If you are a Skate lover, an experienced skate person or thinking to start the fun then you are in the right space.
Skateboarding expresses the rider’s personality if it’s assembled for comfort.
Customizing a skateboard helps to choose and assemble the quality parts of your choice and in the end, can help with some financial savings.
Though we need many items as listed below to make our skateboard but the backbone is a pair of good quality truck.
•Skateboard hardware kit
Skateboard Trucks are the most important part of the assembly and keep the deck securely attached with the wheels and bearings.
Scrolling down the following readouts will provide an overview of the top 10 brands offering Best Skateboard Trucks along with the pros and cons of each.
These rankings are based on a recent survey we conducted throughout the community.
In the end, we will also have a look at the buying guide for the skateboard trucks.
10 Best Skateboard Trucks Brands
Independent (Indy) Skateboard Trucks
Independent skateboard trucks are one of the oldest in the business and the most famous ones.
As per a recent survey, about 52% of the skateboarders prefer to use Independent trucks in the assembly which makes it the best skateboard truck already.
The strong independent skateboard truck is famous for being sturdy.
Initial units were heavy but the recent one with titanium build has removed this constraint and now reliable lightweight models are available.
The Skateboard trucks come in 3 height profiles (the gap between the deck and axle).
The different profiles are handy to choose the truck suiting the diameter of the wheel and how the rider rides the truck.
•Standard Profile: 55mm
•Mid Profile: 53.5mm
•Low Profile: 48.4mm
There are the following independent skateboard truck variants available in the market based on the build.
•Independent Forged Hollow
•Independent Forged Titanium
Thunder Skateboard Trucks
Thunder is an old name in the Skateboard trucks market spanning over 3 decades.
They have taken pride in adapting to changing market trends and requirements.
As per the market survey, about 29% of the skateboard lovers prefer to have Thunder Skateboard Trucks in the assembly.
Thunder Skateboard Trucks are famous for street use. Comparing to other trucks thunder gives a great pinch that feels fantastic. The ride and landing are both quite stable.
The turns are under the control of the rider and very consistent. When it comes to the bushing, the break-in period is practically zero.
Though these are famous for street skating, still preferred for mini ramps to parks and bowl.
Thunder Skateboard Trucks come in all variants, from heavy to light and expensive to economical.
Following are the variations available:
•Thunder Team (Solid Kingpin and Axle)
•Thunder Lights (Hollow Kingpin, Solid Axle)
•Thunder Hollow Lights (Hollow Kingpin and Axle)
•Thunder Titanium Lights (Hollow Kingpin, Titanium Axle)
Thunder Trucks are best known for stability, agility, reaction, and special alloy.
They give the rider luxury with maximum control and are sturdy enough to destroy anything coming its way. In short, it’s a complete package that is decent and stylish.
Venture Skateboard Trucks
Venture Skateboards Trucks have a history of accompanying the old truck brands and is existing since the 1980s.
Soon the Venture Trucks got a big market footprint due to the changing trend in street skateboarding.
Being lightweight, the Venture grabbed the attention of the street skateboarders and the rest is history
As per the survey conducted by Skates Radar, about 6% of the skateboarders prefer to have Thunder Skateboard Trucks in the assembly of their boards.
Although Venture has been considered famous for the street it’s perfect for any terrain.
They are super stable and gives a very good road grip. Comparing to some of the other brands, Venture gives a very good price for the final product.
Following are a few of the variants available in Venture Skateboard Trucks.
•Yuto Horigome (Polished Hanger, Forged black baseplate and Hollow Kingpin, 5.0 LO, 5.2 HI)
•Awake Raw (Raw Hanger and baseplate, 5.2HI, 5.6, 5.8W, White Brushing)
•Venture X Thrashers (Polished Hanger, 5.2LO, 5.2HI, 5.6, 5.8, 6.1W)
ACE Skateboard Trucks
ACE has been in the Skateboard Truck business not old than a decade.
Starting in early 2010, ACE Skateboard Trucks grabbed a good market share because of its maximum turning radius.
In our survey, 3% of the Skateboard lovers voted for ACE skateboard Trucks in their final unit.
Comparing to some of the other brands in the market, ACE Skateboard Trucks are heavier with a very short wheelbase.
On the other hand, ACE Trucks have very soft metal which helps to grind easily.
The friction is very less on the ACE Trucks and feels more like waxy. The bushing has 2 durometers (86a bottom and 91a top bushing) which help to avoid the restriction on the turning radius.
When it comes to design and variants, there are 2 main variants of the ACE Skateboard Trucks which are further available in different models.
Hanger: 3.87” – 6.75”
Axle: 6.50” – 9.35”
Hanger: 5” – 5.37”
Axle: 7.60” – 8.00”
KRUX Skateboard Trucks
Krux Skateboard trucks started their journey back in the early 1990s and made their name as an icon of fun which is all about skateboarding.
The fun has been a part of Krux’s ad campaigns as well.
Around 2% of the skateboarders that participated in our polls, voted for KRUX Skateboard Truck for being the best skate trucks.
Krux has generated over the years different designs to ease the rider’s problems.
One such design is the Allen-key-headed kingpin which helps to decrease any damage to the kingpin.
Because of the sturdy and elegant designs, Krux is a good choice to kill the mini ramp or grinding at the ledge spot.
Krux is designed with a standard variant that supports boards of different sizes.
Appropriate Axle size can help to select the truck as per the rider’s need.
•Axle: 7.6 – 9.0
•Hanger: 127mm – 161mm
•Height: 52mm – 55mm
•Board Range supported: 7.35’’ – 9.25’’
Royal Skateboard Trucks
Royal have their Truck history starting from the late 1990s and in now time got popularity due to lightweight yet qualitative Skateboard trucks.
