Skateboard design has been evolving during the sport's history, beginning in the mid-20th century. Skaters need to choose the board style, bearing type and truck set-up that will work best for them. When choosing trucks, one important decision to consider is truck height. So what are the differences between high trucks and low trucks?
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Low trucks, obviously being lower to the ground than high trucks, provide more stability to the skater since they have a lower centre of balance.
Low trucks beat out high trucks when it comes to control because of the greater stability they provide. Flip tricks, such as kickflips and 360-flips, are much easier to execute correctly and without wiping out with low trucks.
High trucks will allow you to roll faster because their greater height allows for bigger wheels. With low trucks, you have to purchase smaller wheels that will fit under the board without grinding against the deck when turning. Bigger wheels enable you to ride faster on your board. When you see vert and bowl riders skate, most are using high trucks since the speed necessary to get more air comes from bigger wheels.
High trucks also are useful if you use your board to skate longer distances. The bigger wheels that can be used with high trucks are more durable and long-lasting than the smaller wheels. This is because one rotation of a larger wheel carries the board a greater distance than that of a smaller wheel. Thus, skating the same distance brings more wear and tear to a smaller wheel than a larger one.
In addition to giving bowl and vert riders more air, higher trucks allow the skater to jump higher when executing ollies and other tricks off flat surfaces. You will be able to push back with more force when you pop the tail back on higher trucks than on lower trucks.
Some riders, especially shorter ones, will find it difficult to perform any tricks on a board if the trucks are too high. In this case, it is a matter of trial and error. Ask people that work in skate shops and try out your friends’ boards to get a good idea of what truck size is good for you.
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