and I feel bad but I'm it made the cut don't worry it made the cut no all right since you want to be a character pick your smart wait hold on you're Timmy from Arkansas okay Timmy from Arkansas hmm do you guys gold lifeline it is what size is it this is a 7 7 5 G to get an 8 Timmy put it back on the shelf a red light lines active what I'm skating right now the right Oh Andy Shaw let's put it on the counter alright let's put it on the counter so once you got your deck picked out you probably want to move on to your trucks I honestly don't know truck sizes all the time my head I all the time I ask like a skate shop guy or you know my guys over on trucks know as skate shops that's an awesome reason to come to a skate shop not only because you're supporting your local scene but they have the information okay so if I was getting an eight-inch deck and we have stuff like you have a chart right there you know get the the right size truck for the right size board and like this this is kind of another thing your since you're learning how to skateboard you're not gonna really know what truck you want so just pick a basic truck you know are you right for Orion so of course I'm gonna back them but there are a lot of good other truck companies out there and there's a lot of standard trucks if you don't want to spend money on the painted ones you know you can get like a raw metal one and it's it's awesome and you're good to go you also need socks does that make you skate better yes alright so now we're gonna have Timmy pick out some trucks got some rail trucks on the other side ya know you're on the other side for this one Timmy suddenly got a job at this gate job yeah put him on alright wheels let's move the wheels here are your wheels and it kind of goes the same thing you're not going to necessarily need to know what brand the best advice I can give is get a white wheel off your skating Street because those are gonna be hard wheels on your skating Street you want hard wheels they move across the surface without sticking as much and they're generally a harder ninety-nine durometer you can always look at the wheels just make sure you're not buying a soft wheel is the important thing but if by all means if you're skating skate parks especially some wooden ramps and stuff and you want softer wheels go for software wheels but just kind of think of what you want to skate as you're learning and get accordingly if you're gonna skate a lot of like concrete skate parks and streets get a harder wheel white wheels are not dyed so they're not gonna be softer from the dye and the urethane and the size is the biggest thing I would say go with about what do you what you think 50 - yeah - alright 53 yeah 52 53 is a good medium it's not too small it's not too big so go with those millimeters and then as you buy wheels the future you can kind of change and see what you like also get socks let me pick out your wheels for sorry our wheels you want to get some bearings and again you can get some really decent cheap bearings that guy a lot of times skate China Berlin red or you know if you want to get expensive ones the last longer the bone Swiss are great but for now just you know get whatever bearing to kind of put in your wheel and then as you get continue skateboarding you put more money to it if you want to what would you suggest with your Jake the new stapler or tippy from Arkansas yeah tippy from Arkansas would get reds because their middle price 1617 bucks and a good set of bearings yeah and that's all what we saw right we're kids would that's all grab your bearings teeny we got your accessories up here and which brings us to hardware right there's some revived hardware right there Hardware nest doesn't necessarily matter you got to figure out if you like Phillips or Allen head I first like Phillips because it's easy to get a screwdriver to take your board apart or you force Hardware you wanna get both put force hardware we already got a revived a-okay horse hardware to me one thing that I really like about hardware is that I get hardware that has different colored bolts so I can kind of differential or my nose and tail is because when you're skating that matters so but hardware's not too extreme don't get a really long bolt get like a one-inch part basic set of hardware and if you want to diff you know if you want to figure out what the nose and tail is easy get a different multicolored bolts right multicolored bolts then of course grip tape okay these days grip tape used to be a lot simpler now there's so many options so many graphics but I skate am grip so I get that it's a really good like it's not too thick but it grips your feet really well but a lot of like companies have some basic grip tape out there that's not too expensive to light a night attack onto a board so you know they're Jessop there's a lot of good companies I'm gonna of course tell you the skate am grip but if your skate shop doesn't carry that you're good to be able to get something basic that works out just fine Timmy's going in the back of the skate shop to get his grip tape and thus finishes our complete we're done now what we're gonna do is we're gonna see how how much all this would cost so you guys get an idea of what it costs to get a real good quality actual skateboard complete skate shop complete skateboard from a real skate shop from Timmy and Arkansas I mean Timmy and ourselves getting a rebel yes yes you can Timmy just so happens to work at this shop as well so he's gonna ring it up for us so I'm gonna get it off of discount now you got to give us a real price bucko all right so it will be one sixty-two sixty-three for the board Andy yeah welcome to me Timmy's gonna put that together now and that's really it okay a lot of people flip out and stress trying to figure out how to do all this stuff but just pick some basic stuff put these to your skateboard together and have fun that's it I'm gonna do a trick inside the skate shop which most skate shops probably wouldn't let you do this [Applause] [Applause] [Music] concrete see skateboards sport your local skate shop seek awesome guys like me working there you won't really see straw say thank you for let me do this oh hey thanks for coming in and TV hi Andy we got time scene I'll see you okay bye alright guys open yeah Let Me In you would do that [Music]
