The lightest skateboard trucks are the Tensor Mag Light Lo weighing 9.3 oz (8″, 231 grams) followed closely by the Tensor Mag Light regular weighing 9.3oz (252 grams). The third is the Thunder Titanium Lights at 10 oz (283 grams).
So there you have, it the lightest trucks currently available. Here are the top lightest trucks from light to heavy. Keep in mind that the wider your trucks are the more weight they have. All the trucks in the table are 8 inches.
|Name||Weight in ounce||Weight in grams|
|Tensor Mag Light Lo||8.15||231|
|Tensor Mag Light regular||9.3||252|
|Thunder Titanium Lights||10.0||283|
|Thunder Polished Lights||11.2||318|
|Indy Forged Titanium||11.4||323|
|Royal Inverted Kingpin||12.7||360|
What Makes Tensor Trucks so Light?
Tensor trucks are light because of the materials used. Tensor makes their trucks out of magnesium instead of a mix of steel like other trucks. Surprisingly they are just as strong as regular trucks but they are more expensive. You can compare prices on Amazon, but keep in mind light trucks won’t make you a better skateboarder.
The baseplate and hangar consist of magnesium and the hollow kingpin and axles further reduce their weight. Hollow axles are the standard nowadays most of the reliable brands have them, hollow kingpins aren’t.
Skateboarding tech evolves and people are always searching for ways to improve their skills, even if it’s just a placebo. This started from the day the first skateboard was made. People were wondering how to make their skateboards lighter and more responsive. Cutting of weight of the trucks is a way to answer that demand. It’s great marketing if you’re the brand that can offer sturdy lightweight trucks. You fell for it because here you are, reading this post (fist bump).
Pros and Cons of Lightweight Skateboard Trucks
There probably isn’t any set of trucks that are the best. Many brands offer great trucks. Some are better for carving, some are better for technical tricks and others help to smack someone if you get robbed. Not everyone skates the same, different styles need different trucks.
The only way to find out which trucks are best for you is to try them out. Most of us don’t have the luxury to try out all trucks before you can find the right one. Ask your friends to try out their trucks, swap trucks for a day for example.
If you’re a beginner you can’t really go wrong if you pick one of the better brands. Some love the heavy Independent trucks, others are religious fans of Thunder trucks. If you’re looking for new trucks check out my in-depth guide about skateboard trucks for every type of skateboarder.
The weight of skateboard trucks will hardly matter how high you ollie and pop other tricks. Some claim they actually help where others can’t tell the difference. I know this isn’t the answer to what you’re looking for but people are heavily biased.
Advantages of Light Trucks
Obviously, your board is lighter when you carry it around. The main reasons people buy light trucks is to get more lift, but again I couldn’t find any solid evidence this actually matters.
The theory is that you need less leg power to pop your skateboard, but does a couple of grams/ounces really matter? What sounds plausible is that the board pushes more against your feet when you catch it and responds faster when you flip it.
Light trucks tend to make your skateboard react faster. Your board will be more responsive when you do flips and pops. This offers some advantages if you’re a technical skater. Some skateboarders claim it makes it easier for them to jump over objects but this is purely anecdotal.
This doesn’t mean if you already flip your board easily and have no problems jumping over high object light trucks will make you jump even higher. It all comes down to your personal preference.
Not a psychologist here but psychology can play a part. Just like when you feel more confident wearing protective gear, you think a light skateboard make you pop and flip better. So if you think lighter trucks will help you perform better, go for it.
If you’re new to skateboarding I wouldn’t worry about durability that much. Not that you should buy cheap low-quality trucks but it’s more likely you won’t jump huge stairs or grind rails all day. Lighter trucks may even help you flip your board better or help you get your skateboard off the ground.
Disadvantages of Light Trucks
Lighter trucks are more expensive, the difference in some cases is almost $50 in total. Not a problem if you have the budget, but it adds up.
Often people claim that lightweight hollow trucks are less durable. Because of hollowing out some parts they are supposed to be more fragile and wear down sooner than regular trucks. The theory is that there’s just less metal to support for example your kingpin and axles. When you grind friction scrapes a bit of your truck and at some point, cracks can appear near your axles.
No one could provide any evidence except the random youtube comments “omg these suck, I broke them in one day”. Yeah right, I don’t buy that. For now, there’s no evidence hollow trucks are less durable than regular trucks. There are just so many factors that come into play, you could write a book about it. heavier skaters will surely break trucks more often than skinny people for one.
Are Lightweight Trucks Weaker?
I couldn’t find any evidence that they last longer or break more easily than regular solid trucks. Most of them consist of top quality materials and I really wouldn’t worry about it. Unfortunately, I can’t do a stress test as I don’t have the machines required to find out. I also don’t think manufacturers would cooperate if I asked for the data. I’ll try and update this post if I get a response.
Durability entirely depends on your style. Steel trucks break, titanium trucks wear out and so will hollow trucks.
So What’s the Deal with Titanium Trucks?
If you’re unsure about hollow trucks you could consider getting titanium trucks. Titanium trucks are stronger than normal trucks and lighter than standard metal trucks. Of course, there are hybrid titanium trucks available but go for a solid titanium truck if you’re still on the fence. Only parts of these trucks are made of titanium like the axle and baseplate.
Titanium trucks are considered a superior combination of high strength and low weight ratios when compared to steel trucks. Be careful here though, there’s also marketing involved. The best steel is stronger than titanium, but don’t expect trucks to be made out of the best steel. It wouldn’t be affordable anymore.
In general, titanium is 45% lighter but still as strong as steel. If your trucks were made out of the best steel you probably couldn’t even pop your deck anymore.
What Are Trucks Made Of?
Most basic trucks are made from a mix of steel or aluminum. Hangers of different composites and truck axles of steel. Some brands offer more pure materials and composites which increase quality and durability.
There are solid titanium trucks, hollow titanium trucks, a mix of steel, composites, hollow steel trucks etc. Some parts of the trucks consist of aluminum and others of a mix of steel and magnesium. In any case, it’s always a mix of materials from the list below.
Looking for a Light Skateboard Deck?
The weight of a skateboard deck depends on the height and width on average a deck weight about 2-3 pounds. So what’s actually the lightest skateboard deck currently available? Almost Uber Light and Powell-Peralta flight deck (1220 grams) are the lightest decks available.
It’s Not About the Weight of Your Trucks!
Trucks are the heaviest part of your skateboard and almost everybody wants lighter trucks. You know what really matters? Responsiveness, stability, maneuverability, and no sudden hang-ups. You need some counterweight in order to feel your board. if your board hardly weighs anything, you won’t be able to pop an ollie. The board needs to stick to your feet when you pop.
Being happy with your equipment matters. You get used to how your skateboard responds. The feedback from your skateboard when you ride the street, the sounds of your wheels when they spin or the feeling when you pop your deck.
When you buy a new deck you usually have to get used to it and you miss your old deck. After a few hours you are usually ok, and in a day or so you feel reborn. If not get a new deck!
Your skateboard should feel like a natural extension of your body. At a certain skill level and any changes to your setup will take you some time to get used to. It’s perfectly normal.
So what’s my point? I believe technology most certainly helps us getting better material and keeps us safer. Compared to the early old school skateboard we’ve come a long way. I just don’t think it always helps us skate better, except for cheap toy decks, they are awful.
If you get new trucks and suddenly your skills improve it might be that these trucks fit your style better than your old ones. It could also be a placebo, you think they are better and you have more confidence. All of a sudden, you seem just skate better. Forget that last line, maybe I’ve just ruined your placebo effect (sorry).
Sources: Manufactures websites, email inquiries and this awesome video on youtube.