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#1 11 years ago

My daughter would like a skateboard for her birthday. I guess you could say I am too old to know or care about what "good" brand names of skateboard parts are these days. She has asked for, more specifically, an Element brand skateboard. That I know, is referring to the deck. So I guess what I need to know is: (The deck I have found measures 31.25" x 7.75") What are good truck brands? What would be a good size? What are good wheel brands? What hardness should they be? What are good bearing brands? What is a good "speed rating"? Do I need to get riser pads? Which one's are the best? Being as the majority of this forums members are teens, I figured that this would be a good place to ask these questions. Thanks in advance to those who can give me detailed information.




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#2 11 years ago

Heh good choice on asking in the forums, your right most people on here are teens. As a former skate boarder I would be gladly to help you(I severed my right tendon in my leg landing directly on my knee, my doctor basicly told me that I cant skate or do anything athletic for atleast a year. So I gave up skating =/ ) I already built a skateboard for you online, I would buy this.

A1 Skateboards / Complete Online Skateboard Shop If the link doesn't work just tell me. If you want to buy it at a shop, there kinda restricted on skateboard parts (depending on where you live). In other words, the parts I do name you probobly wont find it at the shop. Any ways heres the list:

Deck-Element(Graphic is your choice, what would your daughter like?)

Griptape- Get the stock grip(Personally I don't buy the big brand name grip, they are usualy 2 dollars more and just as effective.)

Trucks- Independent Trucks: x2 INDE Truck 139mm stage 9 gunmetal

Wheels- Element: FEATHER LIGHT 54mm

Bearings- FLIP: HKD Bearings Abec-7

Hardware- Ironhorse: 1 inch wonders phillips hardware pack

Risers(Optional)- Element: 1/8 inch risers-2 pack

Depending on where you get this beauty, It could cost NO MORE than 150 bucks, even 150$ is high, I wouldn't buy it for no more than 140

Hope I was helpfull, good luck.

EDIT: If you would rather buy it in person then go to a REAL skate shop. Don't go to Target or Walmart or any of those bullshit stores. I'm sure one of there employees would help you.




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#3 11 years ago

I was planning on buying from a local skate shop that I visited recently. I just wanted to be armed with information on parts before actually buying. Salespersons can easily spot someone who doesn't know what they're doing and hit them with a salespitch for junk they're trying to get rid of...you know? The store I am referring to doesn't carry Ironhorse hardware, only Shorty's. And I don't recall seeing Flip brand bearings - they seem to pushing a brand called Amphetamine. Ever heard of those? Are they any good? Otherwise they carried the other brands you listed. Thanks for the advice Oberstafuhrer! :bows: Any more would be welcome!




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#4 11 years ago
Kwould;4016748I was planning on buying from a local skate shop that I visited recently. I just wanted to be armed with information on parts before actually buying. Salespersons can easily spot someone who doesn't know what they're doing and hit them with a salespitch for junk they're trying to get rid of...you know? The store I am referring to doesn't carry Ironhorse hardware, only Shorty's. And I don't recall seeing Flip brand bearings - they seem to pushing a brand called Amphetamine. Ever heard of those? Are they any good? Otherwise they carried the other brands you listed. Thanks for the advice Oberstafuhrer! :bows: Any more would be welcome!

Could I ask how old your daugter is? I mean, you wouldnt want to get a 7 year old girl a deck that is too big/fast for her. I would reccomend though. Royal Trucks: They run around $30-40 a set and last forever, (they also come in patterns like stripes,polka-dots, etc.)

As for wheels. Spitfire wheels would suffice ( around $20 for a set and last for a very long time)

Shorty's hardware yes is good, hardware actually isn't that big of a deal, if you skimp on anything, do it on the hardware.

Good bearings are Either mini-logo or black panthers ( both are fairly cheap and are decent bearings) You don't need riser pads, but they might make it smoother if she is doing tricks or upon impact.

That is my advice and I hope all works out for you. Tell me how it goes when all is complete. :D




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#5 11 years ago

Confusing kid does have a good point, does your daughter have ANY skating experience, or snowboarding experience? And how old is your daughter?

EDIT: No I never heard of Amphetamine. So I wouldn't know if there good or not =).




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#6 11 years ago
Deck-Element(Graphic is your choice, what would your daughter like?) Griptape- Get the stock grip(Personally I don't buy the big brand name grip, they are usualy 2 dollars more and just as effective.) Trucks- Independent Trucks: x2 INDE Truck 139mm stage 9 gunmetal Wheels- Element: FEATHER LIGHT 54mm Bearings- FLIP: HKD Bearings Abec-7

That looks great. But yea.. if you daughter is 7 years old you might want to go for something 'cheaper' just because she won't see the difference. But it's your choice and that skateboard will be great.




