Parts of a Freestyle Skateboard

Freestyle Skateboards

Parts of a Freestyle Skateboard

Freestyle skateboards have a few unique parts that make them more stable and more durable for freestyle skateboarding tricks. Here's everything you need to know!

Parts of a Freestyle Skateboard

Deck: The platform that you stand on, made from layers of laminated wood. Freestyle skateboard decks come in a rages of sizes and shapes.

Grip tape: Rough tape applied to a skateboard to provide greater grip underfoot. Grip tape is often applied to the top of a freestyle skateboard deck and under the nose and/or tail.

Skid plate: Hard plastic guards mounted to the nose and tail of a skateboard deck to prevent wear.

Wheels: The parts that allow the board to roll. Freestyle wheels are offset or side-set to make certain freestyle tricks easier.

Trucks: The structure that allows the rider to turn the board by leaning. Trucks provide axles for the wheels. On a freestyle skateboard, trucks are slightly narrower than the deck.

Bearings: The small circular devices that allow your wheels to roll. Each wheel contains two bearing housings which mount wheels to the axle.

Axle nut: The nut that secures the bearings and wheels to the trucks

Washers: Thin metal rings placed on the truck axle next to the bearings, allowing the wheels to spin freely. Washers are often used as shims to align a freestyle wheel with the edge of a skateboard deck.

Hardware: Nuts and bolts that hold the trucks on the deck.

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