Best Skateboard Setup for Cruising


Three different cruiser skateboard setups next to eachother

Cruising can be fun but you’ll need some big and soft wheels to get that smooth cruising vibe. Cruising on a board with small and hard wheels is just the worst. At some point, your feet are tingling and you feel like your teeth are about to droop right out of your mouth.

In order the get the most out of your cruising exprience make sure you get quality parts. The best skateboard setup for skateboarding should consist of the following parts.

  • Decks can vary but you want something portable
  • Wheels between 56mm and 68mm with a durometer below 80A
  • High trucks that match the width of your deck
  • Quality bearings to maintain speed

You have a few options here. You can go for a dedicated and portable cruiser, slap some riser pads and big soft wheels on your popsicle board or go full out longboard.

Regular skateboard for cruising

regular skateboards converted into cruisers

Converting your skateboard into a cruiser is probably the cheapest option. If you don’t own one try to get a used skateboard, often you can get a pretty good used board on Craigslist. For those who do own a skateboard, all you have to do is get some smooth wheels, riser pads, and maybe new bearings (depending on the condition of your current ones).

Cruiser Setup Option One

I actually tested this a while ago and it can work. If you want to cruise without doing technical trucks, go for the setup like on the image (the board on top). All I did was put risers for more clearance and these awesome 78A 63mm Fatty Hawgs Wheels.

I was surprised how well they performed and despite the bigger wheels, my board was pretty responsive. Ollies feel a bit sketchy though and I wouldn’t recommend kickflips.

Just keep in mind that for a setup like this it’s all about the wheels. Get a set of riser pads for extra clearance and big soft wheels. Make sure the wheels aren’t any bigger than 65mm, anything above feels unstable and unresponsive. I tried 70mm longboard wheels and it just didn’t feel right.

I tested a few cruising wheels and found the perfect set that also fit on a regular skateboard. There are only a couple of brands that now what cruiser wheels are about.

The rest of the setup consists of an old 8.0″ deck (brand unknown) and standard Tensor trucks. Bearings are ages Bones Reds which need replacement. If you can, go with an 8.5″ or bigger for a more stable ride. You could even try an oldschool deck.

Cruiser Setup Option Two

I also have a board that allows for a bit of cruising and do some technical tricks. I must admit this isn’t the ideal setup but it works if you want a bit of both. You won’t cruise long distances and even though it’s a smooth ride, you need to push a lot harder compared to setup option 1. it’s a bit of a trade-off but it works.

Setup two is at the bottom of the picture. It’s just a regular 8.0″ Santa Cruz deck with Indy trucks. The wheels are 56mm Ricta Clouds with a durometer of 92A. You might want to get them a bit softer, I actually think 86A would provide a smoother ride but I haven’t been able to test this.

Dedicated Cruiser Setup

dedicated cruiser setup

Ok, now we’re talking. What you’re looking at here is a disassembled Landyachtz Dinghy and this cruiser is fun! Despite being smaller than a regular skateboard it handles like a boss. I had my eye on this board for a long time and decided to go for it, zero regrets!

What I like about this setup is that all the parts work so well together. You can carve, pump, ollie, slide and most of all…. cruise effortless. It actually has a nose and tail and some concave for extra grip when popping a few tricks. Now, I wouldn’t go to technical on this board but you can pull off some manuals, ollies and when you’re skilled enough, ride a bowl. Check my test ride to see what this baby can do:

Most of all it just rides so smooth. If you’re looking for a portable cruiser that can hop curbs, this is the one. If you just want to cruise there is another version without concave. You won’t be able to ollie but you will cruise the way it’s meant to be without having to drag a huge longboard around.

If you look closely at the part and want to assemble a cruiser yourself, this should give you a good idea of what to look for.

Cruising a Longboard

longboard cruiser

Well to be fair, longboards are just made for cruising (and bombing hills, dancing, slalom, etc). I own one myself and I mainly use it for filming but it’s just the ultimate cruising experience. I don’t like how heavy it is and the size, it’s uncomfortable to carry around. I rather grab my bike if I have to go from A to B but that’s just my personal opinion which should be totally ignored.

I love the flex this board has and the little effort it takes to maintain speed. Huge Orangatang wheels and trucks from another time that aren’t made anymore. The first time I set foot on this board I made the classic mistake of placing my ‘pushing foot’ to close to the deck. When I pushed the wheels hit my foot, such a noob.

Anyway, longboards provide the ultimate cruising experience. Even though I’m more of a technical skater, I learned that becoming a good longboarder isn’t as easy as it looks. It requires a lot of technique and pumping is pretty hard if you’re not used to a board like this.

Longboards are expensive, at least if you want something that gives you the ultimate cruising experience. They go from 60 bucks to 600 bucks. Cheap longboards are utter crap and these really expensive longboards? Not really worth the money. Expect to pay between 200 and 350 USD for a really great longboard.

