Longboard trucks are T-shaped metal components that get mounted primarily to the underside of a longboard deck. Areas of the trucks are attached to the wheels and form a key component of any longboard (a longboard cannot function without a truck on either end of the deck).
The truck is measured either using the axle width or the hanger width. While trucks used with skateboards perform a similar function to the trucks used with longboards, they are not designed the same at all. Longboard trucks are wider than skateboard trucks mostly because longboard decks are typically wider and the trucks are fitted across most of the width of the deck. The majority of longboard trucks are either 150mm or 180mm (or close to these two measurements). Due to the above fact, longboard trucks aren’t suitable for skateboards.
Longboards are different to skateboards because their purpose and design are not the same. While skateboards are mostly intended for short rides and performing tricks at a skate park with friends, a longboard is used for longer journeys like cruising and commuting, for downhill racing and slaloming, and a few other purposes. The central focus is on stability, smooth riding, and gentler carving, rather than flying through the air performing tricks in a skate park. As such, longboards are considerably different to their skateboard counterparts and by necessity, their longboard trucks are too.
The majority of longboard trucks use reverse kingpins (otherwise known as inverted kingpins). The reason for calling longboard trucks “reversed” is because the axle is situated on the opposite side to where it would usually be with a standard truck used most commonly on a skateboard. Other differences include the bushings – two of which sit near the center of each reverse kingpin truck – that are softer for greater maneuverability and carving ability. The exception to this is downhill longboard trucks that should have bushings that are stiffer to make the ride more stable at high speeds.
What you need to know
Longboard trucks are designed to facilitate better carving and improved balance to match the wider longboard deck.
Reverse kingpin trucks have become a standard model that’s used with many longboards today.
There are specialized trucks for downhill racing, freeriding, and other activities performed on a longboard.
Downhill trucks are designed differently and can be paired with firmer bushings to provide stiffer turning at high speed for improved stability.
Two sizes (150mm and 180mm) fit many sizes of a longboard.
Longboard trucks are only made in two main sizes which are a little restrictive for unusually small or elongated longboard models.
Fewer standard, non-reverse kingpin trucks are made for longboards now which some skateboard riders may still hold a preference for over other options.
A longboard cannot be used without two working trucks. If the truck fails, the longboard is no longer usable until either the truck has been fixed or replaced and refitted, complete with all the other parts used with it, i.e. wheels, bushings, etc.
Longboard Trucks Features & Benefits
Longboard trucks are made specifically for this longer type of deck and design choice. These types of trucks cannot be used with skateboards primarily because the sizes don’t match up; longboard decks are wider and longer than standard skateboards. Therefore, longboard trucks are oversized when compared to their skateboard cousins.
Most trucks for longboards are reverse kingpin rather than the standard trucks used with skateboards. The change in design helps longboards with both stability and maneuverability. Trucks need to be wider so that the wheels ultimately are situated either flush or external to the deck width popping out from both sides. In either case, ensuring the truck is wide enough for the longboard deck means that the wheels will offer a broad enough base to provide appropriate support to the rest of the board.
Just like there are specialty longboards (cruiser, commute, downhill/freestyle, slalom, etc.) there are also trucks designed for cruisers, downhill and other purposes to make them more suited to the rest of the longboard’s design. For this reason, not only is it important to buy a truck that is the right size for the width of the deck, but it’s equally vital to purchase the right type of longboard truck to get the most responsiveness out of your gear.
For clarification purposes, each longboard is made up of the following parts:
- Wheels (four)
- Trucks (two)
- Bearings (two in each wheel, eight in total)
- Hardware (eight bolts and nuts)
- Riser pads (two)
- Grip tape (one roll)
All parts are necessary for a complete longboard whether bought as a complete longboard product or the parts bought individually and assembled at home.
A complete overview of the parts that make up a truck is covered in our “Things to Consider” section later in this Buyer’s Guide.
Our 3 Best Longboard Trucks in 2017
Gullwing Sidewinder II Longboard Trucks Review
The Gullwing Sidewinder II in Silver is a 9-inch truck that comes in a set of two.
