10 Best Longboarding Trucks [2020 Reviews]

Shopping around for the best longboarding trucks can seem overwhelming. We’ve narrowed our list down to the 10 best available. As we’ve stated in our longboarding trucks guide, the main takeaway when shopping is to stay away from cheap Chinese trucks, there are a lot of knock-offs out there from shady online retailers. Stick to the well-known skate retailers or major online retailers.

Trucks are a crucial element of a longboard setup. Below we’ll examine our top picks, and follow that up with helpful information. We’ll teach you how to find the right longboard trucks for what you need.

Best longboard trucks

TrucksShopRating
[1] Paris V2 180mmCheck Price4.6/5
[2] BEAR Grizzly 852Check Price4.8/5
[3] Randal R-IICheck Price4.6/5
[4] Calibur V2Check Price4.7/5
[5] SabreCheck Price5/5
[6] Gullwing ReverseCheck Price5/5
[7] NewtonCheck Pricen/a
[8] AtlasCheck Price4.5/5
[9] Gullwing Charger IICheck Pricen/a
[10] Cast ArsenalCheck Price4/5

[1] Paris V2 180mm 50° Longboard Trucks

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Paris V2s could take the cake for best longboarding trucks that we have tested. For full pros and cons, don’t forget to check out our full review of the Paris V2 longboarding trucks. Paris is known for their very divey turn. It’s very common to see them on setups meant for dancing or freestyle.

Paris have rake, that combined with a very open bushing seat gives them a very unrestricted turn. They have standard sized pivots, like Randals. Paris are not the best option for faster riding; since the roadside (link to dictionary) bushing seat has a lot of play there’s some slop in them. Choose from a 50° or 43° baseplate as well as several hanger width options.

[2] BEAR Grizzly 852

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A reader pointed out that it was a “spectacular lack of judgement” to leave out the BEAR Grizzly 852 longboarding trucks from out list. Sonny, you were right! BEAR says that the Grizzly 852s have been revamped and redesigned to focus on strength, versatility and weight reduction which makes them a no-brainer for our top 13 list. This 5th generation design has been much improved and is absolutely worth checking out.

[3] Randal R-II

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The oldest cast RKP brand, also the most well-known one. Randals are reliable and versatile, their designed hasn’t been changed much in the last decade. Randals have some rake, standard sized pivots and take standard size bushings. Beware the kingpin hole on randals does not get along with softer bushing combinations. Choose from a 50° or 42° baseplate as well as several hanger width options.

Pros: Extremely versatile. Easily able to swap the 50° hanger to a 42° which allows for more speed. One reviewer claimed this was the “best 180mm trucks available”

Cons: None we could find.

[4] Caliber V2

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The most widely used truck for freeride longboarding and downhill. Unraked and with a more restricted bushing seat than Randals or Paris. The turn on Calibers is gradual and extremely predictable. V2 calibers also accommodate stepped bushings better, so there’s more room to tune in your trucks.
Choose from a 50° or 44° baseplate as well as several hanger width options.

Pros: Perfect for Freeride/Downhill, also a great color selection.

Cons: Some claim the included bushings are too soft.

[5] Sabre

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Good looking, light weight and strong. The pivot is thinner so the pivot cup is thicker. Raked but has a very restrictive bushing seat. The new models also come with urethane pivot cups.
Choose from a 190mm or 180mm hanger options. It’s fully compatible with its precision counterpart.

[6] Gullwing Reverse

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Light weight and versatile. The hangers are very good for grinding surprisingly. Reverses are raked and the bushing seat is very shallow, the turn feels divey and unrestricted.

[7] Newton

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The lowest RKP on the market, it’s even lower than independent trucks. A very light and strong truck, but hard to tune in right. Recommended for LDP.

[8] Atlas

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As sturdy as they are heavy. Atlas trucks come with a massive ball pivot to allow for a divier turn. They have a rake and the bushing seat isn’t too restrictive.
Choose from a 48° or 40° baseplate as well as light weight options.

[9] Gullwing Charger II

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Another very well done truck from Gullwing, strong and very able to handle speed. They do not have rake and have a restrictive bushing seat, the pivot is standard size.

[10] Cast Arsenal

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Beauty in simplicity. Cast arsenals are unraked and have a standard sized pivot, they take tall bushings so they have more turn than most trucks.
Choose from a 50° or 44° baseplate as well as a 180mm and 165mm hanger width option.

Above is what we consider to be the best longboarding trucks available online currently. Let us know what you think, and if you’ve had any experience with them. Just remember that you typically get what you pay for, so avoid cheap knockoff trucks and try out one of the trucks in our list above.


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FAQ

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Do trucks matter on a longboard?

A skateboard is a board, wheels and trucks. We could say trucks are a third of your skateboard, and we’ll be discussing that one third in the article.

There’s some highly trusted brands to look into when buying trucks. In this article we’ll take a look at RKP trucks which are appropriate for the usual longer wheelbases on longboards. If you think the distance between your trucks is too short, use the three shakas rule:

If your wheelbase is shorter than three shakas, use TKPs.

TKP
noun
1. Traditional kingpin geometry in a truck. On RKP trucks, both bushings are behind the hanger – if you look at it from the back you will see both bushing one on top of the other. Looks like an Independent.

If your wheelbase is longer than three shakas, use RKPs. If it’s just three shakas, your choice.

By the way, this is a shaka.

shaka

Since trucks completely define how the turn will be, it’s good to know what to expect from them.

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What difference do longboard trucks make?

Trucks may look pretty similar, maybe a few cosmetic differences to the naked eye, but there’s a few things that make them all different when riding them.

The easiest thing to notice on a truck is if it has rake, a raked truck doesn’t have a gradual turn, but instead has a defined center point and turn becomes sharper as you lean – this is often referred to as the trucks being divey or lively. Unraked trucks are the complete opposite; the center point is not as defined and the turn is gradual, it doesn’t become any sharper as you lean.

longboarding truck rake

A main concern with trucks is slop. A very early solution to slop was adding restraints on the hanger around the bushings to keep it from moving around, these restraints are what’s called the bushing seat. Depending on how deep or shallow the bushing seat is, the turn is going to feel more or less restricted.

bushingseat longboarding truck part
longboarding truck pivot

Sabre cast truck pivot and bushing seat.

The pivot is where road vibrations meet the board. To absorb some of those vibrations theres a pivot cup made of delrin or sometimes urethane. How much urethane there is between the pivot and the baseplate is going to translate directly to how much vibration the board is going to get. The pivot itself and also be thicker or thinner, thinner pivots are preferred for going fast.

With all that in mind we’ve developed a complete list of the best longboarding trucks above. Some brands are more well-known than others, but they’re all quality. It couldn’t hurt to try something new either if you’re used to the big three brands.

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What longboarding trucks should I avoid?

The market is very saturated, there’s plenty of great products to choose from but also terrible ones to skip over. Anytime you ride your board you are risking injury should anything fail, getting cheap gear with subpar performance, apart from stunting progress, can be dangerous.

Stay away from cheap Chinese off-brand trucks or clones.
Run a google search of the product before buying it: as a good rule of thumb if you can’t find anything good on silverfish, it’s probably bad.
The most common truck clone there is are Randal clones. It’s easy to tell them apart from the legitimate ones, just look at the baseplate.

randal longboarding truck brand

Randal trucks have a hole in the baseplate to poke the pivot cup out, the clones lack that.

Dialing in longboard trucks

Once you have your trucks you’ll want to dial them in to fit your style of riding; stock bushings or pivots might not be the best, or perhaps the turn doesn’t feel quite how you want it to. Read our follow up on how to dial in longboard trucks to find out more.