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Choose the Correct Type of Skateboard

There are many different types of skateboarding. If you have gone to the skatepark, you will probably see a lot of street boards for skateboard tricks. If you are cycling or walking down a park and see someone cruising along the road, they are probably using a cruiserboard or a longboard. The anatomy of a skateboard is pretty much the same, only the specification is different. In order to choose the correct board, you must know what type of deck to buy. 

Understanding Skateboard Decks

A deck without question is the most important part of a skateboard. It pretty much holds everything together including you weight. When choosing your board, the first thing we look for is the length of the board. The chart below is a generic guideline for choosing the correct deck length. For street boards we usually look at the width as the length and shape is pretty much the same.

 Length of Deck Type of Board Recommended Height for Beginners 
22" - 24" Cruiserboard 120 - 155cm
25" - 29" Cruiserboard 156 - 175cm
30" - 34" Cruiserboard 176 - 182cm
>35" Cruiserboard >183cm
33" - 34" Longboard 130 - 155cm
35" - 38" Longboard 156cm - 175cm
>39" Longboard >176cm

 Width of Deck Type of Board Recommended Height for Beginners
~6.5" - 6.75" Street 120 - 140cm
~7" Street 141 - 150cm
~7.3" Street 151 - 178cm
>7.5" Street >179cm

 

You must be wondering why are the boards shaped differently. The chart below shows the most common shaped boards in the market.

Shape of Board Purpose
Freeriding: For those skating downhill that includes drifting, hand slides and aggressive maneuvers. The twin tip allows user to steer the board without the wheels touching the board.    
Cruising: For those who go from point A to B. A cruising deck usually is round and symmetrical. It also has a head and a tail. This allow different foot positions for better comfort while riding. 
Carving: They are narrower than boards for cruising. For those who require maximum maneuverability. They are wired to stop at high speed by performing a sharp directional change. The shape of the board allows the board to flex deeply without wheels touching the board.  
Freestyle: For those who wants to carve and do aggressive moves in tight street corners and cruise at the same time. 
Street/Stunt: Symmetrical all over. Standard board shape for those who do jumps and tricks. Most common in the skate parks and ramps.

 

When you shop for boards, not all are flat and there are reasons why. Now lets look at the different Deck Concave.

 Concave Purpose
Meant for those who want to do board walk or dance. 
Usually for those who like more bounce on the deck. The positive camber acts like a suspension.

For those who prefers the board to hold its original state. A negative camber has little or no flex at all 

 

Now lets look at deck mount

 Deck Mounts Purpose
Drop Through Mount: A hole cut out of the deck for the base plate of the truck to go through it. This design keeps users lower to the ground for more stability, easier pushing, and easier sliding. Usually comes with boards with twin tip to prevent wheel bite.
Top Mount: The most common mount. It gives the user more height off the ground for better turns and movements even at high speed.

 

Material of the Deck

Maple

Most common. Usually comes with 7 - 9 ply. The lesser the plys the lighter the deck. The more plys, the more durable. Maple is the most common material because it is the most rigid compared to the rest.

Bamboo

Bamboo is naturally a strong and flexible material. To "loosen" the rigidity of a deck, bamboo plys are added into a Maple board to add more flex into the board. Usually the first or the last ply of the deck.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is common added into bamboo or maple decks to decrease weight, increase stability and reduce flex.Fiberglass is hard so it keeps the deck in its original state even at high pressure.

Skateboard Wheels

Big vs Small

Big wheels are for cruising. It rolls over uneven terrain better and it is a lot faster. Small wheels keeps users lower to the ground for better stability and control.

Hard vs Soft

Hard wheels are a lot more durable and gives better lift for jumps. It is also good for longer slides as the grip is significantly reduce when the wheels are hard. Soft wheels gives better traction and a more comfortable ride.

Sector 9 Skateboards - Buying Guide

 

About Sector 9

Brand history: The story of the nineball starts in our La Jolla backyard in 1993. At the time our house consisted of a bunch of good friends, a halfpipe, pool table, ping pong table and shaping room all just across the street from some nice smooth hills down to the reefs. Being that the house had all these fine features, it became quite the hangout spot.

The interest had been apparent from everyone who saw us skate by so we started making skateboards in our backyard. Lots of learning and a couple evictions later we were forced to move into our first warehouse in what would become the Sector 9 skateboard factory.

 

What is good about Sector 9 skateboards?

Popular among fervent cruisers with fondness for carving and speeding downhill. Sector 9 skateboard’s drop-through platform provides a free-riding experience that is seldom seen in the market. With low centre of gravity it provides great stability and is ideal for downhill rides, it is clear why it is a hit in the skater scene.

