If you don’t want to assemble a skateboard yourself there are a few decent options out there. Buying a pre-assembled skateboard might seem easy but getting a good complete skateboard isn’t.
A complete skateboard is fine when you want to learn skateboarding but only if you pick the right one. It isn’t necessary to pay a lot of money for top-quality components. Once you improve your skills and parts start to wear down it’s easy to replace parts with better quality wheels, deck, trucks, and bearings.
So without further ado, here are the 10 best complete skateboards that get you the best bang for your buck! Note that the boards here are updated regularly but some may not be available right now.
I also added a couple of sets at the bottom of this page that work well together but you have to assemble it yourself.
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1. CCS Complete
A very decent (and better) alternative to the Mini Logo and high on the list because it’s really cheap. Don’t expect to get a top-quality board but it a great skateboard for beginners and will hold up for a while. I recently tested this skateboard and was pretty impressed, check what I like and don’t like about this board.
Don’t grind curbs too often, the trucks are made of cheaper material and can only take minor beatings. This doesn’t mean they fail on you right away, but after a couple of months of grinding, they might break. I own this board and I think this board is the best bang for your buck, pretty solid stuff considering its price (note that CCS increased the price recently).
This is the perfect board on a budget and you can upgrade parts once they show wear and tear.
This complete is more suitable for skateparks because the wheels are 100a (very hard). It won’t give you a comfortable ride so don’t buy this one if you just want to cruise a little. For that, I suggest looking further down the list. The bearings are fine, nothing too fancy but they will get the job done.
It comes in different sizes starting at 7.0″ wide, anything below 7.5″ is for kids. 7.75″ or 8.0″ is great for technical skaters” but you could go for an even wider board if you want more balance. You can either go with the basic setup or pick better custom parts. Might be available on Amazon. They are hard to get currently, but if you check every day you might get lucky.
- Deck width between 7.0 and 8.5″
- 7-ply maple wood deck
- Comes with a set of CCS trucks
- 52mm 100a wheels
- Standard bearings
Can’t leave a reputable brand like Globe out of this I love their decks for their durability, shape, and pop. This is a great complete, 7,75″ wide, Tensor trucks (Rodney Mullen’s company) and 99a-53mm wheels. 7,75 is great for riders that want to do technical stuff like flip tricks, ollies, slides, and grinds.
This board is great for anyone who’s looking for a pro deck and you get great quality Tensor trucks for a fair price. This board is fine for tricks but less so for commuting because of the harder 99a wheels. You can adjust the setup to your liking and swap the wheels for Bones or Spitfire once you feel like it. You also won’t have any trouble skating street and parks with this great setup.
The Tensor Alloy Standard Trucks are one of the best you can get and comes with a lifetime guarantee. I think this is currently the best complete on this list but it’s sold out. Check evo for alternatives.
- Deck width: 7.75″ or 8.125
- Tensor trucks
- Standard ABEC 7 bearings
- 99a-53mm wheels
- Deck average length: 31.6″
- Wheelbase: 14″
3. Santa Cruz Complete
My kid has this type of board and Santa Cruz skateboards are pretty decent. What I like about this complete are the wheels. They are great for cruising because they aren’t too far out on the durometer scale but you’re still able to hop a curb without problems. OJ’s are just top quality wheels and you’ll notice the difference.
I would recommend this board if you’re a beginner and like to learn how to ride and ollie. Bullet trucks are decent but not top of the line but will hold up fine, once you start grinding rails or curbs they will wear down quickly. This is a really great board and you get a lot, price quality-wise.
Santa Cruz decks are great, provide enough pop, and consist of quality maple wood. I still ride Santa Cruz occasionally and I can’t really find anything that’s wrong with it. There might be a couple of boards available on Amazon.
Note that Santa Cruz skateboards sell like hotcakes and may not always be available.