I can’t really recommend a specific board, it’s just not my area of expertise. Check the longboard subforum on Reddit, these guys can help you out but make sure to provide a budget.

Recommended setups

There are a couple of options here, assemble one yourself or get a preassembled cruiser. Let’s look at 3 dedicated cruisers that are great for beginners. Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Arbor Skateboard - OSO Foundation
Santa Cruz Skateboards Rastafied Dot Shark Cruzer Cruiser Complete Skateboard - 8.8" x 27.7"
Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard (28" - Summit)
Arbor Skateboard - OSO Foundation
Santa Cruz Skateboards Rastafied Dot Shark Cruzer Cruiser Complete Skateboard - 8.8" x 27.7"
Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard (28" - Summit)
$149.99
$137.44
$124.07
Arbor Skateboard - OSO Foundation
Arbor Skateboard - OSO Foundation
$149.99
Santa Cruz Skateboards Rastafied Dot Shark Cruzer Cruiser Complete Skateboard - 8.8" x 27.7"
Santa Cruz Skateboards Rastafied Dot Shark Cruzer Cruiser Complete Skateboard - 8.8" x 27.7"
$137.44
Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard (28" - Summit)
Landyachtz Dinghy 28" Complete Skateboard (28" - Summit)
$124.07

The Arbor Oso Foundation Cruiser is a classic 80s style cruiser and comes with 169mm Paris trucks that offer a lot of stability. This setup has the smallest wheels (58mm) in the lineup and are 80A on the durometer scale. This board can also be used to ridie pools. What I like most about this board is its size. It’s the largest and widest board in this line-up which you can still carry around comfortably.

The deck is 9.5″ wide and 31.7″ tall, the width provides maximum stability and the height is comparable to a regular skateboard. I own this board and love it, check out my full review here.

The Rastafied Dot Street Shark comes with 140mm Bullet trucks. The wheels are big and smooth and very suitable for just cruising around town or campus. They are sized at 65mm and 78A on the durometer scale. This means you won’t notice any cracks or rocks or at least they won’t block your wheels.  This is a great looking board, even the grip tape looks awesome.

The Landyachtz Dinghy one of my favorite mini cruisers. It’s a very fast and nimble board which also allows you to do tricks. I tested this board a while ago and I just love it. Read my review and learn why I like this board so much.

OJ and orangatang cruiser wheels

Assembling one yourself is easy, you can just get a regular setup and add 60mm cruiser wheels (and riser pads!). I personally love the Orangatang Fat Free wheels and The OJ Super Juicer Wheels. The OJ’s go well on a wider board (9.0″+) and the Orangatang are great on smaller boards because of the large contact patch.

 

OJ Super Juice 78a Skateboard Wheels,Orange,60mm
Orangatang Fat Free 65 mm 77aa Freeride Longboard Skateboard Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Blue, Set of 4)
Set of 2pcs 5/16"(8mm) Longboard Skateboard Riser Pads Black + 8pcs of 1.25" Hardware Screws Black
OJ Super Juice 78a Skateboard Wheels,Orange,60mm
Orangatang Fat Free 65 mm 77aa Freeride Longboard Skateboard Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Blue, Set of 4)
Set of 2pcs 5/16"(8mm) Longboard Skateboard Riser Pads Black + 8pcs of 1.25" Hardware Screws Black
Price not available
$67.00
$5.99
OJ Super Juice 78a Skateboard Wheels,Orange,60mm
OJ Super Juice 78a Skateboard Wheels,Orange,60mm
Price not available
Orangatang Fat Free 65 mm 77aa Freeride Longboard Skateboard Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Blue, Set of 4)
Orangatang Fat Free 65 mm 77aa Freeride Longboard Skateboard Wheels w/Loaded Jehu V2 Bearings (Blue, Set of 4)
$67.00
Set of 2pcs 5/16"(8mm) Longboard Skateboard Riser Pads Black + 8pcs of 1.25" Hardware Screws Black
Set of 2pcs 5/16"(8mm) Longboard Skateboard Riser Pads Black + 8pcs of 1.25" Hardware Screws Black
$5.99

Wrapping it Up

Cruiser can be cheap or very expensive. It really depends on what you want to do. Long smooth rides without having to push until your face turns red? Go for a longboard. Short commutes in the city? Go for a small dedicated cruiser. On a budget or do you still want to perform tricks? Convert a regular skateboard into a cruiser or just get a complete skateboard.

Picking the right parts really depends on what, where and how you want to cruise. This post is just to guide you and show you some alternative options.  The possibilities are endless but your wallet probably isn’t. 

Lastly, check out muirskate.com, these guys know everything about cruiser setups and love to help you out. Check out their website and they have about the best customer service you can get. They will answer all your questions and can get you exactly what you want.

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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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