Best Skateboard Trucks For 2018

Are you having troubles deciding which skateboard truck to buy? You came to the right place, we created a helpful buying guide along with a selection of the 10 best skateboard trucks to help you in the process. Check it out!

Top10Slide’s selection:

Product Image NamePriceRating
Thunder Polished Lights High Trucks$$9.1

Thunder Hollow Light High Trucks$$9.0

Thunder Titanium Lights 3 High Trucks$$$9.4

Independent Stage 11 Standard Trucks$$9.2

Independent Stage 11 Standard Forged Hollow Trucks$$9.0

Independent Stage 11 Forged Titanium Trucks$$$9.3

Venture V-Light Trucks$$8.9

Venture V-Hollow High Trucks
$$8.6

Tensor Cody McEntire Mag Light Low Trucks$$8.7

Tensor Aluminum Regular Trucks$$9.2

Skateboard Trucks – Buying Guide

Components


Skateboard trucks are made out of different parts, here below are the most important ones. Note that trucks can be made out of different materials. For instance, trucks can be made out of titanium or magnesium, which makes them lighter and stronger. Some of the new trucks are even made hollow to save even more weight. Keep in mind that empty trucks are usually less durable.

Best skateboard trucks Components

Kingpin:

The Kingpin is a long screw that holds the different parts together. The kingpin can be full solid or hollow, depending on your style of skateboarding. The full solid kingpin offers strength to the truck especially for grinds and heavy landings. On the other hand, the hollow kingpin is lighter and offers “cruising skateboarders” an incredible feeling of lightness.

Bushings: 

The bushings are 2 small urethane cushions made to absorb landings and steer the board.

Hanger: 

The hanger is laid on the baseplate and fixed thanks to the Kingpin. The hanger also holds the axel, and its first purpose is to enable the skateboarder to grind.

Axel:

The axel stands inside the hanger, and its purpose is to hold the wheel bearings and the wheels. The Axel can be full solid or hollow. Keep in mind that the hollow axel offers less strength but less weight.

Baseplate: 

The baseplate connects the truck to the skateboard deck.

Width


Best skateboard trucks width

The width of a truck corresponds to the axle length. An important thing to keep in mind when you chose your truck’s width is to match it with your board width. We made a size chart below to help you select the perfect truck’s width for your board.

Height


Best skateboard trucks height

The height of your truck is the distance from the baseplate to the hanger.

Why would trucks be designed with different heights?

Well because there are different wheel sizes. You need a truck that fits your favorite wheels size. Your choice of wheels depends on your skateboarding style. The best setup is the setup that suits your riding style.

Have a look below to find out the different possible setups:

Low trucks:

  • Ideal for wheel size 48mm to 51mm

Mid trucks: 

  • Suitable for wheel size 52mm to 56mm

High trucks: 

  • Perfect for wheel size 57mm to 60mm

The Risers


The riser pads are plastics rectangular inserts that can be placed between the trucks and the deck to make the trucks slightly higher.

Best skateboard trucks riser pads

Their primary purpose is to avoid wheel bite. Wheel bites are when your wheels touch the deck during sharp turns or landings. Wheel bites can unbalance the skater and even throw him on the ground. But it also damages your wheels.

Moreover, the risers can prevent your deck from stress cracks. In fact, the area where you screw your trucks has to handle a lot of pressure (depending on your skateboarding style).

When should you buy risers?

Use risers if you have large wheels for instance. Imagine you wanted to build a cruising setup with big longboard wheels. In this case, you might want to consider adding truck riser pads to prevent wheel bite.

Another reason to use riser pads is for shock absorption. In fact, riser pads are like additional cushions that absorb high landings and protect your trucks from braking.

Size chart


Since truck brands don’t all use the same size references, we have summarized the essential information here below:

Independent 

Best skateboard trucks Independent

  • Independent 109 = Axle width of 6.9″ (Recommended deck width: Between 6.2″ and 7.6″)
  • 129 = 7.6″ (Recommended deck width: 7.4″ – 7.8″)
  • 139 = 8.0″ (Recommended deck width: 7.8″ – 8.2″)
  • 144 = 8.25″ (Recommended deck width: 8.0 “- 8.5”)
  • 149 = 8.5″ (Recommended deck width: 8.25″ – 8.65″)
  • 159 = 8.75″ (Recommend deck width: 8.6″ – 9.0″)
  • 169 = 9.125″ (Recommended deck width: 8.9″ – 9.5″)
  • 215 = 10.0″ (Recommended deck width: 9.5″ – 10.5″)

Thunder

Best skateboard trucks Thunder

  • Thunder 143 = Axle width of 7.125″ (Recommended deck width: Between 7.4 and under)
  • 145 = 7.62″ (Recommended deck width: 7.4″ – 7.9″)
  • 147 = 8.0″ (Recommended deck width: 7.9″ – 8.12″)
  • 148 = 8.25″ (Recommended deck width: 8.12″ – 8.38″)
  • 149 = 8.5″ (Recommended deck width: 8.38″ – 8.62″)
  • 151 = 8.75″ (Recommended deck width: 8.62 and over)

Venture

Best skateboard trucks Venture

  • Venture 5.0 = Axle width of 7.6″ (Recommended deck width: Between 7.4″ and 7.78″)
  • 5.25 = 8″ (Recommended deck width: 7.75″ – 8.25″)
  • 5.8 = 8.5″ (Recommended deck width:  8.25″ – 8.75″)

Tensor 

Best skateboard trucks Tensor

  • Truck size 5.0 = Axle width of 7.625″ (Recommended deck width: Between 7.5″ and 7.75″)
  • 5.25 = 8″ (Recommended deck width: 7.75″ – 8.25″)
  • 5.5 = 8.25″ (Recommended deck width: 8.0″ – 8.5″)
  • 5.75 = 8.5 (Recommended deck width: 8.25″ – 8.75″)

Check this video for more information on skateboard trucks (video from skatedeluxe):

You’re now ready to discover our selection of the best skateboard trucks!

