How to choose a cruiser skateboard

At Cruisin City, you’ll find a huge selection of cruiser skateboards with different sizes, shapes, and designs.

With so many awesome cruisers to choose from, it can be hard to find what’s best for you!

This guide will help you pick out the perfect cruiser skateboard to suit your size and personal riding style.

The Perfect Size

Cruiser skateboards are generally categorized by the length and width measurements of the deck in inches.

Lengths usually range from around 25” to 32” and widths from 7” to 9.5”.

When choosing a cruiser skateboard, there is not a set rule which states the exact size that a rider should use.

There is simply an element of personal preference in determining which size board you should skate. However, the shoe size of the skater can be used to get an idea of which cruiser size will suit them well.

Young skaters with a shoe size ranging from US 4-6 should look for a deck width around 7”- 8”.

Skaters with a shoe size ranging from US 7-9 should look for a deck width around 8-9”.

Adult skaters with a shoe size US 10 and larger should look for a deck width of around 8.5” and up.

The length of cruiser skateboards is generally tailored to suit the width of the deck, so length is not terribly important in selecting a proper cruiser size.

Exception: Penny Boards!

You may have noticed that most Penny Boards are much smaller than standard cruiser skateboards, that’s part of the fun!

Penny Boards are purposefully small, generally with a 22” or 27” length, making them super easy to carry along with you.

The small size also gives them a distinct ride as they are very zippy and nimble.

The plastic deck construction also gives them light flexibility, allowing you to carve into turns and slides.

A larger skater could technically ride the 22” Penny Board, but the small size means the skater’s feet will be quite close together which isn’t so comfortable or safe.

The 22” size is best left for smaller skaters with a shoe size under US 8.

The 27” size offers more deck space and is ideal for larger skaters.

So Many Shapes to Choose From!

There’s really no limit to cruiser skateboard shapes!

The wide selection of shapes is one of the coolest aspects about cruisers and is largely what sets them apart from standard, popsicle-shaped skateboard decks.

In general, cruiser skateboards almost always have a kicktail – a tail below the rear truck with an upward concave.

Pressing down on the kicktail will bring the front wheels off the ground and even allow you to pop some basic tricks.

However, fewer cruiser skateboards have an actual nose. It’s part of the old-school design of many cruiser skateboards to have only a small nose above the top truck.

You can find some cruiser decks with a full nose. Brands such as Santa Cruz have several cruiser options with a nose.

The nose allows you to do nose wheelies or simple tricks “off the nose”.

The shape of your cruiser skateboard is entirely up to your personal preference.

If you plan to try some tricks or ride the cruiser at a skatepark, it could be best to opt for a board with a more defined nose, tail, and concave.

However, if you’re looking for some 1970’s California sidewalk surfin’ vibes, maybe you prefer something with a more classic, fish-shaped design like those from Z-Flex.

It’s up to you!

Other Cool Features

So you’ve found the perfect cruiser size, a shape you love, what else is there?

Many cruiser skateboards come with wheel-wells. While they are not necessary, they are both fashionable and functional.

Wheel-wells show off the beautiful wood plies of the deck and they give you a little extra turning radius to help prevent “wheelbite”.

Many cruisers from brands like Dusters and Landyachtz feature wheel-wells.

You may have noticed that some cruisers feature two plastic strips down the center/sides of the deck. These are called “rails” and their origin dates to the early days of skateboarding.

Rails allow you to do long boardslides on curbs, ledges, grind rails, and coping as the durable plastic slides easily over these obstacles.

In addition, rails will protect the graphic of the deck during slides!

Cruiser skateboards are known for their super smooth and relaxed ride. This is largely due to the soft and grippy wheels found on cruiser skateboards!

Wheel hardness is measured on a durometer scale.

However, what you need to know is that cruiser wheels generally range from 78A to 83A.

78A wheels are a standard longboard wheel. These wheels are soft and will smoothly glide across the pavement with tons of grip during turns.

83A wheels are just a bit harder, giving them a slightly higher top speed than 78A wheels but also making them more ideal for skaters who specifically have smooth pavement riding surfaces to enjoy.

You can easily change out the wheels on your cruiser skateboard to replace them or alter your riding experience.

Cruisin City offers replacement wheels from top brands like OJ Wheels, Ricta, and Bones Wheels.