The Sidewinder II is a patented design that ensures it stays unique in the longboarding industry. These double kingpin trucks have not one, but two pivot points which permit the trucks to perform even tighter turns (up to 100% tighter) than standard trucks. Existing momentum is also harnessed to perform sharper turns rather than it all being down to the rider.
For any rider who likes to carve easily and aggressively, then this product is likely to please. When riding on concrete along the sidewalk, the riding style has the feel of being on a snowboard or surfboard more than it does a traditional skateboard, so anyone who enjoys these extreme sports will find this truck appealing.
The truck mounts offer several ways to attach it either use the standard fitting or the old school mounting approach. These trucks are a bit taller than regular ones, so they sit tall once fitted. Either 1.4-inch or ½-inch riser pads would be a good idea to provide sufficient clearance for larger wheels.
The Gullwing brand is respected and the brand logo is quite noticeable on this product.
Caliber Cal II Longboard Trucks Review
The Caliber Trucks Cal II 50° RKP Longboard Trucks are 50-degree angled trucks.
The model, which comes in a set of two, is available in many colors: Black, Satin Gold, Raw, Acid Melon, Satin Green, Two Tone Blue, Two Tone Green, and White/Gold.
The reverse kingpin design is ideal for downhill racers or freeriders who enjoy both speed and control. The trucks are each 184mm with the 50-degree baseplate positioning. The brightly colored Caliber Trucks 89a Blood Orange Ultra High Rebound Bushings are also supplied to truly make the trucks and their fittings stand out.
The new and improved Caliber II model made the inner step better with more contact with their bushings that adds to the level of rebound and overall responsiveness of the ride. The pivot pin is fitted closer to the baseplate in the second version of this product. The product has also been strengthened by up to 40% over the first generation model, including their now reinforced baseplate.
The trucks fit any conforming standard bearing size. No side bushing washer is supplied with this model, which serves to make the turning even tighter.
Yocaher Longboard Trucks Review
The Yocaher Longboard Skateboard Trucks Combo is ideal for someone who wants everything they need in a single set.
The set can include either black trucks or polished trucks. After this selection is made, there is a choice of wheel colors that come in the set. The color choices are: Gel Blue Wheel, Gel Red Wheel, Solid Neon Green Wheel, Solid Black Wheel, Gel Clear Wheel, Solid Orange Wheel, Solid Purple Wheel, Solid White Wheel, Solid Yellow Wheel, and Solid Pink Wheel.
The trucks are 9.675-inch models which as mentioned are either polished or a black color. These are HD7 175mm Reverse Kingpin trucks with hanger designed for extensive use. The kingpin is a Grade 8 aluminum alloy that is used in the construction of the trucks with 90A PU bushings are supplied.
The 8 bearings included are Ritalin ABEC 5 chrome bearings that have already been pre-coated with a synthetic oil. These are not as good as ABEC 7 or ABEC 9 bearings, but they are fairly standard.
The two risers supplied are black ¼-inch pads that create more space between the wheels and the deck to avoid wheel bite. The strain on the deck is also reduced by avoiding direct contact between the trucks and the deck itself.
The set of four wheels are Q-Ball 78A hardness 71mm by 51mm ones. These wheels are not designed for sliding.
The quality of the set overall is pretty good for the price. It is possible to purchase better quality wheels, but they do provide a smooth ride. The other parts are good, but not stellar, as one would expect from a pre-packed set.
What is a Longboard Truck?
A longboard truck is a T-shaped component for a deck that is fitted to the underside which helps with steering.
Two trucks are needed for every longboard deck. Each truck is fixed to the deck, with the wheels are added on either side of both trucks. Most trucks used with longboards are reverse kingpin models that position the axle on the opposite side to standard trucks. Standard trucks are still used with longboards but are becoming increasingly rare.
Not all trucks are made equal. Certain brands of truck offer improved compatibility with the parts that it works with such as the bushings and baseplate.
What makes Longboard Trucks different to Skateboard Trucks?
Longboard trucks are different to skateboard trucks in two main ways:
Firstly, skateboards are made in many lengths with their deck’s width scaling up/down dependent on the length. With longboards, the length tends to be a minimum of 33-inches and frequently is quite a bit longer. The deck of a longboard is also designed to be wider for a more stable and comfortable longer ride. For these reasons, a longboard truck has to be wider than that of a skateboard truck so that it can span most of the deck’s width to ensure the attached wheels will sit flush or exterior to each side of the deck above it.
