The typical skateboard weighs around 5 to 7.5 lbs (2 to 3.4 kg) with all components attached. That includes the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, and hardware. However, some skateboards can weigh more or less than others depending on the components that you purchase.
For example, a deck made from bamboo will be lighter than one made from maple. And some trucks are made of aluminum instead of steel which can affect the weight as well. Let’s take a deeper dive into the weight of each part that makes up a complete skateboard and how weight affects the ride.
Weight Of A Skateboard Deck
A skateboard or longboard deck is typically made up of 7 to 9 plies of wood laminated together. Generally, decks are made from either maple or bamboo. Both are light and flexible types of wood that complement skateboarding.
On average, the size of a skateboard ranges from 7.25″ to 8.5″ in width, and between 29″ to 33″ in length. Decks of these sizes will typically weigh 2 to 5 lbs (1 to 2.2 kg).
Weight Of Skateboard Trucks
Skateboard trucks are the metal part of the skateboard that attaches below the deck and houses the wheels. Trucks tend to be made out of aluminum, steel, and titanium, each with varying weights. This is one of the most important pieces on a skateboard because it handles the weight load of the skateboard.
The average weight of a single truck is approximately 0.77 lbs (350 g). They come in many different shapes and sizes, which both affect the overall weight.
Trucks are made up of many smaller parts such as axles, bushings, and kingpins. Quality trucks will make your skateboard last much longer.
Weight Of Skateboard Wheels
The average weight of four skateboard wheels is about 0.5 lbs (250 g). Wheels are made of plastic urethane and vary in size and durometer (hardness).
Usually, the larger the wheels, the more they will weigh. It will also affect the style of ride that you’re going for.
If you want to cruise, bomb hills or commute take a look at some larger and softer wheels. However, if you want to perform tricks, skate street, or tear up the park you’re going to want to go for some smaller and harder wheels. Smaller wheels have less resistance when performing tricks and larger wheels provide more stability.
Weight Of Skateboard Bearings
Each bearing only weighs 12 to 14 grams (0.02 to 0.03 lbs) and each skateboard has eight bearings total. That means that the average weight for your bearings is approximately 100 grams or 0.22 lbs.
Bearings are responsible for allowing the wheels to roll on the axle. Each bearing consists of six to eight ball bearings that are enclosed by steel races and two plastic shields. Bearings are always the same size, however, they do come in different ABEC ratings.
Here is an article explaining how ABEC ratings work and how they affect your skateboard.
How Much Does Grip Tape Weigh?
Grip tape is applied to the top of the deck to allow your shoes to grip the skateboard. Seriously, the name says it all. One side is adhesive like tape and sticks to the deck while the other side helps the feet get a firm grip of the board. The grip side feels similar to medium-grade sandpaper.
Grip tape is usually 9″ in width, 33″ in length, and weighs 0.29 lbs (132 g). However, quite a bit of it will be excess that you cut off with an x-acto knife so it won’t weigh that fully.
Grip tape comes in many different colors and graphics. You can even customize the grip by trying different cuts.
Does Your Weight Matter On A Skateboard?
There is no set skateboarding weight limit, but the board’s quality and construction will influence how much weight it can support. A durable skateboard can bear up to 250 pounds or 115 kgs of weight.
The final test is the landing. The bulk of the rider’s weight should be placed on the trucks of the skateboard during a proper landing. If a trick isn’t landed properly, the deck has a higher chance of breaking or getting stress fractures.
However, there are several benefits of being a heavier skateboarder. A heavier skater may have greater momentum going downhill. Lightweight skaters will accelerate faster, but they won’t have as much momentum as a heavier skateboarder when going down ramps.
If you’re interested in learning more about skateboard weight capacities, check out this article.
Does The Weight Of A Skateboard Matter?
No. It doesn’t matter what the weight of a skateboard is, but it matters how you use it and why you’re using it.
Heavier skateboards and longboards get more momentum when going down hills but so do heavier skaters. With that in mind, it is easier to learn flip tricks on skateboards that don’t weigh a whole lot. That’s because with less weight there is less resistance.
The total weight of the average skateboard is between 4.55 and 7.55 lbs, or 2.06 and 3.42 kg. However, the weight of the skateboard doesn’t really matter all that much. It matters how you use it and why you’re using it.
You should buy a skateboard that is durable enough for the type of riding that you are doing, but also one that meets your personal preference. It doesn’t matter if your board weighs four pounds or ten pounds because once you get used to skating on it, the weight won’t be an issue at all.
Quick Average Weight Breakdown
|Deck||2 to 5 lbs||0.9 to 2.26 kg|
|Trucks||1.54 lbs||700 g|
|Wheels||0.5 lbs||227 g|
|Bearings||0.22 lbs||100 g|
|Grip tape||0.29 lbs||132 g|
|Total||4.55 to 7.55 lbs||2.06 to 3.42 kg|