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#7 11 years ago

She's turning 12 next week. I wasn't planning on spending a whole lot on a board as I suspect this is just a "fitting in" phase for her, but I don't want to be a cheapskate ;) either. No she doesn't have any skateboard experience but is quite athletic and slick on a pair of rollerblades. $150 is a bit much for something she may use for a few months and then throw aside as the fad goes away. I could deal with $75-100. I can still get something decent for that right? (The deck I found is an "Element Dispersion" and is on clearance for $27.99 - which seems to be a good deal as it is around $45 everywhere on the web) I get the impression that the deck is the only thing that she cares about. Maybe I can skimp a little on the other parts, and if she stays with it for a while I'll get her top-of-the-line parts later. Another question comes to mind - Abec ratings, the higher the number the faster the bearings right? EDIT: Oh and by the way thanks Crissi, Oberstafuhrer and ck!




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Kwould;4017029She's turning 12 next week. I wasn't planning on spending a whole lot on a board as I suspect this is just a "fitting in" phase for her, but I don't want to be a cheapskate ;) either. No she doesn't have any skateboard experience but is quite athletic and slick on a pair of rollerblades. $150 is a bit much for something she may use for a few months and then throw aside as the fad goes away. I could deal with $75-100. I can still get something decent for that right? (The deck I found is an "Element Dispersion" and is on clearance for $27.99 - which seems to be a good deal as it is around $45 everywhere on the web) I get the impression that the deck is the only thing that she cares about. Maybe I can skimp a little on the other parts, and if she stays with it for a while I'll get her top-of-the-line parts later. Another question comes to mind - Abec ratings, the higher the number the faster the bearings right? EDIT: Oh and by the way thanks Crissi, Oberstafuhrer and ck!

Ok well shes 12, I doubt that she will notice the certain type of trucks or wheels, and yes Flip makes good bearings, Abec is just the bearing name, they have different versions, she will be pleased. I thought your daughter was 16-18 I'll make another deck for you online thats suitable for a 12 year-old. I cant right now... too much homework... college :uhoh:.

You could get something more than decent for 70+ bucks(My first board was 80$), as I said before, I thought she was older... the board I listed is.... Really Really good. Oh, another thing... It's almost crucial... Does your daughter have "Skate" shoes.... The grip that they have is very important. You cant go out skating with running shoes (I have tried and it was lame) or combat boots (I have and that SUCKED... involved 3 broken fingers) But I doubt your daughter would have jungle boots, any ways. Ehh you could get a decent pair of skating shoes for 40 bucks.

That deck you listed is more than legit... It's also pretty badass if I do say so myself. I'm not a big fan of Element but that board is tight. The deck is the center of attention I'm sure she wont notice the other parts. As long as she sees that Element logo I have a feeling she will be happy... It's also a big brand name. So she probably or most likely heard it from one of her friends. But yeah don't worry about the top notch trucks or hardware. Think of it as her first car, get what I'm sayin? Don't go all out over her first deck... But when shes older and if shes still into it, it might get costly... Ive had situations when I was 19 where I would break 3 boards in one month from grinding rails and landing to hard alone. But of course I had my own job and such.




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#9 11 years ago
Oberstafuhrer;4017049I thought your daughter was 16-18...

That would have made me 12-14 when she was born...;)

Does your daughter have "Skate" shoes.... The grip that they have is very important.

She has a pair of "Vans" (low-top, suede, thick sole) that she wears more often then her running shoes, or any other pair of shoes for that matter. Am I right in thinking those are skate shoes?

That deck you listed is more than legit... It's also pretty badass if I do say so myself. I'm not a big fan of Element but that board is tight. The deck is the center of attention I'm sure she wont notice the other parts. As long as she sees that Element logo I have a feeling she will be happy... It's also a big brand name. So she probably or most likely heard it from one of her friends. But yeah don't worry about the top notch trucks or hardware.

I found one online at a place called TGM Skateboards Inc. They had a complete package including: "Element Dispersion" Deck, "Core" Trucks, "H-Block" riser pads, Store brand 52mm wheels, (and just by coincidence) "Amphetamine" Apec-5 bearings, "Shorty's" hardware and "Black Diamond" grip tape. This package is $49.99 + S/H. Is that a good deal In your opinion? At least for a board going to a 12yo? The cheapest trucks alone, at the skate shop I went to, were more than the deck. Not to mention the wheels, bearings etc.




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#10 11 years ago

yea trucks tend to cost a few $$$, jsut go whats cheapest, as said befor she probaly wont be able to tell anything for the trucks, as alot of them are not "big brand names" such as element.




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