Secondly, the reverse kingpin design of trucks used with longboards puts the axle on the opposite side to the standard truck design used with most skateboards. The change in orientation is useful for maneuverability while maintaining a good balance for longboard riders who prefer smoother, longer rides over shorter, more active riding sessions.
Things to consider
Longboards are entirely different from skateboards and the same applies with the trucks used with longboards.
Here are the various parts that make up a complete longboard truck:
Axle – The axle is a thick pin that attaches to each wheel and runs directly through the hanger.
Hanger – The metal shaped in the form of a triangle is appropriately named the hanger. It provides additional support for the axle that runs right through it and is the most substantial part of a longboard truck.
Kingpin – The bolt fits inside the bushings keeping the truck parts in the correct position. While many bolts are fairly solid, some newer hollow kingpins are also found (axles are also sometimes hollow too). The reason for the change is improvements in both metals and manufacturing techniques when using a hollow axle or bolt reduced the weight of the part, while still retaining the necessary durability and strength.
Bushings – This urethane ring is fitted on either side of the kingpin which ensures the board is able to either turn or pivot to permit carving/movement. The urethane is usually fairly softer, but more rigid urethane bushings are used with downhill/freestyle to offer a sturdier ride where more careful steering is required at faster speeds.
When considering what truck to use with your longboard, the most important decisions are how wide the trucks need to be and whether to opt for Standard Kingpin or Reverse Kingpin trucks styles. Here we run through the details about these choices and others, to help provide clarity ahead of any buying decision.
The width of a truck is intended to be close to that of the longboard deck width. Ideally, ¼-inch difference is the best option. The benefit to matching the truck width with the deck width is improved control and performance because the leverage points on the board align as they should with the wheels and trucks.
With trucks that are either too narrow or too wide for the chosen deck, it doesn’t usually cause significant problems; it’s just not ideal or optimal. If one has to choose one or the other, trucks that are wider than the deck is preferred over trucks that are too narrow for it, i.e. with 10-inch trucks, a 9-inch deck would be functional, however, using 9-inch trucks with a 10-inch deck would be problematic.
Measurements are not really standardized between brands which causes some initial confusion when shopping for the right trucks for a deck. For companies that like to measure trucks in inches, this number represents the axle length. With a company that uses millimeters with their trucks, this usually refers to the hanger width only. For reference purposes, a 10-inch axle has a hanger width of 184mm and a 9-inch axle has a 160mm hanger width. What makes things a little bit easier is that most decks are either 9 or 10-inches wide, so either 150-180mm hangers or 9-10-inch axles are the standard to look out for.
Truck Width Versus Performance
It is useful to know that a wider truck typically brings more stability to the deck. The downside of this is that the deck being larger is less easy to maneuver. Conversely, a truck that’s narrower is less easy for a new rider to get used to because it is less stable, but it is easier to control once they have their balance set right.
When choosing between different types of longboards, look for either 180mm or 10-inch trucks for downhill/freeride boards and 180mm or 9-inch trucks for freestyle, carving and commuting boards.
Standard Kingpin Versus Reverse Kingpin
The style of riding that you’re intending to do with your longboard is a strong determinant of whether to buy standard kingpin trucks or reverse kingpin trucks. It is a matter of functionality and features, not looks or style points.
Standard Kingpin trucks are most often seen in a skateboard park or with street racing due to the fact that the kingpin is located behind the hanger with an orientation where it is directed inwards towards the center of the deck. With the orientation this way, performing grinding moves along walls and other fixed obstacles is less problematic because it avoids the truck getting in the way of completing the trick.
Standard Kingpin trucks are usually narrower that reverse kingpin ones, but some brands like Gullwing do also produce wider standard kingpin trucks for longboards that have wider decks to accommodate. When wanting to cruise or commute to the campus or to work, while also performing the odd trick in a skate park, then standard trucks are the direction to go into.