- Deck width – varies
- Deck length – varies
- Wheelbase – varies
- 7-ply maple wood deck with the iconic screaming hand graphic
- 52mm OJ wheels (good size for street skating)
- The shielded bearings are decent but harder to clean
If you’re looking for an old school cruiser, you’re in luck. Santa Cruz has a ton of reissues that really bring back that 80’s feeling. Super rad cruiser boards with great components. They come with Krux Trucks, very soft 60mm Slimeball wheels (78a), and Abec 3 bearings for the ultimate retro cruising experience. evo.com offers a Santa Cruz old school cruiser at a great value.
4. Creature Complete
Another great complete skateboard that’s available at evo.com just under 90 bucks. I can’t comment on the quality of the trucks but beginners won’t notice much a of a difference anyway. It comes with 95a wheels which are more forgiving on rougher roads but still work fine in skate parks. It has a medium concave which makes it easier to keep your balance, the standard bearings might need to be lubed to make them spin faster.
7.75″ is a great size for technical tricks and the 90a bushings will allow for sharper turns, depending on your weight. Remember that this is a budget board so you won’t get top-notch components but it’s a decent starter board. Once you get the hang of it you can always decide to upgrade the trucks, wheels, and bearings. SOLD OUT!!! I’m sorry but due to the current crisis, completes are sold out everywhere.
- Deck width: 7.75″
- Deck length: 31.6″
- Wheelbase: 14.22″
- Creature 7-ply maple deck
- Unknown trucks, 90a bushings
- 95a street wheels
5. Element Complete
I always have been a fan of Element, and I love their hats and shirts. This deck is a great value option and skateboarders are positive about Element completes in general.
Almost all the parts come from Element, so no unknown truck brand or wheels. Of course, you can always get better quality stuff but not at this price range. There are no complaints about wheels not spinning or wobbly trucks, so just like the others, this setup is a safe choice.
The wheels are perfect for street and parks and 99a is great for doing tricks. If you are looking for something to do tricks and wheels that don’t make too much noise, this complete is a good option.
You get a great quality deck and it will hold up once you start to pop ollies. it probably will wear down faster once you start grinding and doing flips, but that also goes for the other completes. Most of them are sold out on Amazon right now, Check for availability. Your best bet (and best price) as of this moment is evo.com they just got new completes, hurry though they will be gone in a few days.
- Deck width: 8.0″
- Deck length: 31.75″
- Wheelbase: 14.25″
- Element 7-ply maple deck
- Element trucks, 90a bushings
- SHR 52mm 99a wheels
- Allen hardware
- Shielded bearings
6. Baker Complete
Baker is one of the ‘older’ brands that made a name for itself in the early ’20s founded by Jay Strickland and Andrew Reynolds . Baker is a famous brand and loved by street skaters.
The wheels are made by CCS with a hardness of 100a and a size 0f 54mm which is about the average people like to ride. They are suitable for parks and street but less forgiving on rougher surfaces. You can change the wheels yourself, 99a/54mm wheels is always a safe choice but the standard wheels will be fine for most.
Like the others, the deck is made of quality 7-ply maple wood and a decent setup overall. Not always available, check Amazon for availability.
- Deck width: 8.25″ to 9.0″
- Deck length: standard
- Raw trucks
- 7-ply maple deck
- 52mm/95A wheels
- ABEC-5 bearings
7. Landyachtz Dinghy Cruiser
My favorite mini cruiser is the Landyachtz Dinghy. I already wrote a huge review about this board and like it so much that I got myself another one. The perks of owning a skateboarding blog I guess.
Anyway, this is a nimble little cruiser with top-notch components. I think for its price it’s hard to find a better complete setup. This board is suitable for beginners and experienced riders though you might feel like the trucks are a tad too loose (can be adjusted).
The board features a medium concave with a kicktail and nose, The Fatty Hawg Wheels are excellent and the wide contact patch offers a lot of stability. The bearings are great and the trucks seem to hold up fine, I have a friend who rides a Dinghy from 10 years ago so it’s safe to say this cruiser is very durable.
If you want something portable and cruise a bit, this could be your board. Check for prices on Amazon.
- Width: 8.0″.
- Length: 28.5″.