Designed to enhance fuller range of movements, Sector 9’s longboard has the ability to perform slow speed tricks many other longboards do not allow due to lack of flexibility and lightness. This feature is found in the way its nose and tail kick is designed. It allows versatility and freestyle manoeuvres to be performed with a breeze. Covered in full grip tape seldom seen on many boards, riders can confidently cruise with this added safety feature especially when reaching higher speeds.

Sector 9 covers a full range of skateboard types for all experience levels. Not sure which skateboard suits you best? Don’t worry we have you covered, read our simple buying guide to find the right skateboard whether you’re first starting out or getting it for someone who has been in the field.

 

Buying Guide

      • Determine your experience level

      • Types of skating styles

      • How to choose the right skateboard deck

      • Choosing a style of skateboard deck

       

      + Experience Level

      Determining your level of experience will help indicate the types of skateboard that best suits your needs. As provided are generalized categorizations of ability and skills level:

      BEGINNER

      You are ready to start your skating journey with the basics but has yet spend much time on your skateboard. As you are getting more comfortable pushing off with your foot while balancing on your board through the ride there are still gaps between more technical tricks and movements.

      Recommendation: Select a skateboard with a super supportive board that will allow you to learn how to balance.

      INTERMEDIATE

      You are fully comfortable with manoeuvring your skateboard and have started to work on tricks and more technically advanced moves, be it picking up tricks on how to ollie or dropping in on a ramp. Your current goal is to master the foundation to pave the way for more challenging tricks down the road.

      Recommendation: You are on your way to collect the full set of skills. Experiment and take chances with different wheels or trucks to explore how it impacts your skating. Find a board that is supportive but geared towards tricks.

      EXPERT

      Being an expert skaterboarder, you are confident and are well equipped with all tricks. Moving beyond foundational skills, you are focus on more challenging tricks in different environments and landscapes. Indoors, outdoors, skate spots, parks or uneven terrains are your friends than foe.

      Recommendation: Expert skateboarders are highly adaptable to environments and terrains, selecting boards that could withstand rigor and propel precision to perfect that kickflip or move.

       

      + Skating styles

      Skaters are generally categorized into groups depending on the type of terrains they take on and they usually fall into more than one category. Parts and features of skateboards, trucks and wheels are designed around types of tricks and certain surfaces, as listed are some skating styles to guide you in selecting the right equipment depending on your skating style:

      VERT

      Riding ramps, vertical structures, performing grabs and spin tricks are some trick sets Vert skaters (aka Pool and Bowl skaters) have. Common spaces that Vert riders inhabit are skate parks with diverse transitional features, occasionally empty pools and some would even DIY ramps to reach greater peaks. Big air, high speed and constantly pushing the envelope dictate Vert tricks. Since transition skaters predominantly travel at high speeds, selecting a wider skateboard deck size will ensure stability.

      Recommendation: To add more style to their riding, Vert riders usually go for unique nose and tail shapes.

      Shop our full collection of Cruiser Skateboards here.

       

      STREET & TECHNICAL

      Street skating venues are easier to source and find than a vert ramp, simply get creative and get skating on everything! One gets creative by utilizing every aspect of the urban landscape, riding on different slopes, curbs and infrastructures that predominates every corner of the concrete jungle, that’s the spirit of street style riding. Such features are sometimes duplicated in skate parks where riders can grind to their heart’s content without having to worry about damaging any public or private property. Most street tricks takes time to cultivate, tricks such as nosegrinds, kickflips, 50s-50s requires lots of precision and technicalities as well as patience to pick up and perfect.

      Recommendation: Obsessed with throwing their tricks off their back, street skaters generally prefer standard "popsicle" shaped skateboard, those with a rounded nose and tail. The round shape aids the board to flip more easily in the air during flip tricks.

      Shop our full collection of Street Skateboards here.

       

      ALL-AROUND

      This is the category most skaters fall into, as an all-round skater, you typically enjoy the satisfaction generated from having nailed that kickflip you’ve been trying to perfect all day or simply cruising through the street taking in the scene and breeze. Generally, you skate street and transition, in other words whatever you can find. Any terrain and the versatility of riding on whatever skateboard are enjoyed by all-around riders.

      Recommendation: Go with a standard shaped skateboard with enough versatility and as your skills progresses, feel free to expand your hardware and board preferences.

      Shop our full collection of All-round Skateboards here.

       

       

      LONGBOARDING

      Longboards are great for cruising, riding down hills, or as a mode of transportation, but are not designed for tricks of street skating or transition style. Designed for a more fluid ride, longboards allow skaters to make wide turns resembling movement of freeride snowboarding and surfing.

      Recommendation: Longboards come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Short wheelbase and soft bushings allows riders to be more responsive and playful when manoeuvring tight turns.

      Shop our full collection of Longboard Skateboards here.

      How to choose the Right Skateboard deck

      What size skateboard do I need?

      The most important part of choosing a skateboard deck is width, not length or wheelbase. Width varies from 7.5" to 8.25", depending on your height, shoe size, skating style, and personal preference.

