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The 5 Best Skateboard Trucks of 2021

Nothing defines your skateboarding quite like the trucks you ride. After all, a perfectly worn-in set of trucks will turn as uniquely as the skater riding them. Customized trucks are the entire reason why a seasoned skater can’t simply hop on a friend’s board and immediately feel as comfortable as they would on their own. Regardless of brand or size, your skateboard trucks will inevitably conform to your personal preference through the type of skateboarding you use them for. We’ve handpicked a few staples from the current crop of trucks, each filling their own specific niche within the many-faceted skateboarding world. Consider our list a crash course on the market’s most popular models to review before you make your next buying decision. After all, a few millimeters here or there could change your entire experience, and that's why getting the best skateboard trucks for your skating style matters.

It is worth noting that all trucks are priced individually, and a pair will be necessary to set up a complete skateboard. We think it’s okay to nerd out a little on the specifications when getting your setup dialed in. Skateboarding is only the greatest thing on earth, after all.


Ace 33 Skateboard Truck

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Ace Trucks’ 33 model grind in at the top of our list as a perfectly well-rounded truck for all-around use. The 33s are on the smaller-to-medium end of the sizing spectrum, measuring in at 8 inches in width and meant to accommodate most decks between 7.75 to 8.25 inches wide. The 33, along with the rest of Ace’s “standard” truck lineup, are 52mm in height, making them perfect for both technical street skateboarding, as well as flowing turns on ramps and transitions. Known for their signature “deep” turning radius and light weight, Aces are suitable for use on a wide variety of terrains, from downhill and vert ramps to parking blocks and handrails. The Ace design represents a break from the status quo with its recognizably slim, sleek, and smooth profile. However, they cut no corners in construction, utilizing pure 7071 series aluminum surrounding heat-treated 3056 series axles for unyielding strength. It’s no wonder that dozens of top pros have gotten their wings as “Ace Pilots'' over the last several years. These trucks are also available in a handful of colors to match any skater’s preference.

Ace 33s are midsize trucks priced for a moderate budget. No shortcuts are taken in material quality or construction, making them one of the most increasingly popular truck brands on the market today. When properly sized to a board of similar width, these skate trucks are among the most versatile in skateboarding. The exceptional turn of Aces may be slightly overwhelming to new or heavier skaters, so it is recommended that the tightness of the axles are adjusted according to rider preference while being broken in.

Recommended Board Width (in)Original Price 
7.75 - 8.25$24.95 each

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Independent 139 Stage 11 Forged Hollow Silver

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A new improvement on a time-tested design, the Independent Stage 11 Forged Hollow 139s are the perfect tool to meet the technical demands of a new generation. “Indy” 139s are sized to fit boards between 7.75 to 8.25 inches wide, with 8 inches of stable grind surface around a hollow axle. Indy Stage 11 Hollows are 10% lighter than their standard construction counterparts, weighing in at only 338.4 grams. The end result is the market’s best combination of lightweight strength. Unlike their predecessors, which were designed for flowing turns in swimming pools and transitional ramps, the new class of Independents are designed with stability for gnarly street skating as their designated use. While Indy’s can still turn on a dime during a sidewalk cruise, their hollow axles lend themselves to popping over obstacles and flying down gaps with less resistance than the average truck. Due to the strength of their material makeup, these trucks may take a few sessions to fully break in.

With their technical prowess and brand name recognition, Independent 139 Hollows come priced at the higher end of the field. That said, the Independent name is synonymous with quality and durability. These are some of the best skate trucks and are the cream of the crop for serious skateboarders in need of a lightweight, heavy-duty product that will perform in the gnarliest skating conditions. This product is backed by Independent’s limited lifetime warranty, meaning you can grind with confidence for years to come.

Recommended Board Width (in)Original Price 
7.75 - 8.25$24.95 each

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Venture Polished 5.2 Hi

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Born out of the formative years of San Francisco street skateboarding, Venture offers their ultra-stable Polished 5.2 Hi trucks. As opposed to the deeper turn radius of their counterparts from Independent and Ace, these beauties are designed for stability and durability during use on the most rugged urban terrains. Featuring a classic design and manufactured in the United States by our friends at Deluxe Distribution, Ventures have been many top street skating professionals’ trucks of choice for the last three decades. The 5.2 Hi model is sized to fit mid-range boards between 7.9 and 8.1 inches in width, with an extra boost in height for accentuated pop and improved turn. The Venture truck profile is notoriously sturdy in design and as such requires a substantial break-in period before optimum turning ability will be reached. Ventures are specifically street-oriented trucks that are not as well-suited to riders whose preferred terrains include bowls, half-pipes, or other transitional ramps.

A reasonably priced option for a highly specialized city skater, the Venture 5.2 Hi trucks are a tasty option for any rider looking to improve their performance on ledges, flatground, handrails, and other obstacles outside of those found at the skatepark. Clean and timeless in their design, Venture’s Polished 5.2 Hi trucks are a staple component for developing technical wizardry and balanced prowess in the streets.

Recommended Board Width (in)Original Price 
7.9 - 8.1$18.95 each

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Ace 44 Skateboard Truck

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Ace returns to our list with their time-tested 44 model. At 8.38 inches wide, the 44 is Ace’s most popular truck size, ideal for nearly any board between 8.18 and 8.5 inches in width. Ace’s trademark turn radius and stripped-down composition return on the 44, along with the same comprehensive field of use. Once they’re dialed in to your preferred tightness, these trucks can be used for any type of skateboarding, be it flowing transition lines, endless hill bombs, gnarly handrail attacks, or just some good old-fashioned parking block slappies. But don’t let their streamlined configuration fool you: with their uniquely specialized aluminum and steel construction, Ace trucks are built to last. You need only take one quick glance at the wide variety of rippers making up the Ace trucks team to grasp how widespread their appeal has grown over the last several years.

With identical pricing to the 33, Aces are on the spendier end of the truck spectrum. However, we think the cost is worth it for the signature deep turn, minimalist design, and high-quality construction. The Ace revolution is here and built to last. If you haven’t given Aces a try yet, our only question is, “What are you waiting for?”

Recommended Board Width (in)Original Price 
8.12 - 8.5$26.95 each

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Independent 144 Polished Mid

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Perhaps the most classic and iconic truck in all of skateboarding’s history has returned in its newest iteration as the Independent 144 Polished Mid. Name recognition aside, there’s a reason these timeless Indy’s are still the most commonly spotted trucks at skateparks across the world: performance. The 144 measures 8.25 inches wide, perfect for most mid-range skateboard decks sized between 8.2 and 8.375 inches. The “Mid” suffix of the new 144 comes from their slightly lower profile at 52mm in height, compared to the standard Indy fare of 55mm. These lower trucks allow a more optimal contact point on the nose and tail of the rider’s board when popping a trick, making them a great option for both progressive street and transition riders, as well as anyone looking for a closer ride to the concrete whenever they’re out for a cruise. Composed of high-quality 356 series aluminum and 4140 Chromoly steel, Independent’s signature toughness continues to shine through in this new addition to the decades-long truck tradition.

The Indy 144 Polished Mid is a quality product at a middle-of-the-road price. These trucks are an extremely cost-effective option for high-performance use, especially considering they’re likely to last most skateboarders at least a year or more with regular use. Like most trucks, these will need some minor tweaking and a short break-in period before their most comfortable turn radius is achieved. But we think that’s a worthy investment, considering you’ll likely still be shredding these bad boys in 2023.

Recommended Board Width (in)Original Price 
8.2-8.375$22.95 each

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