Introduction: Skateboarding: Setup and Styles

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A guide to help skaters choose what setup to have for the different styles of skating.

Step 1: Decide What Kind of Skater You Are.

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VERT: This type of Skater is basically what Tony Hawk is, Someone who skates huge, vertical (Hence the name Vert-icle) ramps and doing rad tricks like a 900 or a giant spin like it. X-Games Skaters are usually Vert Skaters because they skate massive ramps and do crazy spins.

CRUISING: This type of Skating is an older style of the sport, and is more about having fun going fast than doing tricks. These Skaters use fish -decks (the ones with a fat, pointy nose) and extremely large wheels for superior grip and turning. These guys don't do a lot of tricks, so the coolest one is probably a 360 shove-it, they mostly just ride around fast.

STREET:Easily the most common and by far my favorite Skater, because I am one. They do crazy flips and grinds, like the Tre flip, or the backside tailslide, and often hurt themeselves , the reason cops will tell you to get going from a good skate spot , so you don't sue the establishment if you get hurt.

PARK: A combo of Vert and Street style Skater, Who skate at parks , transfer bowls and gap stolen street barrels. They will usually add found/stolen items to the park to incorperate them into the layout of the park and ollie over them, or sometimes even grind on them.

Step 2: Vert Setup

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Trucks: 5.0 Mids
Wheels: 55-65 mm. 95-99d
Deck: 7.5-8.5
Bearings: Bones Swiss or a really high ABEC

Step 3: Cruising Setup

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Trucks: 7.5 Highs (to avoid wheelbite)
Wheels:70-85mm,66-77d(Jelly-Wheels, so if you hit a pebble at 35mph you don't fall off).
Deck:8.5-10.5(Very Wide)
Bearings-Bones Swiss

Step 4: Street/Park Setup

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Trucks: 5.0 lows-mids(mids if you wanna skate Park)
Wheels: 50-55mm,99d
Deck: Whatever feels comfortable to your foot size(I use 7.5,but its weird cause I have size 12 feet).
Bearings: Bones Swiss again


admin (author)2008-12-12

This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

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Skaterslife408 (author)2015-11-28

Hey guys did you know that the abec really doesnt matter for skating abec 3 could be better then abec 7 or 9 its a rating ive had everyone an there allll the same an they all break or rust dirt just have to get new ones there rated for electric motors by a company for percision, annular bearing enginering committe its a myth there shouldnt be a price difference they got ya unless you skate at 100 mph every were wich i doubt you do.

YouNeverKnowItUntil (author)2014-06-24

why would you use bones Swiss bearings for trick skating? they're for longboards and are very fragile and don't take a beating. I ollied with them and they broke

jrisque (author)2014-04-24

I rock a 7 5 as well and have size twelves haha huge pain when I toe tap every trick in skate

HomuraRun (author)2013-01-14

I had that Zero board! It lasted me nine years, really a great board!

pinkydog2112 (author)2011-05-20

reds bearings are by far my favorite bearings

sharlston (author)2011-01-03

Skateboardigs awesome,nice ible,have you seen element search and win? sign up now and ya can get decks clothing and bearings sign up now

tokyosoho (author)2010-04-20

doesn't matter if you are a vert or street skater 8.25 deck with a set of indies is the only way to ride

I prefer my 7.5 inch deck thank you very much, al tho I'm not vert im more of a street skater.

tokyosoho (author)tokyosoho2010-04-20

..anything smaller is a toothpick unless you're a tike.

dinglballs (author)2010-10-02

Real, Indy, Bones. bearings dont matter and how come you skate such a small board?

Furloy (author)2010-08-07

dude .5 stars you cant teach style

rockadio101 (author)2010-08-03

best trucks silver, best decks alian workshop,best bearings reflex, best helmets monster energy

foxtrot4697 (author)2010-07-15

dude i skate vert on my pintail

GianniMora (author)2010-03-20

 the best trucks are thunders, the best decks are zeros, the best bearings are redz, and the best helmets are... helmets are stupid, dnt use them:).


GianniMora (author)2010-03-20

 i heart zero... every deck ive had has been a zero(a total of 7)... but tomm i getting a baker(i heard there good).


thonosv (author)2010-01-18

Thanks a lot for that! Im just started for a couple weeks and kinda confusing between vert and street :].

sharlston (author)2010-01-10

bones red are good for begginers

knexsniper1 (author)2009-09-01

can you please go to this link and help this person? thanks!

hockeydude77 (author)2009-06-22

you have the same deck as me :D

king_zilla (author)2009-02-28

what is that board on step 2 that says HILL on it w/ the bulldog?

daskate93 (author)2009-01-21

yeah elements suck.....bad...

globe (author)2009-01-08


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