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Skate Board Components and Common Terms Used in Obstacle Skating

The wheels of the skate board are attached to the trucks. Trucks allow the board during turning and pivoting on the axle. You can choose between low, mid or high heights of the truck so that it allows you to do tricks such as flips, cruising, carving or just skate boarding on the streets.

You also have to keep in mind that the axle should be close to the width of skate deck such as 7.5″ or 8″.

Then, you have the bushings which are two rubber pads in between the kingpin and the hanger on the truck. Kingpins are bolds which attack the bushing to the truck hanger.


While buying a skate board, you have to keep in mind the size of the wheels or the diameter. Most wheels come in the range of 50 mm to 60 mm, but if you want to use a cruiser, then you should take wheels larger than 60 mm.

Smaller wheels are stable but are used as it weighs lesser. You will be able to do a lot more tricks but get stuck on rocks or cracks. However, bigger wheels give you more paces, but it will be at the cost of increased wheel weight.

Obstacle Skating uses the following terms:

Street skating: This involves skating on roads and other similar surfaces in the town or city.

Vert skating: This refers to skating on a ramp and other upright structures built specifically for skating.

Vert ramp: This refers to a U-shaped ramp which around 8 feet high is having steep edges that become perpendicular as it goes up.

Now that you are familiar with the terms associated with skate boarding, you are sure to enjoy the sport even more.