12 Best Complete Skateboards That Aren’t 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 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 12 best complete skateboards that get you the best bang for your buck!

FYI: the boards on this page are updated regularly but may not always be available.

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1. Element Complete

Element beginner skateboard national geographic

I always have been a fan of Element, and I love their hats, shirts and mostly deck designs. 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 this setup is a safe choice.

The wheels (52 mm/95a) are perfect for street and parks and also ride comfortably on rougher surfaces. 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 that will hold up once you start to pop ollies. It’ll probably wear faster once you start grinding and do flips, but that goes for all skateboards. Check for prices on evo.com

Currently on sale for about 89 bucks with a Star Wars graphic but it’s the same board.

Features:

  • Deck width: 7.75″ to 8.0″
  • Deck length: 31.75″
  • Wheelbase: varies
  • Element 7-ply maple deck
  • Element 5.0 Polished Trucks
  • Element wheels, hardness varies
  • Soft 90a bushings
  • Allen hardware
  • Shielded bearings

2. Powell Peralta Flight (Best Quality)

Powell Peralta Flight skateboard

Since you are looking for the best I’m gonna start with this Powell-Peralta Flight Deck setup with Independent trucks (or Paris, up to you). This is the absolute best complete skateboard you can get!

They just came in and this setup knocks the rest out of the park. Stoked Ride Shop now offers a complete with indy trucks!

For now, you only get blank wheels but they are fine for beginners and I personally tested them, just don’t do any power slides and you won’t flat spot the wheels.

I don’t have a real picture because I don’t have this exact setup but I tested the wheels, trucks, bearings, and deck. Superb quality that will last for a very long time.

The deck is super poppy and consists of maple with a mix of fiberglass. Super strong and unbreakable. Powell Flight decks are hard to snap and great for heavy riders or those who often break boards. This is the strongest setup on this list but it’s a bit more expensive (150 bucks), but for good reasons.

This is a great street skateboard but also one you can take to your local skate park, it’s less suitable for cruising but rolls fine on slick surfaces.

You can either pick Paris Trucks, or Independent trucks (+ $10) and this is rather unique. You will have a hard time finding a complete that comes with the strongest and most durable trucks out there. Independent trucks are the best you can get (the Indy’s are curretly out of stock).

Indy’s are my favorite because they last forever, are great at turning, and perform well in street and parks. On top of that, you get super-fast Fireball Dragon bearings that are way better than that no-name stuff you often get.

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

Available sizes 8.0″, 8.25″, and 8.5″. 8.0 and 8.25 are great for street, 8.5″ for people with large feet or transition skateboarding. Check for availability at Stoked Ride Shop

  • Deck width: 8.0″, 8.25″, 8.5″
  • Powell Peralta Flight Deck
  • Paris Street trucks/ Independent Truck (the choice is up to you, but for 10 bucks more you get a superb setup)
  • 53mm/99A wheels
  • Fireball Dragon bearings

3. Stoked Ride Shop Complete (Best Budget)

Stoked Ride Shop Cruising and tricks Skateboard

Stoked Ride Shop offers in my opinion the best complete you can get, you can either go for the cruiser version or the street version.

Looking for a skateboard for cruising and tricks? Go for the cruiser/ street hybrid. Get the street version for more gnarly stuff like technical street skateboarding.

The Fireball Tinder wheels are 81A/60mm and provide a smooth and stable ride. Very forgiving on rough asphalt and pebbles, twigs, or cracks are not an issue.

The Paris Street trucks are better than any board featured on this list, they can deal with abuse and still turn great.

You also need some speed and Stoked added Fireball Race Bearings, they’re fast, reliable, and better than the junk you usually get when buying completes.

The deck consists of quality maple and has a mellow concave which makes it suitable for tricks but still provides stability.

Stoked Complete Skateboard Street

The street version comes with the same parts, only the wheels are different. For technical tricks, you need hard wheels (softer will feel more bouncy) and you get 53mm 99a blank street wheels. Great size and hardness for street and still perfectly fine for parks/transition.

