What Kind Of Truck Should I Buy?4 months ago | 1 Replies
Trucks come in many different types, shapes and sizes. Most of them are simple, some are very complicated, and some are just dead gimmicks. The most prominent type of truck used in ESK8 is the Reverse Kingpin, aka RKP truck. These trucks tend to be stable at higher speeds and provide a good linear carve These can also be at various angles. Talk to you later. These trucks are one of the most common models in Eskating.
There is also a two-pin truck, which fits the TKP style based on hanger and pivot. You can put it in its own category. This truck responds very smoothly and is one of the best trucks for for a good carving feeling. Another cool aspect of this truck is that you can unload the middleware and turn it into a TKP truck. So, with this, you can combine two trucks into one. There are some disadvantages. The first is that you need double the number of bushing,the price doubles. Another thing to note is that neither the TKP nor the DKP is as stable as the RKP truck at high speeds. That doesn’t mean you can’t ride fast, just that you can always ride a low Angle RKP faster.
Traditional kingpin truck (TKP)
Another common type of truck is the traditional kingpin truck, aka TKP truck. These are the trucks that started it all that day. They’re not super common skates, but they do exist. These tend to sit lower than RKP trucks and provide greater stability through landing techniques. They also tend to have a sense of carving.
There are also , which movechamber trucks along bolt hinges. Examples of this include MBS trucks and La Croix Hypertrucks. These trucks have two chambers fitted with special wedge-shaped bushings, which makes them quite different from the other three trucks in this respect. Most riders use these trucks for off-road adventures, so they tend to be more rugged.
Electric Skateboard Trucks Explained
Let’s talk about truck size. The wider the trucks start, the more stable they will be. The narrower your trucks are, the more responsive they are. With this in mind, most Eskate trucks tend to be larger than the board, even when mounted on top. This provides plenty of stability. Most trucks will be between 150mm and 180mm in size. This measurement usually refers to the measurement of a coat hanger. But every trucking company measures its trucks in a different way. Some measure the entire length of the axle as their measurement.
The bottom plate is a truck part mounted on the plate. They do more than just attach your truck to the board. They also use the kingpin to create the truck’s Angle. Most trucks have a fixed Angle. However, some precision trucks have adjustable angles.Most trucks have an Angle between 30 and 55 degrees.The smaller angle truck can’t turn but has better stability. The more Angle your truck has, the more you can turn your truck.
There are exceptions to this rule. On my long haul, I had a 20 degree truck behind me and a 55 degree truck in front of me. This is designed to pump the road and provide stability on steep downhill slopes.. As I mentioned above, it is possible to run two different truck angles on one setting.
The hanger is another part of the truck. Inside and on the hangar, you will find axle, bushings and pivots.The hangar was also constructed using different construction methods. The three methods are casting, precision and forging. Casting is weakest, forging is strongest.
The inclination is the offset of your axis from the pivot.
How a rake affects your truck is hotly debated in the skateboard world. Many companies claim it may just be marketing hype. This is the theme from the Pavedwave forum. If you want to go down that rabbit hole, read it through, but I think this topic needs its own article.
This is the part of the hanger where the kingpin goes through and the bushing. The bushing seat changes the compression and feel of the bushing. Some even require specific bushings.
The riser has one main purpose, and that is to make sure you don’t get bitten and eaten by the wheel. They come in three common sizes: 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch. There are larger sizes and other sizes, but they are used for specific purposes. There are also angled risers that allow you to change truck angles without having to buy a new truck. There are many materials for risers, but the most common is plastic. There is also some rubber to help with slight shock absorption.
Choose trucks for electric skateboards
Any truck can carve, but some trucks feel much better than others. carving is an action that you do on a board, and it’s a combination of leaning and turning. What is the best carved truck is a matter of opinion. For this reason, most people prefer the two-pin DKP truck. The DKP truck can achieve maximum lean and big turns. Again
If you’re driving at high speeds, especially on roads, the best option is a low Angle RKP.This lower Angle limits the turn, which helps prevent the speed from wobbling. Also, if you plan to increase speed, please learn the correct form. Make sure your weight is toward the front of the truck. Otherwise, you will suffer from speed swings and eat up some of the road surface.
For off-road, wide trucks are your best bet, because you’ll want to run on big wheels. There is a wider range of RKP and DKP off-road trucks, but the van seems to be the most popular truck. The van has greater flexibility and responsiveness. They are also usually designed for off-road and are much stronger.
DIY electric skateboard
In this section, I’ll introduce some of the various trucks you can use in DIY longboarding. These trucks are longboard trucks with motor mounts that can be mounted on them for DIY.
The caliber truck is the most common DIY truck. In fact, this is the truck most DIY vendors clone for their own trucks. One reason is that they provide a very stable ride. Another reason is that their rectangular hangers make them very easy to install. Another cool design feature of this truck is that the hanger is reversible. When flipping it without a rake, ride it in one direction to provide a rake. I own a couple of these trucks and I would say they are a good choice. The caliber is available in one 184 mm and two 50° and 44°. They do not offer any warranties on their website
The Parisian truck is a favorite of the longboarding community. They are known for providing a fluid feel and are an excellent all-around truck. Their truck comes with a built-in rake, and they don’t have the option to flip the hangers. Another good option is that they offer trucks in 150 mm, 165 mm, 180 mm and 195 mm sizes. They also offer 50° and 43° trucks. This gives you some options during the build process. They also offer a lifetime warranty on any truck you buy from them. I own their 150mm RKP truck and 169mm TKP truck and I would say I love the way they ride.
Bear trucks are not common in ESK8, but I saw some builds when I searched DIY forums. I have two Bear Grizzly RKP trucks and their Polar Bear TKP trucks. I don’t recommend them. They ride well, but their customer service is terrible and they don’t provide any information about their trucks on their website. Their website is all about making their trucks look cool. They do look cool, but I prefer feature omission. My biggest complaint is that they use RKP trucks to process/solder the kingpins to the backboard. That means you can’t knock it off with a hammer when it needs to be replaced. You must work it out with a lathe or a press. It’s a terrible design. At some point, you will replace the kingpin as part of maintenance so that it does not get stuck on you while riding. In my car, my tread was damaged when it hit the curb and I couldn’t replace it, which meant I had to buy a brand new truck. I contacted BEAR several times to ask what I should do, but never got a response. Similarly, when I bought the Landyachtz Dinghy, a week later I noticed a huge bubble in the casing. When I reached out for help again, the only response was silence. I’m biased against the truck, so feel free to object
This article doesn’t have a simple answer to the best truck or the top three. It all depends on what you’re aiming for on the board, the terrain you’re riding in, how you want the truck to feel, and whether you want to do DIY. I hope this guide helps you point in the right direction and narrow down your choices.