Height of Skater
Length of Deck
Under 4 feet tall
29 inches or less
4 feet to 4' 10"
29 to 30 inches long
4'10" to 5'3"
30.5 s to 31.5 inches long
5'3" to 5'8"
31.5 to 32 inches long
5'8" to 6'1"
32 to 32.5 inches long
Over 6'1"
32.5 inches and up
Deck Width
Truck width should be
7.5 inches
4.75 inches
7.5 to 7.75 inches
5.0 inches
7.75 to 8.125 inches
5.25 inches
8.25 inches and up
5.25 inches or superwide

There are lots of good deck makers. They are usually made of wood and the biggest difference is size and shape. Shape is mostly just what a you like, but size in skateboards does matter. The reasons are you want a deck that is the right length for the skateboarder and the right width for the skateboarder's feet and what they like to do. The width of the deck is usually between 7.5 and 8 inches. If you have big feet you want a wider deck. The other thing to think about is what kind of a skateboarder you are. A vert skater or someone who spends a lot of time cruising around will most likely want a wider deck. If you are more into doing tricks then a narrower deck will work better for you.

If you want to do a lot of street skating and flip tricks then you want low trucks because they give your skateboard better stability. On the other hand, if you want to air it out on halfpipes and vert walls then you will probably want high trucks so you can use bigger wheels to get more speed. The other thing to think about is the weight and strength of the trucks. The lighter the truck is the easier it is going to be to get air. But if you do a lot of grinding then you are going to want stronger trucks that can take a beating.Inside the trucks are the bushings that look like rubber donuts. These cushion the trucks when a skateboarder turns. The big thing about these is how soft or stiff they are. Softer bushings make for easier turns while stiffer bushings make for a more stable ride.

When you look at wheels they have two stats that matter, diameter or how big the wheel is, and durometer, or a-scale, which measures the hardness of the wheel. Most of the skateboards that come prebuilt are going to have wheels from 52mm to 54mm and a hardness of 99a. And for most skateboarders that will work out just fine. If most of your skating is done on halfpipes and ramps then you will want bigger wheels because you will able to go a lot faster. A lot of the ramp skaters will go bigger than 65mm although 60mm is probably just fine for most of us.

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