If you want something on a budget and quality parts, this is a good choice. You also get a skate tool to tune the board to your liking. Check here for the cruiser version. Interested in the street setup?  Click here (link to Stoked Ride Shop).

  • 7.75″ / 7.875″ / 8.0″ / 8.25″ / 8.5″ Canadian Maple 7-ply Deck
  • Paris Street Trucks!
  • Paris Hardware 1.25″
  • Fireball Bearings – 8mm
  • Fireball Tinder 60mm (cruiser) or  53mm/99a Blank street wheels
  • Bullet Griptape
  • Skate tool

4. Santa Cruz Complete

Santa Cruz Complete Skateboard

Santa Cruz complete skateboards are pretty decent. What I like about this complete are the forgiving wheels, the ‘pop’ of the deck, and the medium hard bushings and pop . They are great for learning how to ride because of the 95A wheels, not too soft, not too hard, perfect for beginners.

You’re able to hop a curb without problems and the wheels won’t block easily when you hit a pebble or encounter a crack. The bushings are 90A which means they turn well but your truck won’t feel like they’re all over the place.

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 of value for money.

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 their boards.

Go for an 8.0″ if you want to do lots of flips and aren’t too tall. An 8.25″ provides more stability and is great for both street and skateparks.

Note that Santa Cruz skateboards sell like hotcakes so get ‘m while you can. There are currently a couple of boards available on Amazon.

Features:

  • Deck width – varies
  • Deck length – varies
  • Wheelbase – varies
  • Bullet Trucks with 90A bushings
  • 7-ply maple wood deck (graphics vary)
  • 54mm 95A wheels (good size for street skating, skate parks)
  • The shielded bearings are okay

3. Globe

Globe complete skateboard

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″ to 8.0 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 but might be a bit too small for taller and heavier riders.

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 setup.

The Tensor Alloy Standard Trucks are one of the better budget trucks and come with a lifetime guarantee. Here’s a link to an 8.0″ but if you want something a bit wider check the 8.125 version here (evo.com).

Specs:

  • Deck width: 7.75″, 8.0 and 8.25
  • Tensor trucks
  • Standard ABEC 7 bearings
  • 99a-53mm wheels
  • Deck average length: 31.6″
  • Wheelbase: 14″

4. CCS Complete

CCS complete skateboard in a park

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.

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 almost the best bang for your buck, pretty solid stuff considering its price (note that CCS increased the price recently).

CCS skateboard wheels and bearings

This complete is more suitable for skateparks because the wheels are 100a and 52 mm, very hard and small. 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 (like the Stoked complete). 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″ to 8.25″ is great for technical skaters, but you could go for an even wider board if you want more stability. Currently available on Amazon

Specs:

  • 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

5. Arbor Whisky Complete (8.25″, 8.0″)

arbor whisky complet skateboard

Arbor to my surprise offers a few completes and this board is perfect for both beginners and more experienced riders. This is a street setup with 54mm 90a wheels which offer a comfortable ride. You’ll still be able to ride both park and street and the softer wheels deal well with cracks and pebbles.

The softer wheels will help you to maintain stability and won’t make much noise. The Paris Trucks are one of the best trucks you can get on a complete, they offer a decent turn and can handle grinds and ollies.

Asphalt, concrete, and wood won’t be a problem and at 90a you can even take it for a short commute. Like the others, the deck is made of quality 7-ply maple wood and a decent setup overall. Arbor is reliable and one of the more popular brands that quickly made a name for itself.

Great complete for a very good price! Currently available at evo.com.
Features:

  • Width: 8.25″ or 8.0″
  • Length: 32″
  • Wheelbase: 14″ 
  • 7-ply maple deck
  • Paris Street Trucks
  • 90a 54mm wheels
  • Shielded standard bearings

6. Enjoy Complete

Enjoy complete skateboard

This complete comes with standard Core trucks which are great all-around trucks (not top of the line). It comes with small 52mm TGM 100A street wheels that are suitable for street and parks. Not great for cruising though.

