10 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 10 best complete skateboards that get 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. Note that the top boards here are updated regularly, some may not be available right now.

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1. 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, 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.

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

CCS skateboard wheels and bearings

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 7.75″ is for kids. 8.0″ is more aimed at 13+ but you could go for an even 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 CCS trucks
  • 52mm 100a wheels
  • Standard bearings

2. Santa Cruz Complete

Santa Cruz kids skateboard

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. If that’s what you want, look for a skateboard with Independents trucks, or upgrade. 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. Check it out on Amazon.

Features:

  • Deck width – 8.0″
  • Deck length – 31.7″
  • Wheelbase – 14.25″
  • 7-ply maple wood deck with the iconic screaming hand graphic
  • Comes with a set of Bullet trucks
  • 52mm OJ wheels (good size for street skating)
  • The shielded bearings are decent but harder to clean

3. Powell OG 8.25

best-complete-skateboard-powell

Can’t leave fiber-enhanced Powell Flight decks out of this and this is probably the best board on this list. They provide solid completes and the board is 8.5″ wide. While 8.0″ is the standard, 8.5″ offers lots of stability and is great for transition skateboarding and street.

This board is great for adults and older kids (11+) and what caught (besides the flight deck) my eye are the high-quality Bones 100’s wheels, these are very popular and for good reasons. Great for tricks but not so much for commuting, short distances are fine though. You also won’t have any trouble skating street and parks, they won’t bounce like softer wheels do when you flip your board.

The Stage 11 Independent trucks are the most durable you can get and the number one selling trucks, a solid pair that can take a beating. They are affordable considering they can last for a decade and consist of high-quality components.

Not to mention the epoxy infused, fiber reinforced flight deck. It’s light-weight, thing and one of the strongest boards around. This is an absolute winner, probably the best complete I could find but you have to assemble it yourself. It’s not available right now but I looked up the parts so you can assemble it yourself.

Powell-Peralta Skateboard Deck Flight 242 Black 8.0" x 31.45"
Bones 100's #2 53mm White - V5 Sidecut
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks - Set of 2 (139(8.0"))
Independent Skateboard Hardware 7/8" Thrasher Phillips 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
Powell-Peralta Skateboard Deck Flight 242 Black 8.0" x 31.45"
Bones 100's #2 53mm White - V5 Sidecut
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks - Set of 2 (139(8.0"))
Independent Skateboard Hardware 7/8" Thrasher Phillips 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
Price not available
$25.99
$17.95
$53.90
$9.49
Powell-Peralta Skateboard Deck Flight 242 Black 8.0" x 31.45"
Powell-Peralta Skateboard Deck Flight 242 Black 8.0" x 31.45"
Price not available
Bones 100's #2 53mm White - V5 Sidecut
Bones 100's #2 53mm White - V5 Sidecut
$25.99
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
Bones Bearings Reds Bearings (8 pack W/Spacers and Washers)
$17.95
Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks - Set of 2 (139(8.0"))
Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks - Set of 2 (139(8.0"))
$53.90
Independent Skateboard Hardware 7/8" Thrasher Phillips 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
Independent Skateboard Hardware 7/8" Thrasher Phillips 8 Nuts and Mounting Bolts
$9.49

Specs:

  • Deck width: 8.0″
  • Deck length: 31.625″
  • Wheelbase: 14.25″
  • Epoxy infused, fiber reinforced Flight deck
  • Bones 100’s 53mm wheels
  • Independent  Stage 11 trucks
  • Bones Reds  Speed bearings
  • Medium Concave
  • Allan hardware

4. Landyachtz Dinghy Cruiser

Landyachtz Dinghy details

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 or my review if you want all the details. Don’t forget to check the Arbor Oso below.

  • 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 

5. Powell Peralta Complete

Powell Peralta complete skateboard

This is the oldest skateboard brand and they have a solid reputation. Know for their unbreakable flight decks but they 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 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 from by Mini Logo, 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. Available on Amazon (updated graphic). 

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

6. Alien Workshop 

Alien workshop complete skateboard

Alien Workshop is one of the ‘older’ brands that made a name for itself in the early 90’s founded by Chris Carter, Mike Hill, and Neil Blender in Dayton, Ohio. They had one of the better pro skater teams back then. Anyway AWS is a solid brand and this complete comes with Raw trucks.

The wheels are made by AWS with a hardness of 97a and a size 0f 52mm which is rather small. They are suitable for parks and the hardness of 97a means they are more forgiving on rougher surfaces.

Like the others, the deck is made of quality 7-ply maple wood and a decent setup overall. Currently Available on Amazon.

Features:

  • Deck width: 8.0″ and 7.75″
  • Deck length: 31.6″
  • Wheelbase: 14″
  • AWS 7-ply maple deck
  • AWS 52mm  99A wheels
  • RAW trucks 
  • Shielded AWS bearings

7. Element Complete

Element skateboard

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 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. There are still a couple available on Amazon. Check them here. 

Features:

  • Deck width: 8.0″
  • Deck length: 31.75″
  • Wheelbase: 14.25″
  • Element7-ply maple deck
  • Element trucks, 90a bushings
  • SHR 52mm 99a wheels
  • Allen hardware
  • Shielded bearings

8. Arbor Oso Foundation 

arbor pilsner

I couldn’t leave out a cruiser and the Arbor Oso Foundation is currently my favorite. 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 fix.

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 it as you can assume an aggressive stance with ease.

The wide Paris Trucks are awesome, so much better than what you get on other completes! They are bulky but still respond well

Usually, bearings from completes suck, but not these. I don’t know where Arbor gets them but they are super quiet and super 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. Check for prices on Amazon

Features:

  • Length: 31.5″
  • Width: 9.5″
  • Wheelbase: 14.5″
  • Concave: Radial
  • Concave Depth: Medium
  • Griptape: Clear, Spray-On
  • Flex Level: Stiff
  • 7 Ply Maple | Premium Wood Topsheet

9. Powell Peralta Vato Rats

Powell-Peralta Vato Rats Complete

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 101A (very hard). This will be a bit less comfortable on rougher surfaces but hits the sweet spot for technical park skating. Available here (Amazon). There’s another kids version available with softer wheels. It’s more suitable for cruising but not for adults. It’s only 7.5″ wide and has 90a soft wheels, check Amazon for prices.

  • Deck width: 8.25″
  • Deck length: 32.125″
  • Wheelbase: 14.375″
  • Powell Peralta 7-ply maple deck
  • Powell Peralta 53mm/101A wheels
  • Mini Logo  trucks
  • Mini Logo bearings
  • Deep concave
  • Philips hardware

10. POSITIV Team Complete

Team Positiv skateboard

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. Here’s a link to Amazon.

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 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 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. Nothing wrong with learning something right?

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

Ruben Vee

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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