The best skateboard trucks


1 – Thunder Polished Lights High Trucks


The thunder polished lights high trucks feature the classic Thunder Quick Turn Response, but with forged baseplates and hollow kingpins.

Like mentioned before, hollow kingpins allow to save weight but reduce the durability of the trucks.

Thunder offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • Quick Turn Response
  • Forged baseplate

Cons:

  • Durability


2 – Thunder Hollow Light High Trucks


The Thunder hollow light high trucks are the lighter version of the Thunder light high trucks.

In addition to the hollow kingpin, the Thunder quick response, and the forged baseplates, the Thunder hollow light high trucks feature hollow axles which make the trucks even lighter.

Thunder offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • Light
  • Quick Turn Response
  • Forged baseplate

Cons:

  • Durability


3 – Thunder Titanium Lights 3 High Trucks


Probably one of the best Thunder trucks and one of the best skateboard trucks for 2018. The Thunder titanium lights 3 high feature forged baseplates, hollow kingpins and titanium axles. The titanium axles reduce the weight without compromising the trucks’ durability.

These titanium Thunders still offer the Thunder exclusive Quick Turn Response.

Thunder offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • Durability
  • Light
  • Forged baseplate
  • Quick Turn Response

Cons:

  • Price


4 – Independent Stage 11 Standard Trucks


The Stage 11 Standards trucks from Independent feature new geometry standards.

The new geometry allows better stability and grind clearance, but not only. The body hanger is hollow for lighter overall weight. The kingpins and axles remain full solid.

The overall weight and durability of these trucks are excellent quality.

The 356 T6 Aluminium with grade 8 kingpins trucks can last forever.

Nothing will go wrong with these trucks!

Independent offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • Durability
  • Grade 8 kingpins
  • Stability

Cons:

  • Weight


5 – Independent Stage 11 Standard Forged Hollow Trucks


The Independent stage 11 standards forged hollow trucks are 10% lighter than the Stage 11 Standards (the one right above) thanks to their hollow axles and kingpins.

These trucks feature a forged baseplate and the classic Independent detailing.

For those of you who find the normal stage 11 standards too heavy but want the Independent quality, the Stage 11 Standards forged hollow are perfect for you.

However, Keep in mind that the hollow kingpins are less resistant to heavy landings and grinds.

Independent offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • Forged baseplates
  • Light

Cons:

  • Durability


6 – Independent Stage 11 Forged Titanium Trucks


The Independent stage 11 forged titanium trucks are 15% lighter than the stage 11 standard. Yes, even lighter than the forged hollow trucks. These trucks are serious competitors for our best skateboard trucks in 2018 review.

They offer more durability and lightweight due to the materials used. In fact, they’re probably the most robust titanium trucks on the market.

With hollow titanium kingpins and forged baseplates, the steering and stability are superior quality.

Also, the titanium axles offer greater grind resistances with super light trucks.

Independent offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturer defects.

Pros:

  • Durability
  • Forged baseplates
  • Light

Cons:

  • Price


7 – Venture V-Light Trucks


The Venture V-Lights offer the classic venture shape but with reinforced hollow kingpins and forged baseplates.

The forged baseplate and the hollow kingpins make your setup feel very light.

With a higher weight to resistance ratio, the Venture V-lights are perfect for every skating styles.

Pros:

  • Reinforced hollow kingpins
  • Forged baseplates

Cons:

  • Weight


8 – Venture V-Hollow High Trucks


The venture V-Hollow trucks offer everything lights trucks should offer.

These trucks are composed of hollow kingpins and axles that make the V-Hollows lighter but also very responsive. The forged baseplates are making the overall trucks’ weight even lighter.

If the standard Venture V-light trucks feel too heavy for you, but you still want Venture trucks, go for the V-Hollows.

Pros:

  • Reinforced hollow kingpins
  • Forged baseplates
  • Light

Cons:

  • Durability


9 – Tensor Cody McEntire Mag Light Low Trucks


Because of the hollow kingpins and axles, the Tensor Mag-light trucks will make your setup feel very light.

The Mag-lights come in different graphics, this one above in white and grey would look great on a white or light color deck.

Light trucks like the Tensor Mag-Lights make you feel more comfortable when doing tricks because the flipping motion is smoother and faster.

Pros:

  • Light
  • Graphics

Cons:

  • Durability


10 – Tensor Aluminum Regular Trucks


The Tensor aluminum regular trucks are one of the lightest trucks on the market thanks to the materials used (aluminum) and the hollow kingpins and axles.

The combination of the hollow technology and the aluminum makes these trucks very resistance and ultralight.

There are many graphics available, but this one above with the hanger and the baseplate in gold looks incredible.

Pros:

  • Ultralight
  • Graphics
  • Durability

Cons:

  • No reinforced hollow kingpins


I hope this comparative review gave you a good overview of the best skateboard trucks for 2018. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or send an email at support@top10slide.com. Our support team will be more than happy to discuss with you and help you find your new skateboard trucks.

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