The Enjoy deck consists of 7-plys and has a medium concave which makes it easier to keep your balance. The standard bearings aren’t the best but beginners won’t notice anyway. You can always lube them a bit to make them spin faster.

8.0″ to 8.25″ is a great size for technical tricks and 8.5″ is great for transition (bowl, mini ramp). Remember that this is a budget board so you won’t get top-notch components but it’s a decent starter board, especially considering the price. Once you get the hang of it you can always upgrade the bearings. Lots of completes available on Amazon

  • Deck width: 7.0″ to 8.75
  • Deck length: varies
  • Wheelbase: varies
  • Enjoy 7-ply maple deck
  • Core Trucks
  • 52mm TGM street wheels
  • Amphetamine speed bearings

 

9. Fireball Cruiser (Out Of Stock)

Fireball cruiser longboard

One of the cheapest quality cruisers you can get, and it’s a great setup for beginners. It comes with a medium concave deck (8.5″ wide) with a huge kicktail and lots of room for your feet.

This is a very stable cruiser with top-notch components and I think for its price it’s hard to find a better complete setup. Sure there are better cruisers out there, but this one gets you a lot of bang for your buck.

This board is suitable for beginners and experienced riders though you might feel like the trucks are a bit too tight. It takes some time to break-in the trucks and you can always adjust the tightness of the trucks.

The Fireball Tinder wheels are great for both cruising and basic stiff like ollies, and the wide contact patch offers a lot of stability. The Dragon bearings are better than most of the completes on this list.

If you want something portable, do some basic tricks and cruise a bit, this is an excellent choice. 

  • Width: 8.5″.
  • Length: 28.5″.
  • Wheelbase: 14.6″
  • Four Fireball Tinder wheels size 60mm with a durometer of 81A
  • Eight fast Fireball Dragon bearings with integrated spacers
  • Two 7.75″ Paris Street Trucks

10. Arbor Oso Foundation 

arbor pilsner

I couldn’t leave out a cruiser and the Arbor 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 evo.com 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. Read my review and watch a test ride, or check if the Pilsner is currently available on Amazon. I recommend buying it at evo.com, way better deal

Arbor Pilsner mini cruiser

Oso Features:

  • 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

11. Blank Maple Complete

blank complete skateboard

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.

Features:

  • 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

Positiv Team Complete Skateboard

I was a bit on the fence about this skateboard when I saw it listed on 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 fine board considering the price. It’s not a board for hardcore skateboarders but more for kids and 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. However, if you compare it to other completes you pay more and get lesser parts.

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 Mini Logo 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. Not available right now.  The alternative is the Powell Golden Dragon (link to Stoked Ride Shop) which is basically the same board with a different print. It’s rather small (7.6″ wide) and meant for kids.

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 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.

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 size and proper truck size
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.

 Skateboard wheel hardness and purpose
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.

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

skateboard brands decks trucks wheels

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 You can go for either Spitfire or Bones wheels between 52 and 54mm, Thunder or Indy trucks that match an 8.0″ wider deck (indy 139, Thunder 147). The deck is 8″ wide which is about the average width people skate and Indy trucks will last forever. Standard Bones reds including spacers, grip tape, and hardware to attach the trucks. Note that the links will direct you to evo.com.

Want something wider, an 8.25 is also a great option. It offers more stability and you’ll still be able to flip your board once you’re ready to get gnarly. The only thing you need is an 8.25 deck and trucks that fit.

8.25″ beginner setup:

Street Setup (Technical Skating)

This setup is for skateboarders that like to ride streets and do gnarly stuff. Wheels suggestions: Spitfire Classics 52 mm-54 mm/99D, Bones STF. These are the most common (high-quality) wheels every street skater likes. Any reliable brand B deck with matching Thunder trucks, Venture, Royal or Indy trucks.  Standard bones Reds bearings, and 7/8 hardware to attach your trucks. Don’t forget to pick grip tape.