- Wheelbase: 14.6″
- Four Hawgs wheels size 63mm with a durometer of 78A
- Eight Bear Spaceballs 8mm ABEC7 Bearings
- Two 4″ bear trucks
8. Birdhouse Complete
Birdhouse was founded by no other than Tony Hawk and they have a solid reputation. Known for their great designs but they also provide solid pre-builds.
This board is mainly suitable for skateparks because of the 101A wheels. Great to maintain speed and perform slides in parks but I wouldn’t go for a long commute.
The deck features a deep concave which makes it easier to do flip tricks but provides less balance. If you want something agile this is probably a good choice. Birdhouse is known for its quality decks and they use the same maple wood and epoxy resin glue to get identical shapes and concaves.
The trucks are made by CCS. They aren’t premium quality but a pretty decent set to start out with. The bearings are also from CCS and should do fine for a while. It’s still a complete a decent price so you won’t get Indy titaniums or any of the premium stuff. Various boards might be available on Amazon. same quality, width between 8.0″ and 9.75″. Again, most completes are gone right now. Element is your best bet.
- Deck width: 8.0 to 8.25″ (or pick your own)
- Birdhou7se 7-ply maple deck
9. Arbor Oso Foundation
I couldn’t leave out a cruiser and the Arbor Oso Foundation is one of my favorite cruisers. I felt great from the first time I stepped on it though I had to adjust the trucks a bit, too tight for my taste but easy to adjust.
The first thing you notice is how wide the deck is and it offers a lot of room to move around to adjust your stance while riding. It’s ridiculously stable and placing your feet on the wrong part of the board doesn’t matter much.
The amber-colored wheels are not only great looking, but they seem to be made for this deck and trucks. The kicktail is huge, it almost like an old school deck but with a steeper tail. I love the tail because it allows you to assume an aggressive stance with ease.
The wide Paris Trucks are awesome, so much better than what you get on other complete cruisers. Here’s a test ride I quickly put together which is part of an in-depth review some time ago.
Usually, bearings from completes suck, but not these. I don’t know where Arbor gets them but they are super quiet and quite fast. This is the ultimate cruiser with that Oldschool Cali feel to it definitely worth to consider if you just want to cruise and hop a few curbs. This board can even be used for pool/bowl skating because of its smaller and harder wheels.
Check the Arbor Oso Cruiser on Amazon or consider the smaller Arbor Pilsner (image below) as an alternative if you want something less bulky.
The Pilsner is the perfect mini cruiser with top-quality components, it even outperforms the Landyachtz Dinghy. Still working on a review but I can safely say it’s an awesome board you won’t regret buying. Check the Pilsner on Amazon or get a better deal at evo.com. Aaaand it’s gone! They will come back though.
- Length: 31.5″
- Width: 9.5″
- Wheelbase: 14.5″
- Concave: Radial
- Concave Depth: Medium
- Griptape: Clear, Spray-On
- Flex Level: Stiff
- 61mm 80a wheels
- 7 Ply Maple | Premium Wood Topsheet
10. Alien Workshop
Another great and popular brand is Alien Workshop which really shouldn’t be left out. This is a good street skateboard but also one you can take to the skate park. Less suitable for cruising (100A wheels) but fine for short distances.
The trucks and wheels are made and tested by CCS but you can always swap some components around.
It comes with 52mm wheels with a hardness of 100A. This will be a bit less comfortable on rougher surfaces but hits the sweet spot for technical park skating. There’s also a smaller version available which is only 7.75″ wide. check for prices on Amazon.
- Deck width: 7.75″ to 8.0″
- Alien Workshop 7-ply maple deck
11. Blank Maple Complete
I am a bit on the fence when it comes to blank skateboards but as long as you get them from a trusted seller it’s all good. You have these websites that sell them in bulk for $15 a pop which may seem cheap, but often they are misformed and pressed a dozen at a time.
Not this one though, this is a quality blank board and CCS stands behind their products. It’s exactly the same board as the CCS complete on top of this page but without a logo. Just a standard 7-ply maple deck with medium concave and lots of pop.