      Choosing a board with a width that is too large will be detrimental when you are trick riding as you would need to exert excessive strength, proving it to be difficult to perform. While choosing boards with width that are too small will make you feel unstable and you may have issues balancing.

      As provided are some general guidelines for adults and kids to choose the right deck size.

       

      Adults chart

      Size Skating Style
      7.5" to 8"  Standard board for adult riders skating streets or doing more technical tricks
      8.0" to 8.25" Skating pool, ramp, rail, and parks
      8.25" and larger  Vert, pools, cruising, and just going old school

       

       

      Kids Chart

      FULL SIZE (decks 7.5” or larger)

      • For all skaters over age 13
      • Skater’s Height: <5’3”
      • Shoe size: 9 or up

      MID SIZE (deck width 7.3”)

      • Age: 9-12 years old
      • Skater’s Height: Between 4’5” and 5’2”
      • Shoe size: 7-8

      MINI SIZE (deck width 7.0”)

      • Age: 6-8 years old
      • Skater’s Height: Between 3’5” and 4’4”
      • Shoe size: 4-6

      MICRO SIZE (deck width 6.5” to 6.75”)

      • Age: 5 years old or younger
      • Skater’s Height: Under 3’4”
      • Shoe size: 3

       

      With Sector 9's comprehensive skateboards that covers all and cool prints to choose from, buy online and enjoy free shipping or come down to our outlets to get yours!

      Shop our full collection of Sector 9 now.

      Official Distributor of Globe skateboards, now in stores!

      Inlinex is proud to be the official distributor for Globe skateboards. Carrying a full range of street skateboards, cruisers and long boards at the most competitive price in the world.

      Founded in 1985 by Australian skateboarding champions, Globe caters to the skateboard, street fashion and work wear markets. Specializing in purpose-built apparel, footwear and skateboard hard goods, its products sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.

      Construction of The Spiced Series | The finest cuts of walnut, ash, mahogany and Canadian maple pressed into these limited edition boards | Available as completes only |

       

      Cruisers (23" -32")

       

      Globe Chromantic Cruiser 33" - $219

      The Globe Chromantic Cruiser provides the ideal stability at high speeds to carve with responsive turning. This cruiser is chosen to appropriately fit styles such as fast downhill lines to cruising, carving, and street skating.

      TRUCKS 6.0” Slant trucks
      WHEELS Globe 62mm 83a wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Fabric inlayed panels, spliced with teak wood
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 33” x 9.75” x

       

      Globe Tracer Classic 31.25" - $179

      The Globe Tracer Classic Bamboo 31.25 complete skateboard offers the right balance of stability and maneuverability to get you there in style. With a flexible bamboo construction, you'll get a much more playful ride than your average maple deck.

      TRUCKS 5.0" Slant Trucks
      WHEELS Globe 62mm 83a Wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Bamboo Construction
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 31.25" x 8.25" x 16.5"

       

      Globe Kona Fiberglass 23.75" - $199

      The Globe Kona Fiberglass is a super thin, light-weight mini cruiser with a fiberglass and maple sandwich construction and clear broadcast grip.

      TRUCKS 4.0'' Slant trucks
      WHEELS Globe 59mm 83A Wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Fibercarve / Maple
      SIZE (length x width) 23.75” x 6.5”

       

       

       

                    

      Globe Bantam Graphic 24 - $199

      The Globe Bantam Graphic version is the ultimate plastic cruiserboard, with a more grippy soft-touch finish. With much wider trucks and components that last longer than anything in the market, the Bantam Graphic is the choice for you.

      TRUCKS 4.25” Slant trucks
      WHEELS Globe 59mm 78a wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Heavy-duty plastic
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 24" x 7" x 12"

       

      For more cruisers and our full collection, click here.

       

       

      Long boards (35" - 44")

                  

      Globe Prowler Bamboo 38.5" - $249

      (Available in colors:Bamboo/Clay, Bamboo/Ice)

      The Globe Prowler Bamboo longboard has a drop-through shape with a gradual swallow kicktail that provides great control while eliminating wheel bite. Its bamboo construction gives the board a superior flex and strength.

      TRUCKS Reverse kingpin Slant 180mm trucks.
      WHEELS Globe 69mm 83a wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Bamboo
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 38.5” x 10” x 28”

       

      Globe The All-Time 35.875" - $209

      The Globe The All-Time cruiser comes with a high-rebound urethane formulas are abrasion resistant, smoother, faster, and provide excellent grip. Ideally chosen to fit styles from fast downhill lines to cruising, carving, and street skating.