Unlike some of the other truck brands, Royal has high-quality designs with no gimmicky feature.
As our recent survey, about 2% of the Skateboard lovers prefer Royal skateboard Trucks in the final unit.
Royal provides its customer with the best post-sales service and the warranty claim is very smooth.
Many skate riders prefer this brand since the company stands behind their product and a new replacement is quickly provided for a broken truck in no time.
Regarding the variants, all the Royal Skateboard trucks are available in standard height, with the usual 5”, 5.25”, and 5.5” width.
Below are few variants, noting that the raw also comes in low height.
- Royal Raws Trucks
- Royal Crailtap Trucks
- Royal MikeMo Pro Trucks
The Royal Truck should be selected based on the deck width. A 5” Royal Truck can support a deck width of 7 – 7.75, 5.25” Truck can support a deck width of 7.75 – 8.25 while, the 5.5” Royal Truck is suited for a deck width of 8.25 – 8.75.
Grind King Skateboard Trucks
Grind King was founded in 1988 and since then it has claimed to provide high-performance Skateboard trucks to the riders.
Due to its versatility and adapting to new designs as per the skaters, Grind king is considered a leader in skate hardware innovation.
As per the recent market survey, about 2% of the Skateboard lovers prefer Grind king skateboard Trucks in their final assembly.
Over the years, Grind King has produced innovations such as no-slip axle, inverted kingpin, hollow baseplates, Ultra-lightweight trucks, Concave bushing seats, Anti-focus baseplate, Washerless bushing system, and 6-n-1 pocket tools.
Some of the innovations have been adopted by other brands as well.
Regarding the variants, Grind King just supports board sizes 8.0, 8.25, and 8.5 with the following models.
- 5.0 Disrupter: Axle width of 7.67”
- 5.5 Sparks and Disrupter: Axle Width of 7.87”
- 6.0 Spark and Disrupter: Axle Width of 8.5”
Tensor Skateboard Trucks
Tensor carries a great weightage among the skateboarding truck brands being owned by Rodney Mullen known as the Godfather of Skateboarding.
Developed in early 2000, Tensor has quickly made it to the top 10 Skateboard Truck brands.
In our survey we found out that, about 2% of the Skateboard lovers prefer Tensor skateboard Trucks in their final assembly.
Initially designed trucks by Tensor included a polymer baseplate slider, which helped the skate to slide better while performing tricks.
While the classic design is still available but lately the design has been changed to make the assembly lightweight as per the modern-day requirement.
Following are a few variants with the features.
- Tensor Mag Light
All Terrain Geometry
Available in sizes 5.0 / 5.25 / 5.5 / 5.75
- Tensor Mag light Mullen 5.25
Available in Lo 5.25
Tensor Mag Light - The Lightest Truck Ever!
29% Lighter than the industry standard tuck.
Super Light and Strong Magnesium.
Smooth Grinding and Fast Turning.
Hollow Axle and Kingpin.
- Tensor Alum Mirror SAFETY
Available in 5.25/5.5
Tensor Aluminum - Best Grind. Best Turn. Best Truck.
- Traditional Aluminum Alloy.
Available in 5.0 / 5.25 / 5.5 / 5.75
Lighter than all others
Mercury Skateboard Trucks
Mercury Skateboard Trucks has been quite famous since the 1990s.
They are perfectly designed to provide the rider with a free ride experience with a perfect blend of style and strength.
As per the latest survey, about 1% of skate lovers prefer using Mercury Skateboard Trucks over other brands.
The Mercury Trucks are designed to be a good companion in street or park riding.
The design gives a fast slide even on rough surfaces as the blunt plates are extended over the axle.
This geometry helps to prevent sticking in the slides.
The strength has been provided around the axle and blunt plates though the excess alloy has been removed in the design to make the assembly very light.
Destructo Skateboard Trucks
The history of Destructo Skateboard Trucks started back in 1996 and has been focused on producing the best skateboard trucks since then.
Destructo has produced products that have favored skateboarders of all skill levels.
As per the latest survey conducted by us, about 1% of skate lovers prefer using Destructo Skateboard Trucks over other brands.
Destructo Trucks has been designed considering all aspects. The material is durable and composed of strong weapons-grade aluminum.
The weight reduction has been assured by incorporating hollow kingpins.
There are Super Formula brushings and pivots which ensure a controlled and smooth ride.
The Destructo Trucks are available in both Low and mid variant with sizes from 5.0 till 6.0 which help supporting boards of different widths.
Following are the main variants.
- D1 Low: Height of 48mm (supports 5.0, 5.25)
- D1 Mid: Height of 56mm (supports 5.0, 5.25, 5.5 and 5.75)
- D2 Mid: Height of 52mm (supports 5.0, 5.25, 5.5 and 5.75)
- 6.0 SQUADRON: Height of 58mm (supports 5.0, 5.25, 5.5, 5.75 and 6.0)
So, these were the top 10 most popular skateboard trucks that were voted and ranked by the real skaters.
If you ask me which one I would recommend you, then I would say Choose from the top 3 best skateboard trucks. That is Independent, Thunder and venture skateboard trucks.
But, I personally use Indys on my boards. Obviously, it tops the list of the best skateboard truck Brands.
Trucks Sizing Chart
So, What is a perfect truck size?
The answer is quite simple, The perfect width of your skateboard trucks should be as wide as you deck.
And what is the perfect height of a truck?
There is no perfect height and moreover it also makes a minor difference when it comes to height.
But the wider Trucks are said to give more pop and steep pops as the tail would be a little higher from the ground. Thus it will Pop you up more.
But for beginners we would recommend medium to low height trucks.
For more information on choosing the best skateboard trucks for you, you may refer to our trucks buying guide.