Reverse Kingpin trucks are most commonly seen used with longboards, especially with complete longboard product SKUs. The reason is that they offer a quick, nimble performance even when riding slowly, yet still manage high speeds while keeping the deck level. Put simply, the combined benefits of fast and slow performance are difficult to achieve with standard kingpin trucks.
With reverse kingpin trucks sitting at the other side of the axle to standard kingpin trucks, each truck points away towards the nose and the tail, rather than towards each other as is the case with standard kingpins. Reverse kingpin trucks usually are mounted higher on a longboard and have a smaller wheel base too. When choosing not to use the longboard for performing tricks at the skate park or grinding along walls, then the reversed, wider positioning of reverse kingpins deliver improved carving ability, while offering excellent control at either high or low speeds with noticeably better stability as well.
The reason for the improved turning ability which makes carving easier is that the reverse kingpins are taller than standard trucks allowing for a greater angle of turn. The baseplate angle (which we cover later) is also relevant to turning ability when riding with reverse kingpins. Adjustments to the baseplate angle also affects the amount of lean require to turn adequately.
The bushing seat with the reverse kingpin truck is another factor to review with your longboard truck. The bushing seat is in the center of the hanger as a pocket that holds the bushings in position and assists the trucks in their effort to turn.
Bushing seats that are a close fit with the bushings make movement more difficult and add friction to turns. While this may seem like a bad idea, it is actually helpful for downhill/freeriders who focus on speed but also need more stability too. The tighter the bushing seats, the less responsive the carving ability will be when slowing down.
By contrast, the option of unrestrictive or open bushing seats offer acute turns and easy carving without much effort on the part of the rider. Open bushing seats work smoothly at slower speeds offering improved control and fluid control when commuting, freestyling and riding without the drag on performance.
With longboard trucks, riders tend to find that the feel of control sits in the middle area of these two types. Trucks are made to be versatile and with bushing that is restricted but not overly so – such is the case with Gullwing Charger II, Bear, Paris V2, and Caliber – this facilitates longboards with a mix of styles to suit the rider.
It is also possible for the rider to change the bushings used for a different shape with a softer feel (durometer) which completely changes how the ride responds.
The baseplate screws the truck to the deck and is usually rectangular shaped. The baseplate angle is a major factor in how a pair of trucks will perform. The baseplate angle modifies the angle of the hanger while the longboard is being used.
Reverse kingpin trucks most commonly use 50-degree angle baseplates. The higher angle makes trucks taller which reduces the pressure on the side of the deck enabling sharper turns. The 50-degree angle is good for freestyle, commuting, and a lot of carving. Slower speed rides also have a good amount of control with an easy, responsive performance. For beginners to longboards and when moving around campus at a lower speed, a 50-degree angled baseplate is the way to go.
With downhill racing and freestyling, baseplates set at a lower angle are generally better. The reason is that the rider can lean either way to a greater degree while only affecting turning minimally. Even a 42-degree angle truck turns considerably less than a 50-degree setup, so the change doesn’t need to be extreme. For faster rides, the adjustment lets the downhill rider lean hard into a turn without the truck turning excessively as it normally would. This is also helped by the fast that at high speeds, even slight changes in direction get exaggerated. For roads with uneven surfaces, a lower angle also helps smooth out the ride too.
Split Angle Setups
For downhill racers, another option is a split angle setup with the back truck having a lower degree baseplate than the front. The benefit here is more control on the front end while still offering stability on the back end to avoid wobbles at speed due to an overly responsive turning ability.
Baseplate Angle versus Angled Risers
It is not always necessary to replace an angled baseplate with another one to get the required angled setup. Instead, buying one or two angled risers solves this problem inexpensively.
These types of trucks are used pretty exclusively with freeride and downhill longboard setups. The majority of trucks are made using shaping or a cast that’s poured directly into a mold, but with precision trucks the process is different. A CNC machine is used to cut a precision truck from one piece of metal. The types of cutting machines used allow attention to the minutia of design and fabrication. The ride is smoother and more predictable, but the cost is far higher.
The downward force applied by leaning in one direction or another causes the deck to shift position. The deck lean will vary depending on the responsiveness of the deck composition, how much weight is applied to one side of the deck, and how tight the trucks are. With tighter trucks, less lean is experienced and the looser the trucks, greater deck lean is experienced.