The wheels 100a and 52mm to be specific which means they can be used for technical street skating and in parks. They are rather small so skating a mini ramp will require you to push harder. The trucks are also made by CCS which are fine for beginners and will hold out for a while. You can customize this setup to the style you prefer by changing the wheels and trucks.
Look for a different complete if you want something with a nice graphic or assemble it yourself. You can always upgrade along the way but many skaters started out skating a blank complete on a budget. Consider some stickers to make it look fancier but place them near the trucks, not on the nose and tail (hard to slide on stickers). Check prices on Amazon.
- Length: 31.5 inches
- Width: 7.5, 7.75, 8.125, 8.25, 8.375, 8.5 inches
- Wheelbase: 14.375 inches
- 52mm/100a wheels
- Professional 7-ply maple wood deck
12. POSITIV Team Complete
I was a bit on the fence about this skateboard when I saw it listed at Amazon. Being the skeptic that I am I browsed the reviews and people seem to really enjoy this board. The problem with reviews is they are often written by parents or grandparents who gifted a skateboard. You don’t really get to find out if it’s truly a decent setup.
I decided to just buy one and see if it holds up, and so far I think it’s a great board considering the price. It’s not a board for hardcore skateboarders but fine for beginners.
The wheels seem to be made of decent urethane and the trucks hold up fine as long if you don’t jump 6 stairs. You get a decent complete which can deal with abuse for a really solid price.
The wheels are not too hard and not too soft, 99a to be specific which means they can be used on the street and in parks. The trucks are made by Mini Logo which is fine for a beginner and will hold out for a while.
The trucks are cheap so don’t expect much from them, look for a different complete if you want something of better quality. But you can always upgrade along the way. Available for now on Amazon.
- Length: 32.125 inches
- Width: 8.0 inches
- Wheelbase: 14.375 inches
- 54mm/99a wheels
- Width: 37 millimeters
- Truck Width: 7.625
- 7-ply maple wood deck
- Bearings are ok, not the best
Pros and Cons of Buying a Complete Skateboard
Buying a complete is a good option for beginners or if you really are intimidated with all the options available. The biggest issue with completes is quality. The ones I listed here are fine but for a bit more you can get better parts.
At the bottom of this page are a few suggested custom setups with high-quality components. Most of them are better than the competes that are listed on top of this page but you have to assemble your own board.
Completes usually have top quality decks but the rest of the parts are of lesser quality. Often the trucks come from unknown brands and don’t last very long once you start to do some more advanced stuff.
Wheels are often made of low-quality polyurethane and may flat spot more easily. Higher quality wheels sometimes cost twice as much but last 4 times longer.
Bearings are often cheap and most complaints with completes have to do with the wheels not spinning properly or blocking, it’s because of cheap bearings. Good bearings aren’t even that expensive.
Don’t get a complete skateboard when you seriously think you’re going to skate for a long time. You’ll get a pro deck but the rest of the parts are usually not the best. It won’t be long until you have to upgrade parts and you’ll end up paying more in the end. Here are some of the other issues people experience.
- Problem: Trucks to loose or too tight. Solution: Tighten or loosen the nut on the kingpin.
- Problem: Wheels not spinning or blocking. Solution: Take out the bearing and see if it’s damaged. Apply Bones speed cream.
- Problem: Twisted deck. Solution: Return it
In order to get the most out of your skateboard check out my post on how to keep it in good condition. One thing to remember is to store it in a dry place and never ever leave it out in the rain.
How to Pick the Right Skateboard Parts
Not happy with the top 10? Fear not! For this, you need to educate you a little so you can get the best compatible parts at a decent price.
Sure, assembling yourself is usually more expensive but when it comes to quality you get the best stuff. Also, you need to put them all together but I’ve got you covered, it’s really not that hard. Check my post on how to assemble a skateboard once you picked all the right parts.
I always advise to go to your local skate shop (not Zumiez) and ask for help. They love giving advice according to your budget. There’s nothing wrong with asking and they can go on and on about wheels, trucks, bearings, and boards.
