Here are the boards I recommend, they are cheap, have decent to great quality parts, and are both suitable for street and cruising.
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Santa Cruz Complete
If you want something more durable and a better experience, consider the Santa Cruz Skateboard Complete. They come in sifferent 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.
Stoked Complete Street
Cheapest on the list but despite its price you get the best quality parts. For only 75 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 85 bucks, you also get a skate tool. Check Stoked Ride Shop, they are back in stock!
For dedicated cruising consider a mini cruiser or assemble a skateboard yourself. Assembling one yourself is usually a bit more expensive though.
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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.