10 Best Complete Skateboards That Aren’t Complete Trash


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 the a good complete skateboard isn’t.

A complete skateboard is a good starter board when you want to learn skateboarding, if you pick the right one. It isn’t necessary to pay a lot of money for top quality components. Once you improve and parts start to wear down it’s easy to replace them with better quality wheels, deck, trucks and bearings.

So without further ado, here are the 10 best complete skateboards that gets you the best bang for your buck! I also added a helpful guide on how you pick parts yourself if you want to go for premium parts.

1. Mini Logo Complete

This is probably the best one you can get on a budget as far as completes go. Many of the completes have low quality parts but Mini logo is an exception. This skateboard is distributed by Skate One and they have their own trucks comparable to the top brands.

The trucks are pretty good for a complete, better than most. Mini logo also makes pretty decent budget wheels which are fine for beginners. A more skilled skater would probably be better off with higher quality wheels as Mini Logo wheels tend to flat spot when doing slides. Not problem for beginners and a good choice price/quality wise.

As for the bearings, they come close to Bones Reds so that’s another good reason to get this board. This board is the cheapest on this list. Compare prices on Amazon and don’t forget to get a skate tool if you don’t have any tools at home.

2. CCS Complete

Decent 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 board for beginners and will hold for a while. 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.

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 to look further down the list.

The bearings are fine and of a quality you can expect from a cheap board, nothing too fancy but it they will get the job done.

It comes in different sizes starting at 7.0″ anything below 7.75″ is for kids. 8.0″ is more responsive but you could go for a wider board if you want more balance.

  • Deck width between  7.0 and 8.5″”
  • 7-ply maple wood deck
  • Comes with a set of Bullet trucks
  • 52mm 100a wheels (not very comfy)
  • Standard bearings

This is the perfect board on a budget andyou can upgrade parts once they show wear and tear. Check for prices on Amazon, you even get a skate tool for free!

3. Santa Cruz Screaming Hand 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 to 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, once you start grinding rails or curbs they will wear down quickly. If that’s your plan, look for a skateboard with Tensor trucks.

Santa Cruze 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 wring with it.

Features:

  • Deck width – 8.0″
  • Deck length – 31.6″
  • Wheelbase – 14.25″
  • 7-ply maple wood deck with the iconic screaming hand graphic
  • Comes with a set of Bullet trucks
  • 53mm OJ wheels (good size for street skating)
  • The shielded bearings are decent but harder to clean

Available here

4. Plan B Team Checker 7.85

Can’t leave Plan B out of this list. they provide solid completes and this one is the only one on the list that’s 7.85″. While 8.0″ is the standard, many still love the old days where 8.0″ was considered a wide board.

This board is good for adults and kids but what caught my eye are the wheels that are 95a. This means you can cruise and do tricks, so if you want something that’s suitable for commuting (short distances) it’s really a board to consider. You also won’t have any trouble skating street but at some point they might rebound a bit when you flip your board.

While PlanB trucks aren’t comparable to Independent trucks, the board has a solid pair that can take a beating. I would consider them average in quality, just like the cheapest you can find in a skate shop which is perfectly fine. They are affordable and consist of basic components.

  • Deck width: 7.85″
  • Deck length: 31.625″
  • Wheelbase: 14.25″
  • Plan B 7-ply maple deck
  • Plan B 52mm 95A wheels
  • Plan B trucks
  • Standard bearings
  • Medium Concave
  • Allan hardware

Available here

5. Powell Peralta Ripper One-off

This is the oldest skateboard brand and they have a solid reputation. Know for their unbreakable flight decks but also provide solid pre-builds.

This board is mainly suitable for skateparks because of the 101A wheels. Not everybody minds but really hard wheels aren’t fun to ride on the street, but designed for skate parks. Great to maintain speed and perform slides in parks.

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. Powell is know for their quality decks and they use the same maple wood and epoxy resin glue to get identical shapes and concaves.

The trucks are from by Mini Logo at engineered and tested by Skate One. They aren’t premium quality but a pretty decent set to start out with.  The bearings are also from Mini Logo 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.

  • Deck width: 8.0″
  • Deck length: 32.125″
  • Wheelbase: 14.375″
  • Powell Peralta 7-ply maple deck
  • SHR 53mm 101a wheels
  • Mini Logo trucks
  • Mini Logo bearings
  • Deep concave
  • Philips hardware

Available here

6. Blind Scramble Black Complete

Blind is one of the older brands that made a name in the 90’s en 20’s founded by legend Mark Gonzales. They had one of the best pro skater teams back then. Anyway Blind is a solid brand and this complete comes with Tensor trucks!

The wheels are made by Blind, specifically the OG Stretch Wheel. A bit of a smaller wheel, 52mm wheels in diameter and they have a hardness off 99a. They are suitable for parks and street but I wouldn’t go touring.

Like the others the deck is made of quality 7-ply maple wood and a decent setup overall.

Features:

  • Deck width: 8.0″
  • Deck length: 31.6″
  • Wheelbase: 14″
  • Blind 7-ply maple deck
  • Blind 52mm OG Stretch Wheel, 99A
  • Tensor trucks (which is a big plus!)
  • Shielded bearings
  • Phillips head hardware (better quality bolts)

Available here

7. Element Seal Black 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 trucks 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 a bit softer than the others so they may feel a bit bounce when you ollie. 92a is still fine for tricks and cruising, so if you want something like that 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.