If you don’t have a skate shop nearby, buying online is a good option. It’s important that think about what you’re going to use your skateboard for so you can pick the right parts. Mainly wheels are the culprit here, but let me break it down for you.
Step 1. Pick a Style
Make sure you know what you want to ride and where. There are different setups available for different styles. Check out one of these posts that fit your style to make the right choice. These articles don’t recommend products but are guides to educate you.
- Setups for Heavy Riders
- Setups for skateparks
- Setups for Cruising
- Setups for Beginners
- Setups for Street
- Setups for Transition
- Setups for Mini Ramps
- Setups for Pools & Bowls
Step 2. Picking the Right Size Skateboard Deck
All these boards and brands and often awesome prints, what’s the difference? The truth is many skateboard decks come from the same manufacturers. There’s a difference in how some of them are pressed but the most important thing is to get a board that isn’t pressed in large quantities. Sometimes decks are pressed 10 at a time which causes inconsistencies in the concave, you don’t want that!
Blank decks are a good example, many claim their blanks are quality Canadian maple wood but be careful here. Sure shipping wood to China and having them pressed a dozen at a time makes them real maple wood skateboards. Even if that were the case, shipping causes the boards to damage because of heat and moisture. Avoid these if you don’t know what and where to buy (again, visit your local skate shop).
Alright enough talk, let’s get to the decks which are made of the good stuff. The only thing you need to know is that 8.0″ is the standard for street skating and you need trucks that fit. Wider decks between 8.25″ and 8.5″ are better for transition skateboarding (parks and ramps) because they provide more stability. This doesn’t mean you can’t skate street on an 8.5″, actually a wider deck is great for beginners!
I’ll leave that up to you. If you’re still confused, don’t worry I’ll list a few setups at the end which fit exactly what you need.
Step 3. Trucks That Match the Width of Your Deck
Trucks are the most vital parts of your setup. I’m going into a couple of reputable brands here which all are great choices. Sure there are differences between Venture, Independent, and Thunder trucks but all of them are great! Also Tensor is a great brand to pick and the actually have the record for the lightest trucks.
Ventures provide stability, Indys are a bit more carvy and Thunder is a good choice for street because they are a bit more responsive. I skated transition on Thunders for years before I moved on to Independent and I do like them.
Still, it’s all about personal preference, though Independent trucks are more durable. So economically that would be the best choice. Sure you pay a little extra but they outlast cheap trucks by a factor of 5. I recently got Indy titaniums, and my age I probably don’t have to buy new trucks ever again (sigh).
As for the fancy stuff like titanium, it really doesn’t matter. Some trucks have titanium editions but it’s just the axle and kingpin. The rest of the trucks are still made of a mix of composites. If you want to know more about trucks check out my extensive guide.
|Skateboard deck width||Truck axle width|
|7.75 inch to 8.0 inch||7.75 inch / 197 mm|
|8 inch to 8.5 inch||8.0 inch / 203 mm|
|8.5 inch to 9.0 inch||8.5 inch / 216 mm|
|9.0 inch to 10.0 inch||9.0 inch / 229 mm|
|10 inch or more||10.0 inch / 254 mm|
Step 4. Picking the Right Wheels
So many wheels, it’s intimidating when you browse for and see what’s out there. Again, not a big deal as long as you know what you want to do and where you ride the choice is pretty easy. Spitfire classics are a great choice, Bones wheels are on par and for just cruising and tricks 54mm – 96A Ricta Clouds are a great choice.
I happen to have used all of these wheels and they are great, but designed for different purposes. It gets a bit more tricky here because you have to pick the right hardness (durometer) but this isn’t really difficult so bear with me.
|Durometer A and B||Style|
|100A – 85B||Hard, great for skate parks and ramps/verts. less grip|
|95A/96A – 81B/82B:||A solid option for cruising and tricks, a bit more grip|
|90A/92A – 76B/78B||Great for cruising, bouncy for tricks, more grip|
|85A – 71B:||Just cruising, more grip|
|80A – 66B||Too soft for regular skateboards|
As for size up to 56mm is fine. get 52-53mm wheels if you want to skate street and do tricks. 54mm to 56mm is great for transition skateboarding. That’s the gist but there is so much more to it that I covered this in another article.
