Ultimate Skateboard Trucks Size Guide

Dan Bunn

Looking to buy some skateboard trucks but confused by all the numbers? Don't worry, we've all been there. Which size truck fits which deck width? That's the question everyone asks, and it's why we've put together the ultimate guide to skateboard truck sizes to save you from picking the wrong size!

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Skateboard Truck Character Alignment Grid by @grindqueentruckco - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

 

Whether you're setting up your first complete or you're a seasoned veteran who still can't wrap their head around all the different sizes, buying a new set of trucks can be pretty confusing. This is mostly because different brands use different measurements to describe their truck sizes with some brands even using different sizes for different styles of truck - just to make things easy for us.

But don't worry if you're a bit lost (it is pretty confusing) because we've got you covered with the ultimate guide to skateboard truck sizes so you can get the right size trucks for your skateboard.

How to Choose Skateboard Trucks

Skateboard trucks are the metal parts beneath your skateboard deck that connect the wheels to the deck and allow you to turn, pop tricks and, most importantly, do mad sick grinds. Seeing as they play such a pivotal role (Get it? Because they pivot?) in your skateboard's movement, it's important to get the sizing right so, first things first, you're going to need to know what size deck you have, otherwise it'd be quite hard to buy the right size trucks.

This is where it gets interesting though: while skateboard deck widths are measured in inches as standard, skateboard trucks are far more varied with different brands using a variety of different measurements with some measuring the width of the axle and others measuring the width of the hangar, with almost all brands expressing these measurements in a different way. Very user-friendly, I know...

As a general rule, your trucks should sit in line with, or within a quarter of an inch of, the edges of your deck. You don't want to be able to see the wheels sticking out the sides like some weird platypus, as your foot might get caught on them when you push, and you don't want them to be completely hidden under your deck which would make the board unstable.

There is a bit of leeway though and most trucks will fit a range of sizes around half an inch; for example, Independent 149s best fit 8.5" decks however they can also fit decks from 8.375" to 8.6".

Independent Trucks Size Guide

Most Independent trucks -  including their Stage XI, Hollow, Titanium and Mid trucks - follow the same size guide, which is as follows:

  • Independent 109 Trucks fit decks between 6.25” and 7.6” width.
  • Independent 129 Trucks fit decks between 7.4” and 7.8” width.
  • Independent 139 Trucks fit decks between 7.8” and 8.2” width.
  • Independent 144 Trucks fit decks between 8.2” and 8.375” width.
  • Independent 149 Trucks fit decks between 8.375” and 8.6” width.
  • Independent 159 Trucks fit decks between 8.6” and 9” width.
  • Independent 169 Trucks fit decks between 9” and 9.5” width.
  • Independent 215 Trucks fit decks between 9.5” and 10.5” width.
Independent Trucks Stage 11 Size Guide - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

However the newly (re)introduced Independent Stage 4 trucks have their own size guide which you can check out below:

  • Independent Stage 4 136 Trucks fit decks between 8” and 8.25” width.
  • Independent Stage 4 146 Trucks fit decks between 8.25” and 8.5” width.
  • Independent Stage 4 151 Trucks fit decks between 8.5” and 8.75” width.
  • Independent Stage 4 166 Trucks fit decks between 8.75” and 9” width.

Thunder Trucks Size Guide

Thunder Trucks are one of the simplest of the bunch with all of their trucks using the same measurement system, which you can see below:

  • Thunder 143 Trucks fit decks 7.4” width and under.
  • Thunder 145 Trucks fit decks between 7.4” and 7.9" width.
  • Thunder 147 Trucks fit decks between 7.9” and 8.12" width.
  • Thunder 148 Trucks fit decks between 8.12” and 8.38" width.
  • Thunder 149 Trucks fit decks between 8.38” and 8.62" width.
  • Thunder 151 Trucks fit decks between 8.62” and 8.85" width.
  • Thunder 161 Trucks fit decks 8.9" width and above.
Thunder Trucks Size Guide - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

Ace Trucks Size Guide

Unlike most of the other brands, Ace use two different scales for their Classic and AF1 trucks just to make things even more confusing. 

The Ace Classic Trucks Size Guide is as follows:

  • Ace Classic 00 Trucks fit decks 6.5” width and under.
  • Ace Classic 11 Trucks fit decks between 7" and 7.3" width.
  • Ace Classic 22 Trucks fit decks between 7.12" and 7.75" width.
  • Ace Classic 33 Trucks fit decks between 7.75" and 8.12" width.
  • Ace Classic 44 Trucks fit decks between 8.12" and 8.5" width.
  • Ace Classic 55 Trucks fit decks between 8.5" and 9.12" width.
  • Ace Classic 66 Trucks fit decks between 9.12" and 9.62" width.
Ace Classic Trucks Size Guide - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

 And the Ace AF1 Trucks Size Guide is below:

  • Ace AF1 22 Trucks fit decks between 7.25" and 8" width.
  • Ace AF1 33 Trucks fit decks between 8" and 8.25" width.
  • Ace AF1 44 Trucks fit decks between 8.25" and 8.5" width.
  • Ace AF1 55 Trucks fit decks between 8.5" and 8.75" width.
  • Ace AF1 60 Trucks fit decks between 8.75" and 9" width.
  • Ace AF1 66 Trucks fit decks between 9" and 9.25" width.
  • Ace AF1 77 Trucks fit decks 9.25" width and above.
Ace Trucks AF1 Size Guide - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

Venture Trucks Size Guide

Just like Thunder, Venture keep it nice and simple with their truck sizing, even if their units are probably the most unusual. You can check out the Venture trucks size chart below:

  • Venture 5.0 Trucks fit decks 7.9” width and under.
  • Venture 5.2 Trucks fit decks between 7.9" and 8.1" width.
  • Venture 5.6 Trucks fit decks between 8.1" and 8.3" width.
  • Venture 5.8 Trucks fit decks between 8.4" and 8.6" width.
  • Venture 6.1 Trucks fit decks 8.62" and above.
Venture Trucks Size Guide - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

Royal Trucks Size Guide

Last but not least, Royal have also kept things nice and simple with their truck size guide, which is pretty similar to Independent's. You can check out the Royal Trucks size chart below:

  • Royal 127 Trucks fit decks between 7.25” and 7.75" width.
  • Royal 139 Trucks fit decks between 7.75” and 8.25" width.
  • Royal 127 Trucks fit decks between 7.25” and 7.75" width.
  • Royal 144 Trucks fit decks between 8” and 8.5" width.
  • Royal 149 Trucks fit decks between 8.25” and 8.75" width.
  • Royal 159 Trucks fit decks between 8.5” and 9" width.
Royal Trucks Size Guide - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

That's enough chit-chat though. Head to the shop to check out our full range of skateboard trucks and buy now from CSC. Or, find out more useful information for beginner skateboarders on the CSC Blog. Safe.

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1 comment

Don’t let broken ass sizing systems and comments from armchair ass skaters saying “you need this size, or that size”

Deck size doesn’t matter ? Who said anything about decks? I don’t got a small deck, you got a small deck

armchair.sk8erz

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