On average, it will cost $120 to $150 to build a professional-grade skateboard. Of course, you can really start increasing those prices by buying the best of the best of each skateboard component.
To get a better idea, this is the average base price for pro-quality components:
Deck – $40 to $80
Trucks – $40 to $50
Wheels – $20 to $35
Bearings – $10 to $20
Grip Tape – $7 to $10
Hardware – $5 to $10
That being said, some bearings can cost as much as a few hundred dollars. But we won’t even get into that. If you want to check them out on your own, go take a look.
Best Decks For Your Skateboard
The best deck to use for the first skateboard you’re going to build really depends on the brands you like. However, you need to make sure that you’re purchasing a quality deck from one of the trusted skateboard brands like Almost, Baker, Chocolate, Rip N Dip, or so on.
Decks cost on average $40 to $80, but I have seen them cost even more than that. There are also blank pro-grade decks that you can get for about $35, but in my opinion, the $5 is worth it to rep the exact board you want.
The size of the deck also comes into play. If you’re not sure what size of deck you prefer, I have a quick guide that should help you in this article.
Here is an awesome deal on an 8.00″ Powell-Peralta deck made with 7-ply maple hardwood. If you’re not familiar with what deck size is best for you, 8.00″ is the best size starter board.
If you’re getting this for your child, though, then if they are 12 years old or younger, you may want to go with a slightly smaller board like a 7.75. This Santa Cruz would be the perfect board for them.
You could also just get this deck if you prefer thinner skateboards. They do spin a lot easier when performing flip tricks.
Best Trucks For Your Skateboard
Trucks size will be completely dependent on the size of your skateboard. Let’s take a deeper dive into this before we discuss the best trucks for your board. They will vary slightly from brand to brand, but this is an amazing start.
I have always been an advocate for Independent trucks because they last forever and are nearly indestructible. So if you’re looking for trucks for a 7.75″ or 8.0″ board, I suggest the Independent Stage 11 Skateboard trucks.
Another great option for skateboard trucks is Krux. These Krux trucks are slightly cheaper and still have an amazing brand reputation.
Personally, I’ve just always stuck with Independent because it’s what I know, and those trucks have never done me wrong.
Best Wheels For Your Skateboard
I’ve previously written an article on soft vs. hard skateboard wheels. So if you want to learn more about them, go check that out. However, I’ll still give you a quick rundown here.
Softer wheels are better for cruising, filming, and longboards. Hard wheels are better for riding on wood and smoother surfaces. You’ll probably want to meet somewhere closer to medium-hard if you plan on doing a lot of street skating.
How do you measure softness and hardness? With durometer. Basically, the higher the number, the harder the wheel. Durometer ratings usually cap out around 104a.
These 52mm Bones McClung Unknown skateboard wheels are a wicked in-between wheel. With 99A durometer, they’re kind of like the jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none. But they are still all-around amazing wheels.
If you want a hard wheel, I suggest the 52 mm Bones Lockwood Experi-Mental wheels. With 103A durometer, these are gnarly for skateparks. Another random fact, pros skate hard wheels like these.
For a soft wheel, I suggest the 55mm Ricta Clouds. These have 86a durometer, making them (in my humble opinion) the best cruising wheel. You’ll ride fast and not have to worry as much about little pebbles or cracks.
Best Bearings For Your Skateboard
Every kind of skateboard bearings will fit into any skateboard wheel. But it’s so important to get tried and trusted bearings such as Bones or Mini Logos.
Bearings will usually run you around $10 to $20, but you could also upgrade to Bones Super Swiss 6 Bearings if you’re willing to dish out about $65. However, I don’t suggest spending that much for beginners.
They have a unique design with six larger ball bearings that increase speed, acceleration, and strength. With many features, including a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, they are worth the money. But other bearings are much cheaper.
I usually stick to one of the following, but I almost always get Bones Reds:
- Bones Reds bearings (these come with a FREE skate tool)
- Mini Logo bearings
- Bronson Speed Co skateboard bearings
- Spitfire Cheapshots bearings
Odd’s And Ends (Griptape and Hardware)
Griptape is usually pretty standard pricing (around $10) unless you’re purchasing grip with patterns or designs on them. Whatever you do, just make sure you purchase a reliable brand like Grizzly, Jessup, MOB Grip, etc.
Suppose it’s a brand you know, perfect! If not, I suggest getting this Jessup grip tape.
Same as grip tape, your hardware should always be bought from a trusted brand. I suggest Independent, Bones, Shorty’s, or Mini Logo. This Bones 7/8″ hardware is probably the best bang for your buck.
One last thing you might need is a skate tool. It’s the only tool that you really need when assembling your skateboard. In my opinion, buy a cheap one. This BONA skate tool is cheap and will do the trick.
Is It Cheaper To Build Or Buy Your Skateboard?
It’s almost always cheaper to buy a complete skateboard. And if you’re a beginner, I highly recommend that you purchase a professional-grade complete. Pre-assembled boards are cheaper and usually the better option for new skaters.
As you get better at the sport and discover what you like and dislike, it is much better to build your own board. You’ll find different components that you like, and as parts break, you’ll only need to invest in those broken parts.
Keep upgrading your board, and find out exactly what kinds of wheels, trucks, bushings, and bearings you like to ride on. You should start to invest in these quality parts once you start skateboarding with confidence.
So if you already own a skateboard, check if your bearings, wheels, trucks, and bushings are in good condition. If they are, then you’ll only need to get a new deck and some grip tape.
If you need a tutorial to learn how to put your new board together, go check out this article by Red Bull. They’ve done a great job at teaching how to assemble a skateboard.