Features:

  • Deck width: 8.0″
  • Deck length: 31.75″
  • Wheelbase: 14.25″
  • Element7-ply maple deck
  • Element trucks
  • Element 52mm 92a wheels
  • Allen hardware
  • Shielded bearings

Available here

8. Enjoi Litter Box Wheels Complete (Kids)

A bunch of cats and a Panda as a print, this can’t go wrong. This complete is made with smaller riders in mind. While you don’t really need a kid sized board, it can prove to be useful. that being said, this is a regular sized board but the artwork is al about cats. Cats on the wheels, grip tape, deck you either love it or hate it.

It’s not about the graphics though, the parts are of decent quality and this one also comes with Tensor trucks. I think this is a great gift for a kid but I wouldn’t ride it as an adult.

The rest of the parts are also fine but I  do have some reservations about the wheels. They are 100a which is fine for some people but others don’t like to ride the streets as it can be a bit uncomfortable.

You feel cracks and bump on sidewalks, and pebbles can block the wheels more easily. Not sure why they put these wheels on a kids deck.  It also depends on how rough the roads are, but skate parks are perfectly fine.

Just keep this in mind, Enjoy is a great brand and people to love their skateboards.

Features:

  • Deck width – 8.0″
  • Deck length – 31.6″
  • Wheelbase – 14″
  • Enjoi 7-ply maple deck
  • Enjoi 52mm 101a wheels
  • Tensor trucks
  • Shielded bearings
  • Phillips head hardware
  • Enjoi graphic griptape

Available here

9. Powell Peralta Vato Rats

Second Powell complete that is a good option. I picked this one because the deck, trucks and wheels are very decent for its price. This is a good street skateboard but also one you can take to the skate park. Less suitable for cruising (99A wheels) but fine for short distances.

The trucks are produced and tested by Skate One (a reputable name) and the baseplate and hanger are made of quality aluminum. The kingpin and axle are made of hardened steel so it seems to have pretty solid truck parts.

It comes with 53mm wheels with a hardness of 99A. This will be a bit more comfortable on rougher surfaces and hits the sweet spot for technical skating.

  • Deck width: 8.0″
  • Deck length: 32.125″
  • Wheelbase: 14.375″
  • Powell Peralta 7-ply maple deck
  • Powell Peralta 53mm/99A wheels
  • Skate one  trucks
  • Mini Logo bearings
  • Deep concave
  • Philips hardware

10. POSITIV Team Complete

I was a bit on the fence about this skateboard when I saw it listed at Amazon. Being the sceptic 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.

Fortunately Braille tested this board and they were very ‘ahem’ positive about this setup. They had a hard time breaking it.

The wheels seem to be made of decent urethane and the truck held up perfectly. They tried to destroy the board as fast as they could but they had a hard time. This means 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.

As for bearings, they’re supposed to have Mini Logo bearings and some have complaints about them.  Good news is that Positiv has no issues replacing them for free. Here’s a link to Amazon.

One word of caution though. From the Baille video you can hear someone say the board is delaminating. This means the board is probably of lesser than average quality. Delaminating means the different layers of wood (ply’s) start to come off. The epoxy resin glue that holds the ply’s together starts to disintegrate and the layers come off. This also can happen to professional decks when you leave them out in the rain but not with a brand new deck.

I’m still a bit on the fence, for a little extra you can get a way better complete.

Features:

  • 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 seem to have issues

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 the quality. The ones I listed here are fine but for a bit more you can get better parts.

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 lower 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 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 yo have to upgrade parts and you’ll end up paying more in the end. Here are some of 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 in 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. Nothing wrong with learning something right?

Sure, assembling one 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 advice to go to your local skate shop (not Zummiez) 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. 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 education, 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 2. 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 difference between Venture, Independent and Thunder trucks but all off them are great! Also Tensor is a great brand to pick and the actually have the record for the lightest trucks.

Ventures provides 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 size and proper truck size
Skateboard deck widthTruck axle width
7.75 inch to 8.0 inch7.75 inch / 197 mm
8 inch to 8.5 inch8.0 inch / 203 mm
8.5 inch to 9.0 inch8.5 inch / 216 mm
9.0 inch to 10.0 inch9.0 inch / 229 mm
10 inch or more10.0 inch / 254 mm

Step 3. 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.

 Skateboard wheel hardness and purpose
Durometer A and BStyle
100A – 85B Hard, great for skate parks and ramps/verts. less grip
95A/96A – 81B/82B:Solid option for cruising and tricks, a bit more grip
90A/92A – 76B/78BGreat for cruising, bouncy for tricks, more grip
85A – 71B:Just cruising, more grip
80A – 66BToo 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 4. 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 your 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 5. 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.

So know you are ready to your own skateboardBest course of action would be to go to www.warehouseskateboards.com.

Related questions

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 is matter that my trucks don’t align perfectly with my deck? No, it really doesn’t matter just don’t go overboard. It look a bit strange if your trucks are way wider or shorter. that’s all, nothing to worry about as a beginner.

Ruben

I 'm an aged skateboarder, but I still shred responsibly. I started skateboarding 25 years ago and I'm out there whenever I can.

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