The truck height is also a factor. With higher trucks, the deck is further away from the ground offering more space for the deck to lean. Riders who use low trucks are vulnerable to leaning too much and wiping out when the deck strikes the ground below it.
Adjusting trucks to account for deck lean is important for customize the carving, cruising and downhill racing ability of the board. The more deck lean, the greater the turning ability, but stability takes a hit in the process.
Longboard Trucks Maintenance
High performing longboards is all about having a good maintenance processes. Along with making adjustments to the trucks to adjust tightness to modify the ride, the major parts of each truck need to be maintained properly.
Only a skate tool is needed to tighten up the kingpin. Generally, both trucks will want to have the same tightness level. Begin by unscrewing the kingpins, insert them again, and adjust the number of rotations used to tighten them up. Then, repeat the same process with the second kingpin.
How to Replace a Broken Kingpin
Replacing a kingpin that’s broken is a little more difficult. Begin by taking the trucks off the deck using the skate tool. With a broken kingpin, it will be locked to the bottom of the truck due to the brake. Gently use a hammer to tap at the kingpin until it pops out. With a kingpin that is known to already be broken, use a screwdriver on the base of the truck and move around the broken pieces. Once removed, a replacement kingpin can be positioned properly using the hammer.
How to Replace the Bushings
Replacing bushings is also pretty easy. The skate tool is again used to remove the kingpin nut and also the fitted washer. The longboard wheel needs to then come off and then the spent bushing is remove from the baseplate. Sliding in a replacement is easy to do and then the wheels, kingpin nut and washer go back on.
Gullwing – The company was founded in 1976 by Mike Williams and Joe Lynch. The use of high precision grinding and the introduction of the first split axle for a skateboard used for downhill racing made their mark. Today, Gullwing is one of the leading truck manufacturers.
Caliber Truck Co. – This company is at the forefront of trucks design using grade 8 kingpins, reinforced baseplates, and various trucks, including precision ones, in a multitude of colors and models. Their distinctive blood red bushings also help the brand stand out from the crowd.
Yocaher – The company focuses in the wholesale and online markets with its full range of longboard and skateboard gear. They make everything from complete longboards, decks, wheels, trucks, and bearings to grip tape and rails. What makes Yocaher stand out is its use of vibrant colors in many of their product lines.
SCSK8 – This company covers the full spectrum of longboard product offerings. They have complete longboards, branded and non-branded decks, trucks, and longboard wheels. The branding and brand message is particularly strong with SCSK8.
Owlsome Skateboard – The company sells mainly through Amazon with its range of over 700 products, including trucks.
Paris Truck Co. – This company fabricates trucks from durable materials and has a good brand reputation in the industry. They have reverse kingpin trucks in several sizes, street trucks, accessories, and apparel lines.
Bear Grizzly – The company produces a good range of high quality trucks for longboard aficionados. Their trucks include a fifth generation of their main Grizzly Gen 5, a Precision CNC-cut truck, and ones for both longboards and skateboards. The business holds a strong position in the trucks market now and has been in business since 2004.
Big Boy – This company makes a larger number of accessories for longboards and skateboards. They sell sets of accessories, individual sets of wheels, and truck kits.
Randal Trucks – The company has several lines of trucks to choose from and it also sells the individual parts within the trucks too. Not every truck is a metallic color either with several vibrant colors used on their trucks to make an impression. There is also a strong apparel line too.
Longboard Trucks Reviews
SCSK8 Longboard Trucks Review
The SCSK8 Longboard Skateboard Trucks Combo set is a good one from a respectable brand in the market.
Their truck is a 9.75-inch model which will fit many types of longboards successfully. Tighter turns are possible with this truck. Two trucks get supplied in the combo.
The 70mm x 50mm wheels are offset and have an 80A hardness level. Carving is easy to do using these wheels which are soft and quick.
The SCSK8 ABEC 9 bearings are one or two steps above the standard ABEC 5 that is seen with most complete longboards. These bearings will certainly stand the test of time.
The bolts are 1.25-inches long and with the nuts supplied these are both heavy duty items.
