Every part of the modern skateboard is important, and one of those parts is the trucks. The trucks consists of several combined parts, the base plate, the shock pad or riser, the pivot cap, the kingpin, the hanger and the bushings. Choosing the right pair of trucks in today’s market is increasingly becoming a dilemma since many have different features.
One sure way to choose the right truck for you is to read the reviews online. If you like a pro skater, and you want to ride on his signature trucks, be sure to do a lot of research since signature trucks can be a bit more expensive than regular ones. The weight of the tucks plays a vital role too. Some like it heavier than others and some light it much lighter. There are varying truck companies that offer different truck construction and metals being used so that the trucks’ weight can be lighter. Also, some trucks have wider hangers than that of others, this affects the lock during grinds, and the perception varies among skaters. This is because each may have a bit different style in grinding and locking in a trick. Some may also prefer wider trucks because they use wider boards and are better for them during flips.
Next is to check the profile of the trucks. Some profiles are low, others mid or even high. These minute differences offers a lot of disparity during tricks that may require a higher pop, and this also depends on how you perform tricks. Also, some may like risers or shock pads but some professionals do not prefer to use them. The main thing though is be sure to look for a pair that has one, you can’t be that sure that you don’t want to use one.
Trucks are always being developed by manufacturers, so you can also try on new ones that are out on the market.