Looking to upgrade your longboard with new trucks? You’re in the right place! In the Titus Online Skateshop, you’ll find an awesome selection oflongboard trucksfrom top brands. There are many differences between longboard trucks, but our big selection ensures you’ll find a fitting truck for you. To help you find the right truck for your board, this page will explain key features of longboard trucks, such as theirgeometry, height, and width. That way, you can make an educated decision about what truck is best for you!
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Longboard truck constructions: Inverted kingpin trucks vs. Standard kingpin trucks
There are two types of trucks used in longboarding: inverted kingpin trucks and standard kingpin trucks. The right truck for you depends on how you intend to ride your longboard. The ever popularinverted kingpin truckshave a quick andagile steeringresponse, making them the first choice of many longboarders.
Standard kingpin longboard trucksfeature the design of a standard skateboard truck, which is also used on many cruiser skateboards. Due to their design, these trucks are generally lower riding than inverted kingpin trucks and have a slightly slower steering behavior. These properties make them apopular choice for downhill and freeridelongboarding.
Longboard truck widths
Basically, thewidth of your longboard trucksshould fit the width of your longboard deck, but they may be slightly wider than the deck. Ideally, the position of your bearings inside your wheels should be in line with the edges of the deck.
Does the width of your longboard trucks affect how the board skates? Absolutely!If you’re looking for a particularly agile steering response, narrower trucks are recommended. Their agile handling is a result of the shorter distance the wheels cover during turns. Narrow trucks with 150mm wide hangers are suitable for decks up to 220cm wide. With their high maneuverability, they are well suited for slalom, carving or cruising. Most other longboards are usually ridden with 180mm trucks.At high speeds, wider trucks offer a more stable ride. Trucks with a 200mm wide hanger are popular for downhill longboarding.
How height influences longboard trucks
The truck height classifications ofLow,MediumorHighmake it easier for you to choose the right longboard truck. Depending on your riding style, a different truck height will suit you better than others.
Low longboard truckstend to ride more smoothly. You are closer to the ground, which many longboarders find pleasant when pushing. This makes low trucks a good choice if you use your longboard for cruising or skating distances.
Higher truckscan take turns tighter and can be ridden with more loosely tightened trucks. They can be ideal for more control during slide tricks, making them popular for freeriding and downhill skating.
Longboard truck “rake” explained
Some inverted kingpin trucks also have what’s known as a “rake” hanger design.Rake allows you to influence the height of the truck and its riding behavior by flipping the hanger around. When the hanger is mounted with a positive rake, the truck feels more agile. With it flipped to a negative rake, the truck gets “flatter” and therefore rides smoother.
Image 1: A longboard truck with positive rake and without rake for comparison.
Trucks with different baseplate pivot angles
With inverted kingpin trucks, the baseplate pivot angle can differ.Below are truck models with a flatter baseplate angle (42 degrees) and a steeper angle (50 degrees). Differences in the angle are noticeable both in the height of the truck and in its steering response.
Trucks with a flatter baseplate angle, about 35 degrees, are lower and ride smoother.For beginners who like to ride downhill or freeride, these are often very suitable because they offer more stability at high speeds and are easy to control.
If you're not riding downhill or freeriding, trucks with around a 50 degree baseplate angle are ideal.Steep angle trucks are a good middle ground of stability and agility that’s a lot of fun for cruising or carving. Steeper baseplate angles give inverted kingpin trucks a much more maneuverable ride.
Image 2: 2 Longboard trucks with different baseplate pivot angles: 42° and 50° compared.
Your thirst for knowledge is not yet satisfied? Then take a look at our longboard guide. Here we have summarized more detailed information about longboard axles and all other components of a longboard for you. We also go into the basics of longboarding. Learn everything about topics like "proper pushing", "braking with a longboard" or the "longboard assembly". Trick tips for beginners and advanced riders round off the Titus Longboard Guide.