Step 5. The Right Bearings
There’s still only one brand that manufactures the best bearings for skateboarding, and they have a great reputation in the skateboarding community. Bones bearings come in different price ranges but as long as you’re not planning on extreme speed dow hill, all you need is the Swiss steal types. Get the Bones Reds Swiss package but be careful not to buy any fake China crap!
If you hear anyone talk about ABEC ratings ignore that, the ABEC rating has nothing to do with skateboarding, it’s for machines that need to be able to run 24/7 and should be ignored.
You can go for the cheapest Bones red bearings if budget is tight or go for a higher grade and they’ll last you for 5-10 years. Make sure to clean them 2x a year to get the most out of them. Proper maintenance can triple their life span, oh and don’t skate in the rain. It will kill your bearings.
Step 6. Grip Tap, Hardware, and a Skate Tool
Most shops will apply grip tape and you get free grip tape as a bonus. Standard grip tape is fine but fancy prints aren’t always the best. Some tape will come off because of poor quality so don’t go shopping for fancy stuff unless you don’t mind replacing it when it peels off.
Applying grip tape yourself is a bit tricky but using the right tools makes it a lot easier. Check out my post on how to assemble a skateboard to learn how to do this.
You need hardware for your trucks and they need to be the right size. It’s not complicated. The bolts and nuts to attach your trucks come in sets of 8. If you don’t plan on buying riser pads or shock pads go with 7/8”. Get 1” if you want 1/8” risers/shock pads.
Make sure to get the right size hardware, it’s quite frustrating to get all parts and you totally forgot to order hardware. If they’re too tall you could shorten them, but it will leave sharp edges, don’t do that.
Setups for All Styles
As promised here are a couple of setups to choose from. You can pick your own stuff of course but at least it will give you an idea of what works together. You can pick different wheels, trucks and pick a deck of a brand you like but just make sure they are the right size.
If you don’t have the right tools at home, consider a skate tool to assemble the parts.
All-Around Beginner setup
If you don’t know what style you prefer, are new to skateboarding or just want something that works for all styles, go with this setup. The 54mm spitfires are 99A on the durometer scale which is great for both street and park skateboarding. The deck is 8″ wide which is about the average width people skate and the Indy trucks will last forever. Standard Bones reds including spacers, grip tape, and hardware to attach the trucks.
Street Setup (Technical Skating)
This setup is for skateboarders that like to ride streets and do gnarly stuff. I selected the Spitfire Classics 52mm and 99a on the durometer scale, these are the wheels every street skater loves. Plan B deck with matching Thunder trucks, standard Reds bearings, and spacers. Thunders are considered to be more suitable for street skating but it comes down to personal preference.
Skate Park Setup
This is a bit of a wider setup that is excellent for parks and transition skateboarding. The wider deck provides lots of stability and the Indy trucks are great for turning. The larger Bones Skate Park Formula wheels are the best wheels for parks, I personally love them and so do most of the pros.
A selection of cruiser skateboards if you want a calm and comfortable ride and don’t want to do any technical tricks. You could also consider buying a regular setup and slap some large 6omm wheels and 1/4″ riser pads on them.
Heavy Riders Setup
If you’re bit heavier or taller this is a setup that can take an impact. I picked one of the strongest boards available and top-notch trucks that can handle more weight.
Mini Ramp Setup
Great setup for mini ramps, you can either go with 58mm wheels or 56mm. This is the setup I ride when I’m at my local mini ramp.
Q: Do all bearings fit all skateboard wheels? A: Yes, it’s all standard sizing so don’t worry about that.
Q: Why do different skateboard truck brands classify sizes differently? A: There isn’t any standard unfortunately but the axle widths are always mentioned so check if that matches your deck.
Q: Does it matter if my trucks don’t align perfectly with my deck? A: No, it really doesn’t matter just don’t go overboard. It looks a bit strange if your trucks are way wider or shorter. That’s all, nothing to worry about as a beginner.