Custom Skateboard Setups and Styles Guide

Building your own custom setup is a joy, from picking the parts to assembling your own special skateboard. To help you on your way I picked a couple of styles and parts that work well togheter.

Note that these are just suggestions. You can pick parts according to your budget, my examples are to show what works well.

You can pick different wheels, trucks and pick a deck of a brand you like. If you don’t have the right tools at home, consider a skate tool to assemble the parts. 

Here a are examples of different skateboard setups for different styles:

All-Around Beginner Skateboard Setup

If you don’t know what style you prefer, are new to skateboarding or just want something that works for all styles, go with this setup.

Alternatively, a cheap CCS complete skateboard or a Santa Cruz with slightly softer wheels will also do the trick. At some point you can simply upgrade your complete and you won’t break the bank.

complete skateboards

You can go for either Spitfire or Bones wheels between 52mm and 54mm, Thunder or Indy trucks that match an 8.0″ wider deck (indy 139, Thunder 147).

The deck is 8″ wide which is about the average width people skate, and Indy trucks will last forever. Standard Bones reds including spacers, grip tape, and hardware to attach the trucks. Spitfire OG’s are a bit wider providing extra stability.

8.0″ beginner Skateboard setup:

  • Independent 139 Trucks or Thunder 147 Trucks
  • 8.0 deck (any reputable brand will do)
  • Bones Reds bearings (washers and spacers included)
  • Spitfire OG Wheels or Mini Logo (cheaper)
  • Jessup Grip Tape
  • 7/8 hardware

Want something wider, an 8.25 is also a great option. It offers more stability and you’ll still be able to flip your board once you’re ready to get gnarly. The only thing you need is an 8.25 deck and trucks that fit.

8.25″ beginner setup:

  • Independent 144 Trucks or Thunder 148 Trucks
  • 8.25 deck (any brand will do)
  • Spitfire OG Wheels
  • Jessup Grip Tape
  • 7/8 hardware

Street Skateboard Setup (Technical Skating)

Street skateboard setup

Wheels suggestions: Spitfire Classics 52 mm-54 mm/99D, Bones STF. These are the most common (high-quality) wheels every street skater likes.

Any reliable deck brand with matching Thunder trucks, Venture, Royal or Indy trucks.  Standard bones Reds bearings, and 7/8 hardware to attach your trucks.

8.0″ street setup:

  • Independent 139 Trucks or Thunder 147 Trucks
  • 8.0 deck (any brand will do)
  • Bones Reds bearings
  • Spitfire Classics or Bones STF
  • Jessup Grip Tape
  • 7/8 hardware

8.25″ street setup:

  • Independent 144 Trucks or Thunder 148 Trucks
  • 8.25 deck (any decent brand will do)

Skate Park Skateboard Setup

bowl setup

This is a bit of a wider setup that is excellent for parks and transition skateboarding. The wider deck provides lots of stability and the Indy trucks are great for turning.

The larger Bones Skate Park Formula wheels are the best wheels for parks, I personally love them and so do most of the pros. You can also go for Venture Lo trucks instead.

8.0″ park setup:

  • Independent 139 Trucks or Thunder 147 Trucks
  • 8.0 deck (any brand will do)
  • Bones Reds bearings
  • Spitfire Classics or Bones STF
  • Jessup Grip Tape
  • 7/8 hardware

8.25″ park setup:

  • Independent 144 Trucks or Thunder 148 Trucks
  • 8.25 deck (any brand will do)

8.5″ park setup:

  • Independent 149 Trucks or Thunder 149 Trucks
  • 8.25 deck (any brand will do)

Cruiser/Tricks Custom Setup

skateboard and longboard on the side

Looking for a skateboard for cruising and tricks? Go for this cruiser/ street hybrid. This one requires you to pick the parts yourself but it’s really easy.

The Bones All Terrain wheels are soft and big (80A/56mm) and provide a smooth and stable ride, very forgiving on rough asphalt. Pebbles, twigs, or cracks are not an issue.

You can pick a blank skateboard deck (8.5″) from a trusted seller or get one with a graphic. Just pick a standard 7-ply maple deck with medium concave and lots of pop. 

The wheels are great for both cruising and basic tricks but feel a bit bouncy. They are rather big and soft so skating a mini ramp or bowl will require you to push harder.

Pick Ace 44 trucks or Independent 149 Hollows as they have a more carvy nature.

You can always pick cheaper parts and upgrade along the way, consider cheap mini logo bearings and jessup grip tape.

Setup:

  • Deck: 8.5″ of any brand
  • Standard Jessup Grip Tape
  • Bones ATF wheels size 56mm with a durometer of 80A
  • Mini Logo bearings
  • Ace 44 or Indy 149 Trucks
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Ruben Vee

I love skateboarding but my age is catching up. I decided to use my experience to skate less and write more. 20 years of skateboarding allows me to offer original and unique insights for many styles of skateboarding.