hey guys so we've been getting a lot of requests about how to pick out your very first skateboard at a skate shop so it was perfect that Google reached out to us to highlight our favorite local skate shop so come with me as we go to orbit skate shop and we're going to go through all of the products every wheel every board every truck we're gonna help you navigate the products and show you how to pick out your very first or your second or maybe your five millionth skateboard let's go [Music] [Music] alright guys so here we are in front of orbit skate shop we're super excited to work with these guys they're one of our very favorite local businesses they've been in business since 1995 and they have a really cool program where kids can bring in their report card and if they have good enough grades they can get free wheels free trucks and even a free skateboard deck so a huge thanks to Google for sponsoring this video to help us highlight our favorite local skate shop in the area because these guys really helped push skateboarding out into this community and we think it's really rad what they're doing with all the kids in the area so let's go inside and set up a deck alright guys so we're here at Orbitz skateboard shop they have literally every single board you could ever think of shoes Wheels trucks bearings and everything and I can imagine when you come in here it might be kind of like overwhelming like they have everything what are we gonna choose right so I'm gonna tell you how I choose my own skateboard and hopefully that gives you guys some ideas of how you can like figure out what to choose what to pick starting out with the board the main thing to look at on your board is the width usually on the top it will say how wide it is so for this one it has the sticker right here and it says 8.0 I personally write in 8.0 and my shoe size is a size 10 the width of the board is actually just a personal preference I used to skate a 775 and then I moved up to an 8 just to get a little bit more with the number one question that I am asked is I have size 6 shoes what size board should I ride and there's no like set answer it's not like oh you got size 6 shoes well you need a 7.5 or oh you have size 12 shoes you need a 8.25 so as you can see on these boards they are labeled so this one right here it says 8.25 so this is 0.25 inches wider than this one and I'll show you that just so you can see the difference it's like it's actually barely a difference at all but when you set that up and you skate that thing that point to five inches is is gonna make a big difference so for example if you were having a hard time spinning your kick flips getting that board to rotate you might want to go to a thinner board because the thinner board will flip fast or maybe you're flipping it too fast or maybe your your board is not wide enough and you need some more surface area if you're gonna be skating a lot of stairs or a lot of big things I definitely would say go to a bigger board other than the the width which is the most important thing I feel like once you find a width that you really like you're probably going to stick with that either forever or for a while but other than the width I always look at the shape so I personally like a nice big nose it makes it easier to do no slide tricks tre flip reverts the nice wide nose and for some reason the shape that seems to work the best on the tail I have no idea why but it's sort of like a little bit of a pointy tail and then it kind of like chops off at the edge here this sticker this means this is the tail and there's this little indentation up there which means that that's the nose some of them can be kind of hard to figure out which one is the nose and tail but usually that's how you go about it the sticker on the bottom you might look at all these and say they're all kind of like that but if you actually really really look at them and pay very close attention they're all a little bit different the other thing to look out on the board is the the concave so the concave is this this up lip right here that just bounces up you can see it goes like that so that's the concave some people like a deeper concave which means in the middle of the board this is coming down and these lips are going up steeper again that can make the board flip faster and some people like a flatter concave again that's just going to come back to your personal preference so that's pretty much it on the board and next up we have the grip tape I think that the grip tape is one of the most important things to choose because it's how grippy your board is if you or does not grippy and your feet are sliding off we're not gonna be able to do tricks if your board is really grippy and your feet are sticking to it really well well you're going to be able to do tricks I personally like the grittiest stickiest grip tape there could be so this right here is am grip it is very very very sticky some people don't like it as sticky as I like it Gabe Cruz is a good example of this when he puts his grip tape on he cuts it he takes the additional pieces off the sides and he sands it down and then I get on his board and I'm slipping off everywhere but on my board I'm like stuck to it like glue so I leave my grip tape just pristine it's super super sticky and it's super super coarse so you can you can have them grab the different kinds of grip tape and you can feel them and you can see how course they are some are more smooth some are more coarse this is going to ruin your shoes faster but welcome to skateboarding you're definitely going to be going through shoes good the next thing is the wheels on the wheels the main thing that you're going to be looking at here is the size right here you can see right in