Occasionally, the set is missing one or more items. It is a good idea to thoroughly check the box to ensure all parts are present when receiving the item.
Owlsome Longboard 180mm Trucks Combo Review
The Owlsome Skateboard Longboard 180mm Trucks Combo is a useful pack of items with wheels available in a number of different colors.
The colors choices, which reflects the wheel shades, are: Glow in the Dark, Gel Blue, Gel Clear, Gel Green, Gel Purple, Gel Red, Gel Smoke, Glow in the Dark, Solid Baby Blue, Solid Black, Solid Blue, Solid Green, Solid Orange, Solid Pink, Solid Purple, Solid Rasta, Solid Red, Solid White, and Solid Yellow.
The trucks are black 180mm/9.25-inch reverse kingpin types with a Grade 8 kingpin and 96A bushing. There are two 1.4-inch black plastic riser pads provided with six holes drilled through them. The hardware is a pack of 1.25-inch screws and nuts.
The 8 Speedy Precision Skate 8mm x 10mm bearings are ABEC 7 rated and come pre-lubricated. A set of four spacers is also provided.
The wheels come in a choice of different colors, some clear and others solid colors, depending on the model. The set of four 70mm longboard cruiser wheels have an 82A hardness and Gel 80A rating.
Paris 50 Longboard Trucks Review
The Paris 50 180mm Longboard Trucks is a set of two parts ready to be fitted to the front and back of a deck.
These Paris V2 trucks each have an axle width of 9.75-inches and a hanger width of 180mm. The 50-degree angle allows for good control while cruising or commuting.
The coloring is mainly jet black with a small chrome-like centerpiece and a red coloring inside it.
The turning radius is expected to be powerful with these trucks. The 56.2 virgin aluminum baseplate is gravity molded for improved quality assurance. The trucks have a secondary heat treatment to improve their robustness during its useful life. The axles are Grade 8 steel and the baseplate which has 6 holes drilled out suits either new style or old school fixing. The Divine 90A Urethane brushing helps cut down road vibrations while providing good rebound performance.
The quality and in-use performance is superior to what is experienced with cheaper longboards using generic trucks. Therefore, this model is ideal for riders looking for a trucks upgrade.
Bear by Landyachtz Grizzly 852 Longboard Trucks Review
The Bear Grizzly 852 Longboard Trucks have a reversibility fitting feature that puts an interesting twist on this product.
These 9.75-inch Bear trucks are their 5th generational model for standard trucks. The truck can be fitted as standard or flipped over which entirely changes their performance when riding. Flipping the truck over offers a smaller turning radius, but ensures greater stability when riding fast in downhill races too. As such, this truck is an alternative to needing to buy both a standard and reverse kingpin-type set of trucks (which Bear also make).
The trucks fit decks that already have large cutout areas. It is possible to use larger wheels when fitting these trucks because there is enough space to do so. In their standard fitting, the trucks offer a great deal of maneuverability via the 52-degree angle which is one of the reasons they remain popular and now in their fifth iteration for the company.
The latest version includes a stronger axle, a more flexible bushing seat, and a baseplate that now have 8 mounting holes to suit old school and newer drill locations.
These Bear trucks are best for carving, cruising, and freeriding.
BigBoy Longboard Trucks Review
The BigBoy Skateboards Trucks combo package includes two trucks, a comprehensive set of hardware, and accessories.
The two black longboard reverse kingpin trucks are 180mm/9.7-inch between each axle. The kingpin is Grade 8 for durability and there are 96A bushings provided.
The Big Boy Speedy Skateboard Bearings (set of 8) come pre-lubricated ready for use. Four spacers are included in the box too. The 8mm x 10mm bearings are ABEC 7 rated for improved performance and durability. The Big Boy 1.4-inch plastic riser pads have 6 holes pre-drilled for suitability to many trucks and decks. The 1.25-inch black hardware (8 in the pack) do their job.
The Big Boy solid or clear colored longboard cruiser 70mm x 51mm wheels have an 80A hardness rating with the solid color wheels and a 79A rating with the gel clear colored wheels.
The combination of components here is solid. The ABEC 7 rated bearings, the Grade 8 kingpin, and the overall quality of the other parts make this product a good choice.
