Before you continue I suggest visiting my top 12 skateboards article, it’s more up to date and there are many boards to pick from. All bought and tested, no shenanigans!
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Globe Complete Skateboard
This globe skateboard comes with Tensor trucks (Rodney Mullen’s company), and 99a-52mm wheels. This is a great board 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 poppy pro deck and get quality 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 progress. 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).
Stoked Complete Street
Cheapest on the list but despite its price you get the best quality parts. For only 85 bucks you get a 7-ply maple blank deck, Paris Street trucks, Fireball bearings, and Mini Logo wheels.
The 99A 53 mm wheels are just the right hardness and diameter for street and park skating. The Paris Street trucks turn great and can take a lot of abuse. Also comes with Fireball bearings, way better than the junk bearings you usually get.
No fancy graphics but the best street deck for the money. You can always add a few stickers to your board but make sure you don’t place them in the middle, hard to board slide on stickers. Stoked Ride Shop also provides a skate tool so you can tune it to your liking. Currently available at Stoked Ride Shop
Stoked Complete Cruiser Hybrid
Just want to cruise and maybe do a couple of ollies? You’ll need a slightly different setup and some softer and bigger wheels. Stoked Ride Shop offers a high-quality and affordable setup. Paris Street trucks, 60mm 81A cruiser wheels, and great Fireball Race bearings.
This board offers a smooth ride and still allows for basic tricks, I don’t think you can get a better deal than this. Check Stoked Ride Shop’s complete setup, it’s only 95 bucks, you also get a skate tool. Check Stoked Ride Shop, for availability.
For dedicated cruising consider a mini cruiser or assemble a skateboard yourself. Assembling one yourself is usually a bit more expensive though.
Santa Cruz Complete
If you want something more durable and a better experience, consider the Santa Cruz Skateboard Complete. They come in different sizes but both 8.0″ and 8.25″ are a safe choice. The wheels are 54mm and 95A whihc means great for both skate parks and street. Not too hard, not too soft. In short, this is a great starter deck and offers the best components at a very fair price.
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Not What You’re Looking for?
If the skateboards here aren’t what you’re looking for, I suggest to check out my page dedicated to complete setups. I update it regularly.