8.0″ street setup:

8.25″ street setup:

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. You can also go for Venture Lo trucks instead.

8.0″ park setup:

8.25″ park setup:

8.5″ park setup:

Cruiser Boards

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. As for complete cruisers, anything from Arbor, Globe, or Landyachtz is fine. They offer top quality cruisers at a fair price. If you’re completely new to cruising I recommend the Globe Big Blazer because it’s very stable.

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Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard (28" - Summit)
Arbor Skateboard - OSO Foundation
Arbor Pilsner Walnut 2017 Complete Mini Longboard Skateboard New
Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard (28" - Summit)
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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. 

Santa Cruz Skateboards Deck Total Dot VX 8.5" x 32.2" with Grip
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Independent Skateboard Trucks Mids Silver 149 (8.5")
MCB 1/8" Shock Pad Risers
Spitfire Skateboard Wheels - Spitfire Formula F...
Independent Skateboard Hardware 1" Phillips Black/Red 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
Santa Cruz Skateboards Deck Total Dot VX 8.5" x 32.2" with Grip
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Independent Skateboard Trucks Mids Silver 149 (8.5")
MCB 1/8" Shock Pad Risers
Spitfire Skateboard Wheels - Spitfire Formula F...
Independent Skateboard Hardware 1" Phillips Black/Red 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
Price not available
$17.95
Price not available
$7.50
$44.95
$8.95
Santa Cruz Skateboards Deck Total Dot VX 8.5" x 32.2" with Grip
Santa Cruz Skateboards Deck Total Dot VX 8.5" x 32.2" with Grip
Price not available
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
$17.95
Independent Skateboard Trucks Mids Silver 149 (8.5")
Independent Skateboard Trucks Mids Silver 149 (8.5")
Price not available
MCB 1/8" Shock Pad Risers
MCB 1/8" Shock Pad Risers
$7.50
Spitfire Skateboard Wheels - Spitfire Formula F...
Spitfire Skateboard Wheels - Spitfire Formula F...
$44.95
Independent Skateboard Hardware 1" Phillips Black/Red 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
Independent Skateboard Hardware 1" Phillips Black/Red 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
$8.95

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.

Anti Hero Skateboard Decks - Anti Hero Classic Eagle Skateboard Deck - 8.5 Inch
Bones Bucky Lasek Oriole • 56mm 84B • Sidecut
Independent Stage 11 Hollow Standard Skateboard Truck - Silver - 149mm
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
INDEPENDENT GENUINE PARTS 1/8" RISERS single set
Anti Hero Skateboard Decks - Anti Hero Classic Eagle Skateboard Deck - 8.5 Inch
Bones Bucky Lasek Oriole • 56mm 84B • Sidecut
Independent Stage 11 Hollow Standard Skateboard Truck - Silver - 149mm
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
INDEPENDENT GENUINE PARTS 1/8" RISERS single set
$64.95
Price not available
$59.95
$17.95
$8.95
$8.99
Anti Hero Skateboard Decks - Anti Hero Classic Eagle Skateboard Deck - 8.5 Inch
Anti Hero Skateboard Decks - Anti Hero Classic Eagle Skateboard Deck - 8.5 Inch
$64.95
Bones Bucky Lasek Oriole • 56mm 84B • Sidecut
Bones Bucky Lasek Oriole • 56mm 84B • Sidecut
Price not available
Independent Stage 11 Hollow Standard Skateboard Truck - Silver - 149mm
Independent Stage 11 Hollow Standard Skateboard Truck - Silver - 149mm
$59.95
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
$17.95
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
INDEPENDENT Phillips 0.875in Skateboard Bolt One Size Black
$8.95
INDEPENDENT GENUINE PARTS 1/8" RISERS single set
INDEPENDENT GENUINE PARTS 1/8" RISERS single set
$8.99

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 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.

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