Randal 180 Longboard Trucks Review
The Randal 180mm Longboard trucks with Big Foot wheels and accessories is a good set from a respected American brand.
There are two 180mm black Randall longboard trucks, complete with 6mm Longboard risers. Virgin grade aluminum is used for the trucks, with a Grade 8 kingpin and axle. The custom geometry of the Randall trucks ensures quicker, tighter turning capability. The baseplate angle is 42-degrees.
The set of bearings have a ABEC 7 rating for durability and quality. The S-Type 1.5-inch hardware are quality parts to fit the baseplate in position securely.
The package also includes Big Foot Boardwalk Cruiser wheels (68mm x 56xx) with an 80A hardness rating. The wheels sport a funnel-like outer appearance and use offset positioning. Deep carving, pumping and good speeds are possible with these wheels and they’re also effective with sliding once the wheels have been used for a while.
Gullwing Reverse Longboard Trucks Review
The Gullwing Reverse Kingpin 10-inch trucks designed by Josh Rolf (Munkae Truck) have a gleaming powdercoat white finish with black and red accents making for a striking appearance.
The two cast-construction, reverse kingpin trucks are a 185mm hanger width and a 10-inch axle width which is ideal for a drop-through deck. The angle is 47-degrees for excellent maneuverability at speed, particularly with downhill racing, freeriding, and other longboarding where reverse kingpin trucks excel.
The RAD double barrel bushings have a durometer rating of 89A. The baseplate is designed with 8 holes for easier positioning.
For a set of attractive reverse kingpin trucks, these ones from Gullwing are hard to beat.
Q: Are longboard trucks interchangeable with skateboard ones?
A: In general, no. Longboard trucks are designed differently and so when fitting them to a skateboard, the rider is likely to experience wheel bite that could unexpectedly throw them off their ride. One way to incorporate longboard trucks on a skateboard is to use a riser that is fatter than most to add additional height between the truck and the deck to provide sufficient clearance for the wheels not to catch. Another approach is to own a short longboard that uses cutouts for the wheels or wider trucks that avoids the issue in another way.
Q: What is the width of a typical longboard truck?
A: Trucks usually come either designed for a 9-inch axle or a 10-inch axle. The hanger width of a 9-inch axle is 160mm; the hanger width of a 10-inch axle is 184mm. Hangers for longboard trucks are usually in the 150-180mm range.
Q: Is a longboarding downhill truck any different?
A: In many cases, a downhill truck intended for fast roads is a reverse kingpin one. The reverse kingpin truck is designed with a bushing suspension and also a unique turning system that allows for greater granular control at higher speeds. Companies like Caliber and Bear make this type of truck. Precision trucks, another type, is also a possibility for deep-pocketed advanced riders who feel they can handle it, but reverse kingpin is the recommended type.
Q: I want to build a cruising longboard. What type of truck should I look for?
A: With cruising around town, either a standard truck or a reserve kingpin truck are both good for this purpose. When intense carving or cruising is desired and a truck width of either 150mm or 180m is available; choose the one that best fits the deck you already own or plan to purchase.
Q: How can I tell whether I should own 150mm trucks or 180mm trucks?
A: Choose the truck that closely matches the width of the deck that you wish to affix it to. Doing so will provide the best control.
Q: My deck is less than 8.5-inches, what truck width should I go for?
A: With skinnier decks, the best option is to choose the 150m trucks to provide the best fit possible.
Q: Why does my skateboard use a standard truck and most longboard models use reverse kingpin?
A: A standard truck is better for use on a skateboard because it is more predictable when performing tricks in the skate park. While there are still some longboards that are sold complete with standard trucks, more recently reverse kingpin trucks have become close to standard on newer models today.
Q: What are bushings?
A: The bushings are two cylinders made from urethane typically and fit in the center of the longboard truck. There are two colorful bushings used per truck, so four used in total. There are several different designs such as Cone, Stepped, Standard, Barrel, and others to choose from, each with their own pros and cons.
Q: How do bushings affect my ride?
A: Bushings are intended to be used to adjust for the weight of the individual rider and to change how the board feels for each person. Both the stiffness and amount of rebound of the board is adjustable by using a different set of bushings with alternative features.
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