that logo it says 54 that means they're 54 millimeters 54 millimeters this way if they were 50 twos it would be a little bit smaller if they were 60s they would be a little bit bigger so if you were to go too big on those wheels you're going to get what's called wheel bite that means when you're turning on your truck your wheel is right here and it actually hits the board it makes the wheel stop and you're going to fall so you don't want to get wheels that are too big if you have wheels that are too small you're gonna be rolling and you're gonna hit every single Rock and you're going to fall and that's not gonna work out either so you're gonna want to have a nice good balance between that not too big not too small I usually skate a 52 millimeter but you'll see today I'm setting up these 50 fours so the other thing on the wheels is that there are different widths sizes hardnesses so these wheels are I don't know actually the the hardness of these but I would be willing - bet they are 99 a 99 a is pretty hard that means your wheel is going to slide well these are 78 a it's a bit of a weird system to lower the number the softer the wheel the higher the number the more hard the wheel is so this 78 a is a very soft wheel so it is not going to slide as much as this one is so if you're going to be doing revert tricks or you're going to do tricks where your wheels are sliding on the ground you're going to want a harder wheel but if you're going to cruise from your house to your school you're going to want a soft wheel there's all different shapes or sizes of wheels but if you're going to be doing tricks you're going to want the harder the standard the regular wheel just like this now these wheels do come in various different widths sizes shapes some wheels are flatter there and they claim to lock in better to ledges and various things like that it probably does more or less work but I think any regular wheel like this is going to do you just fine you're going to learn how to skate on that you'll be all good just like the wheels the trucks come in various shapes sizes colors companies graphics pretty much anything you can think of and again the color is just that's going to be your preference the most important thing on the trucks is that you want them to fit the width of your board you don't want them to be sticking out right so if this was sticking out further and you landed primo it's gonna be not good you want it to be even like that so if you land like that it's the same distance the same as the board so this wood I'm riding today they are independence these are nice trucks they turn very very very well yeah they're just a good all-around truck they're super tough you can you can beat the crap out of these and they'll they'll be good to go another thing to know about the trucks is that some of them are higher than others see these are like really close to the deck these ones are higher up so again that's that comes to a personal preference point let's say you really like these trucks but you need them to be higher you can get a set of risers that go underneath there that will rise them up that will help you on that different brands on the trucks have different sizes so just do your research you don't want to set this like super overly heavy but you don't want to go so light that they're gonna break either so just get your nice pair of independence or whatever truck is your personal preference all right so hardware is the thing that's going to attach your trucks to the board and this is pretty much a bolt in a nut it's very simple there's not a lot to this it's not going to be like one type of hardware is gonna make you skate better than a different type of hardware and the only difference that you're really gonna find on this is colors and it's either going to be a Phillips head or an allen key on the end of that so whatever your preference is on that just just pick it out so this just goes on the top through the grip tape and this holds on the trucks hardware's hardware if it's holding on your trucks then you're good if it's not holding on your trucks you definitely need better hardware all right so we're into the bearings these are just simply the metal rings that go into your wheels and this is what makes the wheel spin so the important factor here is how well does it spin you can get bearings all the way from Reds which are generally around 20 bucks or so up to the bone Swiss which are about 40 up to this bones ceramic these babies right here are a hundred and twenty dollars so you can see that these are like extremely fast they're gonna last a long time these are also extremely fast and will last a long time and these are just like your industry standard the the lowest grade and it's not that these are bad a lot of us ride reds and we will ride reds because we're just gonna roll in we're gonna get whatever bangs we're gonna get but if I'm definitely skating a spot that requires a lot of speed it's gonna be very very very helpful to have a good set of bearings so today I'm rocking the Neal ceramics so these are meal bearings and these are the blackout's these are really sick bearings they're really good they roll nice and smooth they really well and they last a long time so if you guys are not down to spend the full 120 dollars you're good to go with Swiss you're also good to go with the Reds you know it's all good we have a whole separate video on how to care for and clean your bearings so you can check that out but for the purpose of just knowing what to buy we've covered it here today so once you've got all this stuff you're going to need a tool to put it all together or you get the guy at the skate shop to just put it together for you either way you want to roll support your local business and do that thing so the tool basically just has these different parts each part of the truck fits into this somewhere somehow so you can put it all together so now I'm going to take this tool I'm going to set it my complete and then we're going to go skate [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] alright guys so we're here with James and he's worked at this skate shop orbit for about four years now four and a half five years so why do you think we're trying to get these guys to find their local skate shop support their local skate shop wherever you live if that's Switzerland or Denmark whatever it is so support your local well why do you think it's important to support the local shop so supporting a local shop it's been the bread-and-butter kind of been like the the staple of the skateboard industry for a long turd you know since day one right so it really supports the whole community exactly that you can still get that instant gratification that you would normally expect from ordering online yeah what you don't get on them when you order online those customer service our shop in particular we love to haggle we actually have a do a program as well or do a what does that mean dead or alive so you can turn in your with you five dollars off like a new deck Wow hold on so dead or alive so these are all boards that your local skaters in your area brought in and they were like here's my old board and you take a look at this and you go okay I'll give you five dollars off a new deck basically anything like our cheap cheap orbit sail decks yeah for $15 Wow we got these pick anything you want we'll do five dollars off and then what do you do with these these if it's completely snapped I donated it to dumpster gods but other than that we typically put put together completes will donate them like at our events sell them for five bucks just whatever whatever works for wow what I think is so cool is that you guys keep the skateboard community alive I mean I see you're promoting this contest that you got going on are you excited about to and if you guys anywhere local to the East Bay June 16th we're gonna be doing it and are the first time we're doing it in or skatepark last time we did it we did down park which by the way if you haven't heard a town park super-awesome Levi's helps kind of revitalize the thing okay so yeah it's like without that local skate shop it's like a whole experience the community comes in I mean since we've been in here we've had like a thousand kids running through going with the board with my board and all these kids are getting their first skateboards which i think is just so cool because also we need we need more people going into the skate shop getting their first board and having somebody set it up for them complete or something they're like what can I do to make this better I'm like tell you what give me that we'll give you twenty dollars right so we'll hook you up with something that's like gonna be in this you know I'll keep it easy on your on the wallet and everything yeah at least your kid when he pushes he can actually roll for a longer than twenty feet yeah it's it's incredible most skate shops you're not gonna go in and haggle but if you want to come in and haggle with this guy he's ready for it he's ready for you I told him I want the for a dollar you know give the food runs out yeah there you go go for it grab one yes and like we said earlier it's cool they have this program where kids can bring in their report cards so we do have a GPA program which I'm super stoked on because that's one thing that I've always kind of promoted is I could have like been getting into a lot of dumb stuff and getting into a lot of trouble as a youth like when I was young but I had skateboarding to keep me like kind of away from all that right being able to go to the skate park you know your your parents know where you are just like the building of like friendships and like the whole community itself is like with skateboarding right it's so much more open and welcoming than like say a team sport or like right like that kind of thing yeah I don't matter what it is if you're a skater your skater right it doesn't matter where you come from doesn't matter your background you're riding this board you're doing tricks you're having fun that's the thing like so the whole point of this is for us to build that community make it bigger and the skate shops are a vital important piece of that puzzle so please guys support your local skate shop just get in there get your board learn to skate and a huge thanks to Orbitz skate shop for letting us come in here and do our thing yeah we're here at East 14th 2nd in San Leandro super easy to get off at the 580 freeway we put the full address in the description below a huge thanks to Google for sponsoring this video in celebration of Small Business Week Small Business Week is the week where we honor small businesses so I'm really really stoked to work with Google and YouTube to be a part of this program YouTube for me has made literally all the difference I wanted to teach kids how to skateboard and they gave me a platform to reach millions and millions and millions of kids so I'm really really really happy to be a part of the platform that reaches so many people all over the world for a small business to be able to reach people on the other side of the planet I think is really really really incredible and it has made all the difference for us at Braille skateboarding for me to be able to put my personality out there get to know you guys has just been incredible so again thanks to Google for helping to put small businesses on the map of the world scale please help us support small businesses during small business week and actually during every single week because small businesses are very important you guys can show your appreciation by sharing this video and using the hashtag small thanks and leave a review on your favorite small businesses Google my business listing click on this playlist right here for all the videos in this series click here to get skateboarding made simple it's the most comprehensive plan ever made and it teaches skateboarding better than anything else out there go to Braille skateboarding comm you won't be disappointed
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