We got asked a lot of questions on which skateboard brand they should buy, or which trucks, wheels or skateboards decks are the best right now. Additionally, lots of beginners struggle with finding the best size and shape for your new skateboard. Buying cheap skateboards doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to also be buying low quality. If you look at the important features you can find a great skateboard that is affordable at the same time.
We have been sent a free skateboard for beginners from GearBest to test out and review so we can provide you with some more insights on the important things you should look at when buying a new board. There are many good skateboard brands out there, and a big chunk of them are great. The one we have received is in the lower end of the price range, however, the most expensive deck from gearbest.com. At first sight, it looks like a steady board for the beginning skateboarder. Now, before we dive deeper into the specs of this board, let’s first talk about what you need to look at when you are buying a new skateboard.
Guide to Buying a Skateboard
It is really important you don’t compromise and buy a cheap skateboard at the toy store for $20 because it is impossible that a skateboard for that price is going to be a good one. The minimum you want to pay for a cheaper skateboard is around $50 to get started. Once you master enough skills you can then upgrade to the more high-end brands.
The easiest way to buy a good skateboard if you’re a beginner is to head down to a local skateboard shop and buy a fully assembled skateboard. Skateboard shops generally sell complete skateboards, or they should be able to help you assemble one. They can help you with your additional questions, and then you can always look online afterward to find a better deal. But what should you look for? Here some important points to look for and how the Oxela skateboard fits in:
Skateboard Wheels Material – First it is really important to look at the wheels and specifically the material the wheels of the skateboard are made off. If they are made of plastic then do not buy the skateboard as they provide a horrible experience. Skateboard wheels should be made of urethane, not plastic or rubber. Plastic wheels won’t grip the ground, and you will slide out of control. Rubber wheels will rip apart. The wheels are the part of your skateboard that touches the ground, so you want to make sure that at least these are good quality. The Oxelo board is made off polyurethane (PU), like the majority of skateboarding wheels.
Skateboard Wheels Diameter – The diameter (size) of your wheels affects your board’s top speed, acceleration and ability to turn. Skateboard wheels are measured in millimeters and typically range anywhere in size from 49 to 75mm. The bigger the wheels, the faster your ride, because a single rotation will cover more distance. However, it’s more difficult to make sharp turns on larger wheels and they don’t accelerate as fast as their smaller counterparts. Small wheels are also more effective for street skating maneuvers such as powerslides and blunts, so take your style of riding into consideration, as always, when deciding on a new set of wheels. If you skate on the street then think small if you like to do technical tricks. Smaller wheels equal a lighter board with a lower foundation, ideal for street riding. Pick out wheels with a diameter somewhere between 50-55mm. Longboards, however, tend to require larger wheels to give them speed and stability. Longboard-specific wheels are generally about 64-75mm in diameter, but there are even larger wheels out there if you so desire. The Oxela wheel diameter is 54mm which is a perfect beginner size in that is right between agility and speed.
Skateboard Wheels Bearings – The bearing gives wheels a spin, just like rims on a car. If the bearings are stamped with any information, see if there is an ABEC rating. The ABEC rating system has been around for the last 35 years. The purpose of the ABEC committee (Annular Bearing Engineers Committee) is not to test every manufacturer’s bearings and proclaim them good or bad, but to establish dimensions, tolerances, geometry, and noise standards for bearings in an attempt to aid industrial bearing manufacturers and users in the production, comparison and selection of bearings for general applications. ABEC 1 bearings are as rough and non-precise as bearings can get, and yet still get an ABEC rating. ABEC 9 bearings would be very high quality, very precise, delicate, and spin nice and fast. But we don’t use ABEC 9 bearings in skateboards, because the jarring and slamming motions of skateboarding would destroy bearings that delicate. For skateboarders, getting ABEC 5 or 7 will definitely do the job… Anything lower than ABEC 5 isn’t a good idea, because you start to sacrifice too much precision. ABEC 1 is just above no-ABEC-rating-at-all and we recommend not getting anything that is rating 1. The Oxela skateboard has an ABEC-5 rating.
Your skateboard deck plays a big role in the amount of pop you get off an ollie, the way the road feels under your feet, not to mention how long your set-up will last.
Skateboard Deck Width – The width of most skate decks falls between 7.5” and 8.75”. To choose the best size for you, consider your stature and the type of skating you do most. If you are into vert riding then wider boards will perform better. The same is true for larger skaters, who need more room for their feet and a larger surface area to counteract their higher center of gravity. Narrower boards make tricks such as kickflips much easier, so if you are into riding street, get for a smaller board width. The Oxelo board is 7.874 inches wide so fit’s in perfectly in the middle and this good for a starting skateboarder.
Skateboard Deck Length – The length of a skate deck is measured from the nose to the tail and tends to fall between 28″ and 32″. The shorter the board, the more narrow it will likely be, and vice-versa. Generally, smaller boards work better for technical street tricks, while bigger boards are more appropriate for vert riders. If you just enjoy cruising around, you might consider getting a longboard or a longer, wide board to improve your stability and balance. The Oxelo board is 31.102 inches long, which is a great starting length to be able to try out what skateboard style fits for you.
Skateboard Deck Wheelbase – The wheelbase is the measurement of the distance between the two sets of mounting holes drilled into the deck for the trucks. It is usually about 13″ to 15″, with the preferred distance dictated both by the rider’s height and personal preference. Taller people will likely be more comfortable with a wider wheelbase, which lets them widen their stance while skating.
Oxelo Skateboard Review
Now you know what to look for and how the Oxelo skateboard fits in, make sure to check out how our package arrived so you know what to expect when buying one. The delivery time was around 6-7 days which was fairly fast, the only thing is that we had to pay additional duties of around $15 USD. The packaged weight was around 2.3kg and the package size is 31.1 x 7.8 x 3.9 inches. The Skateboard comes in either Gold, Red or White (we picked White) and all three are currently priced $55. So expect with duties and delivery to pay around $70 in total. Now, check out our unpacking experience here:
To summarize, if you just get started with skateboarding this skateboard is a great choice. It is affordable and delivered quickly to your home. Additionally, the bearings are ABEC-5, the wheels are a good size and material and the length and the width are average so it will be good for many different circumstances. The design is awesome and the ride is smooth. If you are looking for cheap beginners longboard then we recommend this list of the best longboards under $100. If you have any more questions on this board then please let us know!
James Haden is one of the owners of the Active Thrills community, together with Nash Gibson – his co-owner. He works as a full-time copywriter for a private company and also a true adventurer. He is an avid reader, writer, traveller, and extreme sports junkie. During his free time, he researches interesting content for their blog and continuously writes for their audience.