Once you have picked up that sweet long deck, the first question that pops to your head is, “Which trucks are the best fit for my ride?”
True, it’s really important that you know how to choose your longboard trucks. This is so because your trucks will decide how you turn while keeping your wheels anchored to the deck.
Trucks have come a long way since their first since inception as has the science of decks themselves. Not all trucks are the same or behave the same way. There’s more than a handful of things to consider here if you want the best ride from your longboard.
This can be educational, exciting and time-consuming all at the same time. There are distinct features that vary from truck to truck and they can change your ride drastically.
But don’t fret if you’re in a hurry to take your longboard out for the thrill of your life. There's a couple of ways you can pick the best trucks in minutes.
Firstly, the easiest way for beginners is to select the trucks that are the closest match to the width of the longboard. Just make sure they come from reputable manufacturers.
Secondly, you can pick a pair of all-purpose trucks. There are some excellent trucks that’ll perfectly let you experience an awesome all-around surfing experience whether you want to cruise downhill, carve, pump or shred.
At Hamboards every long or short board comes fitted with S8 trucks which have been our mainstay for many years. These trucks became super popular because of their versatility.
Even though S8 trucks were one of the best all-purpose Reverse Kingpin Trucks (RKP) for many years, there were rooms for improvement.
Hamboards wanted to address these issues and brought in a team of international engineers and designers. This was an international effort led by a NASA engineer and Italian designers.
As a result, four years later surfskaters have entered a new age of versatile surfing and extreme carving with Hamboards own HST Trucks.
Hopefully, I’ve been able to answer some of your questions. Now you should be able to choose the perfect RKP trucks for your longboard without weeks of research.
It’s impossible to stress enough the importance of having good trucks under your deck.
If you are just beginning to explore the world of surfskating, I recommend trucks that are wider and more stable. Or, even better go with performance trucks like HST so you can start to practice carving alongside cruising, sliding and freestyling.
I hope you got some juice from this article. Check out the video below to see how HST Trucks can transform the way you surf the streets.