      TRUCKS 150mm Slant reverse kingpin trucks
      WHEELS Globe 65mm 78a wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Resin-8 hard rock maple
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 35.75” x 9” x 22.25”

       

       

                              

       

       

      Globe Geminon Kick 37.5" - $239

      (Available in colors: Agave/Sun, Burle/Black, Underwater)

      The Globe Geminon Kick 37.5" complete longboard has a symmetrical twin shape with small kicks at each end for added options when freeriding. Drop through mounted trucks increase stability by lowering your center of gravity, and a thick 9-ply construction promises speed-stiff response. This is a great entry-level board for those looking to progress their abilities and expand their skill set.

      TRUCKS 180mm Slant Inverted Trucks
      WHEELS Globe 70mm 83a Wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION 9-Ply Maple Construction
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 37.5” x 9.125”

       

      Globe Pinner Complete 41" - $239

      The Globe Pinner Complete longboard features a long pintail shape with a kicktail, allowing for more responsive turns. Globe’s high-rebound urethane formulas are abrasion resistant, smoother, faster and provides excellent grip.

      TRUCKS 180mm Slant reverse kingpin trucks
      WHEELS Globe 65mm 83a wheels
      BEARINGS ABEC 7 Bearings
      DECK CONSTRUCTION Resin-8 hard rock maple
      SIZE (length x width x wheel base) 41.25” x 9.75” x 28.75”

       

      For more long boards and our full collection, click here.

      Shop online or in stores for the full range of street skateboards, cruisers, longboards 23" - 44" from $159.

      The all new Penny longboards has landed at Inlinex!

      All new Penny longboards!

      Shop Longboards

      For all you longboard lovers out there, Penny has a new addition to the family! The Penny Longboard is 36’’ in length and 9.5” wide. Created in a pintail shape, giving the user better steering and stability. The new Penny Longboard has an improved granular textured grip incorporated to their classic waffle non-slip deck. With a half inch camber through the length of the deck, it works in combination with the boards’ natural flex, inbuilt riser pads and side-to-side concave to enhance ride-ability.

      Penny Longboard Royal Blue 36″ , $280

      Penny Longboard Mint 36″ , $280

      Penny Longboard Rasta 36″ , $280

      Penny Longboard Grey 36″ , $280

      Penny Longboard Glow 36″ , $280

      Penny Longboard Cyan 36″ , $280

      Comparative to that of the previous models, the Penny Longboard comes with 7 ″ wide kingpin trucks for support and better responsiveness. With 69mm wheels in 83A hardness to ride right over rocks and other things that get in your way.

      Whether you’re taking sweeping corners downhill, cruising the boardwalk, zooming along the pavement or having fun with your friends, Penny’s plastic longboard will perform to your needs.

      A half-inch camber through the length of the deck works in combination with the longboard’s natural flex, inbuilt riser pads and side-to-side concave to enhance ride-ability.

      Meeting up with your mates this weekend? You’ll have a ball hanging out and cruising around on your new longboard skateboard, whether you’re a beginner or a well-rounded skater.

      The Technical Details

      Leading innovation in the plastic skateboard category yet again, the new Penny Longboard embodies everything Penny Skateboards represent; fun, freedom and encouraging anyone to jump on a skateboard.

      Adding to the extensive range of premium plastic skateboards, the Penny Longboard offers a new style of ride that won’t disappoint.

      Penny longboard

      Deck:

      • Pintail shaped plastic longboard deck
      • 36” long and 9.5” wide
      • Classic waffle top non-slip skateboard deck
      • New additional granular textured grip for enhanced control
      • Brand new secret composite plastic formula for added strength and flex control
      • A unique half inch camber through the length of the deck works in combination with the longboards natural flex, inbuilt riser pads and side-to-side concave to enhance ride-ability

      Hardware:

      • Premium Abec 9 v-channel stainless steel bearings
      • Colour-coded high tensile bolts

      Trucks:

      • Reverse Kingpin 7 inch (180mm) trucks offer more stability and greater response
      • Strong aluminium with powder-coated finish

      Wheels:

      • 69mm
      • 83A wheels for a smooth and fast ride

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      The Penny Longboard also comes in 5 other colours, blue, rasta, mint, gray and glow in the dark. 

      Now available online and in stores at only $280, get yours now!

      Customise your Penny Skateboards at Inlinex today

      So the Penny 22" grip tapes have arrived!

      This pre-cut grip tape is ready for you if you want a little extra stability and a sturdier platform for throwing tricks. Or if you just want to create a pop of matching/contrasting color on your Penny board. It comes die cut to fit perfectly on your deck. Just rip it and stick it.

       

      Even better, you can further customize it with just a pair of scissors (or a pen knife). The possibilities are endless! Now you can have a skateboard as unique as yourself.

      Penny has provided a diamond grid on the reverse side, making it super easy to cut out some really rad patterns.

      Here are some cool examples from the web:

       

      And of course you don't have to use the grid — the sky's the limit. Let your imagination flow and make your Penny truly one of a kind!

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